Healey to host ABC North West WA breakfast

By Craig Daveson in Media News on
2SER breakfast host Nic Healey completed his final show this morning, as he prepares to move to Karratha next month for a new gig — some 5,000km away — hosting the ABC North West WA breakfast show.
Speaking to Influencing, Healey said that working at 2SER full-time for the past 22-months has been a “shock to the system,” especially after two decades specialising in print and online media.
“It’s got a huge footprint in Sydney and a remarkable history, but there’s an energy to it because of its volunteer base that is just going to be really hard to replicate anywhere,” said Healey.
“You fall in love with it, it’s a remarkable station.”
After years of volunteering, Healey joined the station full-time in 2016 and quickly found himself in the deep-end due to the NSW state election, with some of his first segments involving speaking to some of the more fringe parties in the running.

“That was a lot of fun, and a nice baptism of fire for kicking off breakfast radio,” said Healey.
Other standouts from his time at 2SER include an interview with the Bondi Hipsters who appeared in character. That was supposed to be a short, pre-recorded segment, but turned into a 20-minute takeover.
Healey said he is well prepared to move from Sydney to Karratha thanks to his regional upbringing in Deniliquin and Mathoura.
“Regional is really important to me, and certainly in regional areas you see just how important local radio is. It’s essential for those areas,” said Healey.
“I grew up in a small country town. I’ve lived regionally, I’ve studied regionally, I was born regionally — so I’ve always been curious to work in that area.”
As for his freelance output which has seen Healey make regular appearances at outlets like Qantas Travel Insider, he added that whilst he has been honoured to work with some great publications, he is hanging up the pen for now to concentrate on the ABC and radio.
Healey’s breakfast programme at the ABC North West WA will kick-off on May 7.

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