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Triple M host Marty Sheargold bans reality stars from radio show

After quitting Nova’s drive show, Kate, Tim and Marty last year because he no longer found the show “challenging”, Marty contemplated becoming a full-time stand up comedian (“because it’s a lot less work”) or setting up his own podcast (“but couldn’t work out how to make any money out of it”).

Eventually, he accepted an offer to host his own breakfast show on Triple M Melbourne.

The show has been on air for four months now and Marty is audibly happier and more engaged than he has been in years.

“I’m really enjoying coming to work and that hasn’t always been the way, but it certainly is now,” Marty told news.com.au. “If you can’t get up and about for this kind of opportunity then you shouldn’t be looking for it in the first place.”

Marty hosts The Marty Sheargold Show solo, but has surrounded himself with a young supporting cast who joins him in the studio.

Anchor Troy Ellis and producers Matt Thomson, Loren Barry and Will Ralston all chip in during segments, providing both banter and targets for Marty to lovingly take the piss out of on air.

“I love that idea of getting the whole team in the studio and that always takes time for people to find their own rhythm naturally, and I think that’s happening now which is great. And it’s great having young people around because you can vicariously live through their lives and still go to bed early,” Marty laughed.

“We’re having genuine fun and I think that’s the most important thing in a team. Content will always look after itself but if you’ve got a great energy and attitude within the group then it’s just a joy to be a part of,” he added.

RELATED: Why Marty quit stand-up comedy in the early 2000s

Speaking of content, Marty admits he’s relishing speaking to an older audience than he did on Nova.

“I don’t have to talk about Justin Bieber anymore, which is good,” he laughed.

And he’s also made it clear you won’t be hearing any reality stars on his breakfast show … ever.

“I’ll never do that,” Marty told news.com.au. “That to me is filler and lazy.

“When you look at the clock of these (breakfast radio) shows and you give someone from MAFS half an hour of your show, that’s because you don’t want to do half and hour of your show. It’s awful radio and it should be outlawed. And as a listener you shouldn’t put up with it, you should find somebody that’s not doing that, because it’s patronising to treat the audience that way. Who could give a f**k about a bloke from MAFS?”

Given how he feels about reality stars, it should come as no surprise to learn that Marty has rejected a number of offers to appear on reality shows.

“All of those reality ones I’ve said no to,” he told news.com.au. “They even wanted me to go and do the Dirty Dancing show in the US (Channel 7’s Real Dirty Dancing). I’m like, ‘You don’t know me at all. Why would you ask me to do that?’ I was quite insulted,” Marty laughed. “I couldn’t think of anything worse and I made the right decision, it was an awful show.”

Marty has also turned down an offer to appear on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here, telling news.com.au: “It feels like end of career stuff, that stuff. It doesn’t feel like building a career. You’re either starting or ending, it shouldn’t be in the middle of your career.”

In an interview with Radio Today earlier this year, Marty joked that he wants The Marty Sheargold Show to last 25 years. But when asked about his thoughts on the future of the radio industry, Marty was less optimistic.

“I think the next five (years) will be OK,” he told news.com.au. “(But) I think the next 10 is looking interesting.

“I think this shift, 6-9am, should always have a place in that space. I think drive shifts (4-6pm) and stuff outside of that breakfast shift will become harder and harder to monetise and I think they’ll probably fall by the wayside. Some of them are pretty clunky and expensive and I can’t see the return on that spend.

“I think as we continue to look at that podcasting space and we really start to work out through data where they can target their marketing, I think that’s gonna beat all of us in the end.”

The Marty Sheargold Show is live 6-9am Triple M Melbourne and you catch up on the LiSTNR app. Catch more Marty in his live stand-up show ‘Marty Sheargold Live’. Tickets from martysheargold.com

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