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

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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.”

En­more Theatre art­work Un­til re­cently ntly we lived right next door to the En­more Theatre. I counted more than 50 gigs in one year. year. I’ve had some in­cred­i­ble times there.

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

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