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ACRA Winners 2018
Kyle and Jackie O win Best On-Air Team FM at ACRAS
The Kyle and Jackie O Show, KIIS 1065’s
breakfast program, has won the Best On-Air Team (Metro FM) category, at the 30th Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs), announced this evening at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. For the second consecutive year, Best On-Air Team (Metro AM), was won by the Continuous Call Team (Ray Hadley, Bob Fulton, Darryl Brohman, Erin Molan, Mark Riddell, Chris Warren & Mark Levy, 2GB,
Sydney. The NOVA national drive show, Kate, Tim and Marty
took out both Best Networked Program and Best Syndicated Program. Ben Fordham,
2GB’s drive time host, won the Best Talk Presenter for the fourth time and was also awarded the prestigious Brian White Award for Radio Journalism. Full details.
Lee Simon inducted into Commercial Radio Hall of Fame
Radio industry icon Lee Simon,
known as the Godfather of Rock and the man who brought football to FM radio, was tonight inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame at the 30th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards in front of more than 1000 industry peers. Simon, who recently announced his retirement from Triple M
Melbourne after 47 years of service, was recognised for his outstanding lifetime achievement and contribution to the Australian radio industry. Full details.
3AW's Ross Stevenson signs five-year contract
has signed a new long-term deal with 3AW.
Stevenson signed on the dotted line on Thursday after months of polite negotiation. Under the deal, he will be host of the Ross and John breakfast show for at least the next five years — possibly more. “It is a long-term contract but it has triggers in it that might make it go longer,
” Stevenson, 61, said. Full story
Australian Music - Beyond The Quotas
In this session, CRA, APRA and ARIA provided an overview of results of the last six months of industry reporting and independent monitoring of commercial radio’s Australian music quotas. The the three representatives were Dean Ormiston (Chief Executive APRA AMCOS), Dan Rosen (CEO - ARIA) and Joan Warner (CEO - CRA). One of the concerns was making sure that Australian radio stations maintain playing the correct percentage (or more) of Australian music. Following this, a panel discussed what happens beyond the quotas to support to Australian artists. The panel for this discussion were Mike Fitzpatrick (Triple M), Scott Baker-Smith (Nova Network), James Speed (K Rock 95.5) and Duncan Campbell (ARN).
Building Your Podcasting Game
One of the sessions this afternoon at Radio Alive was 'Building Your Podcasting Game.' It was moderated by Jay Mueller (McGuire Media/Bad Producer Productions). The panel featured Ash Bradnam (Nova Brisbane), Adam Shand (presenter and author - SCA) and Matt Nikolic (Imaging Producer - SCA). Topics included - can you make a podcast? Isn't radio and podcasts the same? Ash Bradnam has shared his personal story of alcohol addiction through a series of podcasts recorded with his wife from his home in Brisbane. Radio Alive visitors also heard a portion of 'Trials of A Vampire' which was written by Adam Shand. It was based on the alleged rape and murder of a woman in a Melbourne hotel room.
I Have An Idea For A Podcast ….
Several radio networks are now into their second year of original podcasting. One topic raised at Radio Alive was - what does it take to get a podcast commissioned? Moderated by Jamie Chaux (Head Of Digital - Commercial Radio Australia) with a panel featuring Jay Walkerden (NOVA), Grant Tothill (SCA), and Julia Henderson (ESPN).
Alexa, Tell Me What The Future Is
The use of AI powered voice assistants and smart speakers are set for a future of growth. Radio Alive speaker Kate Burleigh spoke about the future of voice assistants and smart speakers. Kate is the General Manager of Amazon Alexa Skills, ANZ. Kate demonstrated 'Alexa' asking her how to spell 'Warrnambool' and to play radio station 103.1 Ballarat and to play Nova. Alexa can recognise 315 individual Australian radio stations.
At Radio Alive today, Todd Sampson took the audience on a scientific journey providing them with practical tools, strategies, and techniques to improve your brain. Sampson is the writer, host and human guinea pig of the Discovery Science Series called Redesign My Brain. He’s also well known for his appearances on ABC TV’s Gruen Planet and Channel Ten’s The Project. Some tips for increasing brain power; Learn another language, learn a musical instrument or simply brush your teeth for 30 days with your non-dominant hand.
Secrets To Drive Time Success
At Radio Alive 2018, a panel discussed the secrets to a radio drive program, It was moderated by Paul Murray, host of PMLive with Kate Langbroek (Hughesy & Kate), Kate Ritchie (Kate, Tim and Marty), Ben Fordham (Macquarie Radio/Nine Network), Will McMahon (ARN) as guests.
Q & A Session Led By Virginia Trioli
ABC News breakfast announcer Virginia Trioli has led a Q & A session at the Radio Alive 2018 conference. The panel consisted of Tracey Spicer (journalist and presenter), Rachel Corbett (Head of Podcasts, Mamamia and Founder, Podschool), Tanya Hennessy (comedienne and weekend breakfast host - SCA), and Jonathon Moran (Entertainment Editor - Daily Telegraph/Sunday Telegraph). They discussed social media and challenges facing both traditional and new media.
CRA announces world-first GfK super pilot
Peak industry body Commercial Radio Australia
and global market research firm GfK
today announced they will commence a world-first super pilot in the first half of 2019 to test the measurement of radio listening using a combination of diary and electronic meters. Joan Warner,
the chief executive officer of CRA,
said the initiative would be the largest scale radio audience measurement pilot study using diary and electronic monitoring ever undertaken in the world. Full story.
Radio industry unites to grow podcasting
Commercial Radio Australia
(CRA), will establish a Podcast Working Group, comprised of all major radio players - commercial, ABC
- to spearhead the development of the growing podcast industry in Australia. Announcing the initiative at the Radio Alive 2018
national conference in Melbourne today, Joan Warner,
chief executive officer of CRA, said the working group would be charged with developing an all-of-industry podcast strategy, including recommendations on measurement, promotion and research. Full story.
Listening to Aussie radio is easier than
ever with Amazon Alexa
The commercial radio industry today announced the launch of the RadioApp
skill for Alexa,
which makes it simple and convenient for listeners to ask Alexa to play any of nearly 300 Australian AM, FM and DAB+ digital radio stations. “Listening to radio is one of the most popular uses for smart speakers, so the Australian radio industry has created a voice experience that works easily and seamlessly across all Alexa-enabled devices,”
said Joan Warner,
the chief executive officer of industry body Commercial Radio Australia, who announced the initiative at the Radio Alive national radio conference in Melbourne today. Full details.
Radio moves forward with automation
The commercial radio industry announced today it is moving forward to Phase 2 of an industry wide project to automate and simplify the buying of radio. Phase 1 has resulted in the roll out of the AudioNET automated holding software RadioMATRIX. The industry wide system, live since October 2017 and paperless since July 2018, is now used by 131 advertising agencies and 380 radio stations. Full story.
Shane Lowe says decision to leave was out of his control
The Advertiser reports: "Mystery surrounds the departure of Shane Lowe
brekkie show, with the radio presenter declaring the decision to leave was in fact “out of his control”. Last week, Nova told Confidential Shane wasn’t axed and had made the call himself to leave the station and the brekkie program with Dylan Lewis
and Hayley Pearson
. Full story.
AFTRS Launch NEXT– Sounds like you
fourth and final assessment Radio station NEXT,
is live nationally on iHeartRadio Australia and via https://next.aftrs.edu.au/ Over the past fortnight, industry professionals have shared their knowledge with AFTRS Graduate Diploma of Radio students. This high-level, hands-on course produces Australia’s NEXT generation of Radio and Podcast professionals and explores the ins and outs of building a radio station from the ground up. Full story.
SCA and RCS complete integration of GSelector and Zetta
Southern Cross Austereo
and RCS Sound Software
have announced the successful completion of a two-year, company-wide software integration project which has seen all SCA metropolitan and regional studios fitted with state-of-the-art audio playout and music scheduling technology. Zetta, the advanced playout system and GSelector, the patented music scheduling platform, have revolutionised SCA’s radio operations and primed the company for sustained growth. Full story.
2018 Hobart GfK Radio Ratings
ABC Radio Hobart
rated No 1 in the latest GfK Hobart radio survey with a share of 20.4% (+2.4). They were just ahead of 7HOFM
with 19.0 (+1.3), then came Hit 100.9
with 16.4%. triple j
had a share of 15.1 % then Triple M
Hobart with 13.5% (-3.4). Full details.
Performers, Hosts & Presenters for Radio Awards
Australian performers Conrad Sewell, Amy Shark, Vera Blue
will headline the entertainment at the 30th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards
(the ACRAs) in Melbourne on Saturday. The artists will perform in front of 1,000 guests at radio’s night of nights, with satirical comedy stars Chris Taylor
and Andrew Hansen
from The Chaser hosting the event for the third year in a row. Full details,
Shane Lowe Returns To Perth
Shane Lowe has made the decision to leave Nova 919’s Lewis & Lowe with Hayley Pearson breakfast show. Lowe made the decision to leave the show and return to Perth to spend more time with "his mum, nephews and the rest of my family.”. Jarrod Walsh, Nova 919’s morning announcer, will join Dylan Lewis and Hayley Pearson as anchor of the breakfast show beginning Monday 15 October.
The Campus now Random 30
ACRA nominated night show, The Campus,
is getting a fresh coat of paint and from Monday becomes the Random 30.
Broadcast on 18 radio stations Australia-wide across the Grant Broadcasters network, Random 30 will be a countdown of the biggest songs of the day in no particular order hosted by Mikey Nielsen
. More details.
Gold Coast/Tweed Radio Survey 3 Ratings
has rated No 1 in the latest GfK Gold Coast/Tweed ratings with a 15.3% share (-0.3). Gold FM
came second with 14.1% (+2.2) followed by sister SCA station SEA FM
with 10.7 (-0.9). Next came triple j
with 9.5%. Gold FM rated No 1 in breakfast with a rise of 3.%. Hot Tomato was No 1 in morning, afternoon and drive. Full details.
Gosford Survey Results 2018
was the top rating station (station listened to most 10+) in the 2018 Gosford survey - but only by a whisker. Star 104.5 had a share of 16.7% with SEA FM
on 16.6%. Next came 2GO
with 10.8%. SEA FM rated No 1 in breakfast. Full results.
Sam's Long Service Leave
Sam Cavanagh, Triple M’s National Drive show producer, is taking a few months long service leave. He will return in 2019. Whitney Plowman has taken his place on Kennedy Molloy and Gill Goode will back fill her role on the Rush Hour.
Radio Alive 2018 Full Conference Program
former CEO and chair of ad agency Leo Burnett, ABC
News Breakfast co-presenter Virginia Trioli
and premier Australian and international podcasters, feature in the radio industry’s Radio Alive 2018 conference program. Full details.
Alo Baker returns home to join Dubbo’s Hit Brekky with Pippa
Local boy Alo Baker
has made the return to his roots taking on a new journey as co-host with Pippa
on Dubbo’s Hit93.5
breakfast show. More details.
Macquarie Weekly is a new program that looks at the news of the week gone by and the week to come, through the eyes and ears of the Macquarie Media Network. It's hosted by Justin Smith drawing on the talent and resources of 2GB Sydney, 3AW Melbourne, 4BC Brisbane, 6PR Perth and Macquarie Sports Radio.
GfK Metro Survey 6/2018
Talk stations 2GB
continue as the top rating stations in Sydney and Melbourne. 2GB had a 15.4% (+1.3) share, 3AW 13.5% (+0.3). In Adelaide, Mix 102.3
rated No 1 with 13.6% (-1.5), Nova 106.9
returned to the top in Brisbane with 12.6% (+1.2), whilst in Perth, Mix 94.5
remains the No 1 station with 14.1% (+0.4). Full details.
Top Rating DAB+ Stations - Survey 6
In Sydney - Edge Digital,
Melbourne - Old Skool Hits,
Brisbane - The '80s iheart radio,
Adelaide - The '90s iheart radio
and in Perth - Smooth
. Full details.
Pottsy and Leighton Sign Off the Riverina’s 1152 Triple M
After 18 years together in the Riverina and 25 together overall, Pottsy and Leighton have signed off on Riverina’s 1152 Triple M. They moved to Wagga in 2000 working at Star FM for 13 years before moving to 2WG, now Triple M. Leighton has decided to retire from breakfast radio and focus on leisurely bike rides, cruising the seas around Australia. His decision led Pottsy to also decide to move out of breakfast radio after over 35 years of 4am alarms. He is looking forward to an expanded role as Content Director of both SCA Wagga and Griffith. The show has been taken over by Danielle Jerrick and Leigh Ryan .
Vale Ron Casey
Former Sydney radio talk back host and Channel Nine
sports television presenter Ron Casey
has died at 89. He passed away at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital. Casey was well-known for his work with the Wide World of Sports program along with his co-presenter Frank Hyde. He also hosted talkback programs on radio stations 2GB, 2SM
. More details.
New President at Logan's 101FM
General Manager, Peter Verhoeven
has been appointed President of Logan Radio Inc.
at its AGM replacing radio stalwart Alan Casonati
who sought not to renominate after his very successful four year term. Casonati will continue at 101FM
in a sales management role and as a casual on air presenter. Full story.
Rowan Barker On Smooth FM
Rowan Barker, former 2GB Sydney newsreader and editor, can now be heard presenting news on Smooth FM. He also keeps busy as a voice over artist and event host.
Clare Todhunter Moves To Sydney
Clare Todhunter, KIIS 101.1 breakfast newsreader, is moving to ARN's Sydney newsroom. She will be replaced by Sacha Barbour from ARN Sydney. Sacha makes the move to Melbourne from October 1.
New CD at Logan's 101FM
Paul Barrett has resigned his position as Content Director at community station Logan's 101 FM. He has made this decision due to personal reasons (a family illness). However he will continue to be heard 5 days a week on breakfast. Graham Tienan, ex 4LM/4TO, 4MB & 4AM is the Content Director effective immediately.
Peter Bell exits ABC Radio Perth
Former Dockers captain Peter Bell
has quit his role as breakfast presenter at ABC Radio
Perth and has been named the new general manager of football at Fremantle. Full story.
Canberra GfK Survey 3/2018
It was a very tight result In today's Canberra radio ratings. In survey 3, ABC Canberra
was the top rating station with 15.3% (+1.7). It was a tie for 2nd place with Hit 104.7
and Mix 106.3
both on 14.3%. Next came 2RN
with 12.2% (+2.6). 2CA
had a 6.6% share with 2CC
on 4.3%. ABC Canberra was No 1 in breakfast. Full details.
Billy Pinnell: The Music Show
The man that captured radio listeners through his Sunday night EON FM
(now Triple M
) Album Show, returns to give music enthusiasts an extension of his regular and familiar voice. Since 2016, Billy Pinnell
has been busy putting up music podcasts regularly on iTunes via Billy Pinnell: The Music Show,
consisting of some of the most eclectic music currently available. Full details.
Bundaberg Xtra Insights Survey 2018
rated No 1 in the latest Bundaberg survey with a share of 25.7% (-2.9%). They were followed by Triple M
with 23.2% (+4.1), next came ABC Wide Bay
with 14.6% and then 4BU
with 14.5%. Full details.
ABC Managing Director Leaving
Board today announced the Managing Director would be leaving the organisation and recruitment for a successor would begin. The Government thanks Michelle Guthrie
and acknowledges her service as Managing Director of the ABC for the past two and a half years in what is a challenging and rapidly changing media environment. ABC Managing Directors are appointed by the Board. The ABC Board has legislated independence in relation to management appointments and the Government respects the duty and role of the Board in these matters. More news.
Dan Teams With Erica On Light FM
Dan Widdowson will join Erica Davis on Light FM Melbourne drive beginning on October 8. Erica and Dan will be heard weekdays from 3-6pm.
NZ veteran broadcaster Merv Smith Dies
Legendary NZ radio broadcaster Merv Smith has died at the age of 85. Newstalk ZB reports Smith dominated breakfast airwaves at 1ZB from 1961 until Paul Holmes started the Newstalk format in 1987. He held the number one slot for radio breakfast ratings for almost 30 years. After he retired from radio he followed his passion of trains, and ran Merv Smith Hobbies in Newmarket.
Triple M Legend Lee Simon Announces Retirement
today has announced his retirement after an extraordinary 47 years of service to the Australian radio industry. Lee, the founding program director of Australia’s first commercial FM station, EON FM
– later to become Triple M
– shared the news with Triple M’s Hot Breakfast this morning. After a heartfelt introduction from Eddie McGuire,
who got his start in media thanks to Lee, there followed a touching tribute. More details.
ABC radio host Jon Faine retiring
In an interview with Shaun Micallef,
ABC Melbourne morning host Jon Faine
announced he wasn’t leaving radio this year, “but next year, there is a scoop for you”.
The ABC later said on social media the on-air resignation was Faine having a “joke"
. There is also a leaked email, allegedly written by Faine that says: “I was offered another two-year contract with ABC Radio in January 2018 - I also advised management that it will be my last."
Full story from Herald Sun.
Random Radio News
Triple M's Allan for Breakfast Conquers the Cape
Coming off the back off Allan’s Parmi Army, Allan Aldworth, Triple M Bunbury announcer, took on the famous Cape to cape Track! This spectacular Cape to Cape Track runs for 135km’s along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, between the lighthouses of Cape Naturalist and Cape Leeuwin. Full story.
The barbarians are not at the gate;
they’re in the building'
In the months before managing director Michelle Guthrie was sacked, the ABC was at war with itself. Then, all hell broke loose. Full story courtesy of Sydney Morning Herald.
SEN Radio building site brings in almost $30m
The Reject Shop co-founder Ronald Hall has made a whopping profit after selling the SEN Radio building supersite in inner Melbourne to local developers for almost $30 million. The 3025-square metre L-shaped site at the eastern end of Swan Street in Richmond will make way for a mixed-use retail and residential development in one of Melbourne's emerging apartment hotspots.
Man who inspired 'Good Morning, Vietnam' film has died
Adrian Cronauer, the man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film Good Morning, Vietnam, has died. He was 79. During his service as a US Air Force sergeant in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966, Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with the phrase, "Goooooood morning, Vietnam!" Full story.
Community radio is growing the music industry
What makes Melbourne’s music scene so productive and alive is the combination of musicians, live music venues, and community radio writes Maddy MacFarlane
. Full story.