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Triple J Announces New Drive Hosts Abby & Tyrone

7 August 2023 | 3:44 pm | Jessie Lynch

Abby Butler and Tyrone Pynor will take over hosting duties on triple j Drive from this Friday, August 11.

Tyrone Pynor + Abby Butler

Tyrone Pynor + Abby Butler (Supplied)

In an exciting announcement, triple j has announced that Abby Butler and Tyrone Pynor will be taking the helm on triple j’s Drive, starting this upcoming Friday, August 11.

Both aged 24, Abby and Tyrone bring an infectious energy, a genuine warmth, and an unmistakable authenticity that sets them apart from the rest.

No strangers to the afternoon slot, the dynamic duo has already been steering the ship for Friday Drive since the beginning of 2023.

Their familiar faces have graced triple j's Sydney World Pride and Mardi Gras coverage, and they've made some memorable appearances - including their quest to find the tallest person at Splendour In The Grass and their delightful encounter with the baddest Grandma during a chat with Eliza Rose at Groovin the Moo.

Abby Butler, hailing from Awakbakal and Worimi Land in Newcastle, NSW, boasts an impressive creative background.

Her journey began with presenting and producing at Sydney's FBi radio station before making her mark with triple j Unearthed.

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Known for showcasing the best-emerging music talents from across Australia and championing diverse voices, Abby has been a regular presence on triple j. Her versatile skills have seen her step in for various shows, from Mornings to Home & Hosed, and she has taken the reins on Summer Arvos. Not to mention, she's the go-to authority for all things triple j Hottest 100 of Like A Version related on social media.

Tyrone Pynor, born and raised on Dharug Land in Western Sydney, is a multi-faceted creative with a passion for fashion, photography, and music.

A staunch advocate for First Nations representation, Tyrone's broadcasting journey began with SBS and NITV before gaining recognition on triple j with Weekend Lunch and soul ctrl in 2021.

Over the past two years, he has brought listeners an array of new music and insightful interviews with globally acclaimed artists such as Loyle Carner and Kehlani, solidifying his status as a musical tastemaker.

Tyrone also took the lead in hosting First & Forever, a groundbreaking festival celebrating Blak Excellence and Australia's exceptional First Nations talent, which premiered on ABC TV and is now available for streaming on ABC iview.

Expressing her excitement, Abby Butler shares, "As a former 14-year-old who once called into triple j to win bongos signed by San Cisco, it's honestly surreal to be taking over Drive. Doing it alongside Tyrone, who happens to be a radio star and one of my favourite people, is the best cherry on top."

Tyrone Pynor adds, "If you had told me three years ago that I would be hosting Drive on triple j, I would have screamed in your face! I'm excited for so many reasons, and teaming up with Abby for the Drive slot reminds me that this journey is bigger than just me. Winter is coming... or whatever that Lord of the Rings quote is."

As the torch is passed from the iconic Drive duo Hobba & Hing, listeners are invited to bid a fond farewell this week, tuning in to triple j Drive.

Then, mark your calendars for Friday, August 11, when Abby Butler and Tyrone Pynor officially take the reins, ushering in a new era of radio entertainment.