Elize Strydom now JJJ radio star
RADIO listeners may already know her voice as a journalist on ABC Mid-North Coast, but Australia’s youth will soon be getting their morning dose of news from Elize Strydom as Triple J’s breakfast newsreader.
It’s a job Elize says she has been dreaming about since she was a teenager going to school at Grafton’s McAuley Catholic College and Grafton High School. Her primary school years were spent at Gillwinga.
“I’m really thrilled,” she said. “I can’t believe it’s happening and I probably won’t believe it till I’m in it.”
“I grew up listening to Triple J and these presenters are kind of like celebrities to me ... now they’ll be my colleagues.”
Elize will move to Sydney in about a fortnight and begin at Triple Js Ultimo studio at the start of June but, she said, she is not sure when her first spot on air will be.
The 26-year-old completed a Bachelor of Media Studies at Southern Cross University and her first paid radio job was with 2GF/FM104.7 as a reporter.
She has been working out of the ABC’s Coffs Harbour office since October 2008.
But it’s Elize’s acclaimed photographic skills that may have set her apart from the field.
Elize has photographed a dozen music events for Triple J’s website, including Byron Bluesfest, Open Arms and Good Vibes festivals.
“It helped ... I was told that it gave me a good cultural understanding of Triple J’s demographic.”
Elize said she was nervously excited about doing the morning headlines and partaking in the likely banter from comedic presenters Tom Ballard and Alex Dyson.
“I don’t want to try and be too funny because Tom is so much funnier than me,” she said.
She said she was hoping to do more photography in Sydney, including Triple J studio shoots with musical guests.
As to the future, Elize said she was interested in youth current affairs and music presenting.