Find­ing Lehmo

An­thony Lehmann will be mix­ing up brekkie with Brigitte Du­c­los on Mix FM

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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.’’

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