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24 hours with 92.5 Gold FM breakfast host Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt

Ever wondered how breakfast show radio hosts wake up so early? In this 24 hours with, ex-AFL player and 92.5 FM breakfast host Spida takes us through the mountains of Weetbix, coffee and duck alarms required to wake up at 2.30am every day.

2:30am

I start my day with the loudest and most annoying alarm ever – a duck quacking, really (and I mean REALLY) loudly. I revel in the pleasure I get each and every morning at 2.30am when not only does the duck alarm go off, but so does my wife, Sheree.

She is hilarious when sarcastic. The punch I receive from her along with the threat to blow the alarm clock up next time it goes off, is all I need to spring from bed with a smile on my face.

3:00am

Enjoy coffee at home and at the same time check my messages. Because I go to bed at 7.30pm, I always seem to have a truck load of missed calls and messages from the night before – after six years of doing the same job you would think people might learn I’m sleeping, but alas that is not the case.

I filter through the media requests for interviews and then swiftly forward them all on to my trusty PA – Sheree. I have a very creative mind, but Sheree is the executioner. I am constantly bombarding her with new ideas, as well as messages. After making as little noise as possible – something Sheree will fiercely argue – I sneak out the front door.

3:30am

I then jump into my car and drive 35 minutes to the Gold FM studios in Broadbeach with talk back radio playing. Radio really doesn’t get much better than that at 3am.

I take these moments of solace to think of my next big idea (or multiple ideas, depending on how active my mind is feeling in these early hours). I also spot some kangaroos enjoying the early morning quiet on the way to work this morning.

4:00am

Arriving at the Gold FM Studio, we start planning today’s radio show. We do this in the work kitchen as I make my way through six Weetbix (how many do you do?) and a couple of coffees. The team meeting is usually with Bridget ‘Bridge’ Daley, my on-air partner, but unfortunately, she is in hospital with a back injury, so Al our anchor man is on hand to chat through today’s show. 20 to 30 minutes in the kitchen is where the national and local topics are sorted.

I then brainstorm about what funny things we can talk about today and make a call on what’s going too far on certain topics.

7:00am

As part of my job as a breakfast radio host I get to interview some incredible people. Today on the show we interviewed Jack, who made it into the final three of Australian Ninja Warrior.

9:00am

Breakfast show ends and we usually have back-to-back meetings until around 10:30am, however today the producers said we were taking staff meetings offsite today to Bounce trampoline park.

11:00am

The team bonding continues as we head out for a jetboat trip on Gold Coast’s Jetboat Extreme in Surfers Paradise, where we speed up and down the waterways.

1:00pm

We have team lunch at Bavarian Bier Café in Broadbeach, where we tuck into some delicious beers and food.

3:00pm

Head home after a busy day with the Gold FM team. On the way home, I stock up on food supplies for one of our Great Australian Doorstep motorhome tours, which we do regularly for the show and get some of our fans involved for an awesome, adventure-packed trip. This time we will be heading up to the Northern Territory with a convoy of motorhomes to film the next season of the show, which airs on 7Two.

5:30pm

As it’s a Tuesday, I head down to senior football to coach a young lad who is learning all about the game. As a former-AFL player, I like to use my experience to help upcoming players learn all about the game.

6:00pm

Following senior footie, I take my son Boston to his AFL training as he prepares for his match on the weekend.

7:00pm

I go to evening events about once a week and tonight, I am going to the launch event for the Broadbeach Country Music Festival, where my great friend and country music singer, Troy Cassar-Daly, is playing live.

8:00pm

Head home from event, then it’s shower, set the alarm, double check the alarm, and into bed.

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