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Jane Kennedy Departs Triple M
Jane Kennedy has announced her departure from Triple M's Kennedy Molloy drive show - admitting that juggling work commitments and looking after her five teenagers became 'too hard'. The 56-year-old made the shock announcement on Friday January 15, saying in a statement that she struggled to juggle looking after her five kids and her respective work commitments for the show. Her co-star Mick Molloy, 54, will continue to host the show, which will now be called simply Molloy. They were due to return on January 18. (Source: Daily Mail)
Jodie Oddy On Nova 91.9 Breakfast
Jodie Oddy, the former Channel 10 Sport and weather presenter, has joined Nova 91.9 FM Adelaide breakfast program as their Newsreader.
Ali Plath Joins Steve Bilokin
Ali Plath is the new breakfast co-host on Zinc 96 Sunshine Coast‘s Breakfast show. Ali, a former breakfast co-host on HOFM in Hobart, joins Steve Bilokin for the new ‘Bilko & Ali for Breakfast’ show.
Mike O'Loughlin To Host Tasmania Talks
Launched in September 2015, Tasmania Talks will return on January 27 with new host Mike 'Locco' O'Loughlin. Mike, who retired from radio in 2015, has had a change of heart and will return as the new Talk Back host. 'Locco' who has had a 40 year radio career spent 12 years hosting the breakfast show in Cairns. He replaces Aaron Stevens.
Triton Digital's Australian Podcast Ranker (December)
Triton Digital have released the Top 100 Podcasts as well as the Top 10 Publishers in Australia from 1 December through 31 December, 2020, as measured by Triton’s Podcast Metrics measurement service. Casefile True Crime (Audioboom) remained in the #1 spot as the most downloaded Australian podcast in the country. Additionally, Stuff You Should Know (ARN/iHeartMedia) reclaimed the #1 spot as the most downloaded podcast in the country this reporting period. Full details.
Anthony Smyth Promoted At Nine
Anthony Smyth has been promoted to the national role of Nine Radio’s Commercial Director of Radio. He was previously the Director of Sales Transformation - Radio.
Brooke Taylor Takes On New Role In Queensland
Brooke Taylor, Promotions and Administration Coordinator at Triple M Dubbo, has been appointed as Hit Queensland’s new Breakfast Producer. She begins at the station on Monday January 18.
Claire Bauskis Departs Triple M/Mix 94.5
On Friday January 8, Claire Bauskis read her final new bulletin on Triple M/Mix 94.5 Perth. She's taking on a new role in corporate communications.
6PR Announces Tod Johnston To Host Nightshift
Tod Johnston will be the new host of 6PR's evening program, The Nightshift. He has held high-profile roles in entertainment and media over a number of years as a singer, television host and broadcaster. “We are thrilled to have Tod joining us as the host of The Nightshift,” said Emily White, 6PR’s Content Manager. “Perth knows Tod well and we are confident he will bring his unique energy to our evening programming as part of 6PR’s newly reinvigorated on-air lineup. I would also like to thank Chris Ilsley for his hard work and service to 6PR and our listeners. I look forward to working with Chris in coming weeks on future opportunities at the station.”
Hayden Miller Departs Bay FM Geelong
After 10 years of waking up Geelong, the Surf Coast and Bellarine on BAY 93.9, Hayden Miller has departed. His last program with Lisa 'Milly' Millard was on December 18. Miller has moved to Canberra with his partner to be closer to family. Bay 93.9 content director Mark Hyland said Miller would be missed. Geelong Broadcasters general manager Andy Mathers praised Miller’s dedication.
6PR sacks Chris Ilsley from Perth Tonight
After 21 years with 6PR, Perth Tonight host Chris Ilsley has been sacked. Despite hosting the station's second-highest rating program, with a 10.1% share, compared to 10.8% for breakfast, Ilsley will be replaced in the new year. His last program was on December 14. In other news, Liam Bartlett will move into mornings and replace Gareth Parker who will now co-host breakfast. Chris told The West Australian he had expected his contract to be renewed and naturally he was "feeling a little bit let down."
Vale Ken Dickin
Ken Dickin, well known Adelaide radio personality, died aged 75 on Christmas Day after a long battle with prostate cancer. Ken worked from the late ‘60s at all three AM Adelaide commercial stations - 5AD, 5DN and FIVEaa. He also worked for a time in the early '70s at the Gold Coast’s 4GG. More details.
Vale Jim Graham
Jim Graham, ABC Melbourne newsreader, has passed away aged 63. Graham had been on the ABC airwaves in Victoria for more than 20 years. He trained at the 3SA radio school in Melbourne in the early 1970s. (He also worked with JJ editor Greg Newman in the Phonogram Records Warehouse in South Melbourne before both began a career in radio). Apart from Jim's longtime news role at the ABC he also had a stint at 3UZ and worked at stations including 3MP, 3GL, 3BO and 3TR. ABC Tributes and more details.
ABC Saturday Night Country host
Felicity Urquhart Signs Off
After 500 shows and more than 2,000 hours of programming, Felicity Urquhart has announced she is signing off as host of Saturday Night Country. Felicity Urquhart will host her final Saturday Night Country radio show on December 26. After 10 years on the airwaves Urquhart wants to focus on family, health and getting creative. Full story.
2021 Changes At FIVEaa
FIVEaa news director Matthew Pantelis will move into nights at the Adelaide talk station. He's been with station for almost 25 years. He replaces Jeremy Cordeaux who moves to weekend breakfast.
Spencer Howson To Host 4BC Weekends
Brisbane listeners will wake up to a familiar voice on a brand-new program when Spencer Howson begins hosting 4BC Weekends on Saturday, January 16 9-1pm and Sunday, January 17, 9-1pm 2021. Howson is the latest addition to an expanding lineup of local programming and presenters. Howson is a highly experienced presenter, with 25 years in radio, and he hosted Brisbane’s most listened to breakfast show on the ABC for 11 years. More recently he became a lecturer and tutor at the University of Southern Queensland, teaching the next generation of media presenters.
Mason Tucker Departs KIIS
Mason Tucker, KIIS 101.1 workday announcer, has not had his contract renewed and will leave the station at end of 2020.
Basil Zempilas Leads New Brekky Team On 92.9 Triple M
Perth favourite and new Lord Mayor, Basil (Baz) Zempilas, is joining the city’s newest radio station, 92.9 Triple M, to headline an all-new breakfast show in 2021 with co-hosts Xavier Ellis and Jenna Clarke. 92.9 Triple M launched on 1 December 2020. 92.9 Triple M’s Breakfast with Baz, Xav and Jenna can be heard from 6am on January 18, 2021. Full story.
David Wiltshire to lead Grant Broadcaster’s
River 94.9 Ipswich
David Wiltshire has been appointed as the new General Manager at River 94.9 Ipswich. David will bring more than three decades of media experience in senior positions at ARN, News Corp and SCA across both content and sales. David also brings a wealth of Regional knowledge to the Grant Broadcasters family and says he is looking forward to joining the successful team at River 94.9. David will start early in 2021.
Erin Phillips & Soda For Breakfast on Mix 102.3
ARN has announced the launch of Mix 102.3’s new show Erin Phillips & Soda for Breakfast in 2021. From January, Mark ‘Soda’ Soderstrom will team up with Adelaide sporting legend Erin Phillips. Erin is a two-time Premiership captain for the AFLW Adelaide Crows and has had a professional career in both basketball and football.
My News Feed’s Ongoing Success
At Reaching Logan City Locals
Local news outlet, My News Feed, has hit another milestone, reaching over 15,000 people during its second month of operation. The success of the online publication comes after its first month of operation, October, had over 10,000 users visit the site. Editor of My News Feed, Scott Mayman, says the news team aims to provide quality ‘fresh’ local news stories. (Photo left to right) Breakfast newsreader Brian Lowe, My News Feed Editor Scott Mayman, and Journalist Madeline Grace. Full story.
More Changes At 2DAYFM
Simon Greally has been appointed Creative Director at 2DAY FM. Simon moves from a marketing role, and previously worked in media as Executive Producer of The Kyle and Jackie O Show in 2015. Violet Merhi has also been appointed EP of The Morning Crew. She previously worked as a National Guest Booker, radio announcer and MD with SCA.
New Roles For Bronte And Bree
Bronte and Bree will co-produce Ash, Kip & Luttsy with Susie O'Neill on Nova 106.9 in 2021. Bronte was previously a Promotions Manager at K-Rock FM and BAY 93.9 at Geelong. Bree was previously a Producer and Promotions Project Manager with Nova.
Marty Sheargold Show On Triple M
SCA has announced The Marty Sheargold Show will be Triple M Melbourne’s new FM breakfast show in 2021 alongside a 3-4pm syndication on Triple M’s 49 stations across the country. Marty began his radio career at Triple M 17 years ago and is excited about his return to where it all began. Marty will also hit the road across Australia from May 2021 with a return to stand-up comedy. The Marty Sheargold Show on Triple M starts Monday 18 January at 6am in Melbourne and will be heard every afternoon around the country from 3-4pm before Kennedy Molloy from 4-6pm.
Rosie New Afternoons Host On Triple M
From January 11, Rosemary “Rosie” Walton will be the Afternoons Announcer on Triple M Melbourne. She’s been the panel operator/anchor for The Hot Breakfast for the past 11 years. She announced the news on Instagram.
Triton Digital Podcast Ranker - November
Casefile True Crime (Audioboom) was the most downloaded podcast in the country in November, bumping Stuff You Should Know (ARN/iHeartMedia) to the number 2 spot for the first time since its debut in the 23 December – 19 January, 2020 Australian Podcast Ranker. Casefile True Crime (Audioboom) also remained the #1 spot as the most downloaded Australian podcast in the country. Full listing.
Blinding Lights’ by The Weeknd - The Most Played Song On Australian Radio in 2020.
AirCheck has released the figures showing ‘Blinding Lights’ as the most played song on Australian radio in 2020 with 30,006 spins. Released on 29 November 2019, it received its first spin of the year just after midnight on 1 January on Star 104.5 on the Central Coast. Since then, the release garnered airplay across 31 Australian radio stations. Nova 969 Sydney spun the track more than any other station, adding 2,057 instances, while the Nova network collectively accounted for more than a third of the year’s airplay. Full details and full list.
Rod Winner is new GM for Hot 91.1 & Zinc 96
Grant Broadcasters has appointed Rod Winner as General Manager of Hot 91.1 and Zinc 96 on the Sunshine Coast. Rod will join the business with extensive Radio and TV industry experience being previously employed by SCA for over 15 years. Starting in a promotional role he then moved into Sales, General Manager and then Regional General Manager for several markets including Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Southern NSW. Rod starts in his new role on the 1st February 2021.
2020 Gfk Radio Ratings
In the final GfK survey for 2020, talk stations 3AW and 2GB once again ended the year at No 1. Nova 106.9 rated No 1 in Brisbane and Nova 93.7 returned to No 1 in Perth. In Adelaide, Mix 102.3 continued their reign at No 1. Full details.
2020 DAB+ Radio Ratings
The top rating DAB+ stations were: 2CH (Sydney), Gold '80s (Melbourne), Coles Radio (Brisbane), Double J (Adelaide) and Hit Oldskool (Perth). Full details (just below Commercial Radio results).
Pete Curulli Joins Mix 94.5 Breakfast
Pete Curulli will replace Dean Clairs as a member of the Mix 94.5FM Perth breakfast show. Pete replaces Dean, who is doing his final program on Friday 11 December. Pete is currently on the Hit 92.9FM Perth breakfast show. Pete, Matt & Kymba will commence on Monday 11 January 2021.
Bryce and Ebony To Head triple J Breakfast
Bryce & Ebony will take over triple j breakfast in January 2021. Hailing from Moranbah via Woy Woy, 26-year-old Bryce Mills got his start in community radio, presenting on 2SER, before joining triple j. Co-hosting triple j brekkie is 25-year-old hip hop and dance aficionado Ebony Boadu. Born and bred in Western Sydney, Ebony’s obsession with music led her to hosting spots on FBi, SBS and MTV, before joining triple j in 2019.
Seb Costello joins Nine's A Current Affair
Seb Costello is leaving his newsreader role on Triple MMelbourne’s Hot Breakfast show. He is joining Nine’s A Current Affair as a Senior Reporter.
Mix 94.5 To Farewell Dean ‘Clairsy’ Clairs
Dean ‘Clairsy’ Clairs has announced he will be leaving SCA Perth’s Mix 94.5 Breakfast show, Clairsy, Matt & Kymba. His final day will be Friday 11 December 2020. Lovingly known as ‘Clairsy’, Clairs has been with SCA for 30 years; the past 20 of those broadcasting on Mix 94.5. In most recent years, he has been co-host and anchor for the successful Clairsy, Matt & Kymba breakfast show, which celebrated its 1000th show milestone in October. Full story.
Nick Cody To Join Fox Breakfast
SCA has announced stand-up comedian and broadcaster, Nick Cody, will join The Fox’s breakfast show in Melbourne alongside Fifi Box and Brendan Fevola. Nick has been part of the Triple M Brisbane show, The Big Breakfast. Full details.
New Trio On 2Day Brekky Show
Dave Hughes, Ed Kavalee and Erin Molan will host 2Day FM’s new breakfast show. The 2Day FM Morning Crew with Hughesy, Ed and Erin commences on Monday January 18, 2021. Hughesy and Ed currently host the national drivetime show on the Hit Network, while Erin is a host and journalist at Channel 9's NRL Footy Show and for 2GB and 4BC.
Phil O’Neil Joins WSFM To Host Mornings
Phil O’Neil (aka Ugly Phil) will join WSFM as the host of mornings. He will be heard on WSFM every weekday from 9am – 1pm from Monday, November 23. Of the appointment, WSFM Content Director Mike Byrne said, “When Phil ‘Philled in’ on WSFM recently, the feedback from listeners was incredibly positive. I knew he would make an excellent addition to WSFM’s stellar line up and I am so pleased that he decided to join us.” When asked for comment Phil O’Neil mumbled something incomprehensible, until we asked him to remove his mask, then he said, “After Joe Biden’s recent success, this could be the second greatest comeback I’ve ever witnessed. I can’t believe how lucky I am and now I can stop hassling Duncan and Mike for a gig!”
2020 CBAA Community Radio Awards.
Over the last three weeks, CBAA have revealed all 32 2020 CBAA award winners via their CBAA Facebook page. They have now announced the final winner for the Tony Staley Award that was presented to Highland FM in the Southern Highlands, NSW. Some of the winners from this week include: Alex Wang - CMS 91.1FM (Outstanding Volunteer Contribution), Judy Clare - Vox FM (Excellence in Technical Services) and Rob Harling - Excellence in Innovative Programming and Content. Full list of winners.
Jodie Oddy Quits Mix 102.3 Adelaide
Adelaide breakfast radio presenter Jodie Oddy quit Mix 102.3 on November 19. Oddy, aged 44, has been on-air at Mix for 13 years. She co-hosted alongside Mark Soderstrom. The Adelaide Advertiser reports that rumours have been circulating in recent weeks about potential changes to Mix’s early morning show, with former Sevennewsreader Jess Adamson and Crows AFLW star Erin Phillips among the names tipped to be joining Soderstrom. Adamson and Phillips have both filled in for Oddy while she’s been on maternity leave in the past 12 months.
PERTH, YOU COMPLETE MMMe
SCA is bringing Perth listeners a real, local rock station as Triple M comes to town and becomes the 49th Triple M station. 92.9 Triple M replaces Hit 92.9. 92.9 Triple M Perth will also soon announce a brand-new breakfast show for Perth locals to start their day with in 2021. In addition, Mix 94.5 becomes part of the national Hit Network by unveiling a new-look logo to align with other capital city legacy Hit brands including Fox Melbourne, 2Day Sydney, B105 Brisbane and SAFM Adelaide. Full story.
2GB 873 FOR A HOT SUMMER OF SPORT
News Talk 2GB 873 has unveiled a line-up of sporting greats to co-host Wide World of Sports radio over the summer months, starting Monday, November 23. Former Australian cricket captain Mark ‘Tubby’ Taylor will join the team each Monday night, tennis legend Todd Woodbridge will feature on Tuesdays, former ironwoman Candice Warner will appear each Wednesday, while the former long-time TV host of Wide World of Sports, Ken Sutcliffe, will continue as a special guest each Thursday night for “Kenny’s Corner”. James Bracey, Peter Psaltis and Tim Gilbert have also been announced as fill-in hosts over summer, while regular host Mark Levy takes a short break before filling in for Ray Hadley on Mornings from mid-December.
Triple j Farewells Breakfast Hosts Sally and Erica
After four years at the station, Sally & Erica wrap up on triple j Breakfast to pursue other opportunities. Sally & Erica began hosting overnight shifts on triple j in 2017. They took over triple j Breakfast earlier this year. Hosting triple j Breakfast for the remainder of this year will be Bryce Mills,who has been presenting Weekend Arvos since the start of 2020.
Kate Stevenson Departs 3AW Breakfast
Kate Stevenson has confirmed she is departing 3AW’s the Ross and Russel show and moving to a corporate media role. She has been the show’s executive producer for seven years and in total she has been at 3AW for 14 years. Stevenson is a regular voice on the breakfast show and co-hosts the Saturday morning food and travel show A Moveable Feast with Ross Stevenson. She will farewell the show on Friday November 20.
Renzi Returns To Radio
After eight years working for the Northern Territory Government for a Chief Minister, Ministers’ and the Department of Health, Adrian Renzi is returning to regional commercial radio. On 4 January, he will take up the position of General Manager of 8HA/SUNFM and Gold FM in Alice Springs. He says: “ I can’t wait to get back into the swing of commercial radio again and have some fun with our regional radio talent – should be a hoot.”
Final Siren For Triple M's The Hot Breakfast After 11 Years
Triple M Melbourne’s The Hot Breakfast, hosted by Eddie McGuire and Luke Darcy, will finish up on Friday 27 November after 11 extraordinary years on air. Luke Darcy will stay on as part of the AFL footy call team and Eddie McGuire will be back in 2021 with new projects for Triple M. An announcement regarding what’s next for Triple M Melbourne’s breakfast show will be announced soon. Full story.
October 2020 Australian Podcast Ranker
Three new entities appear in Triton Digital's Top 100 Podcast Ranker this reporting period, including Hamish & Andy’s Remembering Project (SCA-PodcastOne Australia), Hidden Brain (Stitcher) and Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People (Stitcher). Stuff You Should Know(ARN/iHeartMedia) remained in the #1 spot as the most downloaded podcast in the country in October. Full details.
Jake Powell Joins Grant Broadcasters
Former B105 Brisbane music director Jake Powell has joined Hot 91 and Zinc 96 on the Sunshine Coast. He replaces Ben Cullen who is leaving to join Ronnie Stanton Media to head up its virtual music department.
Liam and Vanessa's Christmas Podding
Brisbane radio's Liam Renton and Vanessa Gibson are back for Christmas 2020 with the season launch of Christmas Podding - a weekly Podcast all about Christmas. Liam and Ness are in their third season of the Podcast that tackles the fun, awkward and honest side of Christmas. Weekly Episodes in November and Daily Eps throughout December in the lead up to the Big Day. Full details and audio.
6PR Announces New On-Air Lineup For 2021
News Talk 6PR 882 has unveiled a new and refreshed 2021 on-air lineup for the leading Perth talk station, announcing that Mornings host Gareth Parker will move to the key Breakfast shift. 60 Minutes journalist Liam Bartlett will rejoin 6PR as its new Mornings host, while Steve Mills, “Millsy”, is moving to Afternoons. Oliver Peterson continues in the Drive shift, while Simon Beaumont will host a new Saturday/Sunday Morning program. Full story.
Former Triple M announcer Chris Elliott
returns to commercial radio.
After 17 years of being on air, former 3MMM and 4MMMannouncer Chris Elliott, has returned to commercial radio. Just recently, SEN launched their AM new station 1170 in Sydney, and Chris has found himself a role part time with SEN, producing one of the talk programs hosted by former rugby league player Jason Stevens. It's not on-air, but Chris says at least he's back in commercial radio, and that's a good feeling. Full story.
New Breakfast team for Muswellbrook and the Hunter Valley.
“Harry and Dana” will head the new breakfast show on 98.1 Power FM, Muswellbrook and the Hunter Valley weekdays 6am – 9am. Andrew Harrison anchored breakfast on Dubai 92 in the UAE for over 6 years before returning to Australia where he has been working casually at Triple M Sydney. Dana Hamilton was also working in Sydney for SCA pre Covid19, where she gained valuable experience producing national shows like “Ash London Live” and “The Danny Lakey Late show”. Full story.
2020 CBAA Community Radio Awards
CBAA has announced the winners of week 1 at the 2020 CBAA Community Radio Awards. Some of the winners include: Best Station Fundraising Campaign - HOPE 103.2, Excellence in Journalism - Bay FM 99.9, Excellence in News & Current Affairs Programming - Vision Australia Radio and Excellence in Indigenous Engagement - 3KND. The winners' were interviewed by Danny Chifley. Full details, winners and video links.
Gerard Healy joins SEN Commentary Team
Long-time 3AW stalwart Gerard Healy has quietly left the station and will be a part of Craig Hutchison’s Sports and Entertainment Network next year. He will still co-host 3AW’sSportsday program, he will no longer be contracted by Channel 9, which last year took over Macquarie’s media business which includes the Melbourne radio institution. In recent times Sportsday has become a syndicated production under Hutchison’s Crocmedia (now known as the Sports and Entertainment Network) umbrella and heard across 3AW and regional radio stations in Victoria and Tasmania. (Story courtesy of Herald Sun) Full story.
GfK Radio Ratings Metro Survey 7
In the latest survey, 3AW in Melbourne has well and truly jumped the pack with 20.6% (+3.7). Breakfast is now rating 28.4% - next is ABC Melbourne with 13.7%. 2GB continue at No 1 in Sydney with 13.7% (-0.5). 96FM has moved to No 1 in Perth with 13.2% (+0.6). In Brisbane, Nova 106.9 rated No 1 with 11.9% (+0.4) and Mix 102.3 remain No 1 in Adelaide with 13.4% (+0.4). Full details.
GfK DAB+ Ratings Metro Survey 7
The top rating DAB+ stations in this latest survey are: Sydney - Double J (91), Melbourne - Gold 80s (113), Brisbane - 97.3 The 80s (60), Adelaide - Coles Radio (25) and Perth - Hit Oldskool (36). Full details.
Matt James Appointed Managing Director of Nine Melbourne
Senior global media agency executive Matt James is returning to Nine as Managing Director – Nine Melbourne. James has recently returned from London where he was global CEO of leading media agency network Zenith Media.He will oversee Nine’s second largest market, which includes Channel 9 in Melbourne, 3AW, The Age and the Melbourne bureau of The Australian Financial Review. Full story.