Tony Martin Oral History: The End of Martin/Molloy
In this excerpt from an oral history interview with Tony Martin, he talks about why he and Mick Molloy ended Martin/Molloy from his point of view.
After four years of Martin/Molloy, and at the peak of their popularity, the duo decided to walk away. Although there was a perception that a two-hour radio program meant a short workday, the reality was very different.
Speaking to Craig Bruce on the Game Changers: Radio podcast in 2016, Mick Molloy described the typical 12-hour workday necessary to put the show together:
‘We were in there every morning about 9[am], then we started to read papers, then we started writing sketches, then we would start writing our spots … We would pre-record elements of the show … There was so much production and so we would produce everything that needed to be produced prior to that show. And then immediately after the show which was [at] 6, we would go in and put down the sketches for the following day… Sometimes we would get out of there at 9 at night.’
As a result, by the end of 1998, they were both exhausted.
Paul Harris interviewed Tony Martin for the NFSA Oral History program in 2012 and 2013.