The ratings-winning team of 104.7 breakfast presenters Scotty and Nige - aka Scotty Masters and Nigel Johnson - celebrate their 1500th show on Thursday.
The duo were fill-in presenters at the Canberra station between 2005 and 2007 until they took on breakfast full-time, going to air with their first official show on May 2, 2007.
Since then, they’ve got from strength to strength, knocking off long-time breakfast radio king Ross Solly (then of 666 ABC Radio) in the last two radio surveys. The first ratings for Canberra under the new system by provider GfK will be released on April 30.
Scotty Masters said it felt ‘‘pretty good’’ to reach the 1500th show milestone which will be celebrated with prize giveaways for listeners and a big birthday cake for all to share from 8am at the station in Crace.
‘‘I mean I’ve been in radio 22 years this year and to have a breakfast shift that’s gone for seven years and 1500 shows, it doesn’t happen very often. It’s a nice achievement, a nice feather in the cap,’’ he said.
Masters said some well-known Canberrans would be joining them for the historic broadcast.
‘‘We’ll be catching up with people who were there from the very beginning, like former Raiders, former Brumbies and a couple of shell-shocked program directors as well,’’ he said.
Highlights over the last 1500 shows had included plenty of high-jinks.
‘‘We’ve done some pretty crazy stuff,’’ Masters said. ‘‘I remember we both got our ticket to drive a steamroller.
''We were giving away a Macbook Air and we thought it would be good idea to flatten the listeners’ existing laptops. We had about 300 people turn up at the radio station that morning so we had 70 or 80 metres of laptops that we got to flatten that morning.
‘‘That was great fun until Nige nearly ran over the boss’ son in a steamroller.’’
There had also been memorable interviews with stars including Daniel Craig and Will Ferrell.
Masters said the secret to their success was simple.
‘‘The best feedback we get from people is that it sounds like two blokes in a pub having a chat,’’ he said.
‘‘I try to make Nige laugh in the morning and he tries to make me laugh and if anyone else gets, well, that’s purely gravy. That’s honestly always been the way we’ve approached the show, much to the dismay of some of the suits and consultants over the years.’’
And the team is staying together.
‘‘We’re both more than happy to be in Canberra, we both love it here,’’ Masters said.