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2020 October Radio News

Cherie Romaro Departs 2CH

Cherie Romaro, General Manager of Classic Hits 2CH Sydney, has left the station. Early in 2020 the Sports Entertainment Network purchased 2CH from EON Broadcasting. SEN can now be heard in Sydney on 1170AM. On October 22, 2CH moved from AM to DAB+  Romaro had been General Manager for 2CH for just on two years.

The Two Murrays Return To Weekends on 2GB and 4BC
Murray Wilton and Murray Olds (aka The Two Murrays) are set to deliver five hours of news, sport, entertainment, lifestyle and plenty of frivolity over summer weekends on 2GB and 4BC. Their new show launches this Saturday, October 31, and continues on weekends right through until the start of the NRL season in March 2021. The Two Murrays will go to air Saturday and Sundays 2pm–7pm on 2GB and 1pm-6pm on 4BC.

Chris Reiger Appointed 4BC News Director

Chris Reiger is now News Director at 4BC Brisbane. Chris has been reading news on the Breakfast with Neil Breenshow. Reiger previously worked as Operations Manager at 4RR Charleville.

Bill Weaver Hosting WSFM Morning Show

Bill Weaver has been appointed the temporary host of theWSFM Sydney weekday morning show. He replaces Mike Hammond who has stepped down for family reasons following a family tragedy. Bill has previously worked as a freelance announcer for various ARN stations.  He will fill in until a permanent replacement has been confirmed.

Joey Joins Brother Matty on SEN  

Andrew 'Joey' Johns  is joining Matty Johns as a regular guest on his brother's 1170 SEN Morning Glory morning show. Andrew is a part of Nine’s NRL commentary team. They are both former rugby league players.

Sam Bradbrook Now At ABC Riverland

Sam Bradbrook, a former journalist at The Bunyip, and a former reporter at Radio Adelaide, is now a news reporter with ABC Riverland.

Tim Gilbert To Host New Friday Night Radio Program

Tim Gilbert is returning to radio to host a new Friday night program on Nine Radio’s 2GB, 3AW and 4BC. Your Weekend with Tim Gilbert will be heard on Friday’s 7pm-8pm across the non-NRL/AFL months, providing tips and ideas on how you can make the most of your weekend.Gilbert has worked across Channel 9 and Sky News but began his broadcasting career at 2GN in Goulburn, before several years at 2UE.

Matt Bern Notches Professional Milestone

Territory FM radio personality Matt Bern has celebrated his 10th anniversary as the full-time presenter of the Drive program. The occasion has given him pause to reflect on the decade, which he said had flown by in a flash. “I’m amazed at how quickly it has gone,” he said. “Every day is new and different and full of surprises, and every day I learn something new.” Matt Bern has worked at radio stations in Perth (NOVAand 929), Geelong (KROCK) and the Illawarra (POWER FM) before finding his way to Darwin in 2010. External link opens in new tab or windowFull story.

Paul Murphy, Host of PM and Dateline, died aged 77.

Australian journalist Paul Murphy, best known for his decade-long tenure as host of the ABC's PM program as well as being the first host of SBS's Dateline, has died aged 77. Murphy first joined the ABC in the late 1960s and became a political reporter in the Canberra press gallery, before joining the ground-breaking ABC television current affairs show This Day Tonight. In 1994 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to public broadcasting and to journalism. In 2000 he was awarded the Walkley Award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism. External link opens in new tab or windowFull story.

Basil Zempilas the new Lord Mayor of the City of Perth.

Basil Zempilas, 6PR Perth breakfast co-host, has  won 29.44 per cent of the vote on Saturday night, defeating rival and former ABC journalist Di Bain by 284 votes in a nail-biting count.Mr Zempilas was officially declared Lord Mayor just after 9.20pm.External link opens in new tab or window Full story from WA Today

ARN Appoints Richie Wright As Adelaide Content Director

Richie Wright has been appointed to the position of Content Director at Mix 102.3 and Cruise 123 in Adelaide. He commences on October 19. Since joining ARN in 2016, Richie has been based in Sydney in the role of Assistant Content Director for KIIS 1065. During this time he has also worked as a producer on KIIS 1065’s Kyle & Jackie O Show, KIIS Network’s national night show and hosted The Voice radio show which aired across the KIIS national network.

Basil Zempilas To Leave 6PR

Media personality and Perth mayoral hopeful Basil Zempilas will part ways with radio station 6PR after a directive by his other employer, cross-town rivals Seven West Media. Zempilas' current contract expires next month but he was told by Seven West Media in August he could not accept a new contract with 6PR after it was bought by rival broadcaster Nine, also the owner of this masthead. Zempilas is tipped to return to Southern Cross Austereo next year.  (External link opens in new tab or windowFull story courtesy of WA Today)

Nick D'Urbano joins SEN 1116

Nick D'Urbano has left his role as Editorial Assistant at the Herald Sun to join sport station SEN 1116.  He will host The Overnight Crowd - the Melbourne stations' overnight program.

September 2020 Australian Podcast Ranker

Stuff You Should Know (ARN/iHeartMedia) remained in the #1 spot as the most downloaded podcast in the country in September. (Source: Triton Digital). The No 2 podcast was Casefile True Crime (Audioboom) and at No 3 (same as last survey) Hamish & Andy (SCA-PodcastOne Australia). Casefile True Crime (Audioboom) remained the #1 spot as the most downloaded podcast in the country. External link opens in new tab or windowFull listings.

Barry Keohane Resigns

After 15 months as Content Director for Mix 102.3 and Cruise 1323, Barry Keohane has decided to take a step back from radio and has resigned from ARN.  He said on Facebook: "Like all my previous positions, this was an incredible ride with so much learning, and of course the joys of working with a great team of passionate radio people.  And considering Mix is now firmly at number 1 in Adelaide after a 5 month survey break, what better way to go out than to go out on top!  It's been a big year for me personally with some health challenges and for now it's time to focus on my studies and a few side projects, take a deep breath, then see where the journey takes me next."

Save Our Voices

The country’s leading regional media organisations have united to fight for urgent reforms to outdated and obsolete laws that put the future of local media at risk and threaten to leave 9.2 million regional Australians without local news services.  Australian Community Media (ACM), Prime Media Group, SCA and WIN Network have launched the ‘Save Our Voices’ campaign fronted by veteran television journalist Ray Martin AM, aiming to raise awareness of the importance of regional media and highlight the need for long overdue regulatory change.  The campaign rolls out today with a series of television, radio and newspaper ads and a dedicated website (External link opens in new tab or windowwww.saveourvoices.com.au) featuring interviews conducted by Ray Martin. External link opens in new tab or window Full story.

Grant Broadcasters Strengthens
Local Content and Operation teams

Ryan Rathbone, the Group Content Director for Grant Broadcasters, has announced some key appointments to strengthen the content and operations structure for the company’s Victorian and South Australian Radio stations. The current Regional Content Director for Victoria, Mark Hyland, will now assume overall responsibility for all 15 radio stations across Victoria and South Australia as well as maintaining his content leadership position with both K Rock 95.5 and Bay 93.9 in Geelong. Tom Lewis will continue to co-host the K Rock 95.5 breakfast show as well as taking on the Assistant Content Director for the station. External link opens in new tab or windowFull story.

Mal Lees Leaves Hot Tomato

Mal Lees (formerly Club Veg) has left Hot Tomato on the Gold Coast. His contract ended and Grant Broadcasters did not offer a renewal. His last on air shift with Moyra and Baggs was Friday October 2.

Sandy Aloisi Calls Time On Her 40 Year Career

ABC NewsRadio breakfast presenter Sandy Aloisi has hosted her final radio shift.  She tweeted: "Thanks everyone for all your kind words following my decision to leave the ABC. Looking forward to turning the 2.45am alarm off!It’s been a great ride." In the late '70s she became Sydney's first female commercial newsreader, working at 2SM. She worked in news at stations including 4KQ and 2UE where she also served as Program Director. At 2UE she also co-hosted the station's breakfast program, before moving to ABC News in 2010.

Stardust Replaces Reminiscing on Classic Hits 2CH

Next week on Classic Hits 2CH, Stardust will launch on Saturdays 6pm to midnight, a showcase of timeless music, with artists such as Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Norah Jones, and Diana Krall. This replaces Reminiscing hosted by Bob Rogers who has retired from radio at the age of 93.

K Rock 95.5 & 93.9 Extends Local Drive Show

Both shows will now air 3pm-7pm weekdays with a renewed focus on delivering quality local content for the region, while helping those commuting listeners fighting the hectic Melbourne traffic to connect and engage with their local community from the comfort of their cars. “The Departure Lounge” on K rock 95.5 is hosted by Stampsy and Joshweekdays 3pm – 7pm. External link opens in new tab or windowFull story.

Crocmedia Rebrands to SEN

Crocmedia will re-brand as Sports Entertainment Networkfrom 1st October. The move celebrates the evolution of the business from its regional radio beginnings to the dynamic multi-platform sports and entertainment business that it has become.  The business owns and operates 16 radio stations around the country, including 1116 SEN Melbourne, 1629 SEN SA in Adelaide, the soon-to-launch 1170 SEN Sydney as well as 10 stations under its racing brand SENTrack. External link opens in new tab or windowMore details. 

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