Wake up with Breko and Kat
Helmed by two popular Gay Sydney identities, OX Live’s new breakfast show is the perfect way to start your day. Reg Domingo listens in.
He’s brassy and colourful, conspicuous not just in person but also on the airwaves. She’s overt and forthright, with a penchant for telling it like it is. Together, they are a rambunctious pair injecting camp energy into morning radio. This is Breko and Kat, the hosts of the new breakfast show on Sydney gay radio station, OX Live.
Of course, the duo need little introduction, having made their mark in Sydney’s gay scene this past year: James ‘Breko’ Brechney with his DIY Rainbow movement and Kat Vass with her, well, cheeky personality. The popular gal has been captivating all and sundry since taking on a marketing role at Stonewall Hotel.
“I am loving OX Live,” Kat tells SX. “On a scale of one to ten of excitement, it’s a ten! The face that I get to jump on board with Breko is great! We get along so well.”
For Breko, the feeling is more than mutual.
“I’m super thrilled to be hosting with Kat Vass – not only is she very popular on the scene,” he says, “but I hear she has Stonewall drink vouchers”.
Such quips will give those who have not heard them on air an insight into their personalities. After all, the success of a radio show often comes down to the chemistry between the hosts and, by all accounts, Breko and Kat get on like house on fire.
“Breko and Kat have been working on the show with producers for a few months, making sure the dynamic is spot on and the content is ‘must-listen’ stuff,” says OX Live program director Brooklyn Ross.
“Breko has moved from the drive show to breakfast, while Kat is a brand new addition to the OX Live line-up and has blown everyone away!”
The breakfast slot is regarded as the most important timeslot on radio and Kat is well aware of the responsibility that comes with her mic and headphones.
“We are the first thing the listeners hear and connect with when tuning in,” she says. “We have to engage the listeners with all the antics and crazy stuff we do.
“I consider myself and Brecko two very happy loud personalities and I think that's the best way to wake up. If you hear happy people, you’re going to be happy if we make you laugh by one of our stories or jokes then hopefully it can keep you laughing through the day!
For Breko, the change from the afternoon to the morning shift has been one he has been looking forward to.
“I’ve been hosting drive for a while on OX Live and now coming to breakfast I feel that I am finally the Kyle Sandilands of the network. So I’m looking forward to eating more and getting them pay cheques.
“On a more serious note I love interviewing interesting people and there is so much more opportunity for that in the breakfast slot than anywhere else in our schedule, so I'm looking forward to some awesome discussions,” Breko says.
“Working with Brooklyn, our producer, is also an invaluable experience. He works with The Edge and Kiis FM and knows a lot about what makes a good show work.
“All three of us just love being in each other's company. It just feels right.”
Above: Breakfast buddies … Breko and Kat. Photo: Supplied
The launch of the Breko and Kat show marks another notch in OX Live’s belt. Since debuting in early 2012, the radio station has gone from strength to strength.
Today, OX Live boasts a solid line-up of programs hosted by lively presenters complimented by local DJs. It broadcast both from community and from its own studio at Stonewall Hotel.
Its digital channel means that OX Live can heard anywhere in the world, anytime, on virtually any platform. Many a gay’s iPhone will have the OX Live app.
No one is more surprised about the station’s runaway success than Brooklyn himself, who started OX Live as a side project while holding down a full-time job. He says the station’s philosophy of “gay pop, dance and remixes 24/7” has struck a deep chord with listeners.
“Our aim isn’t to be alternative or a hectic hard trance station,” he says. “We’re about radio you can play at work and love!”
And the response from the community, Brooklyn says, has been “fantastic”.
“We love hearing from listeners and constantly receive feedback from Sydney, country NSW and even interstate. The people who love us most seem to be those who don’t party on Oxford Street every weekend. They may live in Sydney’s west or a small country town, and really appreciate the connection OX Live gives them to the community.”
So what’s next for OX Live? A lot, Brooklyn says.
“There is plenty in story for the rest of the year. Our competitions are growing, our celebrity guests are getting bigger and the big events we have planned will blow you away.”
In the meantime, tune in to the breakfast show.
“If you haven’t listened to Breko and Kat yet, give them a go tomorrow morning,” Brooklyn says. “OX Live is just a click away on your phone – make them part of your morning routine.”
Breko + Kat are on weekdays, 7am-9am, on OX Live. Go to oxlive.com.au