On Friday June 30, in the last 90 seconds of their broadcast, Rove McManus told listeners, “That brings us to the end of Rove and Sam. Don’t come looking for us Monday. We won’t be here. We’re going to the farm.”
The duo began with the Hit Network at the beginning of 2016, and after a year struggling with ratings, they lost their spot in the breakfast category. Rove and Sam were moved to evenings, before losing that at the end of last month.
Southern Cross Austereo have said that McManus will continue working with the network, but Frost’s contract has not been renewed.
Over the weekend, we learned who will replace Rove and Sam, and interestingly it’s the same pair who usurped their morning show.
Em Rusciano and Harley Breen will be syndicated nationally across the Hit Network, being broadcast between 7pm and 8pm.
The Em Rusciano radio show with Harley Breen will continue to air on Sydney breakfast, but will now just reach more ears, being broadcast at night.
Rove and Sam secured a 3.8 per cent audience share during their time with the network. Since Rusciano and Breen have taken over, their audience share has actually dropped to 3.1 per cent, behind Kyle and Jackie O, Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa and WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda.
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2Day FM have had four sets of breakfast show hosts in four years, after Kyle and Jackie O moved to KISS FM. The spot is now considered a somewhat “poisoned chalice“.
Over the weekend, Rusciano told News Corp that she has no regrets about joining the network, and she’s not “worried in any way by the fact we’re not screaming up the charts.”
Rusciano and Breen look forward to creating more content that will help their listeners, and in Rusciano’s words, “Help other people not feel s**t.”