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Brad McNally Resigns From Hot Tomato
As many in the radio industry will know, Hot Tomato’s
Content Director Brad McNally
underwent major brain surgery in July and recently completed medical treatment. While he is expected to make a full recovery, Brad has decided to return home to Perth to focus 100 per cent on his health and to pursue his travel plans. He has therefore regrettably tendered his resignation from the station, effective Friday 28 October 2016. More details.
Michael Buble Returns To smooth FM
has announced that Michael Bublé
will return to host his own show from Saturday 22 October. He will be heard on air from 4pm each Saturday for the next four weeks, playing some of his favourite songs and sharing his stories with smoothfm listeners.
666 ABC Announce New Breakfast Host
will replace outgoing host Philip Clark
from November 1. Clark is finishing up this week to replace Tony Delroy
on the national ABC
Local Radio program Nightlife.
Tchilinguirian currently presents ABC NewsRadio Evenings. She has been a producer and presenter at ABC NewsRadio since 2009. She has also worked as a journalist and news director in the commercial radio industry for Austereo, DMG
in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne. Full story.
RTI FM Pop-up Radio Station Is Back
RTI FM, the student-run pop-up station, returns to the airwaves this week featuring industry-ready radio talent poised to hit the Australian market. Managed by the Advanced Radio students from Melbourne’s Radio Training Institute, RTI FM brings you 8 personalities across five shows. RTI FM has early mornings to late afternoons covered with broadcasts scheduled from 7am to 6pm daily, kicking off on Wednesday, 26 October through to Sunday, 30 October. More details.
Jon Wolfe Appointed News Editor
Chief Executive radio 88.9fm Tamworth George Frame has announced that Jon Wolfe has been appointed news editor to the 88.9fm Newsroom. Jon has had a previous career with the ABC Sydney & ABC Perth, 2TM Hoedown and more recently Editor Tamworth City News then the Northern Daily Leader Tamworth. He will also be the producer/co-host of the stations 9-12 morning show “the pulse” with Jodie Crosby.
Simon Beaumont New 6PR Afternoon Host
will replace Peter Bell,
who formerly filled the 12pm to 3pm slot for three years to August, 2016 before making the move to ABC 720
to host its breakfast show. Beaumont had previously spent five years to 2011 working at 6PR, both as the presenter of the morning show, and producer of the breakfast show, before taking up a senior management role at the Department of Sport and Recreation.
Peter Newman Replaces Bob Maumill
Radio veteran Peter Newman
is set to return to Perth's airwaves, replacing retired-broadcaster Bob Maumill
on Radio 6PR's
Sunday brunch program. Maumill signed-off from his 10am to 1pm show for the last time on September 26, making way for the appointment of Newman, who had previously worked as a breakfast show presenter at Curtin FM
. Newman has more than 40 years experience in the radio industry, and will return to the airwaves after taking a two year break from public life.
612 ABC Brisbane Drive Take A Technology Detox
On Monday October 17, 2016 — the 612 ABC
Brisbane Drive program with Emma Griffiths
took a technology detox as part of Reboot Your Life month across the ABC. The team didn’t check emails, accept text messages or use the internet. Full details.
AFTRS Class On Air For Their Final Broadcast Next
has been designed from the ground up by the students as their final broadcast assignment of the year. The class has worked with more than 50 industry specialists throughout the year to learn everything they need to know to be job ready. NEXT is a showcase of their talents and the format has been conceived following a blue sky session with industry format legend Cherie Romaro,
and a thorough examination of the data to identify a gap in the Sydney market with Ann-Maree Nolan
from ratings company GFK. More details
Karen Parker-Dolan Leaves 2UE
After 25 years in radio, Karen Parker-Dolan
, has left 2UE.
Since joining the station in 1991 she has worked in accounts, traffic, on reception and even as a production voice. She is taking on a new vocation to work as Manager, Sydney Royal Easter Show Competitions & Events.
Magic 2CH Sale Now In Hands of Deloitte
has failed to find an appropriate buyer for Magic 2CH
by its September 30 deadline. Vaugan Stawbridge
will be appointed as the divestiture agent to effect the sale. Macquarie Media executive chairman Russell Tate
has announced: “We remain confident of selling 2CH, consistent with our prior disclosed expectations and our obligations under the enforceable undertaking. Interested parties should contact Mr Strawbridge of Deloitte directly to engage in the sale process.” More details.
25 Years Of Gold
has celebrated 25 years of Melbourne’s GOLD 104.3.
In 1991 the station was relaunched as Gold 104.3. The Melbourne station began as 3KZ i
n 1930. In 1990 it converted to FM and as KZFM went to No 1 in the first ratings survey of 1990, breaking an almost three-year dominance by rival FOX FM. Full story.
Craig Meddings New bay FM Role
Craig Meddings, bay 93.9 Geelong Saturday morning / casual announcer, has accepted the role of 10am to 2pm weekday announcer. He commences in this full-time role on Monday 17 October.
Maddie Burke on Mandurah’s 97.3 Coast FM
Former Nova FM
newsreader Maddie Burke
can now be heard weekday mornings on 973 Coast FM
in Mandurah. Maddie spent 5 years as breakfast newsreader for Nova Perth and more recently co-hosted the breakfast show on 6iX
. More details.
Ryan Jon's Clown Stunt ‘Irresponsible': Police
Police have condemned a stunt where Canberra radio announcer Ryan Jon
dressed as a clown appeared to be assaulted at a Belconnen home. The breakfast radio show host "pranked" two listeners on Monday night by turning up on their doorstep dressed as a clown, in what he has described as a "rehearsed" and "scripted" prank. Full story.
2016 ACRAS Photos and Videos
You can check out all the photos and videos of the 2016 Commercial Radio Australia
conference as well as the ACRAs.
To view the Red Carpet photos click this link.
For highlights of the Radio conference click this link.
To view the ACRAS highlights video click this link.
To view the Red Carpet Video interviews click this link
Videos of the conference sessions will be available to view later this week. (Photos courtesy of Andrew Jarvie.) The new November Jocks' Journal will feature interviews with some of the winners as well as photos.
ABC No 1 in Hobart Ratings
Hobart was No 1 (20.8%) in the first survey to be released for Hobart since 2014. They were followed by commercial stations Hit 100.9
(formerly Sea FM) with 18.2%, 7HO FM
16.3% and Heart FM
13.9%. triple j
were next with 12.1%. Full results.
Jade’s New Power Role
Jade Leeder has moved on to Power FM 94.9 Nowra as their new Drive Announcer & Social Media Manager. Previously Jade was at Power FM 98.1 Muswellbrook filling in Breakfast maternity leave from Workdays and the Promotions Manager.
Dave Lennon Back On RadioDave Lennon
has returned to ABC
radio and can now be heard hosting breakfast on ABC Horsham. He commenced on October 10.
2016 Australian Commercial Radio Awards
, chief executive officer of NOVA Entertainment
who this year celebrates 31 years in the radio industry was tonight inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame at the 2016 Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs). Kate Ritchie, Tim Blackwell
and Marty Sheargold,
hosts of the NOVA Network national drive show, have won the Best On Air Team (Metro FM). The Metropolitan Best On Air Team AM award went to 2GB’s Nights with Steve Price.
For the fifth year running, one of Australia’s most experienced journalists; 3AW’s Neil Mitchell
has taken out the Best Current Affairs Presenter award. Best Talk Presenter was taken out for the third year by 2GB’s Ben Fordham
and the show’s producer, Harriet Glenn
won Best Talk/Current Affairs Producer. Full list.
Vale Ross Higgins
Ross Higgins, Australian actor, radio announcer and voice actor, has died aged 85. His showbiz career began in 1946, when he took a cadetship at 2GB at the age of 16. This led to an on-air announcing position and he went on to host breakfast and other shifts. He also became a cast member of the popular radio program "The Jack Davey Show". His TV career included being a cast member of The Naked Vicar Show and starring in Kingswood Country as Ted Bullpitt. He also played a straight role in soap opera Richmond Hill. Higgins also voiced numerous radio and TV ads the most notable being the character of Louie The Fly in the Morteiin ads.
Aussie radio reigns supreme in battle for ears
The first major comprehensive study of Australians’ audio consumption has found that the entry of global players such as Pandora, Spotify
and Apple Music
have failed to dent Australian radio’s dominance of the audio landscape. The Australian Share of Audio study, conducted by multinational research company GfK,
found that Australians spend an average of 3 hours and 23 minutes each day consuming audio in a dynamic and changing market that includes internet-only services, podcasts and online music videos. More details.
Mitch Fifield promises radio, television
will be 'better off' under media reforms
Lucy Battersby reports: "The federal government has promised television and radio networks will be "better off" if it has to increase spectrum prices to make up for a reduction in broadcast licence fees. Communications Minister Mitch Fifield told a radio industry conference he was aware of media industry concerns that if broadcast licences fees were reduced, the government might re-price spectrum so it didn't lose revenue. Full story.
Radio To Unite To Launch Streaming App
The commercial radio industry will join forces with the ABC
to launch the first Australian mobile app that will allow listeners to live stream more than 250 Australian radio stations. More details.
Vale Rebecca Wilson 1961-2016Rebecca Wilson,
well known sports journalist and radio presenter, has died in Sydney from breast cancer, aged 54. She passed away at the family home in the early hours of Friday after a long battle with the disease. More details.
In 2006 she was a co-host on the Vega 95.3 (now smooth fm) breakfast show with Tony Squires
and Mikey Robins
. She left in 2009.
Barry Bissell returns to Radio in NovemberBarry Bissell,
former host of Take40 Australia,
will be making a return to the air in November for "Something so Strong: Celebrating 30 years of Crowded House
". With Crowded House being inducted into the ARIA hall of fame, this 1-hour radio special will revisit the success of the band over the past 3 decades and feature some of their greatest hits. Stations interested in running "Something so Strong: Celebrating 30 years of Crowded House" can contact Andy Wells Media
Candice Joins Chilli
Candice Hazeltine is joining Dan Taylor as co-host on Chilli FM’s new breakfast show. Candice is moving from Power FM in Nowra as the drive announcer.
NOVA Makes Key Programming Appointments
has announced a number of key programming appointments. Shaun Heron, Nova 96.9’s
Program Director, has made the decision to depart the company. Peter Clay
Program Director, has been promoted to the newly created role of Head of Programs for Nova 96.9 and the smoothfm network. Georgie Page
Network Special Projects, has been appointed as smoothfm’s new Program Director. Sarah McGilvray
has been promoted to Nova 96.9’s Program Director. Brendan Taylor
will remain as Group Programming Operations Director and will also take on the new role of Head of Commercial Integration for the Nova and smoothfm networks. Full details.
EON Broadcasting Invites Listeners In
With “Soundmite” Mobile-Audio-Social 24/7!
Sunshine Coast stations 92.7 MIX FM
and 919 SEA FM
this week have launched the upgrade of their on- line apps with the inclusion of an Australian first for radio, with “MIX Mites” and “SEA Bites” using the social audio network “Soundbite”. Full details.
Andrew Dunkerley Appointed GM
After more than 20 years at Radio Snowy Mountains (Snow FM & 2XL), Richard Wybrew finished up as General Manager at the end of last week. Richard will be enjoying his well-deserved retirement with a move to Queensland later this year. Andrew Dunkerley has been appointed as the new General Manager of Snow FM & 2XL. Andrew has been involved in the radio industry for close to 15 years, including working at Mix 106.3, Gold 104.3, SEN Melbourne, Mix 101.1, Star FM Orange and Radio Sport National.
Michael Graham Joins Nova 106.9
has joined Nova 106.9
as Brisbane Commercial Director. This new role has been created. Before moving to Sydney, Michael was the Sales Director of ARN
Brisbane and in his most recent role was leading the ARN Sydney team. Check out Michael’s reaction to the very unique welcome to Nova Brisbane here : Link.
2CH To Be Sold
Commercial radio station 2CH (Magic)
must be sold to remedy the temporary breach of the ‘two to a market’ control limit for commercial radio licences in the Sydney licence area, under the terms of an enforceable undertaken given by Macquarie Media Limited (MML). More details.
Mason Tucker Joins SEA FM
Mason Tucker has joined hit 100.9 Hobart. He’s been appointed as their new morning announcer and as show producer for Paul & Woody.
Darren McKenzie Joins Eon Sports Radio
Darren McKenzie has started a new job at Glenn Wheatley's EON Sports Radio in Melbourne. Darren has previously worked at MTR, SEN and most recently RSN.
Alison Donnellan Leaving Radio Alison Donnellan
is leaving Triple M
Brisbane. She will be entering a new career in the music industry at SGC Media.
Star FM No 1 in Mildura Ratings
was No 1 in the latest Xtra Insights Mildura ratings. They rated 38.8% and also was the top station in all sessions (except evenings which was won by ABC.) River 1467
came 2nd with 18.4%, then SUN FM
came 3rd with 15.9%. ABC
rated 4th with 12.7%. Full details.
Ernie Sigley Diagnosed With Alzheimers
personality Ernie Sigley
has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. His family confirmed the news on Monday. The former TV presenter and 3AW Afternoons host was a noticeable absentee from the AFL Grand Final on Saturday, with Sigley a life-member of the Western Bulldogs. More details.
Power Now Bulldogs FM
To celebrate the historic Western Bulldogs AFL Premiership and the strong bond being developed with the City of Ballarat, Ballarat’s Hit Music Station, 1031 Power FM has changed its name to “Bulldogs FM”! Full details.
Random Radio News
Robbie and Adam’s Toasted Sandwich
After a lengthy crowd funding campaign, several rewrites and countless slices of bread and cheese it’s officially here… Robbie & Adam’s Toasted Sandwich Tuesday Cookbook
! Launched during Robbie & Adam’s Big Breakfast across the RedFM
network, the book was released in major towns throughout regional Western Australia including Karratha, Geraldton, Broome and Hedland using RedFM prize cars from each station. Full details.
Mark Ritson - View The Session
, Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Melbourne Business School and a Visiting Professor at Singapore Management University, was a guest speaker at this year’s Commercial Radio Conference
. You can hear his full presentation by clicking this link.
Why you probably hate every radio station at the momentJames McCann
, writer and comedian, gives his thoughts on the music played on today’s radio. In his opinion: “Much of the best music from my generation isn’t making it to the radio. If you have the time to spend hours searching the internet, going through blogs, and chasing unknown artists, there are some truly excellent acts out there.” Full story.
Radio1629am Search For Swing Music Fan
might be small but they have a big following – global in fact. The online streaming broadcaster, which specialised in swing, big band and old-time dancing music from the 1940s to 60s, was regularly in touch with listeners around the world. But there was one fellow from Gunnedah who drew their attention in particular. Full story.
Aussie Christian Radio Listeners
Donate Over 27,000 Miracles of Sight
26 Christian radio stations from across the nation made ‘miracles’ happen on 25 August providing some of the world's poorest people with the gift of sight. Five radio stations broadcast live after visiting their CBM
(Christian Blind Mission) partner hospital in Vietnam. 31 phones were manned by 136 different people over 16 hours – many were volunteers. More than 27,000 Miracle Gifts of Sight were donated. Full details.