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.
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