Sea change for radio?s Smithy



RADIO station SeaFM makes a journey into the unknown today when it un- leashes the Smithy and Blunty breakfast show on Rockhampton and Central Queensland.

Daniel "Smithy'' Smith, after spending more than four years on the breakfast shift at HotFM, is taking the place of Nellie McKenzie who moves to a late-night talk show spot on 4RO.

It will be 27-year-old Smithy's first "bloke/ bloke'' gig after 10 years of presenting radio across Queensland.

"We'll have to see who wears the dress,'' Smithy joked yesterday.

"I think it will be Blunty.''

He said he met his new co- host Paul "Blunty'' Blunt for the first time last week and had a lot to learn about him.

"I can't just walk in there and have it all my own way but we both like cricket so that's a good start,'' he said.

Smithy decided to make the move after SeaFM pro- gram director Ross Turner offered him the job within the company (Macquarie Regional Radio Network owns HotFM, 4CC, SeaFM and 4RO after purchasing the latter two stations last year).

Mr Turner said yesterday that the station had needed a talented presenter to replace Nellie, and Smithy was the first choice.

"Good things happen to good people,'' he said.

"It was fun having one class clown (Blunty) ? now we have two.



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