Only one of them intends being funny. Sharon Osbourne just is. Merrick Watts and Sharon Osbourne will co-host the Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs).
The Tripe M national radio host announced his appointment with his usual comedic aplomb, “I was thrilled to be asked to co-host the Awards. I am really looking forward to meeting Sharon in person and explaining to her what a bogan is. It’s best she knows what she’ll be working with.”
“Merrick is a highly skilled presenter and comedian and will be a terrific co-host with Sharon Osbourne,” chief executive officer of Commercial Radio Australia, Joan Warner, remarked.
Watts presents the weekday drive program, Merrick & The Highway Patrol with Rachel Corbett and Jules Schiller on Triple M’s national metropolitan and regional radio network, after more than ten years on Australian breakfast radio.
The 24th annual ACRAs is to be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour on October 13th.
Additional presenters announced on Sunday include Nova’s breakfast team, Fitzy and Wippa (Ryan Fitzgerald and Michael Wipfli), WSFM breakfast team, Jonesy & Amanda, (Brendan Jones & Amanda Keller), 2UE drive presenter, Paul Murray, Nova presenters, Kate Langbroek and Tim Blackwell, Southern Cross Austereo, Radar presenters, Ella Hooper & Byron Cooke and Mix 106.5 Love God, Richard Mercer.
Entertainment on the night will include Guy Sebastian, The Veronicas, Timomatic, Commercial Radio Australia country scholarship winner, BayLou, plus a performance by the winner of First Break, the commercial radio industry and Mushroom Group's new emerging talent initiative.
There are 33 ACRA Award categories, that cover all areas of radio broadcasting including news, talk, sport, music and entertainment. Winners are announced across three sections: metropolitan, provincial and country.