Coronavirus: Radio Sport breakfast trio reveal the velocity of shock station shutdown

Radio Sport presenters do not know the place their futures lie after they had been shocked with the choice to close down the station, receiving just 45 minutes notice.

Breakfast host Kent Johns, who was with Radio Sport for 21 years, and fellow hosts Nathan Rarere and Marc Peard opened up in a frank, humorous and, at occasions, confronting reside video on Fb on Monday night – lower than eight hours after receiving the information – to say goodbye to their loyal listeners.

It is a luxurious they weren’t afforded on air due to the sudden nature of the shutdown of Radio Sport at 1pm on Monday.

Marc Peard (left), Nathan Rarere (top right) and Kent Johns (bottom right) have said a final goodbye to their loyal listeners in the Facebook video.

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Marc Peard (left), Nathan Rarere (high proper) and Kent Johns (backside proper) have stated a last goodbye to their loyal listeners within the Fb video.

“We obtained the information at the moment that Radio Sport was taking a knee,” Peard stated within the video. “We thought we would do one final blowout earlier than all of it ends.”

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The trio confirmed that even fellow host Jason Pine had no concept when his present completed at noon that he can be in a gathering 15 minutes later to learn the station would be yanked from the airwaves in less than an hour.

Nathan Rarere has received a huge amount of support from listeners and colleagues since the decesion was announced (file photo).


Nathan Rarere has acquired an enormous quantity of help from listeners and colleagues because the decesion was introduced (file picture).

Johns signed off on Monday morning by saying “see you tomorrow at 6am” and Peard had seen the producer’s notes for Tuesday’s deliberate present.

“It was that sudden,” Peard stated.


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Rarere and Peard weren’t at work on Monday due to pre-planned depart.

Peard stated after 17 years in radio he had no concept what he would do and Rarere confirmed he had tried unsuccessfully to entry the Work and Revenue web site on Monday.

“I would not know the place to begin with a CV,” Peard stated.

“It is such a shock. We’re all form of caught within the Covid-19 state the place we won’t go anyplace, we won’t do something after which once you’re job is taken it is simply an absolute slap.”

Johns stated he has checked in with most employees and “everyone seems to be doing OK”.

“It was that swift, issues have moved that quick, this bloody virus has been that swift … folks’s lives have been turned the wrong way up and I have not been oblivious to that truth however this hits house a lot tougher for us now as a result of we’re aside of it,” Johns stated.

Johns interrupted his regular introduction for his or her “unofficial final present” to take a mouthful of beer earlier than acknowledging how bizarre it was to be broadcasting within the night.

Like most employees at Radio Sport, Johns solely discovered when he tuned in to the convention name at 12.15pm on Monday however he had a sinking feeling.

“I knew right away what it might imply and I knew what it might entail,” he stated.

“I assume I have been getting ready myself for the thought that this may occur at any stage given the sports activities world and given that there is not a lot going,” Johns stated.

“I do not bear a grudge, I am completely at peace with it.

“I am buggered if I will fell self-pity as a result of we had a reasonably good run,” Johns stated.

“It was an superior run. What a cool job to have gotten to do, how ridiculous,” Rarere added.

“It isn’t like we’re the one folks that is going to occur too,” Rarere stated.

The trio emotionally thanked all of their listeners and people who had despatched well-wishes since Monday’s sudden shutdown.