dmg Radio Australia has today announced the new Sydney breakfast team for 2010. Rising stars Scott Dooley and Ricki-Lee Coulter will join Nova’s Merrick Watts next year on Nova 969.
Scott Dooley began his radio career on Triple J, where for the past two years he hosted the national Drive show, credited with being the most listened-to show on the station. Before that he worked with The Chaser boys writing the controversial Chaser Newspaper, and more recently has been a regular contributor to Network Ten’s 7pm Project.
Ricki-Lee Coulter rose to fame on Australian Idol as a contestant in 2004. She has since gone on to pave a rare and successful independent music career, which includes six Top 10 ARIA singles, nine #1 AIR Chart singles and two gold selling albums. Ricki-Lee has had numerous television roles, including co-hosting Australian Idol. She has been a regular interviewee on many Nova shows as well as co-hosting Nova’s Idol show in 2008: Backstage with James Mathison & Ricki-Lee.
Merrick Watts is an extraordinary award winning comic and broadcaster who has appeared on TV in Seven Network’s Thank God You’re Here, ABC’s The Hollowmen and The Nine Network’s Underbelly Season 2.
Merrick said: “I can’t wait to start work with Ricki-Lee and Scott in 2010. I’ve interviewed Ricki-Lee many times before and can now look forward to interviewing her each and every weekday morning from 6am. Scott got the job because he barracks for the same footy team as me. He also likes beer and telling strange stories that go nowhere, so we have heaps in common.”
Dean Buchanan, dmg Radio Australia’s Group Program Director, said: “This is the most significant change since Nova launched on April 1, 2001.
“The new breakfast show will spearhead a complete regeneration for Nova. They are three very talented Australians – each in their own right – and we’re looking forward to unleashing this unique and exciting team on air,” he said.
Bank West also announced today it will continue its major sponsorship of the breakfast show and is looking forward to working with the new team in 2010.
Merrick, Ricki-Lee & Scott Dooley will be heard weekdays 6am-9am on Nova 969 and also across the Nova Network weekdays from 6pm-7pm.