NEW ADVENTURE: Damien Haffenden is leaving Hitz FM for a new radio job in New South Wales. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
NEW ADVENTURE: Damien Haffenden is leaving Hitz FM for a new radio job in New South Wales. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Hitz939's Damo signing off the airwaves

HE IS one of the people Bundaberg has been waking up to for almost three years, but the sound of Damien 'Damo' Haffenden's voice will no longer be coming through the air waves as the spritely radio host sets out on his next adventure.

The Hitz939 breakfast announcer will tomorrow leave Bundaberg after two-and-a-half years co-hosting the Damo and Trace morning show.

Damo is set to take up a program director role on Monday for radio stations Eagle FM and 2GN in Goulburn, New South Wales, which is about one hour from Canberra.

"It was hard to leave Bundaberg but at the same time it was a good chance to progress," he said.

The 28-year-old isn't afraid of a change in scenery, having worked in places like Lismore, Orange and Jindabyne earlier in his career.

"I'm from Adelaide but I grew up in Townsville and Brisbane," he said.

"Bundaberg was my fifth radio gig."

While an exciting new opportunity lies ahead for the bubbly radio personality, there is one person he'll have a hard time forgetting - his co-host Tracey 'Trace' Sergiacomi.

"I'm going to miss Trace immensely," he said.

"She was always more than a co-host - she was a good friend and someone to lean on.

"It's kind of like leaving a family member behind."

But Damo said he would take with him the many memories formed from his time entertaining his listeners from 6am-10am every morning.

"One of the highlights would be covering the two floods on air - we had round the clock broadcasting," he said.

"We were also one of the first stations to speak to One Direction before they broke out.

"We got the interview three to four weeks before they really broke out."

Damo said he had also enjoyed stepping away from the microphone and recording booth and getting out there amongst the community, which included trips to Fraser Island and the Gold Coast with lucky listeners.

"It's been a big two-and-a-half years of not only being on air, but getting involved with the people too," he said.

"It's been been a privilege waking up to Bundaberg for the last two-and-a-half years and I'm going to miss every one."

For those who were listening to the pair's final broadcast together this morning, they would know it wasn't without its tears.

"We did the big cry this morning on air," Trace said.

"You work so closely with someone for two-and-a-half years."



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