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ABC's Peter Cundall Announces Retirement
Saturday mornings will never be the same again for avid gardeners around the world, with Australian gardening guru and media personality, Peter Cundall,
announcing his retirement from ABC radio.The former Gardening Australia
host first started taking questions from radio listeners in the late 1960s. It was believed to be the first gardening talkback in the world. Cundall, aged 91, signed off from radio with the lines "remember, old gardeners never die, they just gradually turn into compost!" Full story.
Nova warns listeners of data breach
warned listeners of data breach affecting 250,000 Australians. Nova chief executive Cathy O’Connor
said in a statement on Thursday December 28 that individuals were being notified about the steps they can take, with the disclosed information varying from person to person. Full details
from Sydney Morning Herald.
Brandon Joins Triple M
Brandon Disson is leaving FM 104.7 Coffs Harbour. He's been with the station since 2012. He's joining the team at Triple M Riverina MIA.
Karen Leaves WAY FM
Karen Dickson has hosted her last drive shift for Way FMLaunceston. She's taking a break from radio. Way FM announced: "We thank Karen for her dedication to excellence and know she'll be back brighter than ever before we know it."
Vale Rob Neil (1962-2018)
Well known Sydney announcer Rob Neil
has died. Neil, aged 56, passed away after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Sue and five young children. He worked at stations including 2WS, 2CH, 2SM, MIX 106.5
and 2GO. Full biography
from his website. His funeral will be held at Our Lady Help Of Christians Church at Epping 10am Thursday, 27 December.
AJ to part ways with Gold 92.5
After 22 years Adrian “AJ” Johnson has decided he won’t be returning to Gold 92.5. Gold 92.5 Breakfast with co-hosts Bridge & Spida will return on 16th January 2019.
Moonman Lands On Triple M Sydney Breakfast
Lawrence “Moonman” Mooney
will host a brand new comedy breakfast show - Moonman in the Morning - on Triple M
Sydney in 2019. In addition to his new breakfast show, Lawrence will be playing 11 shows at the Sydney Opera House from January 25 – February 3, 2019. Full Story.
The Most Played Song in Australia for 2018
released the figures today showing ‘These Days’ in the top spot with 20,815 spins. The smash hit, released on 19 January, received its first play on 19 January on Hit 101.9
Aussie boy band 5 Seconds of Summer
took out second place with their smash hit ‘Youngblood’, spun 19,898 times. More info.
Former ATN Reporter In Court Over Harassment
Olympia Kwitowski alleges she was bullied, harassed and “slut shamed’’ before being fired earlier this year by the Australian Traffic Network. She sued The Australian Traffic Network and their Queensland operations manager, on air personality Jay Lane, in the Federal Court in August. ATN and Lane have lodged defences in the matter, with the two sides now locked in court-ordered mediation. ATN is understood to have bumped up its offer to settle the case but is still a long way off the $120,000 or so Kwitowski is seeking in compensation. Since leaving ATN, Kwitowski has started a new role in Brisbane radio as a producer for a radio program. (Courtesy: Courier Mail)
GfK Metro Survey 8, 2018
The final GfK metro survey results for this year were released this morning (December 17). As usual, 2GB
(13.9%) and 3AW
(14.8%) were respectively the top rating stations in Sydney and Melbourne. In Brisbane the top station was 104.5 Triple M,
(13.3%), same as last survey. Mix 102.3
(12.9%) was the top rating station in Adelaide. In Perth, Mix 94.5
returned to No 1, with a 14.8% share. Full details
DAB+ Stations Survey 8, 2018
The top rating digital stations were: Sydney - ABC Jazz
, Melbourne - Double J
, Brisbane - The '90s iheart Radio
, Adelaide - ABC Jazz
, and Perth - Smooth
. Full details.
Shad Wicker to join Central Coast’s 2GO
Shad Wicker will be leaving Hit 103.5 in Cairns to join Mandy Coolen for breakfast on the Central Coast’s 2GO in 2019. 2GO Breakfast with Mandy and Shad will start on Wednesday, 30 January.
ARN Changes In 2019
The Australian Radio Network has announced new roles and changes at WSFM and Gold 104.3 for 2019. Jason Staveleyhas been appointed head of music for both Gold and WSFM. As well as the role of music director for Gold, Staveley will assist in formulating the music strategy for both stations. He will also present and produce network music features. Staveley will relocate from Sydney to his hometown of Melbourne. Zoe Sheridan will now host the drive show on WSFM until a permanent host is found in 2019. Gold 104.3’s Bryan Madiganwill move from Melbourne back to his home city of Sydney and will be the new MD at WSFM in 2019. Laura Bouchet has been promoted to assistant CD at WSFM in addition to her role as executive producer of the Jonesy & Amanda breakfast show.
ABC Radio Hobart announces 2019 line-up
The 2019 program year for ABC Radio Hobart
sees a fresh voice joining the Drive program. Well Tasmanian journalist Lucy Breaden
as the new voice of Drive between 4pm – 6.30pm on weekdays. Full details.
SCA roll out brand new websites
Stations across the entire Hit
and Triple M
metro and regional markets will now feature this new platform with a focus on audio and personalisation. Users will now have the option to create a log in via www.hit.com.au
so that their preferences will be saved for their next visit and content can be recommend based on their habits. More details.
2BS Now 2BS 95.1FM
Today (Thursday Dec 13) 2BS
Bathurst made the switch to FM. At 7.45am they became 2BS 95.1 FM
when Federal Member, Andrew Gee
officially flicked the switch. Launch photos.
Luke James resigning from Hit 92.9
The assistant content director for Perth's Hit 92.9, Luke James, is leaving the station to pursue other opportunities in Sydney. Luke will finish his role on February 1.
Most Played Advertisements of 2018
AirCheck released the figures today showing Harvey Norman
in the top spot with 208,361 ads placed across 53 stations. Nova Entertainment owned Star 104.5
Central Coast aired the most Harvey Norman ads during this time, accounting for 14,052 spots. More Details.
Craig Blair, music historian and former announcer/program manager, has died aged 54 from ulcer related complications. He worked at the Tasmanian Broadcasting Network (7BU-7AD-7SD) in the early '90s. He also worked in Townsville and regional NSW radio. Craig resided in Melbourne and was a passionate Richmond Tigers supporter.
ABC Radio's RN Breakfast accused of Greens Bias
It has been revealed that ABC's RN Breakfast has hosted double the number of interviews with Australian Greens senators this year compared with Labor senators and cross benchers. From last year November up to October, Fran Kelly's program has interviewed 11 Labor senators and 24 Greens senators. The revelations have raised concerns about the “disproportionate” ABC coverage the Greens receive. Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm voiced his concerns “The ABC has given the Greens airtime well in excess of their presence in parliament,” he said. “The ABC are on notice. If they continue to give the Greens disproportionate coverage, it will be undeniable it is deliberate.” - Courtesy of The Australian
Radio Welcomes ACCC Recommendations
Peak industry body Commercial Radio Australia
has welcomed recommendations by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
for greater regulatory oversight of Facebook and Google. More Details.
John Burns to Re-Sign
3AW breakfast co-host John Burns is poised to sign a new radio deal. He joined Ross Stevenson as co-host in 2001. Stevenson had rated No 1 from 1990-2000 in breakfast with Dean Banks. Stevenson signed a new long term contract in October 2018.
Triple M Brisbane welcomes Nick Cody
for The Big Breakfast
is joining Marto
and Robin Bailey
from 5.30am to 9am weekday mornings on Triple M’s
The Big Breakfast in 2019. In addition, Triple M Brisbane’s sporting all-rounder Ben ‘Dobbo’ Dobbin
will present breaking sports news throughout the show. Full details.
New EP For Kyle and Jackie O
KIIS 1065’s The Kyle & Jackie O Show have announced that Sonia Jahshan has been appointed to the role of Executive Producer. Sonia has been promoted into the role of Executive Producer after working on The Kyle & Jackie O Show as Senior Producer for the past two years. The Kyle & Jackie O Show today also announces Tom ‘Draco’ Whitaker will join the team as producer and will also be on air for KIIS 1065.
ABC Radio Brisbane's breakfast team gets a shake-up
In a return to traditional morning programming, ABC Radio
Brisbane has announced Craig Zonca
and Loretta Ryan
will host an earlier starting Breakfast show in 2019, with a local current affairs program returning to the morning slot. Current Breakfast co-host Rebecca Levingston
will host a morning program from 8:30am to 11:00am. More Details.
Aaron Kearney Returns to ABC 1233
Aaron Kearney returns to ABC 1233 Newcastle in 2019 to host drive. He is a former breakfast host. Jenny Marchant and Dan Cox will team up to present a new double-header breakfast show.
Max Dudley Back To Brisbane
Max Dudley is heading home to Brisbane in 2019. He'll be the new EP for Marto, Robin & The Moon Man on breakfast on Triple M. Max has spent four years with the Grill Team in Sydney.
ABC Radio Melbourne announces 2019 line-up
Starting on the 21st of January, Jacinta Parsons
and Sami Shah
will be doing breakfast. Jon Faine
will return for the mornings. Myf Warhurst
will be doing the midday shift and Richelle Hunt
will be heard on weekday afternoons ... Full Details.
Nine, Singleton near $109m radio deal
Negotiations between John Singleton and Nine Entertainment over Macquarie Media are thought to be heating up with the owners of Fairfax Media now believed to be talking numbers. Nine Entertainment says no negotiations have begun to buy the stake in Macquarie Media that Fairfax does not own because it does not officially secure ownership of the newspaper publisher until Friday. But DataRoom understands that talks are already under way, and the offer being made for the owner of Sydney’s 2GB and Melbourne’s 3AW radio stations is $2 per share. More from The Australian.
Bendigo Commercial Radio Survey
The latest Bendigo Xtra Insights survey results were released this morning (December 4). Triple M
was the No 1 station (25.7%) followed by Hit 91.9
(21.8%) Full Details.
Ryan Tothill Off To Sydney
Ryan Totill, Hit107 Adelaide Content Director, is moving to Sydney to become the 2Day FM Assistant Content Director. Matthew O’Reilly, Triple M Adelaide Content Director, will combine the role of Hit107 Content Director with his current role at Triple M.
Marcus Paul Joins Super Radio Network
Marcus Paul has joined the Super Radio Network. He hosted his first program on 2HD Newcastle on December 1.
Nine sheds 144 Fairfax jobs after companies merge
chief executive Hugh Marks
has confirmed that 144 positions will be made redundant as a result of the company's recently approved takeover of Fairfax Media. "We have spoken to, or will speak to, those affected as soon as possible so that all employees have clarity and certainty before we commence operations as a combined business,"
Mr Marks said. Full story.
AFTRS partners again with SCA
for Graduation Internship Award
The recipient of the 2018 SCA
Graduation Internship award has been announced today. For the third year, one talented graduate from the Australian Film Television and Radio School’s
flagship Graduate Diploma of Radio course has been selected and will be hosted in a special internship withSouthern Cross Austereo
(SCA). This year's winner is Katie Fleming. More details.
ABC Radio Off Air
The ABC Brisbane Bald Hills site was off air for over thirty minutes during drive on Wednesday November 28 from 4.45pm to about 5.20pm. Media Spy reports that 612 failed and the generator/s attempted to get on air three times when supply failed but to no avail. 612, RN and News Radio were all out. The on air message via digital and online was to keep listening via those methods, no quick switch over of Classic FM to the 612 program.
Allan Lee Joins SBS
Allan Lee has resigned from Vision Christian Radio and accepted a job offer to join the news team at SBS in Sydney. He will read his last bulletins for Vision on New Year’s Day and commence at SBS on January 7. Lee has had a number of radio roles including journalist/news Editor at Newstalk ZBNew Zealand and Assistant Producer/Director at the BBC.
triple j farewells Brooke Boney and KLP
Brooke Boney has announced that she’ll be wrapping up her time on triple j breakfast at the end of this year. For the past two years, Brooke has been the triple j breakfast’s resident news presenter. Alice Matthews joins the triple j breakfast team as the new news guru in 2019. After five years of working at triple j, the station also farewells House Party host and vibe-curator KLP. triple j will announce a new House Party presenter and Double J will announce two new programs in early 2019.
K-rock accused of underpaying staff
K rock Geelong is in mediation involving the Fair Work Ombudsman, after a former employee accused the broadcaster of underpaying him. Jacob O’Brien, who worked for K rock as a casual promotions employee, lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman after first seeking to remedy his alleged underpayment directly with K rock’s payroll team and its general manager, Andy Mathers. O’Brien claims he was underpaid a total of $180 over three weekend shifts. Mr Mathers said allegations the radio station had underpaid its employees were “factually incorrect”. (Geelong Advertiser)
Akmal Saleh to leave Central Coast’s 2GO
After a year of doing breakfast radio on Central Coast’s 2GO,co-host Akmal Saleh has confirmed that he will leaving breakfast radio to spend more time with family and pursue further comedic opportunities. 2GO's Content Director Peter Yiamarelos said, "It's been a real pleasure to have Akmal grace our airwaves with Mandy on the Central Coast throughout this year. In 2019 a new voice will be joining the breakfast show, led by returning co-host Mandy Coolen."Mandy and Akmal's last show will wrap up on Friday, 21 December.
Blackers is back for Breakfast!
Forever Classic 6iX
is thrilled to announce Perth radio icon Ian ‘Blackers’ Blackley
will be back where he belongs taking the 6iX breakfast chair in 2019. Full story.
KOFM (Triple M) No 1 in Newcastle Survey
In the latest Newcastle survey, once again KOFM
(now Triple M) rated No 1 with 13.1%. ABC 1233
came 2nd with 12.7%, then Hit 106.9
with 12.1% followed by NEW FM
with 8.7%. Full details.
Brisbane-based duo goes prime time on the Hit network
Brisbane-based duo Those Two Girls
will present breakfast across the Hit Network nationally from December 2, for two weeks! Lise Carlaw
and Sarah Wills,
get to set their alarms a teeny bit later when they host the National Breakfast Show across all Hit stations Australia during December. Full details.
Triple M Breakfast Executive Producer
says ‘goodbye’ to 4am starts
Scott Menz, Executive Producer of Triple M Brisbane’s The Big Breakfast with Marto, Robin & The Moonman, has accepted a new role as Music Director with the station. Menz, who has been the Breakfast EP for three years and is currently the Assistant Content Director (ACD), will retain his ACD duties as well as working inside the new Triple M network music hub, providing his expertise to the network. Menz wraps up his duties with The Big Breakfast at the end of the year and the recruitment for his replacement begins immediately. Triple M Brisbane’s previous Music Director, Ben Wood, recently moved south to take on a new gig as Operations Manager at Triple M Melbourne.
Paul Bevan Is Retiring
Newcastle drive announcer Paul Bevan
is retiring. He's announced on Twitter: "I’m sad and excited to tell you I’m retiring from weekday broadcasting on ABC Newcastle at the end of this year." More details.
Footy’s indigenous radio service on brink of collapse
Footy’s prized indigenous radio service is in on the brink of collapse because of a lack of league funding. AFL Indigenous Broadcasting, which beams matches into Australia’s most remote communities via the National Indigenous Radio Service,
has been seeking urgent financial assistance from league headquarters for more than two years. It is likely to fold after 20 seasons if funds are not secured before Round 1 next year. Full story.
(Courtesy of Herald Sun)
Logan's 101FM Hits 30-year Milestone
Logan radio has hit a milestone with its easy-listening music community station chalking up a 30-year anniversary. Radio Logan Incorporated was granted its licence in September 1988 with the start of permanent transmission on November 18, 1988. Station manager Terry Blacker
said before 1984, Logan residents had no voice of their own. Full story.
(Courtesy of Courier Mail)
Triple M Bundaberg open the doors to brand new studios
Two years in the making, Friday, 16 November saw the Grand Opening of the newly renovated 93.1 Triple M
Bundy studios and office space. The renovation brings two state-of-the-art studios to the Bundaberg region allowing the 93.1 Triple M Bundy team to broadcast live and local for the first time ever. SCA Bundaberg’s General Manager, Nicholas Purdie
said: “The last 12 months have been an amazing journey and now we are finally here. It’s great to be live, local and ready to rock Bundy! We would like to thank everyone who have worked tirelessly to create this beautiful creative hub here in Bundaberg.” Pictures.
Hot Tomato Sold To Grant Broadcasters
Facebook's 'Radio Green Room' is reporting that Gold Coast station Hot Tomato has been sold to Grant Broadcasters.This has been confirmed on Facebook by Hot Tomato CEO Graham Miles. The top rating station (last survey) was started and owned by Hans and Jaan (John Torv).
Sarah Hurwood Joins TRFM/Gold FM
Sarah Hurwood has been appointed Promotions Team Leader/Administration Assistant for TR FM and Gold 1242/98.3FM in Traralgon. She was formerly at 3GG working in Promotions and Star FM in Warragul as a Sales Executive.
Townsville Survey 2018
In today's Xtra Insights
survey Triple M
rated No 1 with 23.7% Next came hit 103.1
with 17.5% followed by Star 106.3
with a share of 13.1%. Full details.
Nine ‘very interested’ in
Macquarie Media talent opportunities
CEO Hugh Marks
believes there will be a number of opportunities for the broadcaster and Macquarie Media,
arguing there are more similarities between Nine and the radio broadcaster than the Fairfax Media
mastheads. At the annual general meeting, Marks said Nine would operate as a “very interested majority shareholder” in Macquarie Media, should its merger go through with Fairfax Media. Full story
. (Courtesy of Mumbrella).
Alan Jones dodges surgery and targets broadcast return
The Daily Telegraph reports: "Alan Jones sat up with a cup of tea in hospital yesterday and promised his listeners he would be back on air on Monday. The doctors have decided to medicate not operate,” the 2GB host told The Daily Telegraph as he recovered from crippling back pain in St Vincent’s Hospital. “I am hoping to be out of here at the weekend and back to the happy farm, in the studio, on Monday.” (Photo - Justin Lloyd).
Macka In Mackay
Max FM Taree Brekky announcer 'Macka' - host of 'Macka In The Morning' is joining Star 101.9 Mackay.
Alan Jones off the air indefinitely
2GB breakfast announcer Alan Jones has been taken to hospital with severe back pain. He will remain off air until the problem is resolved. Jones missed his regular 2GB and 4BCbreakfast show on Monday and again on Tuesday. Chris Smith who is is filling in says: "His doctors are working to establish exactly what the problem is. The end result is he'll be back as soon as he can but we're not sure exactly when that will be."
i98FM No 1 in 2018 Wollongong Survey
In the latest Xtra Insights
Wollongong survey, i98FM
rated No 1 with a 29.1% share (+1.7). In second place was WAVE FM
with 16.2% (+0.6) and then ABC Illawarra
with 15.3% (+0.7). i98 rated No 1 in all sessions except evening (ABC No 1). Full details.
GfK Metro Survey 7, 2018
The latest GfK
survey results were released this morning (November 13). As usual, 2GB
(14.1%) and 3AW
(14.5%) were respectively the top rating stations in Sydney and Melbourne. In Brisbane there was little separating Triple M
(11.6%) followed by Nova
(11.5%) and Hit 105
(11.3%). Mix 102.3
(13.0%) was the top station in Adelaide. In Perth, Nova 93.7
(14.4%) edged ahead of Mix 94.5
(13.9%) to claim the top spot. Full details.
DAB+ Stations Survey 7, 2018
The top rating digital stations were: Sydney - ABC Jazz,
Melbourne - Double J,
Brisbane - The '90s iheart Radio,
Adelaide - The '80s iheart Radio,
and Perth - Old Skool Hits. Full details.
Irene Hulme Promotion
Irene Hulme has been promoted to the new role of Head of Music for Southern Cross Austereo's Hit and Triple M networks. She is is charge of music strategy for Southern Cross Austereo.
New CBAA Directors
Four new directors have been elected to the CBAA Board. They are: Anne Frankenberg, Jacqui Riddel, Daniel Ahern and Quinn Glasson. Anne Frankenberg (pictured) was confirmed as Vice President. She has held this position in an acting capacity since Melanie Withnall resigned in early 2018. Molly George was elected as Youth Representative.
CBAA Community Radio Awards - 2018
awards were held on Saturday November 10 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre as the culmination of the annual conference. Special achievement award went to Techorama
President John Maizels
(pictured), who’s been involved in community radio for 40 years. 12 new categories were added to the awards in 2018 to a total of 34 across 33 categories. List of winners.
Aged 91, Bob Rogers Finally Retires
2CH’s Bob Rogers announced his retirement on air this morning (November 9). 6 weeks ago, while broadcasting, Bob suffered a stroke and he was forced to put down his headphones but, he did not hang them up permanently, determined to return to his listeners and his regular morning show on Sydney’s 2CH. This week Bob returned to 2CH. However, Bob’s medical advice was it was time to rest and take it easy “listening” to Easy Classics on 2CH rather than broadcasting. Bob Rogers began his career at 3KY Melbourne as the office boy in 1944. This iconic radio legend has had a successful and brilliant career spanning over 74 years. He turns 92 in December. Bob has one more goodbye on Saturday Night with his successful “Reminiscing” show.
Introducing Newcastle’s 102.9 Triple M
is now officially Triple M
Newcastle. All locally produced shows and content will remain with Tanya & Steve
for Breakfast, JR
on Weekdays and Afternoons with Little A.
In addition, Triple M’s national drive show Kennedy Molloy,
with Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy, will be heard each weekday 4pm-6pm, as well as the Triple M NRL call from Thursday – Sunday during footy season. Full story and Audio.
FIVEaa radio newsreader Anne Stone axed
Award-winning Adelaide radio newsreader Anne Stone
has described the “brutal way” she was axed by FIVEaa
after 19 years, leaving her without a chance to say goodbye to listeners or colleagues. Breakfast and mornings newsreader Anne tells (Adelaide's) Confidential she was left “devastated” by the shock sacking last Friday, after which she says she was immediately marched out of the radio station’s building. Full story.
Hit 99.5 No 1 In Mildura
is the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights
Mildura survey. They had a share of 33.1% (-5.6). Next came Triple M
Sunraysia with 18.1 (+2.2), then River 1467AM
with 16.8 (-1.6), followed by ABC Mildura-Swan Hil
l with 13.9 (+1.3). Hit99.5 was No 1 in all sessions except drive (session won by ABC). Full details.
Bruno Bouchet Resigns From KIIS.
Kyle and Jackie O's executive producer Bruno Bouchet says he is quitting radio. Bouchet, held the position at KIIS FM for two years, and revealed the news in an Instagram post. A spokesperson told The Sunday Telegraph over the weekend: 'After two years as executive producer on The Kyle and Jackie O Show, Bruno's contract has come to an end and he's chosen not to renew it'.
Bob Rogers Back On Air After Stroke
Radio legend Bob Rogers
has returned to the airwaves just six weeks after suffering a stroke live on the radio. The 91-year-old broadcaster, who now presents The Bob Rogers Show
on Sydney’s 2CH,
has walked down the corridor to join Ray Hadley in studio. Full story.
Toni Tenaglia Departs SCA
Due to restructuring, Friday November 16 is the last day at SCA
for Digital Music Director Toni Tenaglia.
She says on Facebook: "I’m going to miss the awesome team I’ve worked with over the past 18 months. Anyone reading this who needs someone in a full-time, part-time or casual role in any field, feel free to contact me...I make good coffee." (
Toni can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Power FM Ballarat Update
Dave "Higgo" Higgins has finished his stint at Power FMBallarat as the daytime announcer. Another change is to the drive program "The Home Run". Scott Woodard is the new "Home Run" host taking over from Xander Speight. Also Power FM/3BA newsreader Kristie Sullivan will soon be on the move to Geelong working at sister stations K rock/Bay 93.9.
mix94.5 bids farewell Lisa Shaw
is sad to announce that after 21 years on air, Lisa Shaw
won’t be returning to the airwaves next year. Lisa has been an integral part of mix94.5’s long-standing success ever since returning to Perth in 1997 to join Fred Botica
on Botica’s Bunch, and in recent years, with Pete Curulli
on mix94.5’s The Rush Hour. More details.
Dave McClung Departs Perth
After 11 years with Nova 93.7 Perth, morning announcer Dave McClung is moving to Sydney's Nova 96.9.
Matty Johns Quits Grill Team
After eight years of early morning wake up calls and 4am starts, Matty Johns
has decided to part ways with Triple M’s
Grill Team, with the search already underway for his replacement. More details
Albany Community Radio board rejects ‘step down’ petition
Opponents of the Albany Community Radio
leadership in WA have obtained more than 300 signatures for a petition calling for immediate top-level changes. The petition, submitted to ACR on October 18, requested the board be dissolved ahead of the station’s planned November AGM. Board positions are set to be put up for vote on November 26 but petition supporter Brian Russell said the signatures showed the public wanted immediate change. Full story.
Lindy Burns not returning to ABC in 2019
ABC Radio Melbourne
evenings presenter Lindy Burns
has announced she will not be returning to the program in 2019. After seven years behind the evenings microphone, and six years hosting ABC Melbourne's Drive program, Lindy has decided to return to her hometown of Newcastle to spend more time with her family. More details.
Michael Mason Departs ABC
The Age reports: "Michael Mason, ABC's head of radio is leaving the public broadcaster, but says his departure is in no way linked to recent leadership turmoil." Mason said in a staff email that now was the right time to step down as director of radio. The announcement comes just weeks after the ABC board sacked former managing director Michelle Guthrie, with former chairman, Justine Milne, subsequently resigning. Mason was appointed Director Radio in November 2014 and has more than 25 years experience in commercial and public radio and television, including 13 years as a senior manager at the ABC.
ARN Launches New Division 'Sonic'
has announced the launch of its new division SONIC
and exclusive new partnership with global audio branding consultancy Sixičme Son. The launch of SONIC is part of ARN’s vision to create the future of audio entertainment. Full details.
Scott Couchman Joins 90.9 SEA FM
Gold Coast’s 90.9 Sea FM will welcome new workday afternoons announcer Scott Couchman to the airways on Monday October 29. Scott joins SCA after years of being in radio industry his experience ranges from local to national on-air announcer and producing roles. Scott is fresh from an extended honeymoon in the U.S.A. and keen to make the move from Brisbane to become a Gold Coast local with wife Stephanie. Scotty will be heard from 1pm- 3pm workdays on 90.9 Sea FM.
MIX 106.3 2019 Line Up
Canberra’s gets a sneak listen before 2019 of its new breakfast and drive offering from Monday October 29th. Committed to be everything Canberra, live and local MIX 106.3
welcomes back old friends and a new way to wake up with Kristen, Nige & Kate
for Breakfast, The Wilko Show with Courts
also kicks off on Monday. Full details.
New GM for Radio Snowy Mountains
Renea Buhler will take over as General Manager for Radio Snowy Mountains from 29th October. Renea has been working with Radio Snowy Mountains for 10 years and for the last 4 years as the network traffic manager. Andrew Dunkerley is staying with the network and moving to a group role.
1629 SEN - New Home Of Sport For South Australians
SA will launch later this year – headlined by some of the biggest names in sport. SEN SA will provide 24/7 dedicated sport radio content with a line-up including Port Adelaide’s games record-holder Kane Cornes,
Australian sports broadcaster Gerard Whateley
and The Front Bar’s Andy Maher
– with more names to come. More details.
Kevin Bartlett On The Move?
David Schwarz and Mark Allen have re-signed with Macquarie Sports Radio and there’s increasing speculation that another former SEN stalwart will join them. The Herald Sun reports that AFL great Kevin Bartlett could be leaving SEN 1116. Bartlett got moved from his SEN morning slot in favour of Gerard Whateley at the start of the year and has been doing the drive shift with his friend Dr Turf (John Rothfield). Bartlett’s long-time producer Joe Pignatarorecently quit SEN and started work at Macquarie, producing the station’s breakfast show.
Frank Vincent Resolves Defamation Claim
Former Radio 2CA
breakfast host Frank Vincent
has recently resolved a defamation claim brought against the Canberra Times newspaper with an out of court settlement on terms agreed by both parties. Following the resolution of the matter, Mr Vincent said: 'Hats off, respect to all concerned, I'm so glad we've got this matter sorted!'.
Mr Vincent went on to say: 'I look forward to getting back to work and having fun on the airways. As I always say: "If we're having a good time, the audience is having a good time!"'.
This settlement follows the out of court resolution of an unfair dismissal claim against 2CA earlier in the year. More details.
ACRA Winners 2018
Kyle and Jackie O win Best On-Air Team FM at ACRAS
The Kyle and Jackie O Show, KIIS 1065’s
breakfast program, has won the Best On-Air Team (Metro FM) category, at the 30th Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs), announced this evening at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. For the second consecutive year, Best On-Air Team (Metro AM), was won by the Continuous Call Team (Ray Hadley, Bob Fulton, Darryl Brohman, Erin Molan, Mark Riddell, Chris Warren & Mark Levy, 2GB,
Sydney. The NOVA national drive show, Kate, Tim and Marty
took out both Best Networked Program and Best Syndicated Program. Ben Fordham,
2GB’s drive time host, won the Best Talk Presenter for the fourth time and was also awarded the prestigious Brian White Award for Radio Journalism. Full details.
Lee Simon inducted into Commercial Radio Hall of Fame
Radio industry icon Lee Simon,
known as the Godfather of Rock and the man who brought football to FM radio, was tonight inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame at the 30th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards in front of more than 1000 industry peers. Simon, who recently announced his retirement from Triple M
Melbourne after 47 years of service, was recognised for his outstanding lifetime achievement and contribution to the Australian radio industry. Full details.
3AW's Ross Stevenson signs five-year contract
has signed a new long-term deal with 3AW.
Stevenson signed on the dotted line on Thursday after months of polite negotiation. Under the deal, he will be host of the Ross and John breakfast show for at least the next five years — possibly more. “It is a long-term contract but it has triggers in it that might make it go longer,
” Stevenson, 61, said. Full story
Australian Music - Beyond The Quotas
In this session, CRA, APRA and ARIA provided an overview of results of the last six months of industry reporting and independent monitoring of commercial radio’s Australian music quotas. The the three representatives were Dean Ormiston(Chief Executive APRA AMCOS), Dan Rosen (CEO - ARIA) and Joan Warner (CEO - CRA). One of the concerns was making sure that Australian radio stations maintain playing the correct percentage (or more) of Australian music. Following this, a panel discussed what happens beyond the quotas to support to Australian artists. The panel for this discussion were Mike Fitzpatrick (Triple M), Scott Baker-Smith (Nova Network), James Speed (K Rock 95.5) and Duncan Campbell (ARN).
Building Your Podcasting Game
One of the sessions this afternoon at Radio Alive was 'Building Your Podcasting Game.' It was moderated by Jay Mueller (McGuire Media/Bad Producer Productions). The panel featured Ash Bradnam (Nova Brisbane), Adam Shand(presenter and author - SCA) and Matt Nikolic (Imaging Producer - SCA). Topics included - can you make a podcast? Isn't radio and podcasts the same? Ash Bradnam has shared his personal story of alcohol addiction through a series of podcasts recorded with his wife from his home in Brisbane. Radio Alive visitors also heard a portion of 'Trials of A Vampire' which was written by Adam Shand. It was based on the alleged rape and murder of a woman in a Melbourne hotel room.
I Have An Idea For A Podcast ….
Several radio networks are now into their second year of original podcasting. One topic raised at Radio Alive was - what does it take to get a podcast commissioned? Moderated by Jamie Chaux (Head Of Digital - Commercial Radio Australia) with a panel featuring Jay Walkerden (NOVA), Grant Tothill (SCA), and Julia Henderson (ESPN).
Alexa, Tell Me What The Future Is
The use of AI powered voice assistants and smart speakers are set for a future of growth. Radio Alive speaker Kate Burleigh spoke about the future of voice assistants and smart speakers. Kate is the General Manager of Amazon Alexa Skills, ANZ. Kate demonstrated 'Alexa' asking her how to spell 'Warrnambool' and to play radio station 103.1 Ballarat and to play Nova. Alexa can recognise 315 individual Australian radio stations.
At Radio Alive today, Todd Sampson took the audience on a scientific journey providing them with practical tools, strategies, and techniques to improve your brain. Sampson is the writer, host and human guinea pig of the Discovery Science Series called Redesign My Brain. He’s also well known for his appearances on ABC TV’s Gruen Planet and Channel Ten’s The Project. Some tips for increasing brain power; Learn another language, learn a musical instrument or simply brush your teeth for 30 days with your non-dominant hand.
Secrets To Drive Time Success
At Radio Alive 2018, a panel discussed the secrets to a radio drive program, It was moderated by Paul Murray, host of PMLive with Kate Langbroek (Hughesy & Kate), Kate Ritchie(Kate, Tim and Marty), Ben Fordham (Macquarie Radio/Nine Network), Will McMahon (ARN) as guests.
Q & A Session Led By Virginia Trioli
ABC News breakfast announcer Virginia Trioli has led a Q & A session at the Radio Alive 2018 conference. The panel consisted of Tracey Spicer (journalist and presenter), Rachel Corbett (Head of Podcasts, Mamamia and Founder, Podschool), Tanya Hennessy (comedienne and weekend breakfast host - SCA), and Jonathon Moran (Entertainment Editor - Daily Telegraph/Sunday Telegraph). They discussed social media and challenges facing both traditional and new media.
CRA announces world-first GfK super pilot
Peak industry body Commercial Radio Australia
and global market research firm GfK
today announced they will commence a world-first super pilot in the first half of 2019 to test the measurement of radio listening using a combination of diary and electronic meters. Joan Warner,
the chief executive officer of CRA,
said the initiative would be the largest scale radio audience measurement pilot study using diary and electronic monitoring ever undertaken in the world. Full story.
Radio industry unites to grow podcasting
Commercial Radio Australia
(CRA), will establish a Podcast Working Group, comprised of all major radio players - commercial, ABC
- to spearhead the development of the growing podcast industry in Australia. Announcing the initiative at the Radio Alive 2018
national conference in Melbourne today, Joan Warner,
chief executive officer of CRA, said the working group would be charged with developing an all-of-industry podcast strategy, including recommendations on measurement, promotion and research. Full story.
Listening to Aussie radio is easier than
ever with Amazon Alexa
The commercial radio industry today announced the launch of the RadioApp
skill for Alexa,
which makes it simple and convenient for listeners to ask Alexa to play any of nearly 300 Australian AM, FM and DAB+ digital radio stations. “Listening to radio is one of the most popular uses for smart speakers, so the Australian radio industry has created a voice experience that works easily and seamlessly across all Alexa-enabled devices,”
said Joan Warner,
the chief executive officer of industry body Commercial Radio Australia, who announced the initiative at the Radio Alive national radio conference in Melbourne today. Full details.
Radio moves forward with automation
The commercial radio industry announced today it is moving forward to Phase 2 of an industry wide project to automate and simplify the buying of radio. Phase 1 has resulted in the roll out of the AudioNET automated holding software RadioMATRIX. The industry wide system, live since October 2017 and paperless since July 2018, is now used by 131 advertising agencies and 380 radio stations. Full story.
Shane Lowe says decision to leave was out of his control
The Advertiser reports: "Mystery surrounds the departure of Shane Lowe
brekkie show, with the radio presenter declaring the decision to leave was in fact “out of his control”. Last week, Nova told Confidential Shane wasn’t axed and had made the call himself to leave the station and the brekkie program with Dylan Lewis
and Hayley Pearson
. Full story.
AFTRS Launch NEXT– Sounds like you
fourth and final assessment Radio station NEXT,
is live nationally on iHeartRadio Australia and via https://next.aftrs.edu.au/ Over the past fortnight, industry professionals have shared their knowledge with AFTRS Graduate Diploma of Radio students. This high-level, hands-on course produces Australia’s NEXT generation of Radio and Podcast professionals and explores the ins and outs of building a radio station from the ground up. Full story.
SCA and RCS complete integration of GSelector and Zetta
Southern Cross Austereo
and RCS Sound Software
have announced the successful completion of a two-year, company-wide software integration project which has seen all SCA metropolitan and regional studios fitted with state-of-the-art audio playout and music scheduling technology. Zetta, the advanced playout system and GSelector, the patented music scheduling platform, have revolutionised SCA’s radio operations and primed the company for sustained growth. Full story.
2018 Hobart GfK Radio Ratings
ABC Radio Hobart
rated No 1 in the latest GfK Hobart radio survey with a share of 20.4% (+2.4). They were just ahead of 7HOFM
with 19.0 (+1.3), then came Hit 100.9
with 16.4%. triple j
had a share of 15.1 % then Triple M
Hobart with 13.5% (-3.4). Full details.
Performers, Hosts & Presenters for Radio Awards
Australian performers Conrad Sewell, Amy Shark, Vera Blue
will headline the entertainment at the 30th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards
(the ACRAs) in Melbourne on Saturday. The artists will perform in front of 1,000 guests at radio’s night of nights, with satirical comedy stars Chris Taylor
and Andrew Hansen
from The Chaser hosting the event for the third year in a row. Full details,
Shane Lowe Returns To Perth
Shane Lowe has made the decision to leave Nova 919’s Lewis & Lowe with Hayley Pearson breakfast show. Lowe made the decision to leave the show and return to Perth to spend more time with "his mum, nephews and the rest of my family.”. Jarrod Walsh, Nova 919’s morning announcer, will join Dylan Lewis and Hayley Pearson as anchor of the breakfast show beginning Monday 15 October.
The Campus now Random 30
ACRA nominated night show, The Campus,
is getting a fresh coat of paint and from Monday becomes the Random 30.
Broadcast on 18 radio stations Australia-wide across the Grant Broadcasters network, Random 30 will be a countdown of the biggest songs of the day in no particular order hosted by Mikey Nielsen
. More details.
Gold Coast/Tweed Radio Survey 3 Ratings
has rated No 1 in the latest GfK Gold Coast/Tweed ratings with a 15.3% share (-0.3). Gold FM
came second with 14.1% (+2.2) followed by sister SCA station SEA FM
with 10.7 (-0.9). Next came triple j
with 9.5%. Gold FM rated No 1 in breakfast with a rise of 3.%. Hot Tomato was No 1 in morning, afternoon and drive. Full details.
Gosford Survey Results 2018
was the top rating station (station listened to most 10+) in the 2018 Gosford survey - but only by a whisker. Star 104.5 had a share of 16.7% with SEA FM
on 16.6%. Next came 2GO
with 10.8%. SEA FM rated No 1 in breakfast. Full results.
Sam's Long Service Leave
Sam Cavanagh, Triple M’s National Drive show producer, is taking a few months long service leave. He will return in 2019. Whitney Plowman has taken his place on Kennedy Molloyand Gill Goode will back fill her role on the Rush Hour.
Alo Baker returns home to join Dubbo’s Hit Brekky with Pippa
Local boy Alo Baker
has made the return to his roots taking on a new journey as co-host with Pippa
on Dubbo’s Hit93.5
breakfast show. More details.
Macquarie Weekly is a new program that looks at the news of the week gone by and the week to come, through the eyes and ears of the Macquarie Media Network. It's hosted by Justin Smith drawing on the talent and resources of 2GB Sydney, 3AW Melbourne, 4BC Brisbane, 6PR Perth and Macquarie Sports Radio.
GfK Metro Survey 6/2018
Talk stations 2GB
continue as the top rating stations in Sydney and Melbourne. 2GB had a 15.4% (+1.3) share, 3AW 13.5% (+0.3). In Adelaide, Mix 102.3
rated No 1 with 13.6% (-1.5), Nova 106.9
returned to the top in Brisbane with 12.6% (+1.2), whilst in Perth, Mix 94.5
remains the No 1 station with 14.1% (+0.4). Full details.
Top Rating DAB+ Stations - Survey 6
In Sydney - Edge Digital,
Melbourne - Old Skool Hits,
Brisbane - The '80s iheart radio,
Adelaide - The '90s iheart radio
and in Perth - Smooth
. Full details.
Pottsy and Leighton Sign Off the Riverina’s 1152 Triple M
After 18 years together in the Riverina and 25 together overall, Pottsy and Leighton have signed off on Riverina’s 1152 Triple M. They moved to Wagga in 2000 working at Star FM for 13 years before moving to 2WG, now Triple M. Leighton has decided to retire from breakfast radio and focus on leisurely bike rides, cruising the seas around Australia. His decision led Pottsy to also decide to move out of breakfast radio after over 35 years of 4am alarms. He is looking forward to an expanded role as Content Director of both SCA Wagga and Griffith. The show has been taken over by Danielle Jerrick and Leigh Ryan .
Vale Ron Casey
Former Sydney radio talk back host and Channel Nine
sports television presenter Ron Casey
has died at 89. He passed away at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital. Casey was well-known for his work with the Wide World of Sports program along with his co-presenter Frank Hyde. He also hosted talkback programs on radio stations 2GB, 2SM
. More details.
New President at Logan's 101FM
General Manager, Peter Verhoeven
has been appointed President of Logan Radio Inc.
at its AGM replacing radio stalwart Alan Casonati
who sought not to renominate after his very successful four year term. Casonati will continue at 101FM
in a sales management role and as a casual on air presenter. Full story.
Rowan Barker On Smooth FM
Rowan Barker, former 2GB Sydney newsreader and editor, can now be heard presenting news on Smooth FM. He also keeps busy as a voice over artist and event host.
Clare Todhunter Moves To Sydney
Clare Todhunter, KIIS 101.1 breakfast newsreader, is moving to ARN's Sydney newsroom. She will be replaced by Sacha Barbour from ARN Sydney. Sacha makes the move to Melbourne from October 1.
New CD at Logan's 101FM
Paul Barrett has resigned his position as Content Director at community station Logan's 101 FM. He has made this decision due to personal reasons (a family illness). However he will continue to be heard 5 days a week on breakfast. Graham Tienan, ex 4LM/4TO, 4MB & 4AM is the Content Director effective immediately.
Peter Bell exits ABC Radio Perth
Former Dockers captain Peter Bell
has quit his role as breakfast presenter at ABC Radio
Perth and has been named the new general manager of football at Fremantle. Full story.
Canberra GfK Survey 3/2018
It was a very tight result In today's Canberra radio ratings. In survey 3, ABC Canberra
was the top rating station with 15.3% (+1.7). It was a tie for 2nd place with Hit 104.7
and Mix 106.3
both on 14.3%. Next came 2RN
with 12.2% (+2.6). 2CA
had a 6.6% share with 2CC
on 4.3%. ABC Canberra was No 1 in breakfast. Full details.
Billy Pinnell: The Music Show
The man that captured radio listeners through his Sunday night EON FM
(now Triple M
) Album Show, returns to give music enthusiasts an extension of his regular and familiar voice. Since 2016, Billy Pinnell
has been busy putting up music podcasts regularly on iTunes via Billy Pinnell: The Music Show,
consisting of some of the most eclectic music currently available. Full details.
Bundaberg Xtra Insights Survey 2018
rated No 1 in the latest Bundaberg survey with a share of 25.7% (-2.9%). They were followed by Triple M
with 23.2% (+4.1), next came ABC Wide Bay
with 14.6% and then 4BU
with 14.5%. Full details.
ABC Managing Director Leaving
Board today announced the Managing Director would be leaving the organisation and recruitment for a successor would begin. The Government thanks Michelle Guthrie
and acknowledges her service as Managing Director of the ABC for the past two and a half years in what is a challenging and rapidly changing media environment. ABC Managing Directors are appointed by the Board. The ABC Board has legislated independence in relation to management appointments and the Government respects the duty and role of the Board in these matters. More news.
Dan Teams With Erica On Light FM
Dan Widdowson will join Erica Davis on Light FM Melbourne drive beginning on October 8. Erica and Dan will be heard weekdays from 3-6pm.
NZ veteran broadcaster Merv Smith Dies
Legendary NZ radio broadcaster Merv Smith has died at the age of 85. Newstalk ZB reports Smith dominated breakfast airwaves at 1ZB from 1961 until Paul Holmes started the Newstalk format in 1987. He held the number one slot for radio breakfast ratings for almost 30 years. After he retired from radio he followed his passion of trains, and ran Merv Smith Hobbies in Newmarket.
Triple M Legend Lee Simon Announces Retirement
today has announced his retirement after an extraordinary 47 years of service to the Australian radio industry. Lee, the founding program director of Australia’s first commercial FM station, EON FM
– later to become Triple M
– shared the news with Triple M’s Hot Breakfast this morning. After a heartfelt introduction from Eddie McGuire,
who got his start in media thanks to Lee, there followed a touching tribute. More details.
ABC radio host Jon Faine retiring
In an interview with Shaun Micallef,
ABC Melbourne morning host Jon Faine
announced he wasn’t leaving radio this year, “but next year, there is a scoop for you”.
The ABC later said on social media the on-air resignation was Faine having a “joke"
. There is also a leaked email, allegedly written by Faine that says: “I was offered another two-year contract with ABC Radio in January 2018 - I also advised management that it will be my last."
Full story from Herald Sun.
mix94.5's Dead Set Legends take over Breakfast
With The Big Breakfast with Clairsy, Matt & Kymba going on a break, The Dead Set Legends will be taking over the airwaves from Tuesday 25th – Friday 28th September. Kicking off after the Queen’s Birthday next week, mix94.5 listeners can tune in to Adrian Barich, Tania Armstrong and Lachy Reid from 6am – 9am. The Big Breakfast returns Monday 1st October.
Triple M/Gold FM Local 'Rush Hour' Axed
Luke Bradnam is hunting for a new gig after the axing of his local afternoon show, understood to be a cost-cutting move. The former top Hot Tomato host jumped ship to Triple M to spearhead the new ‘Luke Bradnam Show with Libby Trickett and Dobbo’ in February last year. His 3-6pm Rush Hour show – broadcast across Brisbane and the Gold Coast – will be replaced by Triple M’s national drivetime show Kennedy Molloy. Co-host and Olympic swimming champion Libby Trickett resigned from the show two months ago to pursue teaching. Margaux Parker took her place. Source: Gold Coast Bulletin.
Boom Radio Returns to Perth Royal Show
, North Metropolitan TAFE’s student-operated station, is broadcasting live from the IGA Perth Royal Show for their sixth year. The annual event runs from September 22nd to 29th at Claremont Showgrounds, Boom Radio will be conducting a week long live outdoor broadcast. More details.
Nikki & de Mello: The Coast’s New Breakfast Team
brekky team 'Gunners and Ali'
are moving on and that may leave some of you wondering, who will be next to warm the brekky seats for 97.3 Coast FM
? The new brekky duo will be Nikki and de Mello. Nikki Parkinson
has been a part of the station line-up for some time and she will team with well known Perth radio identity Darren de Mello
. More details.
Rebecca Morse and Andrew Costello join Adelaide’s hit107
Mornings in Adelaide are changing in 2019, with a fresh look Breakfast show Bec and Cosi
set to wake up the city each weekday morning from 6am – 9am on hit107
. Full story.
Hey Siri, play my favourite radio station
The Australian radio industry’s RadioApp
has been updated to support Apple’s new Siri Shortcuts feature, meaning listeners can now ask the virtual assistant to start playing their favourite radio station using voice command. Full story.
ARN's iHeartRadio Celebrates Five Years
ARN’s iHeartRadio Australia
is today celebrating five years.To mark the milestone iHeartRadio Australia has created a 5th birthday playlist with a pop-up station of favourite party bangers which can be heard here. Full story.
ABC Radio breakfast has crashed to a 40-year low.
Radio Melbourne axed Red Symons,
replacing him with Jacinta Parsons
and Sami Shah
in January, the station’s total audience share has dropped to 8 per cent – its worst result since 1989. Full story
from The Age.
Radio stars and Amazon at Radio Alive 2018 conference
from the Hit Network’s
Hughesy and Kate show, Nova presenter Kate Ritchie, 2GB’s Ben Fordham
and Will McMahon
from the Will and Woody national drive show on the KIIS
Network will discuss the secrets to drive time success at the commercial radio industry’s annual national conference next month. Amazon
Alexa Skill’s Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Kate Burleigh,
(pictured) will also provide a keynote address at the Radio Alive 2018 conference on the future of voice technology and the implications for consumers and brands. Full details.
New Breakfast on hit99.5 Sunraysia
The first few weeks of Sunraysia’s newest breakfast show are officially over, with Michael “Billows” Billings
being joined by former Darwin Hot100
Announcer Amy Hegedus on hit99.5.
Both are Radio Training Institute
alum and have around 10 years of on air experience under their belts. More details.
Albany Radio Troubles
Members of Albany Community Radio who want the current operators taken off-air will have the chance to make that happen in two months. Radio station management announced it would hold an annual meeting on November 24, when all management positions will be put up for vote.This came a day after the State Administrative Tribunal refused to hold a hearing to declare who should lead the organisation because it was not a legal matter. In-fighting over decisions made by management has been ongoing for several years. It boiled over into two police visits to the station on August 9 and August 14 due to angry protests at the North Road station after management refused to step down following a members’ vote of 47-4 for them to do so. (Source: West Australian)
Triple J breakfast hosts in trouble
breakfast hosts Ben Harvey
and Liam Stapleton
have revealed they were hauled into their boss’s office for a long meeting when their show finished yesterday, The pair were pulled off air on Wednesday morning after a prank call to their new radio boss was poorly received. Full story.
Lauren Hilbert Leaves 3AW
After 7 years at 3AW and 12 years as a journalist, Lauren Hilbert is leaving. She tweeted: "For those curious, my next adventure is at VicRoads!"
John Blackman Out Of Intensive Care
A progress report on John Blackman. He is out of intensive care after 11 days. Blackman recently underwent major surgery to remove his jawbone following an aggressive form of skin cancer, known as basal-cell carcinoma. Peter Ford told 6PR he had spoken with Blackman’s wife Cecile. “He still cannot speak, noises come out and sounds come out but you can’t understand anything he’s saying. But he is with it. He’s listening to the radio and she is reading him cards and messages,” he said. “It’s a long road ahead. He’s now in a high care ward, before he then will go into a normal ward and then home for many months of recuperation and recovery.”
Gunners and Ali WAVE hello to new FM station
Mandurah’s number one breakfast duo, Gunners and Ali,
will have a new home next month, joining the line-up of Australia’s latest FM station, 91.7 The Wave. More details.
Alan Jones defamed Wagner family
has stated it is disappointed by the decision today of the Supreme Court of Queensland. The decision follows a hard-fought legal battle between 2GB and the Queensland-based Wagner brothers, following a series of broadcasts on the Alan Jones
Breakfast Show concerning the Grantham floods and the Toowoomba airport. 2GB, 4BC
and Mr Jones will be considering carefully their appeal options. As injunctions now restrain them, nothing further can be said at this time. Alan Jones AO said in relation to the decision: “I need to read the entire judgment very carefully. I do feel that I have somehow let down the people of the Lockyer Valley who sought my assistance. As the judge found in this case, I sought to ventilate concerns expressed to me by those people. I am restrained in what I can say because I am now subject to injunctions and will be making no further comment.” ABC News report.
Horsham 2018 Xtra Insights Survey
was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights
2018 ratings. MIXX FM
had a share of 32.0 (-3.3), next came sister ACE
with 27.8 (+4.6). ABC Western
was in third place with 19.3 (-6.3). Full details.
Hamilton 2018 Xtra Insights Survey
was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights
2018 ratings. MIXX FM
had a share of 32.5 (-1.5), next came sister ACE
with 22.8 (+2.8). ABC South West
was in third place with 10.3 (-1.4). Full details.
Vale Kevin Knapp (1932-2018)
Country music pioneer Kevin Knapp
has died aged 86. He was one of the small group at 2TM
who, in the late 60s and early 70s, created Tamworth’s national reputation as Australia’s Country Music Capital. Looking for a career in broadcasting, he first became a panel operator with 2CH
and later in the early 50s he found a place as a radio announcer with 2LM
, Lismore. Full story.
CRA Launches New Audio Logo
The commercial radio industry has launched a new audio logo for its Radio Alive
campaign as it urged brands to develop a clear audio strategy to better connect with customers in the new media environment. Joan Warner,
the chief executive officer of peak industry body Commercial Radio Australia, said the importance of audio was highlighted by growing audiences for radio and the increasing popularity of podcasts and voice activated speakers. Click here
to listen to new ads. More details.
Derek Bargwanna's Tragic Loss
broke down on air at KIIS
as she announced the death of her boss’s four-year-old son. She was audibly emotional as she spoke about the sad passing of Derek Bargwanna’s
son. “I’m sorry if on days we’ve been a little flat- our boss, DB, who we’re extremely close with … He’s a dad now and just a little while ago his four-year-old son, Tate, died in his sleep and it was completely unexpected and we don’t know why.” Kyle
was off sick as Jackie O spoke about how hard it’s been to broadcast since they found out about the death. Full story
More Macquarie Changes
Macquarie Sports Radio has made further changes to its daytime lineup. Afternoons with Mieke Buchan (pictured), Shane McInnes& Sam Stove has been dropped. However, Buchan will host a new afternoon show from 2pm-4pm and is joined by Billy McGee. James Willis has moved across from 2GB to host a new program ‘Halftime’ from 12pm-2pm. There has also been a change to the Melbourne/Perth Breakfast lineup. Tony Leonard is no longer on brekky but on mornings with Tiffany Cherry and David Morrow.He’s been replaced by former Geelong player Jimmy Bartel who joins Tony Shaw, with Matt Thompson as anchor.
West Coast Radio's New FM Station 91.7 The Wave
Operated by West Coast Radio
, 917 The Wave
will be an FM evolution of the network’s current AM station, 1116 6MM
. 917. The Wave will also launch an app so listeners can stream in high quality. The new FM station launches this October. More Details.
Cherie Romaro Appointed as General Manager of 2CH
Recently EON Broadcasting Group announced the appointment of Cherie Romaro
as General Manager of Sydney’s 2CH
and its Digital Stations. Her previous experience includes senior management, programming and marketing roles with 2MMM FM
, NRJ Paris France and MIX 106.5
Sydney. More Details.
ACE Radio's Kate Meade Named As A Woman Of Influence
of the Ace Radio Network
has been named one of the 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review. Kate is The Morning Rush Breakfast show co-host with Jon Vertigan,
featured on ACE Radio stations 3YBFM, 3SH, 3CS, 3HA, GOLD1242, 2QN, 3NE
. Full details.
Toowoomba Survey 2018
was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights radio survey. Hit 100.7 had a 27.9% share (-3.8). Next came ABC
Southern Queensland with 15.5 (+0.5), then Triple M
Darling Downs with 11.0 (+3.1) followed by triple j
with 7.3 (-1.0). Full details.
Blacker's Health Battle
, well known Melbourne radio announcer and the voice behind Hey Hey It’s Saturday
puppet Dicky Knee, on Friday has his jaw removed and replaced with a part of his thigh bone in a marathon operation lasting 10 hours at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital. Blackman was diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer, basal-cell carcinoma, that doctors feared would spread to his brain if not removed quickly. Full story.
Jay's New Job
Jay Mueller, former SEN 1116 and Triple M Hot Breakfast producer has taken up the position of Head of Development at (Eddie) McGuire Media/JAM TV Australia.
Em Rusciani To Focus On Family In 2019
This morning on Em, Grant & Ed, Em Rusciano
shared she will not be returning to her 2DayFM
breakfast show role next year after her third child is born. Em’s baby is due early next year. It's her third child 18 years after her first daughter was born. Listen to Em share her news here
. Ash London
will fill in alongside Grant Denyer
and Ed Kavalee
until a replacement for 2019’s line up has been determined.
ARN and Chemist Warehouse Revolutionise In-Store Radio
ARN and Chemist Warehouse have announced the launch of the all new Chemist Warehouse REMIX station featuring a combination of national news, sport, weather and music’s freshest hits, with hosts Brendon ‘Whippy’ Dangar and Zoe Sheridan. Chemist Warehouse REMIX is the first in-store and DAB+ combined radio station to offer national news, sport and weather to listeners, which will be updated hourly from 7am to 10am and 3pm to 6pm weekdays. The DAB+ station will also include favourite songs and fresh hits every day. Like broadcast radio, the Breakfast Show, Workday and Drive Shows across weekdays will be hosted by Whippy and Zoe Sheridan.
CBAA Community Radio Finalists
The finalists for the 2018 CBAA Community Radio Awards
for the best in Australia’s community broadcasting sector have been announced. Over 150 finalists span the 28 different categories, and represent a diverse cross section of the community radio sector. This year there are 12 new categories celebrating the best in areas such as online content, station leadership, Indigenous broadcasting, journalism and new programs, among others. Full details.
Vale Barry Spicer
Barry Spicer, ex 2CH Easy Listening and 2GB Sydney presenter and news reader, has passed away aged 80. He had been suffering from brain cancer. Barry also spent some time as a TV newsreader on TEN and in his later years was a station manager at community station 2NSB Chatswood. A funeral service for Barry will be held on Wednesday 5 September at 10.15 am at The Northern Suburbs Crematorium (North Chapel).
Damien Leith Now On Radio
Damien Leith has joined 'Stolzy' as a co-host for breakfast on 98.1 Power FM in the Hunter Valley. On moving to the Hunter and starting on air Damien said – “When the opportunity came up I jumped at it. I love radio and the fact that the show is in the fabulous Upper Hunter Valley is the icing on the cake. There’s great chemistry between Stolzy and I so I think mornings are going to be loads of fun.” Stolzy said: "It’s great to have Damien on board, and it’s interesting to know now that between us both we have in total 9 albums and a couple of No 1 hits to our credit! The arvo sing along through the hallways have definitely stepped up a notch!!
Emily Wurramara joins the CBAA Conference Program
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia
has announced that the APRA AMCOS Ambassador joining the line-up for its 2018 national conference is one of Australia’s leading voices in Indigenous music, Emily Wurramara
. Community broadcasters from all over Australia will gather at the Gold Coast Exhibition Centre in November. More details.
Cairns Radio Ratings
Cairns is the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights
radio survey. Hit 105.3 had a 22.8% share. It was followed by Star 102.7
with 19.7% (+5.3%), then Triple M
- with 15.8%. ABC
Far North was next with 12.5%, triple J
12.3% and then 4CA
with 7.2%. Full details.
GfK Metro Survey 5, 2018
The latest GfK
Metro Survey results were released. It's a very tight market in Brisbane. Hit 105
are back at No 1 with an 11.8% share. They are just ahead of 97. 3
and Triple M
both on 11.6% with Nova 106.9
close behind on 11.4%. Talk stations 3AW
continue their reign as No 1 stations in Melbourne and Sydney. Mix 102.3
is Adelaide's top rating station with Nova 93.7
once again at No 1 in Perth. Full details.
GfK DAB+ Survey 5, 2018
was a clear No 1 in Sydney (104 - based on culmulative audience in 000's). The other top rating DAB+ stations were: Double J
(Melbourne), Coles Radio
(Perth) and Old Skool Hit
s and The '90s iheart Radio
shared No 1 in Adelaide. Full details.
Finalists Announced For 2018 Radio Awards
Finalists in the 30th annual ACRAs
were announced today and featured new categories and first-time nominees, plus Australia’s top radio presenters competing for the coveted Best On Air Team in both the AM and FM (Metro). Two-time winners in the FM category Kate, Tim and Marty
(Nova Entertainment 2016, 2017) are amongst the finalists that include, Kyle & Jackie O
(KIIS 1065, Sydney); Jonesy and Amanda
(WSFM, Sydney); Hughesy & Kate
(Hit Network, SCA), Fifi, Dave, Fev & Byron
(Fox FM, Melbourne) and first time finalists in the category, Kennedy Molloy
(Triple M Network, SCA). Full list.
Breakfast with Amos, Cat & Angus to finish
hit107 Adelaide has announced that their Breakfast show with Amos, Cat & Angus will finish up next month.A new line-up will be announced in coming weeks.Cat will use the opportunity to travel, while Angus will stay within the Hit Network and Amos will pursue his stand-up comedy career in the US. Amos, Cat and Angus will finish up on Friday 21st September.
Tim Bergh's Joins Grant Broadcasters
Tim Bergh reports: "I'm beyond excited to announce that I've accepted a Content Director role with Grant Broadcasters. This has been a career goal of mine for a number of years, and I cannot wait to get started with 2EC/Power FM Bega from mid September!" He's currently with ACE Radio as a Creative Writer, Announcer, Social Media Coordinator.
Radio host Ali Clarke breaks down live on radio
Adelaide radio presenter Ali Clarke
has broken down in tears live on air after receiving a text attacking her interview style. The text accused the ABC Radio Adelaide
breakfast presenter of a “pitiful interview”, saying that she had “embarrassed the interviewee”. It’s not clear which interview it was referring to. Full story.
Bundy’s 93.1 Triple M is Now Ready to Rock
After two years and a significant multi-million-dollar investment the brand-new studios at Bundy’s 93.1 Triple M
are now open for business with all shows and hosts broadcasting from their new home on Takalvan Street, Bundaberg.SCA
Bundaberg’s General Manager, Nicholas Purdie
said, “The last 12 months has been an amazing journey and now with a multimillion dollar investment.” Pic: Triple M Bundy breakfast co-hosts Amber and Nik
(far left and far right) with Content Director Ryan Bebbington
(middle). More details.
'Offensive': Complaint against ABC's Jon Faine Upheld
has upheld a complaint against Jon Faine's
radio program after racially insensitive comments were put to air. Earlier this year, the ABC host was taking NBN Co to task over the quality of its products and services. Faine was grilling an NBN representative over claims a Victorian couple would need to pay up to $1.2 million for a premium internet connection. During the fiery interview, Faine made reference to NBN technicians hailing from south-east Asia (The Age). Full story.
Andrew Fritsch Joins The Studio
NOVA Entertainment Commercial Producer Andrew Fritsch is returning to SCA. After 7 years with Nova he's joining The Studioin Brisbane. More details.
KOFM No 1 in Newcastle Ratings 2/2018
is No 1 in the latest GfK Newcastle radio ratings with 14.0
(-2.8). Next came sister station hit 106.9
with 12.7 (-3.4). triple j
was third with 10.9 (-1.3), then NEW FM
on 10.1 (0.7) with 2HD
on 8.7 (0.0). Full details.
Burgo and Blackers are back!
Forever Classic 6iX
has announced that two Perth radio icons in John Burgess
and Ian Blackley
will be joining forces Sundays 9am – 12pm from September 2nd. Full details.
Lyons defends right to sue radio station The Pulse
has defended his right to launch legal action after a community radio station aired claims his venues were “drug dens”. The former Geelong mayor also hit back at critics he said were hurting his staff and their families. A writ filed by lawyer Frank Vinci alleges Lyons was defamed by community radio station The Pulse
and presenter Greg McHenry
. (Geelong Advertiser) Greg McHenry has spoken to the Geelong Advertiser about his comment that led to Lyons suing the station. Full story.
New Chilli Breakfast Host
Chilli FM’s Dan Taylor has a new breakfast co-host. After 2 months of trialling various talents, Tasmanian local Marie Burt, has been named as Dan's new co-host on Chilli 90.1 FM Launceston.
Luca Back At 3AW
Luca Gonano, formerly Head Of Carlton Media, is back at 3AW as a producer. He tweeted: "After a 7.5 year hiatus, I’m very happy to announce that I have returned to 3AW693!"
Tom Nancarrow Leaves Riverland
ABC rural journalist Tom Nancarrow has departed ABC Riverland. He tweeted: "The ceremonial passing of the stylish ABC vest on my last day with the great ABC Riverland team. A big thanks to the local community, @ABCRural and all across the ABC for a cracking few years!"
There's Stephen and Steven
Stephen Zeg Gunnell and Steven "Leno" Kelly are the hosts of the Saturday 12 to 4pm shift on Rhema CC 94.9FM Gosford. They commence on August 25.
2018 Swan Hill Radio Ratings
It was a very close result in Swan Hill with 3SH
(30.0%) just ahead of sister ACE
station MIXX FM
with 29.5%. ABC
Swan Hill came third with 10.5%. Full details.
2018 Colac Radio Ratings
was the No 1 rating station in Colac with 24.0%. Next came ABC radio with 15.8% In third position was 3CS
with 13.3%. MIXX was No 1 in all sessions except evening which was won by the ABC
. Full details.
Vale John Worthy
John Worthy, well known 3AW newsman and voice over artist, has died. In his early radio days he also worked as a news presenter at 3XY and 3AK. In the '60s he was one of the newshound on the 3AW program While Melbourne Sleeps - a round up of police reports from overnight.In the '70s he used to make a weekly trip to 3BA Ballarat to write and voice commercials. (Photo above was taken at Keith McGowan's memorial in 2014.)
Behind the Wheel relaunches as ‘Torque Radio’
After 11 years on-air Behind the Wheel
gets a rebrand Behind the Wheel founder Joel Helmes
has confirmed his long-running automotive radio segments and syndicated content will be rebranded under the ‘Torque Radio’
banner. And the relaunch sees the daily car, SUV and Ute focussed segments joined by daily segments and a weekly wrap that brings listeners the latest from the road transport industry. Full details.
Power FM and 5MU Announce New Look Line Up
With the passing of radio legend Jeff Sunderland in July, 5MU
has been facing the challenge of replacing a breakfast show host who was beloved by the listening audience. Former afternoon host Adam Connelly
will step into the role with ‘Up and Adam’ kicking off Monday August 13. PowerFM's
drive announcer Chris Dzelde
is also moving from FM to AM taking over the 5MU Drive Show. Moving into the drive spot at Power FM
is former 90’s at Noon host Craig Pitman,
who will be hosting ‘The Pick Me Up’ from 2pm to 6pm weekdays. Full details.
ABC radio breakfast presenter injured at Ekka
Brisbane radio host Rebecca Livingstone
has been treated in hospital after injuring her knee while climbing onto a bull during the breakfast show at the Ekka this morning. ABC Brisbane was broadcasting live from the exhibition showgrounds where presenter Rebecca Levingston sat on a 900-kilogram bull as part of a live segment. She injured her knee as she climbed onto the animal and then could not bear her weight when she dismounted. Full story.
Tony Leonard Off Breakfast
Macquarie Sports Radio has dropped Tony Leonard from their breakfast show. He's being replaced by Matt Thompson who had been a part of the morning show. He joins Tony Shaw and Jimmy Bartel. Leonard is likely to move to the morning program with David Morrow and Tiffany Cherry.
Vale Ray Bean (1935-2018)
Former radio station manager Ray Bean, has died aged 83. He passed away on August 8 after suffering a stroke. Geoff Brown (on Radio Green Room FB page) reported: "Ray Bean was admitted to hospital on Saturday night following a suspected stroke. He is unresponsive and sadly he is not expected to be with us for much longer." Bean was the first GM of 3MP when the station opened in 1976, he was also station manager at 2WS and One FM (now The Edge), and a PD at 2UW. He was also on the board of RMB (Radio Marketing Bureau) which was part of FARB (now CRA). (Photo courtesy of Jose Auditore)
SEN+ Ready To Launch
Pacific Star Network has announced that Melbourne’s 3MP Classic Rock Radio 1377 AM will become SEN+. It will feature sports content almost exclusively from Monday August 13. A Tweet states: "The station will be home to even more live sport and will further leverage our extensive rights and content relationships. There's never too much of a good thing on SEN+"
Ron's 70th Year In Radio
Ron Camplin, owner of 2BS and B-Rock FM, has notched up 70 years in radio. He began his radio career as an office boy at 2CH Sydney. In 2019 Ron and Stephanie Camplin will celebrate 50 years of ownership of 2BS.
Hills Radio GM resignation rejected by the board
The board of Hills Radio
community radio station has rejected the resignation of their general manager, who has been accused of sexual harassment and indecent assault. Hills Radio general manager Chris “Crash” Carpenter
offered to resign from the Mt Barker station, a week after The Advertiser revealed the allegations. Mr Carpenter, who confirmed he had tendered his resignation but declined to comment further, has strenuously denied the allegations. Full story.
Triple M Brisbane welcomes David Nash
He was born in Victoria, travelled 2,800km to work with Triple M
in Cairns, and has just racked up another 1,600km to take up the microphone at Triple M Brisbane. Meet David Nash
! Triple M Brisbane Content Director Rex Morris
has welcomed David Nash to the station for the duel Announcer/Operations role. More details.
KOFM and 4TO To Rebrand To Triple M
Southern Cross Austereo has announced that Townsville’s 4TOFM and Newcastle’s KOFM will be renamed under the Triple M brand. Triple M Townsville and Triple M Newcastle will continue to produce local shows and content for their listeners, that’s Pricey for Breakfast in Townsville and Tanya & Steve in Newcastle. In addition, Kennedy Molloy with Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy will be heard each weekday afternoon from 4pm-6pm, as well as the Triple M NRL call from Thursday – Sunday during footy season. Triple M Townsville will launch on Monday 3 September and Triple M Newcastle on Friday 9 November.
Ray Hadley’s son charged with possession of cocaine
The police constable son of radio broadcaster Ray Hadley
has allegedly been caught buying cocaine from a dealer in the carpark of a north west Sydney pub. The arrest of Hadley has devastated his father, 2GB
broadcaster Ray, who apologised for not going to air on Saturday for his Continuous Call Team show. Colleague Mark Levy
apologised to listeners on his behalf sighting “family matters”. (Sunday Telegraph). Hadley held a press conference at the Macquarie Media Centre on Saturday August 4 and made a statement. He spoke about his son's battle with mental health issues. More.
GOLD Central's New Wake Up Call
Central Victoria, has announced that from next Monday, two of Central Victoria’s most experienced media names will join forces to create The WAKE UP CALL with Gregson & Lees, on GOLD FM 98.3 & AM 1071. From 5.30am each weekday, Walkley-awarded journalist/editor Wayne Gregson
and one of the best-known names in regional radio, Bruce Lees
will present The WAKE UP CALL, a lively mix of news, views, music and entertainment. More details.
Rohan Edwards joins hit105
has been appointed the new Afternoons Announcer at hit105
Brisbane. Rohan will also take on the role of Assistant Music Director. More details.
Roo & Ditts to serve up breakfast until 2021!
Mark Ricciuto and Chris Dittmar, Roo & Ditts, have locked in another three years of serving up breakfast for Triple M Adelaide. More details.
Darren Lehmann Joins Macquarie Radio's
Summer Of Cricket
one of the biggest characters in Australian cricket, is joining Macquarie Radio’s
Summer of Cricket. Macquarie Media will feature coverage of every ball bowled of all the Domain Test Series, Gillette One Day and T20 Internationals, the KFC Big Bash League and the Commonwealth Bank Women’s International Series on our new network, Macquarie Sports Radio. More details.
ABC must explain new multi-million venture
It's reported that the ABC will spend millions of dollars on a new ‘lifestyle’ website that will directly seek to compete with ‘content that does well on commercial sites’ requires a full explanation. This investment comes just months after ABC Senior Manager, Gaven Morris claimed “there is no more fat to cut at the ABC. Any more cuts to the ABC cut into the muscle of the organisation”. Senator Eric Abetz says: "The ABC can’t keep having it both ways. They can’t keep crying poor then magically pull millions of dollars out of thin air for their pet projects. There has been absolutely no case made by the ABC for this new lifestyle, relationships, food, travel and fashion website. Taxpayers will be horrified to learn that the ABC is trying to compete with a whole new market which is already more than adequately serviced. Further, revelations that 22 staff were sacked at the ABC last week under the guise of ‘Budget cuts’ but are actually being replaced by new staff brings into question the blame shifting being undertaken by ABC management. It’s time the ABC was more straight forward and transparent,” Senator Abetz concluded.
Hutchy Loses to Ed
Herald Sun reports: Craig Hutchison's battle to get SEN pointing in the right direction has taken a hit with the poaching of a senior producer by his arch rival. Jay Mueller has been the executive producer of Hutchison’s flagship show Whateley since Gerard Whateley joined the station at the start of the year.Mueller is joining McGuire Media, reuniting with Eddie McGuire, with whom he worked at Triple M for eight years as producer of The Hot Breakfast. He had previously worked at 3AW with Neil Mitchell and breakfast program Ross and John.
Hills Radio Sponsors Call for investigation
Community station Hills Radio
could be in danger of losing financial support as sponsors call for an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and assault against general manager Chris Carpenter. Full story.
John Stanley Exits Macquarie Sports Radio Breakfast
Macquarie Sports Radio breakfast host John Stanley has left the show, just one week after the departure of his co-host Beau Ryan. However, he will be continuing with Macquarie Media, and will be heard filling in on 2GB and 4BC. A new breakfast show for Sydney and Brisbane, is now hosted by Mark Levy and Mark ‘Piggy’ Riddell. The duo are also both Continuous Call Team regulars on 2GB.
Jade is back at Wave FM
is Wave FM's
new Breakfast line up, but of course it's not Jade's first time as part of the breakfast team. Jade left her role as part of Wave FM's Breakfast team in 2014 to spend time with her daughter Lulu
after she was diagnosed with Down syndrome. More details.
New Breakfast Host On 2NM
As of last week Andrew Reynolds is the new host of the 100% Hunter Breakfast Show on 981 2NM. Station PD Glenn Stolzenheim says: "Andrew's likability, love of sport and all things local will be a huge hit with the 2NM audience."
Kris Fade Show Around Australia
The Kris Fade Show Around Australia, will debut on the KIISNational Network Sunday morning on July 29. The new show made for KIIS audiences will air from 8am – 10am every Sunday. On joining the KIIS Network Kris Fade, who is based in Dubai, says: “I got my start in radio in my hometown of Sydney with ARN, so it’s great to be back on radio with my own show across Australia. I can’t wait to kick it off this Sunday.”
What the new Nine-Fairfax will look like
The $2.2 billion merger of Nine
will reach more than half of Australia each day across television, online, print and radio. The new media giant to be known only as Nine.The deal requires regulatory approvals, though Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed the plan. More details.
Hills Radio Station GM accused of indecent assault,
sexual harassment of women
Allegations of sexual harassment, indecent assault and misconduct have been levelled against Hills Radio Stationfounder and general manager Chris Carpenter. Former volunteers claim the board of the community-run Mt Barker community station failed to investigate or ignored the alleged conduct and have been complicit by allowing him to remain at the helm of the not-for-profit station. Penelope Herbert, 55, who was a board member and volunteer from 2014 to 2016, said she was “bullied, intimidated and relentlessly sexually harassed” by Mr Carpenter who she said was “unfit” to run a community station. (Source: The Advertiser)
Darryn Lyons launches legal action against The Pulse
Former Geelong mayor Darryn Lyons
is suing Geelong charity Diversitat
over on-air comments that likened the former Mayor’s nightclubs to “drug dens”. Lyons has filed a writ to the Supreme Court alleging he was defamed by Diversitat’s community radio
station The Pulse
and presenter Greg McHenry
a year ago. The writ makes a claim for a payout to cover “damages, interest, costs (and) such other further orders that the court sees fit”. The Pulse issued a public apology to Mr Lyons for the on-air comments, but the writ notes that Mr McHenry has yet to apologise. (Source: Geelong Advertiser)
'Tireless' Tim Gavel retires from ABC Grandstand
Canberra sports commentator known as 'Tireless Tim'
says he'll turn off his microphone for the first time since 1988 and finish his career as an ABC
journalist. Tim Gavel has called almost every Raiders and Brumbies game for the past 30 years. He has announced he will leave ABC Canberra on September 1, marking another significant change for the broadcaster following the departure of long-time presenter Genevieve Jacobs
last year. Full story.
More ABC News Updates
ABC chief radio news producer Sian Phillips is leaving the ABC after a 35 year career. Jo Printz can now be heard from 10-11am on ABC radio or Central, Western and North-west Victoria.
Mel Greig leaves WAVE FM for Sydney role
is returning to Sydney for an “exciting” new work opportunity, nearly three years after relaunching her radio career with Wave FM.
She officially handed in her resignation on Monday July 23 and telling listeners on Tuesday of her immediate departure from the station. She wouldn’t confirm if the new project was a form of reality television or hosting. Full story.
Beau Ryan Departs Macquarie Sports Radio
After just 2 surveys, Beau Ryan has left Macquarie Sports Radio. He was the Sydney breakfast co-host alongside John Stanley. Former Dragons and Eels star Mark Riddell has taken his place. Beau has already popped up on another Sydney station, on Tuesday he filled in for a sick Kyle Sandilands opposite Jackie O on KIIS 106.5 breakfast.
ABC Tasmania newsman Peter Gee to retire
has announced his retirement after a 40-year media career – 38 years of it spent with the ABC.
He says: “After 40 years in the media I think it's time to give the public a rest from my uninvited appearances in their lounge rooms and on their radios,
” Peter said. More details.
Stav, Abby and Matt locked in for breakfast at hit105 until the end of 2020
Stav, Abby & Matt have been confirmed as the hit105 Brisbane breakfast show until the end of 2020. The news follows a recent announcement by Southern Cross AustereoBrisbane that they would relocate from their current North Quay home, to a new custom-fitted headquarters at The Barracks in 2019, representing what will be one of the largest and most technical moves in the country. Wake up with Stav, Abby and Matt can be heard hit105 from 6am to 9am weekdays.
New Power Brekky Team
94.9 Power FM Nowra has a new breakfast team with hosts Sam Blacker and Grace Garde.
Peter “Scooter” Carter Joins Breeze 100.6 FM
Breeze FM has welcomed Peter ‘Scooter’ Carter to the team as their new breakfast announcer. Scooter says:“Nine years with Hot Tomato gave me the hunger and experience to step up and take on a new challenge, plus my dad lives in Stanthorpe,
so he can finally hear me talking rubbish on the radio."
ABC Central Victoria tweets: "We've chosen to close our regional Twitter accounts due to low engagement rates, and we're redirecting our resources to existing regional Facebook pages and online sites, which have shown strong growth in user numbers during the past year."
Home Grown Aussie Podcasts Hit the Global Market
Through a growing partnership between PodcastOne US
and PodcastOne Australia
, original Australian content will now be distributed across PodcastOne’s global app and website, along with Apple Podcasts, Google Home and Amazon Alexa. More details.
Toni Lodge Joins Jase & PJ
KIIS1011's Jase & PJ have a new member to their production team. Toni Lodge who was most recently working on the KIIS night show "Celeb HQ" has now joined the team.
Hot Tomato No 1 in Gold Coast Tweed Survey
It was a great result for Hot Tomato
rating No 1 in GfK Survey 2/2018. Their share is now 15.6% (+3.5). They were also the top rating station in all sessions P10+. Next came SCA
stations Gold FM
with 11.9% (+0.7), then SEA FM
with 11.6% (-1.7). triple j
were ahead of local ABC
with 9.4% (+1.8). Full details.
David Collins remembered in Newcastle
Radio broadcaster David Collins
was farewelled on Wednesday by those who knew the man best and described him as kind, spirited, generous, affectionate, intelligent and humorous. About 150 mourners filled the Pettigrew Family Funerals chapel at Belmont to remember the life of Mr Collins, who died at age 60. The former Newcastle radio host passed away on Monday after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Full story
. (Courtesy of Newcastle Herald Sun)
Aussie Boy Signs as US Image Voice
Matt Conlan has signed as the new imaging voice for ESPNPortland (USA).Matt has spent two decades working in both on-air and off-air roles around Australia including 3AW, 4BH, 4BC, 2GZ, 3BA and 8HA. In 2006 He won the ACRA for Best Talk Presenter (Country) and now works as a full time voice over artist based in the Northern Territory. Portland is the 22nd largest radio market in the USA and ESPN is operated by media giant Entercom Communications.
Rural Broadcaster Rob McConchie Signs Off
ABC's Country Hour announcer, Rob McConchie has signed off. Rob was one of the first female rural reporters in SA and Queensland and became a major player of rural broadcasting. Rob also served in the Canberra press gallery before returning to Queensland as the driving force of Country Hour.
Alison Cameron Appointed CEO of Grant Broadcasters
Alison Cameron is now the CEO of the family-owned regional radio broadcaster Grant Broadcasters. Alison was previously chief operating officer and takes over from Grant Cameron, who becomes a non-executive chairman. Janet Cameron, the long-standing previous chair, will remain as a board member. Dugald Cameron will continue his role to manage the family’s investment portfolio and remains as an executive member of the board. Grant Broadcasters is now searching for a new chief operating officer.
Another 4GG Personality Passes On
Tony Schmidt, best known for his time as a salesman and news presenter on 4GG on the Gold Coast, has died at the age of 86. Before joining 4GG at their opening in 1967 he worked at 2MW. Two other 4GG personalities who have passed on in 2018 are Bert Robertson and Maurie Service. Funeral details will be posted soon. Our love to his daughter Marg, husband Phil and family.
Johnny Wilson Leaves Magic
Berri breakfast co-host Johnny Wilson has left. He says: "Working there for the past year and a half has been a fantastic learning experience. It is now time for me to take the next step on my radio journey."
He's now based in Adelaide. (See 'Radio Jobs'
if you think you can fill his shoes.)
Vale David Collins (1957-2018)
Former top rating KO FM
Newcastle breakfast presenter David Collins
passed away overnight after a battle with cancer. He was 60 years of age. For 22 years he co-hosted breakfast with Tanya Wilks
on KO-FM. The English born personality was also heard on 2WS
from 1978 for around 12 years as well as 2HD.
After stepping down from breakfast at KOFM he moved into the drive shift. More details.
David Schwarz, Mark Allen abandon $1m legal battle
David Schwarz and Mark Allen have walked away from a $1 million legal battle with Craig Hutchison’s Crocmedia empire. The pair were axed late last year as apart of Crocmedia’s takeover of the station. 'Ox' and 'Marko' went to the lawyers, claiming SEN station bosses agreed to a binding new two-year deal with the duo before the station merged with Hutchison’s Crocmedia. The duo are now heard at Macquarie Media’s new Sports Radio. (Source: Herald Sun)
David Spicer Leaves ABC
Friday the 13th was the final day for David Spicer. He tweeted: "Last day at the ABC 30 years after I started as a radio news cadet. This Twitter account will be closed. Thanks to the ABC for a great career."
Ben Davis farewells 4BC
only local Brisbane host Ben Davis
has announced his farewell on his Brisbane Live
drive program. He announced his resignation on-air this afternoon July 13. He said: “Today will be the last time that you and I will get to talk like this. I’ve handed in my resignation. I have loved every single minute of it but it comes with some sacrifice and those closest to me have sacrificed enough." More details and audio.
On Monday, a brand new 4BC Drive show will be launched with Mark Braybrook
at the helm.
Raoul Prideaux, Head of SCA Broadcast Operations and Engineering, has tendered his resignation. Raoul has been with the network for 36 years. However he will continue working with SCA as a consultant.
GfK Metro Radio Survey 4/2018
The latest GfK
Metro Survey was released today July 10. Nova 93.7
defeated longtime market leader MIX 94.5
in Perth to claim the No 1 rating spot. Nova rated 14.7%, with MIX on 13.6%. Nova in Brisbane also had a victory with Nova 106.9
rating No 1 with 12.2%. Talk stations 3AW
continued at No 1 in their respective cities of Melbourne and Sydney.
In Adelaide, Mix 102.3
continued at No 1 with 15.4%. Full details.
GfK DAB+ Survey 4/2018
n the latest Gfk
DAB+ radio survey the top digital stations were: Adelaide - The '80s iheart Radio
, Brisbane - Coles Radio,
Melbourne - The '90s iheart Radio
, Perth - smooth
and in Sydney - Edge Digital
. More details.
Hit 105 and Triple M Move To The Barracks
Brisbane's HIT 105 and Triple M are moving to new premises. They will leave their longtime headquarters at North Quay, and relocate to Level 4 at The Barracks in Petrie Terrace.
Regional Radio Eligible for Cadetship Grants
Regional commercial radio stations will be able to apply for funding to assist with the cost of hiring journalism cadets under the Federal Government’s Regional and Small Publishers Cadetships Program. The program will provide a wage subsidy or grant of up to $40,000 per journalism cadet, to help boost employment opportunities in regional media and support regional news outlets to better compete with global internet giants. Full story.
Canberra Radio Ratings 2/2018.
Mix 106.3 was No 1 in the latest GfK Canberra radio ratings with 15.8% (-2.3). Hit 104.7 was a close second with 15.4% (+0.3). In third place was ABC Canberra with 13.6 (+0.7). 2CAhad a 7.9% share (+0.9) and sister station 2CC rated 5.2%. Full details.
Amber Wheatland joins Triple M Bundy
will join Triple M
Bundaberg’s breakfast team. Amber, who grew up in Mildura, is set to travel up to Bundaberg after her six and a half year gig on Hit Sunraysia’s brekky team. Full story.
Radio Legend Jeff ‘Sundo’ Sunderland Passes Away
The radio family at 1125 5MU
are devastated at the loss of their much loved and respected colleague Jeff ‘Sundo’ Sunderland.
Despite the best efforts of his colleagues, The CFS and Ambulance Crews, Sundo, aged 73, passed away at work just after midday today July 2nd. Full story.
Barry Hall fired by Triple M
Former AFL footballer Barry Hall has apologised for vulgar comments he made on live radio, on Triple M saying it was "a silly thing to say and not a reflection of who I am". Triple M sacked Hall immediately after his remarks to co-commentator Leigh Montagna during a pre-game chat in which he commented about the impending birth of Montagna's child. More details.
Livinia Nixon Joins Smooth FM As Guest Newsreader
Livinia Nixon, Nine News Weather Presenter and reporter for Getaway and Postcards, will join smoothfm 91.5 as guest Newsreader from Monday 2 July. Livinia will fill in with Mike Perso while News Journalist Jennifer Hansen is on leave. Nikole Gunn, NOVA Entertainment’s News Journalist, will take over on weekdays from 9 July. Hansen will return to the studio with Mike on Monday 23 July.
Mike Makes Move To FOX
Mike Santos from Melbourne's KIIS 1011 is on the move. Santos has been with KIIS for the past few years and has been with Jase & PJ since they launched in 2018. He's moving to FOX FM. He said on Instagram: "Last show with this group of maniacs. Though it was short, I’m so grateful to have been a part of it!"
New Breakfast show for 97.3FM – Bianca, Mike & Bob.
Mike van Acker, a Brisbane local and well-known comedian, will join 97.3FM’s breakfast team following Terry Hansen’sdecision to leave the breakfast show for health reasons and to spend more time with his family. Terry has been part of 97.3FM’s Breakfast show line-up for the past 15 years and today (29 June) was his last day on air. Mike will join Bianca Dye and Bob Gallagher on air to wake up Brisbane every morning from 5.30am from July 16.
3YB And Vision Australia Radio To Switch Frequencies
Warrnambool radio station 3YB is moving to the FM frequency in a switch with Vision Australia Radio. At midday on July 2, 3YB will shift to 94.5 on FM dial while Vision Australia Radio will move to 882 AM. Full details.
New General Manager For 2QN/Edge Fm
ACE Radio is pleased to announce that Angela Frino, who started with ACE Radio 16 years ago at just 17 years of age at 3SH/MIXX FM in Swan Hill, is now the new General Manager of 2QN/Edge FM Deniliquin/Echuca. Angela has held the positions of Announcer/Copywriter at 3SH/MIXX FM Swan Hill, Program Manager at Gippsland's GOLD/TRFM Traralgon, Promotions Manager at 2AY Albury and Assistant General Manager at 2QN/EDGE FM Deniliquin/Echuca. She is also an experienced announcer who still does a regular air shift on 2QN, as well as being an Account Manager.
WAVE FM’s New Logo and Lineup
Wave FM now has a new logo (see above) and music positioner - ‘The Illawarra’s Best Music’. Brekky is now headed by Mel, Trav & Chris In The Morning. They are followed by 90 @ 9 featuring 90 minutes of 'Throwbacks to kickstart your workday'. 11am-2pm is Andy followed by Tifffrom 2-6pm and then Hutsey from 6-9pm.
Nova 919 Adelaide afternoon announcer Jarrod Walsh has moved to the morning shift (9-1pm). In Brisbane, Katie Mattin returns to mornings on Nova 106.9. She was hosting the 1-4pm weekday program. This means Greg Burns' 9am-1pm national 'Mornings on Nova' show is no longer broadcast in Brisbane and Adelaide. Cale Porter (pictured below) moves from National Up Late 10pm-1am to Afternoons 1-4pm and will also be heard on national weekends.
Veronica Returns to Drive
After a short break Veronica Milsom is back on the triple j Drive show, Veronica & Lewis, from Monday 23 July. Gen Fricker has been filling in for Veronica on Drive this year. Gen moves back to the lunch time shift replacing Alex 'Dyso' Dyson.
2SER Wins At New York Festival
2SER 107.3 has been announced Silver Radio Winner and Bronze Radio Winner for Just Words at New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, which recognises the world’s best radio programs. 2SER also received Finalist certificates for its innovative Think programs, Think: Digital Futures, Think: Health and Think: Sustainability. This is the second successive year the Think programs have been honoured at NYF's Radio Awards – in 2017, Think: Health and Think: Digital Futures took out the Gold and Silver Award respectively.
Simon & Simon
Simon Marshall, former champion jockey and Simon O’Donnell, cricket, VFL and racing identity, are the hosts of 1116 SEN’s The Odds Couple show. They are heard on weekends from 8am.
Fie Cooper Leaves Mix 94.5
After 8 years as a weekend casual announcer at Perth's Mix 94.5, Fie Cooper has left the station. Fie is also known for her work as an actress and a singer.
Bree Tomasel’s New Drive Role
Bree Tomasel has been announced as a new drive co-host on ZM in New Zealand. Tomasel moved over to NZ at the start of the year and has been filming videos for the station’s social media platforms. Tomasel will be co-hosting with Clint Roberts.
Vale Darren Madigan
Queensland broadcaster Darren Madigan passed away in Far North Queensland on Friday June 15 after a long illness. After a successful career as a rep for the movie the industry, Darren turned his hand to broadcasting. His passion and love for sport led to a successful sports program on Logan Radio 101FMwhich later moved to the ABC on the Gold Coast. Full details.
ABC Careers Are Currently ‘On Hold’
The online recruitment system that the ABC use is currently unavailable. On 5 June 2018, PageUp, a company that provides recruitment software services to the ABC, advised that it had experienced a security incident and some personal information held by them may have been compromised. The ABC suspended the use of this service as a precautionary measure. More details.
James Royce Off To FOX/Triple M
Newsreader James Royce. Royce uploaded an image to Twitter and Instagram regarding the move. He shared : “Thanks for everything at Gold1043 and Kiis 1011. This is where my career was born and reborn, and it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. Can’t wait to get started at Triple Melbourne and FOX.”
Macquarie Media Announces New 6 Year Cricket Deal
Macquarie Media Limited
has today announced it has concluded a new six year commercial AM radio broadcast agreement with Cricket Australia,
for the coverage of all Men’s International, Women’s International & Men’s BBL in the 2018/2019 to 2023/24 seasons. Under the new agreement Macquarie Media will broadcast more games on more stations than ever before including the broadcasting of International Women’s Cricket in Australia for the first time on commercial radio. More details.
McManus & Maumill Team Up
Two radio legends, (in their own minds) "McManus and Maumill" will host 6PR Saturday night program, as a "two-hander audition"; with a view to eventually being drafted by a radio station somewhere in country Australia. Tony McManus says: "After playing the straight man to dozens of radio hacks for decades; (mostly with total indifference), he can now include irrepressible, Bob Maumill to that list." Industry insiders say, "this is bigger than the recent Trump and Kim Jong Un meeting." However many others commented, "it's well known they're both only in it, for the complimentary movie tickets!"
The Studio at SCA recreates classic jingle for SPC
, Southern Cross Austereo’s creative arm, has launched a newly reimagined jingle for client SPC.
The recording is a modern interpretation of the classic SPC Baked Beans & Spaghetti jingle from the 1980’s – originally produced by Mike Brady
– and underscores a new radio campaign which positions SPC baked beans & spaghetti as the easy way for Australian families to make mealtime simple again. Video link
to the campaign:
Hot Tomato Updates
Brooke Hanson, former Olympic swimmer, is filling in on the Hot Tomato Gold Coast breakfast lineup with Flan & Christo. Emily Jade O'Keefe is currently on maternity leave.
Candice Hazeltine is the new morning announcer on Hot Tomato. She was formerly breakfast co-host at Chilli FM Launceston.
Real FM Has A Vacancy
Mudgee drive announcer Christina Samarin
is moving on. The station now has an opening for an announcer. See 'Radio Jobs'.
Vale Deb Cameron
Former ABC 702
presenter Deb Cameron
has died aged 60 of cancer. She presented Mornings on ABC 702 Sydney for four years, leaving the role in 2011. Prior to that she was the first woman to hold the job of Tokyo correspondent for Fairfax.More details.
Philip Brady Receives OAM
Melbourne presenter Philip Brady
has received an OAM in today's Queen's Birthday Honours. He won for service to the broadcast media industry. In April this year Philip celebrated 60 years in show business. Brady, who turns 79 this week, is the co-host of 3AW's top rating Nightline
and Remember When
programs with Simon Owens.
Other radio industry winners include David Mann, Scott Levi
and Anne Wills. More details.
Red Symons signs with 3AW
Red Symons has signed on with 3AW. He will appear regularly on Mornings with Neil Mitchell, signing on the dotted line on Friday June 8. He told Page 13 that he was thrilled to be returning to radio. Neil Mitchell offered Symons a job when he appeared on his show last month. Jacinta Parsons and comedian Sami Shah replaced Symons on the ABC breakfast show. (Source: Herald Sun)
ARN announces new marketing campaign for breakfast
cross platform campaign kicks off with the launch of a new TVC featuring Jonesy & Amanda.
The campaign launches on Sunday 10 June. See the new TVCs for 101.7 WSFM
and Jonesy & Amanda here:
Shepparton Radio Ratings
Hit96.9 was the top rating station in the latest Shepparton Xtra Insights Survey. They rated 21.6 - despite a 10.6% drop. Triple M Goulburn Valley was next with 21.4% (+1.2). Next was ABC Shepparton with 10.9 (-4.6). Full details.
ABC Radio Names New Managers
ABC Radio Sydney will be headed from next month by Melanie Withnall, current managing director at Sydney Educational Broadcasting Ltd, which runs 2SER 107.3.Melanie is also vice president of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. ABC Radio Brisbane will be led by Simon Scoble. He is currently local manager in Darwin. ABC Radio Hobart‘s new manager is Samantha Stayner. She takes on the role in early July. The one time content director at ABC Radio Melbourne was also a senior producer and also worked in Ballarat and Alice Springs.
GfK Metro Survey Results 3/18
In the latest GFK
Metro survey 3/2018 it was a tie for No 1 in Brisbane with both 97.3
on a share of 13.0%. Talk stations 2GB
continue their reign in Sydney and Melbourne respectively with 12.7% and 14.4%. In Adelaide, Mix 102.3
is the No 1 station with 14.8% with Mix 94.5
in Perth on 14.2%. Full details.
AFTRS Students Launch 2RS 2018
Graduate Diploma of Radio students have launched their second pop-up network of the year. The Ultimate 80s to Now station streams online and on iHeart Radio
Curated and produced by the class of 2018, students experience what it’s like to broadcast to a regional area from studios located outside the region. More details.
DAB + Survey 3, 2018
The latest DAB+ survey figures were released today (Jun 5). In Sydney, Edge Digital was a clear winner in Sydney. Coles Radio rated No 1 DAB station in Melbourne and Brisbane. It was a tie for No 1 in Adelaide with The ‘80s heart Radio and The ‘90s heart radio with an equal share. In Perth, the No 1 digital station was Smooth. Full Details
Terry Hansen Leaving 97.3FM Breakfast
97.3FM Brisbane breakfast co-host Terry Hansen has announced on air that he will be leaving the breakfast show due to health reasons. He said that he'd made the decision after consulting a doctor. He had put on 20 kilograms in the last few years and it had also been a tough time for his family. Hansen says he had suffered from constant fatigue for the past 3-4 years and on medical advice he has decided to step away from the breakfast show in the coming weeks.
Erin & Ray
Erin La Macchia has returned from maternity leave and has joined Ray Kington as co host on Drive at Hope 103.2Sydney. This is a change for Ray as he has hosted drive for the last 10 years solo.
Sky Sports Off To Brisbane
Sky Sports Radio heard in Sydney and throughout NSW loves to capture every moment in Australian racing. This Saturday they’ll be broadcasting from Doomben race course in Brisbane on Friday and Saturday in preparation for Queensland’s biggest raceday - The Stradbroke Handicap. Pictured Ron Dufficy (left), Glenn Munsie TAB (middle) and Andrew Bensley (also Sky Racing 1, Foxtel Ch 526) will interview trainers and jockeys not only about Doomben but racing at Randwick. Recently the Racing HQ team also joined in the Mark Hughes Foundation weekend donning the famous Beanie for Brain Cancer.
25 Year Anniversary of Cliff Reeve
SCA Regional WA has celebrated 25 years of Cliff Reeve broadcasting with the company. He starting his career in Rockhampton moving to Gladstone, onto Kalgoorlie, Bridgetown and then to Bunbury.
Kinderling Kids Radio Joins ARN
ARN has announced Kinderling Kids Radio will be available across the company’s DAB+ digital spectrum and iHeartRadio platform from July 1. Kinderling is Australia’s most popular kids’ radio station, playing music and shows created especially for parents and children up to the age of seven.
Gavin Flanagan Back
Gavin Flanagan has been appointed General Manager of Tamworth Radio Development 2TM - ONEFM. Gavin was previously the General Manager in Tamworth from 2006 until 2011. In recent times he's been working as the SCA General Sales Manager at Coffs Harbour.
Brian White Scholarship for Radio Journalism Winner
Charles Sturt University student, Kamin Gock
was announced today as the winner of the Brian White Scholarship awarded by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA). More Details.
Xtra Insights Radio Ratings Mackay - Survey 1
The first Xtra Insights Mackay radio ratings were released today May 29. Hit
is the No 1 station at 22.8%, with Triple M
closely behind at 22.1%. Full Details.
Vale Don 'Mad Dog' Dwyer
Well known Geelong radio identity Don "Mad Dog" Dwyer
has died. He suffered a stroke a couple of days ago and passed away in the early hours of Monday morning. Don started his career at 2AY i
n 1966. He went on to work for 3YB, 3DB, OCN
Melbourne, and then had a long run with 3GL
) until his retirement about 18 months ago. Don also ran a radio school. (Photo courtesy: Sue Stark ) Read Krock/BAY FM tribute
Shala Off To 96.9
Josiah Shala, Nova 96.9 Sydney panel operator, is leaving Fitzy & Wippa's breakfast show to join the on air team at Goulburn Valley's HIT 96.9. He will be joined by Elly Chaney – a former panel operator from Perth .
ABC's New Drive Producer
Isabel Roe is the new producer for Drive with Steve Austinand Maria Hatzakis on ABC Radio Brisbane. She was a reporter and video journalist for ABC News in southern Queensland
Nova Adelaide GM Exits
Neil O'Reilly, Nova Entertainment Adelaide GM, will leave Nova at the end of June. Current FIVEaa Program Director Craig Munn is now the station manager FIVEaa and current sales director, Katie Bridges has been appointed to a new role of commercial director and market lead.
No Explanation for Red Symons Sacking at ABC
In an interview with Neil Mitchell
, Red Symons
reveals about his controversial departure from the ABC
. He stated that he no longer listens to the station that was his home for 15 years. Symons told Mitchell he had never been offered an explanation for the decision to dump him. “It’s very clear in the commercial environment what the objectives are and what the measure is, but at the ABC it’s intellectual, of some sort,” he said. Symons said he suspected cost-cutting was also a factor in his departure. Full Story.
2Day FM Staff Refuse to Work with Em Rusciano
Staff are leaving 2DayFM's breakfast show with some refusing to work with co-host Em Rusciano. Revelations of tensions on the breakfast show, also hosted by Ed Kavalee and Grant Denyer, come just days after Rusciano launched an expletive-filled tirade. It’s understood one of Rusciano’s co-hosts did not speak to her off-air throughout yesterday’s three-hour show. Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph.
'Cogho' Pops Up On Sydney Radio ... By Accident
Bendigo brekky announcer popped up on Kyle and Jackie O's
brekky show with Andy Lee
by accident. Hear the audio
(about 90 seconds in).
Footy Fight Caught On Live Radio
Former Crow and Adelaide radio star Stephen Rowe’s
argument with Crows media chief Ian Shuttleworth
at the back of the FIVEaa broadcast box at Adelaide Oval during the Crows’ win over Western Bulldogs was picked up by live microphones. Full story.
Crocmedia Set To Join Cricket Radio Landscape
is set to become the newest player in the cricket media landscape as Cricket Australia finalises its radio rights deal.The Daily Telegraph understands Crocmedia, the ABC
and Macquarie Radio
are all set to buy rights to broadcast during the coming summer, with Cricket Australia to potentially make an announcement by the end of the week. Full story.
Chrissie Swan v Woman's Day
The Press Council has considered a complaint by Chrissie Swan
about an article published by Woman’s Day
in print, headed “It’s McHappy day!”, on 27 March 2017. Above the headline, the article featured a large photograph of the complainant walking with her three children caught unawares by a photographer. It was accompanied by a caption which read “Star Spotter Your favourite stars … caught on camera”. More Details
Tim Bergh Joins Ace Radio
Tim Bergh is the new Creative Writer and Announcer for the Ace Radio Network at Swan Hill. After 2 years with Southern Cross Austereo, Tim commences his new role with 3SH/Mixx FM from May 30.
GFK Ratings Newcastle - Survey 1
The first GFK Newcastle
radio ratings were released today May 18. KOFM
is the No 1 station at 16.8%. Hit 106.9
(16.1%) had the highest increase in ratings at 3.4%, whilst ABC1233
dropped down to 8.6% (-4.5%). Full Details.
Jack Post Joins Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show.
ARN has announced that Jack Post will join The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show. Also known as 'Cacklin’ Jack' from the Hamish & Andy Show, Jack will take on the role of producer and sidekick. For the past 10 years Jack has worked on creative and production for the Hamish & Andy Show and has also worked on their TV series, 'Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year'. The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show launches on Melbourne’s GOLD104.3 on Monday 4th June.
National Community Radio Awards Revamped
Community radio’s national awards have launched, now celebrating more successes across the sector. The awards will recognise excellence across over 30 categories in 2018. This includes 12 new categories. New categories include Best New Radio Program, Best Online Content, Excellence in Creative Audio, Excellence in Innovative Programming & Content, Excellence in Journalism, a Station Leadership award and more. More Details.
Graeme Goodings joins son Will at FIVEaa
has joined his son Will at FIVEaa
, taking a part-time role reading the Saturday morning news bulletins. Goodings, who started his career on radio at 5DN
in Adelaide before spending 34 years at Seven, said he was excited to be at the same station as Will, co-host of the brekkie show with David Penberthy
. Full story.
Jess Hardy Joins Radio Snowy Mountains
Jess Hardy joins the announcing team at Radio Snowy Mountains on June 4. The former Big Brother contestant was more recently breakfast co-host on Zinc FM Townsville.
Steve Brown, head of digital innovation and operations at Southern Cross Austereo, has left the network. A spokesperson from SCA has stated that the company won't replace the role. “SCA has been transitioning digital sales into the metro radio sales teams with product development support from the brand asset and digital operations teams," the spokesperson says.
Regulator finds 2LT breached broadcasting licence
found Lithgow radio station 2LT
breached its broadcasting licence by not airing any local news bulletins between mid-January and mid-February this year. Investigating a complaint received from a listener, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found the station did not meet its licence’s minimum services standard of broadcasting at least 35 local news bulletins per week. Full story.
Ryan Khay Joins ACE Radio
Ryan Khay is the new Content Director for TR FM GOLD 1242 Gippsland. After 2 years programming the Rait FM Radio Network in Papua New Guinea he returns to Australia for this new role with ACE.
Power FM's Sarah D Leaving Radio
Sarah D from Power FM Ballarat has announced on Instagram she will be "hanging up her headphones". Sarah gave birth to her first child last year and recently returned on Power FM filling in on the Breakfast show. Dave "Higgo" Higgins has been the daytime announcer whilst Sarah was away, unsure if he will be the permanent host.
Rex Hunt Makes a one-off Commentary Comeback
will celebrate a big milestone by making a one-off return to football commentary at the weekend. Hunt will call Saturday night’s Collingwood versus St Kilda clash on 3AW
on Saturday night. The special broadcast will 50 years in football, after debuting with Richmond in 1968. Courtesy of 3AW
Changes In Air For Bathurst Radio
Listeners of Bathurst commercial AM radio service 2BS Goldmay soon have to change the dial if a proposal by the station is accepted by ACMA. The proposal would see the station swap its AM frequency to FM, moving from 1503 AM to 95.1 FM. Submissions on the Bathurst proposal are due by 8 June, 2018. If the ACMA decides to approve the conversion, the timing of the transition would be up to the broadcaster.
Best Australian Radio Ad of 2018
The best Australian radio ad of 2018 as judged by the Siren Council,
comprised of creative directors and producers from leading advertising and creative agencies and studios across Australia. Ray Ali
and Carlo Mazzarella
from Clemenger BBDO
Melbourne won Gold and Silver at the Siren Awards with an ad about anxiety for mental health advocacy group beyondblue. More details. Audio.
ABC Boss Fights the $83.7m Federal Budget Funding Cuts
managing director Michelle Guthrie
will fight the government's decision to leave the broadcaster with $84 million
less in funding over the three years, but it will continue to not be subject to an efficiency dividend like other public sector agencies. The newly announced cuts to the ABC will be about $15 million in 2019-20, $28 million in 2020-21 and $41 million in 2021-22. Courtesy of the Financial Review
Andrew Chapman Joins Resonate Regional Radio
Resonate Regional Radio has appointed a Chief Broadcast Engineer. Andrew Chapman has been named as ‘Chief Broadcast Engineer’ overseeing Resonates 11 Radio Station and 45 Transmission sites. Andrew will consult with Resonate’s American stations in support.
Ophelia Joins SCA Rockhampton
Ophelia Standley-Thompson, former Program Director in Lithgow with Midwest Radio Network, has taken up a new role as Promotions Manager at SCA in Rockhampton.
All Hit Network and Triple M Radio stations on Sonos
Southern Cross Austereo have become the first Australian radio company to integrate their stations directly onto Sonos’ssmart speaker platform. Sonos listeners can now listen to the Hit and Triple M live radio stations by adding the Hit Network and Triple M apps directly to their Sonos systems. The Hit Network app gives access to all Hit stations in the network. Listeners can also access SCA’s Hit digital channels. The Triple M app gives listeners access to all Triple M stations in the network, plus Mix 94.5 in Perth, 4TO 102.3 in Townsville, KOFM 102.9 in Newcastle, 2GO 107.7 on the Central Coast. Triple M listeners can also get the Triple M digital stations.
Taylor Walker Gets Stitched up by Triple M.
Adelaide Crows captain Taylor 'Tex' Walker
captain thought he was speaking with Killers
lead singer Brandon Flowers
- but it turns out it was a 'stick up.' Source: news.com.au
Olivia Newton-John returns to Smooth FM
Olivia Newton-John returns to Smooth FM's weekend line-up on Sunday May 6. She will be heard on smoothfm 95.3 Sydney, smoothfm 91.5 Melbourne and on smoothfm DAB+ from 4pm to 5pm. She first joined Smooth FM in April 2014 when she joined the star-studded weekend line-up.
Lez Sanders New Voice On 2EC
Lez Sanders is the new voice in the afternoons on 2EC in Bega. Lez, formerly producer of the John Laws Morning Show and breakfast presenter at Triple-U in Nowra is also taking on the copywriting role.
Alan Jones Facing Record Defamation Claims
A prominent Queensland family is seeking almost $5 million in damages from broadcaster Alan Jones and other media outlets for allegedly defamatory comments about the deadly Grantham floods, a Brisbane court has heard. Full story.
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