June 16th, 2011 at 12:51am
Over at Mix 106.3, they’ve been without a permanent breakfast show since May when Cam Sullings resigned from the job, moving to a daytime slot and Lisa Ridgley decided to “consider her options” before quitting and travelling to Egypt. For a while, Mix have been making on-air references to something new coming to breakfast soon, and this week they made their announcement. Their new breakfast team will be Pete Curulli and Carla ‘Biggzy’ Bignasca. Pete was recently Mix’s Drive Show presenter, and has been filling the void on Breakfast of late. Carla used to co-host host Austereo’s national evening Hot 30 Countdown which is heard on Mix’s stablemate FM 104.7.
Mix will “introduce” the pair to their audience at 8am on Friday.
At 2CC, Breakfast host Mark Parton went on holidays recently, all the way over to South America. Alas, volcano eruptions have prevented him from returning to the country as the airlines can’t fly through the ash cloud. Mark is currently still stranded in South America and will be for at least the rest of this week. If all goes well, he should be back on-air around the middle of next week, and until then Jorian Gardner will continue to fill-in. Jorian caught up with Mark by phone the other day and Mark jokingly claimed that the volcanic ash cloud, which is not visible from his location, was a plot by 666 ABC Canberra Breakfast host Ross Solly to keep him off the air.
Perhaps Mark, but if I were you, I’d be considering it to be a plot by your previous employers at Mix to get their new breakfast show up and running before you can return to the airwaves. They’ve underestimated Mark’s resolve though as his latest Facebook status is about having trouble finding State Of Origin on the 80 channels available to him in Buenos Aires…even an ash cloud can’t keep him from his Origin. If the ash cloud keeps him over there until the next Origin match, I expect that Mark will fly the plane back himself and land outside Suncorp Stadium.
Some rather interesting times in Canberra radio.