The Breeze has named Robert Scott as the new host of the station’s nationwide Drive show, starting on Monday, 8 June. He replaces Mark Leishman, who has moved to new MediaWorks radio brand Magic.
Robert Scott has a 30-year career in radio, most recently as co-host of popular Breeze Breakfast show The Two Robbies. Along with co-host Robert Rakete and newsreader Anna Thomas, he has built The Two Robbies into the #3 breakfast show in Auckland.*
From June 8, The Breeze Breakfast will be co-hosted by Robert Rakete and Anna Thomas.
Ian Avery, Content Director for The Breeze says: “In tandem with the successful launch of Magic we have been evolving The Breeze brand so it delivers greater value for audiences and advertisers.
“Robert Scott was our first choice to host Drive. He’s done an amazing job for The Breeze in the competitive breakfast market, and I am looking forward to seeing our other listeners discover his talent and enjoy his company. I know Robert is looking forward to the new challenge – and to sleeping in after 17 years of early starts.
“I’m also very pleased to announce Anna Thomas is moving to a full-time co-host role on Breakfast. Anna is well-known, and well-loved by The Breeze audience, so this is a seamless transition for the brand and an exciting evolution of the breakfast show.”
The changes mean a new era for The Breeze, and build on the station’s recent successes. In the most recent Radio Survey, The Breeze recorded the highest national audience in its history.**
Robert Scott says: “Change from a position of strength is a rare luxury in radio, and I`m proud of what Robert Rakete and I have achieved. On a personal note, my kids (14 and 18 years old) cannot recall a time in their lives when I’ve been around in the mornings, so breakfast with them will be a treat”.
Robert Rakete says: “While I am going to miss Robert’s smiling face every morning as I walk into the studio, I know his family will love having him back for breakfast and I can listen to his show in the afternoons on The Breeze (he’s very good on the radio!). I’m really looking forward to having fun on-air with Anna.”
Anna Thomas says: “We’ll miss Robert Scott, but this is an exciting change. I’m really looking forward to bringing some more female sensibility to the Breakfast show – and keeping that Rakete in line.”