Melbourne Talk Radio launched this week and someone there thought it would be a good idea to invite your humble correspondent and the Sunday Herald Sunâ€™s brilliant James Campbell to contribute every week to the Glenn Ridge Sunday show broadcast on MTR1377AM from midday for two hours.
It has taken every ounce of self-discipline I donâ€™t have not to boast about share this news any earlier. As Big Kev used to say before running into issues with regulators â€œIâ€™m excited.â€
Weâ€™ve been listening this week and have loved MTR so far, finally a fresh approach to news without the tired old back-slapping ways of Fairfaxâ€™s yawnfest 3AW and without the preachy annoying Saab-driving sanctimony of the ABC. Weâ€™ve been hearing Steve Price on Sydney radio for ages online, and heâ€™s been intense and great in league with Andrew Bolt. Weâ€™ve also been impressed with Steve Vizard who is showing why he was such a huge success on TV in the first place. Itâ€™s been a very promising start for them.
So Glenn Ridge, James Campbell and I will be reviewing the news, issues and events of the week in a rollicking two hours of friendly discussion and argument.
HITTING THE AIRWAVES
Can you imagine a better way of spending a Sunday than receiving an oral version of the delight that is your daily serve of VEXNEWS?
Traditional VEXNEWS targets â€“ you know who are â€“ will have good reason to tune in. All their secrets will be exposed in an unprecedented broadcast frenzy. Not really, but you never know what could happen in a live, unrehearsed, free-for-all.
Callers will be welcome to sound off too by calling 131 873. Patriots, haters, nasties, pranksters and freaks all welcome. Just remember, we know where you live.
James Campbell â€“ whose capacity to start fights in empty rooms is probably only slightly exceeded by my own â€“ will make an excellent sparring partner and it will be a delight to regularly review events at home and around the world with such a smart chap.
Campbell is a former Liberal staffer before becoming a journalist and star columnist at the nationâ€™s most popular newspaper the Sunday Herald Sun. A Cambridge scholar known for being far too friendly for his own good with the small l liberal Baillieu faction of the Liberal party, weâ€™ll delight into turning some of his sacred cows into hamburgers.
On the subject of ham, we once repeated the myth that Campbellâ€™s former boss, the well-preserved plastic surgery enthusiast Helen â€œChardonnayâ€ Shardey served ham at a Jewish community function in her office. This false rumour was vigorously denied although Campbellâ€™s enthusiasm for tasty prosciutto is well known in porcine circles.
Oddly, I have always thought Campbell would do very well on radio, his voice is perfect for it and he â€“ how do we put this politely â€“ is known for having a lot to say and backing himself in. Unlike us.
Weâ€™ll be hosted by Glenn Ridge, the legendary host of Channel Nineâ€™s incredibly successful TV show Sale of the Century back in the day, who will no doubt wonder whether life is still worth living after two hours of Campbell and Landeryou (as a radio star I can now speak in the third person).
So bring it on.
Itâ€™s going to be epic.
Sundays from midday MTR1377.com.au