She’s BACK, baby.
Chrissie Swan is heading back to breakfast radio.
In case you missed it, the irrepressible, hilarious and just-plain-wonderful Ms Swan was cast into radio Siberia around this time last year, leaving her top rating Mix breakfast show.
She was replaced by comedian Matt Tilley who partnered up with Jane Hall, Chrissie’s radio partner of three years.
Much sadness ensued. And much wailing in these here offices that an all female radio show was no longer a thing.
BUT BUT BUT.
The radio hamster wheel has turned again and now, Matt and Jane have been consciously uncoupled and Chrissie is going over to NOVA!
Confused? So are we. Here is a helpful diagram:
(No I can’t spell Siberia correctly, and yes, I’ve already been told off for my gendered stick figures.)
So, Chrissie was replaced by comedian Matt Tilley. Then, scurrilous rumours have it that Matt and Jane hated each other. But let’s remember that sleep deprivation can turn anyone into an arse, I suppose, and also there was no Chrissie to shower people with humor and kindness.
The show’s ratings slipped, so the radio bosses were like “we gotta consciously uncouple this shit RIGHT NOW.”
And they did, moving Meshel Laurie, from Nova, over to Mix to co-host with Matt Tilley and then landing Chrissie in her still-warm chair on NOVA.
I spoke to Ms Swan moments after this announcement and she was thrilled to be back, but wouldn’t reveal who the mysterious co-host would be, except to say she’s pretty bloody excited.
“I wouldn’t have gone back if it wasn’t going to be awesome” she said.
“I’ve really missed breakfast radio. When I first left I thought ‘I’m never going to do it again,’ but I miss the talking, the communication, the funny stories. It’s going to be great fun.”
She hadn’t yet spoken to Jane.
“I feel like it only broke ten minutes ago” she said. “The thing is this. It’s a very small industry and I’m friends with all the females and most of the men. So even though all the articles go ‘Radio wars! It’s such a battleground!’, it’s more likely that we’ll all be catching up for a drink.”