Long serving Double Jay, triple j and Dig Music identity Stuart Matchett has passed away
Much loved ABC music journalist, radio announcer and Program Director Stuart Matchett has passed away at the age of 67, after succumbing to a rare form of cancer.
Matchett was one of the first DJs at the original Double Jay, joining the station in 1978 after starting at Brisbane community station 4ZZZ. He remained a part of the team long after it switched to triple j in the early 1980s, leaving for a brief period in the mid-80s, before coming back in 1989, and remaining at the station until 2002.
Through the 90s, Matchett was tasked with directing the overall sound of triple j across all of its programs. Even if you didn't know him by name, there's a very good chance you have heard his handiwork.
"He’s one of the most influential people in Australian music you might not have heard of," former triple j Breakfast host Mikey Robins told Double J's Zan Rowe.
“You almost got the feeling that the radio station had been built solely around Stuart’s office.
"He was very hands on. Very much involved with every part of the station, not just hiring presenters, he was the most involved with the music of any Program Director I’ve ever met in my life."
As well as guiding the musical direction of the station, Matchett had a huge hand in the iconic line up of announcers who were across triple j in the 1990s, as well as bringing the station to regional audeinces.
"The national thing started under Stuart’s watch," Robbins said. "In terms of the line up – that line up in the 90s that I was a part of – apart from one or two people, Stuart was the main person who brought those people into the station."
In 2002, Matchett became Program Manager of the newly launched DIG Music, a position he held up until his retirement in 2009. He then served as Content Director for ABC Digital Radio for a few years before his retirement in 2013.
Hear Zan Rowe pay tribute to Stuart Matchett in this episode of Mornings