Mornings not so bright without Martin

The dulcet tones of Martin Corben (pictured) will no longer greet people on morning radio, with the ABC North Coast breakfast presenter moving to greener pastures in Sydney next week.

Martin, whose been with ABC North Coast for the last 15 years, including 11 in his current role of breakfast presenter and regional program manager, is taking up a position as online producer for 702 ABC Sydney.

Whilst he is sad to be leaving the North Coast, Martin has some great memories of his time on air to take down south.

We have done some very funny things on air over the years. One was making a promo called Cane Toad Symphony promoting the latest release from ABC Music, Martin recalled. We mixed together the sounds of the cane toad with classical music. We played it on air and actually got calls from people wanting to know where they could buy a copy!

But presenting live radio has not always been smooth sailing. When major floods or weather events occur, Martin has often been required to stay on air for long hours to provide coverage, something he sees as an important aspect of his job.

While peoples houses are flooding or there are cyclones passing overhead, my house is just as affected. So there is a little bit of sacrifice, and a work-comes-first attitude, but thats the job. You feel almost like youre part of the emergency services crew, Martin said. I think people respect our coverage. Im very proud of the work weve done.

A Nielsen Media Research survey last year revealed ABC North Coast was the most listened to radio station in the Lismore area a result Martin lists among his key achievements.

We dont chase ratings at ABC North Coast... but when they come in and they are very positive we think they are a good gauge as to how we sit with the local community, he said. Last year we had a ratings result that I dont think we have achieved before. To be the number one station and the number one breakfast program was really a fantastic thing.

Martin Corbens last day on air will be next Friday, May 19. He is the third key staff member ABC North Coast has farewelled recently, with morning show host Fiona Wylie and regional news editor Tricia Karp also leaving for love and parenthood respectively.

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