A Perth radio legend has been chosen to fill the 96FM breakfast slot after the station sacked the hosts half way through their three-year contract last month.

Listeners awoke this morning to the distinct tones of Fred Botica and his long-term radio partner Lisa Shaw.

The West Australian reported on Friday the pair were in the running to replace dumped duo Lisa Fernandez and Paul Hogan, who were shown the door on June 28.

New 96FM managing director Gary Roberts said it was a massive coup to have Botica and Shaw back on the airwaves.

Botica began his Perth radio career in 1986 to work with 96FM and Channel 7 Perth as their voiceover artist.

He began working with Shaw in 1997 and the pair made Botica’s bunch Perth’s highest rating breakfast show.

Botica said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to reunite with Shaw.

“Listeners can look forward to the chemistry we have developed in the two decades we’ve worked together on-air, and some interesting new ideas and angles we have in store,” he said.

The move comes after Roberts poached Nova program director Daniel Underhill in a strategic bid to change the station’s direction and boost flagging ratings.