Jay-Jay says she’s leav­ing The Edge

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Jay-Jay Har­vey has an­nounced that she will be leav­ing The Edge ra­dio sta­tion at the end of the year. In an emo­tional speech on her break­fast show yes­ter­day morning, the long-serv­ing host said she had de­cided it was time for her to move on af­ter 23 years at the Me­di­a­works ra­dio sta­tion.

‘‘This has been a mas­sive, lifechang­ing de­ci­sion,’’ she told lis­ten­ers. ‘‘This is all I re­ally know, I’ve been here more than half my life. This in my blood. But I do feel it’s time for me to end this chap­ter and start a new one some­where else.’’

Har­vey, who started work on the sta­tion when it first be­gan in Hamil­ton in 1994, added that she felt she had ‘‘grown up with the sta­tion’’.

‘‘We’ve had great times and bad times and scandalous times – and a lot of ground­break­ing ra­dio as well.’’

When on-air part­ner of 16 years Dom Har­vey joked that per­haps that morning’s chal­lenge of how many cof­fees they could get co-host Clin­ton Ran­dell to drink wasn’t up to the usual stan­dards, she mused that per­haps ‘‘we might be run­ning out ideas’’.

Stress­ing that her de­ci­sion had noth­ing to do with her and hus­band Dom’s ‘‘break-up’’ ear­lier this year, Har­vey said mov­ing on was some­thing she had been think­ing about for a while.

‘‘I know some of our in­cred­i­ble lis­ten­ers will be sad but I’m re­ally, re­ally happy.’’

Ad­mit­ting that she did have some­thing lined up in the new year ‘‘some­where else in the Me­di­a­works fam­ily’’, Har­vey said she would be tak­ing a short break once she fin­ished up on The Edge on De­cem­ber 22.

Me­di­a­works Ra­dio group con­tent di­rec­tor of mu­sic Leon Wratt said he be­lieved a major part of Har­vey’s suc­cess and her ap­peal as a broad­caster was that she was ‘‘hugely re­lat­able, al­ways pro­fes­sional and she doesn’t have an ego’’.

‘‘The same Jay-Jay you hear on air is the one you meet in per­son. Her longevity with The Edge break­fast is tes­ta­ment to that and she’s leav­ing the sta­tion at the very top of her game.’’

Me­di­a­works also con­firmed that Me­gan An­n­ear will be join­ing The Edge Break­fast team from Novem­ber 27., al­low­ing Har­vey time to hand over the reins.

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