Tally-ho, a Fox hunt
Nova’s newest trio has no qualms about battling their good friends
IT’S A case of ‘‘if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em’’ for Nova’s new drive team. Comedian Ryan Shelton, Katie ‘‘Monty’’ Dimond and Michael ‘‘Wippa’’ Wipfli are taking on their good friends Hamish Blake and Andy Lee in the timeslot nationally from this week.
Dimond also dates the boys’ executive producer Sam Cavanagh.
But if the trio are nervous or uncomfortable about competing against the Fox FM ratings powerhouse, they’re not showing it.
‘‘Whether the ratings were exactly the same or way out in front, to be completely honest, we’ve decided to concentrate on our show and make it the best we can,’’ Shelton says.
‘‘We feel so lucky to have a show, let alone worrying about who we’re up against,’’ he says.
Dimond says she and Cavanagh have already set boundaries on pillow talk about their rival stations.
‘‘Sam’s been really supportive and he knows this is what I’ve been wanting to do for ages,’’ she says.
‘‘There are certain things we just won’t discuss at home because it compromises us a little bit. It’s too hard to know now, but I’m sure there’ll be things that’ll be off limits.’’
But on air, the trio promises a different story.
They’ve replaced The Wrong Way Home show with Ed Kavalee, Akmal Saleh and Cal Wilson at 4pm-6pm weekdays.
With the shift’s two-guys-and-agirl format well tested, the newcomers already have a rapport that can take some radio troupes years to develop.
‘‘We’re all very close and have known each other for at least four years,’’ Dimond says.
‘‘The best thing we think we can do is play on that fact. We hang out together. We just all spent a week in Byron Bay with a big bunch of friends.’’
They agree nothing is sacred, and it’s open slather on their private lives.
‘‘I know some fairly good skeletons in Monty’s closet I can whip out,’’ Shelton says with a laugh.
‘‘The great thing about radio is that you can be in a situation where something comes up and you didn’t think you’d be talking (about it) but you are. You can’t go back, you have to go with it.’’
Monty adds: ‘‘With radio, you can’t have too many secrets. Your life has to be an open book.’’
The gig is a far cry from the demo tape for a radio show the three shopped around four years ago with little success.
‘‘It didn’t eventuate. We put so much work into it, but it didn’t happen,’’ Dimond says.
Wipfli then landed a job on breakfast radio in Perth where he’s been based for the past two years, and Shelton and Dimond went on to co-host a Saturday morning show on Nova last year.
Shelton is also a regular on Rove and his TV writing credits include Real Stories with Blake and Lee.
Plenty of drive:
Nova’s new drive team Michael ‘‘Wippa’’ Wipfli, Katie ‘‘Monty’’ Dimond and Ryan Shelton.