As you may or may not know, I am a rabid Triple J listener.
Ever since it started broadcasting in Canberra in the late 80’s, I have been tuning in (except for my Kix 106 days, but that’s another story).
As you may also know, I am a big sports fan, however these 2 things have never really mixed. Sport and JJJ are like oil and water. As much as you try to shake them up, they never quite mix.. You always get the sense that the DJ’s on the J’s are young cultural musically minded people who think of sport as the activities that people on the ‘other side’ venture into.
That is, except for those Sunday afternoons, where you could flick the radio on from 2 till 5 and listen to the dulcet undertones of Rampaging Roy Slaven and HG Nelson. It’s been an institution at Triple J for 20 years. Those few hours a week where sport entered the world of the youth broadcaster to give you the twisted sarcastic and wickedly witty views of these 2 legends.
This Sunday will be the last Sunday arvo broadcast as I discovered yesterday. The boys have taken the money and jumped into commerical radio, as so many in the Triple J family tend to do. They will be taking over the ‘drive’ shift on Triple M replacing Wil Anderson and Lehmo (whoever the hell he is).
Now, this is of course not that first time the This Sporting Life team have dabbled in the commerical stakes. They have had shows on Channel 7, but besides the Olympic specials they have never really broken it in the mainstream market. Some might say that their humour is just a little too obscure for the everyday mainstream commercialite out there and I tend to believe that they may even be turfed from the Triple M airwaves after a stint.
I hold out hope that they may return to the public broadcaster in time, as they have always done. I always felt that the boys had a lot of integrity and loyalty to ‘Aunty’ and I felt almost surprised to hear them on the J’s every week, somehow just expecting them to leave at any given moment.
Unfortunately that time has now arrived.
Good luck boys, and remember…too much sport is NEVER enough..
Roy & HG and the Triple J family.