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August 2019 Radio News



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."


July 2019 Radio News



Radio welcomes ACCC digital platforms final report
 
Statement by Joan Warner, chief executive officer of Commercial Radio Australia, on the release of the final report of the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry: “We congratulate the ACCC on delivering a landmark report into the significant and complex issues raised by the rapid growth of the digital platforms in Australia."  Full story.




Damages sought in Ray Hadley bullying claim

2GB Sydney radio announcer Ray Hadley has revealed he is being taken to court over highly-publicised bullying accusations. Earlier this year, former 2GB producer Chris Bowen criticised Hadley's "vile" behaviour in a lengthy Facebook post. Hadley apologised on-air for any hurt caused to his long-time colleague. Statement from Ray Hadley.




Ross Edwards New Role

Ross Edwards​, Mix 94.5 Perth Announcer/Music/Operations Assistant has a new role as DAB+ MD for the Triple M network. He commences on Monday July 29.




Chloe Maxwell Joins Juice

Chloe Maxwell will be joining Juice FM on the Gold Coast to host an all-new Good Taste Brekky Show starting August 1st. Chloe is no newcomer to media, having worked extensively in tv, commercial radio and modelling (famously being known as the Jeanswest Girl). Chloe alongside her husband, NRL legend Mat Rogers founded 4 ASD Kids Charity, which helps raise money for families with autistic children in need. Full story.




AirCheck Adds 51 DAB+ Stations
 
AirCheck, the leader in broadcast monitoring, announced that it will begin monitoring 51 DAB+ stations across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.Beginning with Perth, 51 DAB+ stations will be added across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, in addition to the 58 FM and AM stations already monitored nationwide. The process is expected to be completed by the end of October. Full details.




1116 SEN New Drive Show

1116 SEN has named former Western Bulldogs champion Bob Murphy and Andy Maher as the hosts of its new drive show. Bob Murphy and Andy Maher will debut Monday 29 July, from 3-6pm on 1116 SEN and 1377 SEN+ and will be available at sen.com.au as well as via the SEN App. They replace Kevin Bartlett and Dr Turf.  Full details.




Jon Faine reveals sign-off date - and a special farewell

Veteran ABC Melbourne broadcaster Jon Faine has revealed when he'll be signing off. The radio host, who has fronted ABC Radio Melbourne's mornings program for more than two decades, will sign-off for the final time on Friday, October 11. Faine's last show will take the form of a public fundraiser to be broadcast live from Melbourne's Town Hall. Full story.




The Bucket List

Diana Simons and Kieren “Beefy” Blake are presenting a sports show on SEN1377+ Saturday mornings,called  'The Bucket List'. Diana has previously worked at 3AK, Bay FM, Gold FM (Gold Coast) and other stations. Beefy was a former professional English cricket player, who was also an occasional contributor on the BBC. (Sadly Beefy revealed on air that murdered Melbourne schoolgirl Courtney Herron was his stepdaughter.) Margaret Court was a recent guest on the show.




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.

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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.





hit99.5 Sunraysia Giddy Up for the Mildura Cup


Sunraysia’s hit99.5 held its first listener event with the new Breakfast team Amy Hegedus and Dave Anderson over the weekend.The hit99.5 marquee at the Mildura Cup saw Amy & Dave invite an intimate group of listeners to join them at the races for a day of good local food, drink and racing at the Mildura Racecourse. Full story.





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.





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.