Matt de Groot

At homee with News might be se­ri­ous, but work­ing with Fitzy and Wippa cer­tainly isn’t

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Mi­cro­phone/ head­phones

So much of my life is spent be­hind a mi­cro­phone. I truly do get to do what I love. The adren­a­line of be­ing be­hind a live mic on-air at Nova, or host­ing in front of up to 100,000 peo­ple is inim­itable.

Matt de Groot might have started in Coffs Har­bour, but Fitzy & Wippa’s news­reader is now liv­ing large in Mos­man with his fi­ance Bronte Coy.

“It’s a two-bed, two-bath mod­ern apart­ment, with out­door court­yard, a lift and a concierge,” he says. “I only men­tion those last two be­cause it means my strata fees are more than the GDP of a small coun­try, but I love it. Walk­ing gro­ceries up 15 flights of stairs is a thing of the past.”

Aside from as­tro­nom­i­cal strata fees, Matt is quite happy with his home.

“This is where I can feel truly rested, comfortable and safe,” he says. “I know it so well I can nav­i­gate from my bed to the fridge with­out hit­ting my shins, even in the dark.”

Matt got his start in com­mu­nity ra­dio in Coffs Har­bour, which al­lowed stu­dents to get a feel for the stu­dio one af­ter­noon a month.

“I signed up in Year 8,” he says. “I had no idea I would fall so to­tally in love with ra­dio from the mo­ment I went on air.”

But work ex­pe­ri­ence did not pre­pare him for work­ing with Fitzy and Wippa.

“My favourite (prank) would be when they moved my en­tire apart­ment out one morn­ing, and set it back up on the Manly Corso,” Matt says. “The couch, bed, TV, Xbox, din­ing ta­ble — ev­ery­thing was there, plugged in and work­ing. “Hav­ing a fake baby ar­rive at my door, hav­ing my car wrapped in cling film, and my car towed were less en­joy­able.”

Aside from ra­dio du­ties and dodg­ing pranks, Matt writes a col­umn for Ya­hoo7Be, ap­pears reg­u­larly on the The Morn­ing Show and ded­i­cates any time he can to White Rib­bon.

“I am con­fi­dent all this is build­ing to the next thing, but I am truly lov­ing where I am at the mo­ment,” he says.

Wall mount of Posi­tano

We were go­ing to buy a sim­i­lar shot, but it was $10,000 so we did it our­selves. It’s a con­stant re­minder of a five-week Euro­pean hol­i­day of a life­time.

Whisky col­lec­tion

No man should end any weekend with­out a glass of whisky. Of course, there are many nights where this doesn’t hap­pen, but it’s a nice sen­ti­ment.

Matt de Groot, news­reader on Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa ra­dio show Apart­ment in Mos­man with fi­ance Bronte CoyIn 2012 I had a quar­ter-life cri­sis and moved to Amer­ica to be a golf cad­die for my younger sis­ter. I was a ter­ri­ble golf cad­die. But I have loved the sport ever sinceI like a space that’s min­i­mal­ist, warm, homely, neat, with beige colours and beach tones It’s the place I hate to leave in the morn­ing

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