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EXCLUSIVE: "It wasn't always the workplace she had imagined" - Inside Kate Ritchie’s secret radio hell

The former Home And Away star almost threw the mic down for good.

By Woman's Day team
When Marty Sheargold announced he was leaving radio in September, fans 
were thrilled when fun-loving host Joel Creasey was announced as his replacement.
But no one was happier 
than co-host Kate Ritchie, who radio insiders tell Woman's Day actively campaigned for Joel's hire after Marty left, 
in a bid to avoid a "boys' club" culture on the airwaves.
From 2014, Kate, Marty and Tim Blackwell made the Kate, Tim & Marty show one of the most bankable and entertaining slots on the airwaves.
With their witty banter and jokey interviews, the trio's fun and relaxed chemistry made it the number one drive show in the country. However, little did listeners know, once the microphones were off, the warm banter often turned to ice-cold radio silence!
Kate feels like an outsider in the radio industry. (Image: Nova)
A well-placed source tells Woman's Day that the culture behind the soundproofed walls of Nova was not always ideal, and 
that at times it felt like a bit of a "boys' club" – so much so that friends wondered if Kate would give up her microphone for good.
According to the industry insider, Kate, 
42, who has admitted to feeling like an outsider in the radio industry because she spent so many years working as an actor, told bosses at Nova in 2018 she wanted to quit the show, after sometimes struggling to get her voice heard over good mates Tim, 39, and Marty, 49.
Friends wondered if Kate would walk from her Nova show. (Credit: Nova)
"To be fair, she was often the butt of the joke with Tim and Marty. It wasn't always the workplace she had imagined," says the source.
After learning of her grievances, Woman's Day is told that senior executives at Nova begged mum-
of-one Kate to stay – eventually offering her a very healthy pay rise, which she accepted.
But when Marty announced his plans to leave radio and focus on comedy, Kate knew she had to go into battle to get the changes she really wanted.
"She's determined to shape 
the culture going forward," our source says, adding she sees Joel, 30, with his relaxed, modern attitude, as the perfect partner 
to do so with.
We take a look at what's been going on behind the mic...

Merrick and Rosso

Working together had become something of a chore for the pair, says former radio producer Bruno Bouchet. (Credit: Instagram)
They fooled their enormous fan base into thinking they were like family for years, but for comedy duo Merrick Watts and 
Tim Ross, working together had become something of a chore, says former radio producer Bruno Bouchet.
According to Bruno, the pair were not seeing eye to eye ahead of pulling the plug on their breakfast show on Nova in 2009.
Merrick, 46, has revealed he still held a grudge against Tim after he turned down "an enormous amount of money" to reform. "I've been holding a grudge for 
a period of time now," he admitted.

Fifi and Marty

"When 
they did a show together, they often sat 
back to back so they wouldn't have to look 
at one another," says Bruno. (Image: Getty)
When Fifi Box and Marty Sheargold fronted Triple M's The Shebang from 2003 to 2008, listeners couldn't get enough of their 
playful banter.
However, behind the scenes tensions ran so high that the duo couldn't 
even look each other in the eye! "When 
they did a show together, they often sat 
back to back so they wouldn't have to look 
at one another," says Bruno.
In 2010, Marty eventually left the network to join Nova 
while 43-year-old Fifi moved on to Melbourne's Fox FM where she currently co-hosts Fifi, Fev & Byron.

Em and Harley

Bruno says relations became so strained that Em, 41, and Harley, 40, who worked together for almost 
12 months in 2017, wouldn't speak a word to each other off air! (Image: 2DayFM)
While 2Day FM saw a revolving door of co-hosts for Em Rusciano's ill-fated morning show, none were as disastrous as Em and Harley Breen.
"Apparently those two hated each other," Bruno dishes. In fact, Bruno says relations became so strained that Em, 41, and Harley, 40, who worked together for almost 
12 months in 2017, wouldn't speak a word to each other off air!

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