Following yesterday’s news that triple J’s Hack’s Tom Tilley (middle of main photo) is heading off on a new adventure comes news that fellow presenters Linda Marigliano (left) and Gen Fricker (right) are also set to leave the youth broadcaster.
Marigliano will be leaving at the end of this year having been a triple j mainstay for 10 years, originally starting out on triple j Lunch and Drive with Scott Dools. When she returned to the station in 2012, Marigliano was an instrumental force in creating the format for triple j’s beloved new release program Good Nights, which she hosted before moving over to triple j Mornings in 2018.
Her outstanding music expertise saw her develop and host the chart-topping Inspired podcast series, telling the stories behind your favourite songs. Marigliano has been a dynamic strength at the station’s broadcasts for Splendour in the Grass, One Night Stand and Hottest 100 countdowns. She has been a witty, inventive presenter for ABC TVand iview, including hosting the documentary series What is Music and live music TV show The Set. In 2020 Marigliano will continue to be a part of ABC TV.
Marigliano added: “I feel overwhelmed with joy and genuine love for this station that has been my family for so many years. It’s more than music, it’s a real connection with the people around us. It’s an identity that we are lucky enough to be a part of with every single show, with every record that excites us and with every listener that calls up, shares stories and makes me laugh like a maniac because they feel like my best friend. Thank you for having me. It’s been f**king beautiful.”
The network also bids farewell to Gen Fricker, who has brought music and comedy to the nation for five years now. Fricker started out as a solo presenter, before teaming up with Kyran Wheatley on Weekend Arvos and then moving to triple j Lunch. During her time on Lunch, Fricker has got the party started on Friday arvos with Friday Mix, teamed up with Lewis on triple j Drive, and gifted us with an unforgettable dog-themed cover of Charli XCX’s ‘Boys’. She moves on to focus on her career as a comedian which has seen her sell out shows around the country.
Fricker added: “I’m honoured to have spent the last five years talking absolute garbage with some of my best friends, favourite artists, and the greatest listeners in the world. It breaks my heart to leave, but I will be forever grateful for the chance to be a (small) part of such an iconic institution. To everyone who’s tuned in, texted or just enjoyed my general dickheadedry: thank you.”
As announced yesterday, Tom Tilley is wrapping up after an eight-year innings as the host of triple j’s youth issues and current affairs program, Hack. Tilley started out as a triple jlistener in the paddocks of Mudgee and worked his way to Hack’s hot seat, where he’s interviewed some of the country’s most powerful people.