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July 2019 Radio News



Commercial Radio Goes Digital in Canberra

Commercial radio will officially switch on DAB+ digital radio broadcasts in Canberra today Friday, July 19, providing digital quality sound and more station choice for listeners in the capital. All four commercial radio stations, 2CA, 2CC, Mix 106.3 and Hit 104.7 will broadcast in digital, alongside several commercial digital-only stations, with more new stations to launch in coming months. Full details.




Audio HQ Officially Launched In Brisbane!

Brisbane’s HIT105 and Triple M have moved into their new custom-designed headquarters AUDIO HQ, the country’s most advanced radio super studios at Level 4 at The Barracks in Brisbane. The new headquarters feature 50km of CAT6A data cabling, 32,000 unique Audio Signals,101 TV screens, 318 computer screens, 6144 channels of lighting control and even a staff Café. It was one of the biggest and most technical relocations in radio history in Australia.  Some 200 invited guests attended the official launch. Dave Hughes broadcast his national HIT Network program live from Audio HQ and Brisbane-born duo The Veronicas performed a short set and were well received.  (More in the new Jocks' Journal.)




Josh Olek Joins Triple M

After 3 and a half years at K Rock Geelong, Josh Olek is on the move to Brisbane. He joins Triple M Brisbane where he'll be doing afternoons and operations.He begins in early August.




Pete Curulli to join Hit92.9
 
Pete Curulli will replace Ryan Jon on Hit92.9’s breakfast show, with Ryan deciding to leave breakfast radio with Heidi and Xavier. While it’s been a tough decision for Ryan, family comes first, and he will leave Perth to be with his fiancée Brigitte who lives in regional Victoria. Ryan was in studio this morning to tell his co-hosts he’d be leaving them – click here.  Full story.




Ali Longhurst Appointed Gold Coast’s Hit90.9 CD
 
The Gold Coast’s Hit90.9 has announced Alisson (Ali) Longhurst as their Content Director taking over from Corey Kay as he moves into his new position of Gold 92.5 Content Director.  Having been part of the 90.9Sea FM breakfast teams throughout 2015 to 2017, Ali comes back to the Gold Coast with many years’ experience as a producer. Ali comes from her most recent role as Senior Producer of Melbourne’s Fox FM with Fifi, Fev and Bryon.




SCA National Sales Manager Charged

Matt Cooper, 2DAY/Triple M national sales manager, stripped naked and ran onto the football field at Sunday’s NRL game between the Paramatta Eels & Wests Tigers. In front of more than 24,000 fans, he ran onto the pitch after hiding behind a Channel 9 camera. Police have issued Cooper with a court attendance notice for “wilful and obscene exposure”, as well as another charge under the pitch invasions act. He will front court in August and could face jail time as well as a fine up to $12,000.




Phil ‘Gus’ Gould joins Macquarie Sports Radio

Macquarie Sports Radio welcomes Phil 'Gus' Gould to the network and has announced the launch of The Gus Gould Show, starting 9:00 am on Saturday, July 20. Each week, Gould and co-host Julian King will be joined by a rotating cast of Rugby League greats as well as leading experts from the wider sporting world, and listeners will get the chance to pick Gus’ brain via the open line.




Daniel Pizarro Departs

Daniel Pizarro, Executive Producer of 2CC's 'Canberra Live' program, finished up on Friday July 12. Alan Jones is now being broadcast on 1206 2CC Canberra with Tim Shaw shifting to Drive, along with his Producer, Eddie Williams. Daniel told JJ "Wishing Radio Canberra all the best, while I seek new opportunities."



The Steve Price Show to launch on Monday

Starting this Monday, 15 July, The Steve Price Show will broadcast from 12-3pm Monday to Friday on 2GB in Sydney, 4BC in Brisbane and network stations across Australia. Steve will be joined by an array of regular contributors, including: Karl Stefanovic (Mondays), Erin Molan (Wednesday), Deb Knight (Thursdays), Phil Gould (Fridays), Rita Panahi (Daily) and Mieke Buchan (Daily). More details.




90.9 SEA FM Gold Coast Now Hit90.9

The Gold Coast’s 90.9 Sea FM will now be known as Hit90.9 and with this comes a brand-new breakfast show, the Hit90.9 Brekkie Crew with Lise, Sarah, Dan & Ben. The decision to rename 90.9 Sea FM to Hit90.9 is said to allow the station's listeners to be a part of a more unified brand, one which is synonymous across Australia and the nation’s largest radio brand – The Hit Network.   Lise Carlaw and Sarah Wills, also known as Those Two Girls, are no strangers to The Hit Network. They currently host national mid-dawns from 5am-6am and now in addition to this they will join Dan Anstey and Ben Hannant to wake up Gold Coasters on weekdays from 6am – 9am.






Community Broadcasting of Australia Members
Join iHeartradio Australia

Australia’s digital audio streaming and entertainment service, iHeartRadio, and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) have announced that they have signed a new agreement to allow community radio stations to join the iHeartRadio Australia service. The new partnership offers iHeartRadio Australia audiences’ access to some of the country’s most loved community radio stations. The initial community stations launching include PBS 106.7FM, 3KND, FBi Radio, Fine Music 102.5 and 96five. With many more to follow over the coming months. Full story.




Judith Whelan's high-profile role at ABC made official

Former Sydney Morning Herald editor Judith Whelan says change is inevitable at the ABC as she officially steps into the role of director of the broadcaster's regional and local operations.  Whelan, who has been acting director since Michael Mason departed in December, says one of her priorities in the role – "it's the best job I've ever had," she says – is keeping the focus on audience and building on the ABC's "tremendous" connection to local viewers. (Source: Sydney Morning Herald)




GfK Canberra Survey 2, 2019

MIX 106.3 was the top rating station in the latest GfK Canberra survey with a share of 18.2% (+1.2). Next came sister station Hit 104.7 with 18% (+0.2).  The other commercial stations - 2CA and 2CC respectively had a share of 4.9% (0.3) and 4% (-0.8). ABC Canberra came third in survey 2 with 11.5% (+1.1). Full details.




GfK Metro Survey 4, 2019

In today's GfK Metro Survey 4 it was another ratings win to talk stations 2GB and 3AW.  2GB recorded  a share of 14.0% and 3AW, 15.6%. In Adelaide, MIX 102.3 rated No 1 with 12.1% (- 0.1).  Brisbane's No 1 station was Nova 106.9 on 11.7% (+0.2) and finally in Perth, Nova 93.7 made No 1 with 14.1% (+1.5). Full details.




2019 GfK Metro DAB+ Ratings Survey 4

The top rating DAB+ stations in survey 4 were: Double J (Sydney), Coles Radio (Melbourne), Coles Radio (Brisbane), The '90s iHeart Radio (Adelaide) and Smooth (Perth).  Full Details




* UPDATE  Anthony Hudson and Terry Wallace have begun their stint on SEN's afternoon program after a decision was made on July 9 to remove long-serving SEN broadcaster Kevin Bartlett from air immediately following comments he made about why he had decided to leave the station at the end of the footy season.

Kevin Bartlett quits SEN

SEN Melbourne afternoon announcer Kevin Bartlett (KB & The Doc) has quit SEN after 15 years following tension with station boss Craig Hutchison. It is believed the fractured relationship between Bartlett and station chief executive Craig Hutchison led to Bartlett’s decision to quit. “I really enjoyed the old SEN and it’s fair to say I haven’t enjoyed the new SEN,’’ Bartlett told the Herald Sun. He resigned last Monday and has given the station a month’s notice. Bartlett was replaced by Gerard Whateley on the 9am-midday shift, one of the first decisions made by Hutchison. Bartlett, 72, had been expected to see out the footy season.  SEN media release regarding departure.




How Plot To Get Alan Jones Backfired

To understand last week’s attempt to have Chris Smith move from his 2GB midday timeslot after more than 15 years, after his contract was terminated and paid out, you need to rewind to November last year. At that time the Macquarie Media board made a decision to do the previously unthinkable: dump star presenter and winner of 15 years’ worth of radio surveys for the station, Alan Jones. Full story - The Australian newspaper. Story by Leo Shanahan.




The Steve Price Show Launches Monday July 15

Steve Price is bringing a new brand of afternoon radio to Sydney and Brisbane. From July 15, The Steve Price Show will broadcast from 12-3pm Monday to Friday on 2GB, 4BC and network stations. Price replaces Chris Smith who has parted company with the network. Full details.




Dan Underhill Joins 96FM

Dan Underhill, Nova 93.7 Perth program director, has resigned to join Australian Radio Network’s 96 FM in Perth.  Ben Latimer takes on the role of dual program director for Nova 93.7 as well as Nova 91.9 in Adelaide. Peter Clay, who is head of programming for Nova 96.9 and Smooth FM, will take over the Sydney role in the interim.




2CC Brings Alan Jones to Canberra Breakfast Radio

Australia’s Number One Breakfast Radio host Alan Jones will present the Alan Jones Breakfast Show live on 2CC 5.30am to 9am weekdays, commencing Monday 15th July. Alan Jones says: "Looking forward to being with you at Breakfast time in Canberra from July 15. We'll be rattling a few cages!!!" The Ray Hadley Morning Show will be extended by an hour to be broadcast from 9am to 12 noon and Tim Shaw will present 2CC’s Live & Local Drive program weekdays 3pm to 6pm.




Anita Savage Joins Hope

TV and Radio Journalist Anita Savage has been appointed to launch and lead the new Hope Media News Service commencing later this year.  Anita had an extensive career in journalism working with 2UE, Sky News, Channel 9, Bloomberg Television and most recently ABC TV and radio. Anita will join the Hope Media team from Monday July 29.  





Crocmedia Goes Narrowband

Crocmedia has purchased 23 narrowband radio licences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Gold Coast, Darwin and Alice Springs. The move will see 1116sen and other Crocmedia content broadcast nationally.




Tim Shaw's New Show

Tim Shaw will be the new host of Canberra’s only Commercial Talk Drive radio program. It all starts Monday July 15 from 3:00pm on Talking Canberra 2CC. Tim says: "Radio is local and always will be. Network all you want, but locals deserve a local. That's what I am." In other news, he's also been elected to the Board as a Director of the National Press Club of Australia.




Vale Stephen ‘The Ghost’ Walker

Stephen ‘The Ghost’ Walker passed away on Wednesday 3 July 2019 after a short battle with cancer. Stephen was Triple R’s Program Manager in Melbourne for 14 years and a volunteer presenter with the station for 37 years. He was instrumental in shaping the sound of Triple R during the late ’80s and ’90s and forever more. Full story.




3AW & Crocmedia End Relationships with Scott Cummings

Former AFL player Scott Cummings has been sacked by two media companies after comments on a personal podcast. 3AW says it was “disgusted” by the sex assault jokes made on Cummings’ Humpday podcast with Dane Swan. Cummings has also been axed from Crocmedia’s weekly Footy WA TV show. But Swan took a defiant tone on Twitter, saying the pair had nothing to apologise for. “If we had of ever said anything wrong or offensive we would of apologised but the fact is we have never have and I’ll debate anyone anywhere arguing that point,” Swan said in a tweet. (Source: Herald Sun)




2019 Warrnambool Xtra Insights Survey

95.3 Coast FM rated No 1 in the latest Xtra Insights Warrnambool survey.  They had a share of 40.9% (+3.2). Sister ACE Radio station 3YB FM came 2nd with a 24% share (+2.3).  Next came ABC Southwest with 6.2 (+2.0). Full details.


Chris Smith Leaves 2GB

* UPDATE.  2GB and Chris Smith today have announced that they have agreed to end their working relationship.  Smith will attend a pre-planned overseas trip for three weeks commencing tomorrow and following the trip, Chris will leave 2GB on 31 July 2019. Neither 2GB nor Chris Smith will be making any further comment on the matter.  CEO Adam Lang says: "We wish Chris well in his future endeavours." Chris would like to thank 2GB listeners for their ongoing support.



Chris Smith supporters to rally outside 2GB

Talkback radio listeners are expected to gather outside 2GB’s Pyrmont studios today in protest of a planned line up change that would bump afternoon host Chris Smith into the night-time slot. Smith is said to be distraught at the decision by Macquarie Media bosses to move him off nights and swap him with regular night-time host Steve Price. At least three major advertisers have threatened to pull up to $2 million worth of advertising from the station if the decision goes ahead. (Source - Daily Telegraph)




Air News Now Officially Sold To Terry Daniel

Artie Stevens has sold his successful Air News service  to Terry Daniel.  From the 1st of July, AIR News will be owned and operated as AIR News Media by Terry Daniel of Coffs Harbour. Artie Stevens will be staying with the business as News Director and covering weekday breakfast news until, at this stage, 30th June 2020. Terry's brothers Glenn who is a breakfast news presenter at Smooth FM Sydney and brother Richard who is working in media throughout South East Asia, will act as consultants to Air News.

June 2019 Radio News


96FM Breakfast Duo Axed

The 96FM Perth breakfast team Lise Fernandez and Paul Hogan have been dropped, only half way through their three-year contract. The West Australian newspaper understands the duo were told on Wednesday June 26 they would not be re-signed at the end of their contract and left immediately. However the pair (as of June 30) were still featured on 96FM's website and Facebook page. The Australian Radio Network, which owns the station, would not comment.



Chris Smith Calls In Lawyers

Update:  Chris Smith has now asked lawyers to step in on his behalf to fight management plans that will see him moved from his top-rating afternoon slot to Steve Price’s night shift. Macquarie Media has also launched an investigation into who leaked the story. Smith broke down in tears on air on Wednesday after Liberal senator Jim Molan wished him well. The 2GB switchboard was flooded with angry callers after The Daily Telegraph revealed plans to move Steve Price into Smith’s top-rating afternoon slot.  “What I can tell you though is that I am in discussions with management about my future,” he told his listeners on Wednesday.  “And I really do hope to have some good news too. In the meantime it is business as usual.”



Chris Smith To Be Axed From 2GB Afternoon Shift

2GB afternoon talkback host Chris Smith to be axed from his timeslot. The Daily Telegraph reports that Smith stormed out of Macquarie Media’s Pyrmont offices after a meeting with management on Monday morning. It is understood Smith was told he could be moving to the evening timeslot, in a straight swap with current night time host Steve Price. Full story.




Joann Keogh Retiring From SBS

After 31 years at SBS in Melbourne, Joann Keogh is taking her long service leave and then retiring. Joanne was the station's National Resource Centre Manager.




Barry Keohane appointed Content Director
for Adelaide's Mix 102.3/Cruise 1323
 
Barry Keohane has been appointed Content Director for Mix 102.3 and Cruise 1323. Barry has previously worked at SCA as assistant Content Director/Music Director and as a General Manager for Content in China overseeing the launch of 10 stations in markets of over 10 million people. Most recently he was Content Director at ABC Adelaide. Barry also mentors and teaches up and coming talent in his role as Head Lecturer for the Radio Content Management and Leadership Course with the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. Barry will begin his role on Wednesday, 10th July.




SEN forced off air due to a fire

Melbourne sports radio station SEN  has been forced off air for most of the busy breakfast timeslot due to an emergency. Garry Lyon and Tim Watson were left out in the cold due to a fire at the Crocmedia studios in Southbank. Fire trucks were in attendance from before 5AM, with the pair evacuated from the building due to a blaze that began on a lower floor. More details.




Tim Bergh Returns Home To Brisbane!

After nine years in regional radio, Tim Bergh has accepted a position as the Assistant Breakfast Producer at 97.3 Brisbane, returning home to be closer to his family who are on the Gold Coast. Tim said "after more than a decade working in regional radio, I'm very much looking forward to stepping up into a metro market! Bring on the next chapter of my very exciting radio career!"




Eagle's New Breakfast Announcer

Matt Brokenbrough has been appointed as the Breakfast Announcer and Promotions coordinator at 93.5 Eagle FM Goulburn & Southern Tablelands. He says: "I'm loving my new gig at Capital Radio Network here in the Southern Tablelands. Perfect opportunity to kick off my commercial radio career whilst still being close enough to Sydney to attend some of my AFTRS classes!"




New General Manager to Lead 7HOFM

Mick Raisin has been appointed General Manager at 7HOFM, replacing Colin Taylor who leaves Grant Broadcasters in late July, after 13 years with the company. Mick has a long commercial radio history with his most recent position in Mt Gambier as General Manager of the now named Hit96.1 and Triple M.




Hit Central Queensland's New breakfast show  

Central Queensland’s Hit107.9 has a new breakfast show featuring Nicholas Feain and Hayden Bleechmore. Nicholas Feain moves from his breakfast gig on Gippsland’s Hit94.3 and Hayden comes from ACE Radio in Colac, Victoria. He was discovered through Southern Cross Austereo’s talent master class program Hubble. Nick and hayed can be heard weekdays from 6am-9am.




Hobart’s Hit100.9 Welcomes Grace Garde To Workday
 
Hobart’s Hit100.9 will welcome newcomer Grace Garde to workdays from 1pm-3pm from Monday June 17. Grace began her radio career at Southern Cross Austereo Gosford in promotions before moving to her most recent gig on Power FM in Nowra after graduating from AFTRS in 2017.With experience in both breakfast and workday shifts, Grace was ACRA Finalist for Best Newcomer On-Air (Provincial) in 2018.




Vale Chris Winter

Chris Winter, one of the founding announcers at the original Double Jay and a fixture in the early days of triple j, has passed away. Chris was a foundation presenter for Double Jay in 1975. He is best known as the original presenter of Double J's “Room to Move” a two hour music program presented weekly on the ABC’s first network from 1971. Following his work with triple j, Winter went on to work with ABC local radio, before taking a role that would see him play a  part in the development of the ABC's first digital-only TV station, ABC2.




Search For Australia's Hottest Radio Hunk
 
A nationwide search to find Australia’s hottest radio hunk is on! Take 5 magazine is asking radio listeners all over Australia to vote. So far 3486 readers and radio listeners have taken part. To nominate your favourite, email: take5@bauer-media.com.au or visit the Take 5 Facebook page. Full details.




Air News To Be Sold to Terry Daniel

Air News is pleased to announce that we are in the process of selling the news business. If all goes to plan then come the 1st July AIR News will be owned and operated as AIR News Media by Terry Daniel of Coffs Harbour. For all involved there will be no apparent change, the news service will operate exactly as it does currently, with all the same presenters and same services. Full story.




Port Hedland and Broome’s first official radio ratings
 
The radio station listened to the most in the Western Australian towns of Broome and Port Hedland was announced today with the results from the region’s first official radio ratings survey are released. SPIRIT Radio was the top rating station with a share of 36% and were No 1 in all sessions. RED FM rated No 2 with 26.4%.  Then came triple j with 16.4% and ABC Kimberley with 8.3%. The survey was conducted by Xtra Insights between the 13 May - 1 June. Full details.



HIT 105/Triple M into Brisbane Super-studios

HIT105 and Triple M have begun broadcasting from their new custom-designed headquarters AUDIO HQ, the country’s most advanced radio super studios.  After more than 12 months in planning, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) Brisbane, parent to the two stations, have officially left their long-time home at North Quay, and relocated to Level 4 at The Barracks.  It was one of the biggest and most technical relocations in radio history in Australia.  More Info




Dangerous Dave Takes Over My Generation
 
Dave Williams will host Triple M’s national show My Generation from Saturday June 8, replacing the recently departed Ugly Phil. My Generation is heard on over 70 stations nationally through the Triple M Network and affiliate partners regionally. “I am honoured to be handed the keys of this iconic show and I can’t wait to give it a spin!” Dangerous Dave said.




NOVA 100 Announce Brand And Promotions Manager
 
Nova Entertainment has announced the appointment of Andy Kay as Nova 100 Brand and Promotions Manager. Andy says, "Working in the radio industry is a dream career for me and joining NOVA Entertainment is a new and exciting chapter in my life. It'll also be fantastic to reunite with the gorgeous Chrissie Swan after all these years!"




Coffs Harbour Radio Ratings

SCA's Triple M 106.3 rated No 1 in the latest Xtra Insights survey with a share of 29.4 % (+6.1).  SCA sister station Hit 105.5 came 2nd with 23.6% (same as last survey). Next came triple j with 12.0% (-1.9) then ABC Coffs Harbour with 10.9% (-2.2). Triple M rated No 1 in breakfast, morning and afternoon. Hit 105.5 were No 1 in drive and ABC No 1 in evening. Full details.




KOOL FM New Brekky Announcer

Matthew Lynch of 2WEB Bourke will take over the 6-10 am Breakfast show on KOOL FM Innisfail.  He commences in early July. (2WEB now has a vacancy.  See 'Radio Jobs.')




GfK Metro Survey 3, 2019

In today's GfK Metro Survey 3 it was another ratings win to talk stations 2GB and 3AW.  2GB recorded  a share of 14.8% (+0.3) and 3AW 15.1% (-0.1). In Adelaide, MIX 102.3 rated No 1 with 12.2% (- 1.7).  In Brisbane it was a close race with Nova 106.9 on 11.5% (-0.9) and finally in Perth, Mix 94.5 were once again No 1 with 14.3% (-1.1). The top rating DAB+ stations were - Coles Radio (Sydney), Double J (Melbourne), The ‘90s iheart radio (Adelaide), Double J (Brisbane) and a tie in Perth with Smooth/ABC Grandstand. Full details.




2BS/B Rock Sold To Super Radio Network


Ron and Stephanie Camplin have sold their two Bathurst FM radio stations 2BS and B Rock, to the Super Radio Network owned by Bill Caralis. An announcement of the sale was made in the morning news bulletins on both stations. Instead of hearing Ray Hadley, local listeners tuned into John Laws via 2SM. Staff were told of the news on Sunday night at the home of the Camplins. Station General Manager Phil Cole, who has worked for Ron Camplin for 41 years, says “it’s business as usual.”





Jamie 'Mac' McDonald Health Update


On Tuesday June 4, Brisbane-based UK-born radio announcer/musician Jamie McDonald will be undergoing open heart surgery. He went into hospital last week after suffering chest pains and was informed he had a heart attack. Jamie has worked at many Australian radio networks including the SCA, Macquarie, ABC, and also the BBC. He's also a talented Chalk Artist.  Jocks' Journal wishes our mate Jamie a great outcome and speedy recovery.





Vale Phil Hunter


Former 2UW announcer Phil Hunter has passed away after spending a number of years in poor health.  He is best known for his time in the ‘70s hosting afternoons on 2UW. He began at the station in 1968.  In the ‘60s he was also heard on 2SM and later ran a record shop in Chatswood in Sydney.





Vale Hon. Nick Jones


Nick Jones, best known as Ian MacRae's 2SM sidekick the Hon. Nick Jones, has passed away. In 1981 the brekky pair released the single The Ballad Of Lady Di.  Nick was a  self-appointed local government councillor who initially did the odd guest segment on the breakfast show, but then became Macca's regular sidekick.





Perth university student wins
 national Brian White Journalism Scholarship
 
Edith Cowan University broadcasting student, Tom Durkin, is the winner of the national Brian White Scholarship awarded by Commercial Radio Australia. As winner of this scholarship, Tom will now commence an eight-week paid internship in Sydney, consisting of two weeks each at the leading radio broadcasters Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and NOVA Entertainment.  Full details.

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Mike Kasem to speak at Radiodays Asia


Mike Kasem, the son of legendary American Top 40 presenter Casey Kasem, will speak at the upcoming Radiodays Asia conference next month. The Gold 90.5 Singapore breakfast presenter will discuss formats, with his co-host Vernetta, on a panel of high profile presenters from around the Asian region. Full details.





Audata's First Ever “Promo Star” Award


Australian radio software company Audata has today announced its inaugural “Promo Star” Award - aimed at recognising the creativity, originality, and achievements of promotions talent in the Australian radio industry. One winner will be selected to join Audata at the RadioDays Europe 2020 conference, to be held next March in Lisbon, Portugal. Full details.





TRFM's Winter Breakfast Show


Over the past two weeks, TRFM in Gippsland have run a 'Winter Breakfast' show whilst regular breakfast host's Gabi & Dan have been on a break. Regular morning host, Bryce Ruthven (2018 ACRA winner for Best Music Presenter - Country) took the reign's of the breakfast slot with a concept of giving Gippsland locals the chance to shine on breakfast radio. Full details and pics of hosts. Bryce hosted Winter Breakfast with a different co-host each day. Full details and pics of hosts.




Steve Barker Wins At New York Festival


Radio 'all-rounder' Steve Barker, arrived back in Australia recently with a big trophy and bigger smile. He was one of a handful of Aussies who scored a trophy at the 'New York Festivals' - the international awards recognising the World's Best Work in Radio. 35 countries were in contention this year. Steve collected a bronze art deco replica microphone for his coverage of last year's Sydney to Hobart Yacht race, an event he passionately covers every year. "To present the Blue Water classic (IN NON-YACHTIE speak), the longest and last on the Aussie sporting calendar, over the four days is always a thrill and geez I'm happy the judges in Manhattan felt the same!"





Radio 97 puts students to the test


Early starts aren't the only challenge confronting high school students undertaking a unique work experience program with Radio 97. Having to keep up with breakfast announcer and work experience program co-ordinator Scott Mayman is equally as demanding. Full story.





Power FM's Rap About Old Tailem Road


Power FM SA's Craig Pitman reports: "Thought you might like to check out the latest giggle we've done!  After 9 weeks at #1, we are probably the last station in Australia to add Old Town Road (Lil Nas X) to the playlist, but it's given us plenty of thinking time to create this gem." If you head down the South Eastern Freeway in SA, just before you get to Tailem Bend, you come across "Old Tailem Town." It is Australia's largest pioneer village. You can check out the parody and music video that I shot with the brekky team at: Old Tailem Road




Nik James To The Rescue


Nik James from Super Radio Mid North Coast is an example that not all heroes wear capes. He recently took a gamble and answered his mobile despite the fact he didn't recognise the number. The Unknown Caller turned out to be Leonie, a Committee Member from the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce, in urgent need of an MC for their Awards night. When was the Awards Night? Tonight. It appears the original host, Comedian Jean Kittson, had broken her leg the night before and was unable to travel. Full story.





Jase and PJ's 56 Hour On Air Marathon


Jase & PJ of Melbourne's KIIS 101.1 breakfast show have uploaded the entire vision of their 56 hour on-air marathon they completed recently. The vision contains what happened on air and what happened off air. Link.





Brisbane 97.3FM and 4KQ’s New Home


ARN's 97.3FM and 4KQ have moved from Stones Corner to their new Brisbane broadcast studios at Kings Row, Building 4, Level 3, 40 McDougall Street, Milton. Full story.





Camplins end decades-long ownership

 of Bathurst's 2BS and B-Rock


Long-time owner Ron Camplin, aged 87, says he plans to "smell the roses" and enjoy time with his family after finalising the sale of local radio stations 2BS and B-Rock. Full story




Radio stays strong as Podcast listening and Smart Speaker use grows


Radio has retained its place as the most used audio platform, while awareness and use of podcasts has increased steadily over the past year, and ownership of smart speakers has doubled, according to the findings of the 2019 Infinite Dial Australia Study released today. The comprehensive study of audio and digital media behaviour by global firm Edison Research found that 83% of Australians are now aware of podcasts, up from 78% a year ago. Full story.




Podcasts have overtaken the popularity of music streaming playlists


Australians are listening more to podcasts than to streaming playlists, confirms a new report. UK-based MIDIA Research’s State of the Streaming Nation used Australian data as well as that from the US, UK, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Japan and Sweden. 18% of music streamers listen to podcasts, while only 15% use curated playlists. Full story.






2KM-2MC Staff Reunion


A 2KM-2MC Staff Reunion will be held on September 20 2019 in Kempsey. Organiser Ian Wright from 5MU/POWER FM started his radio career with 2KM in 1971 and has promoted the event through Facebook. Staff can register to attend the Reunion via the Facebook link  or by emailing Ian at ianshome@iinet.net.au  The Facebook page is packed with photos, stories, comment and audio as a lead up to the September event.





Our radio stars are living the dream

on the property market


If the homes of Sydney’s top radio stars are anything to go by, then they certainly are making a very decent living from just their voice. With the likes of Alan Jones, Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O taking home around $5 million a year, some of Sydney’s radio presenters are seriously cashed up. Full story.