Steve Price to take over Chris Smith’s afternoon 2GB slot

Steve Price will take over Chris Smith’s afternoon show from 15 July, after it was announced Smith would be leaving the station last week.

The Steve Price Show will broadcast from 12-3pm weekdays on Macquarie Radio’s 2GB, 4BC and network stations, but not in Melbourne, where Denis Walter will continue to host 3AW’s afternoon slot.

Conservative opinion columnist and Sky News host Rita Panahi will join Price daily, with weekly contributors including Today Show host Deborah Knight and sports journalist Erin Molan. The new afternoon show “promises to be a fast-paced, vibrant approach to the stories that matter to our listeners”, with hosts who, according to Macquarie, want “more of the unpredictability, fun and passion” of talkback radio.

“News doesn’t stop breaking when you break for lunch – and with Steve Price behind the microphone, neither do we. For the last seven years Steve has been presenting our Nights program, and he has achieved that extraordinarily rare feat of being number one simultaneously in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne,” said CEO Adam Lang.

“We’ve seen how broad Steve Price’s appeal is – and now with The Steve Price Show to air from 12-3pm, a new audience can enjoy his down-to-earth style, from tradies on a worksite to parents doing the school pickup.

“We also know how tough it is for so many businesses out there – and Steve has a track record of delivering terrific results for our clients.”

His current program, ‘Nights with Steve Price’, has been heard across 56 stations nationally, and he celebrates 10 years as a founding panellist of Ten’s The Project this month. In 2017, Price was also a contestant on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

“The nature of media in these digital times means there is no shutdown for all of us including talk radio. So much happens post the frantic breakfast setting up of the day and I’m excited to follow Alan Jones and Ray Hadley, Australia’s two most successful talk stars,” Price said of his new show.

“Afternoons will be a combination of opinion, talkback, breaking news and more – who doesn’t want to talk about their dream holiday or set of wheels, and trading blows with regular Rita Panahi is always great radio.”

The announcement comes after a tumultuous week for Macquarie Radio, with the Smith and 2GB break up followed by 3AW dropping football commentator Scott Cummings after he joked about sexual assault on his podcast.


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