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Daisy Pearce

AFLW star Daisy Pearce joins SEN

Craig Hutchison has named AFLW star Daisy Pearce as the latest station signing. Pearce, 29, will play a number of roles across SEN, including as an expert commentator on match days. She will also appear on the breakfast show with Garry Lyon and Tim Watson as well as having a regular spot with Gerard Whateley.

Cathy Thomas

Cathy Thomas Made Redundant at SEN

Herald-Sun reports that the SEN shake-up has claimed another high-profile victim with general manager Cathy Thomas shown the door. Thomas, who had been in charge of the sports station for the past 18 months, was told her position had been made redundant as part of the sweeping changes being engineered by CrocMedia boss Craig Hutchison. Thomas joined SEN in 2016 after 13 years at Austereo and was responsible for the controversial signing of Garry Lyon to a new revamped breakfast show.

Jase and PJ

Jase & PJ Go National

Jase & PJ will be heard across Australia on the KIIS network each weeknight from 8-10pm (a highlights show). A producer on the show uploaded a post about it on Instagram over the weekend saying: "Melbourne's had a taste for the past 2 weeks... but guess what? You can also get a dose of @jaseandpj week nights 8pm to 10pm around the country."

Commercial Radio

Radio starts 2018 on positive note

Radio ad revenue for metropolitan markets rose by 1.69% year on year to $401.985 million in the six months ending December, reversing a 1.59% decline in the June half, according to data compiled by Deloitte and released by industry body Commercial Radio Australia. Full Details.

Cathy Dinn  Chris Coleman

2CC and 2CA Changes

Richard Perno is leaving 2DU Dubbo and will join Talking Canberra 2CC hosting 3-6pm weekdays. He will replace current Canberra Live host Chris Coleman (pictured) who is resigning from his drive role. At Forever Classic 2CA, Cathy Dinn (pictured) has been announced as the new Drive Announcer 2-7pm weekdays. Dinn is returning to her former station to replace Greg Robson who has decided to take a break from radio. Richard and Cathy commence their new roles on Monday February 26.

Ally and Josh

Ally Joins C91.3

Ally Redondo, an afternoon traffic reporter for KIIS FM has joined C91.3FM Campbelltown.  Ally joins Josh Webster for breakfast while regular host Lyndal Koteras is on maternity leave.

Nova

Nova Entertainment on Air Line Up Returns in 2018

Nova has recently agreed to new contracts with the network's key talent for 2018. Cathy O’Connor, NOVA Entertainment’s CEO said, “We are proud of our performance which has been delivered as a result of our consistent on-air line up. We expect to build on our strength in 2018.” Full Details.

Rodney Hogg

SEN shake-up continues

Former Australia Test cricketer Rodney Hogg is the latest pundit to be shown the door a day at SEN a day after it was revealed that evening host Mark Fine and weekend presenter Kevin Hillier were axed. Hogg confirmed the news on Twitter today, thanking listeners for their patronage.  Fine had been at SEN for 13 years while Hillier served 11 years.

Rita Panahi

Rita Panahi joins 3AW's Sunday Morning Show

Outspoken Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi is the newest recruit to 3AW’s Sunday Morning program. Panahi will co-host the morning program alongside Darren James and Nick McCallum, starting on January 21. Panahi will also have regular segments on Nights with Steve Price and a number of other roles on 3AW.

Kevin Hillier

Kevin Hillier Another SEN Casualty

SEN 1116 Melbourne casual presenter Kevin Hillier has also lost his fill in role. He says: "In 45 years of radio I've only been sacked a few times but notched another up today. My time at 1116 SEN is over. Been doing summers and fill ins since 2007, never wanted a full time gig. I love broadcasting, always will and I certainly believe I have a few good shows left in me. Thanks for your support. Another door opens......"

Les Rose

Vale Les Rose

Former radio announcer, Les Rose, passed away on Monday 15 January in Adelaide. Rose, aged 64, died in his sleep following a long illness. He spent 34 years in radio and In the '80s he worked 2CA and 2CC in Canberra. He also worked at 5AU, 2GZ and hosted the 'Hit File' syndicated program.

Frank Vincent

Frank Vincent sacked from 2CA after harassment complaint

The company that controls Canberra radio station 2CA sacked breakfast presenter Frank Vincent on Tuesday after allegations of sexual harassment.Vincent was taken off the air a day after the board of Radio Canberra said it received a report from an independent investigator who was appointed last year to investigate harassment allegations. Full details.   It's been reported that Rob Duckworth could be a fill-in replacement.

Mark Fine

SEN veteran Mark Fine latest victim in shake-up

SEN has sacked its evenings host, Mark Fine, as the changes continue at the sports station. The broadcaster’s 15 years at the station came to an end late Monday afternoon when he received a phone call from management. Full Story

WSFM

WSFM to play all Aussie music on controversial January 26

TRIPLE M’s not the only radio station planning to play all Aussie music on January 26, with WSFM  now announcing they are planning to do something similar. Full story.

FIVEaa

FIVEaa New Look Schedule For 2018

Graham Cornes’ ‘Conversations with Cornesy’ interviews will now be broadcast daily on FIVEaa from 12-1pm weekdays.The move is part of the confirmed 2018 station schedule, which includes Malcolm Blight joining Kane Cornes for Sportsday SA, 6-7pm weekdays.Full details.
Xxtra Insights

CRA Announces Xtra Insights Contract Extension
 
The commercial radio industry has announced Xtra Insights has been appointed to a further two years as the official provider of radio audience measurement surveys in regional Australia.  The contract extension is effective immediately, with ratings surveys planned for several major regional centres in 2018, including Hobart, Wollongong, Gosford, Townsville and Bendigo. More details.

Lindsay McDougall

Lindsay on Illawarra Drive

Lindsay 'The Doctor' McDougall will host ABC's Illawarra Drive from 3-6pm weekdays in 2018. He's a former triple j host and a rock guitarist. Lindsay's program commences on 97.3FM on Monday 22nd January.

Graham and Sharon Kemp

Graham Kemp Loses His Wife Sharon

On Sunday 14th January, Sharon Kemp - wife of former Brisbane radio boss Graham Kemp, passed away in the early hours.  Graham and Sharon were together 40 years.  Sharon died after a battle with cancer.  She was step mum to Tony and Megan.  Sharon's funeral will be on Thursday 1pm at Mt Gravatt Crematorium.

Mark Robinson

Robbo Axed From Melbourne's SEN

After 13 years with SEN 1116 management has axed Mark 'Robbo' Robinson. He was a panelist on many of the 1116 SEN radio station's shows, including The Run Home.
 
Sacha French

Sacha Moves To Hit Network

Executive Producer Sacha French has moved from KIIS 101.1 to SCA Melbourne to work with Hughesy and Kate. She'll produce their new Hit Network drive show which commences on January 15.
CBAA

CBAA Dismisses Industry Protest

CBAA (Community Broadcasting Association Of Australia) has responded to a protest by Amrap (Australian Music Radio Airplay Project) after all six members vacated the CBAA offices. Full details.

Gerard Whateley

Whateley Explains ABC Defection

Gerard Whateley has opened up about why he swapped the ABC for a much smaller audience on Melbourne radio station SEN. "I'm 43, I've been there [the ABC] since I was in my 20s," Whateley told Fairfax Media. "It's my moment to go and have a crack at something else." Full Story.

Brad Hardie

Brad Hardie in Hospital after Suspected Stroke

6PR radio presenter, Brad Hardie has suffered a suspected stroke and is recovering in a Melbourne hospital. It is yet to be determined how long he will be away from the microphone. Hardie won the Brownlow Medal in 1985 while playing with the Bulldogs in his first season in the VFL. Full Story.

Lisa and Paul 96FM

New 96FM Duo Plan To Fire Up Airwaves

96FM new breakfast duo Lisa Fernandez and Paul Hoganhave promised an “unfiltered” and “politically incorrect” return to the Perth airwaves. Full Story.


Meshel Upset Over Stitch-Up

It seems Meshel Laurie is a bit disgruntled about the use of her image on this mornings first episode of "Jase & PJ". Kiis FMs' new drive show "Will & Woody" made an appearance on the show this morning wearing t-shirts and had coffee mugs with "Matt & Meshel" branding. Laurie took to Instagram with a post about it.

Scott Muller

ARN Announces 2018 Changes at WSFM
 
ARN has announced Scott Muller has been appointed Content Director for Sydney’s WSFM, and Mike Hammondand Steven Fitton will join the WSFM team in 2018 as Morning and Afternoon announcers respectively. Jason Staveley will continue his role as Music Director and Drive announcer on WSFM. More details.

Antony Van Der Meer

Former Adelaide Announcer Killed By Lightning

Antony Van Der Meer, a former presenter on Adelaide community radio station Fresh 92.7, was struck and killed by lightning in the Northern Territory. The 35-year-old man was hiking the Rim Walk with family members on New Year's Day. Full story.
Steve Barker

A Busy Barker

Macquarie National radio's Steve Barker was a busy boy once again covering the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. This was the fastest Sydney to Hobart race in history! It also resulted in a controversial finish with the race's most successful yacht in its 73 year history,  Wild Oats 11 - going from its (unprecedented) 9th line honours win and 3rd race record to (no prizes for) 2nd!  Steve says: "Radio won - day, night, people were in the picture and informed.  Live, immediate, national, exciting!"

Kirsty Meyer

Kirsty Returns To Australia

Kirsty Meyer has been appointed as Content Director for Southern Cross Austereo Cairns stations Hit and Triple M.Kirsty returns from Abu Dhabi where shewas Program Director at Radio 2.

Gerard Whateley

Gerard Whateley Leaves ABC

Sports broadcaster Gerard Whateley has announced he is leaving the ABC, to take up a role with Melbourne sports radio station SEN.   He issued a statement on social media on Monday afternoon confirming "circumstances" had conspired to hasten his departure from the national broadcaster. He will join a revamped SEN as host of a morning program called "Whateley" and as the station's chief sports caller. Full story.

Aaron Ironside

Hope Content Director Moves On

Hope 103.2 Sydney Content Director Aaron Ironside has moved on. The station its expected to soon announce his replacement.

Mandy Coolen

Mandy Coolen joins Amal Saleh on 2GO Breakfast

Mandy Coolen returns to Breakfast radio on The Central Coast, after two years, to join comedian, Akmal Saleh. Mandy & Akmal's breaky show will begin on January 15th from 5:30am – 9am on 107.7 2GO. Full Story

Ash and Daniel SEA FM

Ash Pollard joining Daniel Gawndy on Sea FM Breakfast

The Hit Network has announced that Ash Pollard will be joining Daniel ‘Gawndy’ Gawned on the Central Coast’s 101.3 SEA FMfor Breakfast for 2018. Ash has made many appearances on reality TV shows, such as 'My Kitchen Rules', 'Dancing with the Stars' and 'I'm a Celebrity, Get me out of Here!'  Full Story



Triple M's New Australia Day Feature

Triple M has filled the Australia Day radio countdown slot vacated by triple J’s Hottest 100. The SCA rock station is planning an “Ozzest 100” on January 26, featuring only Australian songs. An email to Triple M subscribers read “So, the taxpayer funded FM has decided that there’ll be no soundtrack for Australia Day. Let’s face it, that’s usually full of hipsters or kids making music on a Mac. At Triple M, we’re going to give you what you’ve asked for. The perfect Australia Day soundtrack.” Full story

6MM

6MM Going FM

6MM in Mandurah will be allowed to convert to FM by ACMA together with an earlier approval where 3YB will swap frequencies with 3RPH's Warrnambool service.

Coles Radio

2017 DAB Radio Ratings - Survey 8

The eighth DAB Radio Ratings were released this morning. The top rating DAB stations were Coles Radio Melbourne (73000), ABC Jazz Sydney (64000), Coles Radio Brisbane (29000), Oldskool Hits Radio Adelaide (18000) and Buddha Hits Radio and Smooth both tied in the Perth Survey (24000). Full details

hit 106.9

New Hit106.9 Breakfast Show

Hit 106.9 has announced a new Newcastle breakfast show in 2018 – Nick, Jess & Simon. Nick Gill has had a busy first few weeks of summer, making some new friends to join him in waking up Newcastle on Hit106.9 in 2018! Simon Baggs, who has been filling in for Nick during 2017, joins the team full time, while Jess Farchione (pictured) completes the line-up. Jess is no stranger to breakfast radio, joining the team from her current role on the Hit Network in Shepparton.



The Most Played Song in Australia for 2017

‘Something Just Like This’ by The Chainsmokers & Coldplaywas the most played song on Australian radio in 2017. AirCheck™ released the figures today showing ‘Something Just Like This’ in the top spot with 21,421 spins. The smash hit, released on 22 February, was spun 21,421 times across 29 stations with Nova 919 Adelaide playing the track the most, accounting for 1,397 spins. Full details.

GfK

GfK Metro Survey 8, 2017

The final GfK survey results for 2017 were released this morning. The top rating stations were once again 3AW Melbourne (15%), 2GB Sydney (11.3%), Nova 106.9 Brisbane (13.3%), Mix 102.3Adelaide (12.3%) and Mix 94.9 Perth (14.6%). Full details.

Jimmy & Nath

New 2018 Breakfast team on Hobart's Hit 100.9

Jimmy Smith and Nathan Roye will be the new breakfast duo on Hobart's Hit 100.9 in 2018. The boys will make the move from Sydney to Hobart in January to take over Hit 100.9 breakfast from 6am - 9am weekdays. More details.

Kevin Bartlett

SEN 2018 Afternoon Line Up Announced

Pacific Star Network has announced its first phase of programming for 1116 SEN for 2018, unveiling its line-up between 12 and 6pm. Station general manager Cathy Thomas confirmed much-loved SEN identities Kevin Bartlett and Dr Turf would join forces each afternoon from 3pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday, into the new year. Full story.
Malcolm Blight

Malcolm Blight returns to Adelaide and joins FIVEaa

Malcolm Blight is home after nearly two decades away from Adelaide. He has moved back to SA with wife Patsy and will take up a new radio role alongside Kane Cornes on FIVEaa next month. Blight, 67, has lived in Queensland since 2002 and was previously based in Melbourne.

Dave Williams

Dangerous' Dave's New Role

Triple M's Dangerous Dave Williams (not Hobart's 'Dangerous Dave') will have a new role in 2018.  He will anchor the new national drive show, hosted by Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy.


Tom and Sarah K Rock

K Rock's New Brekky Show

Fresh Daily with Tom (Lewis) and Sarah Maree has been announced as the new K Rock Geelong breakfast show in 2018. The program debuts on January 8.

Jocelyn Nettlefold

Jocelyn Nettlefold leaves ABC Radio Hobart

ABC Local Content Manager and journalist Joce Nettlefold is leaving ABC Radio Hobart. Joce was recently awarded a PhD for research into improving citizen engagement.  She will be leading a national media literacy project for the ABC in partnership with the University of Tasmania.  

Juelz Jarry

Hit FM New Breaky Team

The new Hit WA Breakfast show will consist of Jesse Watkinsand Juelz Jarry (pictured). Jesse is the current South West workday announcer. He has worked for Hit FM WA for over two years and started with a stint filling in for Breakfast. Jesse will be joined by Juelz Jarry former Hit FM Dubbo Breakfast Announcer. Juelz has been nominated for 9 ACRA’s and has won 3. The show will commence Monday January 15th.
Hamish and Andy

Hamish & Andy to stay Podcasting with SCA in 2018 & 2019

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) today announced that radio superstars Hamish Blake and Andy Lee will be making original podcasts for SCA’s podcast platform, PodcastOne in 2018 and 2019. Full Story

Craig Huggins

Craig Huggins On WSFM

With the departure of Ron E Sparks from WSFM,  Melbourne based presenter Craig Huggins has been heard on WS FM Sydney. He's also heard on his regular Gold 104.3 Melbourne morning show and Cruise 1323 Adelaide.

Trevor Sinclair

It's Summer Breakfast With Sinclair

Trevor Sinclair will be filling in on 2CH Sydney breakfast from Christmas Day for 3 weeks.

Nik James

Nik James Moves Into Sales

Nik James has taken up the Account Executive role at Port Macquarie's Super Radio Network at Radio 93.5 FM (Port-Hastings Region) and 531 AM (Kempsey-Macleay). He will work alongside John O'Callaghan who has been at the station for over 17 years.



Canberra tuning in to DAB+ digital radio

Two new commercial digital radio stations, Elf Radio and Coles Radio, have launched in Canberra as new figures show DAB+ digital radio has gained a strong audience in the national capital, with one in four people listening to DAB+ each week. Full Story
 
ONE FM

929 Tamworth is Getting a Makeover

After nearly 25 years on air as 929, the Tamworth radio station is celebrating the quarter century milestone with a complete brand revamp. As of Friday the 1st of December, 929 will instead be known as onefm. Full Story

Charlie Fox

Ron E Sparks

Charlie Fox and Ron E Sparks Exit ARN

ARN has announced that Charlie Fox, Content Director for WSFM and The Edge and Ron E Sparks, Morning Announcer for WSFM have left ARN. Full details.
Fresh Daily with Tom (Lewis) and Sarah Maree has been announced as the new K Rock Geelong breakfast show in 2018. The program debuts on January 8.

Dom Rinaldo

Dominic Rinaldo - Best On Air

At the 2017 ARN Awards Dom Rinaldo won for 'Best On Air'. Dom can be heard weekdays on Cruise 1323AM.

Dave Higgins

Higgo On Power FM

Former Triple M announcer Dave 'Higgo' Higgins is currently on Power FM Ballarat hosting their daytime shift "The Workday Hits". Last week Sarah D announced she would be on maternity leave. Since 2015 'Higgo' has worked as a freelance writer.

Ruth Stumer

Ruth Moves To Brekky

Ruth Stumer has moved into breakfast at 2LM Lismore.  She replaces Neil Marks who left the station in November. Ruth has been on the Northern Rivers since holidaying there in the 1980s, but moved permanently in 2001. She has been in commercial radio full time since 1996.

Hamish and Andy

Radio stations mix it up with hosts in 2018 broadcasts

THERE’S plenty of movement in Melbourne’s radio landscape with big names fading off the airwaves and fresh talent moving in. Here’s the rundown for your 2018 listening.

Miranda Devine

The Daily Telegraph launches
its first internet radio show Miranda Live

On December 10 The Daily Telegraph launched Miranda Live — the first live internet radio show broadcast on DailyTelegraph.com.au.  The  program, hosted by Miranda Devine, broadcast live from the Daily Telegraph Studio One at its Holt St, Surry Hills headquarters from 5.30pm, featured Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as the first studio guest. More details.

David Schwarz and Mark Allen

SEN’s David Schwarz and Mark Allen axed from drive show

SEN presenter David Schwarz says he is “still numb” after he was axed from the sports broadcaster after 12 years on the airwaves. Schwarz and Mark Allen, who co-hosted the drive showLink The Run Home, were told their contracts were not being renewed by the station as they came off air on Friday evening. (Source: Herald Sun) Full story.

Steve Bedwell

Sad News Report Regarding Steve Bedwell

A Facebook post from a close friend of Steve Bedwell writes: "Comedian and former SAFM and Triple M breakfast host Steve Bedwell is currently under care in a private clinic after attempting to take his life last Tuesday". Steve has spoken publicly about his battle with bipolar depression. We wish him the all the best and our thoughts are also with his family during this difficult period.

Jo and Lehmo

Jo and Lehmo Depart ARN

Jo Stanley and Anthony Lehmann hosted their final show on Melbourne's Gold 104.3 on December 8. “This will be our last break. We’ll call it our farewell break,” Lehmann said. Stanley added: “On Gold.” They signed of with the Oasis hit ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’. A new local show on GOLD 104.3 will commence in 2018 but probably not until March.

Grant Denyer

Grant Denyer Joins Em Rusciano

Family Feud host Grant Denyer will join Em Rusciano’sbreakfast radio show on 2DAY FM Sydney in 2018. It was announced today that Denyer will co-host the Sydney radio show next year alongside Rusciano and Ed Kavalee. The show will commence on January 15. More details.

Sarah D

Sarah D Now On Maternity Leave

Sarah D hosted her final Workday Hits program for 2017 on Power FM Ballarat. She also hosts the national night music show "Oz Made" heard on Grant Broadcasters stations. Sarah is now on maternity leave.

Josh Groban

Josh Groban Returns To Smooth FM
 
Josh Groban, multi-platinum singer and songwriter, will return to smoothfm’s weekend line-up from 9 December. Groban recently re-released his much-loved Christmas album, ‘Noël’ for its 10th anniversary on CD and all digital formats. Josh can be heard on smoothfm 95.3 Sydney, smoothfm 91.5 Melbourne and on smoothfm DAB+ from Saturday 9 December until Saturday 30 December from 4pm to 5pm.

Sami Shah and Jacinta Parsons

ABC Radio reveals Red Symons Replacements

ABC Radio Melbourne has revealed who will replace Red Symons. Comedian Sami Shah and broadcaster Jacinta Parsons will debut their new breakfast show in late January. The pair filled in for Symons in August while the radio and TV identity was recovering from a fall which left him with a brain injury. Full story.

Robbie Buck and Wendy Harmer

Robbie Buck and Wendy Harmer to co-host Breakfast

Robbie Buck and Wendy Harmer will be teaming up to co-host Breakfast on weekdays on ABC Sydney Radio in 2018. Robbie and Wendy will present an extended show in a new shared timeslot from 6.00am to 10.00am. Full Story.

Genevieve Jacobs

Genevieve Jacobs reluctantly leaves ABC Radio Canberra

ABC Radio Canberra is losing its now most experienced presenter, with widely-respected announcer Genevieve Jacobsbeing made redundant by the broadcaster - against her wishes. Full Story.

Craig Zonka and Rebecca Livingston

ABC Radio Brisbane announces 2018 line-up

Craig Zonca and Rebecca Levingston will team up to present breakfast from 6am to 10am (with a 30-minute break for AM at 8.00am). The new Breakfast program will provide an opportunity to highlight local stories, people, and events along with regular weather and traffic updates. Full Story.

David Eckhart

Spirit Turns 40

Spirit Hedland turned 40 last week and the radio station celebrated with a reunion of the original team. Original 6NW radio host Alan Clement along with Chris Olney and David Caudwelljoined current announcer David Eckhart for the birthday celebrations earlier this month (Courtesy of North West Telegraph). Full story.

Mason Rook

Mason Rook's New ARN Role

Mason Rook has been appointed Commercial Director at ARN.He will lead the Sydney and Brisbane teams. Most recently, he was Commercial Director at Daily Mail Australia.

Talia Aualititia

Talia Off to Sydney

ABC Radio Tasmania producer Tali Aualiitia tweets: "Big News! I'm moving to Sydney to work at ABC Radio Australia!"

The Range

Lee Kernaghan brings a little country to Triple M

Australian country music legend Lee Kernaghan will join the Triple M regional network in 2018 sharing his love for the music the artists and stories behind ‘Today’s Best Country’. Kicking off on the Australia Day long weekend, January 28th 2018, “The Range with Lee Kernaghan” will feature ‘Today’s Best Country’ each Sunday from 6am-8am. More details.

Eleanor Hall

ABC's PM and The World Today to be halved in length

From 22 January The World Today, hosted by Eleanor Hall, will end at 12.30pm instead of 1pm to make way for a new “entertaining” national program on ABC Local Radio hosted by the former triple J presenter Myf Warhurst. Full story.

Zan Rowe

Zan Rowe leaving Triple J to take up job at Double J

Today, Triple J Mornings presenter Zan Rowe announced that at the end of the year she’ll be finishing up on triple j and taking up a job at Double J. Zan will be on-air from Monday to Friday in 2018. Full Story

Red Symons

ABC radio broadcaster Red Symons resigns

Red Symons has announced he is quitting after he was sacked from his breakfast show.  The former Skyhooks guitarist made the shock announcement on his ABC breakfast show this morning. He has been in the role for close to 15 years.  "This will be my last year," he said. "Why am I going? They haven't said, and I haven't asked." Full story.

John Michael Howson


John Michael Howson and 3AW Part Ways


After meeting yesterday about his ongoing involvement on the Sunday Morning program, John-Michael Howson and management agreed to part ways starting this week. It's believed he was dumped from 3AW following a recent on-air tirade in which he goaded Greens voters to take their own lives. The program will continue to be hosted by Darren James and Nick McCallum. An announcement about a third co-host will be made in the new year. More details.


Pam O'Brien

Pam O'Brien Celebrates 25 Years With ABC

ABC Senior Producer Pam O'Brien has marked 25 yrs with the ABC. Richard Fidler tweeted: "This week we celebrated our talented, treasured, and incredibly modest Senior Producer, Pam O'Brien, as she marked 25 yrs of radio-making with the ABC. Conversations would not be what it is without Pam."


ABC

ABC Perth Radio Shuffle

There are changes afoot at ABC 720, if 6PR’s Rumour File with Basil Zempilas and Steve Mills is to be believed. Mornings host Geoff Hutchison is moving to Drive replacing Belinda Varischetti. Other changes include ABC Sydney trainer Paula Kruger partnering with Peter Bell for the breakfast show, before Kruger flies solo from 9am-10am. Nadia Mitsopoulos comes in from 10am-11am before Conversations with Richard Fidler, with Gillian O’Shaughnessy holding onto her Afternoons show. An ABC spokeswoman said the official line-up announcement would be made next week. (Source: The West Australian)

John Watkin

John Watkin - Painter from Bega,
now radio announcer at 2EC

After working as a painter for almost 40 years, John Watkin has landed his dream job as a radio announcer at 2EC. John will be on air between 9 and 12 weekdays at 2EC. See full story.

Alex Dickson

 The AFTRS 2017 Student Cohort is Making Waves.

AFTRS Radio students have only just completed their formal studies a few weeks ago but already a large number of students from both the Graduate Diploma Radio and the Advanced Diploma Radio have gained employment in a range of roles at stations around the country. From the Graduate Diploma cohort Alex Dickson (pictured) is about to take up the position of Content Assistant at KIIS in Melbourne.  See full story.

Jade Leeder

Jade Leeder takes up on-air role at New FM

Jade Leeder is leaving her post as Announcer/NSW MD at Power FM Nowra to move to NEW FM in Newcastle to take up an on-air role. Jade walked into the radio industry 2 and a half years ago as a greenie and  has since hosted a variety of shifts within the Power FM network. Which includes, Drive at 94.9 Power FM and The Power Brekky Show at 98.1 Power FM Muswellbrook. Jade will be finishing up with Grant Broadcasters this Friday, 1st December.


Dave Carter

Dave Carter Leaves Crocmedia

Dave Carter has resigned as the Content Director at Crocmedia. His final day will be this Friday December 1. He intends to stay in media and says he has a few projects in the pipeline.  He had two stints at Crocmedia and first joined the company in December 2011.

Boom Radio

Boom Radio Hires 2017

It's been a rewarding year for the Advanced Diploma students of North Metropolitan TAFE (Leederville)!  Many have left to join the ranks of both Metro and Regional radio in 2017. Full Story

4TOFM

Townsville Radio Survey 2017

4TOFM was No 1 in this year's Xtra Insights Townsville radio survey.  4TOFM rated 22.9% just ahead of hit 103.1 with 21.8%.  Next came Star 106.5 with 12.5% and then Power 100 with 10.5%. 4TOFM rated No 1 in all sessions except drive which was won by hit 103.1.  Full details.

Mitch Fifield

Mitch Fifield savages 'dumb' triple J decision on Hottest 100

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield has described triple J'sdecision to move the Hottest 100 countdown from Australia Day as "dumb" and told the public broadcaster to reconsider. Full story.

Naomi Woodley

Naomi Woodley Leaves ABC

Naomi Woodley has tweeted: "After 15 incredibly rewarding years I'm finishing up with @abcnews and the AM, World Today, PM team. It feels like the right time for a new challenge for me, so, once I've had a short break, I'll be joining @VicLegalAid's communications team. Exciting times!"

Triple J

triple j’s Hottest 100 New Date

On Saturday 27 January 2018 triple j will be counting down the Hottest 100 songs of 2017 as voted by triple j’s audience.  They will then back it up on Sunday with the songs that just missed out, the Hottest 200. They will call it the Hottest 100 Weekend.

Stephen Cenatiempo

Stephen Cenatiempo Off To Triple M in 2018

2NM morning host Stephen Centiempo is celebrating today as he has announced he's joining Triple M in 2018 to host a brand new national night program.  Full story.

Hughesy & Kate

KIIS FM dumps Hughesy & Kate and Meshel & Matt Early

KIIS FM has dumped four of its biggest personalities early, leaving them without the chance to say goodbye to their fans. Hughesy & Kate (drive) and Meshel & Matt (breakfast) were all unceremoniously dropped by the station owned by ARN, earlier than expected. Both teams received the surprising news on Friday November 24 after they went to air. They were meant to finish their respective programs on December 8. (Source news.com.au)  Full story.

Newcastle Radio Ratings 3/2017

KOFM rated No 1 in the latest GfK radio ratings with 13.6%. Next came ABC 1233 with 13.1%, HIT 106.9 with 12.7%, 2HD -10.0%, triple j 9.3% and NEW FM with 8.0. KOFM rated No 1 in breakfast.  2HD was No 1 in morning and evening. Hit 106.9 was the No 1 station in afternoon and drive. Full details.

RTI

RTI Students Make Their Radio Debut

It’s been a successful month at Melbourne’s Radio Training Institute, with four graduates getting their start in the radio industry. Zoe Scutter will be keeping herself busy – as well as remaining as a Sales Coordinator at ARN in Melbourne, she’s also now a casual announcer at TRFM in Gippsland, and remains hosting JOY 94.9’s daily “JOY 6 at 6” countdown. Xander Speight has headed to Ballarat, ready to join the team at Power 103.1 Jennifer Rose has landed a job as a copywriter at ACE Radio, jumping on air as an afternoon announcer at TRFM in Gippsland. Hayden Bleechmore has accepted a job as an announcer and audio producer at MIXX FM and 3CS in Colac. More details.

Hot Tomato

Gold Coast/Tweed Survey 3/2017

Hot Tomato was once again the top rating station in the latest Gold Coast/Tweed Survey. Hot Tomato rated 16.9% (-0.2), followed by SCA stations SEA FM with 14.4 % (+1.0) and GOLD FM with 10.3% (-0.6).  Hot Tomato was No 1 in breakfast, morning and afternoon.  SEA FM was No 1 in drive and evening (+6.1). Full details.

Amanda and Jonesy

Amanda & Jonesy Rumoured To Go National

The bosses at ARN have moved swiftly to quash rumours that Melbourne radio hosts Jo and Lehmo were shelved to make way for a nationally syndicated breakfast show. Less than 24-hours later rumours began emerging that the Sydney WS FM breakfast show hosted by Amanda Keller and Brendan 'Jonesy' Jones, would be shared across the Sydney and Melbourne markets. Full story.

ABC Jazz   

GfK Digital Ratings Survey 7, 2017

The latest GfK digital ratings were released on November 21.  The No 1 digital stations were: Sydney - ABC Jazz, Melbourne - Double J, Brisbane - MMM Classic Rock, Adelaide - The '90s i Heart Radio and Buddha Hits radio (tie) and Perth - Smooth and OldSkool Hits Radio (tie). Full details.

Jo & Lehmo

Melbourne's No 1 FM Brekky Show Axed

GOLD FM breakfast hosts Jo Stanley and Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann have been axed from the Melbourne station despite their breakfast show’s recent ratings success (#1 FM brekky show and #2 overall in ratings). ARN confirmed the Jo and Lehmo Show would not be returning in 2018. In a statement, ARN National content director Duncan Campbell said Stanley and Lehmann would remain on air until the end of 2017. “Further details of the plans for GOLD 104.3 (will) be announced shortly,”he said.


Scott Haas Moving On

After 14 years at Ultra 106five Hobart, Scott Haas, Music Director and Breakfast announcer, will leave the station in the New Year.

Ross Stevenson

Ross Stevenson: the Don Bradman of the Wireless,
but you wouldn't know it.

3AW's Ross Stevenson has won the ratings for nearly 25 years (128 surveys), with nearly one in four radios tuned to his breakfast program. First with on-air partner Dean Banks and later with former barrister John Burns. Read John Silvester's story on the man who began his career as the co-host of Lawyers, Guns and Money.

Em Rusciano

Em Rusciano Slams 'Archaic' Radio Ratings Method

2DAY FM's Em Rusciano has called for a complete overhaul of the Australian radio ratings system. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph she labelled the system 'archaic', claiming that it doesn't take into account the various ways people are listening to radio in the digital age. Full story.



John Bertrand, Gary Pert, Michael Nettlefold
all leave SEN Board

Former America's Cup-winning skipper John Bertrand and ex-AFL club chief executives Gary Pert (pictured) and Michael Nettlefold have dramatically been forced to quit the board of radio station SEN. The trio and another board member, Peter Quattro, were all moved to resign by the company's major shareholders. (Source: The Age) More details.


Crocmedia

 Crocmedia set to buy a controlling interest in SEN

Movement continues at Melbourne Sports Radio network SEN,with suggestions media company Crocmedia is set to buy a controlling interest. It follows the resignation of major shareholder Ron Hall (28.4%) as a non-executive director of Pacific Star Network, despite being retained as an alternate director to Andrew Moffat. Crocmedia ownership involves brothers Mark Rothfield and John Rothfield, aka Dr Turf, and former Footy Show host Craig Hutchison. Hutchison’s name has been linked with the station CEO role. (Source: Herald Sun)

Josh Buckle

Josh On The Move

Josh Buckle, breakfast co-host at K Rock Geelong, will be leaving the station. He is currently co-hosting with Tom Lewis.

Danielle Westport

Dani's New Producer Role

Danielle ‘Dani’ Westport is the new Producer of The Luke Bradnam Show with Libby Trickett & Dobbo which is heard on Triple M Brisbane and Gold FM Gold Coast.

GFK

GfK Metro Survey 7, 2017

The latest GfK survey results were released this morning. The top rating stations were once again 3AW Melbourne (15.5%), 2GB Sydney (11.8), Nova 106.9 Brisbane (13.9), Mix 102.3Adelaide (11.8) and Mix 94.9 Perth (14.1).  full results.

Ned and Josh

Ned & Josh Are Coming To The Capital
 
After taking home the ACRA for Best Network Program – Provincial last month, HIT FM WA breakfast team ‘Ned & Josh’ announced to listeners this morning that they will be wrapping up next Friday (Nov. 24) & moving the show toHIT104.7 in Canberra. More details.

Steve Austin

Morning Change At ABC Brisbane?

Unconfirmed but we believe that Steve Austin will move to a new shift at 612 ABC in 2018.  He hosts the 8:30-11am weekdays program.  Unconfirmed but his replacement could be Katherine Feeney.

CBAA

National Community Radio Awards

Winners of the 2017 CBAA Community Radio Awards were announced at a gala dinner held on the Gold Coast on November 11.  This year, the prestigious Tony Staley Award for Excellence in Community Broadcasting went to 4MBS Classic FM. The Michael Law Award for a sustained and outstanding contribution by an individual to community broadcasting was awarded to Ian Stanistreet. Ian was instrumental in establishing the sector’s National Radio News, which began as a joint venture between 2MCE and 2NUR. Full story and winners.

Jillian Hocking

Vale Jillian Hocking

Jillian Hocking who worked as a journalist at ABC Radio National, trained journalists at SBS, and was Head of Radio Broadcasting for the UN in Afghanistan, has passed away. For two years struggle against brain cancer. She is also remembered for training journalists in eastern Europe and the Arab world, before returning to become a highly regarded journalism academic in Melbourne. Details on funeral service.

K Rock

Ben and Andy Join K Rock

Ben Toyne and Andy Sunderland will be joining the K Rock Geelong weekend lineup for breakfast commencing November 18.
i98 

WAVE FM

Wollongong Radio Survey

i98FM was the No 1 station in this year's Wollongong survey.  They rated 27.4% (-1.7). They were followed by Wave Fm with 15.6% (-2.9) and then ABC Illawarra with 14.6% (+1.1).  i98 rated No 1 in all sessions.  Full details.

Ed Kavalee

Ed And Ash On Summer Breakfast

Ed Kavalee & Ash London’ will air weekdays on 2Day FM, Fox FM, Hit105, Hit107 & Hit92.9 from December 11 – December 22, 2017. Joining Ed & Ash each morning will be comedian, actor, writer & host, Ash Williams. ‘Summer Breakfast with Ed Kavalee & Ash London’ will be produced in Melbourne.

Emma Mullings

Emma Mullings Off To US

Hope 103.2 afternoon presenter Emma Mullings is leaving Sydney and moving with her family to Miami in the USA in 2018.  Emma, who is also a talented singer and TV host, has been with the station for 5 years. Laura Bennett has moved from brekky and replaces Emma on afternoons.



The Monkeys win Round 3 of Sirens
 
Sydney agency, The Monkeys (now part of Accenture Interactive) has won Round 3 of the 2018 Siren Awards taking out the single category and overall win with the Meat and Livestock Australia ad “Beef. The Greatest”.   Monkey’s creative team Chelsea Parks, Hugh Gurney and Grant Rutherford have incorporated a song into the ad, explaining why beef isn’t ‘just’ beef. Audio.


River 94.9

Xtra Insights Ipswich Radio Survey
 
The first ever radio ratings for the Queensland city of Ipswich was released on October 31.  Local station River 94.9 was No 1 station with 26.4%.  They were followed by Brisbane-based stations Hit 105 (14.3), 97.3 (9.6) and Triple M (7.0).  River was a clear No 1 station in all sessions. Full details.

Heidi, Xavier and Ryan

hit92.9’s new Breakfast Show

hit92.9 has a new Breakfast Show for 2018 featuring  galpal Heidi Anderson, former West Coast Eagle Xavier Ellis, and WA-son-returning, Ryan Jon. Heading over from 104.7 in Canberra, Ryan has been on the air for three years most recently on hit92.9 and is known for his hard but honest guest interviews. Last but certainly not least is Heidi Anderson. The female voice for hit92.9’s current Breakfast Show, Heidi, Will & Woody. Heidi, Xavier and Ryan will air their first show on January 8th.

Ryan and Tanya

HIT104.7's Ryan and Tanya to leave Canberra

HIT104.7's breakfast team Ryan and Tanya are leaving Canberra, with their last show on Friday. Ryan Jon is returning to Perth (see story above) to present breakfast for radio station Hit 92.9. Tanya Hennessy is moving from Canberra to further her phenomenal multimedia projects, including some "international opportunities", which are still under wraps.The pair have been in the breakfast chair for less than two years. Full story.

Neil Marks

Neil Marks To Leave 2LM

2LM Lismore breakfast host Neil Marks is stepping down as host of his radio show to focus on fatherhood and motorbikes. After 33 years of radio, many of those at 2LM and ZZZ FM, Neil said he was "too young" to retire. Once he hangs up the headphones, he will be picking up his boots for a new job at Lismore Motorcycles. Full story.

Dave Nicholson

Dave Nicholson Joins Spirit Geraldton

Dave Nicholson has a new radio role as the Spirit Geraldton Breakfast Announcer.  He was previously with 2EC in Bega where he was Morning Announcer and Assistant Content Director.  He begins at Spirit on November 20th.

Danny Lakey

Hit Network’s New Overnight Program

A new national overnight show will air on the Hit Network in 2018. It will be hosted by Danny Lakey, who currently co-hosts the Hit breakfast in Central Queensland.

triple j
Triple J Goes Off Air

triple J was plunged into silence this morning, with the radio station suffering major technical difficulties around Australia. The outage started just before 8am AEDT and lasted more than an hour. Some listeners heard nothing while others heard a recorded announcement about the “reception difficulties”. Triple J didn’t address the issue on social media for more than 30 minutes before finally explaining what was going on. (Source: news.com.au)

Paul and Lise

Paul and Lise To Head 96FM Breakfast

ARN have announced that Paul Hogan and Lisa Fernandez will replace Carmen Braidwood and Brad Fitzgerald on breakfast. Carmen and Brad have left the station.  Paul & Lise first met in 2011 when Paul was asked to join Lise for Breakfast on Perth radio. For the past four years, Hogan has been in Hobart co-hosting breakfast on hit 100.9.  Lise will be continuing work with Channel 9. 



RTI FM Back On Air

Five unique individuals are coming together to create RTI FM.For a wakeup with a difference tune in to hear ‘The Big Brekky’ with Aimee, Rodge and Risky. Following The Big Brekky, solo shows from all five personalities will see you through your afternoon.  Full details.

ABC

ABC announces 19 new radio streams available by 2018

The ABC has announced that 19 regional radio stations will be streamed live via mobile and online by March 2018, through an additional $1 million investment in local communities. Full story.



Police execute search warrant on ABC Brisbane

The Queensland Police Service has executed a search warrant on the ABC in Brisbane, seeking leaked state Cabinet documents used in a series of news stories. Full story.

Carmen and Brad

96FM Axes Breakfast Show

WA Today reports that 96FM has axed its breakfast show hosts Carmen and Fitzi with the duo set to be replaced by Lisa Fernandez and Paul Hogan in 2018. After poor ratings and recently being ranked Perth's sixth most popular breakfast show, Carmen Braidwood and Brad Fitzgerald will finish up at the station on Monday. Full story.
Margaret Throsby

Margaret Throsby Hosts Final Weekend Program

Margaret Throsby will host her final ABC Classic FM program this Saturday.  With more than 50 years’ experience with the ABC, she’ll be moving to a new role within the ABC that will see her educate and inspire the next generation of broadcasters. More details.

Ben Latimer

Ben Latimer New NOVA 96.9 PD

Ben Latimer has been appointed program director of Sydney's Nova 96.9. In other news, Sarah McGilvray, who is returning from maternity leave, will take on an an on-air role with Fitzy and Wippa’s breakfast show.

Neil Mitchell

Neil Mitchell Celebrates 30 years on 3AW

On Friday October 20 3AW morning host Neil Mitchell celebrated 30 years at the Melbourne talk station. The only radio he did before that was a regular spot with Derryn Hinchwhen Mitchell was editor at the Herald Sun newspaper.  They used to do a spot at 5 minutes to 12. Audio and photo highlights.

Glenn Hartas

Glenn Hartas Joins LAFM

Glenn Hartas, former General Manager of 91.9 Fresh FMGladstone, has a new radio role in Tasmania. Glenn has accepted the position of Music Director and Drive Announcer at LAFM Launceston. He commenced with LAFM Monday on October 16th.

SCA appoints Kim Norman Sales Director
 – PodcastOne Australia

SCA has announced the appointment of Kim Norman as Sales Director – PodcastOne Australia.A Sales Executive for Austereo almost 10 years ago, Kim returns to SCA, most recently from HT&E’s AdShel where she was State Sales Manager for NSW & ACT.

Lawrence Mooney

Triple M Brisbane Breakfast Changes
 
Lawrence ‘The Moonman’ Mooney is officially joining ‘Marto’and Robin on the new Triple M Big Breakfast 104.5FM in 2018. Lawrence has been a regular contributor to Triple M Brisbane Breakfast, calling in as “Big Mal” and most recently filling in for Ed Kavalee whilst he was on paternity leave. Kavalee, who has shared the brekkie microphone at Triple M Brisbane for the past four years, will be moving back to Melbourne to spend time with his new baby boy and his wife. Kavalee will continue with SCA as well as his raft of media commitments including Have You Been Paying Attention?
 
Erin Molan

Erin Molan Wins Best Newcomer On Air (Metro)

2GB presenter Erin Molan won the ACRA for 'Best New Comer On Air'.  She's also a part of the 2GB Continious Call Team that also won the 'Best On Air Team - Metro' (AM). Jocks' Journal spoke to Erin at the awards. Audio.

Hamish & Andy

Hamish & Andy Win for
Best Station Produced Comedy Segment

Hamish & Andy (Hit Network) scored another ACRA on Saturday night winning for Best Station Produced Comedy Segment - Metro.   Jocks' Journal spoke to the poopular duo at the awards. Audio. Link to the 'Australia's Best Bloke' video.

ABC Radio Hobart

2017 Hobart Radio Survey

For the second year running, ABC Radio Hobart was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Research Hobart survey. In order the top 5 stations were: ABC Radio Hobart (18.0%),7HOFM (17.7), Triple M Hobart (16.9), Hit 100.9 Hobart (16.7) and Triple J (12.3). Full details.   Press Releases.


Ray Hadley



2GB’s Ray Hadley & Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty
Take out top Radio Awards

2GB/4BC broadcaster, Ray Hadley has become the most celebrated radio announcer in the history of the ACRAs, this year winning the Best Talk Presenter, Best Sports Event Coverage, Best On-Air Team (Metro AM), as part of the Continuous Call Team and an induction into the Hall of Fame, taking his total awards to 30 throughout his 36-year radio career. For the second year running, Kate Ritchie, Tim Blackwell and Marty Sheargold, hosts of NOVA’s number one national drive show, won the Best On-Air Team (Metro FM).  Full list of winners.

Amanda Keller

Hadley and Keller inducted into Radio Hall of Fame

Ray Hadley and Amanda Keller, were tonight inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame at the 29th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards.  In front of more than 1000 industry peers, 2GB’s Ray Hadley and WSFM’s Amanda Keller were both recognised for their outstanding lifetime achievement and contribution to the radio broadcasting industry.  Full details.



A Round Table of Radio’s Digital Experts


This final session was presented by Matt Saraceni - Innovation Community Manager - Telstra Labs, Telstra. A panel of radio experts from the ARN, SCA, Grant Broadcasters, ABC and Crocmedia shared their thoughts on the industry’s digital side.  Angela Stengel (ABC) says - “We should be leaders in this area.”  One question was - ‘What’s your most successful project?’ - Rohan Dwyer: (Grant Broadcasters) - "Tasmania Talks.". Simon Chapman (Crocmedia) - "Crocmedia’s AFL Trade Radio."  Angela Stengel (ABC)  - “An app we launched recently called ‘How Do You Sleep At Night?’ . Chris Derrick (SCA) - "The RadioApp that we started and then handed over to CRA."


Steve Ahern


Challenges of Journalism In A Dangerous World


Steve Ahern  spoke about his experiences in Kabul, Afghanistan and other ‘media dark’ areas of the world. Steve’s company AMT has been working with news media in these difficult countries. He spoke of one female journalist in Kabul who was pursuing a career in journalism.  However she wouldn’t work on camera as she said her family would kill her!  However she hopes that times will change and hopefully one day her daughter will work on camera - and so she continues to work behind the scenes as a producer. He also shared a story about two of his interpreters who were also working as ‘secret police.'  


Deborah Clay


Real News In A World Of Fake Facts - Radio Alive 2017


The panel included: Deborah Clay (National News Director - ARN), Jason Morrison (Director of News - Channel 7), Michelle Griffin (News Director - The Age), Chris Pane(Huffington Post) and Alan Sunderland (Head of Editorial - ABC). It was hosted by Tim Burrowes (Mumbrella). Jason Morrison spoke about the recent “stop the fags” hoax story.  He said “don’t be sucked into a story unless you see it for yourself and not just some social media pics.”  The panel also discussed the recent ‘Vegemite blend 17” - is it a real news story - or is purely a product push?  Should it be covered in news and where does commercialism meet journalism?   Michelle Griffin says The Age didn’t cover it as it was boring.  The recent Ray Hadley story involving the employee of West Orange Motors was also raised.  Jason says that Ray was right. and says regarding the station that blocked his comments - “ If they don’t trust him on this story then they shouldn’t take his program”.




Powerhouse Women In Media At Radio Alive 2017

Angela Bishop was the moderator for the Powerhouse Women In Media session at Radio Alive. The panel included Erin Molan (Macquarie Media and Nine Network), Carrie Bickmore (Hit Network and Network Ten), Amanda Keller(WSFM and Network Ten) and Susie O’Neill (Nova and Olympic swimmer). More details.



#QandA Session Kicks Off Radio Alive 2017


Virginia Trioli headed a live QandA radio session.  Some interesting comments … Tom Elliott (3AW drive host) says he doesn’t read any newspapers - although he writes for the Herald Sun.  Michelle Rowland (MP) says radio is still her biggest form of media. She starts her day with News Radio.  For a bit of fun in the afternoon she listens to FM radio. It might be Triple M or even Hope FM.  Also enjoys Jones and Amanda on WS FM.  Mitch Fifield (Minister for Communications and Minister for the Arts) begins his day reading six newspapers. He also tunes into AM on ABC and then the early morning TV news programs. Others on the panel included Joel Creasy(comedian), Jamila Rizvi (writer, presenter and commentator) and Michelle Guthrie - Managing Director ABC.

The Chaser


Triple M Hires The Chaser Friday 13th

 

The Chaser's Andrew Hansen, Charles Firth and Dom Knight will return weekdays from 3-4pm on Triple M Sydney. Radio Chaser will also regularly feature Chas Licciardello, Craig Reucassel and Chris Taylor. Full details

GfK

CRA Announces Extension Of GfK Ratings Contract

The commercial radio industry today announced a five-year extension of the radio audience measurement contract with international research company GfK as the industry gathered at the Radio Alive 2017 conference in Melbourne. Full story.



Radio Stars Power $21 million Radio Alive Campaign

The commercial radio industry has launched its new $21 million Radio Alive campaign nationally, highlighting the power of its on-air stars and its growing reach across digital, mobile and social media platforms. Full story.
 


Radio stays number one in latest Share of Audio Study

Radio has strengthened its position as Australia’s favourite and most listened to form of audio entertainment, with time spent listening on mobile devices increasing over the past year, according to a comprehensive study on listening trends.  Full story.
Ray Hadley

Ray Hadley Accuses Two Big Media Companies Of Censorship

Ray Hadley, the radio 2GB talkback broadcaster took aim at SCA and Fairfax Media after his broadcast about a court case involving an employee of West Orange Motors, in the NSW central western town of Orange, was not played on the local Triple M station or reported in the local Fairfax-owned Central Western Daily newspaper. The truck driver, who was involved in a fatal accident and has been charged with dangerous driving causing death and negligent driving causing death, was given his licence back by a magistrate. Full story.

6PR

Radio Renovation at 6PR

The last time Perth talkback station 6PR 882 had a makeover in 1985, then Premier Brian Burke cut the ribbon and Back to the Future was electrifying cinema screens.  Fast forward 32 years and Radio 6PR is broadcasting round-the-clock from brand new, state-of-the-art radio studios, custom built during a multi-million dollar overhaul that began late last year and has just wrapped up. Full story from Canberra Times.

Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen

Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen back as ACRAS hosts
 
Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen, best known as members of the comedy group The Chaser, will host the 29th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) in Melbourne, for the second year running. This year’s ACRAs will feature Sheppard, the Australian indie pop band with the worldwide successful song “Geronimo”, will open the show.  Ricki-Lee Coulter will perform her new single “Not too Late”.  Plus, Caitlyn Shadbolt whose debut single “Maps Out the Window” hit number one on the Country iTunes chart.  Full details.

Carrie & Tommy

Hughesy & Kate To Join SCA Alongside Carrie & Tommy

The Hit Network has announced a newline up for Drive in 2018 - Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little from 3.00pm - 4:30pm, followed by Drive team Hughesy and Kate from 4:30 - 6:30pm. In a radio first the new extended Drive show programming,  will broadcast to all 43 Hit Network radio stations.

Will and Woody

Will and Woody To Head KIIS Drive
 
ARN has announced the first phase of its transformative 2018 strategy with a new Drive show on the National KIIS Network and a new Breakfast show for Melbourne’s KIIS 101.1. ‘Will & Woody’ aka Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw will move to ARN’s KIIS Network in 2018 and drive audiences home across the country. Both boys are from Melbourne.  

Jase and PJ

Jase & PJ Join KIIS On Breakfast

 ‘Jase & PJ’ aka Jason ‘Jase’ Hawkins and Polly ‘PJ’ Harding will be bringing their ‘Always Awkward’ brand of content to KIIS 101.1 Breakfast in 2018. As a result of these changes, Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes and Kate Langbroek will not return to the network in 2018 but have joined the Hit Network. In addition,Matt Tilley and Meshel Laurie will also not be returning to KIIS 101.1.

Hughesy and Kate

Hughesy And Kate KIIS Goodbye

KIIS FM Drive hosts Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek are understood to be parting ways with the radio station at the end of the year according to the Sunday Herald Sun.  The pair joined KIIS to present their Hughsey and Kate national Drive program in early 2015 after a long career at Nova. Both Langbroek and Hughes are out of contract at the end of the year.

Jay Mueller

Jay Joins Pacific Star

Jay Mueller, current Triple M Melbourne’s The Hot Breakfast EP will be joining The Pacific Star Network as group content director of broadcast and digital in February 2018. The Pacific Star Network is the owner of all 1116 SEN, Classic Rock Radio, Aussie Digital, Koool and their respective digital platforms.

Matt and Meshel

New Breakfast Menu at KIIS

Sunday Herald Sun reports that KIIS breakfast hosts Matt Tilley and Meshel Laurie are understood to be signing off, with NZ radio duo Jase Hawkins (formerly known as Labby at B105) and Polly ‘PJ’ Harding hot favourites to land the timeslot in 2018.  When approached for comment, ARN — the parent company of KIIS — wouldn’t confirm rumours but said “we will be making announcements about 2018 very shortly”.




Commercial Radio Industry Automated Holdings System Is Live

Commercial Radio Australia has announced that radio holdings - the first step in the industries common automated trading platform to operate across the entire radio and media industry in Australia - is live and operational. Full story.

   

6PR

Radio Renovation at 6PR

The last time Perth talkback station 6PR 882 had a makeover in 1985, then Premier Brian Burke cut the ribbon and Back to the Future was electrifying cinema screens.  Fast forward 32 years and Radio 6PR is broadcasting round-the-clock from brand new, state-of-the-art radio studios, custom built during a multi-million dollar overhaul that began late last year and has just wrapped up. Full story from Canberra Times.

   

Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen

Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen back as ACRAS hosts
 
Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen, best known as members of the comedy group The Chaser, will host the 29th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) in Melbourne, for the second year running. This year’s ACRAs will feature Sheppard, the Australian indie pop band with the worldwide successful song “Geronimo”, will open the show.  Ricki-Lee Coulter will perform her new single “Not too Late”.  Plus, Caitlyn Shadbolt whose debut single “Maps Out the Window” hit number one on the Country iTunes chart.  Full details.

   

Carrie & Tommy

Hughesy & Kate To Join SCA Alongside Carrie & Tommy

The Hit Network has announced a newline up for Drive in 2018 - Carrie Bickmore and Tommy Little from 3.00pm - 4:30pm, followed by Drive team Hughesy and Kate from 4:30 - 6:30pm. In a radio first the new extended Drive show programming,  will broadcast to all 43 Hit Network radio stations.

   

Will and Woody

Will and Woody To Head KIIS Drive
 
ARN has announced the first phase of its transformative 2018 strategy with a new Drive show on the National KIIS Network and a new Breakfast show for Melbourne’s KIIS 101.1. ‘Will & Woody’ aka Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw will move to ARN’s KIIS Network in 2018 and drive audiences home across the country. Both boys are from Melbourne.  

   

Jase and PJ

Jase & PJ Join KIIS On Breakfast

 ‘Jase & PJ’ aka Jason ‘Jase’ Hawkins and Polly ‘PJ’ Harding will be bringing their ‘Always Awkward’ brand of content to KIIS 101.1 Breakfast in 2018. As a result of these changes, Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes and Kate Langbroek will not return to the network in 2018 but have joined the Hit Network. In addition,Matt Tilley and Meshel Laurie will also not be returning to KIIS 101.1.

   

Hughesy and Kate

Hughesy And Kate KIIS Goodbye

KIIS FM Drive hosts Dave Hughes and Kate Langbroek are understood to be parting ways with the radio station at the end of the year according to the Sunday Herald Sun.  The pair joined KIIS to present their Hughsey and Kate national Drive program in early 2015 after a long career at Nova. Both Langbroek and Hughes are out of contract at the end of the year.

   


Jay Mueller

Jay Joins Pacific Star

Jay Mueller, current Triple M Melbourne’s The Hot Breakfast EP will be joining The Pacific Star Network as group content director of broadcast and digital in February 2018. The Pacific Star Network is the owner of all 1116 SEN, Classic Rock Radio, Aussie Digital, Koool and their respective digital platforms.

   

Matt and Meshel

New Breakfast Menu at KIIS

Sunday Herald Sun reports that KIIS breakfast hosts Matt Tilley and Meshel Laurie are understood to be signing off, with NZ radio duo Jase Hawkins (formerly known as Labby at B105) and Polly ‘PJ’ Harding hot favourites to land the timeslot in 2018.  When approached for comment, ARN — the parent company of KIIS — wouldn’t confirm rumours but said “we will be making announcements about 2018 very shortly”.
Dave Howard

Dave Howard Dodges The Bullet Twice

Back in 2008 whilst working with Triple M Adelaide, Dave Howard was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Dave, who is currently filling on on FIVEaa, told JJ: “But it was the on the recent Easter long weekend in 2017 that would prove my battle and recovery from cancer would seem like a walk in the park compared the fight I was about to face.”  Read his full story and health update.  
Osher Gunsberg

Osher Gunsberg announces departure from Hit105

HIT105’s Stav, Abby and Matt were left reeling during their show this morning when their co-host Osher Gunsbergannounced he was done.Using an original song, Osher surprised his breakfast co-hosts with the news during the show this morning, explaining that the addition of hosting a Bachelorspin-off to his already loaded schedule had proven too much. Earlier this week, Ten had confirmed US-based reality show Bachelor in Paradise was being adapted for Australia with Osher as host. (news.com.au)

GfK

GfK Metro Survey 6/2017

Talk stations 2GB (12.6%) and 3AW (16.2%) continue their reign respectively at No 1 Sydney and Melbourne. Nova 106.9(13.5%) were once again No 1 in Brisbane with MIX 102.3(12.4%) the top station in Adelaide and MIX 94.5 (13.7%) at No 1 in Perth  Full details.

Christina Samarin

 Christina Debuts In Radio

Christina Samarin from Boom! Radio in WA who has scored a commercial radio job. She has landed a role with Real FM & 2MG in Mudgee. Boom is part of the radio course at North Metropolitan TAFE in Perth.
Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson To Make a Career Change

Sam Thompson, Content Director for GOLD 104.3 and KIIS 101.1 in Melbourne, is leaving her ARN role to focus on a career change. She joined the ARN in April 2015. She also spent 7 years with DMG radio as well as time with MCM Mediaand Authentic Entertainment.

SEN116

Mark Johnson Departs SEN

Mark Johnson, SEN 1116 Program Director, has left the Melbourne sport station after 11 years. No word as yet on his replacement.

Spencer Howson

Spencer Howson’s New Role

Spencer Howson, former ABC Brisbane breakfast announcer, has a new ABC role. He’s been appointed as the ABC Regional, Program Quality Advisor.

Jerimiah Busniak

Jerimiah Busniak Off To Brisbane

Jerimiah Busniak reports that he’s moving up to Brisbane and into a Hit Network Image Producer role. He’ll be doing station imaging for Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. He’s currently Creative Producer for Fifi, Bev and Byron in Melbourne.
Hawkesbury Radio

Michael Golikov Leaves Hawkesbury Radio

Michael Golikov, Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM rugby league commentator, is departing the community station after twenty years. Hawkesbury Radio has been in the news of late as their full time licence has not been renewed.  However the station has been granted a temporary licence to stay on air.

 

Radio Targets Summer Advertising

Commercial radio will conduct research on summer listening for the second year in a row as it urges advertisers to use radio to tap into consumer spending during the upcoming holiday season. Joan Warner, chief executive officer of industry body Commercial Radio Australia, said while media consumption patterns changed during the hottest months of the year, radio listening tends to increase as consumers have more leisure time. Full details.


Creina Chapman

Creina Chapman to join SCA Leadership Group

SCA has announced that Creina Chapman, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Communications has joined the SCA Leadership Group. Creina joined SCA in 2015 with extensive media and political experience gained from positions at News Corp, Nine Network and Senior Adviser roles in Federal Election campaigns. Since joining SCA, she has been an active member of the Executive team.Dave Howard Dodges The Bullet Twice


Bryce Ruthven

Bryce Ruthven Joins TR FM

On Friday September 29, Bryce Ruthven concluded his time at WS FM as Jonesy and Amanda’s studio manager and as announcer on The Edge 96One in Sydney. He’s moving to TR FM in Gippsland to take up an on air role and to pursue his passion in sports broadcasting. He says: ”I couldn’t thank Jonesy, Amanda and Charlie Fox enough for giving a guy from a regional market a shot in the big smoke!”

John Burns

Is John Burns Leaving 3AW?

The Australian newspaper reports: “A few weeks ago, it seemed that the most successful partnership in radio could end. At 72, John Burns, was contemplating retirement. Burns, is breakfast partner-in-crime with Ross Stevenson on 3AW. The pair have dominated Melbourne breakfast radio since 2001, winning more than 100 consecutive ratings periods. The radio station says such speculation is misplaced. Burns “is negotiating a new contract”, says 3AW head of operations Stephen Beers.

Daniel Doody

Doody Joins 2EC/Power FM

Daniel Doody has joined 2EC and Power FM in Bega as a Radio Journalist. He’s been with the station for just over a month.

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