Now it’s prime Tim
Tim Blackwell has discovered that not all calls to see the boss are to hear bad news
MOST employees who answer a summons to see the boss these days do so with their heart in their mouth.
Nova 100 DJ Tim Blackwell was no exception.
The then Hughesy and Kate breakfast show anchor’s first thought was that he’d done something wrong.
‘‘Lots of thoughts go through your mind like, ‘Is it something I’ve done on the breakfast show?’ ’’ the affable Blackwell says.
Rather than cop a dressing down however, the popular young radio talent emerged gobsmacked to have been given his own show.
Management faith in the potential of the radio improver is such that he was offered a gig co-hosting the station’s 7-10pm music show Launch Pad alongside good mate Hayley Pearson.
Though over the moon, Blackwell says he definitely didn’t see the opportunity coming.
‘‘It was one of those things where we’d done the last show (for the year) and we (Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek) just figured we were all going to go into the new year together. And then the boss called me into the office and told me,’’ he says. ‘‘It was definitely a shock.’’ It wasn’t as though Blackwell had much time to get his head around swapping 4am starts in favour of becoming a night owl.
After taking a month off during summer, most of his Nova colleagues returned with at least a few days up their sleeves to plan their 2009 attack.
Station management instead decided to throw Blackwell and Pearson in at the deep end.
‘‘It was just one of those things where Hayley and I had both done a lot (of radio) ourselves individually, so the bosses were like, ‘Well, we were going to give you a couple of days of planning, but how about you just jump on?’ ‘‘We’re like, ‘Oh, OK’.’’ In hindsight, Blackwell says jumping straight into the fray was probably a good thing.
‘‘Hayley and I both thought if we were hanging around the workplace for days talking about it, it’s almost like the build-up would be too big and we’d be nervous, as opposed to getting on with it.’’
Blackwell says he’s happy with how the show, which focuses heavily on listener feedback via internet chat forums and email, has gone since he and Pearson started on January 12.
‘‘We thought the first show we did was pretty good and kind of haven’t looked back.’’ Listener feedback has been positive. ‘‘I was really lucky to have been on a show with Hughesy and Kate that was so well exposed. So a lot of those people, I feel, have kind of come to nights as well on their way home, which is a good thing for me and the station.’’
Blackwell says he also has a bit more freedom operating in what he considers a less conservative timeslot than breakfast.
‘‘We’ve pretty much been given free rein.’’
A self-described ‘‘massive music head’’, the chance to interview acts such as the Prodigy and Ting Tings is also a big drawcard.
‘‘I go to gigs all the time,’’ Blackwell says.
‘‘ Before I came down to Melbourne from Nova in Sydney I was over in LA and London and stuff like that interviewing bands. I’m kind of getting back into that side of it, which I’m really rapt in.’’
HE’S also relishing the chance to get out and attend more local gigs, thanks to his more user-friendly work hours.
‘‘I live in Fitzroy and the pubs are still pumping and things are still going on a Monday night down Brunswick St,’’ Blackwell says.
‘‘I even went to the Northcote Social Club last Wednesday night and saw a gig and the band wasn’t on stage until 11pm and I’m like, ‘This is fantastic’.
‘‘There is a life after dark I’ve just discovered.’’
New gig: Tim Blackwell reckons he has a bit more freedom operating in what he considers a less conservative timeslot than breakfast.