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John Bleby has quit his role as Executive Producer of the hit107 breakfast show in Adelaide. After an 18 year career with SCA/Austereo in many different program and announcing roles and markets he is taking a break from radio.
‘Herbie’ Joins Hit 93.1
Nat 'Herbie' Herbstreit, an AFTRS graduate, is now the breakfast co-host at HIT93.1 Riverina. She co-hosts Whitto & Herbie alongside 2013 AFTRS graduate Michael “Whitto” Whittington. Herbie replaces the former co-host Ash Blucher.
AIR News Update
AIR News evening presenter Natalie Livingstone is swinging into four afternoons a week on the AIR News Virtual Newsdesk, and is relinquishing her evening shift shortly (see ‘Radio Jobs.’) Whilst news director Artie Stevens is in Singapore on business in early June, mornings will be covered by Lesley Yeomans, with Natalie on afternoons and evenings handled by Kym Cartwright, with assistance from the erstwhile Andrew Collins.
RTI FM Newest Radio Station in Melbourne!
Created and run by 11 students (of Radio Training Institute), RTI FM is overflowing with hot new personalities, who are ready to wiggle their way into your day. Full details.
Gina Hogan’s New GM Role
Gina Hogan, GM of SCA's Cairns and Tablelands stations, is the new GM of Mix 94.5 and Hit 92.9. Hogan will relocate to the West Australian capital ahead of the July 17 start date.
SNOW FM Appoints Breakfast Co-Host
Matty Harrison, an AFTRS graduate, has been appointed breakfast co-host on Snow FM in Jindabyne. He also takes on the role of managing the social media for the station.
Ballarat Radio Ratings
In today’s Ballarat ratings 103.1 POWER FM was the No 1 station with 27.4% followed by sister station 3BA 102.3FM with 22.0%. triple j came third with 7.5% The Ballarat survey is one of more than 40 regional radio surveys that will be conducted across Australia this year. The research was conducted by Xtra Insights from 24 April – 13 May. Full details.Press release.
RadioApp now on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
The radio industry’s RadioApp is now available via Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto, allowing consumers to stream more than 250 Australian radio stations in the car. The release of the latest version of the popular free app allows users to easily view and play their favourite radio stations through their car’s infotainment system. More details.
Newcastle GfK Survey
KO FM is No 1 in the latest Newcastle survey with 14.3%. Next came hit 106.9 with 13.1% and then ABC 1233 with 11.6%. Full details.
4KQ’s Laurel Edwards Celebrates 25 Years On Air
On Thursday May 18, 2017 Laurel Edwards, host of the Laurel, Gary & Mark show on Brisbane’s 4KQ, celebrated her 25th anniversary on-air. Commencing her career at 4KQ on May 18, 1992, Laurel has held the same role in the leading breakfast slot this entire time. Full details.
Hot Tomato Clear Winner In Gold Coast Survey
Hot Tomato recorded their best ever survey and increased their share (people 10+) by 4.5% to win the latest GfK Gold Coast survey. Hot Tomato are now on 18.4% whilst Gold FM (-1.4) is on 12.0% and its sister SCA station SEA FM is on 11.2 (-1.6). Hot Tomato also was No 1 station in every session with a 4.6 increase in breakfast. Full details.Hot Tomato. Press Release
Merrick Watts To Leave Triple M At Year’s End
Merrick Watts has announced he will be leaving Triple M when the year is out. The comedian, who hosts the network's drive program in Sydney, will not attempt to renew his three-year contract when it expires at the end of 2017. Full story.
Radio Industry Invests in Young Journalists
Commercial Radio Australia has announced the finalists in the Brian White Scholarship with the eight student finalists to attend a news workshop in Sydney where final judging will take place to award the inaugural scholarship recipient. Finalists and further details.
Chilli FM No 1 in Launceston Radio Ratings
In the latest Xtra Insights survey it was a close result in Launceston with Chilli FM rating as the top station with 23.9%. They were followed by sister station LA FM - 22.5% and then ABC Northern Tasmania with 21.2%. Chilli was No 1 in breakfast and drive. LA FM was No 1 in morning and afternoon. ABC Northern was No 1 in evenings. Full details.
Changes At Power
Crystal Vas (pictured) is moving from Power FM Bega Bay brekky to Power FM in Nowra to do brekky and continue with promotions. She has been replaced by Annabelle Brett - Network News Journo from the SCA Gold Coast Hub. Apart from news reading this is Annabelle’s first on air announcing role.
Heidi Teams With Brady
Heidi Latcham from Hot 91.1 Sunshine Coast and Brady Ellis from Magic 89.9 Port Lincoln are the new breakfast team on Star 106.3 Townsville.
Maddy Joins Magic
Maddy Kennedy has joined the Magic FM on air team at Port Augusta. Maddy was formerly in an off air role withMelbourne's KIIS 101.1 and Gold 104.3.
Marc Fennell Leaves triple j
After 11 years with triple j, movie reviewer Marc Fennell is leaving the station. He says: "I’ve made roughly 734 reviews over 11 years," he wrote this morning. "I’ve outlived 5 breakfast shows and the entire 'Twilight' franchise. I think now is the time for someone new."
Whooshkaa Partners With Amazon
Whooshkaa has become the first in the world to use technology that allows listeners to hear the news from their favourite news source. Former Macquarie radio boss and Whooshkaa founder Robert Loewenthal, however, sees this new text-to-podcast service as a way not to replace reporters but rather to augment published reports into a new media form that can be monetised. Full story.
Candy Back On Air
Candy Hertz has returned to radio as a weekend presenter on FOX FM Melbourne. She says: “Couldn't be more excited to be back on-air and at the station I've listened to my whole life and only ever dreamed of.”
96Three Geelong has appointed Chris Elliott as station Content Director. After 20 years as an announcer Peter Marsh has moved off air to a programming role. Also Danni Synot (pictured) has replaced Peter as host of the morning program (Wed-Fri).
Vale Mark Colvin
Mark Colvin, a respected ABC journalist, PM presenter and former foreign correspondent has died at the age of 65. For the last 20 years he was a familiar voice as the presenter of ABC radio's current affairs program PM. More details.
Tommy & Joe Win Best Radio Ads of 2017
Tommy Medalia and Joe Hawkins have won Gold & Silver at the 2017 Gold Siren awards for a highly amusing series of ads designed to change driver behaviour for the Road Safety Commission called ‘Time with Mum'. More details and audio of winning ads.
Nicole Rutledge Returns To Radio
Nicole Rutledge is returning to radio. She has accepted the position of Announcer and Operations Manager at Mix FM and Sea FM on the Sunshine Coast.
Mark Aiston Departs FIVEaa
Mark Aiston has resigned from his breakfast role at FIVEaa Adelaide. He will be hosting a radio show based on mental health called The Mental Health Show.
Vale Lou Richards (1923-2017)
Melbourne football legend Lou Richards has died aged 94. Apart from his time as a star Collingwood footballer, TV football commentator and newspaper writer he also worked on radio and would be best known for his time on 3DB. There are numerous tributes to 'Lou The Lip' but we thought this video and tribute from Triple M's Eddie Maguire (and Collingwood club president) was worth sharing courtesy of the Collingwood Football Club website. Lou Richards Tribute.
Mark Makes His Return To 4BU
Mark Greasley is back on the airwaves where he started his radio career – Classic Hits 4BU in Bundaberg. Mark said it was great to be back. “I got my big break into radio in 1976 as Evening Announcer at 4BU and I couldn’t have been happier” Mark said. “To come back over 40 years later to do Breakfast is like a dream come true”. Full story.
Daniel Pizarro Joins ATN
Daniel Pizarro has been offered a casual traffic reporter position at the Australian Traffic Network. He’s a former journalist with SCA and 1521 QN.
New ACE ACD
Inga Milosic has been appointed as Assistant Content Director at ACE Radio's 3HA and MIXX FM. She’s previously worked for stations including Adelaide's Fresh 92.7 in Adelaide as well as 4SB, 4HI and 4GY.
Removal Of Licence Fees
Commercial radio broadcasters have welcomed the elimination of radio broadcast licence fees by the Turnbull Government which will result in around $20 million in annual cost savings and help counter increasing pressure from unregulated international and online competitors. The cut, together with a small increase in fees for the use of spectrum, is expected to result in a drop of 94% in the total fees commercial radio stations pay to government. Full details.
New Funding For Community Radio Broadcasters
The Turnbull Government has announced new funding of $6.1 million over two years for the community radio sector to support digital radio services and one-off spectrum reorganisation costs for analogue radio services. The funding announced as part of the Federal Government’s Budget 2017-18, is in addition to $15 million per annum already provided through the Community Broadcasting Program. Full details.
GfK Survey 2 2017 DAB+ Market Summaries
Edge Digital in Sydney was the most listened to DAB+ station in the latest GfK ratings. In Melbourne, it was Double J. In Brisbane, Coles Radio was well ahead of its competitors. In Adelaide it was a dead heat for number one with Buddha and The 90s iHeart Radio. Perth also recorded a tie with My Perth Digital and ABC Grandstand sharing honours for number one. Full details.
Nova’s New MD
NOVA Entertainment has appointed Jodie Williams as Music Director for Sydney’s Nova 969. Jodie comes from 949 Power FM in Nowra and replaces Josh McCabe who is now MD for Nova 93.7 in Perth.
Roma Xtra Insights Survey
The first ever radio ratings for Roma in south-east Queensland was released today (May 3) as part of the industry’s regional radio surveys program. HIT95.1 Maranoa (95.1) was the top rating station with 29.7%. 4ZR AM (1476 AM) came second with 23.9% followed by ABC Southern with 22.5%. Full details. Resonate Press Release.
Last Chance To Enter National Community Radio Awards
Entries for the 2017 CBAA Community Radio Awards close on Monday, 8 May and 9:00am AEST – giving broadcasters just a few days to put in their submissions for any of the 20 categories. These national Awards celebrate excellence in community broadcasting. A full list of categories and criteria is available here: www.cbaa.org.au/awards (Pictured is 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Contribution award winner Rob Stewart from Gove FM.)
SCA’s Matt Dickson Off To Cannes
SCA Matt Dickson will represent the Australian radio industry in Cannes next month, with his selection as a juror on the Cannes Lions radio jury panel. Matt is currently Head of Creativity for The Studio, SCA’s client creative services unit. Matt will join his fellow Australian jurors for the 64th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, held from 17-24th June in Cannes, France.
Kyle & Jackie O To Make Radio History
KIIS 1065’s Kyle & Jackie O are gearing up to make radio history with one of their biggest giveaways yet. On Friday, May 19 every single caller who makes it on air on their KIIS breakfast show will win a brand new award winning Hyundai i30. The station claims the ‘You Get A Car’ giveaway will be like nothing you’ve ever heard before. All listeners need to do to be part of radio history is call into KIIS 1065 on Friday May 19 from 6am and get on air with Kyle & Jackie O. More details with audio.
Jono Coleman On Lifestyle Nights
Jonathan Coleman has been doing nights from 9pm -midnight on Talking Lifestyle radio heard in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Jono told JJ: “It’s fun. But early mornings from 7 am on Studio 10 and late nights on the radiomeans little sleep. Love a challenge! See Dano every day down the hall at 2CH. Very funny.”
At the height of the Hot30’s popularity, Ugly Phil quit the show and moved overseas, and now he’s revealed why. Speaking to Rachel Corbett on her podcast You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere, the 54-year-old said he had no idea how popular the Hot30 was when he was hosting it. Full story.
John Laws Looks Back On 60 years
After 60 years behind the microphone, 2SM morning announcer John Laws has written a memoir. He spoke to ABC TV's Leigh Sales about his career. Full story.
When Hamish Met Andy
Andy Lee has opened up about the first time he met Hamish Blake way back in 2000 when he was studying marketing at university in Melbourne. “It was really bizarre,” Andy explained. Full story.
Radio 4AM & 4KZ both celebrate their 50th Anniversary in September this year. The station would like to hear from any former staff members with your contact details. Do you have any old photos or memorabilia that you could loan to the station for the celebration? Check out this special Facebook page for more details.