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July 2019 Radio News



Radio welcomes ACCC digital platforms final report
 
Statement by Joan Warner, chief executive officer of Commercial Radio Australia, on the release of the final report of the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry: “We congratulate the ACCC on delivering a landmark report into the significant and complex issues raised by the rapid growth of the digital platforms in Australia."  Full story.



Damages sought in Ray Hadley bullying claim

2GB Sydney radio announcer Ray Hadley has revealed he is being taken to court over highly-publicised bullying accusations. Earlier this year, former 2GB producer Chris Bowen criticised Hadley's "vile" behaviour in a lengthy Facebook post. Hadley apologised on-air for any hurt caused to his long-time colleague. Statement from Ray Hadley.



Ross Edwards New Role

Ross Edwards​, Mix 94.5 Perth Announcer/Music/Operations Assistant has a new role as DAB+ MD for the Triple M network. He commences on Monday July 29.



Chloe Maxwell Joins Juice

Chloe Maxwell will be joining Juice FM on the Gold Coast to host an all-new Good Taste Brekky Show starting August 1st. Chloe is no newcomer to media, having worked extensively in tv, commercial radio and modelling (famously being known as the Jeanswest Girl). Chloe alongside her husband, NRL legend Mat Rogers founded 4 ASD Kids Charity, which helps raise money for families with autistic children in need. Full story.



AirCheck Adds 51 DAB+ Stations
 
AirCheck, the leader in broadcast monitoring, announced that it will begin monitoring 51 DAB+ stations across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.Beginning with Perth, 51 DAB+ stations will be added across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, in addition to the 58 FM and AM stations already monitored nationwide. The process is expected to be completed by the end of October. Full details.



1116 SEN New Drive Show

1116 SEN has named former Western Bulldogs champion Bob Murphy and Andy Maher as the hosts of its new drive show. Bob Murphy and Andy Maher will debut Monday 29 July, from 3-6pm on 1116 SEN and 1377 SEN+ and will be available at sen.com.au as well as via the SEN App. They replace Kevin Bartlett and Dr Turf.  Full details.



Jon Faine reveals sign-off date - and a special farewell

Veteran ABC Melbourne broadcaster Jon Faine has revealed when he'll be signing off. The radio host, who has fronted ABC Radio Melbourne's mornings program for more than two decades, will sign-off for the final time on Friday, October 11. Faine's last show will take the form of a public fundraiser to be broadcast live from Melbourne's Town Hall. Full story.



The Bucket List

Diana Simons and Kieren “Beefy” Blake are presenting a sports show on SEN1377+ Saturday mornings,called  'The Bucket List'. Diana has previously worked at 3AK, Bay FM, Gold FM (Gold Coast) and other stations. Beefy was a former professional English cricket player, who was also an occasional contributor on the BBC. (Sadly Beefy revealed on air that murdered Melbourne schoolgirl Courtney Herron was his stepdaughter.) Margaret Court was a recent guest on the show.



Commercial Radio Goes Digital in Canberra

Commercial radio will officially switch on DAB+ digital radio broadcasts in Canberra today Friday, July 19, providing digital quality sound and more station choice for listeners in the capital. All four commercial radio stations, 2CA, 2CC, Mix 106.3 and Hit 104.7 will broadcast in digital, alongside several commercial digital-only stations, with more new stations to launch in coming months. Full details.



Audio HQ Officially Launched In Brisbane!

Brisbane’s HIT105 and Triple M have moved into their new custom-designed headquarters AUDIO HQ, the country’s most advanced radio super studios at Level 4 at The Barracks in Brisbane. The new headquarters feature 50km of CAT6A data cabling, 32,000 unique Audio Signals,101 TV screens, 318 computer screens, 6144 channels of lighting control and even a staff Café. It was one of the biggest and most technical relocations in radio history in Australia.  Some 200 invited guests attended the official launch. Dave Hughes broadcast his national HIT Network program live from Audio HQ and Brisbane-born duo The Veronicas performed a short set and were well received.  (More in the new Jocks' Journal.)




Josh Olek Joins Triple M

After 3 and a half years at K Rock Geelong, Josh Olek is on the move to Brisbane. He joins Triple M Brisbane where he'll be doing afternoons and operations.He begins in early August.



Pete Curulli to join Hit92.9
 
Pete Curulli will replace Ryan Jon on Hit92.9’s breakfast show, with Ryan deciding to leave breakfast radio with Heidi and Xavier. While it’s been a tough decision for Ryan, family comes first, and he will leave Perth to be with his fiancée Brigitte who lives in regional Victoria. Ryan was in studio this morning to tell his co-hosts he’d be leaving them – click here.  Full story.



Ali Longhurst Appointed Gold Coast’s Hit90.9 CD
 
The Gold Coast’s Hit90.9 has announced Alisson (Ali) Longhurst as their Content Director taking over from Corey Kay as he moves into his new position of Gold 92.5 Content Director.  Having been part of the 90.9Sea FM breakfast teams throughout 2015 to 2017, Ali comes back to the Gold Coast with many years’ experience as a producer. Ali comes from her most recent role as Senior Producer of Melbourne’s Fox FMwith Fifi, Fev and Bryon.



SCA National Sales Manager Charged

Matt Cooper, 2DAY/Triple M national sales manager, stripped naked and ran onto the football field at Sunday’s NRL game between the Paramatta Eels & Wests Tigers. In front of more than 24,000 fans, he ran onto the pitch after hiding behind aChannel 9 camera. Police have issued Cooper with a court attendance notice for “wilful and obscene exposure”, as well as another charge under the pitch invasions act. He will front court in August and could face jail time as well as a fine up to $12,000.



Phil ‘Gus’ Gould joins Macquarie Sports Radio

Macquarie Sports Radio welcomes Phil 'Gus' Gould to the network and has announced the launch of The Gus Gould Show, starting 9:00 am on Saturday, July 20. Each week, Gould and co-host Julian King will be joined by a rotating cast of Rugby League greats as well as leading experts from the wider sporting world, and listeners will get the chance to pick Gus’ brain via the open line.



Daniel Pizarro Departs

Daniel Pizarro, Executive Producer of 2CC's 'Canberra Live' program, finished up on Friday July 12. Alan Jones is now being broadcast on 1206 2CC Canberra with Tim Shaw shifting to Drive, along with his Producer, Eddie Williams. Daniel told JJ "Wishing Radio Canberra all the best, while I seek new opportunities."



The Steve Price Show to launch on Monday

Starting this Monday, 15 July, The Steve Price Show will broadcast from 12-3pm Monday to Friday on 2GB in Sydney, 4BC in Brisbane and network stations across Australia. Steve will be joined by an array of regular contributors, including: Karl Stefanovic (Mondays), Erin Molan (Wednesday), Deb Knight (Thursdays), Phil Gould (Fridays), Rita Panahi (Daily) and Mieke Buchan (Daily). More details.



90.9 SEA FM Gold Coast Now Hit90.9

The Gold Coast’s 90.9 Sea FM will now be known as Hit90.9and with this comes a brand-new breakfast show, the Hit90.9 Brekkie Crew with Lise, Sarah, Dan & Ben. The decision to rename 90.9 Sea FM to Hit90.9 is said to allow the station's listeners to be a part of a more unified brand, one which is synonymous across Australia and the nation’s largest radio brand – The Hit Network.   Lise Carlaw and Sarah Wills, also known as Those Two Girls, are no strangers to The Hit Network. They currently host national mid-dawns from 5am-6am and now in addition to this they will join Dan Anstey and Ben Hannant to wake up Gold Coasters on weekdays from 6am – 9am.





Community Broadcasting of Australia Members
Join iHeartradio Australia

Australia’s digital audio streaming and entertainment service,iHeartRadio, and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) have announced that they have signed a new agreement to allow community radio stations to join the iHeartRadio Australia service. The new partnership offers iHeartRadio Australia audiences’ access to some of the country’s most loved community radio stations. The initial community stations launching include PBS 106.7FM, 3KND, FBi Radio, Fine Music 102.5 and 96five. With many more to follow over the coming months. Full story.



Judith Whelan's high-profile role at ABC made official

Former Sydney Morning Herald editor Judith Whelan says change is inevitable at the ABC as she officially steps into the role of director of the broadcaster's regional and local operations.  Whelan, who has been acting director since Michael Mason departed in December, says one of her priorities in the role – "it's the best job I've ever had," she says – is keeping the focus on audience and building on the ABC's "tremendous" connection to local viewers. (Source: Sydney Morning Herald)

GfK Canberra Survey 2, 2019

MIX 106.3 was the top rating station in the latest GfK Canberra survey with a share of 18.2% (+1.2). Next came sister station Hit 104.7 with 18% (+0.2).  The other commercial stations - 2CA and 2CC respectively had a share of 4.9% (0.3) and 4% (-0.8). ABC Canberra came third in survey 2 with 11.5% (+1.1). Full details.



GfK Metro Survey 4, 2019

In today's GfK Metro Survey 4 it was another ratings win to talk stations 2GB and 3AW.  2GB recorded  a share of 14.0% and 3AW, 15.6%. In Adelaide, MIX 102.3 rated No 1 with 12.1% (- 0.1).  Brisbane's No 1 station was Nova 106.9 on 11.7% (+0.2) and finally in Perth, Nova 93.7 made No 1 with 14.1% (+1.5). Full details.


2019 GfK Metro DAB+ Ratings Survey 4

The top rating DAB+ stations in survey 4 were: Double J(Sydney), Coles Radio (Melbourne), Coles Radio (Brisbane), The '90s iHeart Radio (Adelaide) and Smooth (Perth).  Full Details



* UPDATE  Anthony Hudson and Terry Wallace have begun their stint on SEN's afternoon program after a decision was made on July 9 to remove long-serving SEN broadcaster Kevin Bartlett from air immediately following comments he made about why he had decided to leave the station at the end of the footy season.

Kevin Bartlett quits SEN

SEN Melbourne afternoon announcer Kevin Bartlett (KB & The Doc) has quit SEN after 15 years following tension with station boss Craig Hutchison. It is believed the fractured relationship between Bartlett and station chief executive Craig Hutchison led to Bartlett’s decision to quit. “I really enjoyed the old SEN and it’s fair to say I haven’t enjoyed the new SEN,’’ Bartlett told the Herald Sun. He resigned last Monday and has given the station a month’s notice. Bartlett was replaced by Gerard Whateley on the 9am-midday shift, one of the first decisions made by Hutchison. Bartlett, 72, had been expected to see out the footy season.  SEN media release regarding departure.



How Plot To Get Alan Jones Backfired

To understand last week’s attempt to have Chris Smith move from his 2GB midday timeslot after more than 15 years, after his contract was terminated and paid out, you need to rewind to November last year. At that time the Macquarie Media board made a decision to do the previously unthinkable: dump star presenter and winner of 15 years’ worth of radio surveys for the station, Alan Jones. Full story - The Australiannewspaper. Story by Leo Shanahan.



The Steve Price Show Launches Monday July 15

Steve Price is bringing a new brand of afternoon radio to Sydney and Brisbane. From July 15, The Steve Price Showwill broadcast from 12-3pm Monday to Friday on 2GB, 4BCand network stations. Price replaces Chris Smith who has parted company with the network. Full details.

Dan Underhill Joins 96FM

Dan Underhill, Nova 93.7 Perth program director, has resigned to join Australian Radio Network’s 96 FM in Perth.  Ben Latimer takes on the role of dual program director for Nova 93.7 as well as Nova 91.9 in Adelaide. Peter Clay, who is head of programming for Nova 96.9 and Smooth FM, will take over the Sydney role in the interim.



2CC Brings Alan Jones to Canberra Breakfast Radio

Australia’s Number One Breakfast Radio host Alan Jones will present the Alan Jones Breakfast Show live on 2CC 5.30am to 9am weekdays, commencing Monday 15th July. Alan Jones says: "Looking forward to being with you at Breakfast time in Canberra from July 15. We'll be rattling a few cages!!!" The Ray Hadley Morning Show will be extended by an hour to be broadcast from 9am to 12 noon and Tim Shaw will present 2CC’s Live & Local Drive program weekdays 3pm to 6pm.



Anita Savage Joins Hope

TV and Radio Journalist Anita Savage has been appointed to launch and lead the new Hope Media News Service commencing later this year.  Anita had an extensive career in journalism working with 2UE, Sky News, Channel 9, Bloomberg Television and most recently ABC TV and radio. Anita will join the Hope Media team from Monday July 29.  



Crocmedia Goes Narrowband

Crocmedia has purchased 23 narrowband radio licences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Gold Coast, Darwin and Alice Springs. The move will see 1116senand other Crocmedia content broadcast nationally.



Tim Shaw's New Show

Tim Shaw will be the new host of Canberra’s only Commercial Talk Drive radio program. It all starts Monday July 15 from 3:00pm on Talking Canberra 2CC. Tim says: "Radio is local and always will be. Network all you want, but locals deserve a local. That's what I am." In other news, he's also been elected to the Board as a Director of the National Press Club of Australia.



Vale Stephen ‘The Ghost’ Walker

Stephen ‘The Ghost’ Walker passed away on Wednesday 3 July 2019 after a short battle with cancer. Stephen was Triple R’s Program Manager in Melbourne for 14 years and a volunteer presenter with the station for 37 years. He was instrumental in shaping the sound of Triple R during the late ’80s and ’90s and forever more. Full story.



3AW & Crocmedia End Relationships with Scott Cummings

Former AFL player Scott Cummings has been sacked by two media companies after comments on a personal podcast. 3AWsays it was “disgusted” by the sex assault jokes made on Cummings’ Humpday podcast with Dane Swan. Cummings has also been axed from Crocmedia’s weekly Footy WA TV show. But Swan took a defiant tone on Twitter, saying the pair had nothing to apologise for. “If we had of ever said anything wrong or offensive we would of apologised but the fact is we have never have and I’ll debate anyone anywhere arguing that point,” Swan said in a tweet. (Source: Herald Sun)


2019 Warrnambool Xtra Insights Survey

95.3 Coast FM rated No 1 in the latest Xtra InsightsWarrnambool survey.  They had a share of 40.9% (+3.2). Sister ACE Radio station 3YB FM came 2nd with a 24% share (+2.3).  Next came ABC Southwest with 6.2 (+2.0). Full details.

Chris Smith Leaves 2GB

* UPDATE.  2GB and Chris Smith today have announced that they have agreed to end their working relationship.  Smith will attend a pre-planned overseas trip for three weeks commencing tomorrow and following the trip, Chris will leave 2GB on 31 July 2019. Neither 2GB nor Chris Smith will be making any further comment on the matter.  CEO Adam Langsays: "We wish Chris well in his future endeavours." Chris would like to thank 2GB listeners for their ongoing support.



Chris Smith supporters to rally outside 2GB

Talkback radio listeners are expected to gather outside 2GB’sPyrmont studios today in protest of a planned line up change that would bump afternoon host Chris Smith into the night-time slot. Smith is said to be distraught at the decision by Macquarie Media bosses to move him off nights and swap him with regular night-time host Steve Price. At least three major advertisers have threatened to pull up to $2 million worth of advertising from the station if the decision goes ahead. (Source - Daily Telegraph)



Air News Now Officially Sold To Terry Daniel

Artie Stevens has sold his successful Air News service  to Terry Daniel.  From the 1st of July, AIR News will be owned and operated as AIR News Media by Terry Daniel of Coffs Harbour. Artie Stevens will be staying with the business as News Director and covering weekday breakfast news until, at this stage, 30th June 2020. Terry's brothers Glenn who is a breakfast news presenter at Smooth FM Sydney and brother Richard who is working in media throughout South East Asia, will act as consultants to Air News.

June 2019 Radio News



Radio Alive and ACRAS Accomodation

Commercial Radio Australia has secured a limited number of hotel rooms in the vicinity of where both the Radio Alive 2019Conference and ACRAs are taking place on 18-19 October 2019 in Brisbane. These rates are available through their travel partner, Stage and Screen, with options to suit all budgets. Full details.


96FM Breakfast Duo Axed

The 96FM Perth breakfast team Lise Fernandez and Paul Hogan have been dropped, only half way through their three-year contract. The West Australian newspaper understands the duo were told on Wednesday June 26 they would not be re-signed at the end of their contract and left immediately. However the pair (as of June 30) were still featured on 96FM's website and Facebook page. The Australian Radio Network,which owns the station, would not comment.

Chris Smith Calls In Lawyers

Update:  Chris Smith has now asked lawyers to step in on his behalf to fight management plans that will see him moved from his top-rating afternoon slot to Steve Price’s night shift. Macquarie Media has also launched an investigation into who leaked the story. Smith broke down in tears on air on Wednesday after Liberal senator Jim Molan wished him well. The 2GB switchboard was flooded with angry callers after The Daily Telegraph revealed plans to move Steve Price into Smith’s top-rating afternoon slot.  “What I can tell you though is that I am in discussions with management about my future,” he told his listeners on Wednesday.  “And I really do hope to have some good news too. In the meantime it is business as usual.”



Chris Smith To Be Axed From 2GB Afternoon Shift

2GB afternoon talkback host Chris Smith to be axed from his timeslot. The Daily Telegraph reports that Smith stormed out of Macquarie Media’s Pyrmont offices after a meeting with management on Monday morning. It is understood Smith was told he could be moving to the evening timeslot, in a straight swap with current night time host Steve Price. Full story.



Joann Keogh Retiring From SBS

After 31 years at SBS in Melbourne, Joann Keogh is taking her long service leave and then retiring. Joanne was the station's National Resource Centre Manager.



Barry Keohane appointed Content Director
for Adelaide's Mix 102.3/Cruise 1323
 
Barry Keohane has been appointed Content Director for Mix 102.3 and Cruise 1323. Barry has previously worked at SCA as assistant Content Director/Music Director and as a General Manager for Content in China overseeing the launch of 10 stations in markets of over 10 million people. Most recently he was Content Director at ABC Adelaide. Barry also mentors and teaches up and coming talent in his role as Head Lecturer for the Radio Content Management and Leadership Course with the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. Barry will begin his role on Wednesday, 10th July.


SEN forced off air due to a fire

Melbourne sports radio station SEN  has been forced off air for most of the busy breakfast timeslot due to an emergency. Garry Lyon and Tim Watson were left out in the cold due to a fire at the Crocmedia studios in Southbank. Fire trucks were in attendance from before 5AM, with the pair evacuated from the building due to a blaze that began on a lower floor. More details.



Tim Bergh Returns Home To Brisbane!

After nine years in regional radio, Tim Bergh has accepted a position as the Assistant Breakfast Producer at 97.3 Brisbane, returning home to be closer to his family who are on the Gold Coast. Tim said "after more than a decade working in regional radio, I'm very much looking forward to stepping up into a metro market! Bring on the next chapter of my very exciting radio career!"



Eagle's New Breakfast Announcer

Matt Brokenbrough has been appointed as the Breakfast Announcer and Promotions coordinator at 93.5 Eagle FMGoulburn & Southern Tablelands. He says: "I'm loving my new gig at Capital Radio Network here in the Southern Tablelands. Perfect opportunity to kick off my commercial radio career whilst still being close enough to Sydney to attend some of my AFTRS classes!"



New General Manager to Lead 7HOFM

Mick Raisin has been appointed General Manager at 7HOFM, replacing Colin Taylor who leaves Grant Broadcasters in late July, after 13 years with the company. Mick has a long commercial radio history with his most recent position in Mt Gambier as General Manager of the now named Hit96.1 and Triple M.


Hit Central Queensland's New breakfast show  

Central Queensland’s Hit107.9 has a new breakfast show featuring Nicholas Feain and Hayden Bleechmore. Nicholas Feain moves from his breakfast gig on Gippsland’s Hit94.3and Hayden comes from ACE Radio in Colac, Victoria. He was discovered through Southern Cross Austereo’s talent master class program Hubble. Nick and hayed can be heard weekdays from 6am-9am.



Hobart’s Hit100.9 Welcomes Grace Garde To Workday
 
Hobart’s Hit100.9 will welcome newcomer Grace Garde to workdays from 1pm-3pm from Monday June 17. Grace began her radio career at Southern Cross Austereo Gosford in promotions before moving to her most recent gig on Power FMin Nowra after graduating from AFTRS in 2017.With experience in both breakfast and workday shifts, Grace was ACRA Finalist for Best Newcomer On-Air (Provincial) in 2018.



Vale Chris Winter

Chris Winter, one of the founding announcers at the original Double Jay and a fixture in the early days of triple j, has passed away. Chris was a foundation presenter for Double Jay in 1975. He is best known as the original presenter of Double J's “Room to Move” a two hour music program presented weekly on the ABC’s first network from 1971. Following his work with triple j, Winter went on to work with ABC local radio, before taking a role that would see him play a  part in the development of the ABC's first digital-only TV station, ABC2.



Search For Australia's Hottest Radio Hunk
 
A nationwide search to find Australia’s hottest radio hunk is on! Take 5 magazine is asking radio listeners all over Australia to vote. So far 3486 readers and radio listeners have taken part. To nominate your favourite, email: take5@bauer-media.com.auor visit the Take 5 Facebook page. Full details.



Air News To Be Sold to Terry Daniel

Air News is pleased to announce that we are in the process of selling the news business. If all goes to plan then come the 1st July AIR News will be owned and operated as AIR News Media by Terry Daniel of Coffs Harbour. For all involved there will be no apparent change, the news service will operate exactly as it does currently, with all the same presenters and same services. Full story.

Port Hedland and Broome’s first official radio ratings
 
The radio station listened to the most in the Western Australian towns of Broome and Port Hedland was announced today with the results from the region’s first official radio ratings survey are released. SPIRIT Radio was the top rating station with a share of 36% and were No 1 in all sessions. RED FM rated No 2 with 26.4%.  Then came triple j with 16.4% and ABC Kimberley with 8.3%. The survey was conducted by Xtra Insights between the 13 May - 1 June. Full details.



HIT 105/Triple M into Brisbane Super-studios

HIT105 and Triple M have begun broadcasting from their new custom-designed headquarters AUDIO HQ, the country’s most advanced radio super studios.  After more than 12 months in planning, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) Brisbane, parent to the two stations, have officially left their long-time home at North Quay, and relocated to Level 4 at The Barracks.  It was one of the biggest and most technical relocations in radio history in Australia.  More Info



Dangerous Dave Takes Over My Generation
 
Dave Williams will host Triple M’s national show My Generation from Saturday June 8, replacing the recently departed Ugly Phil. My Generation is heard on over 70 stations nationally through the Triple M Network and affiliate partners regionally. “I am honoured to be handed the keys of this iconic show and I can’t wait to give it a spin!” Dangerous Dave said.



NOVA 100 Announce Brand And Promotions Manager
 
Nova Entertainment has announced the appointment of Andy Kay as Nova 100 Brand and Promotions Manager. Andy says, "Working in the radio industry is a dream career for me and joining NOVA Entertainment is a new and exciting chapter in my life. It'll also be fantastic to reunite with the gorgeous Chrissie Swan after all these years!"

Coffs Harbour Radio Ratings

SCA's Triple M 106.3 rated No 1 in the latest Xtra Insightssurvey with a share of 29.4 % (+6.1).  SCA sister station Hit 105.5 came 2nd with 23.6% (same as last survey). Next came triple j with 12.0% (-1.9) then ABC Coffs Harbour with 10.9% (-2.2). Triple M rated No 1 in breakfast, morning and afternoon. Hit 105.5 were No 1 in drive and ABC No 1 in evening. Full details.



KOOL FM New Brekky Announcer

Matthew Lynch of 2WEB Bourke will take over the 6-10 am Breakfast show on KOOL FM Innisfail.  He commences in early July. (2WEB now has a vacancy.  See 'Radio Jobs.')



GfK Metro Survey 3, 2019

In today's GfK Metro Survey 3 it was another ratings win to talk stations 2GB and 3AW.  2GB recorded  a share of 14.8% (+0.3) and 3AW 15.1% (-0.1). In Adelaide, MIX 102.3 rated No 1 with 12.2% (- 1.7).  In Brisbane it was a close race with Nova 106.9 on 11.5% (-0.9) and finally in Perth, Mix 94.5 were once again No 1 with 14.3% (-1.1). The top rating DAB+ stations were - Coles Radio (Sydney), Double J (Melbourne), The ‘90s iheart radio (Adelaide), Double J (Brisbane) and a tie in Perth with Smooth/ABC Grandstand. Full details.



2BS/B Rock Sold To Super Radio Network


Ron and Stephanie Camplin have sold their two Bathurst FM radio stations 2BS and B Rock, to the Super Radio Networkowned by Bill Caralis. An announcement of the sale was made in the morning news bulletins on both stations. Instead of hearing Ray Hadley, local listeners tuned into John Lawsvia 2SM. Staff were told of the news on Sunday night at the home of the Camplins. Station General Manager Phil Cole, who has worked for Ron Camplin for 41 years, says “it’s business as usual.”




Jamie 'Mac' McDonald Health Update


On Tuesday June 4, Brisbane-based UK-born radio announcer/musician Jamie McDonald will be undergoing open heart surgery. He went into hospital last week after suffering chest pains and was informed he had a heart attack. Jamie has worked at many Australian radio networks including the SCA, Macquarie, ABC, and also the BBC. He's also a talented Chalk Artist.  Jocks' Journal wishes our mate Jamie a great outcome and speedy recovery.




Vale Phil Hunter


Former 2UW announcer Phil Hunter has passed away after spending a number of years in poor health.  He is best known for his time in the ‘70s hosting afternoons on 2UW. He began at the station in 1968.  In the ‘60s he was also heard on 2SM and later ran a record shop in Chatswood in Sydney.




Vale Hon. Nick Jones


Nick Jones, best known as Ian MacRae's 2SM sidekick the Hon. Nick Jones, has passed away. In 1981 the brekky pair released the single The Ballad Of Lady Di.  Nick was a  self-appointed local government councillor who initially did the odd guest segment on the breakfast show, but then became Macca's regular sidekick.




Perth university student wins
 national Brian White Journalism Scholarship
 
Edith Cowan University broadcasting student, Tom Durkin, is the winner of the national Brian White Scholarship awarded by Commercial Radio Australia. As winner of this scholarship, Tom will now commence an eight-week paid internship in Sydney, consisting of two weeks each at the leading radio broadcasters Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and NOVA Entertainment.  Full details.

May 2019 Radio News



Radio Alive and ACRAS Accomodation

Commercial Radio Australia has secured a limited number of hotel rooms in the vicinity of where both the Radio Alive 2019 Conference and ACRAs are taking place on 18-19 October 2019 in Brisbane. These rates are available through their travel partner, Stage and Screen, with options to suit all budgets. Full details.


Macquarie Re-Signs Allan Jones AO

Macquarie Media Limited (MML) has announced that it has re-signed Alan Jones, the host of its 2GB Sydney and 4BCBrisbane breakfast radio programs, to a new two year contract which will commence on July 1st 2019 at the conclusion of his current contract. In announcing the signing, MML Chairman Russell Tate said he was very pleased that Jones would continue to be an integral part of the Macquarie on-air team for at least another two years. Mr. Tate commented that “Over his already extraordinary radio career, Alan has dominated Sydney radio with 218 ratings survey wins, including 15 consecutive years at Number 1 on 2GB - an unprecedented achievement. And with Alan’s current ratings share of the Sydney radio audience amongst the highest it has ever been, his dominance shows no sign of slowing down. All of us at Macquarie are delighted that we will continue along for the ride with one of the Australian media’s most outstanding performers.”

(More from The Australian)

Tim & Jess Move To The Border’s Breakfast
 
Central Queensland’s Hit 102.9 breakfast duo Tim Bolch and Jess Pantou will make the move to The Border’s Hit104.9 as the new breakfast show from Wednesday, 5 June as Riley-Rose Harper makes her way into Hit104.9 Mornings. Tim and Jess started together in 2017 at Hit96.1 Limestone Coast before moving on to Hit102.9 Central Queensland. Group Content Director for Victoria and SA Luke “Becks” Tooheysaid, “I’m beyond excited to work with Tim and Jess again, they are a great SCA development story and a hell of a team.”



Heather Maltman to leave Gold Coast’s 90.9 Sea FM
 
This morning on the Gold Coast’s 90.9 Sea FM it was announced Heather Maltman will be leaving the breakfast team on Friday, 31 May after over two years on the show Heather, Dan & Ben. Dan Anstey and Ben Hannant will continue on 90.9 Sea FM from 5am-9am weekdays. Listen to the announcement here.



Commercial radio industry welcomes
 new Communications Minister
 
The commercial radio industry has welcomed the appointment of Paul Fletcher as the new Federal Minister for Communications, Cybersafety and the Arts in the Morrison Government. Mr Fletcher was previously Minister for Families and Social Services. In his career he has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, held a senior executive role at Optus, established a consulting firm serving the communications sector and has written a book about broadband.



CBAA Community Radio Awards - Entries Close Soon

The CBAA Community Radio Awards entries will close next Wednesday, 29 May 2019. Winners will be announced at the CBAA Community Radio Awards Gala Dinner on 26 October, part of the CBAA Conference in Melbourne, Victoria. Entrants' Guide for all categories, criteria and information on how to enter.



Roy and H.G. Join Macquarie Sports Radio

Australia’s sports commentary duo Roy and H.G. have a new home on Macquarie Sports Radio. Just Short of a Length with Roy and H.G. will pad up for one of the world’s most hotly anticipated sporting spectacles - the ICC Cricket World Cup.The show premieres on June 1. Full details.


GfK Newcastle Survey 1, 2019

With an increase of 3.7%, 102.9 Triple M rated No 1 in the first Newcastle GfK survey for 2019 with 16.8%.  Next came HIT 106.9 with 12.5%. triple j followed with 11.5% (+2.3). ABCNewcastle had a share of 9.6% (-3.1), 2HD 8% and NEW FM7.5%. Triple M were No 1 in all sessions except evening with 2HD rating No 1. Full details.



New CD at Hit 105

Jack Ball has been appointed Content Director of Hit 105Brisbane and Head of Content Hit Queensland.  



Lachlan Kitchen Now In Dubai

Lachlan Kitchen who left i98 FM Illawarra after almost 15 years at the station has joined Dubai 92 to host the breakfast show.



Vale Paul Mason

Paul Mason passed away May 2nd. He was 89. Up until a few months ago Paul was still doing some voice overs and was on air at North West FM. Along with his wife of 61 years, Elaine, he presented Saturday night’s Stepping Out With Memories until November last year. Mason scripted, hosted and provided the music for programs on stations such as North West FM, Golden Days Radio, INR in Heidelberg, 3CC in Harcourt, WRB in Footscray and 3WBC in Box Hill. His first foray into radio was the ABC’s Sentimental Journey program, which led to program requests from the UK-based broadcaster, BBC.




Heidi Tiltins Move

Heidi Tiltins has left WSFM and joined the smoothfm and Nova newsroom.



Eggo's New Role

Mathew 'Eggo' Eggleston has been appointed to the newly created role of Hit Network National Operations Manager.



New 2NUR Manager

Shane Peak has been appointed Station Manager at 2NUR at the University of Newcastle.



Hot Tomato Changes

At Hot Tomato Gold Coast, Candice Hazeltine (pictured) is moving from doing mornings to become EP for Flan, Emily Jade and Christo.  Olivia Scott who was station floater and Drive Producer is now mornings announcer and Assistant MD. Monique Cremona who was working in promotions is now Producer for Gailey, Mal and Moyra and is heard on weeknights 8 pm till 11 pm.


 
Renee Peterson Back To Melbourne

Renee Peterson has returned to Melbourne after filling in with 90.9 SEA FM on the Gold Coast. She covered for Bella Frizzaand Scotty Couchman on the national Hit Network, regional and provincial.

Finalists announced for
Brian White Journalism Scholarship

Commercial Radio Australia has announced the finalists for the Brian White Scholarship Scholarship, which gives one student the chance to kickstart their journalism career and gain experience in Australia’s biggest radio newsrooms. Five of the 10 finalists are from NSW and four are from Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University. Full story.



Finalists announced for
Brian White Journalism Scholarship

Commercial Radio Australia has announced the finalists for the Brian White Scholarship Scholarship, which gives one student the chance to kickstart their journalism career and gain experience in Australia’s biggest radio newsrooms. Five of the 10 finalists are from NSW and four are from Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University. Full story.




Dugald Saunders now talking in Parliament

The new state member for Dubbo is no stranger to talking to the region – he’s been doing it for a decade. Former Dubbo ABC Presenter Dugald Saunders (ex-2XL, 3GG, 2UE, 4BC and 2DU) presented his maiden speech last week to the NSW Parliament as he commences his term as the newly elected Member for Dubbo. ABC Western Plains is now looking for the next breakfast personality here



Triple M set to give away their CD Library

Triple M is giving away their 10,000+ CD library to one person. Head of Triple M Content in Queensland, Rex Morris said the library has been the soundtrack to Brisbane for nearly 40 years. He said it may just be the biggest rock library ever given away as a single prize. Full Story




Commercial radio ad revenue in March quarter
 
Commercial radio metropolitan advertising revenue declined by 2.6% to $181.612 million in the March quarter compared to $186.518 million in the same period a year ago, according to data compiled by Deloitte and released today by industry body Commercial Radio Australia. More Details


2GB hand Alan Jones breach of contract notice

A breach of contract notice sent to broadcaster Alan Jonesthis month is the third Jones has been handed by 2GBmanagement since a $3.7 million defamation case relating to Queensland’s Lockyer Valley floods went against the radio station in September. Macquarie Media CEO Adam Lang has warned Jones that two callers put to air on his breakfast show on April 29 made statements that were potentially in breach of the broadcaster’s existing five-year contract, which is set to expire on June 30. Full story (Courtesy of Daily Telegraph)



Widow of Keith McGowan sues his son,
granddaughter in will dispute

The family of late Melbourne radio legend Keith McGowan is locked in a legal battle over his will. McGowan, 70, died three days before Christmas 2013 after suffering a stroke in his sleep. The veteran 3AW presenter’s wife Angela McGowan, who was gifted his estate, is suing his son from his first marriage, Nathan McGowan, and granddaughter, Jessica McGowan, after they lodged a caveat on her South Yarra home she shared with him. Full story from Herlad-Sun.



Dry July ads named Australia’s best
radio campaign for 2019

A radio campaign by Clemenger BBDO Sydney for Dry July has won the Gold Siren Award for Australia’s best radio campaign at the annual 2019 Siren Awards. The “Ducking Autocorrect” campaign, by creatives Ben Clare and Celia Mortlock, took out the Gold and Silver Awards at an event in Sydney hosted by comedian and Triple M breakfast hostLawrence Mooney. Full story.

 



Matt & Troy Team Up On Nova 100

A day after Matt Tilley made his debut on mornings at Nova 100, he has reunited with former on-air partner Troy Ellis. The pair more than 10 years together on The Matt and Jo Show. The show will still be known as ‘Matt Tilley in the Morning.’ Mel Tracina is now on afternoons replacing Ellis.



Darwin now broadcasting in digital with DAB+
 
Listeners in Darwin can now tune in to commercial radio in digital quality sound, with the official switch on today of permanent digital radio broadcasts on DAB+. Low-powered trial DAB+ services have been on air in Darwin since 2010, but permanent installation and higher power transmissions mean consumers can now access the full benefits of digital radio. Full details.



Alan Jones' Radio Contract Talk, Drags On

Macquarie Media has the option to review rival offers made to Alan Jones as difficult negotiations with the star 2GBpresenter drag on. The radio network is in the midst of fraught negotiations with the 78-year-old veteran broadcaster and breakfast host of Sydney radio station 2GB whose employment contract runs until June 30. Full story. (Source: Sydney Morning Herald)



Jeff Sparrow Bids the Breakfasters Farewell

Jeff Sparrow is stepping down from co-hosting Breakfasters at 3RRR Melbourne after three and a half years on air. Jeff’s decided to spend more time focusing on his writing. His final broadcast will be on Friday 10 May. Full story.



Dan Hill New K ROCK CD

Dan Hill is leaving FOX FM and joining Grant Broadcasters' K Rock as their new CD.  He says:  "Can't wait to head down the highway to hang out with my pals at K rock. Bittersweet to be leaving SCA, a company I've spent nearly 13 years with, but so exciting to start fresh leading a great team. Bring it on."



Hit100.9 Hobart welcomes Sean Brown
 
Sean Brown has returned to his hometown as Mornings Announcer and Music Director for Hobart’s Hit100.9. Originally born in Hobart and growing up in Tasmania, Sean made the move to Sydney in 2017 to attend AFTRS. Whilst studying, Sean began his radio career producing digital content withKyle and Jackie O then moved onto casual on-air work across the ARN. Most recently, Sean was the host on Magic 931’s breakfast show in South Australia and now has scored a spot on the radio station he grew up listening to.



Steph's New ARN Gig

Steph Halamantaris is the new daytime announcer on ARN'sdigital radio station 'Chemist Warehouse Remix'. Steph has been a casual weekend announcer with KIIS 1011 for the past couple of years.



ARN Appoints Corey Layton to New Role
 
ARN has announced Corey Layton has been appointed to the newly created role of Commercial Product and Audio Partnerships Director. Corey will be part of ARN’s National Commercial Leadership Team. He will lead the National Client Solutions Team and also be responsible for driving ARN’s audio growth strategy, including expanding ARN’s podcast offering.This appointment marks a return to ARN for Corey, who started his career on-air at ARN station formerly known as TT FM.



Virginia Trioli confirmed as Jon Faine's replacement

The ABC has confirmed News Breakfast presenter Virginia Trioli will replace Melbourne radio presenter Jon Faine when the veteran broadcaster retires later this year. Faine, who has been the morning’s presenter at ABC Radio Melbourne for 23 years, announced in January he would be hanging up the headphones at the end of the year.Trioli has hosted ABC News Breakfast since 2008. She has recently filled in for Faine as well as for Tony Jones on ABC TV’s Q&A. Her shift to radio would mean a brief - but nonetheless welcome - sleep-in, after just over a decade of 3am starts. (Source: The Age)

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)

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