2013 July Radio News


Darshan Paul has been appointed the new Agency Sales Manager for Fairfax Radio Melbourne, taking over the reins of Agency Sales at 3AW 693 and Magic 1278. Paul has spent the last 14 years working in media sales. For the past six years, he has worked as National Account Manager for Fairfax Radio. Prior to his role at Fairfax, Mr Paul was a company director of Design Driven and worked in Agency Sales at the ARN.

Tim Bergh (pictured on left) has resigned from 2GF Grafton and is moving is moving to Grant Broadcasters in South Australia to work for 5RM and Magic 93.1.  He commences in mid August.


Tanya Hennessy is the new breakfast announcer at STAR-FM Griffith. She was previously working as a casual presenter at Newcastle's NXFM.  She replaces Brad George who is moving out of radio but is currently filling in on 2RG Griffith brekky.


'Drex' (Justin Wilcomes), a former PD and Morning host atZinc Central Queensland, is now based in Canada and has been appointed as the evening host at99.3 CFOX Vancouver.


Becci Balliston (pictured) has joined the weekend on air team at96 Five in Brisbane. She's previously worked at Orchard FM (UK) and Life FM (NZ).


Richard Winter, former 5AD AM-FM Adelaide PD, died suddenly yesterday (July 27) aged 52 of a massive heart attack.  Steve Curtis, who was hired by Winter at 5AD in 1995, reports that he was apparently at a car rally ready to go, complained of feeling unwell, collapsed and couldn't be revived.  Richard also worked at 5AU Port Augusta and 2AYAlbury.  1994 Jocks' Journal interview with Richard Winter.


3AW afternoon host Denis Walterhas told of his anguish after the Gippsland investment company he endorsed froze $150 million in funds. Walter said he found out about the Gippsland Secured Investment withdrawal and deposit freeze during the newsbreak of his 3AW show and said he "felt like falling to pieces".  He also briefly broke down while being interviewed by Neil Mitchellduring last week when discussing Gippsland Financial about 35 minutes before going to air. More details.


Gemma Maddox is the new afternoon presenter on MAX FM 107.3 Taree.  Gemma is originally from the UK but recently moved to Taree from Perth.  She presents the 'Macca's Drive Show' weekdays from 2pm


Elliot Lovejoy, ex-2BH/HILL FMBroken Hill, has moved to HOT FMCairns and commences on the breakfast show on August 12.

The Community Broadcasting Foundation has appointedDeclan Kelly to the Digital Radio Grants Advisory Committee (DRGAC).

After a year and a half doing drive at92.9 Tamworth, John Sutherland has made the transition to Southern Cross Austereo. John is the new co host of theHotFM Mackay Breakfast show. TheCourtney and Johnno breakfast show starts August 5.

Smooth FM has knocked back an advertising campaign by a funeral parlour that could have been worth more than $400,000 a year on the grounds that it was not creatively appropriate. At a time when the radio sector’s advertising revenues are under pressure, Smooth FM’s programming department vetoed a request by Melbourne-based Kingston Funeral Services to commence a major ad campaign featuring a song on the station. Full story.

Tom Whitaker, former NEW FM Newcastle drive announcer and music director, has moved to SCA stationNXFM as a station floater.

ABC NewsRadio has celebrated the launch of their Illawarra frequency – 90.FM on Wednesday 24 July 2013 at the ABC Illawarra Studios, 13 Victoria Street, Wollongong, from 11.45am. The new frequency covers the districts of Wollongong, Kiama, Shoalhaven, Shellharbour and Wingecarribee.  An estimated 1.1 million people can now listen to the latest news headlines every 15 minutes.

Jocks' Journal: Mel Little and Greg Vincent

MIX 104.9 Darwin breakfast hostMel Little has been sacked according to the NT newspaper. It involves a station competition in which her friends and family won valuable prizes. Up to eight friends and family of host Mel Little won tickets, valued at $285 to $325 each, to the Darwin Cup Carnival Ladies Day function in the Schweppes Pavilion last Wednesday.  In a statement to the NT News, Ms Little said she did not act dishonestly. "At worst my actions could be described as naive," she said. "I loved my time working at Mix 104.9 and wish them continued success." NT Broadcasters general manager Mark Johnson confirmed Ms Little was sacked on Friday. "All I can comment on at this stage is that Mel Little has been dismissed," Mr Johnson said. Former Mix 104.9 and Hot 100 PD Phil Brandel was also sacked in 2012 after it was revealed he created an online alias and slandered station sponsors and affiliates.(Mel pictured with co-host Greg Vincent.) Full story.

Jocks' Journal: Brad George

Brad George has announced on Facebook that he is leaving radio and his role with 2RG Griffith. He is heading home to Albury. He's landed a new position with Sam Wealth The Good Guys.  His last on air shift on 2RG will be Friday 2nd August.

Peter Deppeler, who was the Executive Producer of the Merrick & The Highway Patrol on Triple M, has left radio and has taken on a position with a new Social Media company.

Chris Johnson is the new Digital Content and Product Director at Southern Cross Austereo.

Jocks' Journal: Sue CarterSue Carter has been appointed as the new Executive Producer for Triple M Brisbane.  She replaces Jason Matthews.  Since 2007 Sue has been the PD at Jack FM and Glide FM in Oxford, in addition to this she has been a columnist at the Oxford mail for a couple of years.   Sue is a Mt Isa girl who completed her last couple of years of high school at Lourdes Hill in Brisbane before starting her radio journey with a 5 year stint at 2MC on the mid north coast of NSW, then a four year run with ARN locally at 4KQ as a creative writer, jock and studying journalism at USQ.  In the late 90's she ended up in the UK, working her way through on air and programming roles with GWR, and GCap Media stations. She has also served as a breakfast EP and presenter at Q102 in Dublin.

Jocks' Journal: Julie CliftJulie Clift (pictured) from 2BH Broken Hill will replace Rick Dunlop on 2NZ Inverell as afternoon announcer.  Rick is moving on to 2TM Tamworth and Alison Fleming has rescinded her resignation and is now staying on with GEM FM.


Chloe Maxwell and Jason Matthews are filling in for 92.5 Gold FM's Richard, Bridge and Spida on breakfast up until August 2. Jason Matthews is a former Gold FM/SEA FM PD. Chloe Maxwell has hosted TV shows including Network Ten's The X Factor and Seven Network's WILD TV.


Jocks' Journal: Steve MonroSteve Monro has been promoted to the role of Assistant Content Manager at Vision Radio Network. He works alongside station Content Manager Craig 'Elmo' Johnstone. (Steve celebrating the occasion with his favourite biscuit.)


774 ABC Melbourne morning hostJon Faine says the public broadcaster made a"fundamentally flawed" decision when it ruled against him following a complaint about a heated on-air interview with former 2UE host Michael Smith.   The interview concerned allegations about former Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the infamous AWU slush fund controversy. (The Australian)

Jamie Dunnreturned toB105 Brisbane on Monday ... but as a guest.  Labby, Stav and Abby had an hour special with Jamie Dunn from 8am. It was a flashback, with Agro and Lord Mayor Jim also making an appearance.  Jamie dished the dirt on the Brisbane identities he’s worked with, said what he thinks of the state of radio in Brisbane, talked about the fact that he knew he was going to get fired from Austereo and chatted about his tell all biography.  Audio from today's show.


Jocks' Journal: Michael J BaileyAfter a short 3 month stint at 2CS FM Coffs Harbour, Jason McLean has returned to Rockhampton to take on the role as breakfast news/talk host at Prime Radio's 4RO. He replaces longtime breakfast host Michael J Bailey(pictured) who has moved to Cairns to host breakfast on 4CA.

Former 6PR announcer Howard Sattler has been cast in an advertisement which lampoons the upcoming federal election campaign. Messages On Hold, an audio marketing company, has produced a video which aims to capture the attention of apathetic and narcissistic Australian voters by encouraging people to put themselves and their loved ones in the political spotlight and “run for PM”. Full story.

Jocks' Journal: Tony MacTony McManus (pictured on right) who joined 4CA in early 2013 has left the station.  Tony told JJ: "Due to incompatible differences, I have parted company with 4CA.  The time is right to move back to news/talk radio.  May I thank 4CA GM, Mike Harvey and Prime Radio for a wonderful experience of living and working in FNQ."

Jocks' Journal: Johanna Marie and Eve SharpeBundaberg Broadcasters’ local journalist Johanna Marie will be moving to “the big smoke”, having been offered a position in the4BC/4BH Newsroom.  General Manager Trish Mears said it was a great move for Johanna, but everyone would be sad to see her go. Taking the reins at Bundaberg Broadcasters is former WIN News JournalistEve Sharpe. This is Eve’s first time working in radio, but she is an experienced Journalist with a wealth of local knowledge. Full story.


Fairfax Media writer Neil McMahon looks at some of radio's top app options including ABC Radio, 3AW and TuneIn Radio. Full story.


Jocks' Journal: Irene HulmeIrene Hulme has resigned from her role as Assistant Program Director at NOVA 96.9 Sydney.  Prior to joining Sydney'sNOVA she was the PD for NOVA 91.9 in Adelaide.  According to a station memo from Group PD Paul Jackson; "because of the sensitivity of the APD role, Irene's resignation is effective immediately."Irene is married to FIVE aa Adelaide PDBrad Hulme.

Bec Jones has left 98five Sonshine FM Perth as she prepares to welcome a new daughter into the world.Christine Layton has now joined Paul Morrison (Morro) as the station's new breakfast co-host. Most recently she was known to listeners as one half of That Monday Show with Ash Wright.

Jocks' Journal: John SummertonJohn Summerton, the GM of 2ST andPOWER FM from Nowra on the south coast of NSW retired after more than 40 years in the industry. John started his radio career at 2WL during its Fairfax newspaper ownership time. He's been with 2ST/Power FM for 23 years.  For John and his wife Ann Marie the plan, is now is to work on the final plans for their daughter Abby’s wedding in a few weeks.   (A tribute to John appears in the next issue of Jocks' Journal.)

Michael Smith is keen to return to radio.  The former2UE and 4BC talk back presenter writes on his website: "I'd like my reputation back intact please.   And I'd like a job doing what I do best and not doing what I do poorly like raising funds and selling ads.  More than 12 million times people have come to this website with 100,000 individual comments on the stories I've published.   About 200,000 people are active on the site.   I'd bring that with me.  Lots of powerful people got very offended when I was on the radio and I'd do more of that where they'd offended decency."  Read the full article.

Victoria Craw, Business editor of news.com.au writes: "They're the loudmouthed drawcards from stations around the country, but could the recent spate of lawsuits in the broadcasting industry force radio "shock jocks" to tone down their behaviour?"   Full story.

Sydney’s Fine Music 102.5 has announced its inaugural $15,000 Kruger Scholarship which is open to aspiring classical or jazz radio presenters as well as up and coming musicians, composers and singers. The scholarship is structured to assist with projects or courses of study that have the potential to enhance careers. More details.

Jocks' Journal: Natha, Nat & ShaunNova 93.7 Perth’sNathan & Nathave celebrated their 10th Anniversary on-air together and they did it in style…with a party! 80 of Nathan, Nat & Shaun’s biggest fans descended on Nova’s reception for a champagne breakfast, where one lucky listener, Cheryl won $10,000 cash! Shaun presented Nathan & Nat each with a special gift that’s close to his heart…a Fremantle Dockers number 8 Guernsey – the number he wore when he captained the Dockers, signed personally by the man himself!  More details.


Jocks' Journal: James SpeedJames ‘Speedy’ Speed is leavingSAFM Adelaide and is moving to Perth’s 92.9 to do weekday afternoons and operations.


Podcast 2 from Jono and Dano is now uploaded onto Sound Cloud and Blue Pie channel on You Tube and at www.jonocoleman.com   Jono is off to London for 3 weeks as a fill in on BBC radio and is back 2nd August.   


Jocks' Journal: Arthur MuhlArthur Muhl is returning toABC radio in Geraldton.  He commences on Monday July 15 as Regional Content Manager for ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt, based in Geraldton. Arthur told JJ: "I am looking forward to working full-time in radio again and the team in Geraldton were great to work with. In the interim, I have been working  as a voice-over artist and audio producer and casually working with the ABC during the bushfire season."

Susie O'Brien writes in The Advertiser: " I hope Adelaide radio DJ Mel Greiggets a nice fat payout from her employer Southern Cross Austereo. I cheered when I heard she was taking legal action against the radio giant for failing to maintain a safe workplace in relation to the infamous "royal prank".  Full story.


Hot FM Townsville announcer Perry 'Pez' Lazarus is joining the on air team at SAFM Adelaide. He commences on Wednesday July 17.

Jocks' Journal: Peter PerrinTerritory FM general manager Peter Perrin has retired from his role at the local Darwin community radio station.  He will step down at the end of July after nine years.  In an email Perrin said he would now take up an offer with a well established NSW based national network (Super Radio Network??), but he did not give further details. Full story.

FIVEaa and CrocMedia have launched a new sports program ‘Off the Bench with Hutchy and The Rooch’.  Adelaide sports journalist Michaelangelo Rucci will join his Victorian counterpart, Craig Hutchison, in weekly sports program, ‘Off the Bench with Hutchy and The Rooch’.  It  starts on FIVEaa today at 7pm, following Rowey and Bone.Rucci, the chief football reporter of the Adelaide Advertiser, and Hutchison, CrocMedia Chief Executive, have traded barbs and theories on FIVEaa’s Saturday morning sports show for the past 12 months. Their own program each Thursday night is the next step in what promises to be lively banter between the two. More details.

Jocks' Journal: Mel GriegMel Greig could get a "six-or seven-figure payout" by accusing2Day FM's parent company,Southern Cross Austereo, of"failing to provide a safe workplace". That is the view of Nowicki Carbone personal injury lawyers managing partner Anthony Carbone, who said the station appeared to have been"playing with fire" by encouraging questionable stunts – and that Greig has a "very strong case" against her employer.  Read more.

Scotland Yard has officially asked Australian police to consider laying charges over the hoax phone call by 2Day FM announcers to a London hospital that was treating the Duchess of Cambridge for a pregnancy-related illness. The hoax call was made to the King Edward VII Hospital on 4 December 2012. A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police in London told Fairfax that on Tuesday this week they sent their file on the incident to the Australian Federal Police and New South Wales police. Full story.

A national website has been launched to help Australian drivers and their passengers cope with the demands of capital city traffic nightmares.  GetTraffic.com.au powered by the resources of the Australian Traffic Network, is an information gateway providing real time, up-to-date traffic information on incidents, breakdowns and trouble spots for major roads, highways, freeways, and back streets across Australia.  The ATN Managing Director Bill Pezzimenti said the GetTraffic website would provide welcome relief to the millions of Australians who battle to and from work each day.  More details.

Mel Greig has accused her employer Southern Cross Austereo of failing to provide a safe workplace. Ms Greig, who has not yet returned to work, made the accusation in a claim she filed with the Fair Work Commission.  Full story.

Jocks' Journal: Mike FitzpatrickMike Fitzpatrick has been appointed as the new head of theTriple M Network.  Jamie Angel will continue in his role as the 2MMM Content Director.

2GB morning host Ray Hadley is being sued for allegedly bullying a junior colleague at 2GB radio station. A statement of claim against Hadley was lodged in the District Court of NSW on Friday, and it is understood his lawyer has been served papers. Full story.

NOVA's Sydney newsroom manager Matt De Groot is moving to breakfast to read news for the Fitzy and Wippashow on NOVA 969 Sydney. Libby Armstrongwill now read the drive news for Sydney and Brisbane's NOVA stations.

A latest independent report ranksSouthern Cross Austereo radio brands as leading the charge on Facebook. SCA have this week demonstrated their strengths as a multi-platform company, as new independent data puts the media brand at the top of the radio industry for social media engagement. With SCA brands holding 67.5% of the share of conversation and the top eight most engaging radio Facebook pages across Australia’s top 20 social radio brands, it was Melbourne station Fox FM, who took out the top spot, with 34.7% engagement from their social community.  More details.


Former Southern Cross Austereo News Director Nick O'Callaghan has been charged with indecently assaulting a child and possessing child pornographic material. On June 13, O'Callaghan, 52, was arrested at his house by child abuse squad detectives who allegedly found an undisclosed amount of child abuse material on a computer.  He was formerly the News Director at Port Macquarie radio station 2MC/Star FMbut left his job two weeks ago for 'personal reasons'. He is the son of Sydney radio legendGary O'Callaghan. More details.


Sean O'Brien, Adelaide DMG General Manager is returning to the Nine Network.  He will leave Nova 919 and FIVE aa to become Managing Director of Channel Nine Adelaide. From 2000-2010 he was Nine's Sales Director.

Zac Skulander who was Southern Cross Austereo'sHead of Strategy in Sydney, has been appointed as the company's new National Director of Media Solutions.

Jocks' Journal: Bob FrancisFIVEaa Adelaide night announcer Bob Francis is retiring after 57 years on air.  He says that he will end his talk-back evenings show at the end of this year after discussions with management this week. "I just decided I wasn't really enjoying coming into work each day anymore," he told the Sunday Mail over the phone.  Full story.

From Wednesday 10 July 2013, ABC Grandstand will broadcast live, uninterrupted commentary of the five Ashes Tests to ABC Local Radio, ABC Grandstand on digital radio and online and the ABC Radio mobile app. ABC Grandstand’s Jim Maxwell will join the BBC cricket commentary team of Jonathan Agnew, Henry Blofeld, Simon Mann, Michael Vaughan, Phil Tufnelland Geoff Boycott to bring listeners a comprehensive coverage of this established cricket series.


After five consecutive months of growth, radio ad revenue for metropolitan markets grew overall in the 2012-13 financial year according to figures released by Commercial Radio Australia. Metropolitan Commercial Radio Advertising Revenue figures, sourced by Deloitte, for the twelve months ended June 2013 reached $683.498 million - up 0.41% when compared with FY12. Perth had the greatest increase, up 4.36% to $94.701 million; Melbourne grew by 1.28% to $207.495 million; Sydney by 0.02% to $209.962 million; Adelaide fell 2.11% to $64.153 million and Brisbane fell 2.22% to $107.187 million. More details.


The Tweed and Gold Coast’s newest breakfast show is Luke & Emm heard each weekday morning onRadio 97. Emm (Hall) has relocated from 929FM in Tamworth where she was co-hosting the Brekky shift.Talisa Eley has left radio for the time being to continue her studies on the Gold Coast.

Stacey Wren, a contestant on the most recent Big Brother TV series, has made her radio debut.  She has joined Huw Josephas co-host on theStar FM 94.3 Gippsland Breakfast Show.

On Thursday July 4 Brett 'Marls' Marley celebrated his 36th radio anniversary on Hobart radio. He's currently the host of the Heart 107.3 morning program.    Also Gary 'Gazza' Sands is coming up to 10 years with the same network on Sunday at 4ZR twice and 4HI twice (still here).  He's seen 4 different owners over the 10 years, DMG, MRRW, Smart Radio and now MRRN.

Aaron Chilcott (pictured) has commenced as Content Director/Announcer at Star FM Gippsland. He was previously atMix 101.1 as Morning Announcer/Assistant Music Director. Aaron and his wife Penny are also looking forward to the birth of their first baby who is due in July.  

Ross Watson, former PD at 5RM/Magic FM in Berri is moving to sister Grant Broadcaster's station POWER FM Ballarat.  He has replaced Leigh Ryan who was on breakfast.  Ross will also be the station's Music Director.

The stoush between 2Day FM and ACMA over the "royal prank call" investigation will go to the Federal Court in September. Last month, 2Day FM took legal action against the Australian Communications and Media Authority in an attempt to quash its investigation into the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who committed suicide after being pranked by two of the station's presenters. Full story.

The latest Nielsen metro survey results were released today.  In Perth,96FM (13.5) have again knocked off long time leader MIX 94.5 (12.3). Even Perth's NOVA 93.7 are creeping closer with 12.2%.  Brisbane'sNOVA 106.9 increased just 1.0 (13.9) but it was enough to win the survey over recent No 1 97.3 who remained steady on 12.9. Talk stations 2GB and3AW continued their reign at No 1. Although 3AW (12.8) only just won this survey withABC 774 (12.5) 0.3% behind. MIX 102.3 are clearly the dominant station in Adelaide with 16.8% share followed byABC891 with 12.3.  Full details.

New England's FM100.3 celebrates its 16th birthday today. For their birthday month they are "paying it forward" and inviting the community to do the same.  The fm100.3Facebook page has more.

ABC Tasmania newsreader Stan Murrowood has retired, bringing to an end a radio career that started in 1967. Stan has been a major presence on the ABC Hobart drive program for many years.  Prior to joining the ABC he was an announcer/newsreader/PD with 7HT(now TAB Radio).  Stan says that while he'll miss the ABC, retirement will give him more time to spend with his family and hope for another Collingwood flag!  (Stan pictured with wife Cathy.)

Saturday Night Country on ABC Local Radio will continue with Catherine Britt (CMAA Female Artist of the Year) as the program host helm.  Regular presenter Felicity Urquhart has decided to spend more time with her family and Catherine will now continue her role until the end of 2013.

After 6 experience filled years at 2ST/Power FM in Nowra,  Ricardo Bardon joins WAVE FM from July 12. Following the shuffle with Straney moving into the role of Hot Breakfast EP and Greg Vincent moving to Darwin, Ric joins WAVE as their new nights announcer. He'll also be heavily involved with Production and Imaging.  Ric says: "I want to take the next step in my career moving up in the network and believe I have the experience, skills, knowledge and personal drive to make a positive contribution in this role."  (The station received over 150 applications!)