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Matt de Groot

Fitzy turns the big 4-0

Friday 21 October, 2016

Nova 969 celebrated Ryan ‘ Fitzy’ Fitzgerald’s 40th birthday at The Roof Top at Cruise Bar, International Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay Sydney.

Matt de Groot: "Blame the intern"

Friday 09 September, 2016
It was in May this year an electrician moved to sue Gold Coast radio station 94.1FM in damages for loss and injuries after claiming he received an electric shock from a mixing desk.
Andrew McKinnon was suing the station for $710,700 arguing he was thrown against a wall and left with brain and spinal injuries.

Kyle and Jackie: 'We're starting a war with everyone'

Monday 11 July, 2016
The survey break was over for Kyle and Jackie O this morning and they wasted no time creating a stir.

Starting with Nova newsreader Matt de Groot.

KIIS 106.5's newsreader Brooklyn commented to Kyle and Jackie that he'd been told Matt had referred to KIIS newsreaders at a 'radio school'  as 'shit'.

They then tried to call Matt, referring to him as Matt De Grot to 'sort this shit out".

Matt De Groot really does pull the pin

Friday 18 December, 2015

...on one of his media roles at least.

Vote 1 Matt de Groot

Thursday 08 October, 2015
As if being nominated in Cleo's Media Bachelor of the Year search isn't enough to get your testosterone surging, imagine being the only finalist from radio.
That honour goes to Nova Entertainment's National Newsroom Manager  Matt de Groot.
Two finalists from each state were chosen in the competition which expanded this year from eligible bachelors in agency land to include media.

Matt De Groot pulls the pin

Monday 17 August, 2015
...on his boxing career!

Nova Entertainment's National Newsroom Manager AKA Matt "The Big Rig" De Groot has hung up his gloves after beating Luke Wesney in a fight for charity.

The Pitch2Punch event Friday night raised money and awareness for Beyond Blue.

So how does it feel to be a boxing champ?

Matt "The Big Rig" De Groot

Friday 07 August, 2015

Can he float like a butterfly and sting like a bee?
Probably not but he’s having a go for charity.
Next Friday night August 14th, Nova Entertainment’s National Newsroom Manager Matt De Groot will step into the ring in a fight against depression.
Pitch2Punch is a marketing and media industry sporting challenge raising funds and awareness for Beyond Blue.

Guess who's back, back again...

Tuesday 04 August, 2015

Steve Blanda is back, again, stepping into SmoothFM drive news for a month long stint. 

The former 2UE newsreader will be covering Glenn Daniel who is on leave, Ron Wilson will move to breakfast.

Steve first stepped behind the mic at SmoothFM in June 2015, as reported by radioinfo after falling victim to the Macquarie Fairfax merger.

5 Minutes with Nova Newsreader Matt de Groot

Sunday 30 November, 2014

Kirsty Myer puts the tough (and not so tough) questions to the hardened newsreader.

Name: Matt de Groot

Title: Sydney Newsroom Manager – Brekky Reader

What do you enjoy most about your job at Nova?

Honestly – the people. To many, walking into my apartment and learning all of my belongings had been re-setup on Manly Wharf would negatively impact your view of someone – but like everything Fitzy and Wippa do – it seems to make them more endearing. It is a laugh with them – and the whole team – every day.

Oh – and we get free fruit!

What's the downside to your job? 

See above. Yes – it is endearing .. but they are also eternal pests. I am consistently disappointed with myself for not joining-dots and identifying I am being stitched up. It’s an indication of what working at Nova is like though – when having your car wrapped in gladwrap isn’t completely odd.

That and being called Pitbull. 

Fitzy & Wippa have stitched you up a few times on and off air, which one caught you off guard the most?

Honestly – having the group General Manager of Nova Entertainment, Lou bloody Higgins call me up and demand to know what snap chats I had been sending .. I thought it best to fall on my own sword and admit what I was doing – but it turns out there was no need to reference any sword .. at all. 

What news story for you has been the most interesting to cover and why?

I went to India to cover the 2010 Commonwealth Games .. that was certainly interesting. Not the Games themselves – they were boring as ass. But India – very interesting. Delhi in particular is a confusing – dirty – busy – vibrant – stunning city. 

And by stunning – I mean dusty. It was a crazy few weeks .. But I loved it no end. 

How did you get into radio? 

I volunteered at the birthplace of champions CHYFM. A youth station in Coffs Harbour, where high school students are the announcers. It has developed a host of people working across the industry. Including my current boss, Brendan Taylor

I am not going to say that’s why I got hired – but given we had never met, spoken, run across each other, nor would he even probably have heard of me – it’s good to see some people just trust a brand.

What does your radio timeline look like?

From CHYFM I worked on the sports show at 104.7 in Canberra, while I studied sports media at the Uni of Canberra.
While there I did stuff with the great ATN – and WIN NEWS .
When I finished my degree I got a job in the newsroom at 2UE .. Was there for 5 years .. had a quarter life crises and quit. Caddied for my younger sister on the professional golf tour in the US for 7 months until she fired me for being a terrible caddy (I once recommended she use a 4 iron, to which she replied “there is no 4 iron in the bag, dick head)

At which point I was hired by Brendan at Nova – and have been here since the back half of 2012. 

The first thing you do when you get out of the studio is:     

Pray there isn’t an email in my inbox from the PD saying ‘WTF did you say that for?!’

If I wasn’t working in radio I would have been a:

Great question…

I’ve always wanted to work in radio – so I’ve never even considered it. But I suspect anything that actually earns money.

Where were you raised?

Coffs Harbour – NSW

Born on the Gold Coast though and lived there for about 15 minutes – which is why I am a Queenslander through and through.

(Left) Matt de Groot as Ron Burgundy with Fitzy and Wippa.

Most listened to song on your iPod/Phone? 

Oh goodness – this isn’t a good question for public consumption. This and the next question could be linked .. People will presume Nickelback or Shannon Noll .. 
Not true.

The most listened too would probably be the Beatles - Let it Be 

Most embarrassing track on your iPod/Phone? 

See above – 

And Christmas Carols.

What is your favourite country and why?

I lived in America for 7 months. And loved it.. I’ve been there three times. 
From a broadcaster point of view – it is the crown jewel .. 

Everything is a show on the grandest scale. Their sport, politics, music, TV coverage, news networks .. 

I love the bravado of it all.

And NASCAR racing.

Your most annoying habit?    

Correcting people’s grammar and pronunciation. Especially in SMS based communication.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I wasn’t always bald. Crazy huh. 

 And when I did have hair – it certainly wasn’t bloody red...despite the claims of some. It was sandy blonde. 

 I was also a finalist in the 2004 John Laws rising radio star competition.. But I didn’t win. 

 But who did, huh!...Who?

 Married? Single? It's complicated? 

I am a single man. I fear commitment. 

Which celebrity do you believe is the most influential in Australia?

Ahhh .. Sheesh – 

I really want to say Cameron Daddo .. but that would be unfair to the other 13 Daddo’s. Perhaps the Daddo as a collective. 

What would be a collection of Daddo’s called? A handsome? A handsome of Daddo’s .. 

I like it. 

If not the Daddo’s .. then definitely my current employer Lachlan Murdoch. Who is also very handsome. 

What is on your bucket list?

To hook up with a Daddo. 

I would also really like to go on a high-speed pursuit for hours down a freeway – and not be arrested for it. 

What is your greatest indulgence?

Ahhh – banana bread. No, biscuits… The Arnott’s cream assorted pack … No .. chocolate coated macadamias .. 
I don’t know .. all the things. 

What do you think every person should try at least once in their life? 

Avocado and Vegemite on toast. 

Sounds weird .. and I agree with you .. but once you try it you will never go back.

On what do you spend the most: clothes, accessories, anything else?

Comfortably alcohol – or drinking based activities such as dinner, golf, dating, going out, watching TV, gaming or sleeping. 

What's the best piece of life advice you have ever received?

It’s better to know you can’t, than not know you can .. I.E. always have a crack .. the worst thing that can happen is you will stop wondering what-if, and start wondering what-if about something else. 

Who inspires you the most?

There is a range of people depending on the WHAT .. 

In radio – Glenn Daniel and Ray Hadley .. 2 very different styles of people – who are extraordinarily successful despite these differences. As a man – Glenn .. as a successful broadcaster – Raymond. 

In life – Cameron Daddo. 

Most spontaneous thing you've ever done?

I was bored one Saturday morning so I drove to the airport, parked in long stay, and booked and boarded a flight to New Zealand for the weekend…It was wonderful. 

That story is also totally fabricated. I would like to do that though .. except I would pick a much better destination than New bloody Zealand. 

Some good advice you would give to someone who wants a career in radio?

Don’t try to sound like you think you should sound… 

And say yes – to everything – always. Until you’re big-time enough to say no .. then still say Yes – and I imagine people will be even more impressed. 

What's been one of your favourite moments of 2014?

This year has honestly been a riot .. the stitch ups in particular have just been gold. The moving the furniture to Manly Wharf was near the top. 

The fall out from the Channel 7 Morning Show – Cheating segment was .. extensive .. and I still get people contact me out of the blue and ask what the hell I was saying .. 

(If you haven’t seen it google Matt de Groot – cheating – the morning show .. it will ensure I never convince a girl to marry me)

But number one moment was actually dressing up as Ron Burgundy and reading news to the full cast of Anchorman. It was just – Out. Of. Con. Trol. So surreal. That wasn’t even on the bucket list – and I was able to tick it off. 

This job really is amazing. 

Where can people follow Matt de Groot? 

That does sound like a creepy question .. 

@mattdegroot_ on twitter

@mattdegroot_ on insta

Matt de Groot on Facebook – I tend to accept first, and question later. Not sure why. I think I like the numbers.


    Our profiler, Kirsty Meyer, has worked in news and programs in Australia and internationally.

    This is the second in a series of profiles Kirsty is compiling for radioinfo.



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