There’s a big heap of stuff going on at your favourite government-backed alternative radio stations, mates. Following on from Zan Rowe‘s announcement that she’ll be leaving Triple J at the end of this year in order to take on a new role up the hall, longtime favourite and station cornerstone Myf Warhurst has revealed that she’ll be stepping away from Double J.
Warhurst revealed that she’ll be leaving her lunchtime post – one that she has held ever since the digital-only station re-launched in 2014 – and will instead be moving across to a new post at ABC Local Radio in 2018.
Warhurst was the station’s lead presenter, having being coaxed back from overseas to help drive the station forward after ABC bosses revived the brand as an adult-oriented alternative music station – the “station for those who’ve outgrown Triple J” more or less.
Instead, Myf will present a daily music and culture-based show on ABC Local Radio next year, while maintaining her spot as co-host of the hugely popular Bang On podcast with her great friend Rowe.
Following on from Warhurst’s announcement, Double J revealed their 2018 lineup of shows, which includes a swathe of new hosts including the aforementioned Rowe, along with local music icon Tim Rogers, current-Triple J presenters Gemma Pike and Hau Latukefu. 2018 will also see expanded roles for Double J hosts Tim Shiel and Caz Tran.
The station’s 2018 lineup will boast Zan Rowe’s exceedingly good Mornings show migrate to Double J as the station’s cornerstone show. Rogers will host a weekly lunchtime show Liquid Lunch on Fridays at 2pm, Shiel takes over the 3pm – 6pm drive slot between Monday and Thursday, Pike will serve as the new host of the long-running J Files, Tran will provide the bulk of the weekend hosting duties, including coverage of Saturday afternoon Live at the Wireless broadcasts, and Latukefu takes over from Lance Ferguson as the host of the Friday evening Sky High programme.
An emotional Myf commented on her impending departure during her broadcast a short time ago.
It’s with a heavy heart that I’m leaving Double J Lunch. It was such an honour to be part of Double J right from the very beginning, with the bonus of being able to share some of the most lovingly and intelligently curated music you’ll hear anywhere in the world. Along the way I got to work with an extraordinary team whose vision made the station what it is, who quickly became my new musical family. So, like an old Aunty, I guarantee I’ll be back to annoy everyone at future family functions.
Triple J is scheduled to announce their 2018 lineup, including potential new hosts and shows for Rowe’s vacated Mornings slot, later today.