He ditched a double degree in electrical/electronic engineering and business management to follow his love of radio and it’s paying off – Hit Network announcer Harry Boucher will relocate from Orange in New South Wales to Townsville to take over the regional Hit Network Workday shift. From 27 September, Boucher will be heard in more than 35 different markets across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and Western Australia.
His move follows recent news announced by Blair Woodcock, SCA Head of Content – Regional, that then regional Hit Network Workday shift announcer Nathan Bongiovanni would be taking the role of Assistant Content Director and announcer at Hit103.1 in Townsville.
“This move created an opening for the regional Hit Network Workday shift, and we didn’t have to look too far with SCA’s own Harry Boucher accepting the role,” Woodcock said. “Harry joined Hit 105.9 in Orange at the beginning of the year to host Mornings and has proved a standout both on, and off air. His move to Townsville sees him returning to his home state of Queensland, in what is a brilliant step for his career.”
Boucher said it was not until halfway through his double degree that he decided life was too short not to have fun and do what he truly loved.
“I have been obsessed with radio my entire life, maybe it’s in my blood as my dad used to host a gardening show on 3MP in Melbourne 20 years ago,” he said.
He said while his radio “true norths” are Hamish and Andy, his biggest inspiration has been – in a baton passing nod – Nate Bongiovanni. “It has been a blast to finish my show each day and then immediately be treated to the masterclass of Nate’s pacing, humour, and warmth with callers. It is an incredible privilege to be stepping into his role, even if it means I must double up on socks to try and fill these shoes,” he said.
Boucher’s first taste of radio was when he volunteered at SYN Media in Melbourne, while studying at RMIT University; he made his official on-air debut as co-host of its the music show, The Hoist.
Woodcock said SCA’s recent regional appointments and new roles were a sign of the growth and development of the team, and the strength of the regional radio market.
“It’s great to announce these moves as it reflects the growth and development of our existing team and allows us to open the door to more content creators who are excited about creating fiercely local content with SCA. We have existing roles to fill, and exciting new opportunities yet to be announced,” he said.