Hamish Blake and Andy Lee, Southern Cross Austereo’s Hit Network national drive team, will headline this year’s National Radio Conference in Melbourne.
Appearing for the first time at the annual industry conference, the session moderated by their executive producer Sam Cavanagh will see Hamish and Andy answer questions about their career in radio, talk about their unique approach to content creation, discuss working in a creative team and reveal what it takes to stay at the top of their game.
With opposition radio stations adamant (wishful thinking?) the SCA drive legends won’t be with the Hit Network stations in 2017, Cavanagh’s first question could well be about their future in the medium they love working in most. But with a Radio Karate TV contract with Nine for 2017, fulfilling the commitment to host a daily TV program could be a stretch.
After commencing their careers on radio in 2003, Hamish and Andy rose to success with listeners, reaching around 2.5 million listeners each week, and held that audience for four years, before they retired from the drive slot in 2011 to pursue other media ambitions.
In June 2015, Hamish and Andy made their highly anticipated return to the Hit Network group of 50 radio stations nationally, once again hosting the top-rating weekday national drive show.
Joan Warner, chief executive officer of Commercial Radio Australia, said: “Hamish and Andy are wonderful ambassadors for the radio industry. We’re excited that they have agreed to share their expertise at this year’s conference.”
Throughout their careers, Hamish and Andy have made TV appearances on shows such as The Project, Spicks and Specks, Have You Been Paying Attention?, Rove, Thank God You’re Here and Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation.
The National Radio Conference will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre on Friday 7 October with more than 600 people attending from across Australia. Further conference speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 28th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards will follow on Saturday 8 October also at the Convention and Exhibition Centre.