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April 2019 Radio News



GfK Metro Survey 2, 2019

In the latest GfK metro survey, talk stations 2GB (14.5%) and 3AW (15.2%) were once again the top rating stations respectively in Sydney and Melbourne. No 1 station in Brisbane was Nova 106.9 (12.4%), in Adelaide it was Mix 102.3 (13.9%) and in Perth Mix 94.5 (15.4%). Full details.



2019 GfK Metro DAB+ Ratings Survey 2

The top rating DAB+ stations in survey 2 were: Edge Digital (Sydney), Double J (Melbourne), Coles Radio (Brisbane), The '90s iHeart Radio (Adelaide) and Oldskool Hits (Perth).  Full Details



Cale Porter Leaves Nova and joins Mix 102.3

Nova 91.9 Adelaide announcer Cale Porter has left Nova.  He had been with the network almost seven years. He has joined MIx 102.3 and has been covering Workdays for the past few weeks.



Vale Wayne Gregson

Wayne Gregson passed away on Saturday morning 27th April. Gregson, aged 64, died of cancer. Wayne was a co-host of the Wake Up Call with Bruce Lees on Gold 98.3 & AM 1071 Central Victoria. Wayne also worked with 3BO and was a Walkley Award Winning writer, editor and reporter for the Bendigo Advertiser and The Herald-Sun. He also served as a local councillor. (A tribute and Wayne and Bruce's audio of last radio show.)



Entries now open for 2019 CBAA Community Radio Awards

Community radio’s national awards are now open for entries, giving broadcasters the opportunity to receive recognition across 30+ categories in 2019. The CBAA’s Chief Executive Officer Jon Bisset says the CBAA Community Radio Awards offer an inspiring snapshot of the achievements of stations with programs, initiatives or practices that have increased their capability and improved the services offered to their communities. Entries for the awards are open to CBAA member stations and their representatives until Wednesday, 29 May 2019. For more information and to enter, head to www.cbaa.org.au/awards



The Late Show With Kevin Hillier

RSN Racing & Sport (927) Melbourne has a new program beginning on Monday April 29.  The Late Show with Kevin Hillier will be heard 11pm Monday night till 2am - four nights/mornings a week. Hillier will highlight all the key live racing from home and abroad and will be joined by Rohan Connolly and Megan Hustwaite. He told JJ : "The idea is to have some fun and do some good radio. Will be quite a few surprises in store as well but plenty of sport, music, food, drink and Melbourne talk."



Aaron Kearney's Final ABC Program

Long-time ABC broadcaster and sports commentator Aaron Kearney finished up his ABC 1233 Newcastle program on Friday April 26. Kearney has spent 15 years broadcasting from the studios in Newcastle West. Full story.

Nine Sale of Regional Titles Imminent Paving Way
for Macquarie Deal

Nine Entertainment Co is expected to complete the sale of 170 regional and community newspapers over the next week in a move that could clear the way for a deal with radio network Macquarie Media. This would include buying ad-man John Singleton's shares in the radio group, which owns AM radio stations such as Melbourne's 3AW and Sydney's 2GB known for presenters Alan Jones and Ray Hadley. Mr Singleton previously described it as "inevitable" he would sell his 32.4 per cent stake. (Source: Sydney Morning Herald)



Pete Brandtman Back Behind The Mic

Pete Brandtman can once again be heard on 2ST Nowra. He continues in his role as station copywriter but also can now be heard 12-2pm weekdays. Pete was last on air on a regular basis two years ago.



Hot Tomato No 1 in GfK Gold Coast Tweed Survey

New Grant Broadcasters station Hot Tomato rated No 1 in the first 2019 GfK Gold Coast Tweed survey with a share of 15.4% (+0.1). They were followed by SCA stations Gold FM with 14.8 % (+0.7) and SEA FM with 11.1% (+0.4). Local ABCstation had a share of 5.0 (+1.1). Hot Tomato was No 1 in breakfast, drive and evening (+6.3%). Gold rated No 1 in morning and afternoon. Full results.



Ugly Phil Off To UK

Triple M afternoon and My Generation host Ugly Phil is heading back to the UK. Triple M head of content Mike Fitzpatrick announced he woud take on a 'top secret project'.  His replacement will be announced soon.


Greg Burns Leaves Nova And Returns Home

NOVA Entertainment morning host Greg Burns is returning home to the UK to head a weekend show on Bauer’s Hits Radio. Burns, who had formerly worked in the UK began with the Nova Network in 2016. He had been hosting a syndicated Mornings show across the Nova Network, but in June 2018, Brisbane and Adelaide returned to local programming.



Bevington's Back!

Lee Bevington has been appointed Content Director at Hit 101.9/Triple M Fraser Coast. He commences Tuesday May 7. Bevington was formerly Music Director/Morning Announcer at Hot 91.1 Sunshine Coast in 2016 before taking a break from radio.

Finalists and Host Announced for Siren Awards
 
Finalists for the best radio ad for 2019 have been announced with 11 of Australia’s leading agencies vying for the coveted Gold Siren to be awarded next month.The winning ad will be announced at the Siren Awards to be held on 9 May at The Rawson in Sydney, hosted by stand-up comedian, breakfast radio star and TV personality Lawrence Mooney. Full story.



Hit 104.7 No 1 in Canberra Ratings

In the first GfK Canberra Survey for 2019, HIT 104.7 rated No 1 with a share of 17.8% (+3.5). Next came sister station MIX 106.3 with 17.0% (+2.7) and then ABC Canberra with 12.1% (-3.2).  2CC had a share of 4.8% (+0.5) with 2CA on 4.6% (-2.0). Hit 104.7 were No 1 in breakfast. Hit 104.7 were No 1 in morning, afternoon and drive. ABC No 1 in evening.  Full results.



Daniel Pizarro Joins 2CC

Daniel Pizarro is the new Producer for 2CC Canberra's Drive program 'Canberra Live'. He has previously worked with the Australian Traffic Network, Super Radio Network, North-East Broadcasters, BLU FM & Network Ten. Daniel told Jocks' Journal: "I'm very excited to be in Canberra as the Federal Election campaign gets underway!"


Tony Aldridge appointed as Content Director

ARN has announced the appointment of Tony Aldridge as Content Director for Melbourne’s KIIS 101.1.Tony joined ARN in 2018 as Content Director for Mix 102.3 and Cruise 1323 in Adelaide, where he built on previous success for the station including the city’s #1 breakfast show hosted by Jodie & Soda. Tony will work shaping the content strategy for KIIS and take on all operational responsibility for the station alongside KIIS 101.1 Assistant Content Director Daniel Bozykowski, and with focus on both the breakfast show and national drive show.

 

Nova Delivers A New Sound In Mornings 
 
The Nova Network is making changes across Melbourne and Sydney in workdays, from Monday 29 April. Chrissie, Sam & Browny in Melbourne will continue with Matt Tilley from 9am while Sydney listeners will be able to hear Kent ‘Smallzy’ Small following Fitzy & Wippa. Matt Tilley will make his return to Melbourne on Nova 100. Complementing Matt during the workday, Troy Ellis will move to the new time of 12pm to 4pm in the afternoon. Full story.


Bill Caralis makes power play for Alan Jones

Super Radio network owner Bill Caralis rarely shows his hand but this month he made a call from his Tweed Head office and put out a feeler for Alan Jones. Caralis, radio sources have confirmed, reached out to soon-to-be-out-of-contract 2GB breakfast star Alan Jones two weeks ago in the hope of enticing Jones to make the jump to his 2SM Super Network, the largest privately owned radio network in the country. Since 2011 John Laws has hosted a morning show on Caralis’s 2SM. (Source news.com.au)

 

New Senior Producers for Hit 105's Breakfast Show

Two new Senior Producers have been appointed for hit105’sBreakfast Show, Stav, Abby & Matt. Lead Senior Producer will be Siobhain McDonnell who has been in Dublin, producing Breakfast radio, for the past five years. Toni Kipa, will also join Siobhain as producer. Kipa, who was most recently with Hot Tomato Breakfast show on the Gold Coast. They will replace Executive Producer Abi Benaud, who moves to 2DayFM as Executive Producer of Grant, Ed & Ash and Producer Kaz Simpson will be taking some time away from radio.



Close Survey Result In Mandurah

In the latest 2019 Xtra Insights Mandurah survey, 97.3 Coast FM was the top rating station with 21.5% (last survey 34.0) with sister station 91.7 The Wave experiencing a huge increase and are now 21% (last survey 5.5%). In third place is Hit 92.9 with 7.1% (were 5.1).  Full details.



RCS Double Celebration

The company may be celebrating its 40th birthday, but RCS is demonstrating that it is still at the forefront of broadcast innovation. At the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, RCS received a Future Best of Show Award, presented by Radio World, for the revolutionary new "Zetta Cloud". Full story.



Gary Roberts Managing Director of 96 FM

ARN’s 96FM announced Gary Roberts in the newly created position of Managing Director - Perth, providing leadership and management across commercial, content and operations for 96FM. The move marks a return to 96FM for Gary, who launched the station as Programme Director in 1980 and continued as General Manager for twelve years. More Details.



ABC Radio Updated Branding

ABC Radio has commenced roll out of updated branding of its 44 Regional bureaux. The refreshed branding can be heard across broadcast platforms as well as seen across social media, apps, websites and third-party platforms. Audiences are increasingly accessing content via digital platforms, and a consistent identity across broadcast, online and mobile will allow audience to identify us quickly, easily and intuitively on the device of their choice. The Regional bureaux brand refresh follows the ABC’s Capital City local Radio brand update, rolled out two years ago. Full details.

Chiara Kemp joins Central Coast’s 107.7 2GO
 
Chiara Kemp has been appointed producer of 107.7 2GO’s Breakfast with Mandy & Rob Palmer, commencing on Monday, 8 April. Chiara comes from Melbourne where she has been working at various community radio stations over the past six years.



Commercial Radio Reaches Parents

Almost 2.3 million parents tune into commercial radio across 5 major metropolitan markets each week. 35% of parent listeners don't read newspapers in an average week. Parent listeners spend 12 hrs 36 mins listening to commercial radio each week.  Nearly 1 in 4 parent listeners don't watch commercial TV in an average day. More details.



RIch Howells Appointed
National Digital Commercial Director

Rich Howells has been appointed as ARN's National Digital Commercial Director as part of a restructure of its National Commercial Leadership Team.  He joins ARN from Amobee where he was Group Operations Director APAC.  Rich will commence his role at ARN’s Melbourne office on April 8.



Local to lead SCA in North Queensland
 
Townsville local Cassandra Cazzulino has been appointed General Manager of Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) in the North Queensland capital. The announcement was made today by Damon Rielly, SCA Executive General Manager - Queensland and will see Ms Cazzulino leading the operations of Townsville’s two leading stations in Hit103.1FM and Triple M 102.3FM, as well as SCA’s Channel 9 sales affiliation.Ms Cazzulino will commence on Monday 29th April.


Toni Tenaglia Joins Gold 104

ARN has announced the return of Toni Tenaglia for a new on-air role. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, the former announcer, programmer and MD has a new gig on Gold FM. Toni will be joining the station as the Afternoons announcer. Toni’s new role on Afternoons at Gold104.3 will kick off on April 29.

Ray Hadley faces fresh bullying allegations

Several former staff at radio station 2GB have come forward with fresh allegations of bullying against high-profile broadcaster Ray Hadley. Former colleagues describe Hadley as a man prone to fits of rage who would threaten, bully and intimidate them in the workplace. Full story.   (Source abc.net.au)


Commercial digital radio services switch on in Hobart

Commercial radio is now broadcasting on DAB+ digital radio in Hobart, offering listeners better sound quality and more choice, with three new DAB+ commercial stations now on air – KIX Country, Easy Hits and Triple M Classic Rock.   More Info



Wagga Wagga Radio Survey 2019

Riverina's Hit 93.1 is No 1 in the latest Wagga Wagga survey with a share of 31.8% (last survey 32.4).  Next came Riverina's 1152 Triple M with 17.4% (17.3) and then ABC Local with 13.1% (14.3).  Full details.



Vale Bruce Rogerson

Bruce Rogerson, father of former Grant Broadcasters Group PD and longtime JJ columnist David Rogerson, has died in Sydney. Bruce Rogerson’s radio career began at 2PK Parkes in 1949. He also worked at 2GN, 2BS then 2NZ, daily on the breakfast, lunch, and early evening children’s program and Sunday morning. After studying overseas Bruce returned to Australia in 1955 to 2UE in sales and production and later as Sales Manager, winning several awards. In 1972 Bruce introduced 2CH Good Music. He was also responsible for the establishment of the Radio Marketing Bureau in 1978. Bruce was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame in 2002. His funeral will be held on Thursday 10am at St Andrews Anglican Church, Rocky Point Road, Sans Souci. A full tribute will be featured in the next edition of Jocks' Journal.



Lachlan Kitchen Leaves i98
 
Lachlan Kitchen is leaving i98 FM Illawarra after almost 15 years at the station. The radio presenter and former Content Director announced the news on Instagram. He says he’d turned down the offer of a contract extension.



Katelynn Starr joins Gold 92.5 as Breakfast Producer
 
Gold Coast’s Gold 92.5 will welcome Katelynn Starr as the new Breakfast Producer for Bridge & Spida, on Monday April 8. Katelynn comes to the Gold Coast from 4KQ in Brisbane where she has gained experience in a variety of roles from the street team to brand activations and most recently producing.



Vale Craig Allen

Craig Allen, a pioneer in the narrowcasting industry, has sadly passed away.  He died on Thursday March 28. Craig had been operating LPON radio services for many years including a group of Classic Hits FM stations in NSW.  Allen, who lived in Glenmore Park, NSW, had only signed up as a subscriber to Jocks' Journal in 2018. We'd like to express our sincere sympathy and condolences to his family.
 
March 2019 Radio News


Alan Jones guilty of breaching decency requirements

ACMA has found 2GB announcer Alan Jones guilty of using of a racially charged phrase and found its use offended against generally accepted standards of decency. On 23 August 2018, Jones was discussing the leadership rumblings in Canberra when he turned his attention to outgoing finance minister Mathias Cormann. He stated: “Anyone can stand … but they are mobilising to block Dutton. The n----- in the woodpile here, if one can use that expression — and I’m not going to yield to people who tell us that certain words in the language are forbidden — the person who’s playing hard to get is Mathias Cormann.”  2GB responded to complainants acknowledging that the phrase should not have been broadcast. As a result of the ACMA’s investigation, 2GB management has agreed the phrase will not be used on-air again.



Rob Palmer to join Central Coast’s 2GO
 
Rob Palmer will be the new voice to officially join Mandy Coolen for breakfast on Central Coast’s 107.7 2GO from Monday, April 1. Known as one of Australia’s favourite handymen, Rob is best recognised for his time on Channel Seven’s Better Homes and Gardens and appearing on Season 10 of Dancing with the Stars.



David Anderson joins Mildura’s Hit 99.5 Breakfast

David Anderson is set to join Mildura’s Hit 99.5 Breakfast show alongside Amy Hegedus from Monday, April 1. Dave comes from within the Hit Network family direct from Gold Coast’s 90.9 Sea FM where he is currently doing the overnight shift. He’s a product of the 2018 SCA Gold Coast Hubble Masterclass, an SCA talent development unit that discovers and develops up and coming on-air talent.



Chris Wisbey announces his retirement from ABC

ABC Hobart's Chris Wisbey has today announced his retirement following a 38-year career on ABC Radio and television.There will be a special farewell broadcast from 10am to 12pm on Sunday 7 April as Chris reflects on his time with the ABC. Full story.



James Hird to join Triple M Footy

After a 20-year radio hiatus, Essendon champion James Hirdwill return to Triple M, this time as a regular of the footy call team. Hird appeared on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast with Eddie, Wil and Darce this morning for an in-depth interview, during which he announced he will be joining the Triple M footy team. Listen here.



Vale Voice Artist Amy Longhurst

Amy Longhurst, one of Australia’s most sought-after voiceover artists, a professional singer, and the voice behind a roll call of iconic brands, passed away at home on Sunday evening. With a showreel that includes Telstra, Kellogg’s, the NRL, Milo, Kleenex, Westpac, Napisan, Preen, Campbell’s, NRMA, Vodafone, Uncle Toby’s and the Commonwealth Bank – plus two decades as the female voice of Nick Jr and the Lifestyle Channel – Amy worked with every major advertising agency and radio network in Australia. More details.


Ray Hadley Accused of Bullying

2GB morning host Ray Hadley has responded to systemic bullying allegations with an apology saying he “never meant any harm”. revealed Hadley’s former panel operator Chris Bowen wrote a lengthy Facebook post which he said detailed years of “systematic bullying”. Mr Bowen said that he suffered mental health problems after the death of his parents and the “inexcusable behaviour” and “out of control sheer rage” that was directed at him weekly by Hadley.  Full story.



7AD and 7BU to switch from AM to FM

The Burnie and Devonport stations are set to cease their AM broadcast by the end of the month.The stations, along with North-East brand 7SD, are the last Tasmanian stations owned by Grant Broadcasters to use an AM frequency. "We've been waiting for this for 83 years. Well I have anyway, I don't know about you," Burnie breakfast host Leigh Kenworthy said. 7BUwill now broadcast on 100.9FM and 7AD will broadcast on 98.9FM. (Source: The Advocate)


Hope's New Mid Dawn Announcer

David 'Esky' Esquen has been appointed as the new mid-dawn announcer at Hope 103.2 Sydney.

 

McGuire and Mitchell Fire Up

Triple M’s Eddie McGuire and 3AW’s Neil Mitchell have been taking aim at each other in recent days. Mitchell dismissively referred to McGuire and his Hot Breakfast team, without directly naming them, as disc jockeys. McGuire and his cohorts, Wil Anderson and Luke Darcy, have in turn been referring to Mitchell as “grumpy Neil”. The friendly fire stems from Premier Daniel Andrews’ decision to speak with McGuire’s show while continuing to decline requests to appear on Mitchell’s radio show. McGuire said being called a disc jockey was not a put down. “Neil and I have known each other for years. I started as EJ the DJ when I was 15 years old at St Dominic’s disco in Broadmeadows,” he said. “I was spinning them back them. You can call me anything and I would probably answer to it.” (Source: Herald Sun)



WAVE FM Brekky Changes

At WAVE FM Wollongong, Chris Lee has been moved to the afternoon shift while Travis Winks will be pursuing more of a news role in the prime-time slot, something that was a "mutual decision" according to management. Adam Straney has been resurrected to take the main reigns of the breakfast show alongside Jayde Tonta. General manager Tony Williams said they had many applicants bu Straney was the best fit, especially as he has previously been an announcer on the station.(From Illawarra Mercury)



Griffith Radio Survey 2019

Hit 99.7 Riverina Mia rated No 1 in the 2019 Xtra Insightsradio survey with a share of 30.8% (they were 35.5). Next came 96.3 Triple M with 23.4 % (32.3) and then ABC Riverinawith 15.1% (9.7).  Hit 99.7 was No 1 in breakfast, afternoon, drive and evening. ABC Riverina was a clear winner in evening with a share of 32.2%. Full details.



SEA FM Celebrates 30 Years

On March 20, Gold Coast’s 90.9 Sea FM celebrate their 30th birthday and have gone back in time to relive some of the most iconic moments! Joining in the celebration were Heather, Dan & Ben including Fat 30 announcer Renee Peterson, Ugly Philand Craig Bruce. Full story and audio highlights.



The Shovel And Bull With Chris Dzelde

South Australia's new afternoon program Shovel & Bullcommenced on March 18 with host Chris Dzelde. It can be heard from 4pm - 6pm weekdays on 5MU, 5RM, 5AU, 5CS and 5CC. Full details.   



Dom Knight On The Nightshift

Dom Knight from Triple M's "Radio Chaser" will be filling in for Luke Bona on Triple M's "The Nightshift" for the next three weeks.



Karl Stefanovic to Join 2GB?

The Australian reports: "It was an intriguing whisper that was gathering volume around the corridors of 2GB’s Sydney studios last week: Could Karl Stefanovic soon become Australia’s newest radio star? That talk may seem far-fetched but it has gained a certain currency amid uncertainty about whether Australia’s biggest radio name, Alan Jones, will walk away from 2GB in June. Jones is currently receiving $4.5m a year in total, including generous bonuses. One version has it that, if the Jones talks broke down, Stefanovic could slot into the morning shift at 2GB and 4BC, with morning king Ray Hadley moving to breakfast. Another would have him on 2GB drive, with Hadley again moving to breakfast and Ben Fordham to mornings.



Applications open for Brian White Scholarship
 
The commercial radio industry is calling for aspiring journalism students from across Australia to apply for an eight-week paid internship in Australia’s leading radio newsrooms. The Brian White Scholarship 2019 is now open for applications and offers the winner the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working alongside leading news directors at Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and Nova Entertainment. Applicants can submit their entries online at www.bhwscholarship.com from today through to Friday, 19 April.



Andrew Bolt Departs Macquarie Media

Andrew Bolt, who was heard on 2GB, 3AW and 4BC, has departed Macquarie Media. It's believed that it was more "financially attractive" for him to walk away from the network than to sign a new contract. because of generous parting terms. When he handed over to Alan Jones at the end of The Bolt Report, he stated: “Alan Jones topped the Sydney ratings for 2GB yet again today, and some in 2GB think they can do that trick without him? What a joke!”



Commercial radio industry
supports modernisation of outdated laws   
 
The commercial radio industry welcomes the bipartisan support by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for the modernisation of broadcasting laws that haven’t kept pace with the current media landscape. The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee headed up by Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald in its recent report on the Freedom of Speech Legislation Amendment (Censorship) Bill 2018, has called on the Government to consider amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992. Full story.



Barrie Quick Joins EON Broadcasting

EON Broadcasting has announced Barrie Quick as the General Sales Manager of 2CH and 2CH DAB+ & Digital Channels. Barrie will commence his new role April 1st.Prior to his appointment with Classic Hits 2CH, Barrie, held a number of major Sales Management roles at ARN and Triple MNetworks. More recently he was the Chief Executive Officer at Raceforce Media, (Pacific Star Network and Crocmedia), General Manager, Commercial Director at 6PR Perth, and Chief Executive Officer at Pacific Star Radio Network Melbourne.



2019 GfK Metro Radio Ratings Survey 1

In the first metro ratings for 2019 - 3AW in Melbourne remained at No 1 with 14.4% (previously 14.8).  2GB Sydney continued their No 1 reign with 13.4% (were 13.9). Nova 106.9returned to No 1 in Brisbane with 12.9% (were 11.3). Mix 102.3 Adelaide continued at the top with 13.3% (were 12.9) and Mix 94.5 Perth were No 1 station with 15.6% (were 14.8).  Full details.



2019 GfK Metro DAB+ Ratings Survey 1

The top rating DAB+ stations in survey 1 were: Edge Digital(Sydney), Double j/Triple M Classic Rock - a tie (Melbourne), Coles Radio (Brisbane), The '90s iheart Radio (Adelaide) and Buddha Hits (Perth).  Full details.



Entries Open for ACRAS

Entries are now open for the 31st annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) to be held in Brisbane at the Royal International Convention Centre on October 19.  Information on how to enter the awards, categories and conditions of entry can be found at the website: http://www.acras.com.au  More details.



Ray Hadley's NRL Call Team Returns for its 33rd Year

Starting this Friday 15 March, Ray Hadley’s Continuous Call Team will return for their 33rd consecutive year on air , covering the National Rugby League on:  2GB 873AM in Sydney; 4BC 1116AM in Brisbane; Macquarie Sports Radio 1278AM in Melbourne and Macquarie Sports Radio DAB+ in Perth. The 2019 team will be headed up by Ray Hadley and Mark Levy with Bob Fulton , Darryl Brohman , Erin Molan , David Morrow , Mark Riddell , Chris Warren, Joel Caine, David Riccio and Phil Rothfield.

 

SCA Implements National Content Team Restructure
 
Southern Cross Austereo has announced a national content team restructure for its Triple M and Hit Networks, in what will be a radio first.  The role of Network Heads, Gemma Fordham(Hit) and Mike Fitzpatrick (Triple M) will extend to all metro and regional stations. This will include the management of all shows and on-air talent. Gemma and Mike will expand their current remit of five metro stations to 42 Hit and 36 Triple M stations respectively. Irene Hulme (pictured) and Mickey Maher (pictured) have been appointed Heads of Music for the Hit and Triple M Networks. Full story .


Alan Jones eyes career switch as contract nears ends

Alan Jones could walk away from his top-rating breakfast program from Wednesday with contract talks appearing stalled over his future. Jones has been approached and has had conversations with several entities, including Sky News, about possible career options if the radio king decides not to continue with 2GB. He already has a weekly show on Sky. Full story.



Dave Howard Named as CD for Hot 100/Mix FM Darwin.

Dave Howard has been appointed as Content Director of Darwin’s Hot 100 and Mix 104.9. The move sees Dave replace Dave Daily who is making a move to Townsville. Dave was previously with Grant Broadcasters as Content Director in Launceston for LAFM, Chilli FM, Tasmania Talks and 7SDuntil he suffered a bad fall in 2017 which nearly claimed his life. Dave has been working for Fiveaa, Cruise and Mixfm in Adelaide since his return to Adelaide. He says that he’s very excited to be re-joining the Grant Broadcasting family, and is really pumped and excited to be heading to the Top End to work with the awesome team at Hot 100 and Mix. Dave starts in Darwin Monday March 25th.   



Abi Benaud Appointed Executive Producer
of 2DayFM Breakfast
 
Abi Benaud has been appointed Executive Producer for 2DayFM Breakfast, with Grant, Ed & Ash commencing on Monday April 15.  Abi was Executive Producer for Stav, Abby and Matt at Hit105 Brisbane. She has previously worked as Guest, Entertainment and Senior Producer for Kyle & Jackie O and Executive Producer at 4KQ Brisbane.



Josh Olek New Drive Co-Host

Josh Olek has been appointed as the co-host of K Rock 95.5Drive. Josh, who hosts Oz Made and won the 2018 ACRA for Best Music Presenter (Provincial), will co-host The Departure Lounge with Leanne ‘Stampsy’ Stamps. Josh replaces former co-host Jamie.


Triple M’s Brendan Tacey named as finalist

Triple M’s Head of Production, Brendan Tacey “BT” has been selected as a finalist in the 8th Annual Iron Imager Contest overnight. Iron Imager is an international radio imaging contest where audio production professionals compete for the title of World’s Best Imager, the only contest of its kind. BT’s entry was a piece that was inspired by a sketch he’d done in the past for Radio Chaser. Full story.



Hit 96.1 No 1 in Mt Gambier Radio Survey 1

Hit 96.1, with a share of 35.0% (-2.5) is No 1 in the 2019 Xtra Insights radio survey.  Next came ABC South East with 21.5% (+1.5) and then 963AM Triple M (formerly 5SE) with 17.2% ((-0.3).  Full details.



New Breakfast Producer for Bogart & Glenn
 
NOVA Entertainment have secured the services of experienced radio producer, presenter and writer Katie Andersen, in the role of Producer of Bogart & Glenn’s More Music Breakfast Show on smoothfm 95.3 Sydney. Andersen is a regular social contributor for Channel Nine’s Morning Show and the Seven Network’s Weekend Sunrise. Katie also launched a lifestyle and parenting blog “Clickkatie” in 2016, whilst raising her three young children.



'Whippy' New Hot Tomato CD

Brendon ‘Whippy’ Dangar is returning to the Gold Coast as Content Director of 1029 Hot Tomato. He has worked in three capital city networks including roles of Assistant Content Director at NOVA 106.9 in Brisbane and Content Director at KIIS 101.1 in Melbourne. 'Whippy' replaces Dan Bradley who is off to SCA as Content Director of Triple M Melbourne. .



Mel Signs Off

Mel Heldon, who started off at 2PK/ROK FM in 2003, has hosted her final Zoo FM breakfast program with co-host Daniel Hilliard. In the last 15+ years Mel has also worked at Star FM/River in Albury, 2GZ/Star Orange, Star 104.5 Central Coast and Real FM/2MG. The Radio Green Room reports that she is staying in Dubbo to work on the Relay For Life and working with local digital marketing company.

More Trouble Brewing At Albany Community Radio

A 71 year old radio present­er who played hits by Mumford & Sons and Australia’s Eurovision 2019 entrant Kate Miller-Heidke has been sacked for actions “detrimental to the station”.
Ian Alexander, 71, was taken off air yesterday as Albany Commun­ity Radio, on the south coast of Western Australia, grappled­ with the fallout of a violent­ annual general meeting and a failed coup on Tuesday. Full story.



The ABC and Michelle Guthrie settle unfair dismissal claim

The ABC and its former Managing Director, Michelle Guthrie,are pleased to announce a resolution to their Federal Court litigation. The details of the resolution will remain confidential. No further public statement will be made. More details.



Ben Wood New Anchor of Bridge & Spida
 
Ben “The Wood” Wood will be returning to the Gold Coast to join Gold 92.5’s Bridge & Spida for Breakfast as anchor from Monday March 18. Ben comes from his most recent role as Assistant Content Director with Triple M in Melbourne. He was also was heard anchoring The Rush Hour across Brisbane and the Gold Coast over the past couple of years.



Commercial Radio welcomes changes to regulations  

The commercial radio industry has welcomed Special Minister of State the Hon Alex Hawke’s changes to outdated regulations restricting how parliamentarians can use their annual office communications allowances to communicate with their constituents.  Full story.

February 2019 Radio News



Brisbane Broadcaster Billy J Smith dead

One of the most iconic voices in Queensland media for over 50 years fell silent today when Billy J. Smith died in hospital aged 73. Billy J, who called everything from State of Origin to the game show It’s A Knockout, suffered head injuries after a fall on Caxton St after a day out with friends on Tuesday. Billy J’s last permanent gig was as host of the nightly Sports Tonight program on radio 4BC 10 years ago. Full story courtesy of Courier Mail.



Amanda Lee Moves To Melbourne

SCA Perth's Content Director Amanda Lee will move to Melbourne and take over the role of Content Director at FOX FM. Tim Arnold will now move to Perth from his current position as Assistant Content Director at FOX FM.



Summer Radio Listening

According to the latest GfK radio insights survey - 85% of radio listeners listen to radio as much or more in summer.90% of listeners agree that radio keep them informed when out and about in summer. 3 in 5 listeners listen to radio at their holiday destination. Over 1/3 of 10-24 year olds listen to radio via their smartphone in summer. More details.



Gary “Gazza” McIlroy Leaving NQ Radio for FAB FM

Gary “Gazza” McIlroy will be hosting his final radio program at NQ Radio this week. The ‘King of the Gazza-wary’ Coast, known for his wacky outfits and crazy challenges, will be chasing new adventures somewhere in the Far North. We can now confirm that he'll be heading to Port Douglas to join Paul Makin’s FAB FM. Gary will step into the 1-4pm shift at the station from March 4th. Full story.



Commercial Radio Audiences Reaches All-Time High

More than 10.7 million people now listen to commercial radio each week. Full details.


Gia Moylan to join Hit105.9 Central West Breakfast

Moving from the 101.3 Sea FM afternoons on the Central Coast, Georgia ‘Gia’ Moylan is set to join Mike as the Central West’s Hit105.9 new breakfast host starting Monday, 25 February. Gia who began her career in radio as producer for 101.3 Sea FM’s breakfast duo Ash Pollard & Gawndy turned afternoons announcer just late last year. Now she will make the move to Orange for a brand new breakfast radio gig along side Michael ‘Mike’ Farrer.



Joel Gelding On The Move

Joel Gelding is leaving KIIS 101.1 Melbourne. He announced via Instagram that he will be moving to KIIS's drive show "Will & Woody" to be the show's Senior Producer. Joel has been the daytime announcer on KIIS 101.1 for the past few years.



GOLD Central Victoria Announce Brekky Duo
 
Mark Robinson and Dan Lonergan have been appointed as the new GOLD Central Victoria breakfast team. They will host The Wake Up Call on Monday 4th March. Full details.



Digital Radio Now Reaching 4.2 million Aussies

DAB + digital radio now reaches 4.2 million Australians in the five metropolitan capital cities. It also boasts that 4.7 million DAB+ radios have been sold and also states that 65% of new vehicles are fitted with DAB+.  Full details.



Crocmedia Secures Nick Riewoldt for 2019
 
Former St Kilda captain and AFL legend, Nick Riewoldt will appear on 1116 SEN, 1629 SEN SA and form part of the AFL Nation live call team throughout the AFL season.


Talkback Hosts Unimpressed With New Radio Rules

The country's most influential talkback stars have been lost for words concerning the new legal advice provided by Macquarie Media’s general counsel to 2GB and 3AW staff. Full Story.



Dan Bradley Joins Triple M Melbourne As Content Director

Dan Bradley has been appointed as Content Director of Triple M Melbourne. The move sees Dan return to the Triple M family, having previously been on air at Triple M Brisbane and Music Director at both Triple M Melbourne and Fox FM. Dan will continue on as PD of Hot Tomato Gold Coast for a couple more months.



Resonate Radio Changes

Cameron Scott-Bohanna (pictured) is leaving 4ZR breakfast in the coming weeks and is heading to Japan. Mick Calvert is finishing up at 4HI at the end of March, he has been on breakfast at 4HI for the last 3 years. With stations are seeking new breakfast announcers.  See 'Radio Jobs.'



New Sunshine FM Manager

Sue Gilbert has been appointed Station Manager of Sunshine FM104.9 on the Sunshine Coast. She had previously worked at 4CC/HOT FM Gladstone.



Seamus Evans joins Hit103.5 Breakfast
 
Far North Queensland’s Hit103.5 has announced Seamus Evans will join Carly Portch for breakfast from Monday, 4 March. With an extensive resume, Seamus has had stints presenting nationally on television and performed live stand up comedy. Seamus has been on the airwaves presenting breakfast throughout Victoria and New South Wales for a number of years most recently Hit104.9 The Border.



The Quicky With Claire and Ellie

If you were wondering what happened to former 5MUpresenter and newsreader Claire Murphy or Kate Tim and Marty's former producer. Ellie Beattie.. they've been locked away in a podcast studio for the past month with former Channel 10 audio producer Ian Camielleri creating a brand new daily news show - The Quicky! Full details.



2CH1170 LAUNCHES NEW LINE-UP!

Classic Hits 2CH1170 & In Stereo on DAB, launched today as Sydney’s New Home of Classic Hits unveiling their new on-air line up. Sydney’s new home of Classic Hits 2CH1170 is a format designed exclusively for the Baby Boomers, a 50+ target audience who are ageless in attitude. Full story.



Matthew Monk and Matty Stewart no longer together

Matty Stewart and Matthew Monk will no longer be together on the Coast FM breakfast program. ACE Radio station manager Peter Headen said due to "unforeseen circumstances" Matthew Monk and Matty Stewart would no longer feature on Coast FM's breakfast program. Mr Headen said both were still employed by the radio station. "The two boys are still employed by us," he said. Full story.



88.9FM Appoint New Sales Manager

Scott Mcilveen has been appointed Sales Manager at 88.9FM in Tamworth. An experienced Sales Manager and music talent manager, he has recently moved to Tamworth from Sydney. Scott has previously worked at Sony Music. Full details.

   

Nova Entertainment Announces New Digital Roles

NOVA Entertainment has announced the appointment of two specialist digital audio roles. With over 12 years media sales experience, Ben McMillan has been appointed to the newly created role of Head of Digital Audio. Elizabeth Maplestone will take up the newly created role of Digital Audio Specialist, responsible for supporting and educating staff and clients on podcasting opportunities and developing strategic digital audio responses.



Susie O'Neill Joins Nova 106.9 Breakfast Team

Susie O'Neill has finally succumbed to the lure of the studio and joined the Nova 106.9 breakfast team full-time in 2019. Susie took up breakfast broadcasting with the Nova team in 2015 but until now has resisted Ash, Kip & Luttsy's lobbying for her to embrace the five-day work-week. Full story.



Millie Michael Appointed New EP

ARN has announced that Millie Michael has been appointed as Executive Producer of WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda in the Morning. Millie has been promoted to the role of Executive Producer after working on the show as a Senior Producer for the past year. Millie has previously held Producer and Senior Producer roles with Nova in Sydney and Adelaide, and FIVEaain Adelaide.



Vale George Mihalos

George Mihalos, radio announcer/PD and MD, has passed away. He worked at 2CC/2CA Canberra as well as NSW stations 2EC/Power FM, 2LT/Move FM, 2XL/Snow FM, and 2GN/Eagle FM.  He commenced his radio career at community station 2BCR and has also been a member of 2SSR for nearly 20 years. Don Dawkins advised of his passing on the Radio Green Room FB page. More details and a tribute from Pete Davidson.



ICC Cricket World Cup To Feature On

Macquarie Sports Radio

 

Macquarie Sports Radio has reached an agreement to broadcast the ICC Cricket World Cup starting on May 30 this year.  Full details.




919 SEA FM Announce New Breakfast Host


Heidi Latcham will be BarRat’s new partner on 919 Sea FM’s“BarRat & Heidi for Breakfast”. Heidi has extensive experience on both radio and TV, including a recent stint at Star 1063FM.Heidi is excited to be back in her home town of the Sunshine Coast! Full details.


January 2019 Radio News



Vale Tony Featherstone

Tony Featherstone, former radio and TV presenter, has passed away in Sydney after a short illness. Tony worked at 3LO (now ABC Melbourne), GMV 6 and 2CH in Sydney. He was also the voice of ABC TV until 2011 and hosted the ABC music show "The Pop Scene" in 1969.



Bruce Lees Announces Retirement


GOLD Central Victoria’s breakfast announcer Bruce Lees will be retiring from radio on Friday 1st February. Bruce began his career at 3WM in 1981 as an announcer/technician. Full story.



HIT FM Cairns host is sacked after explicit ScoMo gag

Cairns Hit FM host Shad Wicker has been fired from his employer Southern Cross Austereo after posing with an explicit mug alongside his co-host Carly Portch and Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The Cairns Post understands that career path is no longer available, with station managers furious about the disrespect Mr Wicker showed for the Prime Minister’s office. More details.



Ben Ryan launches podcast series

Nova 106.9 Brisbane Production Manager, Ben Ryan has developed a seven part podcast series called ‘Battle Stations’, a satirical look at the radio industry, with the first episode now available. Audio.



Brissie boy, Max Dudley back in Town

Max Dudley has taken on the role of Executive Producer for Triple M’s The Big Breakfast with Marto, Robin and Nick Cody. Dudley replaces Scott Menz, who steps into the role of Triple M Music Director this year, whilst continuing in his position as Assistant Content Director for the station.  More Info



Laura Bouchet takes on new role with Triple M

Laura Bouchet, Executive Producer for WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda has recently resigned to take on a new role at SCA's Triple M, Sydney. Laura, winner of the 215 ACRA Best Show Producer, has been with ARN for just under 12 years, starting on the Street Team worked her way up to Executive Producer for Jonesy and Amanda, and most recently was also promoted to WSFM Assistant Content Director. Laura's new role at Triple M is EP of the new Breakfast show Moonman In The Morning, with Larence Mooney, Jess Eva, Gus Worland and Chris Page.



96FM Welcomes Shane Lowe As New Breakfast Anchor
 
96FM Perth has welcomed Shane Lowe to the team, as he joins Paul & Lise for Breakfast in 2019. Returning to his home of Perth, Shane comes to 96FM Breakfast with 20 years of radio and television experience, most recently in Adelaide where he spent almost a decade hosting Nova’s Lewis & Lowe with Hayley Pearson Breakfast radio show.

More Laughs and Live Sport on Macquarie Sports Radio

In 2019 Breakfast with Mark Levy and Mark Riddell can now be heard right around the country from 5.30am (AEDT) every weekday, with AFL legend Jimmy Bartel joining in every day from 9am-10am. Drive with Mark Allen and David Schwarz is now an hour longer, from 3pm-7pm Monday-Friday. Full details and audio.



Chris Kearns launches "Tonight Live" on 2CH and DAB+

2CH Classic Hits will go against the trend of music stations pre- recording their night time programs by launching “Sydney’s Tonight Live” weeknights from 8pm to 1am hosted by Chris Kearns.  Full Story

   


Tim Webster To Host Mornings On 2CH

2CH Sydney has announced that well known TV/radio host Tim Webster will be the station's new morning host. He will replace Bob Rogers who retired in November last year on doctor’s orders. Rogers can still be heard hosting “Reminiscing” on Saturday nights.  Full Story

Commercial radio audiences at all-time highs

Commercial radio audiences reached an all-time high in 2018 and have grown by 12% over the past five years and by 22% over the past decade, according to Commercial Radio Australia’s annual listening summary. The data showed more than 10.7 million people tuned in to commercial radio each week in the five major capital cities during 2018, an increase of 270,000 listeners or 2.6% over the previous year. Full story.



Jon Faine announces 2019 will be his last year on-air
                                               
ABC presenter Jon Faine has announced that after 23 years presenting his Mornings show on ABC Radio Melbourne, this will be his last year on air.  Returning from his summer break, Faine told his listeners at the start of his program this morning that he had joined the ABC 30 years ago to make The Law Report. “Now I find I am presenting the Mornings show on ABC Radio Melbourne for the twenty-third year - but it will be my last."  Full story.


Mark “Irvy” Irvine To Host New Drive Show
 
94.1FM Gold Coast has announced a new weekday drive show  3:00 – 7:00pm with Mark “Irvy” Irvine. Mark has been with 94.1FM for 2 years doing Saturday Breakfast and Sunday morning’s specialised shows of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. More details.


Rita Panahi to co-host Outsiders

Melbourne Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi is leaving 3AWto expand her role at Sky News. After a year at the radio station, she has co-hosted her final Sunday Morning program before fronting the political commentary program, Outsiders.



FIVE aa Announcer Will Goodings joins Ten Adelaide

FIVEaa Adelaide drive announcer Will Goodings is joining TEN News First Adelaide as their weekday sport presenter.  He replaces Nick Butler, who is returning to Melbourne after spending five years in Adelaide. Butler is joining Melbourne's TEN News as well as Ten Sport.



Rob Aumend Farewells SCA Townsville
 
After four years at the helm of Southern Cross AustereoTownsville, Rob Aumend has announced he is leaving his role as General Manager. More details.



Dylan Alcott Joins Hit Network

Dylan Alcott will join the Hit Network’s national weekend breakfast show alongside Angus O’Loughlin and returning Hit weekend breakfast host Tanya Hennessy. Dylan Alcott is a Paralympic gold and silver medallists and world champion across tennis and basketball.  Full Story


Adelaide Broadcaster, Journalist and Producer Jennie Lenman has accepted the position of Journalist/Newsreader at 5MU & Power FM and Host of "SA Today" on 5MU, taking over from Claire Murphy who has accepted a position in Sydney. Full details.



Hutchy's 'Welcome To 2019' for SEN Fans

On the SEN website Craig Hutchison has written to their listeners about the new SEN app, their commitment to the Australian Open, Test cricket, daily Big Bash, and their Australian exclusive Superbowl call, headed by Gerard Whateley. Also about the lineup at SEN SA station, 1629 AM. Full details.



Gold 92.5 announces local Gold Coast Drive Show
 
Luke Bradnam alongside co-host Margaux Parker will become Gold Coast’s very own drive show duo on Gold 92.5 in 2019 with The Rush Hour. Luke and Margaux who have been no strangers to the drive time slot with The Rush Hour reaching both Brisbane and the Goldie over the past year, The Rush Hour will be dedicated to solely Gold Coast listeners. Full details.



Barry Nicholls Heads Early Breakfast

In 2019 ABC Radio Perth will feature Early Breakfast(4am-6am) with Barry Nicholls. It's followed by a new breakfast show with Russell Woolf & Nadia Mitsopoulos.



ABC Radio Darwin Changes

ABC Radio Darwin has announced a new line-up. Jo Laverty is now heading Breakfast and Adam Steer moves into mornings. Mikaela Simpson is now on Afternoons and Liz Trevaskis will commence on drive in March. Georgia Hitchwill host the program in January and February.



Kel Richards Departs 2CH

Kel Richards was retrenched from 2CH Sydneyin late December.  He'd been with the station for the past eight and a half years. Prior to 2CH he was a presenter on ABC radio.



ABC Newcastle Has A New Brekky Duo

At 1233 ABC Newcastle Jenny Marchant and Dan Cox are now co-hosting breakfast. Former Breakfast host Aaron Kearny is back on drive. Garth Russell presented his final breakfast show on December 20, 2018.



Hit 1069 Update

Keeshia Pettit (previously heard on Hit 1069 Newcastle) is joining Tim Reuben on Hit 91.9 for Breakfast. At Triple MNewcastle, Kylie Stevenson is now co-host on breakfast with Bryan ‘Cogho’ Coghlan.


ABC admits it has underpaid casual staff

The ABC has admitted it underpaid up to 2500 casual staff over the past six years and has commenced an urgent review in conjunction with the Fair Work Ombudsman and unions. The concession comes weeks after the public broadcaster acknowledged it had underpaid a member of its Brisbane-based digital news network by $19,000 over three years. Full story from Sydney Morning Herald.


Jake Leaves Rebel FM Breakfast

After three years with the company, one half of the Rebel FMBreakfast Show,  Jake Chapman has decided to pursue other interests outside radio and is leaving the station. General Manager, Cheryl Jowitt says “We’re sad to lose Jake.  He has enormous talent and is a great communicator.  Over the past 15 years, we’ve only see three changes to our team, so this opens up an amazing opportunity for the Rebel brand.Full story.



Warren Tredrea leaves Triple M

Triple M footy commentator Warren “Tredders” Tredrea has switched stations to FIVEaa. The 2004 Port Adelaide premiership captain, who is also an Advertiser columnist, has a long history with Triple M. But after eight years with Triple M Tredrea has decided to make the move to FIVEaa. He will be calling AFL games and joining Stephen Rowe and Mark Bickley for a weekly segment on the Sports Show, plus working on other projects. (Courtesy Adelaide Advertiser)



Belinda Doyle appointed PD at JACK Radio in UK

JACK Radio in the UK has appointed Belinda Doyle as its first-ever Programme Director. The station, which plays only female artists, is available across a large percentage of the country via the Sound Digital DAB multiplex in DAB+. Belinda has worked predominantly across Australian radio with roles establishing the ABC's national Newsradio network (the first 24-hour news radio station in Australia), co-hosting the 96FMBreakfast Show in Perth, and as Creative Director Sydney for Macquarie Media. (Courtesy of Radio Today UK)



Vale Jimmy Hannan (1934-2019)

Former TV and radio personality Jimmy Hannan has passed away in Sydney.  He was 84. On radio, he is best known for his time on 3UZ and 2GB.  He was also heard briefly on 5KA.Hannan got his start at the very beginning of television in Australia, in 1956 as an 18-year-old contestant on Name That Tune. Jimmy also had some success on the music charts with his '60s single Beach Ball, featuring The Bee Gees as backing vocalists and the 1970 single Curly.  Hannan retired from showbiz at the age of 50 and retired to a farm in Bellingen, Queensland, with his wife. More details.



Sarah Passalick Moves To Afternoons

Hot100FM Darwin has announced that Breakfast host Sarah Passalick will be making the move from the Hot100FM breakfast show to a new afternoon slot. Hot100FM is yet to advise on who will replace Sarah on the Hot Breakfast, with the position currently vacant (See 'Radio Jobs') Full details.



Guy Dobson Resigns From SCA

Guy Dobson, Southern Cross Austereo‘s chief creative officer, has resigned and departs SCA effective immediately.  He says: “I’m calling time on the SCA phase of my career. It’s a wonderful company with an amazing leadership team, great radio people and is set up well for a big year ahead. After ten years in some high-level roles, I feel it’s time to move on and chased own other adventures and opportunities. To everyone who’s helped shaped my career at SCA I thank you wholeheartedly. You’ll all get a mention in my game changers podcast later in 2019! Vaya con Dios amigos.”



James Preston New Eagle Brekky Host

James Preston has been appointed breakfast host at Eagle FM93.5. He's been with the station since August 2018.


Ashley Walsh Departs ABC

Ashley Walsh has announced that he will not return to ABCAdelaide in 2019. The longtime weekend breakfast host tweeted: "I've spent more than half my working life with ABC Radio in SA including 17 years on weekends. It's been a privilege and a pleasure."



Steph MacFie Joins Dave & Al

Steph MacFie is the new Anchor/Executive Producer of Hobart Triple M’s Dave Noonan Show with Al Plath.



Brian Mazoletti Leaving Radio Industry

RSN-927 Melbourne’s Senior Racing Presenter Brian Mazoletti is leaving the industry after 28 years at the station.Originally hired as drivetime sports producer, Brian graduated to race co-ordination, becoming Senior Presenter on the departure of John Vertigan in 2008. Race co-ordination has been described as the toughest job in radio, and Brian is leaving at the top, to become a driver with Melbourne’s Metro Trains.



Geraldton Guardian Joins Local Radio Partners

The Geraldton Guardian is relocating, in a move that will bring local radio, print and digital news under the one roof in Geraldton’s CBD. As of Monday, January 7, the newspaper will no longer be located at shop 2/30 Chapman Road and joins Seven West Media partners Spirit 98.1 and RedFM at 72 Chapman Road (pictured).(Courtesy of Geraldton Guardian)





ABC's Peter Cundall Announces Retirement

Saturday mornings will never be the same again for avid gardeners around the world, with Australian gardening guru and media personality, Peter Cundall, announcing his retirement from ABC radio.The former Gardening Australia host first started taking questions from radio listeners in the late 1960s. It was believed to be the first gardening talkback in the world. Cundall, aged 91, signed off from radio with the lines "remember, old gardeners never die, they just gradually turn into compost!" Full story.



Nova warns listeners of data breach

Nova has warned listeners of data breach affecting 250,000 Australians. Nova chief executive Cathy O’Connor said in a statement on Thursday December 28 that individuals were being notified about the steps they can take, with the disclosed information varying from person to person. Full details from Sydney Morning Herald.



Brandon Joins Triple M

Brandon Disson is leaving FM 104.7 Coffs Harbour.  He's been with the station since 2012. He's joining the team at Triple M Riverina MIA.


Karen Leaves WAY FM

Karen Dickson has hosted her last drive shift for Way FMLaunceston. She's taking a break from radio.  Way FM announced: "We thank Karen for her dedication to excellence and know she'll be back brighter than ever before we know it."



Vale Rob Neil (1962-2018)

Well known Sydney announcer Rob Neil has died.  Neil, aged 56, passed away after a long battle with cancer.  He is survived by his wife Sue and five young children. He worked at stations including 2WS, 2CH, 2SM, MIX 106.5 and 2GO. Full biographyfrom his website. His funeral will be held at Our Lady Help Of Christians Church at Epping 10am Thursday, 27 December.



AJ to part ways with Gold 92.5

After 22 years Adrian “AJ” Johnson has decided he won’t be returning to Gold 92.5. Gold 92.5 Breakfast with co-hosts Bridge & Spida will return on 16th January 2019.


Moonman Lands On Triple M Sydney Breakfast

Lawrence “Moonman” Mooney will host a brand new comedy breakfast show - Moonman in the Morning - on Triple MSydney in 2019. In addition to his new breakfast show, Lawrence will be playing 11 shows at the Sydney Opera House from January 25 – February 3, 2019. Full Story.



The Most Played Song in Australia for 2018

AirCheck released the figures today showing ‘These Days’ in the top spot with 20,815 spins. The smash hit, released on 19 January, received its first play on 19 January on Hit 101.9Aussie boy band 5 Seconds of Summer took out second place with their smash hit ‘Youngblood’, spun 19,898 times. More info.



Former ATN Reporter In Court Over Harassment

Olympia Kwitowski alleges she was bullied, harassed and “slut shamed’’ before being fired earlier this year by the Australian Traffic Network. She  sued The Australian Traffic Network and their Queensland operations manager, on air personality Jay Lane, in the Federal Court in August. ATN and Lane have lodged defences in the matter, with the two sides now locked in court-ordered mediation. ATN is understood to have bumped up its offer to settle the case but is still a long way off the $120,000 or so Kwitowski is seeking in compensation. Since leaving ATN, Kwitowski has started a new role in Brisbane radio as a producer for a radio program. (Courtesy: Courier Mail)


GfK Metro Survey 8, 2018

The final GfK metro survey results for this year were released this morning (December 17). As usual, 2GB (13.9%) and 3AW(14.8%) were respectively the top rating stations in Sydney and Melbourne. In Brisbane the top station was 104.5 Triple M,(13.3%), same as last survey. Mix 102.3 (12.9%) was the top rating station in Adelaide. In Perth, Mix 94.5  returned to No 1, with a 14.8% share. Full details.


DAB+ Stations Survey 8, 2018

The top rating digital stations were: Sydney - ABC Jazz, Melbourne - Double J, Brisbane - The '90s iheart Radio, Adelaide - ABC Jazz, and Perth - Smooth. Full details.



Shad Wicker to join Central Coast’s 2GO
 
Shad Wicker will be leaving Hit 103.5 in Cairns to join Mandy Coolen for breakfast on the Central Coast’s 2GO in 2019. 2GO Breakfast with Mandy and Shad will start on Wednesday, 30 January.



ARN Changes In 2019

The Australian Radio Network has announced new roles and changes at WSFM and Gold 104.3 for 2019.  Jason Staveleyhas been appointed head of music for both Gold and WSFM. As well as the role of music director for Gold, Staveley will assist in formulating the music strategy for both stations. He will also present and produce network music features. Staveley will relocate from Sydney to his hometown of Melbourne. Zoe Sheridan will now host the drive show on WSFM until a permanent host is found in 2019. Gold 104.3’s Bryan Madiganwill move from Melbourne back to his home city of Sydney and will be the new MD at WSFM in 2019. Laura Bouchet has been promoted to assistant CD at WSFM in addition to her role as executive producer of the Jonesy & Amanda breakfast show.



ABC Radio Hobart announces 2019 line-up

The 2019 program year for ABC Radio Hobart sees a fresh voice joining the Drive program. Well Tasmanian journalist Lucy Breaden as the new voice of Drive between 4pm – 6.30pm on weekdays. Full details.



SCA roll out brand new websites

Stations across the entire Hit and Triple M metro and regional markets will now feature this new platform with a focus on audio and personalisation. Users will now have the option to create a log in via www.hit.com.au or www.triple.com.au so that their preferences will be saved for their next visit and content can be recommend based on their habits. More details.



2BS Now 2BS 95.1FM

Today (Thursday Dec 13) 2BS Bathurst made the switch to FM.  At 7.45am they became 2BS 95.1 FM when Federal Member, Andrew Gee officially flicked the switch. Launch photos.



Luke James resigning from Hit 92.9

The assistant content director for Perth's Hit 92.9, Luke James, is leaving the station to pursue other opportunities in Sydney. Luke will finish his role on February 1.



 Most Played Advertisements of 2018

AirCheck released the figures today showing Harvey Normanin the top spot with 208,361 ads placed across 53 stations. Nova Entertainment owned Star 104.5 Central Coast aired the most Harvey Norman ads during this time, accounting for 14,052 spots. More Details.


Craig Blair, music historian and former announcer/program manager, has died aged 54 from ulcer related complications. He worked at the Tasmanian Broadcasting Network (7BU-7AD-7SD) in the early '90s. He also worked in Townsville and regional NSW radio. Craig resided in Melbourne and was a passionate Richmond Tigers supporter.




ABC Radio's RN Breakfast accused of Greens Bias

It has been revealed that ABC's RN Breakfast has hosted double the number of interviews with Australian Greens senators this year compared with Labor senators and cross benchers. From last year November up to October, Fran Kelly's program has interviewed 11 Labor senators and 24 Greens senators. The revelations have raised concerns about the “disproportionate” ABC coverage the Greens receive. Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm voiced his concerns “The ABC has given the Greens airtime well in excess of their presence in parliament,” he said. “The ABC are on notice. If they continue to give the Greens disproportionate coverage, it will be undeniable it is deliberate.” - Courtesy of The Australian



Radio Welcomes ACCC Recommendations

Peak industry body Commercial Radio Australia has welcomed recommendations by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission for greater regulatory oversight of Facebook and Google. More Details.



John Burns to Re-Sign


3AW breakfast co-host John Burns is poised to sign a new radio deal. He joined Ross Stevenson as co-host in 2001. Stevenson had rated No 1 from 1990-2000 in breakfast with Dean Banks. Stevenson signed a new long term contract in October 2018.




Triple M Brisbane welcomes Nick Cody
for The Big Breakfast
 
Nick Cody is joining Marto and Robin Bailey from 5.30am to 9am weekday mornings on Triple M’s The Big Breakfast in 2019. In addition, Triple M Brisbane’s sporting all-rounder Ben ‘Dobbo’ Dobbin will present breaking sports news throughout the show. Full details.



New EP For Kyle and Jackie O

KIIS 1065’s The Kyle & Jackie O Show have announced that Sonia Jahshan has been appointed to the role of Executive Producer.  Sonia has been promoted into the role of Executive Producer after working on The Kyle & Jackie O Show as Senior Producer for the past two years. The Kyle & Jackie O Show today also announces Tom ‘Draco’ Whitaker will join the team as producer and will also be on air for KIIS 1065.



ABC Radio Brisbane's breakfast team gets a shake-up

In a return to traditional morning programming, ABC RadioBrisbane has announced Craig Zonca and Loretta Ryan will host an earlier starting Breakfast show in 2019, with a local current affairs program returning to the morning slot. Current Breakfast co-host Rebecca Levingston will host a morning program from 8:30am to 11:00am. More Details.



Aaron Kearney Returns to ABC 1233

Aaron Kearney returns to ABC 1233 Newcastle in 2019 to host drive.  He is a former breakfast host. Jenny Marchant and Dan Cox will team up to present a new double-header breakfast show.



Max Dudley Back To Brisbane

Max Dudley is heading home to Brisbane in 2019.  He'll be the new EP for Marto, Robin & The Moon Man on breakfast on Triple M. Max has spent four years with the Grill Team in Sydney.



ABC Radio Melbourne announces 2019 line-up

Starting on the 21st of January, Jacinta Parsons and Sami Shah will be doing breakfast. Jon Faine will return for the mornings. Myf Warhurst will be doing the midday shift and Richelle Hunt will be heard on weekday afternoons ... Full Details.



Nine, Singleton near $109m radio deal

Negotiations between John Singleton and Nine Entertainment over Macquarie Media are thought to be heating up with the owners of Fairfax Media now believed to be talking numbers. Nine Entertainment says no negotiations have begun to buy the stake in Macquarie Media that Fairfax does not own because it does not officially secure ownership of the newspaper publisher until Friday. But DataRoom understands that talks are already under way, and the offer being made for the owner of Sydney’s 2GB and Melbourne’s 3AW radio stations is $2 per share. More from The Australian.



Bendigo Commercial Radio Survey

The latest Bendigo Xtra Insights survey results were released this morning (December 4). Triple M was the No 1 station (25.7%) followed by Hit 91.9 (21.8%) Full Details.



Ryan Tothill Off To Sydney

Ryan Totill, Hit107 Adelaide Content Director, is moving to Sydney to become the 2Day FM Assistant Content Director. Matthew O’Reilly, Triple M Adelaide Content Director, will combine the role of Hit107 Content Director with his current role at Triple M.



Marcus Paul Joins Super Radio Network

Marcus Paul has joined the Super Radio Network. He hosted his first program on 2HD Newcastle on December 1.



Nine sheds 144 Fairfax jobs after companies merge

Nine Entertainment chief executive Hugh Marks has confirmed that 144 positions will be made redundant as a result of the company's recently approved takeover of Fairfax Media. "We have spoken to, or will speak to, those affected as soon as possible so that all employees have clarity and certainty before we commence operations as a combined business," Mr Marks said. Full story.



AFTRS partners again with SCA
for Graduation Internship Award

The recipient of the 2018 SCA Graduation Internship award has been announced today. For the third year, one talented graduate from the Australian Film Television and Radio School’s flagship Graduate Diploma of Radio course has been selected and will be hosted in a special internship withSouthern Cross Austereo (SCA). This year's winner is Katie Fleming. More details.




ABC Radio Off Air

The ABC Brisbane Bald Hills site was off air for over thirty minutes during drive on Wednesday November 28 from 4.45pm to about 5.20pm. Media Spy reports that 612 failed and the generator/s attempted to get on air three times when supply failed but to no avail. 612, RN and News Radio were all out. The on air message via digital and online was to keep listening via those methods, no quick switch over of Classic FM to the 612 program.



Allan Lee Joins SBS

Allan Lee has resigned from Vision Christian Radio and accepted a job offer to join the news team at SBS in Sydney. He will read his last bulletins for Vision on New Year’s Day  and commence at SBS on January 7. Lee has had a number of radio roles including journalist/news Editor at Newstalk ZBNew Zealand and Assistant Producer/Director at the BBC.



triple j farewells Brooke Boney and KLP

Brooke Boney has announced that she’ll be wrapping up her time on triple j breakfast at the end of this year. For the past two years, Brooke has been the triple j breakfast’s resident news presenter.  Alice Matthews joins the triple j breakfast team as the new news guru in 2019.  After five years of working at triple j, the station also farewells House Party host and vibe-curator KLP. triple j will announce a new House Party presenter and Double J will announce two new programs in early 2019.



K-rock accused of underpaying staff

K rock Geelong is in mediation involving the Fair Work Ombudsman, after a former employee accused the broadcaster of underpaying him. Jacob O’Brien, who worked for K rock as a casual promotions employee, lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after first seeking to remedy his alleged underpayment directly with K rock’s payroll team and its general manager, Andy Mathers. O’Brien claims he was underpaid a total of $180 over three weekend shifts. Mr Mathers said allegations the radio station had underpaid its employees were “factually incorrect”. (Geelong Advertiser)



Akmal Saleh to leave Central Coast’s 2GO
 
After a year of doing breakfast radio on Central Coast’s 2GO,co-host Akmal Saleh has confirmed that he will leaving breakfast radio to spend more time with family and pursue further comedic opportunities. 2GO's Content Director Peter Yiamarelos said, "It's been a real pleasure to have Akmal grace our airwaves with Mandy on the Central Coast throughout this year. In 2019 a new voice will be joining the breakfast show, led by returning co-host Mandy Coolen."Mandy and Akmal's last show will wrap up on Friday, 21 December.



Blackers is back for Breakfast!

Forever Classic 6iX is thrilled to announce Perth radio icon Ian ‘Blackers’ Blackley will be back where he belongs taking the 6iX breakfast chair in 2019. Full story.



KOFM (Triple M) No 1 in Newcastle Survey

In the latest Newcastle survey, once again KOFM (now Triple M) rated No 1 with 13.1%.  ABC 1233 came 2nd with 12.7%, then Hit 106.9 with 12.1% followed by NEW FM with 8.7%.  Full details.


Brisbane-based duo goes prime time on the Hit network
 
Brisbane-based duo Those Two Girls will present breakfast across the Hit Network nationally from December 2, for two weeks!  Lise Carlaw and Sarah Wills, get to set their alarms a teeny bit later when they host the National Breakfast Show across all Hit stations Australia during December. Full details.



Triple M Breakfast Executive Producer
says ‘goodbye’ to 4am starts
 
Scott Menz, Executive Producer of Triple M Brisbane’s The Big Breakfast with Marto, Robin & The Moonman, has accepted a new role as Music Director with the station. Menz, who has been the Breakfast EP for three years and is currently the Assistant Content Director (ACD), will retain his ACD duties as well as working inside the new Triple M network music hub, providing his expertise to the network.   Menz wraps up his duties with The Big Breakfast at the end of the year and the recruitment for his replacement begins immediately. Triple M Brisbane’s previous Music Director, Ben Wood, recently moved south to take on a new gig as Operations Manager at Triple M Melbourne.



Paul Bevan Is Retiring

ABC Newcastle drive announcer Paul Bevan is retiring.  He's announced on Twitter: "I’m sad and excited to tell you I’m retiring from weekday broadcasting on ABC Newcastle at the end of this year." More details.



Footy’s indigenous radio service on brink of collapse

Footy’s prized indigenous radio service is in on the brink of collapse because of a lack of league funding. AFL Indigenous Broadcasting, which beams matches into Australia’s most remote communities via the National Indigenous Radio Service, has been seeking urgent financial assistance from league headquarters for more than two years. It is likely to fold after 20 seasons if funds are not secured before Round 1 next year. Full story. (Courtesy of Herald Sun)



Logan's 101FM Hits 30-year Milestone

Logan radio has hit a milestone with its easy-listening music community station chalking up a 30-year anniversary. Radio Logan Incorporated was granted its licence in September 1988 with the start of permanent transmission on November 18, 1988. Station manager Terry Blacker said before 1984, Logan residents had no voice of their own. Full story. (Courtesy of Courier Mail)



Triple M Bundaberg open the doors to brand new studios
 
Two years in the making, Friday, 16 November saw the Grand Opening of the newly renovated 93.1 Triple M Bundy studios and office space. The renovation brings two state-of-the-art studios to the Bundaberg region allowing the 93.1 Triple M Bundy team to broadcast live and local for the first time ever. SCA Bundaberg’s General Manager, Nicholas Purdie said: “The last 12 months have been an amazing journey and now we are finally here. It’s great to be live, local and ready to rock Bundy! We would like to thank everyone who have worked tirelessly to create this beautiful creative hub here in Bundaberg.” Pictures.



Hot Tomato Sold To Grant Broadcasters

Facebook's 'Radio Green Room' is reporting that Gold Coast station Hot Tomato has been sold to Grant Broadcasters.This has been confirmed on Facebook by Hot Tomato CEO Graham Miles. The top rating station (last survey) was started and owned by Hans and Jaan (John Torv).

Sarah Hurwood Joins TRFM/Gold FM

Sarah Hurwood has been appointed Promotions Team Leader/Administration Assistant for TR FM and Gold 1242/98.3FM in Traralgon. She was formerly at 3GG working in Promotions and Star FM in Warragul as a Sales Executive.


Townsville Survey 2018

In today's Xtra Insights survey Triple M rated No 1 with 23.7% Next came hit 103.1 with 17.5% followed by Star 106.3 with a share of 13.1%.  Full details.



Nine ‘very interested’ in
Macquarie Media talent opportunities

Nine CEO Hugh Marks believes there will be a number of opportunities for the broadcaster and Macquarie Media,arguing there are more similarities between Nine and the radio broadcaster than the Fairfax Media mastheads. At the annual general meeting, Marks said Nine would operate as a “very interested majority shareholder” in Macquarie Media, should its merger go through with Fairfax Media. Full story. (Courtesy of Mumbrella).



Alan Jones dodges surgery and targets broadcast return

The Daily Telegraph reports: "Alan Jones sat up with a cup of tea in hospital yesterday and promised his listeners he would be back on air on Monday. The doctors have decided to medicate not operate,” the 2GB host told The Daily Telegraph as he recovered from crippling back pain in St Vincent’s Hospital. “I am hoping to be out of here at the weekend and back to the happy farm, in the studio, on Monday.” (Photo - Justin Lloyd).



Macka In Mackay

Max FM Taree Brekky announcer 'Macka' - host of 'Macka In The Morning' is joining Star 101.9 Mackay.


Alan Jones off the air indefinitely

2GB breakfast announcer Alan Jones has been taken to hospital with severe back pain. He will remain off air until the problem is resolved. Jones missed his regular 2GB and 4BCbreakfast show on Monday and again on Tuesday. Chris Smith who is is filling in says: "His doctors are working to establish exactly what the problem is. The end result is he'll be back as soon as he can but we're not sure exactly when that will be."


i98FM No 1 in 2018 Wollongong Survey

In the latest Xtra Insights Wollongong survey, i98FM rated No 1 with a 29.1% share (+1.7). In second place was WAVE FMwith 16.2% (+0.6) and then ABC Illawarra with 15.3% (+0.7).  i98 rated No 1 in all sessions except evening (ABC No 1). Full details.



GfK Metro Survey 7, 2018

The latest GfK survey results were released this morning (November 13). As usual, 2GB (14.1%) and 3AW (14.5%) were respectively the top rating stations in Sydney and Melbourne. In Brisbane there was little separating Triple M(11.6%) followed by Nova (11.5%) and Hit 105 (11.3%).  Mix 102.3 (13.0%) was the top station in Adelaide. In Perth, Nova 93.7 (14.4%) edged ahead of Mix 94.5 (13.9%) to claim the top spot.  Full details.



DAB+ Stations Survey 7, 2018

The top rating digital stations were: Sydney - ABC Jazz,Melbourne - Double J, Brisbane - The '90s iheart Radio,Adelaide - The '80s iheart Radio, and Perth - Old Skool Hits. Full details.



Irene Hulme Promotion
 
Irene Hulme has been promoted to the new role of Head of Music for Southern Cross Austereo's Hit and Triple M networks. She is is charge of music strategy for Southern Cross Austereo.



New CBAA Directors

Four new directors have been elected to the CBAA Board. They are: Anne Frankenberg, Jacqui Riddel, Daniel Ahern and Quinn Glasson. Anne Frankenberg (pictured) was confirmed as Vice President. She has held this position in an acting capacity since Melanie Withnall resigned in early 2018. Molly George was elected as Youth Representative.


CBAA Community Radio Awards - 2018

The CBAA awards were held on Saturday November 10 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre as the culmination of the annual conference. Special achievement award went to Techorama President John Maizels (pictured), who’s been involved in community radio for 40 years. 12 new categories were added to the awards in 2018 to a total of 34 across 33 categories. List of winners.



Aged 91, Bob Rogers Finally Retires

2CH’s Bob Rogers announced his retirement on air this morning (November 9). 6 weeks ago, while broadcasting, Bob suffered a stroke and he was forced to put down his headphones but, he did not hang them up permanently, determined to return to his listeners and his regular morning show on Sydney’s 2CH. This week Bob returned to 2CH. However, Bob’s medical advice was it was time to rest and take it easy “listening” to Easy Classics on 2CH rather than broadcasting. Bob Rogers began his career at 3KY Melbourne as the office boy in 1944. This iconic radio legend has had a successful and brilliant career spanning over 74 years. He turns 92 in December. Bob has one more goodbye on Saturday Night with his successful “Reminiscing” show.



Introducing Newcastle’s 102.9 Triple M
 
KOFM is now officially Triple M Newcastle. All locally produced shows and content will remain with Tanya & Stevefor Breakfast, JR on Weekdays and Afternoons with Little A. In addition, Triple M’s national drive show Kennedy Molloy,with Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy, will be heard each weekday 4pm-6pm, as well as the Triple M NRL call from Thursday – Sunday during footy season.  Full story and Audio.



FIVEaa radio newsreader Anne Stone axed

Award-winning Adelaide radio newsreader Anne Stone has described the “brutal way” she was axed by FIVEaa after 19 years, leaving her without a chance to say goodbye to listeners or colleagues. Breakfast and mornings newsreader Anne tells (Adelaide's) Confidential she was left “devastated” by the shock sacking last Friday, after which she says she was immediately marched out of the radio station’s building. Full story.



Hit 99.5 No 1 In Mildura

Hit99.5 is the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights Mildura survey.  They had a share of 33.1% (-5.6).  Next came Triple M Sunraysia with 18.1 (+2.2), then River 1467AM with 16.8 (-1.6), followed by ABC Mildura-Swan Hill with 13.9 (+1.3).  Hit99.5 was No 1 in all sessions except drive (session won by ABC). Full details.



Bruno Bouchet Resigns From KIIS.

Kyle and Jackie O's executive producer Bruno Bouchet says he is quitting radio. Bouchet, held the position at KIIS FM for two years, and revealed the  news in an Instagram post. A spokesperson told The Sunday Telegraph over the weekend: 'After two years as executive producer on The Kyle and Jackie O Show, Bruno's contract has come to an end and he's chosen not to renew it'.



Bob Rogers Back On Air After Stroke

Radio legend Bob Rogers has returned to the airwaves just six weeks after suffering a stroke live on the radio. The 91-year-old broadcaster, who now presents The Bob Rogers Show on Sydney’s 2CH, has walked down the corridor to join Ray Hadley in studio. Full story.



Toni Tenaglia Departs SCA

Due to restructuring, Friday November 16 is the last day at SCA for Digital Music Director Toni Tenaglia. She says on Facebook: "I’m going to miss the awesome team I’ve worked with over the past 18 months. Anyone reading this who needs someone in a full-time, part-time or casual role in any field, feel free to contact me...I make good coffee."  (Toni can be contacted at toni@tonitmedia.com.au



Power FM Ballarat Update

Dave "Higgo" Higgins has finished his stint at Power FMBallarat as the daytime announcer.  Another change is to the drive program "The Home Run". Scott Woodard is the new "Home Run" host taking over from Xander Speight. Also Power FM/3BA newsreader Kristie Sullivan will soon be on the move to Geelong working at sister stations K rock/Bay 93.9.



mix94.5 bids farewell Lisa Shaw
 
mix94.5 is sad to announce that after 21 years on air, Lisa Shaw won’t be returning to the airwaves next year. Lisa has been an integral part of mix94.5’s long-standing success ever since returning to Perth in 1997 to join Fred Botica on Botica’s Bunch, and in recent years, with Pete Curulli on mix94.5’s The Rush Hour. More details.



Dave McClung Departs Perth

After 11 years with Nova 93.7 Perth, morning announcer Dave McClung is moving to Sydney's Nova 96.9.



Matty Johns Quits Grill Team

After eight years of early morning wake up calls and 4am starts, Matty Johns has decided to part ways with Triple M’sGrill Team, with the search already underway for his replacement. More details from news.com.au


Albany Community Radio board rejects ‘step down’ petition

Opponents of the Albany Community Radio leadership in WA have obtained more than 300 signatures for a petition calling for immediate top-level changes. The petition, submitted to ACR on October 18, requested the board be dissolved ahead of the station’s planned November AGM. Board positions are set to be put up for vote on November 26 but petition supporter Brian Russell said the signatures showed the public wanted immediate change. Full story.




Lindy Burns not returning to ABC in 2019

ABC Radio Melbourne evenings presenter Lindy Burns has announced she will not be returning to the program in 2019. After seven years behind the evenings microphone, and six years hosting ABC Melbourne's Drive program, Lindy has decided to return to her hometown of Newcastle to spend more time with her family. More details.



Michael Mason Departs ABC

The Age reports: "Michael Mason, ABC's head of radio is leaving the public broadcaster, but says his departure is in no way linked to recent leadership turmoil." Mason said in a staff email that now was the right time to step down as director of radio. The announcement comes just weeks after the ABC board sacked former managing director Michelle Guthrie, with former chairman, Justine Milne, subsequently resigning. Mason was appointed Director Radio in November 2014 and has more than 25 years experience in commercial and public radio and television, including 13 years as a senior manager at the ABC.



ARN Launches New Division 'Sonic'

ARN has announced the launch of its new division SONIC and exclusive new partnership with global audio branding consultancy Sixième Son. The launch of SONIC is part of ARN’s vision to create the future of audio entertainment. Full details.



Scott Couchman Joins 90.9 SEA FM

Gold Coast’s 90.9 Sea FM will welcome new workday afternoons announcer Scott Couchman to the airways on Monday October 29. Scott joins SCA after years of being in radio industry his experience ranges from local to national on-air announcer and producing roles. Scott is fresh from an extended honeymoon in the U.S.A. and keen to make the move from Brisbane to become a Gold Coast local with wife Stephanie. Scotty will be heard from 1pm- 3pm workdays on 90.9 Sea FM.



MIX 106.3 2019 Line Up

Canberra’s gets a sneak listen before 2019 of its new breakfast and drive offering from Monday October 29th. Committed to be everything Canberra, live and local MIX 106.3welcomes back old friends and a new way to wake up with Kristen, Nige & Kate for Breakfast, The Wilko Show with Courts also kicks off on Monday. Full details.





New GM for Radio Snowy Mountains

Renea Buhler will take over as General Manager for Radio Snowy Mountains from 29th October. Renea has been working with Radio Snowy Mountains for 10 years and for the last 4 years as the network traffic manager. Andrew Dunkerley is staying with the network and moving to a group role.



1629 SEN - New Home Of Sport For South Australians

1629 SEN SA will launch later this year – headlined by some of the biggest names in sport. SEN SA will provide 24/7 dedicated sport radio content with a line-up including Port Adelaide’s games record-holder Kane Cornes, Australian sports broadcaster Gerard Whateley and The Front Bar’s Andy Maher – with more names to come. More details.



Kevin Bartlett On The Move?

David Schwarz and Mark Allen have re-signed with Macquarie Sports Radio and there’s increasing speculation that another former SEN stalwart will join them. The Herald Sun reports that AFL great Kevin Bartlett could be leaving SEN 1116. Bartlett got moved from his SEN morning slot in favour of Gerard Whateley at the start of the year and has been doing the drive shift with his friend Dr Turf (John Rothfield). Bartlett’s long-time producer Joe Pignatarorecently quit SEN and started work at Macquarie, producing the station’s breakfast show.



Frank Vincent Resolves Defamation Claim

Former Radio 2CA breakfast host Frank Vincent has recently resolved a defamation claim brought against the Canberra Times newspaper with an out of court settlement on terms agreed by both parties.  Following the resolution of the matter, Mr Vincent said: 'Hats off, respect to all concerned, I'm so glad we've got this matter sorted!'.  Mr Vincent went on to say: 'I look forward to getting back to work and having fun on the airways.  As I always say: "If we're having a good time, the audience is having a good time!"'. This settlement follows the out of court resolution of an unfair dismissal claim against 2CA earlier in the year. More details.



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

Ross Stevenson, 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 from Herald-Sun.



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.



Brain Power
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 and SBS - 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 from Nova’s 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

AFTRS’ 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 and Cyrus 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

Grant Broadcasters 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

Hot Tomato 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

Star 104.5 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 Molloyand Gill Goode will back fill her role on the Rush Hour.



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

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 and 3AW 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 and 2KY. More details.



New President at Logan's 101FM

Former 4KQ and 97.3FM General Manager, Peter Verhoevenhas 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 106.3both 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

Hitz 93.9 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

The ABC 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

Lee Simon 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.



mix94.5's Dead Set Legends take over Breakfast

With The Big Breakfast with Clairsy, Matt & Kymba going on a break, The Dead Set Legends will be taking over the airwaves from Tuesday 25th – Friday 28th September. Kicking off after the Queen’s Birthday next week, mix94.5 listeners can tune in to Adrian Barich, Tania Armstrong and Lachy Reid from 6am – 9am. The Big Breakfast returns Monday 1st October.



 Triple M/Gold FM Local 'Rush Hour' Axed

Luke Bradnam is hunting for a new gig after the axing of his local afternoon show, understood to be a cost-cutting move. The former top Hot Tomato host jumped ship to Triple M to spearhead the new ‘Luke Bradnam Show with Libby Trickett and Dobbo’ in February last year. His 3-6pm Rush Hour show – broadcast across Brisbane and the Gold Coast – will be replaced by Triple M’s national drivetime show Kennedy Molloy. Co-host and Olympic swimming champion Libby Trickett resigned from the show two months ago to pursue teaching. Margaux Parker took her place. Source: Gold Coast Bulletin.



Boom Radio Returns to Perth Royal Show
 
Boom Radio, North Metropolitan TAFE’s student-operated station, is broadcasting live from the IGA Perth Royal Show for their sixth year. The annual event runs from September 22nd to 29th at Claremont Showgrounds, Boom Radio will be conducting a week long live outdoor broadcast. More details.



Nikki & de Mello: The Coast’s New Breakfast Team

The Coast’s brekky team 'Gunners and Ali' are moving on and that may leave some of you wondering, who will be next to warm the brekky seats for 97.3 Coast FM?  The new brekky duo will be Nikki and de Mello. Nikki Parkinson has been a part of the station line-up for some time and she will team with well known Perth radio identity Darren de Mello. More details.


Rebecca Morse and Andrew Costello join Adelaide’s hit107

Mornings in Adelaide are changing in 2019, with a fresh look Breakfast show Bec and Cosi set to wake up the city each weekday morning from 6am – 9am on hit107. Full story.



Hey Siri, play my favourite radio station

The Australian radio industry’s RadioApp has been updated to support Apple’s new Siri Shortcuts feature, meaning listeners can now ask the virtual assistant to start playing their favourite radio station using voice command. Full story.



ARN's iHeartRadio Celebrates Five Years

ARN’s iHeartRadio Australia is today celebrating five years.To mark the milestone iHeartRadio Australia has created a 5th birthday playlist with a pop-up station of favourite party bangers which can be heard here. Full story.



ABC Radio breakfast has crashed to a 40-year low.

Since ABC Radio Melbourne axed Red Symons, replacing him with Jacinta Parsons and Sami Shah in January, the station’s total audience share has dropped to 8 per cent – its worst result since 1989. Full story from The Age.



Radio stars and Amazon at Radio Alive 2018 conference

Kate Langbroek from the Hit Network’s Hughesy and Kate show, Nova presenter Kate Ritchie, 2GB’s Ben Fordham and Will McMahon from the Will and Woody national drive show on the KIIS Network will discuss the secrets to drive time success at the commercial radio industry’s annual national conference next month. Amazon Alexa Skill’s Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Kate Burleigh, (pictured) will also provide a keynote address at the Radio Alive 2018 conference on the future of voice technology and the implications for consumers and brands. Full details.


New Breakfast on hit99.5 Sunraysia

The first few weeks of Sunraysia’s newest breakfast show are officially over, with Michael “Billows” Billings being joined by former Darwin Hot100 Announcer Amy Hegedus on hit99.5. Both are Radio Training Institute alum and have around 10 years of on air experience under their belts. More details.



Albany Radio Troubles

Members of Albany Community Radio who want the current operators taken off-air will have the chance to make that happen in two months. Radio station management announced it would hold an annual meeting on November 24, when all management positions will be put up for vote.This came a day after the State Administrative Tribunal refused to hold a hearing to declare who should lead the organisation because it was not a legal matter. In-fighting over decisions made by management has been ongoing for several years. It boiled over into two police visits to the station on August 9 and August 14 due to angry protests at the North Road station after management refused to step down following a members’ vote of 47-4 for them to do so. (Source: West Australian)



Triple J breakfast hosts in trouble

Triple J breakfast hosts Ben Harvey and Liam Stapleton have revealed they were hauled into their boss’s office for a long meeting when their show finished yesterday, The pair were pulled off air on Wednesday morning after a prank call to their new radio boss was poorly received. Full story.



Lauren Hilbert Leaves 3AW

After 7 years at 3AW and 12 years as a journalist, Lauren Hilbert is leaving. She tweeted: "For those curious, my next adventure is at VicRoads!"



John Blackman Out Of Intensive Care

A progress report on John Blackman. He is out of intensive care after 11 days. Blackman recently underwent major surgery to remove his jawbone following an aggressive form of skin cancer, known as basal-cell carcinoma. Peter Ford told 6PR he had spoken with Blackman’s wife Cecile. “He still cannot speak, noises come out and sounds come out but you can’t understand anything he’s saying. But he is with it. He’s listening to the radio and she is reading him cards and messages,” he said. “It’s a long road ahead. He’s now in a high care ward, before he then will go into a normal ward and then home for many months of recuperation and recovery.”



Gunners and Ali WAVE hello to new FM station

Mandurah’s number one breakfast duo, Gunners and Ali, will have a new home next month, joining the line-up of Australia’s latest FM station, 91.7 The Wave. More details.


Alan Jones defamed Wagner family

2GB has stated it is disappointed by the decision today of the Supreme Court of Queensland. The decision follows a hard-fought legal battle between 2GB and the Queensland-based Wagner brothers, following a series of broadcasts on the Alan Jones Breakfast Show concerning the Grantham floods and the Toowoomba airport. 2GB, 4BC and Mr Jones will be considering carefully their appeal options. As injunctions now restrain them, nothing further can be said at this time. Alan Jones AO said in relation to the decision: “I need to read the entire judgment very carefully. I do feel that I have somehow let down the people of the Lockyer Valley who sought my assistance. As the judge found in this case, I sought to ventilate concerns expressed to me by those people. I am restrained in what I can say because I am now subject to injunctions and will be making no further comment.” ABC News report.



Horsham 2018 Xtra Insights Survey

MIXX FM Horsham was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights 2018 ratings. MIXX FM had a share of 32.0 (-3.3), next came sister ACE station 3WM with 27.8 (+4.6). ABC Western was in third place with 19.3 (-6.3).  Full details.



Hamilton 2018 Xtra Insights Survey

MIXX FM Hamilton was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights 2018 ratings. MIXX FM had a share of 32.5 (-1.5), next came sister ACE station 3HA with 22.8 (+2.8). ABC South West was in third place with 10.3 (-1.4).  Full details.



Vale Kevin Knapp (1932-2018)

Country music pioneer Kevin Knapp has died aged 86. He was one of the small group at 2TM who, in the late 60s and early 70s, created Tamworth’s national reputation as Australia’s Country Music Capital. Looking for a career in broadcasting, he first became a panel operator with 2CH and later in the early 50s he found a place as a radio announcer with 2LM, Lismore. Full story.



CRA Launches New Audio Logo
 
The commercial radio industry has launched a new audio logo for its Radio Alive campaign as it urged brands to develop a clear audio strategy to better connect with customers in the new media environment. Joan Warner, the chief executive officer of peak industry body Commercial Radio Australia, said the importance of audio was highlighted by growing audiences for radio and the increasing popularity of podcasts and voice activated speakers. Click here to listen to new ads.  More details.



Derek Bargwanna's Tragic Loss

Jackie O broke down on air at KIIS as she announced the death of her boss’s four-year-old son. She was audibly emotional as she spoke about the sad passing of Derek Bargwanna’s son. “I’m sorry if on days we’ve been a little flat- our boss, DB, who we’re extremely close with … He’s a dad now and just a little while ago his four-year-old son, Tate, died in his sleep and it was completely unexpected and we don’t know why.” Kyle was off sick as Jackie O spoke about how hard it’s been to broadcast since they found out about the death. Full story from news.com.au



More Macquarie  Changes

Macquarie Sports Radio has made further changes to its daytime lineup. Afternoons with Mieke Buchan (pictured), Shane McInnes& Sam Stove has been dropped. However, Buchan will host a new afternoon show from 2pm-4pm and is joined by Billy McGee. James Willis has moved across from 2GB to host a new program ‘Halftime’ from 12pm-2pm. There has also been a change to the Melbourne/Perth Breakfast lineup. Tony Leonard is no longer on brekky but on mornings with Tiffany Cherry and David Morrow.He’s been replaced by former Geelong player Jimmy Bartel who joins Tony Shaw, with Matt Thompson as anchor.


West Coast Radio's New FM Station 91.7 The Wave

Operated by West Coast Radio, 917 The Wave will be an FM evolution of the network’s current AM station, 1116 6MM. 917. The Wave will also launch an app so listeners can stream in high quality. The new FM station launches this October. More Details.



Cherie Romaro Appointed as General Manager of 2CH

Recently EON Broadcasting Group announced the appointment of Cherie Romaro as General Manager of Sydney’s 2CH and its Digital Stations. Her previous experience includes senior management, programming and marketing roles with 2MMM FM, 2DAYFM, NRJ Paris France and MIX 106.5 Sydney. More Details.



ACE Radio's Kate Meade Named As A Woman Of Influence

Kate Meade of the Ace Radio Network has been named one of the 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review. Kate is The Morning Rush Breakfast show co-host with Jon Vertigan,featured on ACE Radio stations 3YBFM, 3SH, 3CS, 3HA, GOLD1242, 2QN, 3NE & 3WM. Full details.



Toowoomba Survey 2018

Hit 100.7 was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights radio survey.  Hit 100.7 had a 27.9% share (-3.8).  Next came ABC Southern Queensland with 15.5 (+0.5), then Triple M Darling Downs with 11.0 (+3.1) followed by triple j with 7.3 (-1.0).  Full details.



Blacker's Health Battle

John Blackman, well known Melbourne radio announcer and the voice behind Hey Hey It’s Saturday puppet Dicky Knee, on Friday has his jaw removed and replaced with a part of his thigh bone in a marathon operation lasting 10 hours at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital. Blackman was diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer, basal-cell carcinoma, that doctors feared would spread to his brain if not removed quickly. Full story.



Jay's New Job

Jay Mueller, former SEN 1116 and Triple M Hot Breakfast producer has taken up the position of Head of Development at (Eddie) McGuire Media/JAM TV Australia.



Em Rusciani To Focus On Family In 2019
 
This morning on Em, Grant & Ed, Em Rusciano shared she will not be returning to her 2DayFM breakfast show role next year after her third child is born. Em’s baby is due early next year.  It's her third child 18 years after her first daughter was born. Listen to Em share her news here. Ash London will fill in alongside Grant Denyer and Ed Kavalee until a replacement for 2019’s line up has been determined.


ARN and Chemist Warehouse Revolutionise In-Store Radio
 
ARN and Chemist Warehouse have announced the launch of the all new Chemist Warehouse REMIX station featuring a combination of national news, sport, weather and music’s freshest hits, with hosts Brendon ‘Whippy’ Dangar and Zoe Sheridan. Chemist Warehouse REMIX is the first in-store and DAB+ combined radio station to offer national news, sport and weather to listeners, which will be updated hourly from 7am to 10am and 3pm to 6pm weekdays. The DAB+ station will also include favourite songs and fresh hits every day. Like broadcast radio, the Breakfast Show, Workday and Drive Shows across weekdays will be hosted by Whippy and Zoe Sheridan.



CBAA Community Radio Finalists

The finalists for the 2018 CBAA Community Radio Awards for the best in Australia’s community broadcasting sector have been announced. Over 150 finalists span the 28 different categories, and represent a diverse cross section of the community radio sector. This year there are 12 new categories celebrating the best in areas such as online content, station leadership, Indigenous broadcasting, journalism and new programs, among others. Full details.



Vale Barry Spicer

Barry Spicer, ex 2CH Easy Listening and 2GB Sydney presenter and news reader, has passed away aged 80. He had been suffering from brain cancer. Barry also spent some time as a TV newsreader on TEN and in his later years was a station manager at community station 2NSB Chatswood. A funeral service for Barry will be held on Wednesday 5 September at 10.15 am at The Northern Suburbs Crematorium (North Chapel).


Damien Leith Now On Radio

Damien Leith has joined 'Stolzy' as a co-host for breakfast on 98.1 Power FM in the Hunter Valley. On moving to the Hunter and starting on air Damien said – “When the opportunity came up I jumped at it. I love radio and the fact that the show is in the fabulous Upper Hunter Valley is the icing on the cake. There’s great chemistry between Stolzy and I so I think mornings are going to be loads of fun.” Stolzy said: "It’s great to have Damien on board, and it’s interesting to know now that between us both we have in total 9 albums and a couple of No 1 hits to our credit! The arvo sing along through the hallways have definitely stepped up a notch!!



Emily Wurramara joins the CBAA Conference Program

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia has announced that the APRA AMCOS Ambassador joining the line-up for its 2018 national conference is one of Australia’s leading voices in Indigenous music, Emily Wurramara. Community broadcasters from all over Australia will gather at the Gold Coast Exhibition Centre in November. More details.



Cairns Radio Ratings

Hit 103.5 Cairns is the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insightsradio survey. Hit 105.3 had a 22.8% share.  It was followed by Star 102.7 with 19.7% (+5.3%), then Triple M - with 15.8%. ABC Far North was next with 12.5%, triple J 12.3% and then 4CA with 7.2%.  Full details.



GfK Metro Survey 5, 2018

The latest GfK Metro Survey results were released.  It's a very tight market in Brisbane. Hit 105 are back at No 1 with an 11.8% share.  They are just ahead of 97. 3 and Triple M both on 11.6% with Nova 106.9 close behind on 11.4%.  Talk stations 3AW and 2GB continue their reign as No 1 stations in Melbourne and Sydney. Mix 102.3 is Adelaide's top rating station with Nova 93.7 once again at No 1 in Perth. Full details.



GfK DAB+ Survey 5, 2018

ABC Jazz was a clear No 1  in Sydney (104 - based on culmulative audience in 000's).  The other top rating DAB+ stations were: Double J (Melbourne), Coles Radio (Brisbane), Smooth (Perth) and Old Skool Hits and The '90s iheart Radio shared No 1 in Adelaide. Full details.



Finalists Announced For 2018 Radio Awards

Finalists in the 30th annual ACRAs were announced today and featured new categories and first-time nominees, plus Australia’s top radio presenters competing for the coveted Best On Air Team in both the AM and FM (Metro). Two-time winners in the FM category Kate, Tim and Marty (Nova Entertainment 2016, 2017) are amongst the finalists that include, Kyle & Jackie O (KIIS 1065, Sydney); Jonesy and Amanda (WSFM, Sydney); Hughesy & Kate (Hit Network, SCA), Fifi, Dave, Fev & Byron  (Fox FM, Melbourne) and first time finalists in the category, Kennedy Molloy (Triple M Network, SCA). Full list.




Breakfast with Amos, Cat & Angus to finish
 
hit107 Adelaide has announced that their Breakfast show with Amos, Cat & Angus will finish up next month.A new line-up will be announced in coming weeks.Cat will use the opportunity to travel, while Angus will stay within the Hit Network and Amos will pursue his stand-up comedy career in the US. Amos, Cat and Angus will finish up on Friday 21st September.



Tim Bergh's Joins Grant Broadcasters

Tim  Bergh reports: "I'm beyond excited to announce that I've accepted a Content Director role with Grant Broadcasters. This has been a career goal of mine for a number of years, and I cannot wait to get started with 2EC/Power FM Bega from mid September!"  He's currently with ACE Radio as a Creative Writer, Announcer, Social Media Coordinator.



Radio host Ali Clarke breaks down live on radio

Adelaide radio presenter Ali Clarke has broken down in tears live on air after receiving a text attacking her interview style. The text accused the ABC Radio Adelaide breakfast presenter of a “pitiful interview”, saying that she had “embarrassed the interviewee”. It’s not clear which interview it was referring to. Full story.



Bundy’s 93.1 Triple M is Now Ready to Rock

After two years and a significant multi-million-dollar investment the brand-new studios at Bundy’s 93.1 Triple M are now open for business with all shows and hosts broadcasting from their new home on Takalvan Street, Bundaberg.SCA Bundaberg’s General Manager, Nicholas Purdie said, “The last 12 months has been an amazing journey and now with a multimillion dollar investment.” Pic: Triple M Bundy breakfast co-hosts Amber and Nik (far left and far right) with Content Director Ryan Bebbington (middle). More details.

   



'Offensive': Complaint against ABC's Jon Faine Upheld

The ABC has upheld a complaint against Jon Faine's radio program after racially insensitive comments were put to air. Earlier this year, the ABC host was taking NBN Co to task over the quality of its products and services. Faine was grilling an NBN representative over claims a Victorian couple would need to pay up to $1.2 million for a premium internet connection. During the fiery interview, Faine made reference to NBN technicians hailing from south-east Asia (The Age). Full story.

   



Andrew Fritsch Joins The Studio

NOVA Entertainment Commercial Producer Andrew Fritsch is returning to SCA.  After 7 years with Nova he's joining The Studioin Brisbane. More details.

KOFM No 1 in Newcastle Ratings 2/2018

KOFM is No 1 in the latest GfK Newcastle radio ratings with 14.0(-2.8).  Next came sister station hit 106.9 with 12.7 (-3.4). triple j was third with 10.9 (-1.3), then NEW FM on 10.1 (0.7) with 2HD on 8.7 (0.0).  Full details.

 

Burgo and Blackers are back!
 
Forever Classic 6iX has announced that two Perth radio icons in John Burgess and Ian Blackley will be joining forces Sundays 9am – 12pm from September 2nd. Full details.



Lyons defends right to sue radio station The Pulse

Darren Lyons has defended his right to launch legal action after a community radio station aired claims his venues were “drug dens”. The former Geelong mayor also hit back at critics he said were hurting his staff and their families. A writ filed by lawyer Frank Vinci ­alleges Lyons was defamed by community radio station The Pulseand presenter Greg McHenry. (Geelong Advertiser)  Greg McHenry has spoken to the Geelong Advertiser about his comment that led to Lyons suing the station. Full story.



New Chilli Breakfast Host

Chilli FM’s Dan Taylor has a new breakfast co-host.  After 2 months of trialling various talents, Tasmanian local Marie Burt, has been named as Dan's new co-host on Chilli 90.1 FM Launceston.



Luca Back At 3AW

Luca Gonano, formerly Head Of Carlton Media, is back at 3AW as a producer.  He tweeted: "After a 7.5 year hiatus, I’m very happy to announce that I have returned to 3AW693!"

   



Tom Nancarrow Leaves Riverland

ABC rural journalist Tom Nancarrow has departed ABC Riverland. He tweeted: "The ceremonial passing of the stylish ABC vest on my last day with the great ABC Riverland team. A big thanks to the local community, ⁦@ABCRural⁩ and all across the ABC for a cracking few years!"

There's Stephen and Steven

Stephen Zeg Gunnell and Steven "Leno" Kelly are the hosts of the Saturday 12 to 4pm shift on Rhema CC 94.9FM Gosford. They commence on August 25.



2018 Swan Hill Radio Ratings

It was a very close result in Swan Hill with 3SH (30.0%) just ahead of sister ACE station MIXX FM with 29.5%. ABC Swan Hill came third with 10.5%. Full details.



2018 Colac Radio Ratings

MIXX FM was the No 1 rating station in Colac with 24.0%.  Next came ABC radio with 15.8% In third position was 3CS with 13.3%. MIXX was No 1 in all sessions except evening which was won by the ABC.  Full details.



Vale John Worthy

John Worthy, well known 3AW newsman and voice over artist, has died. In his early radio days he also worked as a news presenter at 3XY and 3AK. In the '60s he was one of the newshound on the 3AW program While Melbourne Sleeps - a round up of police reports from overnight.In the '70s he used to make a weekly trip to 3BA Ballarat to write and voice commercials. (Photo above was taken at Keith McGowan's memorial in 2014.)


Behind the Wheel relaunches as ‘Torque Radio’

After 11 years on-air Behind the Wheel gets a rebrand Behind the Wheel founder Joel Helmes has confirmed his long-running automotive radio segments and syndicated content will be rebranded under the ‘Torque Radio’ banner. And the relaunch sees the daily car, SUV and Ute focussed segments joined by daily segments and a weekly wrap that brings listeners the latest from the road transport industry. Full details.





Power FM and 5MU Announce New Look Line Up
 
With the passing of radio legend Jeff Sunderland in July, 5MU has been facing the challenge of replacing a breakfast show host who was beloved by the listening audience. Former afternoon host Adam Connelly will step into the role with ‘Up and Adam’ kicking off Monday August 13. PowerFM's drive announcer Chris Dzelde is also moving from FM to AM taking over the 5MU Drive Show. Moving into the drive spot at Power FM is former 90’s at Noon host Craig Pitman, who will be hosting ‘The Pick Me Up’ from 2pm to 6pm weekdays. Full details.



ABC radio breakfast presenter injured at Ekka

ABC Brisbane radio host Rebecca Livingstone has been treated in hospital after injuring her knee while climbing onto a bull during the breakfast show at the Ekka this morning. ABC Brisbane was broadcasting live from the exhibition showgrounds where presenter Rebecca Levingston sat on a 900-kilogram bull as part of a live segment. She injured her knee as she climbed onto the animal and then could not bear her weight when she dismounted. Full story.



Tony Leonard Off Breakfast

Macquarie Sports Radio has dropped Tony Leonard from their breakfast show.  He's being replaced by Matt Thompson who had been a part of the morning show.  He joins Tony Shaw and Jimmy Bartel. Leonard is likely to move to the morning program with David Morrow and Tiffany Cherry.



Vale Ray Bean (1935-2018)

Former radio station manager Ray Bean, has died aged 83.  He passed away on August 8 after suffering a stroke. Geoff Brown (on Radio Green Room FB page) reported: "Ray Bean was admitted to hospital on Saturday night following a suspected stroke. He is unresponsive and sadly he is not expected to be with us for much longer."  Bean was the first GM of 3MP when the station opened in 1976, he was also station manager at 2WS and One FM (now The Edge), and a PD at 2UW.   He was also on the board of RMB (Radio Marketing Bureau) which was part of FARB (now CRA). (Photo courtesy of Jose Auditore)  


SEN+ Ready To Launch

Pacific Star Network has announced that Melbourne’s 3MP Classic Rock Radio 1377 AM will become SEN+.  It will feature sports content almost exclusively from Monday August 13. A Tweet states: "The station will be home to even more live sport and will further leverage our extensive rights and content relationships. There's never too much of a good thing on SEN+"


 
Ron's 70th Year In Radio

Ron Camplin, owner of 2BS and B-Rock FM, has notched up 70 years in radio. He began his radio career as an office boy at 2CH Sydney. In 2019 Ron and Stephanie Camplin will celebrate 50 years of ownership of 2BS.



Hills Radio GM resignation rejected by the board

The board of Hills Radio community radio station has rejected the resignation of their general manager, who has been accused of sexual harassment and indecent assault. Hills Radio general manager Chris “Crash” Carpenter offered to resign from the Mt Barker station, a week after The Advertiser revealed the allegations. Mr Carpenter, who confirmed he had tendered his resignation but declined to comment further, has strenuously denied the allegations. Full story.



Triple M Brisbane welcomes David Nash
 
He was born in Victoria, travelled 2,800km to work with Triple M in Cairns, and has just racked up another 1,600km to take up the microphone at Triple M Brisbane. Meet David Nash! Triple M Brisbane Content Director Rex Morris has welcomed David Nash to the station for the duel Announcer/Operations role. More details.



KOFM and 4TO To Rebrand To Triple M

Southern Cross Austereo has announced that Townsville’s 4TOFM and Newcastle’s KOFM will be renamed under the Triple M brand.  Triple M Townsville and Triple M Newcastle will continue to produce local shows and content for their listeners, that’s Pricey for Breakfast in Townsville and Tanya & Steve in Newcastle. In addition, Kennedy Molloy with Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy will be heard each weekday afternoon from 4pm-6pm, as well as the Triple M NRL call from Thursday – Sunday during footy season. Triple M Townsville will launch on Monday 3 September and Triple M Newcastle on Friday 9 November.



Ray Hadley’s son charged with possession of cocaine

The police constable son of radio broadcaster Ray Hadley has allegedly been caught buying cocaine from a dealer in the carpark of a north west Sydney pub. The arrest of Hadley has devastated his father, 2GB broadcaster Ray, who apologised for not going to air on Saturday for his Continuous Call Team show. Colleague Mark Levy apologised to listeners on his behalf sighting “family matters”. (Sunday Telegraph).  Hadley held a press conference at the Macquarie Media Centre on Saturday August 4 and made a statement. He spoke about his son's battle with mental health issues. More.



GOLD Central's New Wake Up Call

GOLD Central Victoria, has announced that from next Monday, two of Central Victoria’s most experienced media names will join forces to create The WAKE UP CALL with Gregson & Lees, on GOLD FM 98.3 & AM 1071. From 5.30am each weekday, Walkley-awarded journalist/editor Wayne Gregson and one of the best-known names in regional radio, Bruce Lees will present The WAKE UP CALL, a lively mix of news, views, music and entertainment. More details.


Rohan Edwards joins hit105
 
Rohan Edwards has been appointed the new Afternoons Announcer at hit105 Brisbane. Rohan will also take on the role of Assistant Music Director. More details.

Roo & Ditts to serve up breakfast until 2021!

Mark Ricciuto and Chris Dittmar, Roo & Ditts, have locked in another three years of serving up breakfast for Triple M Adelaide. More details.



Darren Lehmann Joins Macquarie Radio's
 Summer Of Cricket

Darren Lehmann, one of the biggest characters in Australian cricket, is joining Macquarie Radio’s Summer of Cricket. Macquarie Media will feature coverage of every ball bowled of all the Domain Test Series, Gillette One Day and T20 Internationals, the KFC Big Bash League and the Commonwealth Bank Women’s International Series on our new network, Macquarie Sports Radio. More details.



ABC must explain new multi-million venture

It's reported that the ABC will spend millions of dollars on a new ‘lifestyle’ website that will directly seek to compete with ‘content that does well on commercial sites’ requires a full explanation. This  investment comes just months after ABC Senior Manager, Gaven Morris claimed “there is no more fat to cut at the ABC. Any more cuts to the ABC cut into the muscle of the organisation”. Senator Eric Abetz says: "The ABC can’t keep having it both ways. They can’t keep crying poor then magically pull millions of dollars out of thin air for their pet projects. There has been absolutely no case made by the ABC for this new lifestyle, relationships, food, travel and fashion website. Taxpayers will be horrified to learn that the ABC is trying to compete with a whole new market which is already more than adequately serviced. Further, revelations that 22 staff were sacked at the ABC last week under the guise of ‘Budget cuts’ but are actually being replaced by new staff brings into question the blame shifting being undertaken by ABC management. It’s time the ABC was more straight forward and transparent,” Senator Abetz concluded.



Hutchy Loses to Ed

Herald Sun reports: Craig Hutchison's battle to get SEN pointing in the right direction has taken a hit with the poaching of a senior producer by his arch rival. Jay Mueller has been the executive producer of Hutchison’s flagship show Whateley since Gerard Whateley joined the station at the start of the year.Mueller is joining McGuire Media, reuniting with Eddie McGuire, with whom he worked at Triple M for eight years as producer of The Hot Breakfast. He had previously worked at 3AW with Neil Mitchell and breakfast program Ross and John.



Hills Radio Sponsors Call for investigation

Community station Hills Radio could be in danger of losing financial support as sponsors call for an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and assault against general manager Chris Carpenter. Full story.


John Stanley Exits Macquarie Sports Radio Breakfast

Macquarie Sports Radio breakfast host John Stanley has left the show, just one week after the departure of his co-host Beau Ryan. However, he will be continuing with Macquarie Media, and will be heard filling in on 2GB and 4BC. A new breakfast show for Sydney and Brisbane, is now hosted by Mark Levy and Mark ‘Piggy’ Riddell. The duo are also both Continuous Call Team regulars on 2GB.



Jade is back at Wave FM

Jade, Trav and Chris is Wave FM's new Breakfast line up, but of course it's not Jade's first time as part of the breakfast team. Jade left her role as part of Wave FM's Breakfast team in 2014 to spend time with her daughter Lulu after she was diagnosed with Down syndrome. More details.



New Breakfast Host On 2NM

As of last week Andrew Reynolds is the new host of the 100% Hunter Breakfast Show on 981 2NM. Station PD Glenn Stolzenheim says: "Andrew's likability, love of sport and all things local will be a huge hit with the 2NM audience."


 
Kris Fade Show Around Australia

The Kris Fade Show Around Australia, will debut on the KIISNational Network Sunday morning on July 29. The new show made for KIIS audiences will air from 8am – 10am every Sunday. On joining the KIIS Network Kris Fade, who is based in Dubai, says: “I got my start in radio in my hometown of Sydney with ARN, so it’s great to be back on radio with my own show across Australia. I can’t wait to kick it off this Sunday.”



What the new Nine-Fairfax will look like

The $2.2 billion merger of Nine and Fairfax will reach more than half of Australia each day across television, online, print and radio. The new media giant to be known only as Nine.The deal requires regulatory approvals, though Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed the plan. More details.



Hills Radio Station GM accused of indecent assault,
 sexual harassment of women

Allegations of sexual harassment, indecent assault and misconduct have been levelled against Hills Radio Stationfounder and general manager Chris Carpenter.  Former volunteers claim the board of the community-run Mt Barker community station failed to investigate or ignored the alleged conduct and have been complicit by allowing him to remain at the helm of the not-for-profit station. Penelope Herbert, 55, who was a board member and volunteer from 2014 to 2016, said she was “bullied, intimidated and relentlessly sexually harassed” by Mr Carpenter who she said was “unfit” to run a community station. (Source: The Advertiser)



Darryn Lyons launches legal action against The Pulse

Former Geelong mayor Darryn Lyons is suing Geelong charity Diversitat over on-air comments that likened the former Mayor’s nightclubs to “drug dens”. Lyons has filed a writ to the Supreme Court alleging he was defamed by Diversitat’s community radio station The Pulse and presenter Greg McHenry a year ago. The writ makes a claim for a payout to cover “damages, interest, costs (and) such other further orders that the court sees fit”. The Pulse issued a public apology to Mr Lyons for the on-air comments, but the writ notes that Mr McHenry has yet to apologise. (Source: Geelong Advertiser)



'Tireless' Tim Gavel retires from ABC Grandstand

Canberra sports commentator known as 'Tireless Tim' says he'll turn off his microphone for the first time since 1988 and finish his career as an ABC journalist. Tim Gavel has called almost every Raiders and Brumbies game for the past 30 years. He has announced he will leave ABC Canberra on September 1, marking another significant change for the broadcaster following the departure of long-time presenter Genevieve Jacobs last year. Full story.

More ABC News Updates

ABC chief radio news producer Sian Phillips is leaving the ABC after a 35 year career.  Jo Printz can now be heard from 10-11am on ABC radio or Central, Western and North-west Victoria.



Mel Greig leaves WAVE FM for Sydney role

Mel Greig is returning to Sydney for an “exciting” new work opportunity, nearly three years after relaunching her radio career with Wave FM.  She officially handed in her resignation on Monday July 23 and telling listeners on Tuesday of her immediate departure from the station. She wouldn’t confirm if the new project was a form of reality television or hosting. Full story.



Beau Ryan Departs Macquarie Sports Radio

After just 2 surveys, Beau Ryan has left Macquarie Sports Radio.  He was the Sydney breakfast co-host alongside John Stanley. Former Dragons and Eels star Mark Riddell has taken his place. Beau has already popped up on another Sydney station, on Tuesday he filled in for a sick Kyle Sandilands opposite Jackie O on KIIS 106.5 breakfast.



ABC Tasmania newsman Peter Gee to retire

Peter Gee has announced his retirement after a 40-year media career – 38 years of it spent with the ABC.  He says: “After 40 years in the media I think it's time to give the public a rest from my uninvited appearances in their lounge rooms and on their radios,” Peter said. More details.



Stav, Abby and Matt locked in for breakfast at hit105 until the end of 2020
 
Stav, Abby & Matt have been confirmed as the hit105 Brisbane breakfast show until the end of 2020. The news follows a recent announcement by Southern Cross AustereoBrisbane that they would relocate from their current North Quay home, to a new custom-fitted headquarters at The Barracks in 2019, representing what will be one of the largest and most technical moves in the country. Wake up with Stav, Abby and Matt can be heard hit105 from 6am to 9am weekdays.
 


New Power Brekky Team

94.9 Power FM Nowra has a new breakfast team with hosts Sam Blacker and Grace Garde.



Peter “Scooter” Carter Joins Breeze 100.6 FM

Breeze FM has welcomed Peter ‘Scooter’ Carter to the team as their new breakfast announcer. Scooter says:“Nine years with Hot Tomato gave me the hunger and experience to step up and take on a new challenge, plus my dad lives in Stanthorpe,
so he can finally hear me talking rubbish on the radio."



Goodbye Twitter

ABC Central Victoria tweets: "We've chosen to close our regional Twitter accounts due to low engagement rates, and we're redirecting our resources to existing regional Facebook pages and online sites, which have shown strong growth in user numbers during the past year."



Home Grown Aussie Podcasts Hit the Global Market

Through a growing partnership between PodcastOne US and PodcastOne Australia, original Australian content will now be distributed across PodcastOne’s global app and website, along with Apple Podcasts, Google Home and Amazon Alexa. More details.



Toni Lodge Joins Jase & PJ

KIIS1011's Jase & PJ have a new member to their production team. Toni Lodge who was most recently working on the KIIS night show "Celeb HQ" has now joined the team.



Hot Tomato No 1 in Gold Coast Tweed Survey

It was a great result for Hot Tomato rating No 1 in GfK Survey 2/2018.  Their share is now 15.6% (+3.5).  They were also the top rating station in all sessions P10+.  Next came SCAstations Gold FM with 11.9% (+0.7), then SEA FM with 11.6% (-1.7).  triple j were ahead of local ABC with 9.4% (+1.8).  Full details.




David Collins remembered in Newcastle

Radio broadcaster David Collins was farewelled on Wednesday by those who knew the man best and described him as kind, spirited, generous, affectionate, intelligent and humorous. About 150 mourners filled the Pettigrew Family Funerals chapel at Belmont to remember the life of Mr Collins, who died at age 60. The former Newcastle radio host passed away on Monday after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Full story. (Courtesy of Newcastle Herald Sun)



Aussie Boy Signs as US Image Voice

Matt Conlan has signed as the new imaging voice for ESPNPortland (USA).Matt has spent two decades working in both on-air and off-air roles around Australia including 3AW, 4BH, 4BC, 2GZ, 3BA and 8HA. In 2006 He won the ACRA for Best Talk Presenter (Country) and now works as a full time voice over artist based in the Northern Territory. Portland is the 22nd largest radio market in the USA and ESPN is operated by media giant Entercom Communications.



Rural Broadcaster Rob McConchie Signs Off

ABC's Country Hour announcer, Rob McConchie has signed off. Rob was one of the first female rural reporters in SA and Queensland and became a major player of rural broadcasting. Rob also served in the Canberra press gallery before returning to Queensland as the driving force of Country Hour. 



Alison Cameron Appointed CEO of Grant Broadcasters

Alison Cameron is now the CEO of the family-owned regional radio broadcaster Grant Broadcasters. Alison was previously chief operating officer and takes over from Grant Cameron, who becomes a non-executive chairman. Janet Cameron, the long-standing previous chair, will remain as a board member. Dugald Cameron will continue his role to manage the family’s investment portfolio and remains as an executive member of the board. Grant Broadcasters is now searching for a new chief operating officer.



Another 4GG Personality Passes On

Tony Schmidt, best known for his time as a salesman and news presenter on 4GG on the Gold Coast, has died at the age of 86. Before joining 4GG at their opening in 1967 he worked at 2MW.  Two other 4GG personalities who have passed on in 2018 are Bert Robertson and Maurie Service. Funeral details will be posted soon. Our love to his daughter Marg, husband Phil and family.



Johnny Wilson Leaves Magic

Magic 931 Berri breakfast co-host Johnny Wilson has left. He says: "Working there for the past year and a half has been a fantastic learning experience. It is now time for me to take the next step on my radio journey."  He's now based in Adelaide. (See 'Radio Jobs' if you think you can fill his shoes.)



Vale David Collins (1957-2018)

Former top rating KO FM Newcastle breakfast presenter David Collins  passed away overnight after a battle with cancer. He was 60 years of age.  For 22 years he co-hosted breakfast with Tanya Wilks on KO-FM. The English born personality was also heard on 2WS from 1978 for around 12 years as well as 2HD. After stepping down from breakfast at KOFM he moved into the drive shift. More details.



David Schwarz, Mark Allen abandon $1m legal battle

David Schwarz and Mark Allen have walked away from a $1 million legal battle with Craig Hutchison’s Crocmedia empire. The pair were axed late last year as apart of Crocmedia’s takeover of the station. 'Ox' and 'Marko' went to the lawyers, claiming SEN station bosses agreed to a binding new two-year deal with the duo before the station merged with Hutchison’s Crocmedia. The duo are now heard at Macquarie Media’s new Sports Radio. (Source: Herald Sun)



David Spicer Leaves ABC

Friday the 13th was the final day for David Spicer. He tweeted: "Last day at the ABC 30 years after I started as a radio news cadet. This Twitter account will be closed. Thanks to the ABC for a great career."



Ben Davis farewells 4BC

4BC's only local Brisbane host Ben Davis has announced his farewell on his Brisbane Live drive program.  He announced his resignation on-air this afternoon July 13. He said: “Today will be the last time that you and I will get to talk like this. I’ve handed in my resignation. I have loved every single minute of it but it comes with some sacrifice and those closest to me have sacrificed enough."  More details and audio.   On Monday, a brand new 4BC Drive show will be launched with Mark Braybrook at the helm.



Raoul Resigns

Raoul Prideaux, Head of SCA Broadcast Operations and Engineering, has tendered his resignation. Raoul has been with the network for 36 years.  However he will continue working with SCA as a consultant.



GfK Metro Radio Survey 4/2018

The latest GfK Metro Survey was released today July 10.  Nova 93.7 defeated longtime market leader MIX 94.5 in Perth to claim the No 1 rating spot.  Nova rated 14.7%, with MIX on 13.6%. Nova in Brisbane also had a victory with Nova 106.9rating No 1 with 12.2%. Talk stations 3AW (13.8%) and 2GB (14.0%), continued at No 1 in their respective cities of Melbourne and Sydney.  In Adelaide, Mix 102.3 continued at No 1 with 15.4%. Full details.   



GfK DAB+ Survey 4/2018

In the latest Gfk DAB+ radio survey the top digital stations were: Adelaide - The '80s iheart Radio, Brisbane - Coles Radio, Melbourne - The '90s iheart Radio, Perth - smoothand in Sydney - Edge Digital. More details.



Hit 105 and Triple M Move To The Barracks

Brisbane's HIT 105 and Triple M are moving to new premises. They will leave their longtime headquarters at North Quay, and relocate to Level 4 at The Barracks in Petrie Terrace.



Regional Radio Eligible for Cadetship Grants
 
Regional commercial radio stations will be able to apply for funding to assist with the cost of hiring journalism cadets under the Federal Government’s Regional and Small Publishers Cadetships Program. The program will provide a wage subsidy or grant of up to $40,000 per journalism cadet, to help boost employment opportunities in regional media and support regional news outlets to better compete with global internet giants. Full story.



Canberra Radio Ratings 2/2018.


Mix 106.3 was No 1 in the latest GfK Canberra radio ratings with 15.8% (-2.3). Hit 104.7 was a close second with 15.4% (+0.3).  In third place was ABC Canberra with 13.6 (+0.7). 2CAhad a 7.9% share (+0.9) and sister station 2CC rated 5.2%. Full details.




Amber Wheatland joins Triple M Bundy
 
Amber Wheatland will join Triple M Bundaberg’s breakfast team. Amber, who grew up in Mildura, is set to travel up to Bundaberg after her six and a half year gig on Hit Sunraysia’s brekky team. Full story.



Radio Legend Jeff ‘Sundo’ Sunderland Passes Away

The radio family at 1125 5MU are devastated at the loss of their much loved and respected colleague Jeff ‘Sundo’ Sunderland. Despite the best efforts of his colleagues, The CFS and Ambulance Crews, Sundo, aged 73, passed away at work just after midday today July 2nd. Full story.





Barry Hall fired by Triple M


Former AFL footballer Barry Hall has apologised for vulgar comments he made on live radio, on Triple M saying it was "a silly thing to say and not a reflection of who I am". Triple M sacked Hall immediately after his remarks to co-commentator Leigh Montagna during a pre-game chat in which he commented about the impending birth of Montagna's child. More details.




Livinia Nixon Joins Smooth FM As Guest Newsreader                 


Livinia Nixon, Nine News Weather Presenter and reporter for Getaway and Postcards, will join smoothfm 91.5 as guest Newsreader from Monday 2 July. Livinia will fill in with Mike Perso while News Journalist Jennifer Hansen is on leave. Nikole Gunn, NOVA Entertainment’s News Journalist, will take over on weekdays from 9 July. Hansen will return to the studio with Mike on Monday 23 July.




Mike Makes Move To FOX


Mike Santos from Melbourne's KIIS 1011 is on the move. Santos has been with KIIS for the past few years and has been with Jase & PJ since they launched in 2018. He's moving to FOX FM. He said on Instagram: "Last show with this group of maniacs. Though it was short, I’m so grateful to have been a part of it!"




New Breakfast show for 97.3FM – Bianca, Mike & Bob.


Mike van Acker, a Brisbane local and well-known comedian, will join 97.3FM’s breakfast team following Terry Hansen’sdecision to leave the breakfast show for health reasons and to spend more time with his family. Terry has been part of 97.3FM’s Breakfast show line-up for the past 15 years and today (29 June) was his last day on air.  Mike will join Bianca Dye and Bob Gallagher on air to wake up Brisbane every morning from 5.30am from July 16.




3YB And Vision Australia Radio To Switch Frequencies


Warrnambool radio station 3YB is moving to the FM frequency in a switch with Vision Australia Radio. At midday on July 2, 3YB will shift to 94.5 on FM dial while Vision Australia Radio will move to 882 AM. Full details.




New General Manager For 2QN/Edge Fm


ACE Radio is pleased to announce that Angela Frino,  who started with ACE Radio 16 years ago at just 17 years of age at 3SH/MIXX FM in Swan Hill, is now the new General Manager of 2QN/Edge FM Deniliquin/Echuca. Angela has held the positions of Announcer/Copywriter at 3SH/MIXX FM Swan Hill, Program Manager at Gippsland's GOLD/TRFM Traralgon, Promotions Manager at 2AY Albury and Assistant General Manager at 2QN/EDGE FM Deniliquin/Echuca.  She is also an experienced announcer who still does a regular air shift on 2QN, as well as being an Account Manager.




WAVE FM’s New Logo and Lineup


Wave FM now has a new logo (see above) and music positioner - ‘The Illawarra’s Best Music’.  Brekky is now headed by Mel, Trav & Chris In The Morning. They are followed by 90 @ 9 featuring 90 minutes of 'Throwbacks to kickstart your workday'. 11am-2pm is Andy followed by Tifffrom 2-6pm and then Hutsey from 6-9pm.








Nova News


Nova 919 Adelaide afternoon announcer Jarrod Walsh has moved to the morning shift (9-1pm). In Brisbane, Katie Mattin returns to mornings on Nova 106.9.  She was hosting the 1-4pm weekday program. This means Greg Burns' 9am-1pm national 'Mornings on Nova' show is no longer broadcast in Brisbane and Adelaide. Cale Porter (pictured below) moves from National Up Late 10pm-1am to Afternoons 1-4pm and will also be heard on national weekends.




Veronica Returns to Drive


After a short break Veronica Milsom is back on the triple j Drive show, Veronica & Lewis, from Monday 23 July. Gen Fricker has been filling in for Veronica on Drive this year. Gen moves back to the lunch time shift replacing Alex 'Dyso' Dyson.




2SER Wins At New York Festival


2SER 107.3 has been announced Silver Radio Winner and Bronze Radio Winner for Just Words at New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, which recognises the world’s best radio programs. 2SER also received Finalist certificates for its innovative Think programs, Think: Digital Futures, Think: Health and Think: Sustainability. This is the second successive year the Think programs have been honoured at NYF's Radio Awards – in 2017, Think: Health and Think: Digital Futures took out the Gold and Silver Award respectively.




Simon & Simon


Simon Marshall, former champion jockey and Simon O’Donnell, cricket, VFL and racing identity, are the hosts of 1116 SEN’s The Odds Couple show. They are heard on weekends from 8am.



 

Fie Cooper Leaves Mix 94.5


After 8 years as a weekend casual announcer at Perth's Mix 94.5, Fie Cooper has left the station. Fie is also known for her work as an actress and a singer.




Bree Tomasel’s New Drive Role


Bree Tomasel has been announced as a new drive co-host on ZM in New Zealand. Tomasel moved over to NZ at the start of the year and has been filming videos for the station’s social media platforms. Tomasel will be co-hosting with Clint Roberts.




Vale Darren Madigan


Queensland broadcaster Darren Madigan passed away in Far North Queensland on Friday June 15 after a long illness. After a successful career as a rep for the movie the industry, Darren turned his hand to broadcasting. His passion and love for sport led to a successful sports program on Logan Radio 101FMwhich later moved to the ABC on the Gold Coast.   Full details.




ABC Careers Are Currently ‘On Hold’


The online recruitment system that the ABC use is currently unavailable. On 5 June 2018, PageUp, a company that provides recruitment software services to the ABC, advised that it had experienced a security incident and some personal information held by them may have been compromised. The ABC suspended the use of this service as a precautionary measure. More details.




James Royce Off To FOX/Triple M


Newsreader James Royce. Royce uploaded an image to Twitter and Instagram regarding the move. He shared : “Thanks for everything at Gold1043 and Kiis 1011.  This is where my career was born and reborn, and it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. Can’t wait to get started at Triple Melbourne and FOX.”




Macquarie Media Announces New 6 Year Cricket Deal

Macquarie Media Limited has today announced it has concluded a new six year commercial AM radio broadcast agreement with Cricket Australia, for the coverage of all Men’s International, Women’s International & Men’s BBL in the 2018/2019 to 2023/24 seasons​. Under the new agreement Macquarie Media will broadcast more games on more stations than ever before including the broadcasting of International Women’s Cricket in Australia for the first time on commercial radio. More details.

 

McManus & Maumill Team Up

Two radio legends, (in their own minds) "McManus and Maumill" will host 6PR Saturday night program, as a "two-hander audition"; with a view to eventually being drafted by a radio station somewhere in country Australia. Tony McManus says: "After playing the straight man to dozens of radio hacks for decades; (mostly with total indifference), he can now include irrepressible, Bob Maumill to that list." Industry insiders say, "this is bigger than the recent Trump and Kim Jong Un meeting." However many others commented, "it's well known they're both only in it, for the complimentary movie tickets!"



The Studio at SCA recreates classic jingle for SPC
 
The Studio at SCA, Southern Cross Austereo’s creative arm, has launched a newly reimagined jingle for client SPC. The recording is a modern interpretation of the classic SPC Baked Beans & Spaghetti jingle from the 1980’s – originally produced by Mike Brady – and underscores a new radio campaign which positions SPC baked beans & spaghetti as the easy way for Australian families to make mealtime simple again. Video link to the campaign:



Hot Tomato Updates

Brooke Hanson, former Olympic swimmer, is filling in on the Hot Tomato Gold Coast breakfast lineup with Flan & Christo. Emily Jade O'Keefe is currently on maternity leave.

Candice Hazeltine is the new morning announcer on Hot Tomato.  She was formerly breakfast co-host at Chilli FM Launceston.



Real FM Has A Vacancy

Real FM Mudgee drive announcer Christina Samarin is moving on. The station now has an opening for an announcer. See 'Radio Jobs'.



Vale Deb Cameron

Former ABC 702 presenter Deb Cameron has died aged 60 of cancer. She presented Mornings on ABC 702 Sydney for four years, leaving the role in 2011. Prior to that she was the first woman to hold the job of Tokyo correspondent for Fairfax.More details.



Philip Brady Receives OAM

3AW Melbourne presenter Philip Brady has received an OAM in today's Queen's Birthday Honours. He won for service to the broadcast media industry.  In April this year Philip celebrated 60 years in show business. Brady, who turns 79 this week, is the co-host of 3AW's top rating Nightline and Remember Whenprograms with Simon Owens.  Other radio industry winners include David Mann, Scott Levi and Anne Wills.  More details.



Red Symons signs with 3AW

Red Symons has signed on with 3AW. He will appear regularly on Mornings with Neil Mitchell, signing on the dotted line on Friday June 8. He told Page 13 that he was thrilled to be returning to radio. Neil Mitchell offered Symons a job when he appeared on his show last month. Jacinta Parsons and comedian Sami Shah replaced Symons on the ABC breakfast show. (Source: Herald Sun)

   
ARN announces new marketing campaign for breakfast

ARN's cross platform campaign kicks off with the launch of a new TVC featuring Jonesy & Amanda. The campaign launches on Sunday 10 June. See the new TVCs for 101.7 WSFM and Jonesy & Amanda here:



Shepparton Radio Ratings


Hit96.9 was the top rating station in the latest Shepparton Xtra Insights Survey.  They rated 21.6 - despite a 10.6% drop.  Triple M Goulburn Valley was next with 21.4% (+1.2). Next was ABC Shepparton with 10.9 (-4.6). Full details.




ABC Radio Names New Managers

ABC Radio Sydney will be headed from next month by Melanie Withnall, current managing director at Sydney Educational Broadcasting Ltd, which runs 2SER 107.3.Melanie is also vice president of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.   ABC Radio Brisbane will be led by Simon Scoble. He is currently local manager in Darwin. ABC Radio Hobart‘s new manager is Samantha Stayner.  She takes on the role in early July. The one time content director at ABC Radio Melbourne was also a senior producer and also worked in Ballarat and Alice Springs.



GfK Metro Survey Results 3/18

In the latest GFK Metro survey 3/2018 it was a tie for No 1 in Brisbane with both 97.3 and Nova on a share of 13.0%.  Talk stations 2GB and 3AW continue their reign in Sydney and Melbourne respectively with 12.7% and 14.4%. In Adelaide, Mix 102.3 is the No 1 station with 14.8% with Mix 94.5 in Perth on 14.2%. Full details. 



AFTRS Students Launch 2RS 2018

AFTRS Graduate Diploma of Radio students have launched their second pop-up network of the year. The Ultimate 80s to Now station streams online and on iHeart Radio nationally. https://www.iheart.com/live/2rs-7103/ Curated and produced by the class of 2018, students experience what it’s like to broadcast to a regional area from studios located outside the region. More details.



DAB + Survey 3, 2018


The latest DAB+ survey figures were released today (Jun 5).  In Sydney, Edge Digital was a clear winner in Sydney.  Coles Radio rated No 1 DAB station in Melbourne and Brisbane.  It was a tie for No 1 in Adelaide with The ‘80s heart Radio and The ‘90s heart radio with an equal share.  In Perth, the No 1 digital station was Smooth. Full Details




Terry Hansen Leaving 97.3FM Breakfast


97.3FM Brisbane breakfast co-host Terry Hansen has announced on air that he will be leaving the breakfast show due to health reasons. He said that he'd made the decision after consulting a doctor.  He had put on 20 kilograms in the last few years and it had also been a tough time for his family. Hansen says he had suffered from constant fatigue for the past 3-4 years and on medical advice he has decided to step away from the breakfast show in the coming weeks.




Erin & Ray

Erin La Macchia has returned from maternity leave and has joined Ray Kington as co host on Drive at Hope 103.2Sydney.  This is a change for Ray as he has hosted drive for the last 10 years solo.



Sky Sports Off To Brisbane

Sky Sports Radio heard in Sydney and throughout NSW loves to capture every moment in Australian racing. This Saturday they’ll be broadcasting from Doomben race course in Brisbane on Friday and Saturday in preparation for Queensland’s biggest raceday - The Stradbroke Handicap. Pictured Ron Dufficy (left), Glenn Munsie TAB (middle) and Andrew Bensley (also Sky Racing 1, Foxtel Ch 526) will interview trainers and jockeys not only about Doomben but racing at Randwick. Recently the Racing HQ team also joined in the Mark Hughes Foundation weekend donning the famous Beanie for Brain Cancer.




25 Year Anniversary of Cliff Reeve

SCA Regional WA has celebrated 25 years of Cliff Reeve broadcasting with the company. He starting his career in Rockhampton moving to Gladstone, onto Kalgoorlie, Bridgetown and then to Bunbury.



Kinderling Kids Radio Joins ARN

ARN has announced Kinderling Kids Radio will be available across the company’s DAB+ digital spectrum and iHeartRadio platform from July 1. Kinderling is Australia’s most popular kids’ radio station, playing music and shows created especially for parents and children up to the age of seven.



Gavin Flanagan Back

Gavin Flanagan has been appointed General Manager of Tamworth Radio Development 2TM - ONEFM. Gavin was previously the General Manager in Tamworth from 2006 until 2011. In recent times he's been working as the SCA General Sales Manager at Coffs Harbour.



Brian White Scholarship for Radio Journalism Winner
 
Charles Sturt University student, Kamin Gock was announced today as the winner of the Brian White Scholarship awarded by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA). More Details.



Xtra Insights Radio Ratings Mackay - Survey 1

The first Xtra Insights Mackay radio ratings were released today May 29. Hit is the No 1 station at 22.8%, with Triple M closely behind at 22.1%. Full Details.



Vale Don 'Mad Dog' Dwyer

Well known Geelong radio identity Don "Mad Dog" Dwyer has died. He suffered a stroke a couple of days ago and passed away in the early hours of Monday morning. Don started his career at 2AY in 1966. He went on to work for 3YB, 3DB, OCN London, ABC Melbourne, and then had a long run with 3GL (K-Rock) until his retirement about 18 months ago. Don also ran a radio school. (Photo courtesy: Sue Stark )  Read Krock/BAY FM tribute.



Shala Off To 96.9

Josiah Shala, Nova 96.9 Sydney panel operator, is leaving Fitzy & Wippa's breakfast show to join the on air team at Goulburn Valley's HIT 96.9. He will be joined by Elly Chaney – a former panel operator from Perth .



ABC's New Drive Producer

Isabel Roe is the new producer for Drive with Steve Austinand Maria Hatzakis on ABC Radio Brisbane. She was a reporter and video journalist for ABC News in southern Queensland



Nova Adelaide GM Exits

Neil O'Reilly, Nova Entertainment Adelaide GM, will leave Nova at the end of June. Current FIVEaa Program Director Craig Munn is now the station manager FIVEaa and current sales director, Katie Bridges has been appointed to a new role of commercial director and market lead.

No Explanation for Red Symons Sacking at ABC

In an interview with Neil Mitchell on 3AW, Red Symonsreveals about his controversial departure from the ABC. He stated that he no longer listens to the station that was his home for 15 years. Symons told Mitchell he had never been offered an explanation for the decision to dump him. “It’s very clear in the commercial environment what the objectives are and what the measure is, but at the ABC it’s intellectual, of some sort,” he said. Symons said he suspected cost-cutting was also a factor in his departure. Full Story.

2Day FM Staff Refuse to Work with Em Rusciano

2Day FM Staff Refuse to Work with Em Rusciano

Staff are leaving 2DayFM's breakfast show with some refusing to work with ­co-host Em Rusciano. Revelations of tensions on the breakfast show, also hosted by Ed Kavalee and Grant Denyer, come just days after Rusciano launched an ­expletive-filled tirade. It’s understood one of Rusciano’s co-hosts did not speak to her off-air throughout yesterday’s three-hour show. Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph.



'Cogho' Pops Up On Sydney Radio ... By Accident

Triple M Bendigo brekky announcer popped up on Kyle and Jackie O's brekky show with Andy Lee by accident.  Hear the audio (about 90 seconds in).



Footy Fight Caught On Live Radio

Former Crow and Adelaide radio star Stephen Rowe’sargument with Crows media chief Ian Shuttleworth at the back of the FIVEaa broadcast box at Adelaide Oval during the Crows’ win over Western Bulldogs  was picked up by live microphones. Full story.



Crocmedia Set To Join Cricket Radio Landscape

Crocmedia is set to become the newest player in the cricket media landscape as Cricket Australia finalises its radio rights deal.The Daily Telegraph understands Crocmedia, the ABCand Macquarie Radio are all set to buy rights to broadcast during the coming summer, with Cricket Australia to potentially make an announcement by the end of the week. Full story.



Chrissie Swan v Woman's Day

The Press Council has considered a complaint by Chrissie Swan about an article published by Woman’s Day in print, headed “It’s McHappy day!”, on 27 March 2017.  Above the headline, the article featured a large photograph of the complainant walking with her three children caught unawares by a photographer. It was accompanied by a caption which read “Star Spotter Your favourite stars … caught on camera”. More Details



Tim Bergh Joins Ace Radio

Tim Bergh is the new Creative Writer and Announcer for the Ace Radio Network at Swan Hill. After 2 years with Southern Cross Austereo, Tim commences his new role with 3SH/Mixx FM from May 30.



GFK Ratings Newcastle - Survey 1

The first GFK Newcastle radio ratings were released today May 18. KOFM is the No 1 station at 16.8%. Hit 106.9 (16.1%) had the highest increase in ratings at 3.4%, whilst ABC1233dropped down to 8.6% (-4.5%). Full Details.



Jack Post Joins Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show.

ARN has announced that Jack Post will join The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show. Also known as 'Cacklin’ Jack' from the Hamish & Andy Show, Jack will take on the role of producer and sidekick. For the past 10 years Jack has worked on creative and production for the Hamish & Andy Show and has also worked on their TV series, 'Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year'. The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show launches on Melbourne’s GOLD104.3 on Monday 4th June.

National Community Radio Awards Revamped 

Community radio’s national awards have launched, now celebrating more successes across the sector. The awards will recognise excellence across over 30 categories in 2018. This includes 12 new categories. New categories include Best New Radio Program, Best Online Content, Excellence in Creative Audio, Excellence in Innovative Programming & Content, Excellence in Journalism, a Station Leadership award and more. More Details.



 Graeme Goodings joins son Will at FIVEaa

Graeme Goodings has joined his son Will at FIVEaa, taking a part-time role reading the Saturday morning news bulletins. Goodings, who started his career on radio at 5DN in Adelaide before spending 34 years at Seven, said he was excited to be at the same station as Will, co-host of the brekkie show with David Penberthy. Full story.



Jess Hardy Joins Radio Snowy Mountains

Jess Hardy joins the announcing team at Radio Snowy Mountains on June 4.  The former Big Brother contestant was more recently breakfast co-host on Zinc FM Townsville.

Steve Brown, head of digital innovation and operations at Southern Cross Austereo, has left the network. A spokesperson from SCA has stated that the company won't replace the role. “SCA has been transitioning digital sales into the metro radio sales teams with product development support from the brand asset and digital operations teams," the spokesperson says.

Regulator finds 2LT breached broadcasting licence

ACMA found Lithgow radio station 2LT breached its broadcasting licence by not airing any local news bulletins between mid-January and mid-February this year. Investigating a complaint received from a listener, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found the station did not meet its licence’s minimum services standard of broadcasting at least 35 local news bulletins per week. Full story.



Ryan Khay Joins ACE Radio

Ryan Khay is the new Content Director for TR FM GOLD 1242 Gippsland. After 2 years programming the Rait FM Radio Network in Papua New Guinea he returns to Australia for this new role with ACE​.



Power FM's Sarah D Leaving Radio

Sarah D from Power FM Ballarat has announced on Instagram she will be "hanging up her headphones". Sarah gave birth to her first child last year and recently returned on Power FM filling in on the Breakfast show. Dave "Higgo" Higgins has been the daytime announcer whilst Sarah was away, unsure if he will be the permanent host.



Rex Hunt Makes a one-off Commentary Comeback

Rex Hunt will celebrate a big milestone by making a one-off return to football commentary at the weekend. Hunt will call Saturday night’s Collingwood versus St Kilda clash on 3AW on Saturday night. The special broadcast will 50 years in football, after debuting with Richmond in 1968. Courtesy of 3AW



Changes In Air For Bathurst Radio

Listeners of Bathurst commercial AM radio service 2BS Goldmay soon have to change the dial if a proposal by the station is accepted by ACMA. The proposal would see the station swap its AM frequency to FM, moving from 1503 AM to 95.1 FM. Submissions on the Bathurst proposal are due by 8 June, 2018. If the ACMA decides to approve the conversion, the timing of the transition would be up to the broadcaster.


Best Australian Radio Ad of 2018
 
The best Australian radio ad of 2018 as judged by the Siren Council, comprised of creative directors and producers from leading advertising and creative agencies and studios across Australia. Ray Ali and Carlo Mazzarella from Clemenger BBDO Melbourne won Gold and Silver at the Siren Awards with an ad about anxiety for mental health advocacy group beyondblue. More details. Audio.


ABC Boss Fights the $83.7m Federal Budget Funding Cuts

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie will fight the government's decision to leave the broadcaster with $84 million less in funding over the three years, but it will continue to not be subject to an efficiency dividend like other public sector agencies. The newly announced cuts to the ABC will be about $15 million in 2019-20, $28 million in 2020-21 and $41 million in 2021-22. Courtesy of the Financial Review 



Andrew Chapman Joins Resonate Regional Radio

Resonate Regional Radio has appointed a Chief Broadcast Engineer. Andrew Chapman has been named as ‘Chief Broadcast Engineer’ overseeing Resonates 11 Radio Station and 45 Transmission sites. Andrew will consult with Resonate’s American stations in support.



Ophelia Joins SCA Rockhampton

Ophelia Standley-Thompson, former Program Director in Lithgow with Midwest Radio Network,  has taken up a new role as Promotions Manager at SCA in Rockhampton.


All Hit Network and Triple M Radio stations on Sonos

Southern Cross Austereo have become the first Australian radio company to integrate their stations directly onto Sonos’ssmart speaker platform. Sonos listeners can now listen to the Hit and Triple M live radio stations by adding the Hit Network and Triple M apps directly to their Sonos systems. The Hit Network app gives access to all Hit stations in the network. Listeners can also access SCA’s Hit digital channels. The Triple M app gives listeners access to all Triple M stations in the network, plus Mix 94.5 in Perth, 4TO 102.3 in Townsville, KOFM 102.9 in Newcastle, 2GO 107.7 on the Central Coast. Triple M listeners can also get the Triple M digital stations.



Taylor Walker Gets Stitched up by Triple M.

Adelaide Crows captain Taylor 'Tex' Walker captain thought he was speaking with Killers lead singer Brandon Flowers - but it turns out it was a 'stick up.' Source: news.com.au



Olivia Newton-John returns to Smooth FM

Olivia Newton-John returns to Smooth FM's weekend line-up on Sunday May 6. She will be heard on smoothfm 95.3 Sydney, smoothfm 91.5 Melbourne and on smoothfm DAB+ from 4pm to 5pm. She first joined Smooth FM in April 2014 when she joined the star-studded weekend line-up.



Lez Sanders New Voice On 2EC


Lez Sanders is the new voice in the afternoons on 2EC in Bega.  Lez, formerly producer of the John Laws Morning Show and breakfast presenter at Triple-U in Nowra is also taking on the copywriting role.




Alan Jones Facing Record Defamation Claims


A prominent Queensland family is seeking almost $5 million in damages from broadcaster Alan Jones and other media outlets for allegedly defamatory comments about the deadly Grantham floods, a Brisbane court has heard. Full story.


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