Why Nova’s Tim Blackwell thinks he’s a lucky man
He’ll never be a polo player, but he’s still scoring goals out of the studio
Counting US shock jock Howard Stern and Australia’s John Laws as early influences, it’s no wonder Tim Blackwell found himself fronting a radio show.
Born in Hobart, he moved to Sydney in primary school, then spent his early high school years in Washington DC, before returning to Sydney.
“I got the Young Talent Time guitar, microphone and amplifier and ran the mic cord under my bedroom door and read out the newspaper to my mum in the kitchen,” Tim says. “Mum always had John Laws on. Living in the US I got right into Howard Stern.”
When he did break into radio, his career kept him on the road, moving from Albury to Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.
“I have found my way back to Sydney, which feels most like home,” he says.
Currently co-hosting Nova’s Kate, Tim and d Marty show, he has interviewed many talents, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“I interviewed them first at the Chateau eau Marmont in LA for the release of Stadium um Arcadium,” he says. “Then in 2002 for the launch of Nova in Perth.”
Although happy to be settled in Sydney, Tim relishes his chance to have ea a stint on travel show Getaway.
“I went to Buenos Aires last year with th the show. I played my first game of polo o and they let me score a goal for TV,” he e says. “I kept the match ball and the shirt.” rt.”
When not on radio or TV, he is happy py for some down time with his family.
“My surfboard and guitars are covered ed in dust,” he says. “Having a five and three-yearyearold takes up every spare moment, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
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Saint Laurent jacket ket I saw Keith Richards ds wear this jacket at a Rolling Stones gig and I thought, ‘yeah, I could pull that off’. I bought ght it for way too much and have worn it once.
Hawks jumper I’ve been a lifelong Hawks supporter. Both kids were born in premiership years so the club sent me the little jumper to remember this by. The big one is mine.
Red Hot Chili Peppers book I read this on the trip over to interview Anthony Kiedis in LA. I never usually ask for autographs, but I asked him to sign it and I’m glad I did.
Polo shirt and ball My most recent trip was to Argentina (the polo capital of the world). I played my first game last year, and it was terrifying but brilliant fun.
Libertines album I’ve loved the Libertines for years. I saw them recently and frontman Carl Barat gave me the guitar pick he used on stage — a little bit of plastic to remember their Aussie tour by.
Lark whisky I got into whisky when hen I reached my 30s, because that’s the mature thing to do. My dad lives in Hobart rt and sends me a bottle of this each year for my birthday. bi thd