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25 Year Anniversary of Cliff Reeve
SCA Regional WA has celebrated 25 years of Cliff Reevebroadcasting with the company. He starting his career in Rockhampton moving to Gladstone, onto Kalgoorlie, Bridgetown and then to Bunbury.
RTI FM Live Broadcast, May 30 – June 3
A new commercial radio station is set to hit the airwaves in Melbourne this week with eight of Australia’s fresh new talent. As the last group set to graduate before the doors close for good on the Radio Training Institute,
they will be bringing a new energy to the city with RTI FM The Sound of Melbourne. More details.
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 i
n 1966. He went on to work for 3YB, 3DB, OCN
Melbourne, and then had a long run with 3GL
) 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
, Red Symons
reveals 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
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
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’s
argument 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
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 ABC
and 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 ABC1233
dropped 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
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
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
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
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.
Mariam Joins Magic
Mariam Belle has been appointed co-host of Breakfast on Magic931 Berri. She is an AFTRS graduate and was the winner of the 2017 AFTRS/SCA graduate internship award. Mariam replaces Paige Leacey.
Billy Takes On Mentoring Role
Billy McFerran has taken on a new role at ACE Radiomentoring the network's talent. He was formerly the CD/Announcer at Triple M Goulburn Valley.
ABC News Overhaul of Newsrooms
in state and territory newsrooms could lose their jobs
under changes announced by ABC News. The positions will be made redundant under a plan to deliver more news on digital platforms. ABC News director Gaven Morris said the changes are designed to respond to audience demand. Source: ABC News
Appeal Director Announces Retirement
The Director of the 3BA
Christmas and Christmas in July Appeals, Peter Caligari
, has stepped down from his role, effective immediately. Mr Caligari, who will turn 79 in the coming weeks, said it was now necessary to give consideration to both his age and health. Full Story.
New Podcast Series Hosted by Dom Evans
, Head of Production at Fox FM
, is hosting a new podcast series called 'Prodcast
'. The podcast is targeted to anyone who is passionate about radio content. The first episode is available now and features Brad Leask
, the Network Imaging Producer for Nova
. Listen Here for the first episode
Buzz Bidstrup Heads 'Saturday Night Rock'
Buzz Bidstrup formally of The Angels, The Party Boys and Ganggajang is the new host of Saturday Night Rock on 1041 Territory FM. Content Manager of 1041 Territory FM Matt Bern says “Buzz was a fan of our radio station and visits the Northern Territory on regular basis, to secure is energy, drive and knowledge on all things rock was a win for our radio station. We are really enjoying his rock and roll war stories”. He’s been on air for a few weeks now and the listeners are loving the Buzz. We are getting people tuning in everywhere”
2018 GfK Metro Results - Survey 2
The latest GfK metro survey was released today. 3AW
is still the No 1 station in Melbourne with 13.7%. 2GB
also continues their reign at No 1 in Sydney with 11.5%. In Brisbane, 97.3 FM
returned to No 1 as the top station with 12.9%. In Adelaide, Mix 102.3
again made No 1 with 15.7%, In Perth, Mix 94.5
continued their dominance with 15.6% Full results.
DAB+ Survey 2 Ratings
The latest GfK DAB+ digital ratings were also released on April 24. The following stations made No 1: Edge Digital
(Sydney), Coles Radio
(Brisbane), '90s iHeart Radio
(Adelaide) and Buddha Hits Radio
(Perth). Full details.
Sydney’s 2CH launches brand new Breakfast Show
Journalist, Author and TV personality Indira Naidoo
and 2CH’s Trevor Sinclair
will be the new hosts for Sydney's 2CH
breakfast show, "Breakfast with Indira & Trevor." 2CH’s current breakfast announcer Gareth McCray
will be taking a break and then will be coming back for a new role at 2CH. The new Breakfast Show commences from Monday 30th April. Full story
Judith Chapman's Farewell
It's an end of an era for Spirit Radio Karratha
and Seven West Media
. Judith Chapman
has been with the company 13 years and 8 years as their station boss in Karratha. She read out a very heartfelt letter this morning to their listeners, clients and colleagues: Listen here
. After 13 years in the media she intends on travelling around Australia with her husband Ian and working on her business www.mymemorylane.com.au
Is John Burns Set To Retire from 3AW breakfast?
The Herald-Sun reports: 3AW is looking at a succession plan for their enormously successful breakfast radio show, Rossand John. The talk titans are out of contract at the end of this year, with Ross Stevenson expected to stay on and John Burns to slide gracefully into retirement. Burnso was a barrister before he became Stevenson’s sidekick in 2001, helping to rack up more than 100 number one rating spots. Some say comedian Glenn Robbins is already auditioning through his regular spot on the show.
Vale Darrell Eastlake (1942-2018)
Legendary sports commentator Darrell Eastlake
has died after a battle with Alzheimers disease. He was 75.His media career began on radio when he began providing surf reports on Sydney station 2UW
in the 1960s before moving to Queensland and working full-time for Gold Coast station 4GG.
He returned to NSW in the '70s and signed on with Channel 9
in 1982. Full story.
Dave Shearer now Fresh 92.7 GM
Dave Shearer, former Nova 919 and FIVEaa Adelaide PD has been appointed as the General Manager at Fresh 92.7Adelaide. He replaces Troy Sincock.
Elle Beattie Joins Kinderling Kids Radio
Elle Beattie (nee Conwell) has been appointed as Executive Producer for the Early Learning Programs at Kinderling Kids Radio. She was formerly the Executive Producer of Nova’s Drive Show ‘Kate, Tim & Marty’
Gary Roberts Announcement
has announced that Gary Roberts,
Managing Director of Nova 93.7
Perth, has tendered his resignation effective from 2 July. He's had nearly 50 years’ experience in broadcast media, including 16 years as Managing Director for Nova 93.7. More details.
RTIFM Back With All Hits, All Day
is back promising ‘all hits, all day’ Commencing on the 18th of April 2018 RTI is launching Its brand new station and rejuvenated format. Newly appointed Content Director Lisa Watson
will steer the ship, alongside Dani Amaya
. New shows include Tim, Jess and Ben in the mornings. Followed up later in the day by Nate, Dani and Rob. Full details.
Tess Connery on 2SER Breakfast Radio
2SER has announced that Tess Connery will be the new presenter of 2SER Breakfast. Tess currently hosts the Tuesday Daily, and has been volunteering at 2SER for three years. She is a graduate of Macquarie University. Outgoing presenter Nic Healey will be moving on to present Breakfast for ABC North West, based in Karratha.
Gemma Joins Hit 104.7
Gemma Maddox has moved from HIT 96.9 in Shepparton commenced at Canberra FM as the Hit 104.7 afternoon announcer 12 – 3. She is also covering social media.
Carmen Braidwood moves on after 96FM axing
After 96 FM'
s breakfast show was yanked, former Perth co-host, Carmen Braidwood
is now focusing her energies into a bright career as an MC, business consultant, lecturing at TAFE. Carmen Braidwood and Brad 'Fitzi' Fitzgerald
were notified in late October last year that their contracts would not be renewed. Full Story
SEA FM No 1 in Gold Coast/Tweed Ratings
In the first survey for 2018, SEA FM
was the top rating station on the Gold Coast with 13.3%. Former No 1 station Hot Tomato
dropped 4.8 to 12.1%. Hot Tomato also recorded huge drops in all sessions. Gold FM
came third with 11.2%. Full details.
Vale Graeme Gilsenan (aka Graeme Gill)
Former Australian announcer Graeme Gilsenan
has died aged 82. He started his radio career in the early 50s as a record boy in the music library at 3UZ
for around 12 months before moving to 3KZ
where he worked as a panel operator for Alan Freeman,
eventually becoming a presenter. In the mid '50s Graeme moved to 2RG
Griffith. More details.
GFK Canberra Radio Ratings - Survey 1
The first GFK
Canberra radio ratings were released today April 11. Mix 106.3
is the No 1 station at 18.1%. 2JJJ
(9.5%) had the highest increase in ratings at 3.1%, whilst ABC Canberra
dropped down to 12.9% (-4.0%). They also lost 10.3 in evening and 5.6 in breakfast. Talk station 2CC
increased their share from 5.9 to 7.1% Full Details Press Releases.
Radio Alive campaign grabs marketers by the ears
Commercial radio has recently launched the next phase of its “Radio Alive
” campaign, using rapid-fire audio effects to bring to life success stories about marketing managers and business owners who have used radio to drive sales results. Full Story
Nick Backstrom On Brekky
Nick Backstrom, a recent graduate of the Radio Training Institute in Melbourne, will make his radio debut as breakfast announcer at 4LG Longreach. Nick was based for many years in Brisbane where he performed as an actor in many local productions.
Blackers Is Back
6iX Perth welcomes back Ian "Blackers" Blackley. He joins their line up from this weekend. He'll also be doing some fill in shifts from next week.
Gazza Sands Says Farewell
Gary 'Gazza' Sands has announced on social media: "Well the day has finally come after 37 years in Community and Commercial broadcasting that I have packed up the headphones and finished my on air career, there have been some very big highs and a couple of lows, have met some wonderful people and will miss the listeners interaction. Hopefully a new full time career in Emergency Services comes to fruition."
2DAY FM Ditch The Ads
This week 2DayFM announced that they would play zero ads from 9am until 4pm daily. A station Tweet reads: “Commercial free until after 4pm on 104.1 2DayFM." In January the station moved from a ‘Hits and Old School’ format to ‘More Music More Variety’.
Vale Stuart Matchett
Stuart Matchett, former Triple J PD, has died. He commenced at 4ZZZ and was more recently in charge of ABC DiG on DAB.
Macquarie Sports Radio Launches April 4
has announced the launch of a new sports radio network Macquarie Sports Radio
. The station will launch on Wednesday April 4 to tie in with the beginning of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The new network will replace the broadcaster’s Talking Lifestyle
stations. In Sydney and Brisbane, weekday breakfast will be hosted by John Stanley
and Beau Ryan,
whilst Melbourne breakfast will be headed by Tony Leonard, Tony Shaw
and Jimmy Bartel.
Former SEN radio hosts David Schwartz
and Mark Allen
will lead national drive. Full details.
Spirit Radio No 1 in Geraldton
The first ever radio survey for the coastal city of Geraldton in Western Australia’s mid-west region was released today and kicks off the regional radio ratings schedule for 2018. Spirit Radio (No 1 in survey) and Red FM (No 2) are the commercial radio stations serving the region. ABC Mid West and Wheat Belt rated No 3. Full details.
Cricket Australia Cuts Ties with ARN
Cricket Australia has pulled its advertising with the ARN radio network after taking issue with a question one of the network's producers asked at Steve Smith's emotional press conference. Peter Deppeler (pictured), a producer from breakfast show The Kyle and Jackie O Show, attended the conference last Thursday. When Deppeler, who is better known as 'Intern Pete', was called on to ask a question, he said he wanted to take a "change of tack". "To see you upset tonight is very sad. We asked our listeners what we thought about this and we have opened up to them," he said. "Mate I've got to tell you... hold your head high for what you have done because what's actually been worse is what Davina and Dean did on Married At First Sight."
Vale Maurie Service
, a well known 4GG
salesman/newsman and sport presenter, has died on the Gold Coast. He passed away on Saturday March 31 after a battle with cancer. Born in Melbourne, Maurie was with 4GG for 24 years. He joined the station when it opened in 1967. After leaving 4GG he joined community station 4CRB FM
and remained at 4CRB as a newsman until early in 2018. More details.
Peter Graham's Final Program
This weekend Peter Graham hosted his final 'Saturday Night With Peter Graham' program on Sydney's Lifestyle Radio
which is about to relaunch as a sport station. Pete says: "At 66 years of age and proud to have been on "Air" in Sydney for the past 31 years it is now my time to say " No Thanks"
. Full story.
Nova 100 Celebrates 13 Year Partnership with MICF
Nova 100 and the Melbourne International Comedy Festivalwill celebrate a 13 year partnership from Wednesday 28 March to 22 April. Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny will hold a live outside broadcast on Wednesday 28 March from 6am at the Melbourne Town Hall (Lower Town Hall), thanks to TAC. Showcasing many of the comedy shows, Chrissie, Sam & Browny will also chat to some of the comedians each weekday throughout the Festival.
New Podcast Categories Announced for Radio Awards
Three new podcast categories have been introduced for the 2018 Australian Commercial Radio Awards
to celebrate the best original podcasts produced in Australia. Four awards will be presented - Best Original Podcast
(Branded); Best Original Podcast
(Unbranded) and Best Radio Show Podcast
(Metro and Non-Metro). Full details.
Ronnie Stanton Returns to Australia
has announced the appointment of Ronnie Stanton
as Regional Content Director for Queensland and Northern Territory. Ronnie will be based on the Sunshine Coast at the Hot 91.1
studios where he was previously before leaving Australia in 2008. Full Story
Celeb HQ Show Launches on KISS FM
ARN has announced a new night entertainment show called 'Celeb HQ' with Zoe Marshall and John 'JC' Caldwell. Celeb HQ, features all the latest gossip from Hollywood and home and will air nationally every weeknight from 7pm – 8pm, right after Kyle & Jackie O’s Hour of Power.
Cei Saunders Joins Power FM
Cei Saunders is leaving WAVE FM and has accepted a move within the Grant Broadcasters group to sister station POWER FM Bega/Batemans Bay in a permanent workday shift. He will also assist with Promotions and some Image Production.
'Huttsey' Off To WAVE FM
Patrick 'Huttsey' Hutley will join Wave FM Wollongong as Breakfast Show producer. Huttsey moves from 2EC Bega where's he's been hosting drive and looking after music duties for over a year now.
New Look 1116 SEN Footy
Melbourne’s home of footy, 1116 SEN
, will launch its 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season coverage this weekend with an all-new call team – headed by Gerard Whateley.
Gerard will be joined by Peter Donegan, Kevin Bartlett, Tristan Foenander
and Anthony Hudson
along with expert commentators Nick Dal Santo, Daisy Pearce, Danny Frawley, Adam Cooney, Terry Wallace
and Bob Murphy.
The new team will call the top rating Saturday and Sunday afternoon time slots throughout the home and away season and finals including the 2018 Toyota AFL Grand Final. Full details.
Vale David Frazer
David Frazer (who was on Facebook as David Sundownroundup) has passed away on the NSW Central Coast. David started at 6AM in Northam in 1979 and also worked at 6MD and 7AD. In recent years he's been part of Coast 96.3 FM in Gosford. David was also the father of 2GO and WS-FM newsreader Sean Frazer. (Courtesy: The Radio Green Room)
Allan Aldwoth Stays at Triple M South West
After two months of filling in for Triple M South West's breakfast show, Triple M has made Allan Aldworth a permanent announcer. Previous to working for SCA, Allan completed an Advanced Diploma at North Metropolitan Tafe and worked at Spirit radio in Broome and then for the Network for 3 years.
Tonia Makes Bega Home
Tonia Liosatos has made the Bega Valley her home. She has joined 2EC/Power FM as their new journalist. Tonia began her broadcast career at ABC 666 in Canberra.
Ray Hadley: ABC Radio did me a huge favour
2GB/4BC radio host Ray Hadley says ABC Brisbane did him a favour by reshuffling their program line-up. ABC’s Steve Austin was moved to a new Drive program. Hadley said. “We started about 8 points behind the ABC nearly two years ago. I’m now consistently about 8 per cent. The ABC gave me a huge favour with their program changes; their previous host was a proven performer."
Sian Signs On At ABC
Sian Johnson is leaving the Warrnambool Standard newspaper. She is joining the team at ABC Ballarat.
Jo Hall loses out on radio hosting gig
Channel 9 newsreader Jo Hall has been dropped as the host of the radio show Great Australian Lives following her drink-driving bust. The program, produced by Crocmedia and heard on 3AW as well as available as a podcast, saw Hall interview significant Australians. Hall was breath-tested by police as she drove from her East Hawthorn home to Box Hill in February and was found to have had one too many drinks. Last month she admitted her deep regret at her poor decision to get behind the wheel after a few drinks.
Gambling Ads Banned on Commercial Radio
New rules banning gambling ads during live sports coverage on commercial radio
come into effect on March 30
. The new provisions to ban gambling ads during the broadcast of live sporting events between 5am and 8.30pm have been included in the Commercial Radio Code of Practice following a period of community consultation. Full Story
Sue Carter Appointed as Content Director at Gold 104.3
has appointed Sue Carter
to the role of Content Director for Melbourne’s GOLD104.3
. ARN has also announced the appointment of Tony Aldridge
as Content Director for both MIX102.3
and Cruise 1323
in Adelaide. Full Details.
New Content DIrector for Podcast One
Southern Cross Austereo announced the appointment of Jennifer Goggin as Content Director for PodcastOneAustralia. In her new role, Jennifer is responsible for the successful execution of PodcastOne Australia’s content strategy.
Tiffany Joins WAVE FM
Tiffany Rouge is joining the Wave FM Wollongong lineup in April. 'Tiff' has been in radio for several years across markets including Adelaide, the UK, and for the past 2 years based in Darwin at HOT 100. She will be a part of the daytime lineup and look after the Wave social media platforms.
Celebration Time For 'Clairsy'
Dean “Clairsy” Clairs
is celebrating this week for two reasons - not only did the Mix 94.5 Perth
breakfast show rate No 1 in breakfast in Survey 1 but he is also celebrating 35 years in radio. Full story.
David Greenwood Shares Wisdom With Media Students
Veteran radio personality David Greenwood
has a message for aspiring broadcast students looking to crack into the media industry: think laterally and show your passion. Speaking at Phoenix Radio's
10th Birthday Celebration, the Kix Country
General Manager used most of his speech encouraging students to push the boundaries. Full story.
‘Lehmo’ joins ABC Radio
Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann will host ABC Radio’s flagship AFL programs. The former Gold FM brekky co-host Awill be the new host of ABC Radio’s Saturday and Sunday AFL programs during the 2018 footy season. Saturday’s will see ‘Lehmo’ team up with sports commentator Angela Pippos and on Sundays ‘Lehmo’ will be joined by the Outer Sanctum’sEmma Race for a relaxed and fun review of the week that was, before previewing the games.
GfK First Metro Radio Ratings For 2018
The first GfK
metro radio ratings were released today March 13. 3AW
continues as the No 1 station in Melbourne with 13.2%. 2GB
also continues their reign at No 1 in Sydney with 11.8%. In Brisbane, Nova 106.9
was the top station with 12.6%. In Adelaide, Mix 102.3
had a great start to 2018 - up 3.8% to make No 1` with 16.1%, In Perth, Mix 94.5
continued their dominance with 15.7% Full details.
Double J Dominate in first DAB+ Survey 2018
The first GfK DAB+
metro radio ratings were released today March 13. Double J
was the No 1 digital station in Melbourne. In Brisbane it was a 3 way tie with Double J, ABC Grandstand
and Coles Radio.
In Adelaide Double J
and The '90s iheart Radio
shared No 1. In Sydney, top station was Edge Digital
and in Perth it was Coles Radio
. Full details.
Entries open for 30th year of Radio Awards
Radio broadcasters from around Australia will celebrate 30 years of the Australian Commercial Radio Awards
(ACRAs) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday, October 20. The ACRAs are a highlight of the radio industry’s yearly calendar with the Awards attracting the industry’s stars, personalities and media executives from around Australia. Full details.
Digital rollout continues with 3.8m DAB+ radios in market
The number of DAB+ digital radios in Australia climbed to 3.8 million
in 2017, up 24%
over the past 12 months, according to figures released by radio industry body Commercial Radio Australia. Full details.
Mark Allen and David Schwarz Might return to Radio
Herald Sun reports that “Marko” and “Ox” have been targeted for the March 31 launch of a 24-hour sports radio network on the AM band of 1278, that for many years was synonymous with 3AW. And they have been earmarked for the 3-6pm timeslot of drive, pitting them against Kevin Bartlettand John Rothfield (Dr Turf), the latter being part of new management that oversaw the sacking of Allen and Schwarz.
Bert 'Birdbrain' Robertson has died aged 89 (Mar 9) on the Gold Coast. He is best known for his radio work at 4BC, 4GGand 2UW. Bert was born in Melbourne and would have been 90 in April. (Jocks' Journal editor Greg Newman interviewed Bert in November 2017. A tribute will be featured in the next issue of Jocks' Journal.) Funeral details.
ARN Strengthens Commercial Leadership Team In Melbourne
ARN has announced significant appointments to its Melbourne Commercial leadership team. Nisar Malik has been appointed to the role of Agency Sales Director, Nick Flood joins ARN as Direct Sales Director and Lena Rapley (pictured) has moved from her role as Melbourne Agency Group Sales Manager into the newly created role of Head of Client Solutions – Melbourne and Adelaide.
Davenport And Wood Appointed As GMs
Southern Cross Austereo
has announced a new management structure for Queensland which sees the appointment of Tim Davenport
(below) as General Manager for Southern Queensland and Ken Wood
(top) as General Manager for Northern Queensland. More details.
Monique Now On News At Mix/Cruise
Monique Crichton, ex-Triple M Adelaide News Director, is now reading news on Cruise 1323 and Mix 102.3.
Allan Cameron Joins Arabian Network
After 3 years as Tasmanian Regional Content Director, Allan Cameron will be leaving Grant Broadcasters on March 14. Allan will be the new Content Director of Dubai 92, one of the 9 ARN (Arabian Radio Network) stations based in Dubai UAE.
NFDS 2018 Entries Open Now
The National Features and Documentary Series, which aims to encourage storytelling from new and emerging community radio producers from around Australia, is now open for entries. Emerging community broadcasters are encouraged to submit their idea for a feature. Full details
3AW's John Burns Fined for Drink-driving
3AW breakfast co-host John Burns has been put off the road for a year and fined $500 after being caught drink-driving for the second time. Full story
Chris Coleman Does a Melba
After quitting his role at 2CC for a new career, Chris Colemanhas accepted a new casual radio position. He says: Well, this is a little bit awkward. Put me on the list with John Farnham and Nellie Melba. What can I say? When you get a call asking if you want to anchor & call the footy coverage for a team you've supported for over thirty years, it's a bit hard to say no. And to MIX 106.3 in Canberra, thanks for giving me the chance to fulfil what's pretty close to a life-long dream."
Kate Langbroek Shares Photos Of Bruising
HIT network radio host Kate Langbroek has demanded answers over the "degradation" of St Kilda after her family was subjected to what she described as a "crazed, violent, terrifying attack".
Gary Rendall Departs 6PR
Gary Rendall has resigned from 6PR Perth. He spent the last 17 years as the station's Promotions Director and at one time was Program Manager. For more than 40 years he has worked in radio mostly in promotions and events. On his final day he announced on Facebook: "It is 17 years since my good friend Kylee Payne and Shane Healy trusted me with an amazing opportunity. Pretty happy to leave when it is time for me to explore other opportunities."
3MFM Station Manager Wendy Williams To Retire
is undergoing some changes this year with the retirement of Station Manager, Wendy Williams.
After 9 years at the helm Wendy has decided it's time to step down from her role. "I began here almost 10 years ago as a trainee presenter in a purely voluntary capacity. The following year the Station Manager was taking Maternity leave and I agreed to fill in for a short time during her absence."
said Wendy. That short time lasted more than 9 years. Full story.
Talking Lifestyle Go Sport
The “Talking Lifestyle” format will be broadcast for the last time on Friday March 30th. It will be replaced by a Sports format, networked across the same 3 stations and featuring presenters drawn from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The new format’s launch will coincide with the Commonwealth Games which commence on the Gold Coast on April 4th. More details.
Shane Luy to trade in the fun for the money
After 11 years making commercials on the Sunshine Coast, Shane Luy has finally decided to trade in the fun for the money. Prior to becoming the commercial producer at 91.9 SeaFM and 92.7 Mix FM on the Sunshine Coast, Shane produced commercials and pulled weekend shifts at the SCAAlbury hub. Shane begins his new sales role on March 5th.
New Episodes of Hamish and Andy on PodcastOne
Hamish & Andy are back, with the first episode of their brand new weekly podcast now available on PodcastOne. Hamish & Andy is a podcast that began its life as a band of three men, travelling from village to village in the 1700’s, asking locals to gather round to listen as they discussed big issues of the times and provided light refreshments.
Movement At Grant Broadcasters
Allan Cameron has announced he is leaving his role at Grant Broadcasters as the 7HO FM and State Content Director for Tasmania. (See 'Radio Jobs.') He leaves in mid-March and Jocks' Journal believes he is heading overseas. Before his role in Hobart he spent 4 years as Group Program Director – Star Radio Group – Malaysia.
Ross Turner, who holds the State Content Director role for Grant Broadcaster's Queensland stations, is also moving on. He has resigned and will be leaving Hot 91.1/Zinc 96.1 in a few weeks time.
Michael Croke Signs Off
Michael Croke who has hosted Saturday Breakfast with ABCCentral West NSW is signing off. He has been with the ABC since 1988. Monday-Friday you would found him at school as a teacher and now principal at Catherine McAuley Catholic Primary School.
Crocmedia Launches NRL Nation and NRL Partnership
, has secured an NRL broadcast partnership for the next five years under a sub-license agreement with Macquarie Media Limited
and the ARLC. Full story.
George And Paul Move Over To 2GB
George Moore and Paul B Kidd have moved to sister station 2GB. The pair were heard weekends on Talking Lifestyle. Their place has been taken over by Mieke Buchan and Rob Duckworth.
Chris Derrick Departs SCA
Southern Cross Austereo has announced that Chris Derrick, Head of Digital Strategy will be leaving the business. Derrick joined SCA in 2015 and was instrumental in SCA’s successful on-boarding and management of the Vevo relationship in 2016 through to Vevo’s recent decision not to renew any international sales partnerships. Yvette Coutsoudis who worked in Human Resources has also left the company.
David Rymer Takes A Break For Health Reasons
After two years as Content Director, David Rymer is leaving Triple M Brisbane. A staff memo has stated that he will take time away from his radio role to get his health in order. Rymer will stay on until a replacement can be found (see 'Radio Jobs'.)
Maddie Off To Melbourne
Maddie Burke is joining the ARN newsroom in Melbourne. She was with 96fm Perth in 2017 and previously spent five years as breakfast newsreader at Nova 93.7.
Mick Malthouse back on air at the ABC
The Ex-AFL coach has joined the ABC, after being sacked at SEN. Mick Malthouse will do special comments for select games, mainly on Thursday nights (courtesy of the Herald Sun).
Study shows radio listening heats up over summer
For the second year running, radio audience measurement company, GfK, conducted a survey during summer which found radio continues to engage with listeners across this period, providing them with entertainment, music and information. More details
Former 2Day FM worker says male executive raped him
, a former 2Day FM staffer who resigned from SCA in 2016 - says the alleged attack occurred in late 2013. In a statement, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) said the company is assisting police. The 'accused' man was later employed by a rival radio network. Full news story. Blake's blog.
New Annual Diversity Scholarship at AFTRS and ABC
The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS
) and the ABC
have chosen Iranian refugee Pariya Taherzadeh
as the recipient of this year’s $19,000 Selwyn Speight scholarship. Full Story.
Troy Ellis Joins Nova Entertainment
t has announced that Troy Ellis
will be joining Nova
and Smooth FM'
s on air line up from Monday 5 March. Troy Ellis has spent 10 and a half years with Channel Seven
along with 20 years in radio, most recently Gold FM'
s breakfast show. Full Story
Tanya Hennessy to Host Hit Weekend Breakfast
, radio host and comedian, will host Weekend Breakfast on the Hit Network
in 2018. Her program will be heard each Saturday and Sunday morning from 7am - 9am, with a regular rotation of guest co-hosts. Full details.
Macquarie Media To Review ‘Talking Lifestyle’ Brand
Russell Tate, who has been executive chairman (effectively chairman and CEO) of both Macquarie Radio and Macquarie Media since 2008, said the radio network will complete an operational review of its Talking Lifestyle format, which was introduced onto Macquarie’s 2UE station in Sydney in September 2016, and subsequently networked into its Magic music stations in Melbourne and Brisbane last year. “The ratings performance of these stations, particularly in Melbourne and Brisbane, has not met expectations in the first half of FY18,” he said.
Paul Konik Says Farewell
Today Paul Konik
will farewell his 3NE
listeners at 6pm Friday February 16. Konik, who hosted the breakfast shift on Wangaratta’s 3NE for 16 years until December is retiring. In recent weeks the 74 year-old has done the 1pm to 6pm shift at the station which last year was sold to ACE Radio,
which owns Albury’s 2AY. Full story.
Adam Lang Promoted at Macquarie
Macquarie Media has appointed Adam Lang as chief executive, with executive chairman Russell Tate to roll back his duties. Tate will assume a non-executive chairman role from July 1st 2018.
RTI Closing Classrooms and Studios
The Radio Training Institute (RTI)
, established in 1984 as the Melbourne Radio School, is closing its classrooms and studios for the final time. As of RTI’s June 30 2018 closure and the end of operations in Melbourne, those interested in exploring a radio future will be offered a traineeship within the ACE Network
. Full Story.
New Hot 100FM Breakfast Team Announced
will be joining Sarah Passalick
on the Hot 100FM
breakfast show. The new duo will be on air starting March 5th 2018. More details.
New Drive Announcer for Mix 104.9FM
has announced a new personality joining the team for 2018. Matty Harrison
has been appointed as Mix 104.9FM’s new drive announcer, starting March 5th 2018. More details.
Changes at 2ST/Power FM
2ST/Power FM GM Peter Perrin (pictured) is leaving at the end of February. Joel Gosper from 2NM/Power FM Muswellbrook will move into the GM role on March 5. Current CD/PD Rohan Bullock has resigned but will leave at end of March; new CD/PD is Greg Clark, who is moving from his GM role in Bega. The station has also signed two AFTRS graduates: Grace Garde who is on drive (1-4pm) and Jo Lodge who does 10am-1pm and Power FM music.
Darwin’s New Drive Announcer
Tiffany ‘Tiff’ Rouge is taking over from the nationally broadcasted Hamish and Andy drive program on Hot 100Darwin. A local, 'Tiff' has been part of the station since 2016. She presented the program 'Hanging With Tiff' each weekday.
Natalie Moves to ABC
Natalie Livingstone is leaving AIR News. Natalie moved to Australia with the aim of making her way in news media after having a short career in British media. For the last couple of years Natalie has been presenting the news on a part time basis for AIR News and pulls her final shift on Friday. News director Artie Stevens says "Natalie has been a wonderful example of someone coming to a new country and making good. She has been a fantastic asset to AIR News and will be missed. ABC's gain is our loss, and I can only wish Natalie great things for the future. I have no doubt we'll hear a lot more of Natalie."
Bree Tomasel Now On NZ Radio
Bree Tomasel, former Sea FM Central Coast Breakfast show host, is now working with New Zealand's ZM. Former drive host and current KIIS Melbourne breakfast co-host Jase Hawkins spent the last 3 years in New Zealand on ZM.
David Schwarz Takes Legal Action Against SEN
Melbourne Demons footballer David Schwarz
is reportedly taking legal action against former employer SEN
. The Herald Sun reports the 45-year-old has launched a legal claim against the new-look Pacific Star Network — SEN’s parent company — over lost wages and damages to his character. Full story.
His on air partner Mark Allen
is also taking action.
Triple M Launches Into Bundy
Southern Cross Austereo
has announced that from Monday 26 February, 93.1 SEA FM
Bundaberg will be renamed 93.1 Triple M.
Celebrating its 18th anniversary on-air, this brand change will see the Bundy station join Australia’s second largest radio network with 35 Triple M stations across metro and regional markets plus an additional four Triple M digital stations. Full story.
NOVA Network Launches 2018 Marketing Campaign
will reinforce Nova’s position as the number one music network, and showcase the brand’s high performing on air line-up around the country, with a multi-platform marketing campaign launching in February. Full details.
Nova 106.9 Official FM Radio Broadcaster
of Commonwealth Games
Brisbane’s number one rating radio station, Nova 106.9,
announced a partnership with the Seven Network today, making the station the ‘Official Brisbane FM Commercial Radio Broadcaster of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games’. Full details.
Paul Holmes Joins 2CA
Forever Classic 2CA
is excited to announce that Paul Holmes
will be joining the station in 2018 as host of its flagship Breakfast Show. Paul Holmes is a well-known radio personality through his many years at Sydney’s 2Day FM
working alongside Wendy Harmer, Peter Moon, Jamie Dunn
and more recently at WS FM
and Hot Tomato
on the Gold Coast. Full story.
Why people listen to radio – it makes them feel happier
People listen to radio because it makes them feel happier and more informed, with news and traffic updates, on-air personalities and the live nature of radio being key drivers for choosing radio over other forms of media, according to GfK’s
latest Radio Insights research on listening drivers. Full details.
Josh Olek Hosts Oz Made
Josh Olek is the new host of the Grant Broadcasters weeknight music show "Oz Made". Josh who is the daytime host of K Rock Geelong takes over from former host Sarah Demicoli aka "Sarah D". Sarah gave birth to her first child recently.
Steve Smith Returns To Australia
Steve Smith, former ARN Melbourne general manager, is returning to Australia. He's been the COO of the Arabian Radio Network has accepted the role of role of CEO of Boost Media International, a consultancy formed by George Buschman.
ARN Secures Christian O’Connell For Gold Breakfast
international radio announcer Christian O’Connell
is moving to Melbourne to join the Pure Gold
network, hosting GOLD 104.3
Breakfast in 2018. Christian is best known as the host of the Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio
in the UK. The youngest ever inductee into the UK’s Radio Academy Hall of Fame and winner of more Radio Academy Awards than any other person, Christian is also a successful stand-up comedian, author and TV presenter. Full details.
A New Duo Of Dead Set Legends
St Kilda champion Leigh Montagna (pictured) and Triple M Footy news breaker Jay Clark will head up Dead Set Legends on Triple M Melbourne each Saturday morning in 2018. Triple M Melbourne’s Head of Content, Shaun Gough said, “We look forward to a Big and exciting year with Joey & Jay making their DSL debut tomorrow.” A rotating cast of co-hosts and guests will join Joey & Jay each week. First up is Billy Brownless. Dead Set Legends are heard Saturday’s on Triple M Melbourne 10am to Midday.
Hit and Triple M for Amazon Alexa
From February 1, Hit Network
and Triple M
flash briefings will be available to listen on Amazon Alexa
. Listeners can now add Triple M news and sports updates, as well as news, entertainment and celebrity news from the Hit Network to their personalized flash briefing, which they can then play simply by asking “Alexa, what’s the news?” Full Details.
Chris Coleman's Final Day On Radio
announcer Chris Coleman
will host his final radio show on Friday February 2. He's worked in the industry since 1986. He's joining the ACT Police media team. Read what he had to share on Facebook. Full story.
ABC dismantles sound libraries and axes staff
is dismantling its historic sound and reference libraries across the country and making 10 specialist librarians redundant to free up floor space and save on wages. Full story.
Matt Granland joins 3AW football commentary team.
Matt Granland will broadcast Saturday night matches for 3AWFootball. Granland, who was axed from SEN 1116, will broadcast Saturday night matches for the Melbourne's top rating talk station.
Adelaide Radio Show on SEN Melbourne
SEN’s Melbourne audiences will be listening to a radio show hosted from Adelaide with the appointment of Kane Cornes to its Friday morning spot. He will fill the space left by Gerard Whateley, who will take Friday mornings off to allow him to call the football on Friday nights (Source: Herald Sun).
Triple M Country – New SCA Digital Radio Station
Triple M Country
will go live at midnight tonight, with Southern Cross Austereo
launching its new digital radio station. Triple M Country will feature contemporary music by many celebrated Aussie and international artists, from Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers and Keith Urban, to Sam Hunt, Florida Georgia Line, and Carrie Underwood. Full details.
CRA appoints Jaime Chaux Head of Digital
Commercial Radio Australia today announced the appointment of Jaime Chaux
to the position of Head of Digital. Mr Chaux takes up the new role in March. Full details.
Emma Field Joins ABC
Emma Field tweets: "After 7 years I'm leaving The Weekly Times to take up a job with ABC Gippsland. It's been a wonderful ride with WT, but I look forward to new challenges and moving back to Gippsland."
Record numbers listen to commercial radio in 2017
More Australians tuned into live and local commercial radio throughout 2017 than ever before, with an average cumulative audience of nearly 10.5 million
people listening each week in metropolitan areas, growing the audience by more than 200,000
people. More information.
SEN Cuts Newsreader
Craig Hutchison has wielded the knife again, with sports newsreader Brett Thomas the latest to be shown the door at SEN. The SportsSENtral newsreader, who was heard in the afternoons, has been sacked, the Herald Sun has confirmed. Thomas has been at the station for almost nine years. “Have worked for the past five years as the afternoon news reader for SportSENtral with stints on the road as well,” his LinkedIn profile says. “Commentate, host, produced there isn’t a role I haven’t done at SEN.”
Janet Cameron Wins Australia Day Honour
Janet Cameron has won an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the general division. This is for service to the broadcast media.She's the Managing Director of Grant Broadcasters. The company started back in 1942 when her father Walter Grant bought the license for 2DU Dubbo, NSW.
Former ABC Radio South East presenter Tim Holt also received an Order of Australia honour. After landing a slot with station Radio DJ in 1969 as a 19-year-old, Mr Holt was making pre-recorded tapes for the military, with a mix of news and music. One of the tapes landed him a job with Radio 2BE in Bega, so he jumped in his car and never looked back.
Mel Mayer has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community of Coolamon and to radio broadcast production.
Changes At 3GG
Matt Cameron (Tipping) is now 3GG’s night and weekend announcer. He replaces Orion Kelly who moves into local news. Matt will be filling in for “Deaksy” on breakfast in February 2018.
AFLW star Daisy Pearce joins SEN
Craig Hutchison has named AFLW star Daisy Pearce as the latest station signing. Pearce, 29, will play a number of roles across SEN, including as an expert commentator on match days. She will also appear on the breakfast show with Garry Lyon and Tim Watson as well as having a regular spot with Gerard Whateley.
Cathy Thomas Made Redundant at SEN
Herald-Sun reports that the SEN shake-up has claimed another high-profile victim with general manager Cathy Thomas shown the door. Thomas, who had been in charge of the sports station for the past 18 months, was told her position had been made redundant as part of the sweeping changes being engineered by CrocMedia boss Craig Hutchison. Thomas joined SEN in 2016 after 13 years at Austereo and was responsible for the controversial signing of Garry Lyon to a new revamped breakfast show.
Jase & PJ Go National
Jase & PJ will be heard across Australia on the KIIS network each weeknight from 8-10pm (a highlights show). A producer on the show uploaded a post about it on Instagram over the weekend saying: "Melbourne's had a taste for the past 2 weeks... but guess what? You can also get a dose of @jaseandpj week nights 8pm to 10pm around the country."
Radio starts 2018 on positive note
Radio ad revenue for metropolitan markets rose by 1.69%
year on year to $401.985 million
in the six months ending December, reversing a 1.59% decline in the June half, according to data compiled by Deloitte and released by industry body Commercial Radio Australia. Full Details.
2CC and 2CA Changes
Richard Perno is leaving 2DU Dubbo and will join Talking Canberra 2CC hosting 3-6pm weekdays. He will replace current Canberra Live host Chris Coleman (pictured) who is resigning from his drive role. At Forever Classic 2CA, Cathy Dinn (pictured) has been announced as the new Drive Announcer 2-7pm weekdays. Dinn is returning to her former station to replace Greg Robson who has decided to take a break from radio. Richard and Cathy commence their new roles on Monday February 26.
Ally Joins C91.3
Ally Redondo, an afternoon traffic reporter for KIIS FM has joined C91.3FM Campbelltown. Ally joins Josh Webster for breakfast while regular host Lyndal Koteras is on maternity leave.
Nova Entertainment on Air Line Up Returns in 2018
has recently agreed to new contracts with the network's key talent for 2018. Cathy O’Connor
, NOVA Entertainment’s CEO said, “We are proud of our performance which has been delivered as a result of our consistent on-air line up. We expect to build on our strength in 2018.” Full Details.
SEN shake-up continues
Former Australia Test cricketer Rodney Hogg is the latest pundit to be shown the door a day at SEN a day after it was revealed that evening host Mark Fine and weekend presenter Kevin Hillier were axed. Hogg confirmed the news on Twitter today, thanking listeners for their patronage. Fine had been at SEN for 13 years while Hillier served 11 years.
Rita Panahi joins 3AW's Sunday Morning Show
Outspoken Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi is the newest recruit to 3AW’s Sunday Morning program. Panahi will co-host the morning program alongside Darren James and Nick McCallum, starting on January 21. Panahi will also have regular segments on Nights with Steve Price and a number of other roles on 3AW.
Kevin Hillier Another SEN Casualty
SEN 1116 Melbourne casual presenter Kevin Hillier has also lost his fill in role. He says: "In 45 years of radio I've only been sacked a few times but notched another up today. My time at 1116 SEN is over. Been doing summers and fill ins since 2007, never wanted a full time gig. I love broadcasting, always will and I certainly believe I have a few good shows left in me. Thanks for your support. Another door opens......"
Vale Les Rose
Former radio announcer, Les Rose, passed away on Monday 15 January in Adelaide. Rose, aged 64, died in his sleep following a long illness. He spent 34 years in radio and In the '80s he worked 2CA and 2CC in Canberra. He also worked at 5AU, 2GZ and hosted the 'Hit File' syndicated program.
Frank Vincent sacked from 2CA after harassment complaint
The company that controls Canberra radio station 2CA
sacked breakfast presenter Frank Vincent
on Tuesday after allegations of sexual harassment.Vincent was taken off the air a day after the board of Radio Canberra
said it received a report from an independent investigator who was appointed last year to investigate harassment allegations. Full details.
It's been reported that Rob Duckworth
could be a fill-in replacement.
SEN veteran Mark Fine latest victim in shake-up
has sacked its evenings host, Mark Fine
, as the changes continue at the sports station. The broadcaster’s 15 years at the station came to an end late Monday afternoon when he received a phone call from management. Full Story
WSFM to play all Aussie music on controversial January 26
not the only radio station planning to play all Aussie music on January 26, with WSFM
now announcing they are planning to do something similar. Full story.
FIVEaa New Look Schedule For 2018
‘Conversations with Cornesy’ interviews will now be broadcast daily on FIVEaa
from 12-1pm weekdays.The move is part of the confirmed 2018 station schedule, which includes Malcolm Blight
joining Kane Cornes
for Sportsday SA, 6-7pm weekdays.Full details.
CRA Announces Xtra Insights Contract Extension
The commercial radio industry has announced Xtra Insights
has been appointed to a further two years as the official provider of radio audience measurement surveys in regional Australia. The contract extension is effective immediately, with ratings surveys planned for several major regional centres in 2018, including Hobart, Wollongong, Gosford, Townsville and Bendigo. More details.
Lindsay on Illawarra Drive
Lindsay 'The Doctor' McDougall will host ABC's Illawarra Drive from 3-6pm weekdays in 2018. He's a former triple j host and a rock guitarist. Lindsay's program commences on 97.3FM on Monday 22nd January.
Graham Kemp Loses His Wife Sharon
On Sunday 14th January, Sharon Kemp - wife of former Brisbane radio boss Graham Kemp, passed away in the early hours. Graham and Sharon were together 40 years. Sharon died after a battle with cancer. She was step mum to Tony and Megan. Sharon's funeral will be on Thursday 1pm at Mt Gravatt Crematorium.
Robbo Axed From Melbourne's SEN
After 13 years with SEN 1116 management has axed Mark 'Robbo' Robinson. He was a panelist on many of the 1116 SEN radio station's shows, including The Run Home.
Sacha Moves To Hit Network
Executive Producer Sacha French has moved from KIIS 101.1 to SCA Melbourne to work with Hughesy and Kate. She'll produce their new Hit Network drive show which commences on January 15.
CBAA Dismisses Industry Protest
(Community Broadcasting Association Of Australia) has responded to a protest by Amrap
(Australian Music Radio Airplay Project) after all six members vacated the CBAA offices. Full details.
Whateley Explains ABC Defection
has opened up about why he swapped the ABC
for a much smaller audience on Melbourne radio station SEN.
"I'm 43, I've been there [the ABC] since I was in my 20s," Whateley told Fairfax Media. "It's my moment to go and have a crack at something else." Full Story.
Brad Hardie in Hospital after Suspected Stroke
radio presenter, Brad Hardie
has suffered a suspected stroke and is recovering in a Melbourne hospital. It is yet to be determined how long he will be away from the microphone. Hardie won the Brownlow Medal in 1985 while playing with the Bulldogs in his first season in the VFL. Full Story.
New 96FM Duo Plan To Fire Up Airwaves
new breakfast duo Lisa Fernandez
and Paul Hogan
have promised an “unfiltered” and “politically incorrect” return to the Perth airwaves. Full Story.
Meshel Upset Over Stitch-Up
It seems Meshel Laurie is a bit disgruntled about the use of her image on this mornings first episode of "Jase & PJ". Kiis FMs' new drive show "Will & Woody" made an appearance on the show this morning wearing t-shirts and had coffee mugs with "Matt & Meshel" branding. Laurie took to Instagram with a post about it.
ARN Announces 2018 Changes at WSFM
has announced Scott Muller
has been appointed Content Director for Sydney’s WSFM, and Mike Hammond
and Steven Fitton
will join the WSFM team in 2018 as Morning and Afternoon announcers respectively. Jason Staveley
will continue his role as Music Director and Drive announcer on WSFM. More details.
Former Adelaide Announcer Killed By Lightning
Antony Van Der Meer,
a former presenter on Adelaide community radio station Fresh 92.7,
was struck and killed by lightning in the Northern Territory. The 35-year-old man was hiking the Rim Walk with family members on New Year's Day. Full story.
A Busy Barker
Macquarie National radio's Steve Barker was a busy boy once again covering the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. This was the fastest Sydney to Hobart race in history! It also resulted in a controversial finish with the race's most successful yacht in its 73 year history, Wild Oats 11 - going from its (unprecedented) 9th line honours win and 3rd race record to (no prizes for) 2nd! Steve says: "Radio won - day, night, people were in the picture and informed. Live, immediate, national, exciting!"
Kirsty Returns To Australia
Kirsty Meyer has been appointed as Content Director for Southern Cross Austereo Cairns stations Hit and Triple M.Kirsty returns from Abu Dhabi where shewas Program Director at Radio 2.
Gerard Whateley Leaves ABC
Sports broadcaster Gerard Whateley
has announced he is leaving the ABC,
to take up a role with Melbourne sports radio station SEN.
He issued a statement on social media on Monday afternoon confirming "circumstances" had conspired to hasten his departure from the national broadcaster. He will join a revamped SEN as host of a morning program called "Whateley" and as the station's chief sports caller. Full story.
Hope Content Director Moves On
Hope 103.2 Sydney Content Director Aaron Ironside has moved on. The station its expected to soon announce his replacement.
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