Today, is the end of an era.
After 11 years on radio, Hamish Blake and Andy Lee are moving on.
On Friday afternoon, the duo, along with their producer Jack Post, performed ‘We are the Champions’ by Queen to 6000 people at Margaret Court Arena.
Vance Joy filled the spot as their front man, in their otherwise very ordinary band, ‘Cool Boys and the Frontman’.
It is impossible to articulate the legacy of two 30-something men who went to work everyday and injected fun into the lives of millions upon millions of people, all over the world, through periods when they needed it most.
They brought us something to look forward to, a daily dose of laughter and happiness that we might have otherwise gone without.
Hamish and Andy have been an unprecedented radio sensation in a climate when hosts and shows are more disposable than ever before. Their show has been the highest-rating radio series in Australian history, and the podcast version is downloaded more than one million times every week.
Unlike their competitors, Hamish and Andy have achieved the impossible. They have been laugh-till-your-face-hurts funny, without ever, ever being cruel.
They do not insult their guests. They do not insult their listeners. They do not seek to offend. They never laugh at someone else’s expense.
And that is a lot harder than it looks.
A year ago, I wrote a love letter to the duo who cheered me up every afternoon.
Here it is, on the eve of their departure from radio:
I’ve fallen in love and, as is the nature of infatuation, I desperately need to talk about it.
It all began as an innocent school girl crush.
But in the last month, our relationship has rapidly progressed.