Mak McKenna joins co-host Karina Brindley on HOT FM following the departure of former breakfast presenter Baz.
Mak McKenna joins co-host Karina Brindley on HOT FM following the departure of former breakfast presenter Baz. Supplied

"Mak" is new HOT FM brekkie host

IT’S every radio shock jock’s worst fear – accidently leaving the microphone on during “off-air” chit chat.

For Kristian “Mak” McKenna it happened while passing judgment on the cooking ability of his girlfriend’s mother.

“I should say; lack of,” he admits.

The 29-year-old self-described “fun, genuine beer connoisseur” hopes there are no such red-faced moments when he replaces HOT FM announcer Baz as the new breakfast announcer on Monday.

But one thing’s for sure, Central Queensland listeners are in for a laugh if the spirited presenter has anything to do with it.

No stranger to radio, Mak has worked at stations like Hot Tomato on the Gold Coast, B-105 in Brisbane, and more recently co-hosted the brekkie show on 91.9 Sunshine Coast.

Arriving a week ago from Mooloolaba, Mak said he loved his new Gladstone residency, noting the Rockhampton pubs as a definite drawcard.

The cheeky presenter said if he wasn’t making his money behind a mike, he would behind a bar.

When asked to describe her newest co-host in three words or less, 26-year-old Karina Brindley replied: “Sideburns… angular sideburns.”

“HOT FM’s Karina and Mak” will include favourites like “Win a HD LCD TV”, the latest local and international celeb goss, plus new competitions like “HOT FM’s Char-Radio”.

The new duo are sure not to disappoint CQ listeners with The Morning Bulletin able to reveal that the pair’s first week on-air will include “new boy” challenges in which heights, fake tan and hair removal are said to be involved.

Former breakfast presenter Baz resigned to follow a career outside the radio industry.



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