As good as Gold

Grubby and Dee Dee are bank­ing on shar­ing break­fast for a year or two yet

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Guide - ME­GAN MILLER

GRUBBY and Dee Dee are about to chalk up their 23rd year to­gether in ra­dio, but runs on the board count for noth­ing.

Peter ‘‘Grubby’’ Stubbs and Diane ‘‘Dee Dee’’ Dun­leavy (be­low) last month signed a one-year con­tract for 2010 with Gold FM’s owner, Aus­tralian Ra­dio Net­work.

The deal, in­clud­ing an op­tion for 2011, takes them into their 11th year in the sta­tion’s break­fast slot, mak­ing them Mel­bourne’s long­est-run­ning break­fast show.

De­spite end­ing the rat­ings year with a re­spectable 5.2 per cent au­di­ence share, the stal­warts with one of the most en­dur­ing on-air chemistries say even they’re not im­mune to the va­garies of ra­dio.

‘‘They don’t roll the red car­pet out when the con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions are un­der­way,’’ Dun­leavy says.

‘‘It’s as tough for us as it is for any­one . . . there are no ex­cep­tions for us be­cause of our longevity. We’re still re­viewed just as hard as every­one else.’’

Stubbs ex­pects Gold to pick up the pair next year, too— un­less scan­dal be­falls them.

‘‘We’ll get to the end of the year and un­less some­thing re­ally hideous is hap­pen­ing or Ed­die McGuire is dom­i­nat­ing (break­fast) or Dee Dee and I have been mis­be­hav­ing in pub­lic and it’s us who’ve been caught in parks with our pants around our an­kles, it’s likely they’ll say ‘Geez, we don’t have any­one else to do this. We’ll call them back again’.’’

The pair met at Fox FM, where Dun­leavy was read­ing the news and Stubbs was do­ing a sports show.

‘‘We were born ex­actly six months apart— I’m March 17 and he’s Septem­ber 17,’’ Dun­leavy says.

‘‘An astrologer told us this gives us a per­fect bal­ance. I don’t be­lieve in that kind of stuff, but I think there’s some­thing in it, this great har­mony in our re­la­tion­ship.’’

Their show reg­u­larly out­rates their main FM com­pe­ti­tion at the Vega and Mix camps in the core over-40s de­mo­graphic.

‘‘Peo­ple lis­ten to us and it’s like over­hear­ing a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween friends,’’ Stubbs says. ‘‘It’s that eaves­drop­ping thing.

‘‘There are a lot of FM sta­tions and most of them play mu­sic with some sort of break­fast show with a theme or a duo. We’re not out to shock and do Kyle Sandi­lands stuff and we’re not giv­ing lec­tures . . .

‘‘Fox FM rates well, but 42 per cent of its au­di­ence is aged 10-17 and they don’t buy much in the way of in­sur­ance or cars and houses.

‘‘It looks great when the fig­ures come out, but we re­ally know we have to tar­get that older age group.’’

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