When The 2 Blokes Chatting Radio Show commenced in March 2020, we decided to take elements from each of our existing programs - Sportsfix (focusing its attention on local and national sport) and Turn Up Your Radio (a music program featuring the best music of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s). Given the expected temporary nature of the program, we took a few weeks to settle into a rhythm and to create a structured format that broadened our subject matter beyond the initial focus of sport and music.
Both elements still play a significant role in the program but the content has broadened to include a range of topics and guests that fit within our overarching intent - to inform and to entertain. Given the time slot we currently occupy (Saturday morning), we have deliberately and intentionally steered away from politics and contentious current affairs. We believe our listeners hear enough of that content throughout the working week and prefer a more relaxed and lifestyle-focused program on their Saturday morning.
Throughout each program, we play five or six songs, kicking off with a track by our featured birthday artist. Neil selects the music, adhering to a theme for each week's program (e.g. songs with place names in the title, songs by English artists, etc), with Rob given the task of trying to guess the theme. We regularly have listeners texting us during the program with their guess on what the musical theme is. We also carry sponsorship announcements at the start or end of each music break, creating an interlude between each segment.
Every week, our program follows the same broad structure:
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Neil provides a list of well-known people who are having a birthday, including a musician / singer. Rob guesses and ranks the ages of each birthday person and the segment concludes with a song by the featured birthday artist.
Fishing (with John Didge) or Women's Sport (with Alyce Tzotzis or Sienna Mannix) - alternate weeks
Every second week, we chat to John from the On The Deck podcast about local fishing conditions and other related topics. On the alternate week, we feature Alyce or Sienna - both young journalists with a passion for women's sport - presenting the major stories in local, national and international women's sport.
The Long Run
A light-hearted chat about something(s) that has annoyed Rob or Neil since our last program. The Long Run has become a podcast in its own right with each week's segment uploaded to the various podcast stores.
Sport (with Josh Barnes from the Geelong Advertiser)
Josh is an up and coming sports journalist from News Corporation's local newspaper, the Geelong Advertiser. Josh presents a sports report that focuses on the stories that impact our local broadcast region including a report on the Geelong Cats (AFL) and/or Geelong Cricket Club.
This segment features Rob and Neil chatting to a special guest in an extended conversation, usually 20 to 25 minutes in duration. We have attracted a number of nationally and internationally-known names from the world of sport, music and other fields. A selection of these conversations can be found on the Our Special Guests page on the public section of The 2 Blokes Chatting Radio Show web site. We have chosen a handful of our favourite conversations and included them in this hidden section of the site, too - you can find them on the Air Check page.
During this segment, one of the Blokes outlines a scenario, an issue or an opinion which concludes with "whaddya reckon?". An informal segment where we chat about whatever topic is presented. To make this more effective and spontaneous, the topic is only revealed to the other Bloke for the first time when the segment starts.
Both Blokes have a passion for regional Australia and firmly believe that there are literally millions of great storytellers across the country just waiting for their chance to be heard. Every week, the Blokes chat to someone who lives and works in regional Australia - in part to find out about the town and region, in part to learn more about life in other parts of regional Australia.
Ideas for additional / replacement segments
The existing format is appropriate for the current time slot and broadcast region however, depending on eventual audience and region, one or two of the existing segments may need to be replaced.
Some ideas that we have had for replacement segments, if required, include:
- A year in focus (weekly)
- Men's health (fortnightly or monthly)
- Real estate / home finance (monthly)
- Gardening (fortnightly or monthly)
- Easy-to-cook recipes (fortnightly or monthly)