Jon Faine making way for Virginia Trioli at ABC Melbourne in October

• He told listeners this morning his last show would be broadcast before a live audience at the Melbourne Town Hall

After 30 years behind the mic – and 23 years as host of Mornings on ABC Radio Melbourne – presenter Jon Faine has announced his last day on air will be Friday 11 October.

He told listeners this morning his last show would be broadcast before a live audience at the Melbourne Town Hall and include “a reunion of many of the beloved ABC voices” from his years with RN and ABC Radio.

“I’ve asked the ABC to make this show a charity fundraiser, so listeners who want to celebrate can express their pleasure by making a sizeable donation to reflect their delight that I’ve finally gone!” Faine said.

Manager of ABC Radio Melbourne, Dina Rosendorff, said many of those who had worked with Faine over the past 30 years planned to give him a fitting farewell. “Jon’s last program will recognise the tremendous contribution he has made to the ABC, to Melbourne radio and to the Victorian community,” she said.  Details of the show and ABC Radio Melbourne’s charity partner will be released in coming weeks.

Rosendorff said the mid-October date was chosen as it “felt right for Jon, for the station and for Jon’s successor, Virginia Trioli”.

Trioli will take over as host of Mornings on Monday 14 October.

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