Richard King’s bedside alarm goes off at 2.50am every week day morning.
While the radio broadcaster has been onthe- air for more than four decades, it’s the past seven years at the Sandgate studios of 2HD where King has cemented a relationship with the Hunter breakfast radio audience between 5.30am and 9am.
The broadcast area of the 2HD program includes Singleton, Port Stephens and the southern edges of Lake Macquarie.
King has established an enviable reputation for having a finger on the pulse of the region and a fat contact book that includes the personal numbers of politicians, decision-makers, celebrities and entertainers. In an era where much radio is programmed to the minute, the flexibility of King’s program –a combination of regular callers, hot issues, talkback, music and keenly contested competitions that regularly see winners pocket thousands of dollars or a whopping great meat tray – makes it an eclectic approach that responds to what is happening in the region on any given day.
He can feature as many as nine interviews in a day, and with producer and Newcastle University communication graduate Shanna Bull “cracking the whip”, the program is one of the few local programs on commercial radio that focuses equally on entertainment, news and current affairs.
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