It's official: Ruby and Dave won't be back

Ruby Slipperz broadcasts for River 94.9
Ruby Slipperz broadcasts for River 94.9 Rob Williams

AFTER weeks of speculation over what happened to Ipswich radio announcers Ruby Slipperz and Dave Greensmith, an answer has finally arrived.

But it was not the response fans of the duo's radio program were hoping for.

For more than four years, Ruby and Dave have been at the helm of the breakfast slot at Ipswich-based radio station River 94.9.

During that time, the show has been a finalist for Best On-Air Team at the Australian Commercial Radio awards for two consecutive years.

However listeners became confused last month when the pair suddenly disappeared from the airwaves for unspecified reasons.

Initially, their unanticipated departure was reported by the station as "an extended leave".

But an announcement made on River 94.9's Facebook page yesterday by general manager David Greenwood put an end to hopes of Ruby and Dave's return.

"It was decided not to renew their (Ruby and Dave's) services," Mr Greenwood said in the statement.

"And whilst their individual efforts and energies are certainly appreciated, our considerations always focus on River 94.9's future direction and connection with our many listeners."

Mr Greenwood said the announcement had been delayed due to legal reasons.

He said the station would soon unveil a new breakfast line-up to "take us to the next step".

Ms Slipperz said she wanted to thank her Ipswich fans for being so supportive during her years at River 94.9.

"Ipswich has become a second home to me," the Toowoomba resident said.

"The people have been such a generous bunch.

"We've laughed together, cried together and done incredible things together.

"All I hope is that the radio station comes back with something that is strong, fun, real and will delight listeners with what they deserve."

Ms Slipperz said she was unable to comment further on what had happened.



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