Sami Lukis replaces Meshel Laurie on Wollongong’s Wave FM

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Sami Lukis replaces Meshel Laurie on Wollongong’s Wave FM … just three months after her radio comeback

Sami Lukis has taken over from Meshel Laurie on Wollongong’s Wave FM 96.5 Breakfast Show with Straney & Damien Leith.

According to a report by radio info On Friday, Sami, 51, stands in for regular host Jade Tonta while on maternity leave.

Meshel, 47, previously filled in for Jade, but she was replaced by Sami, who took over on Monday.

New gig: According to a report from radioinfo on Friday, Sami Lukis (photo) stands in for regular host Jade Tonta while on maternity leave

Transition: Sami Lukis (right) has taken over from Meshel Laurie (left) on Wollongong’s Wave FM 96.5 Breakfast Show with Straney & Damien Leith

However, the comedian seemed to have parted on good terms, with Wave FM stating that they ‘can’t thank the amazing Meshel Laurie enough, who did a great job hosting the show’.

Co-radio host and former Australian Idol winner Damien Leith also paid tribute to Meshel as he welcomed Sami to the team.

‘It was so exciting to work with Meshel in recent months, we laughed a lot and she taught me a lot along the way, we even wrote a song together!’ the 45-year-old said.

Temporary host: Meshel, 47, previously filled in for Jade, but she was replaced by Sami, who took over on Monday

Temporary host: Meshel, 47, previously filled in for Jade, but she was replaced by Sami, who took over on Monday

“I am also really looking forward to reconnecting with Sami, she is incredibly talented and the Illawarra are ready to treat you.”

Meanwhile, Sami confessed that she was both ‘nervous and excited’ about returning to the breakfast radio.

“There are quite a few years between radio shows (and 4am), so I’m nervous and excited to join the team next week …” she said.

New addition: Fellow radio host and former Australian Idol winner Damien Leith (right) also paid tribute to Meshel as he welcomed Sami to the team

New addition: Fellow radio host and former Australian Idol winner Damien Leith (right) also paid tribute to Meshel as he welcomed Sami to the team

“I look forward to spending more time in such a beautiful part of the world, but most of all I look forward to having Damien sing for me every morning.”

In February, it was announced that Meshel would be returning to radio to host Wave FM’s breakfast show, nearly two years after leaving The Project.

‘Jade is about to have a baby and I am not. I couldn’t be happier for both of us, ”she told the industry website Radio today at that moment.

Fill in: It was announced in February that Meshel would be returning to radio to host Wave FM's breakfast show, nearly two years after leaving The Project

Fill in: It was announced in February that Meshel would be returning to radio to host Wave FM’s breakfast show, nearly two years after leaving The Project

‘I also love to keep her chair warm for the next few months. Speaking of shaking off the 2020 blues. ‘

The announcement came two years after Meshel retired from KIIS FM’s Matt & Meshel radio show and also ended its regular appearances on Channel 10’s The Project.

In an all-telling interview with McKnight tonight In 2019, Meshel said she burned out before giving up both roles.

'It's been quite a few years between radio shows (and 4am) so I'm nervous and excited to join the team next week ...' said Sami

‘It’s been quite a few years between radio shows (and 4am) so I’m nervous and excited to join the team next week …’ said Sami

She also confessed that she was ‘pretty broke’ for her charitable donations.

‘I worked hard for a long time and I have always enjoyed it [working in the media] but I just hit a wall, ”she said.

You’re so driven by the next job and getting the job and keeping it, and the fear of other people coming after you, and the fear of taking a day off [in case] whoever you replace will be great. I was that person, I wanted to keep sharpening. ‘

'Jade is about to have a baby and I am not.  I couldn't be happier for both of us, '' Meshel told industry website Radio Today

‘Jade is about to have a baby and I am not. I couldn’t be happier for both of us, ” Meshel told industry website Radio Today

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