Melbourne radio’s Richard Stubbs will host his final radio show for the ABC on Friday after more than a decade with the station.
Stubbs has cited “a life changing experience” as his reason to leave his long-time afternoon show as his reason for resigning after 11 years.
“I want to leave while the shows are strong and challenge myself again,” Stubbs said in a statement.
His mother passed away earlier this year and Stubbs says that his caused him to rethink what he was doing. “I was giving a Valedictory speech to a group of Year 12s about pursuing what you love and taking chances when I realised that I was speaking to myself. Losing my mother was a life changing experience and I still have a lot to do with my life, I want to write a book, continue corporate work, do more stand up and so many other things that the next chapter of my life will bring”, he said.
Richard’s first book “Still Life – Thoughts of a Man Hurriedly Going Nowhere” was published in 1997.
His time at the ABC included, “Broadcasting from the anniversary of the Bali bombings and leading the national broadcasts from Gallipoli last year and for the centenary being some of the main ones. I have loved talking to all the, experts, celebrities and listeners on the show, especially those veterans who chose to speak of their experiences.”
“I like to think that in life we learn lessons and I learned and grew a lot whilst being at the ABC and for that time I will always be thankful. During those years I raised two children and was able to give them a wonderful life and education” he added. “They are grown up now and it’s time for me to do some of the things I really want to do”.
Richard Stubbs has spent 31 years on Melbourne radio first with 3XY followed by Triple M. Stubbs announced his retirement from radio in 1997 when he left Triple M and returned to the airways for TTFM (now KIIS 101.1) in 2000. He started at the ABC in February, 2005.
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