5 December, 2014

One of New Zealand’s longest lasting celebrity couples has announced their split today.

After six years on air together, Jay Reeve and Paul Flynn aka The ZM Drive Show, are consciously uncoupling.

“We may not have a ceremony with a Kabbalah Rabbi instead we’ll probably have a beer together, reminisce about old times and then do it all again the following weekend, we are mates after all,” Flynn said.

Flynn, who has been at ZM for 14 years, will move in the New Year to co-host The Hits Drive Show with Stacey Morrison.

“Stacey is a class act, plus she’s a lot better looking than Jay,” he said.

“We have so much in common, particularly the ability to breed like rabbits and all the trials and tribulations that go with having children. I’m looking forward to talking more about my daily life – family is immensely important to me and I know Stacey feels the same.”

Reeve will also embark on a new challenge away from ZM, joining the Hauraki family. He will be contributing to the Breakfast show as well as hosting a new show ‘The Early Edition with Jay Reeve’ that starts at 5am Monday to Friday.

“I’ll miss working with Flynny but I love what’s been happening with Hauraki over the last year and I’m stoked to be joining the team.” he said.

Jeremy Wells likened Reeve’s radio career at ZM to domestic cricket.

“Let’s face it he's going to have to step up his game when he comes to the testing environment of Hauraki - but if Jay plays each ball on its merits we're confident he can see off the new ball…and hopefully when the track flattens out on days two and three, he's there to capitalise.” 

Matt Heath added“We look forward to putting Jay through the famous Hauraki initiation ceremony – we hope he likes dungeons, hoods and paddles”.

“Can’t wait” says Reeve.

Chief Content Officer for NZME. Radio, Gemma Fordham says ZM has deliberately been positioned with a younger audience.

“This has been a planned moved which Jay and Flynny have been keen to make and we’re immensely excited about their new homes.  Our ZM audience is trending younger and the timing is perfect to introduce a new Drive show, which we look forward to announcing very soon.”

Flynn and Reeve will begin in their new roles from 12 January 2015. Their last day on ZM Drive together will be Friday 19 December 2014, which everyone agrees will be a party.

ENDS

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