Nik James from Super Radio Mid North Coast is another example that not all heroes wear capes.
On Saturday morning, the Sales and Marketing Manger from "FM93.5 Radio 531" based in Port Macquarie, took a gamble and answered his mobile despite the fact he didn't recognise the number. The Unknown Caller turned out to be Leonie, a Committee Member from the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce, in urgent need of an MC for their Awards night. When was the Awards Night? Tonight.
It appears the original host, Comedian Jean Kittson, had broken her leg the night before and was unable to travel.
Nik thought to himself she probably broke her funny bone and therefore couldn't perform her comedy. He chuckled.
After a 10 minute discussion Niko agreed to help out and proceeded to tell his wife that a woman he last spoke to in 2016, a woman that she's never met, has asked him to drive 2 hours up the Highway for Dinner and a Sleepover. Without hesitation or actually listening to what was said she replied "OK. Drive Safely."
Armed with a freshly shaven head, a suit that had just been dry-cleaned, a Running Sheet with the ink still wet and a couple of opening lines he just thought of (as mentioned above) he was 63% sure he could handle the challenge ahead.
Just moments before taking the stage the 350 strong crowd were told Jean wasn't coming and you could hear the massive disappointment in their voices with a synchronised "Ohhhhhhhhhh." Regardless Nik took the stage at 7.30, pushed aside the nerves and pressure to perform, tried to the ignore the direct beam of the spotlight in his eyes and cracked his lame Dad jokes. They laughed.
Not one name was mispronounced. Crisis averted. And the rest was history. A Good Night was had by all.
Despite thanking him on the night Coffs Chamber President Martin Wells even jumped on Niko's facebook page to say it publicly...
Outstanding effort thank you so much for taking up the 🆘 👏👏🏆 You made it a great Night.
Nik James is not the biggest Radio Name on the NSW Mid North Coast when you consider the number of SCA Announcers in Port and Coffs but when you need someone to save the day... who ya gunna call? Super Radio Niko.
(*Photo Credit: Rob Cleary / Seen Australia).