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October Radio News

Jonesy & Amanda win Best On-Air Team FM at ACRAS

WSFM breakfast hosts Jonesy and Amanda (Brendan Jones and Amanda Keller), have been crowned Best On-Air Team (Metro FM category) at the 31st Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs), announced this evening at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane. 2GB’s drive time host Ben Fordham won Best Talk Presenter for the fifth time and 2GB morning presenter Ray Hadley was awarded Best Current Affairs Presenter, bringing his career tally of ACRAs to 33 across all categories. The Best On-Air Team (Metro AM) was won by Afternoons with Erin Molan & Natalie Peters, the first female duo to host a news/talk show on 2GB and the first all-female team to win this award in ACRAs history. NOVA’s drive show Kate, Tim & Marty won Best Networked Program and Best Syndicated Australian Program. Full details.   Red Carpet Photos.  Red Carpet Arrivals.

Doug Mulray inducted into Commercial Radio Hall of Fame

Doug Mulray, was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame at the 31st annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards. Mulray was recognised for his outstanding achievements and unique contribution to the Australian radio industry at the gala event in Brisbane in front of nearly 1000 guests. It was in the early 80s where Mulray truly cemented his place as an influential voice in Australian radio when he became one of the faces of the newly launched Triple M. (Doug pictured with Miss Lizzie).  Full story.


The World’s Most Creative Radio Stations

In this session, global creative consultant Wade Kingsley shared the ingredients of the World’s Most Creative Radio Stations. He showed examples  that demonstrate how these stations are bringing listeners back to radio and keeping them engaged, and what your station should be focused on for 2020 and beyond. He gave five reasons why radio stations  1.  They are more inventive. eg Roman's No Money Road Trip. It was to raise money for charity. He was given various challenges such as busking for half an hour singing just one song and cycling for 80 miles.  2.  They do 'different.' ("Please no more 'secret sound' competitions!" - Wade.) Good example from UK. Greg James stuck in the Radio 1 Escape Room. Video.  3. They are entertaining on purpose. 4. They give people access.  eg Jon Faine's last program at Melbourne Town Hall.  You could hear the spirit of the room. Hamish and Andy are the bench mark. 5. They embrace sales. We heard an example from Kennedy Molloy's drive program involving a promotion of a 'Holden Colorado'.

Make The Logo Louder

Ralph van Dijk, the world’s most awarded audio marketing specialist, explained how radio can leverage the new found love of all things audio and not only protect, but build its share of the advertising pie.  Some of his tips included: 1. Maintain your share of voice - if you don't advertise, your competitors will.  2. It's never been more important to build trust - radio's specialty. 3. Be famous for something and people will search for you by name. 4. Solve the listener's problem - not yours. 5. If you have more than one message, make more than one ad. 6. Ensure your ads sound consistent so you'e instantly recognisable. 7. Marketing is not about spots, dots and airtime, it's about communication.

Is Imagination Really More Important than Knowledge?
David “Shingy” Shing, (above) the digital prophet, presenting his future view of how the new digital world impacts consumer behaviour and how we can get the most out of it.

It’s Show Time

Hosted by Head of the Hit Network at SCA, Gemma Fordham, and including Sacha French, EP of the Hughesy & Kate Show; Nic McClure, EP of Nova’s national drive show Kate, Tim & Marty, Millie Michael, EP of the Jonesy & Amanda breakfast show on WSFM; and Carla Bignasca, EP of the Macquarie Sports Radio breakfast show, the panel explored the elements that go into creating must-listen-to radio. Video.  (Courtesy of RadioInfo)

A Conversation With Kyle Sandilands

KIIS FM Sydney breakfast co-host Kyle Sandilands was a guest at Radio Alive 2019 speaking with longtime friend Karl Stefanovic.  Kyle spoke about his early days in radio and how he was in awe of Jackie O when she was on air with Ugly Phil before they teamed in Sydney. Kyle quotes: (regarding radio) “Enjoy what you do -  give it your very best.”  "I work because I love it.”  “I could leave today and never work again - I’ve got some great investments.” (More in next Jock's Journal)

CEO Fireside Chat

Industry leaders took to the stage at Radio Alive 2019, with the CEO of Southern Cross Austereo, Grant Blackley, HT&E CEO Ciaran Davis, NOVA Entertainment CEO Cathy O’Connor and Macquarie Media CEO Adam Lang discussing the current state of radio and audio in Australia and opportunities for stimulating further growth in the sector into the future. During the conversation Grant confirmed SCA's purchase of Redwave Media. (See below).

Hedley Thomas Speaks at Radio Alive

Hedley Thomas, who investigated, co-produced and presented the hugely successful The Teacher’s Pet podcast series, was a keynote speaker at the 2019 Radio Alive national conference. The podcast, which revolves around the unsolved case of missing Sydney mother Lynette Dawson, has been a global phenomenon, achieving more than 50 million downloads.Thomas talked about the power of story-telling through the podcast format and share a behind-the-scenes account in conversation with 2GB radio presenter Ben Fordham. It's rumoured that Hugh Jackman, a friend of Hedley, may star in a movie based on the Teacher's Pet podcast.

Australian Podcast Ranker Launched

The first monthly Australian Podcast Ranker was launched today at the national Radio Alive conference in Brisbane, providing a first look at Australia’s top 100 most downloaded and listened to podcasts in September 2019. These podcasts accounted for 10 million downloads in Australia during the four week reporting period. Hamish & Andy ranked No 1 with their SCA podcasts.  Full details.

Podcasts overtake music, radio stays on top

Australians are spending seven minutes more time every day listening to audio entertainment than last year, with radio staying dominant and podcasts overtaking owned music for the first time, according to the fourth annual GfK Share of Audio study released today. In a typical day, consumers spend three hours and 28 minutes listening to audio, seven minutes more than last year. Full details.

Australian Radio Partners with Google

The Australian commercial radio industry today announced an exciting new partnership with Google to make it simple and easy for listeners to find and listen to live streams of local Australian radio stations on Google Nest devices. The partnership between industry body Commercial Radio Australia and Google will make more than 300 Australian AM, FM and DAB+ digital radio stations easily accessible on Google Nest devices, including Nest Home, Nest Mini, Nest Max and Nest Hub Max via voice command. Full details.

Southern Cross Austereo to acquire Redwave Media

SCA has announced that it proposes to acquire the Western Australian regional radio business Redwave Media of Seven West Media Group Limited (Seven). Redwave Media comprises: Red FM, with licences in Broome, Geraldton, Karratha and Port Hedland and including greater western regional mine sites and Spirit AM, with licences in Broome, Geraldton, Karratha, Port Hedland and Southwest/Bunbury. The purchase price was $28 million .

Xtra Insights celebrates 100th Regional Radio Survey

With the results from the latest Warragul and Geelong regional radio audience measurement surveys (RRAMS). Xtra Insights celebrates the 100th RRAMS to be released since the methodology was launched in 2014. In that time 47 regional radio markets have been surveyed under the new methodology, with 87,000+ interviews conducted representing over 5.7 million regional Australians aged 10+. YouTube clip.

Kyle and Jackie O re-sign at KIIS

Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson will be heard on KIIS FM Sydney’s brekky for at least a few more years. The pair, who host the leading FM breakfast show in Sydney, were brought across in 2014 from rival station 2DayFM to launch the KIIS FM brand. The salary package for both Sandilands and Henderson will amount to a maximum of $50 million for six years per person. An industry insider said the package is based on a set salary component with incentive bonuses plus revenue share dependant upon their performance over the period.

AFTRS Students Launch NEXT
AFTRS Graduate Diploma Radio Students have launched their final two-week broadcast, NEXT airing nationally on iHeartRadio.  NEXT is a commercial radio station built from the ground up entirely by the students and is their fourth and final broadcast of the course. Full story.

Classic Hits 2CH

Sydney's 2CH is now 'Classic Hits 2CH 1170AM'. They were formerly 'Easy Classics 1170AM'. The website now reflects the change. (They just need to update the weekdays mid-dawn ... which still reads 'Easy Classics.')

Rex Morris New CD In Sydney

Rex Morris has been appointed as Content Director for Triple M Sydney.  He has spent  the past two years leading the Triple M Brisbane content team. The station recorded back to back wins as No 1 in Breakfast and overall for the first time in 13 years and has achieved its highest audience cume in over 20 years. Rex began with SCA in 1990 with an on-air role and was promoted to a Content Director in 1996, a position he held for 17 years.

2019 ACRA Hosts, Performers & Presenters
When the 31st Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) are held in Brisbane on 19 October, hosting the event for the 4th year in a row will be Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen from The Chaser, who are regularly heard on Triple M on Radio Chaser. Taylor and Hansen said: “Please don’t mention in the press release that we’re hosting again. We’re going to host the event wearing elaborate animal masks, and then invite the audience to guess who we are."  Full story.

2019 Xtra Insights Geelong Survey

K Rock has rated No 1 in the latest Xtra Insights Geelong radio survey with a share of 11.5% (+2.6). Sister station Bay FM were not far behind with 10.1% (+0.5).  In third place was Melbourne's ABC Radio with 8% (-2.3). K Rock and Bay FM were pretty much neck and neck in the 'sessions listened to most' except for evenings with ABC a clear No 1 with 15.6%. Next came BAY FM with 7.3%. Full details.

Dave Noonan's Triple M breakfast Show Axed

Hobart radio personality Dave Noonan will be taken off Triple M breakfast after his show was axed. Southern Cross Austereo announced the Dave Noonan Show with Al Plath would not be returning in 2020. The shock axing comes just one day after the turbulent early exit of Brian Carlton from his Tasmania Talks morning show.  Full story.

SCA Rebrands More Stations

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) will continue the rollout of its rebrand strategy with three more stations to carry the Triple M and Hit Network names from Friday, 8 November 2019. Gold 92.5 will become Goldie’s 92.5 Triple M and 107.7 2GO becomes Central Coast’s 107.7 Triple M. The Central Coast’s 101.3 Sea FM will take on the full name of the Hit Network and become Central Coast’s Hit101.3.In December 2016, SCA rebranded 66 stations across its national radio portfolio to align with either the Triple M or Hit Networks. These rebrands have continued to roll out nationally with now 86 stations aligned to either Hit or Triple M across FM and DAB radio network.

2019 Warragul Xtra Insights Survey

Hit Gippsland (previously Star FM) rated No 1 in the 2019 Xtra Insights Warragul survey. They had a share of 13.8% (-1.3). Next came 531 3GG with 10.5% (+4.4) and then ABC Radio Melbourne with 8.9% - same as last survey.  Full details.

An Interrupted 'Tasmania Talks' With Brian Carlton

The Tasmania Talks program came to an abrupt halt this morning (October 7).  According to a Tasmanian listener: "Carlton started with quite a rant and then disappeared from air halfway through his program."  He did state on air that he didn't want to see out his next three weeks before moving on. For the rest of his program music played with ad breaks. On Twitter he shared: "Thanks folks. Your kind words are helping on a very weird day. I’ll attempt to get back to you all as things settle a tad."  The show is broadcast throughout Launceston, Devonport, Burnie, Queenstown and Scottsdale service areas. The show is also broadcast in Hobart on 7HO Classic Hits (DAB+). Update: Rick Fontaine will fill in for the rest of the week.

Ben Fordham Live Launches On 4BC Brisbane

Ben Fordham will now head the drive shift on Brisbane’s News Talk 4BC 1116. Ben Fordham Live will air in Brisbane from 2-5 pm (AEST), Monday to Friday, commencing October 7. Full details.

Brian Carlton to Leave 'Tasmania Talks'

Tasmanian Broadcasters wishes to advise that Brian Carlton has resigned and his last show will be on Friday 25th of October, 2019.  Brian Carlton has presented Tasmania Talks for four years. Brian Carlton, his producers and the show Tasmania Talks are the recipients of numerous radio industry awards. Full story.

2019 Xtra Insights Wollongong Survey

i98FM rated No 1 in the Xtra Insights Wollongong survey. They had a share of 26.5% (-2.6).  Next came WAVEFM with 18.3% (+2.1) followed by ABC Illawarra with 14% (-1.3). Full details.

2019 Xtra Insights Gosford Survey

101.3 SEAFM rated No 1 in the Xtra Insights Gosford survey. They had a share of 18.6% (+1.4).  Next came Star 104.5 with 16.6% (+0.1) followed by 107.7 2GO with 12.1% (+1.3). Full details and Press Release.

Scotty Couchman Promotion

Gold Coast’s Hit90.9 Afternoons Announcer Scotty Couchman has now been made Operations Manager and Mornings Announcer. Scotty moved from Brisbane to the Gold Coast in October last year where he began as Afternoons Announcer. Scotty can be heard weekdays from 9am-12pm on the Gold Coast’s Hit90.9.

Kyle & Jackie O and digital prophet David Shing
at Radio Alive 2019
New York-based digital prophet David “Shingy” Shing will feature with Kyle Sandilands and Jackie “O” Henderson at the Radio Alive 2019 national radio conference, with the full program released today. Australian-born Shing is one of the most recognised and colourful figures on the US speaking circuit, having spent more than a decade at Verizon Media. Full story.

2019 GfK Canberra Ratings

Mix106.3 once again rated No 1 in the GfK Canberra Survey 3 for 2019.  They had a share of 18.3% (+0.1).  Next came sister station Hit 104.7 with 15.4% (-2.6) then triple j with 12.7% (+2.1). Canberra commercial stations 2CA and 2CC both recorded increases.  2CA are now 6.5% (+1.6) with 2CC on 5.5% (+1.5). Full details.

GfK Metro Ratings

The GfK radio ratings metro pecking order remained the same for Survey 6. Talk stations 3AW and 2GB continued at No 1 in Melbourne and Sydney. Nova 106.9 Brisbane and Nova 93.7 Perth both rated No 1 and in Adelaide the top rating station was Mix 102.3. Full details.

DAB+ Metro Ratings

The top rating DAB+ stations were: Edge Digital (Sydney), Gold 80s (Melbourne), Coles Radio (Brisbane), Smooth (Perth) and double j (Adelaide). Full details.

September Radio News

Hayley Pearson Quits Nova 919 Breakfast Show

Nova 919 Adelaide breakfast co-host Hayley Pearson is calling it quits, less than a month after Dylan Lewis resigned. Pearson made the announcement saying that now was the right time to “move on”.  Pearson, a mother of two, said she’d now dedicate more time towards Adelady, the website and TV show she co-founded with Lauren DeCesare. (Source: The Advertiser)

Mike Brady’s Show Axed on Grand Final Day

Fresh from his performance as part of the pre-match entertainment at the Grand Final, Up There Cazaly singer Mike Brady signed off as the host of 3AW’s Saturday night show for the final time last night. Brady’s departure from the Mike ‘til Midnight program, which has aired for 17 years during the AFL’s home and away off season, is the latest in a series of changes shaking up Melbourne’s powerhouse talkback radio station. (Source: Herald Sun) Full story.

Dave McClung New Nova 93.7 Program Director

NOVA Entertainment has announced the appointment of Dave McClung as Nova 93.7 Program Director in Perth. With extensive radio experience, across multiple markets and roles, Dave joined Nova 919 in 2006 as Assistant Music Director in Adelaide. Dave will commence in the role on 28 October.

Mix 102.3 Announce Breakfast Host Changes
Last Friday, the Mix 102.3 Adelaide Jodie & Soda Breakfast Show farewelled host Jodie Oddy, who is now on maternity leave for the rest of the year. From Monday September 30th Jodie’s co-host Mark “Soda” Soderstrom will continue hosting breakfast for two weeks with Mix 102.3’s Day Announcer, Michelle Murphy. Then from Monday October 14th, Soda will be joined by a new co-host, journalist and 7NEWS presenter, Jessica Adamson, for eight weeks until December 6th, when the show wraps for the Christmas holidays.

Robin Bailey loses husband Sean Pickwell

Brisbane radio announcer Robin Bailey has shared news of the death of her husband Sean Pickwell, only weeks after she announced she was leaving Triple M Brisbane to spend their final days together. On Facebook, Bailey announced that Pickwell, 56, who was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2017, died at home in Brisbane in his wife’s arms and surrounded by family. Sean Pickwell's career in radio began in the '80s when he won a junior DJ contest.  He went on to work for 2CC, 4MMM, 2SM and KIX. At the end of the '80s he moved into programming. In 1997 he was promoted to General Manager of Marketing & Promotions for both the Triple M and Today networks.  (Bailey, mother of three,  lost her first husband to suicide in 2014.)

HIT105 welcomes new team members
HIT105 Content Director Jack Ball has announced Abi Benaud will return to Brisbane as Assistant Content Director as Jake Powell settles in as Music Director. Abi was most recently 2Day FM’s Executive Producer.Abi will commence her role as Hit105 Assistant Content Director on October 2. Already at home in Brisbane is Jake Powell, after relocating from Newcastle where he was Music Director for Newcastle and the regional Hit Network.

Vale Graham Gould

Well known Brisbane voice over artist and announcer Graham Gould has passed away. He died on Tuesday afternoon (Sep 24) after a long battle with cancer. 'Gouldy' worked at various stations including 4BC Brisbane, 4GY Gympie and QFM Ipswich. He also worked on radio in Victoria and Tasmania. For many years he was the voice of the Flight Centre radio and TV ads and headed his 'Gouldy's Voice Works' company.

Philip Brady Calls Time on Nightline

3AW legend and Melbourne icon Philip Brady will host Nightline for the final time on Thursday, September 26. The 3AW Nightline program and Philip Brady have enjoyed a long and successful run on the station for almost 30 years and the program is achieving extraordinarily high ratings. Philip has decided to finish while on top, still commanding an incredible 27.9% of the radio audience. Philip, 80, will continue hosting the even stronger-rating (32.9%) Remember When program with Simon Owens every Sunday night from 10pm to midnight. Full story.

Margaux Parker to join Triple M’s The Big Breakfast
Margaux Parker will join Triple M Brisbane’s The Big Breakfast from September 30, taking over from Robin Bailey. Triple M Content Director Rex Morris says: “Margaux is no stranger to many of us, having made her on air debut with Triple M on Dead Set Legends on the weekends, before transitioning to her first permanent role with the Rush Hour in 2018. She joins us from 92.5 Gold FM on the Gold Coast where she currently co-hosts the number one drive home show alongside Luke Bradnam.” Margaux is a Logan local, mum of four, and wife of former Brisbane Bronco Corey Parker.

John Singleton sells out of radio

Advertising veteran John Singleton has agreed to sell out of his involvement in radio in an $80m deal that ends six decades as a media player. Nine is seeking to buy the remaining 45.5 per cent of Macquarie, which owns 2GB radio station in Sydney, 3AW in Melbourne and 4BC in Brisbane.

3AW Goes Off Air

Melbourne talkback station 3AW went off air for a few hours on Sunday September 22. Listeners of the station’s Sunday Morning program were stuck with nothing but dead air after the studios suffered a major power outage to their servers and computers around 11:30am. The technical issue caused the program to fall off the air, affecting broadcast signals. The station returned to air at around 1:30pm.

Gippsland Radio Survey

TRFM rated No 1 in the latest Xtra Insights Radio Survey. They had a share of 32.4% (+1.1). ABC Gippsland came 2nd with 18.7 (+1.6), next came Gold 1242 with 18% (+4.6) and then triple j with 6.8% (+0.3).  Full details and press release.

Macquarie Media Axes Mark Braybrook
 To End Brisbane-produced Content On 4BC

Mark Braybrook, the Brisbane-based host of 4BC Drive show will host his last program this Friday as the station’s owner looks to air content produced in Sydney. Braybrook was believed to have been informed of the decision on Tuesday afternoon. The media veteran started as a sports reporter with 2UE in 1988 and moved to Brisbane to join 4BC in 1993. (Source: Courier-Mail) Full story.   

Braybrook said: “I feel I should make some comment about an article that appeared on the Courier-Mail’s website.The paper reports that Friday will be my last show as host of 4BC Drive.That is true, I have planned holidays for the non-ratings period for months."  Full statement

Vale Jamie Martinovich

Jamie Martinovich, Nova Entertainment’s commercial director, has passed away. Martinovich had been with Nova since 2005, and was its commercial director and market lead in Perth. “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the sudden passing of Jamie,” says CEO Cathy O’Connor. “Over the past 14 years, Jamie has been a highly respected member of NOVA Entertainment. During this time, Jamie made a significant contribution to the culture and success of the business. “Jamie will be sorely missed, and our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his partner Christine, children Elli, Nixon and Ben, friends and colleagues.”

AFTRS and SCA Announce The Hubble Talent Academy Graduation Internship Award

In a major opportunity for an emerging broadcast professional, AFTRS, the national screen and broadcast school, and Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) have announced ‘The Hubble Talent Academy’ Graduation Internship Award. Confirmed for an initial three years, the Award will support one talented graduate of the AFTRS’ Graduate Diploma in Radio course.  The winner of the Award will be given six weeks, full time, paid employment at a regional radio station. Full details.

Triple M’s The Big Breakfast farewells Robin Bailey
Triple M Brisbane’s The Big Breakfast will this Friday farewell a beloved member of the team in Robin Bailey. Content Director Rex Morris made the announcement saying, “It is with great sadness that we have to announce Robin Bailey’s departure from the Big Breakfast on Triple M. Robin’s husband Sean (Pickwell) has been battling cancer for some time now, and Robin has made the decision to step away from the microphone to care for him and her family at this time.” He said Robin’s second time around at SCA had been another successful chapter in a stellar radio career. Full story.

Triple M & 1116 SEN unite in tribute to Danny Frawley

Danny 'Spud' Frawley’s radio mates will reunite this Saturday afternoon with Triple M and 1116 SEN to simulcast a special edition of The Saturday Rub, in a tribute to the life of the St Kilda champion and larger-than-life media figure. Full details.

Bunbury Xtra Insights Survey

Hit Southwest was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights radio survey with a share of 27.2% (-3.6).  Next came triple j with 18.3% (+4.3), ABC Southwest with 16.3% (-1.2) and then Triple M Southwest with 12.1% (-1.3).  Full details.

Teacher’s Pet creator joins industry leaders
at Radio Alive 2019

Hedley Thomas, who investigated, co-produced and presented the hugely successful The Teacher’s Pet podcast series, will be a keynote speaker at the 2019 Radio Alive national conference. Thomas will talk about the power of story-telling through the podcast format and share a behind-the-scenes account in conversation with 2GB radio presenter Ben Fordham. Full story.

Mackay Survey Results

Hit Mackay and Whitsundays 23.1% (+ 0.3) was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights radio survey.  Triple M came second with 17.5% (-4.6), then came Star 101.9 with 16.5% (+3.9) followed by 4MK with 9.1% (-0.2).  Full details.

Oscar Wills Moves To Sydney

Oscar Wills has left ABC Riverina breakfast.  He's taken on a job as a producer at ABC Sydney's drive show.

Jaben Ryan Leaves 2DAY FM

Jaben Ryan has departed 2Day FM and is now working in real estate for Wiseberry Real Estate..  On his Instagram page he announced: "After a lot of thinking and a small time out I decided it’s time to move on from radio and chase a new passion outside of the media (not golf). Thanks so much to SCA and The Nova Network for letting me live out my dreams over a solid 10 year run."

Dylan Lewis Departs Nova 919
The Nova Network announced that Dylan Lewis has resigned from Nova 919 in Adelaide. Having spent 13 years with the Nova Network, Lewis joined Nova 100 in 2006 and became part of Nova 919’s breakfast show in 2012. More recently Lewis has been heard alongside Hayley Pearson on Nova 919’s Dylan & Hayley breakfast show in Adelaide. The Dylan & Hayley breakfast show will be heard on Nova 919 for the reminder of the year. An announcement regarding the evolution of Nova 919’s breakfast show for 2020, will follow in due course.

August 2019 Radio News

Cairns Radio Ratings

Star 102.7 rated No 1 in the latest Xtra Insights Cairns radio survey. They had a share of 22.4% (previously 19.7%). They were followed by - Hit 105.3 - 20.7%, 99.5 Triple M - 15.2%, triple j - 12.1%, ABC Far North - 11.2% and 4CA with 7.2%.  Full details.

2019 CBAA Community Radio Awards finalists

The finalists for the 2019 CBAA Community Radio Awards have been announced. More than 95 finalists span the 26 award categories, and represent a diverse cross section of the community radio sector. The full list of finalists can be found below.  Winners for these - as well as the Station Leadership, Michael Law and Tony Staley Awards - will be announced at the 2019 CBAA Community Radio Awards Gala Dinner, on Saturday, 26 October 2019 in Melbourne. Full details.

Tony Thomas Leaves Nova

NOVA Entertainment has announced that after nine years Chief Marketing Officer Tony Thomas has resigned. Thomas said, “There are so many highlights of my time at NOVA Entertainment such as launching the hugely successful smoothfm radio brand, the invention of Nova’s Red Room, leading the launch and importantly building a team of marketing professionals who are the best in the media business.” Tony Thomas’ resignation is effective 30 August.

GfK Metro Radio Ratings - Survey 5

Talk stations 3AW and 2GB continued at No 1 in Melbourne and Sydney. 3AW had a share of 15.2% (-0.4) with 2GB 13.4% (-0.6). It was a tight race in Brisbane, but Nova 93.7 rated No 1 with 14.4% (+0.3). Nova 106.9 is the No 1 station in Perth with 12.5% (+0.8). In Adelaide, Mix 102.3 cotinued at No 1 with a share of 13.3% (+1.2). Full details.

John McCoy Retires

After 16 years as morning host on RadioTAB Brisbane, John 'Macca' McCoy is retiring at the age of 70.  For over five decades he's covered sport in Queensland. McCoy’s first on-air shift was at Radio 4LM on December 29th, 1966. In the late '60s he worked at 'Color Radio' 4IP.  He would go on to secure the sports role he’d dreamed about as a young boy with Radio 4BC in 1971. He called the very first State of Origin match at Lang Park in July 1980 and he is also credited with having coined the term “Brisbane Broncos” just prior to the team’s official formation.

2019 Survey 2 Newcastle Survey

102.9 Triple M rated No 1 in the latest GfK Newcastle survey with a share of 17.5% (+0.7).  Sister station Hit 106.9 came second with 12.7% (+0.2), then Triple J with 12.5% (+1.0). ABC Newcastle had a share of 9.8% (+0.2), NEW FM 8.1% (+0.6) and 2HD 6.2% (-1.8). Triple M rated No 1 in all day sessions but in evening they shared No 1 with triple j - both on 14.7% Full details.

Tim Shaw Leaves 2CC

Canberra radio personality Tim Shaw has announced he is leaving 2CC after almost four years at the station. Shaw made the announcement on Twitter: "Canberra listeners, thank you for the last three and a half years on the Tim Shaw Breakfast Show," he said. "New career opportunities have arisen. My time at 2CC has come to an end." It's understood Shaw handed in his resignation to station management at least three weeks ago. A replacement for the drive shift has yet to be announced, but the new presenter is expected to start in upcoming weeks.(Source: Canberra Times)

Sunshine Coast Radio Survey

MIX FM was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights Sunshine Coast radio survey with a share of 18.4% (+0.9).  In second place was triple j with 13.5% (+2.4).  Next came Hot 91 with 11.6% (+1.7) and then SEAFM with 10.0 (+3.1).  Full details and press releases.

Finalists announced for 2019 Radio Awards

Finalists in the 31st annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) were announced today. Two-time winners in the FM category Kate, Tim and Marty (Nova Entertainment) are amongst the finalists that include six-time winners Kyle  and Jackie O (KIIS 106.5 Sydney).  The Metropolitan Best On Air Team AM title will be a contest between Ray Hadley’s Continuous Call Team, Breakfast with David Penberthy & Will Goodings (FIVEaa, Adelaide), Drive with Mark Allen & David Schwarz (Macquarie Sports Radio, Melbourne), Laurel, Gary & Mark (4KQ Brisbane), and 2GB’s first female news/talk duo, Afternoons with Erin Molan & Natalie Peters. Full list and details.

Alan Jones Given Warning From Chairman

A statement from Macquarie Media Chairman Russell Tate reads: " On Thursday on his 2GB and 4BC breakfast show, Alan Jones made certain comments in respect of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, which caused offence to many people. Recognising the offence caused by his remarks, Alan on Friday publicly apologised for them. In his apology, Alan recognised that his comments were “careless, unnecessary and wrong”, and “should have been more clearly thought out”. He indicated that he had apologised sincerely to Prime Minister Ardern for any offence given, and had certainly not intended to suggest any harm through his comments. Notwithstanding his apologies, I have today discussed the matter with Alan and advised him that any recurrence of commentary of this nature will result in the termination of his contract"

Dave Nicolson's Moves From West To East

Dave Nicholson has left Spirit 98.1 Geraldton. He's accepted a new radio role at 2LM/ZZZ Lismore to be their new Production Guru.  After a long drive ... he's arrived - and officially starts on Monday August 19.

2Day FM Axes Breakfast Show

The 2Day FM Breakfast show with Grant Denyer, Ed Kavalee and Ash London has been axed. The trio will host their final show tomorrow with the presenters remaining as part of the Hit Network. “Ash London will continue to host Ash London Live nationally from 6.30pm weeknights,” head of the Hit Network, Gemma Fordham, said in a statement. “Ed Kavalee will continue to fill in for Kate Langbroek, who is enjoying the European summer with her young family, with Hughesy from 4.30pm. Grant Denyer will continue making appearances around the Network.” Fordham announced that from Monday onwards the radio station will “play just music for breakfast”. “2Day’s Music for Breakfast will be played by Jamie Angel, who returns to the 2Day airwaves,” she said. It is the sixth breakfast show in six years that 2Day FM has axed.

Malcolm T Elliott Funeral

Please note that Malcom T Elliott's funeral will be at 11am next Tuesday August 20 at Parkview Funerals, 43 Holland Street, Goonellbah, NSW (a suburb of Lismore). Elliott died of natural causes (a heart attack) on August 8.


Dwayne Russell to leave 3AW to join SEN

One of the most successful radio partnerships is coming to an end with news SEN boss Craig Hutchison has lured a big name to his station for next year. For the past 15 years Dwayne Russell and Brownlow Medallist Gerard Healy have been the hosts of the top rating drivetime Sports Today program on 3AW. Russell, who calls football for 3AW on Friday nights, will also join SEN’s calling team next season. Since January, Russell has hosted ‘Dwayne’ between 3-4pm daily on SEN SA. (Source: Herald Sun)

Juelz Jarry Announced as Heidi Anderson’s
Maternity Leave Cover

Hit92.9’s Heidi, Xavier and Pete welcomed Juelz Jarry to the team as Heidi Anderson heads off on maternity leave at the end of the week. Juelz joins Hit92.9 from Hit Southwest where she has been part of the Jesse & Juelz breakfast show. Juelz officially joins the show on Monday August 19. Heidi’s final show for the year will be Friday August 16, and she will return at the start of 2020.

Luke and Carley take over the workday shift
Luke Lum and Carley Whittington have taken over the Hit Network’s Workdays across 27 regional markets. Luke is heard from 9am-10am, and for the next three months Carley Whittington will be heard 10am-3pm weekdays. From November, Maddy Rowe will take over the 10am - 3pm shift.

Rory Hession - Hit92.9’s New Workday Announcer
Rory Hession from Nova 106.9 Brisbane will join Hit92.9 Perth as the station’s new Workday Announcer. Rory previously hosted breakfast at Power100 in Townsville and New FM Newcastle. Hession will commence with Hit92.9 on September 4.

Dubbo Regional Survey 2019

Hit 93.5 was No 1 in latest Xtra Insights Dubbo survey.  They had a share of 23.9% (-1.0).  Next came 2DU with 22.2% (+1.6), then sister station ZOO FM with 17.3% (+0.2). ABC Western had a share of 9.9% (-0.7). Full details.

Orange Regional Survey 2019

Hit 105.9 Central West was No 1 in the latest Xtra Insights Orange Survey.  They had a share of 28.9% (-3.6). Next came Triple M 105.1 Central West with 27.4 (+2.6) and then ABC Central West with 11.4% (-0.5). Full details.

Nights With John Stanley Launches August 12

Nights with John Stanley will broadcast from 8 pm Monday to Thursday on 2GB, 3AW, 4BC and network stations. It will also air on Friday nights following the AFL and NRL seasons. John Stanley will be joined nightly between 8-9pm by Jane Marwick. More information.

Vale Malcolm T Elliott

Well known Victorian-born Sydney announcer Malcolm T Elliott passed away overnight in a hotel room. Elliott, aged 73, had been living in Lismore in Northern NSW since 2004.  Malcolm T (born Malcolm Allan Elliott) worked on many stations including 2UW, 2TM, 2SM, 2GB, 2KY, 2KO, 2HD, 4BK and 3AK.  He was also a regular on the TV program Celebrity Squares. 

Sarah Griggs Joins ACE Radio

Sarah Griggs has started at 3SH Mixx FM as their Creative Writer and Announcer. She was previously at Flow FM in Adelaide.

Dave Ferrier Joins The Rush Hour
Dave Ferrier has been appointed mix94.5’s new host of The Rush Hour. Dave was previously with 101.9 Fox FM in Melbourne where he worked as anchor of Carrie & Tommy, plus producing  a number of nationally syndicated shows.

Macquarie Radio Slumps In Difficult Ad Market

Macquarie Media chief executive Adam Lang has acknowledged shareholders will find the company's double-digit profit and earnings drop "disappointing" but has doubled down on the radio network's strategy for Sydney's 2GB and Melbourne's 3AW. The AM radio station owner posted a 33 per cent drop in underlying net profit after tax to $14.4 million in the past financial year, and a 16 per cent slump in earnings (before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) to $27.1 million. (Source: Sydney Morning Herald)

Triple M Melbourne’s New Morning Announcer

Sarah Maree Cameron will join Triple M Melbourne as the station’s new Mornings Announcer. Born and raised in Melbourne, she returns to her hometown to join Triple M. Currently she co-hosts the Breakfast show on K-Rock Geelong, and prior to that was on-air at Fox and Nova. Sarah Maree says: “To be joining the legendary Triple M, the station I grew up listening to, feels surreal. I can’t wait to be closer to family and friends and my beloved Richmond Tigers.” Sarah Maree will commence with Triple M in early September.

Tammii Caught Celebrates 25 years with FIVEaa.

Tammii Caught started with FIVEaa Adelaide in July 1994 and the first program she worked on at FIVEaa was the Psychic Saturday night show. When Tammii started at FIVEaa, the on-air line up featured announcers such as Bazz & Pilko, Ken Dicken & Sonya Feldhoff, Ken Cunningham & David Hookes as well as Bob Francis. Today Tammii is Leon Byner’s Morning Show Executive Producer, a role she has held for the past 20 years.

Howard Sattler opens up about wanting to die

Terminally ill Perth radio veteran Howard Sattler has opened up about wanting to end his life, in a push to legalise voluntary euthanasia. The former 6PR announcer has been battling a degenerative brain disease and recently revealed he has months to live. Full story.

Canberra Radio Centre – The New Home of 2CA and 2CC

Radio Canberra Pty is proud to announce that Canberra’s original commercial radio stations, 2CA and 2CC have moved into the new state-of-the-art Canberra Radio Centre in Crace. The Canberra Radio Centre is a purpose built, multi-million-dollar investment in radio broadcasting for the Canberra region, boasting eight radio studios equipped with the very latest digital broadcasting technology.  Full details.

Gold FM No 1 in Gold Coast Tweed Survey

Despite a slight drop in overall ratings, 92.5 Gold FM has claimed No 1 spot in the latest GfK Gold Coast-Tweed survey.  They had a share of 13.9 % (-0.9).  Hot Tomato -  No 1 in previous survey dropped 2.0% to 13.4%.  triple j is now in third position with 10% (+0.4) followed by SEA FM (now hit 90.9) with 9.4% (-1.7). It wasn't a memorable survey for the major three commercial stations as each one dropped in share movement for every session from breakfast to nights. Full details.

Chris Smith ‘excited’ to start penning tell-all book

Outgoing 2GB host Chris Smith says the network has done him a “huge favour” by showing him the door and he will start work on a book about his career. Guests including former prime minister Tony Abbott, 2GB hosts Ben Fordham and Erin Molan, and 40 former staff rallied around the radio announcer of 19 years at his farewell bash at a Pyrmont pub on Wednesday night. Smith said as he left the venue: “In the end, it was all amicable. It was the first farewell drinks I’ve ever had — I’ve been sacked from all my other jobs.” He added: “I knew from my early talks with 2GB this would likely be the result. I’m excited about the future."

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AFTRS & RCS Breakthrough

For Studio Accessibility

The Australian Film Television and Radio School and RCS have been working together for the past two years, on improving accessibility in radio studios. The most recent break through was creating voice annotations in Zetta. This can assist vision impaired people to identify when the song playing, is 10 or 5 seconds away from the end marker. The annotations play through the studio’s preview channel. Graduate Diploma Radio student Nathan Letts is driving the work. Nathan is blind, having been born vision impaired, Nathan lost all his sight when he was twelve. Full story.

Paul Barrett Loses His Partner

Paul Barrett, a longtime presenter with Logan's 101FM in Queensland, has lost his partner Yvonne. They first met one another when she worked at 101FM as the station's Finance Manager. Paul announced that Yvonne passed away on Sunday morning (September 29) at 5AM after a 4 year battle with cancer.  (They had planned to marry this weekend.) He says: "We walked a long hard road and she's now at peace. I will never forget her."  (Our prayers and thoughts are with Paul as well as their friends and family. Editor.)

Allan Goes Back to Back at Regional WA Awards

SCA hosted the WA regional awards again on 30th of August at Edith Valley in Roelands. The night brought the whole of regional WA stations together to celebrate those who achieved at an exemplary level. Allan Aldworth from the breakfast show on Triple M Southwest won First in Content for the second year in a row. Full story.

Ray Hadley Voted Radio's Hottest Hunk

Ray Hadley, 64, is officially Australia’s 'hottest hunk.' The 2GB morning host pipped Hit Network funnyman Dave Hughes into second place in the nationwide contest organised by Take 5 magazine. Reigning champ Brendan Jones came sixth this year, one place below ARN stablemate Kyle Sandilands. Full details.

Two Years on Air for Red FM’s

Alana and Robbie!

Alana and Robbie have broken all the radio rules. For nearly 18 months, the breakfast duo have had a real life partnership as well as a professional one. About six months after coming together as a show, it became apparent that there was more to the relationship than just on-air chemistry! Full story.

'Cosi' Costello shares touching

first message to daughter

Andrew “Cosi” Costello — who hosts Adelaide’s Hit 101.7FM breakfast show and Channel 9’s South Aussie with Cosi — shared a screenshot of the message to his more than 116,000 followers on Facebook, alongside a caption describing his sadness that his 11-year-old had officially joined “the world of device addiction”. Full story.