With Neil Mitchell announcing he will step down from 3AW Mornings, the stations new line up has been announced with no surprises from what was expected.
Tom Elliott will take over Mornings, Jacqui Felgate will replace Elliot as Drive host, and Tony Moclair will step into Afternoons from Overnights.
“It’s a huge honour to succeed Neil Mitchell in hosting 3AW Mornings. Ever since I started at the station in 2002, Neil has been the gold standard for how to host this iconic talkback show. I have always looked up to Neil and cannot wait to talk with the Mornings audience in January 2024.”
Station Manager Stephen Beers said:
“Tom is the perfect choice to receive the baton from Neil Mitchell and build on his legacy of championing our listeners, holding politicians and business to account, and celebrating our great city of Melbourne.”
“The 3AW listeners have embraced Jacqui over the past 18 months during her stints on Breakfast, Afternoons and hosting our Friday night AFL coverage. She’s an outstanding appointment and will continue the great tradition of breaking news on 3AW Drive.”
“Tony epitomises what 3AW is all about – information and entertainment – great companionship. The listeners love Tony, and he loves them right back.”
Felgate, a multi-award-winning journalist with 20 years’ experience in broadcast, radio and print, said:
“It’s an absolute privilege to be in the 3AW Drive chair and I look forward to chatting to Melbourne every afternoon. One of the most remarkable things about 3AW is the role the station plays in the lives of our listeners and I’m so humbled to be able to hear their stories every day.”
Tony Moclair, the comedy actor, writer and performer, said of his change to more hospitable hours:
“I’m looking forward to broadcasting from midday, instead of midnight, and I’m delighted to be wedged between Tom and Jacqui on the new looking and sounding 3AW.”
All will begin their new roles in January 2024.