The tips from various radio experts have been pouring in for the scary experience of being Jon Faine for a day tomorrow. All the ABC local radio presenters will be in Sydney tomorrow – not Adelaide as we reported yesterday – for the annual ABC local radio awards.

Thankfully, 3.5 hours has become 2.5 hours as The Conversation Hour is now being looked after, so there won’t be a chat about The Monthly or with Aden Ridgeway. We had a dry run first half hour yesterday afternoon with real interviews and talkback – albeit with only the producer listening. Shadow Victorian police minister Kim Wells, the president of the Australian Veterinary Association and Crikey’s own Christian Kerr were all interviewed as if for real. If that was scary enough, doing the real thing tomorrow will be very interesting.

It was very useful to sit in on this morning’s program for an hour and watch the master at work with his devoted flock. All that remains now is to keep boning up on things like the British elections, The Logies, cooking, Friday footy tipping and various other things that we know will come up given the news cycle and the format

Keep the tips and story ideas coming to [email protected]. We’ve had quite a few good ones and are pushing hard for some good interview talent.

Paula is pushing the idea of staying in a hotel as we had a rough time with the kids’ sleep last night (as you do most nights with three under aged four) and being Jon Faine requires arriving at the ABC just after 5.30am – presumably after having more than three hours sleep! Who’d want to be a morning radio presenter?

Peter Fray

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