Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald shares the breakfast studio with Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli weekdays on Nova 96.9 in Sydney. You will also hear Fitzy & Wippa from 4pm to 5pm nationally on the Nova Network.
A local hero in Adelaide, Fitzy made his AFL debut for the Sydney Swans before joining the Adelaide Crows. But it was his 2004 appearance on Big Brother Australia where his down to earth personality made him a household name and attracted Nova’s attention.
As soon as he came out of the Big Brother house, Fitzy was offered a role as sports reporter on Nova 919 Adelaide before signing on to co-host the Fitzy, Jules & Clare breakfast show.
After spending seven years waking up Adelaide listeners, Fitzy made the move to Sydney where he started his ongoing relationship with Wippa. Fitzy & Wippa spent seven months as Nova’s national drive show before moving into breakfast in September 2011.
Throughout their journey Fitzy & Wippa have achieved a Guinness World Record for the biggest catapult (The Bob-Katterpult), broadcast their show from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and pitched their MUP invention to the experts on Ten’s Shark Tank. In addition to regularly stitching-up Wippa, including sending him into the jungle for I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, Fitzy is in his element creating lyrics for their Rap Battle segment (going head-to-head with sports stars, politicians, musicians and actors) while their Wham Trump parody attracted
Fitzy is a regular presenter on the hit primetime show The Project and Fox Sports The Back Page. In 2014 he hosted Foxtel’s AFL football competition series The Recruit.
Fitzy and his wife Belinda ‘BJ’ have two sons, Hewston ‘Hewie’ and Lennox ‘Lenny’.
Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli sits alongside Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald every morning on Nova 96.9 in Sydney. You will also hear the boys nationally from 4pm to 5pm.
Working in radio, Wippa has found a platform to live out everything he’s ever dreamed of including making it in to the Guinness Book of Records through engineering the world’s biggest catapult (The Bob-Katterpult), which launched a Volkswagen the greatest distance.
A closet rock star, Wippa shares his musical talent with Fitzy through their parodies which lead to the creation of Barry the Parody Bear, a bear that sings Fitzy & Wippa’s parodies, which raised $100,000 for charity and won them an Australian Commercial Radio Award in 2015.
Wippa’s journey began with the completion of a building management qualification from TAFE that gave him the
introduction to life on a building site. Being part of a freelance crew, working project to project, allowed him the freedom to test out the entertainment industry. On completing a radio short course, Wippa put together a demo which he sent around Australia before gaining his first radio gig in country South Australia.
After returning Melbourne, Wippa’s home town, he came to the attention of Nova’s programming team and secured a breakfast gig in 2007 in Perth. In 2009 Wippa moved back to Melbourne to join Nova’s national drive show and in 2011 he teamed up with Fitzy and moved to Sydney take on the extended drive slot of 4pm to 7pm before taking over Nova 96.9’s Sydney breakfast show in September that year.
When he’s not broadcasting from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or creating TV shows for Network Ten including On the Couch with Wippa and Up Reasonably Late with Fitzy & Wippa, Wippa spends his time with his wife Lisa and their two sons Theodore and Jack.