The end of a radio era: Hamish and Andy say farewell

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee are Australia’s most successful radio stars – ever. They started their afternoon show on Austereo four years ago, and developed a following of 2 million people (in a country with a population of only 22 million). This following means they are the highest rated radio show in Australian history.

Hamish and Andy are household names in Australia. Their radio show is broadcast nationally, and they have also made many appearances on television. Hamish has appeared numerous times on comedy panel show Spicks & Specks, Andy competed in Network Ten’s Australia’s Brainiest Comedian, and both men did numerous spots on talk show Rove to great acclaim.

In August, Hamish and Andy announced that they would no longer do the drive show on Austereo, but only broadcast on Fridays, so that they could focus on other commitments.

To wrap up their radio show, Hamish and Andy decided to do a tour of Australia, thanking their listeners and going out with a bang. Their Thank You Tour ran November 29 to December 3, covering Australia’s five biggest cities.

The last of these shows was on Friday at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Admission was free, and the boys put on quite a show, to an audience of over 7,000. Throughout the evening, there were guest appearances from musicians Michael Paynter, John Farnham, Newton Faulkner, Daryl Braithwaite, and even U2.

Hamish and Andy’s drive spot will be filled by Austereo radio hostsĀ Fifi Box and Jules Lund. But Australian radio just won’t be the same without them.

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About whoseroses

Rose is an arts administrator from Victoria, BC. She has worked at some of Canada's biggest and best festivals, including the Victoria Fringe Festival, Just for Laughs in Montreal, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the Victoria Film Festival. She co-founded the Winnipeg Spoken Word Festival, and helps produce the Victoria Spoken Word Festival. Rose is a graduate of Camosun College's Applied Communication Program, and is passionate about theatre, spoken word, comedy, and her community. She runs on festivals.
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