From Podcasters to Radio Stars in the Making

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By Belinda Palmada

Move over Kyle and Jackie O, there’s a new radio talent to take over airwaves.

Sydney TAFE Media graduate Mitchell Coombs and current Sydney TAFE Media student Talecia Vescio will be turning their podcast Not My Cup of Tea into a radio show on Joy 94.9 in August.

The audio series is a conversation between friends over a cup of tea about the downfalls of humanity and rants on petty topics that nobody really cares about.

“We’ll have to be a bit more polished than we are on the Podcast!” Mitchell said.

“It’s kind of exciting but mostly really unexpected,” Talecia said.

“The podcast was so rough when we first started and we never thought anyone would really listen outside the people who watch our videos.”

The show pitched when Mitchell was in Melbourne working for Gold FM for a week and he went into Joy’s office because he’s done stuff with them before.

The station heard some of his air checks he’d done with their friend Aishlin at AFTRS and they liked the banter but said it needed structure.

Mitch then pulled up their podcast and they fell in love with it.

Apart from the podcast, Mitchell and Talecia produce their own videos on YouTube.

Mitchell is best known for video tour of his home town Bogan Gate which went viral.

Things are looking up for the duo as they made the top 10 finalists of Podquest, Nova Entertainment’s search for the next podcast superstar.

The contest was designed to uncover new and emerging talent and invite aspiring podcasters to share their style of storytelling and have their idea turned into a podcast series that will be available on Nova Entertainment’s suite of digital platforms.

Podquest provides opportunities for new and emerging audio content creators through grants of financial assistance as well as access to NOVA Entertainment’s production facilities, technical expertise and distribution channels.

Talecia heard about Podquest on Facebook and sent it to Mitchell.

They thought it would be fun to enter. “I reckon we’re podcast superstars- let’s give it a go”. Talecia said.

Submitting their podcast series Not My Cup of Tea, Mitchell and Talecia said they were surprised they made the top ten.

“We didn’t meet hardly any of the requirements but we figured it’d be fun to say that we’d entered,” Talecia said.

“It also became a bit funny to us when we heard that we were Top 10 because we would pretend it was adequate response to people’s questions “Are you ready for this?” “Yeah man, Top 10, we can take on anything now.”

Mitchell and Talecia first met at YouTuber event and have been friends for a year. They used to work at the same media company.

Their friendship started off on the wrong foot.

“I actually really didn’t like Mitchell for a few months (before we actually met face to face),” Talecia said.

“Mitchell was filling in for a friend of mine at our previous workplace and I had a bias.”

“I remember saying to a friend of mine that Mitchell made me want to ‘claw my eyes out’”

Mitchell did not know at the time Talecia hated him.

“I was unaware of this, of course, so when we first started working together, I thought she was a funny chick & I liked her,” He said.

“I guess she changed her mind about hating me cos it wasn’t until a few months later that I eventually found out she used to!”

Since then, Mitchell and Talecia have a great working relationship. When asked what the success to their partnership, they said knowing each other’s strengths, honesty and trust.

“In radio land there’s generally a Generator VS Reactor relationship in any duo,” Mitchell said.

“I tend to keep the show rolling & mediate the discussion, while Talecia has a quicker whit so she’s good at cracking gags & rolling with whatever punches are thrown at her.”

“When working with friends, it’s a difficult sometimes to find balance but when you’re working with a friend who has the same mindset and goals, it comes naturally.” Talecia said.

Though they didn’t win Podquest, Mitchell and Talecia wouldn’t mind entering the competition again.

In the meantime, they will continue to make content and take opportunities as they come to them.

Another new development with Not My Cup of Tea is a third co-host joining the program.
Ex-TAFE media student and current AFTRS student Aishlin Garnett will be joining their radio show as a new co-host.

“It’ll be interesting to see if there’s a shift in our dynamic. “Mitchell said.

“We have really good chemistry so I feel like it’ll be a good fit,” Talecia said.

“We’ve got the challenge of turning the little podcast that could into a bloody radio show,

“We have our work cut out for us, but I’m excited. Maybe you’ll catch us on the airwaves… “

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