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Sacha Barbour Joins ARN
Sacha Barbour has joined the ARN Sydney newsroom as a journalist and weekend news presenter. She formerly worked at Star 104.5 Central Coast as breafast newsreader.
Louise Higgins Leaves NOVA
NOVA Entertainment Chief Operating Officer Louise Higgins is leaving the company. She's been the COO since November 2010. Group Sales Director, Peter Charlton, will take on the additional role of Acting COO until further notice.
GfK Metro Radio Ratings
The latest GfK
metro radio ratings were released today. Talk stations 3AW
(14.4%) and 2GB
(12.2) continue their dominance in Melbourne and Sydney. MIX 102.3
was the top rating station in Adelaide with 14.5 and Perth's MIX 94.5
was again No 1 with 14.4. Nova 106.
9 was the top station in Brisbane with 14.4. Full details.
Seb Joins Power FM Ballarat
is leaving Power FM
in the Hunter Valley and returning to Victoria to work at Power FM Ballarat. Seb has been with the station 2 years heading the Power Brekkie team with a couple of co-hosts during his time. He’s also run the station’s Production department. (Picture: Seb
and the kids). More details.
RTI FM Is Back
the student-run pop-up station, returns to the airwaves this week featuring the freshest industry-ready radio talent poised to hit the Australian market. Managed by the Advanced Radio students from Melbourne’s Radio Training Institute,
RTI FM brings you nine personalities across four shows. The the full RTI FM Program Guide and Personality bios are available online at https://rtifmau.wordpress.com
All Girl Lineup On ABC Brisbane
On 612 ABC Brisbane it was an all female line up on Monday. Terri Begley (pictured) was filling in for Spencer Howson on breakfast. She was followed by Kelly Higgins-Devine, then Kat Davidson, Emma Griffiths and then on evening Sarah Howells. Station Content Director is Vanessa Wiltshire.
John Solander Departs 6PR
On Friday August 19, John Solvander worked his final dayat 6PR. He says: “My 15 years with the station has flown by and I'm leaving with many fond memories of my time at 169 Hay St. I also leave with confidence in radio's continuing strength and relevance - not only in the wider media landscape, but also in the daily lives of our listeners. It's an industry I've loved and one I'll continue to take a keen interest in. Thanks very much for your support and no doubt I will cross paths with many of you in the future.”John takes on a new venture with local company Media Stable.
Keith McCarten Joins Flood Active
5MU drive announcer Keith McCarten has left the station to take up a position with Flood Active providing traffic and lifestyle reports for the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast,Townsville and Gladstone. Keith will work from his home and save himself just under 1,000ks per week travelling from his home in Adelaide to Murray Bridge!
Jono Coleman’s Possible New Radio Gig
Jono Coleman and his former Jono and Dano producer Clint Dreiberg are discussing the possibility of Jono co-hosting ‘Breakfast in Dublin’ on Ireland's Radio NOVA 100. Matt’s co-host Dee is pregnant and about to go on maternity leave. Jono Coleman guested a few weeks ago and the listeners loved the chemistry of Matt and Dee and Jono. It’s possible that Jono may co-host the show from Nova 969 which is next door to Network Ten (where Jono works at Studio 10).
2CH Sale Would Create 2GB-2UE Macquarie Synergy Format
reports: “A major experiment in radio programming is about to be unleashed on Sydney’s grown-up listeners and if it works it is likely to be extended to Melbourne and Brisbane. Macquarie Media is about to launch a new format on its Sydney heritage news and talk station 2UE
. " Full story.
Tony Moclair On Overnights
Tony Moclair has been appointed as the new host of Australia Overnight on 3AW and 2UE.
Vale Bob Ackery
Former Brisbane radio personality Bob Ackery
has died. He is best known for his time at 4BH.
He joined the station in the early 1970s and became the drive time announcer before moving into breakfast, later taking on the role of Programme Manager and eventually General Manager in the late 80s. In his early days he worked for 2VM
Moree. He also served as manager of Macsat based at 2CA
in Canberra. In his later years he worked for Black and White cabs in Brisbane. (Picture from 2007 4BH Reunion.) More details.
Bowie Departs The Cruze
Jac Bowie has resigned from her role on The Cruze with Jac Bowie, an afternoon drive show, on Mix 104.9 FM Darwin. Jac was also the Online Content Manager for Mix 104.9 and Hot 100.
Hamish & Andy to headline National Radio Conference
and Andy Lee,
Southern Cross Austereo’s Hit Network national drive team will headline this year’s National Radio Conference in Melbourne. Appearing for the first time at the annual industry conference, the session moderated by their executive producer Sam Cavanagh,
will see Hamish and Andy
answer questions about their career in radio, talk about their unique approach to content creation, discuss working in a creative team and reveal what it takes to stay at the top of their game. Full story.
Gregg Easton Accepts Full Time Role
After several months in the dual roles of Assistant Content Director/ Morning Show Host, Gregg Easton has accepted the offer from Grant Broadcasters to become 2EC & Power FM Bega Bay’s Content Director.
Ross Wallman Joins Nova
Ross Wallman is joining Nova 93.7 as their afternoon announcer. He replaces Joel Gelding who is the new workday announcer at KIIS 101 in Melbourne.
Deeks on 'Australia Overnight'
John Deeks has been filling on the 3AW/2UE's 'Australia Overnight' program. However this morning (August 18) he hosted his final program. He stepped in when Luke Bona went to mornings on 2UE. No word on his replacement.
ZZZ FM Lismore hire North Metro Student
North Metropolitan TAFE in Leederville (Perth) have announced another student hire. Advanced Diploma student Juliette Luculano has been recruited by ZZZ FM in Lismore NSW to an On-air Presenter role. Prior to her recruitment Juliette was Operations and Breakfast host on the college station Boom Radio.
Xtra Insights Wagga Wagga Radio Survey
In the first Wagga Wagga radio survey since 2001, Star FM
was the top rating station with 32.4% share. Next came sister station 2WG
with 17.3% and then ABC Local
with 14.3. Star FM rated No 1 in breakfast. In mornings it was a tie with Star and 2WG both on 22.5%. Full details. Press Release.
Jim Maxwell hospitalised after being taken ill on air
sports commentator Jim Maxwell
has been taken ill in Sydney during a live radio broadcast. The 66-year-old was commentating on the Rio Olympics earlier this morning when he became unwell. He is now at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital undergoing tests. ABC head of sport Nick Morris
said his thoughts were with Jim Maxwell and his family, and he wished him a swift recovery.
Dylan Finch Joins 2CC
Former AFTRS graduate Dylan Finch is leaving 2NZ/Gem FM Inverell and joining the team at 2CC Canberra in production and as an announcer.
Redwave Media hire another North Metro Student
North Metropolitan TAFE in Leederville WA has announced another student hire. Advanced Diploma student Trent Brand was recruited by Redwave Media in Geraldton as an Account Executive/ On-air Presenter for RED FM. Prior to his recruitment Trent was Music Director and Drive host on the college station Boom Radio. Trent is also the bass guitarist/vocalist of WA band ‘Alex the Kid’ – Winner of this year’s triple J Unearthed ‘One night stand’.
SCA Acquire Authentic Entertainment Assets
Southern Cross Austereo
(SCA) today announced that it has purchased the assets of Authentic Entertainment Pty Ltd.
The purchase will see SCA exclusively represent Vevo in Australia, take-over Authentic’s program syndication agreements for radio programs including; The Weekend Breakfast, Boxed In, Planet Vevo
and My Generation,
and acquire all the associated intellectual property and social media assets. SCA will exclusively represent Vevo in Australia which entitles SCA to all advertising for the region and talent integration for its clients. More details.
Newcastle Survey 2/2016
is the top rating station in Newcastle in the latest GfK radio survey (2/16). They rated 18.2% with NX FM in second spot with 13%. Next came ABC 1233
with 10.6%, NEW FM
10.4% and then 2HD
and triple j
tied with 10.1%. KOFM rated No 1 in all sessions P10+. Full details. Press Release.
Gold Coast Survey 2/2016
It was a tight race for No 1 in the latest GfK Gold Coast survey. SEA FM
is the top rating station in survey 2 with 12.9%, just ahead of sister station GOLD FM
with 12.7% and then Hot Tomato
with 12.0%. GOLD won the breakfast and mornings share. SEA FM is the top rating station in afternoon, drive and evening. Full details. Hot Tomato
Vale Peter O’Callaghan
Melbourne radio announcer and programmer Peter O’Callaghan
has died of a stroke at the age of 67. Peter is best known for his work on Melbourne stations including 3MP, 3AK, 3KZ
He began his career at 4WK
Warwick and then went on to work for 3UL, 7EX
(twice) and 2KO
before moving to Melbourne. (Jocks’ Journal interview - 1989
NOVA’S New Music Show Powered By Shazam
Nova will uncover the newest music from around the world with Nova’s New Music Show Powered by Shazam on Sunday afternoons from 4pm to 6pm nationally. Nova's New Music Show, hosted by Jason Smith, will scour the globe for the newest music impacting the world and give airplay to the tracks that are trending with tastemakers or that record labels are about to move on, before they hit more established worldwide charts.
SCA Acquires Authentic Entertainment
Authentic Entertainment chief executive Tony McGinn has sold his branded content company to Southern Cross Austereo. McGinn, who founded the company 32 years ago as MCM Syndication, will resign from his post as executive chairman, and will not join SCA, say sources. Authentic is best known for producing syndicated national radio programs such as Take 40, My Generation and Planet Vevo. They will close their Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland offices.
Australian Radio School Graduate Joins Power FM
Adelaide girl and Australian Radio School
graduate Kristel Dally
, has returned to SA to take up the role as Power FM’s
breakfast announcer alongside co-host Brad Collins.
Kristel graduated from the school, run by Adelaide radio veteran Sean Craig Murphy
in 2015, and after spending 7 months in Lismore, decided to pack her bags and head back home. Full details.
Xtra Insights Orange Survey
Commercial radio stations in the central western NSW city of Orange today received the results of the first radio ratings survey conducted in the region since 2001. STAR FM
was the top rating station with 32.5% followed by 2GZ FM
with 24.8%. STAR FM was No 1 in breakfast with 2GZ No 1 in mornings. Full details.
Macquarie Media Chasing Revenue Growth
Radio station owner Macquarie Media
will focus on boosting revenue after delivering a full-year net profit of $13.3 million. The owner of 2UE
Sydney radio stations released its first full-year results on Monday since its creation in April last year from the merger of Macquarie Radio and Fairfax Radio. Full story.
2UE Will Be Relaunched as ‘Lifestyle’ Radio
2UE 'News Talk' station will be relaunched as 'lifestyle' radio from September. Ray Hadley made an announcement on his Monday program. Macquarie Media has appointed Ray Hadley’s executive producer Michael Thompson to lead the new-look 2UE. It is introducing a new advertorial-style format similar to commercial models operated by Seven’s The Morning Show and Nine’s Mornings. Thompson will be replaced on Hadley’s program by Stuart Bocking.
Christian Back For 'Taking Back The Night'
Christian Argenti has returned as host of ‘Talking Back the Night’ when it returns to late nights on SCA's LocalWorks. The program airs Sunday to Thursday nights.
AFTRS Restructure Sees Old Faces In New Roles
The Australian Film Television and Radio School
is continuing to roll out its new structure, with leadership roles in Radio redefined and strengthened to reflect the importance of the ‘R’ in the teaching institution’s name. Lisa Sweeney
has been appointed Program Leader Radio and Fyona Smith
moves up to Head of Radio. Full story.
Andrew Thain Back On Brekky
Andrew Thain returns to radio as Breakfast Announcer at 7XS Queenstown in Tasmania. Andrew has previously worked on air at 3YB Warrnambool, 3NE Wangaratta, 3BO Bendigo and casual Production Assistant at Magic 1278 and 3AW 693.
Disko On Road To Recovery
Recently retired 2EC morning show host Pete “ Disko” Diskon is recovering at home after triple heart by pass surgery. Disko spent three weeks in Canberra Hospital but is now on the long road to recovery.
Radio Connections – Podcast
Former long-time Program Director and Talent Developer – Kane Martin
has created the ultimate space for people who have lived the business of radio to open up in a relaxed environment and talk about who they are, their careers and life in general in the Radio Connections - Podcasts. Press Release.
Lucy Brennan Leaving 2GB
2GB sports presenter Mark Levy tweeted today: "Goodbye to the best @NatRuralNewsreporter @2GB873 has ever had. @misslucybrennan is heading to Macquarie Street."
Australian radio trainer and International consultant Steve Ahern
has teamed with journalist and radio presenter Kim Napier
to launch a new company called Branded Podcasts. Full details.
Merryn Vincent Now With ABC
Merryn Vincent, former Chief Operating Officer with the Macquarie Radio Network, is now back from overseas and has accepted a position with the ABC. She is the Head of Partnerships, Business and Operations. Merryn previously spent 6 years with Boost Media in the US.
Clare Todhunter Moves To Melbourne
Clare Todhunter has left ARN Sydney and taken a new position as the new breakfast journalist on KIIS 101.1 Melbourne. She replaces Krystal Keller who is now working on the Network TEN program The Project.
Young Cummings on Dubai Radio
Jacob Cummings, former 17 year old Nova 106.9, 96Five announcer, is filling in on 104.8 in Dubai and across the United Arab Emirates.
Warragul Radio Ratings
Radio ratings for Warrugul in Victoria were released today (August 2). The survey was conducted by Xtra Insights in July. No 1 station (10+ share) was Star FM 94.3 with 15.1%. TR FM came second with 8.6% and then ABC Gippsland with 8.4%. 3GG GM commented: “Whilst we are disappointed that the Warragul radio survey was commissioned and conducted without our knowledge, today is a fantastic result overall for 3GG. It’s great to see our strength in our target demographic of 40+, as well as being the number one commercial AM station in the market." Full details. 3GG Press Release.
Sale Radio Ratings
Radio ratings for Sale in Victoria were released today (August 2). The survey was conducted by Xtra Insights in July. ACE Radio's TR FM was the top rating station in Sale with 23.3%. ABC Gippsland were next with 17.1%. ACE radio's 1242 was third with 13.4% Full details. Press Release.
Jackie 'O' and Kyle could be heard in MelbourneKIIS FM
duo Jackie 'O' Henderson
and Kyle Sandilands
could be preparing to infiltrate the Victorian metro market as well, reports The Herald Sun. 'Anybody who is somebody in radio knows Kyle and Jackie are coming to town,' a network executive told the publication. Full story.
Radio Adelaide Back Live
Radio Adelaide is now broadcasting from their new studios at 3 Cinema Place, Adelaide. Jennie Lenman is heading the weekday breakfast program.
Kyle & Jackie O Sign 5-Year Contract With ARN
has announced that their Sydney breakfast team Kyle & Jackie O
have signed an historic five year contract extension with KIIS 1065.
Now in their 11th year in breakfast, The Kyle & Jackie O Show (with Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson) have claimed the #1FM Breakfast show outright every year for the past decade. Press Release.
Amy Duggan On i98
WIN News presenter and ex-Matilda Amy Duggan has joined the on air team at i98FM Illawarra to present Chilled Sundays. The program airs each Sunday on i98FM from 6am till 10am.
Tony Delroy Announces Retirement
After 26 years on air at the ABC,
presenter Tony Delroy
will host his final ABC program in September. Tony commenced his career at 2SM
Sydney on news in 1970. More details.
(Includes audio from Tony on his departure.)
Random Radio News
Aquira Is Acquired
The Perth based North Metropolitan TAFE
students are now graduating with the latest in RCS
training. NMT’s college station Boom Radio
already trains and operates with RCS Zetta, GSelector and Zetta News and the addition of Aquira now ensures a complete RCS suite experience. Head of Radio,
Phillip Vinciullo said: “The addition of Aquira to our suite of RCS products ensures our students are the most equipped in radio software knowledge across the nation.” More details.