Jeff Wortman and the other Paul Hogan are making Triple M waves
NEVER before has a radio show so needed to carry the warning: ‘‘Contains traces of nuts.’’
Melbourne larrikins Jeff Wortman and Paul Hogan host The Peanut Gallery on Triple M, an irreverent late-night gabfest of sport, news, entertainment, gossip and talkback.
The boys have enjoyed primetime billing for the past four weeks, 7-10pm Mondays to Thursdays, while regular presenters Paul Murray and Rachel Corbett fill in for the network in Sydney. They return next week to the 10pm-midnight slot on Tuesdays and Thursdays they’ve held since May. And their future is bright. Triple M offered Wortman and Hogan their own show after seeing their weekly SuperFooty Wrap Round and various other tongue-incheek sport-related videos on the Herald Sun website and YouTube.
‘‘It was their unique and fresh sound that stood out for me,’’ Triple M content director Shaun Gough says. ‘‘They even had a hint of young Roy & HG about them.
‘‘The boys are effortlessly creative and share an unmistakable chemistry that produces a laconic sound that’s really easy to listen to.
‘‘It’s so invigorating to work with two guys who have such a great sense of themselves and with such a strong work ethic.’’
Sister station Fox FM owes much of its ratings dominance to the cheeky but lovable Hamish Blake and Andy Lee, so it’s easy to see why Triple M is grooming Hogan, 30, and Wortman, 31.
As did Blake and Lee, the two met at uni. Twelve years ago they enrolled in the same VCA creative arts course. Hogan dropped out after six months, but Wortman completed with honours.
‘‘We ended up in the same spot, but I saved my parents thousands of dollars,’’ Hogan says.
And sharing a name with the star of Crocodile Dundee doesn’t hurt Hogan’s marketability.
‘‘The best story was when my mum and I stayed at Sea World Nara Resort in Queensland. I was 15. Paul Hogan was filming Flipper the movie at Sea World, so every day Mum and I would receive free fruit baskets and bottles of champagne. That was the only time our paths crossed.’’
But the newbies are finding working for a commercial network has its pitfalls.
‘‘The great thing is, any time we don’t think we’re getting enough callers we just rubbish Nickelback and all of a sudden everyone starts ringing in,’’ Wortman says with a laugh.
Peanut mutter: (left) mad Triple M duo Jeff Wortman and Paul Hogan.
Picture: CHRIS SCOTT