Katie Spain Says: Adiós To ABC’s Matt And Dave

Katie Spain

I don’t like eggs in the morning. Or tea, juice, toast, vitamins, or coffee. Before a weekday kicks off effectively, I like a hit of Matt and Dave. I’m not alone. When Matthew Abraham announced his departure from ABC Radio Adelaide’s ‘Matt and Dave’ breakfast program this week, I panicked. Listeners cried. Goodness knows how co-host David Bevan reacted. Matt’s final breakfast show is June 30. How are we going to get our daily fix of local news and political antagonism now?

Matt and Dave are a popular pair. During 15-plus years of co-presenting they earned the crown of number one breakfast show in Adelaide.

Not since Statler and Waldorf shared the Muppet Theatre’s balcony box have two old(ish) blokes played matches of such ferocious verbal tennis. They’re like Ernie and Bert, Frodo and Sam, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, Chip and Dale. It’s difficult to imagine them flying solo and we’ll miss their early morning banter.

“How are we going to get our daily fix of local news and political antagonism now?”

It got me thinking. Why do (most of us) like them? Is it their familiarity with South Australia, the warmth in their voices when they engage with listeners, or the moments they go for the jugular during interviews? It could have something to do with their balanced ‘guy next door’ and ‘tenacious journo’ dynamic, their willingness to laugh, or willingness to let us into their lives the way we let them into our homes.

For me, it comes down to integrity. I’ll miss Matt’s unwillingness to let the likes of Jay Wetherill, Nick Xenophon, Christopher Pyne, and Malcolm Turnbull off the hook during animated questioning. I admire the pair’s willingness to replay interviews and admit that sometimes, they’re wrong. Their popularity also endured the leak of their salaries during 2013. Let’s face it, you get what you pay for. In 2011 they were found guilty of bias in an interview with former deputy premier Kevin Foley. We forgave them and breathed a sigh of relief. It turns out high paid radio presenters are human, too.

In a world of fake news and time-poor hacks, the likes of Matthew Abraham should be celebrated. Luckily for us, David Bevan will continue to present the breakfast program and Matt plans to go back to writing. When he’s not fishing, of course.

Vale for now Mr Abraham. Thank you for kick-starting our minds in the morning. May the sleep-ins be long, the fish bite, and the words flow.

What’s your most memorable Matt and Dave moment? Tell us in the comments below.

Smiley Fritz



  1. Phil

    28/06/2017 at 4:28 pm

    best moment when they interviewed Nigel Smart when he stood for the seat of Norwood. Not really sure if it was intended by they asked him about the Orange Lane Markets – and Nigel (trying somehow to show his local credentials) said how much he liked going there – even though it had been closed for months….which a perplexed D Bevan had to point out to him. Campaign ending moment.

  2. rolf binder

    28/06/2017 at 4:43 pm

    Brilliant!!!! Thank god we still have the Britannia roundabout and ‘at least it is dry heat’ so Adelaide all is not lost.

    Vale Kev corduroy

  3. Ann Cochrane

    29/06/2017 at 6:07 pm

    This is what happens when you go on holiday!!!! After 7 weeks away, I’m on my way home and in Dubai, due back Friday night and I hear the terrible news!!! I will miss the last show and I will miss the naughtiness of the boys together every morning from the insight to the crazy. It’s been fun. Thanks so much Matthew Abraham for brightening my mornings.

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