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Perfect storm for new Black Thunder driver as THE CODE takes to the road

June 7, 2018 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

After a city-stopping announcement and a fierce audition process HIT105’s Stav, Abby and Matt have announced the NEW BLACK THUNDER Pilot is Cody ‘The Code’ Schaeffer, overwhelmingly voted in by the station listeners.

This 24-year-old Goondiwindi-lad-turned-Fortitude Valley-local has landed in the driver’s seat of arguably the hottest job in Brisbane after a series of auditions that included surviving Tough Mudda at Woodford and then interviewing two celebrities chosen by Stav, Abby and Matt; they were Matt from Mashd & Kutcha and Karen Jacobsen, an Aussie living in NYC who is the voice of GPS around the world and the Australian Siri.

The next challenge was to collect as much free stuff as possible and get it back to the Hit105 studio within 18hours! “So, I trawled around Brisbane. I gathered the usual food vouchers and freebies, but I realised I needed to go big, really big! So, I had a spanking new Mercedes Benz delivered to Hit105’s studio door!”

The final challenge was the RnB Battle on Friday – HIT105 is famous for playing the very best RnB every Friday, so Cody hired a whole dance crew and changed the lines of the song “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child to smash it out of the park.

“As soon as I was announced as the new Black Thunder driver I was straight into the driver’s seat and out to Milton and then to the Broncos in Red Hill. What a dream job!”

So, who is this bloke who will now be known as The Code and stands to become possibly the fourth most popular human in Brisbane …. after  Stav, Abby and Matt, of course? He’s held down jobs from pizza delivery to newsmaker to running youth camps with Rotary; and, applied for the gig because of his long-time love of radio.

“I’ve wanted to be on radio since I was 11 years of age. I grew up in Goondiwindi and there wasn’t a lot of variety in radio, so to amuse myself I used to make up my own radio shows in my bedroom on a cassette. I’d record my own BiLo commercials for a bit of funDriving Black Thunders, meeting the people of Brisbane and crossing back to Stav, Abby and Matt each morning – it’s the perfect storm for me!” 


After 25 years off the road, HIT105 have returned the iconic BLACK THUNDERS to the streets of Brisbane and to the hearts of listeners, signalling the arrival of the super cool 4x4s with new drivers, bucket loads of money-can-buy experiences, celebrities and stars and super cold cans of Coke!

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