Season 5, Episode 16 – Michael “Wippa” Wipfli

If you live in Sydney, you probably know Wippa.

He’s on NOVA every morning with Fitzy and Kate Ritchie (or 6-7pm in the rest of the country), but he’s also a veteran of Australian radio, having been on air for 20 years, making his start in Port Augusta before moving to Perth, then Melbourne and now Sydney.

Wippa and Ryan have been great friends for a long time. They even co-hosted the NOVA drive show for two years with Monty Dimond in 2009 and 2010. During this time, Wippa went through one of the darkest periods of his life and leant on Ryan for support. Wippa talks about that time in this episode – how he got through it and the positives he takes out of it all these years later.

But if it’s not Wippa’s extreme vulnerability that will stay with you after this episode, it’s the truly bizarre but incredible gift that he surprises Ryan with at the end. Wow.

To watch Wippa sing ‘The Confrontation’ from Les Miserables with Hugh Jackman, follow this link:

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