Anthony Lehmann will be mixing up brekkie with Brigitte Duclos on Mix FM
IT WAS last November that Anthony ‘‘Lehmo’’ Lehmann (right) knew he’d made the right choice by moving to Melbourne.
‘‘I remember going to the Herald Sun website and eight out of the top 10 stories were AFL stories,’’ Lehmo says. ‘‘That’s out of all news. In the middle of November. It just made me go ‘Melbourne, I love you, you’re my kind of city’.’’
Lehmo is returning the love by joining Brigitte Duclos as her new breakfast co-host on Mix FM.
He landed the job after a one-day trial last year replacing the outgoing Tom Gleeson.
‘‘Brig and I have known each other for a while,’’ Lehmo says. ‘‘I really dig her sense of humour. I’m assuming she digs mine or she’s a really convincing fake laugher. Either way I’m happy.’’
It’s the latest in an interesting ride through commercial radio for Lehmo. After four years as breakfast radio host on Adelaide’s SAFM he was poached to join Wil Anderson on Triple M’s drive show.
The pair were abruptly axed in 2008, with Lehmo still keeping up his slot on Channel 10’s footy show Before the Game.
The comedian is acutely aware of the enormous shift in demographics from TripleMto Mix.
‘‘I’m basically going from men to women. But the demographic is the same as it was at SAFM in Adelaide, but a bit older. Given that I’m a bit older now it works out well.
‘‘My girlfriend is right in the (Mix) demographic. I can just tap her for whatever’s going on in the world of 30-plus women.’’
Mix’s breakfast show has struggled in the ratings, getting a series of public retweaks with a revolving door of hosts. Lehmo is excited about being the new boy in a competitive breakfast-radio market.
‘‘It’s a really tight market but it’s a good challenge. You’ve got your heritage shows like Matt and Jo (Fox) and Kate and Hughesy (Nova), who are hugely successful. After them it’s a tight pack of very different breakfast shows.
‘‘We’re sitting in a unique place in the market. Nova and Fox focus on the under-30s. We’re focused on women over 30.’’
After a summer break in Thailand, Lehmo is back into the world of 4am wake-ups.
‘‘The early mornings are the only killer, but you get used to them after a while. When I did breakfast radio I pretty much quit my job every morning at 4.20am when the alarm went off. As soon as I was in the shower, I was fine.
‘‘It’s just when you sit down at 1pm in the afternoon to watch telly and wake up at 6pm. You think someone’s drugged you. Or you go to dinner on a Friday night and start nodding off.’’
He’ll feel the pain during the Comedy Festival in April when he performs at Comic’s Lounge at night, then wakes for his Mix shift.
‘‘You’ll hear a little extra croak in my throat.’’