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KOFM re-signs Tanya and Steve
& Steve Graham
have cemented KOFM
as their home for another four years. The duo have been on KOFM breakfast together since 2014 and in that time they have further strengthened their position as #1 breakfast show in Newcastle, claiming a 19.4% share of the market in survey 2, 2016*. More details.
Dee Dee’s New 'Trending' Show
Dee Dee Dunleavy has announced via Twitter: “Excited to confirm that my new 3AW 693 show Fridays 8-10 pm, starts Oct 7. "Trending" will look at what's hot in news,TV, retail, food etc.
A Ballarat Blooper
On the 3BA Ballarat Today
program host Gabrielle Hodson
was introducing a guest and then something quite funny happened. Click here
Hit 104.7 and Mix 106.3 Tie In Ratings
In the latest GfK ratings it was a tie between SCA/ARN
joint owned stations Hit 104.7
and Mix 106.3
with 15.9%. ABC 666 was next with 14.5%. They also rated No 1 in breakfast with Philip Clark. 2CA
rated 6.6% with sister station 2CA
on 5.1%. Full details.
GfK Survey 6/2016
In the GfK metro latest survey, it was as predictable as last night's Brownlow result. Once again, 2GB
was the top rating station in Sydney with 13.3 (1.1). They went up in each session. 3AW
was No 1 in Melbourne with 14.1 (- 0.3). In Brisbane, Nova 106.9
was once again the top rating station with 13.3 (+0.7). Adelaide's Mix 102.3
rated 15.8 (+1.3) and Perth's Mix 94.5
recorded 15.6 (+1.2).. Full details.
Camel’s Send Off
For friends of Jamie Cammell, you are invited to ‘Camel’s Send Off’. It will be held (tomorrow) Wednesday September 27 6pm at Johnny Ringo’s 560 Queen St Brisbane. There will be platters of nibbles provided with thanks to Johnny Ringo’s. There will also be an open mic for speeches. Also friend Paul Campion reports that: “Jamie Cammell will be having a private family service in NZ due to the circumstances surrounding his death. For those wishing to send flowers please forward to his mother Beverly. Her address is 1300 Weranui Rd RD1 Silverdale Auckland NZ"
Philip Clark to host Nightlife From October
The ABC's Philip Clark
will leave Canberra's breakfast radio show to host national ABC Local Radio program Nightlife
until at least the end of the year. ABC Radio's capital city stations acting manager James O'Brien
confirmed Clark would replace retired Nightlife host Tony Delroy,
but would not say whether it would be permanent. More details.
Bob Maumill Signs Off For last TimeBob Maumill,
aged 78, has left Perth talk station 6PR
and signed off from a broadcasting career spanning more than four decades. For his final show he played the Mental As Anything hit 'Live It Up' and said: "To everyone out there it's been fun, stick with our radio station and our paths will cross again, thank you every one." More details.
Matty Acton Makes A MoveMatty Acton,
anchor for Hughesy & Kate's
drive program, is leaving KIIS
at the end of 2016. He will join the Hit105
Brisbane breakfast show in January 2017.
Jade Leaves WAVE FM
Wave FM Wollongong afternmoon announcer Jade Papesch is leaving the station after 10 years service. On Facebook she posted: "After 10 years I'm hanging up my head phones at Wave FM. Looking forward to spending more time with my family & living in my active wear...wait, I do that already... can't wait to sink my teeth into new opportunities & adventures."
Dylan Finch Joins 2CC/2CADylan Finch
has left 2NZ/Gem FM
in Inverell. He has started his new role as Audio Producer and Panel Operator at 2CC/2CA
Canberra Broadcasting Pioneer George Barlin DiesGeorge Barlin
, best known for his work with 2CA,
died on Sunday aged 100 years and 7 months. He earned the nickname "Mr Broadcast" for his tireless work in the city which he first reached early in 1933. More details.
SCA’s Hit and Triple M to become the two largest commercial radio networks in Australia
Southern Cross Austereo
(SCA) has announced that from 15 December 2016 it will deliver a cohesive rebrand of its stable of regional radio stations. With 43 stations, the Hit Network
will become the largest radio network in Australia and with 35 stations, Triple M
will become the second largest radio network. In what will be one of Australian media’s biggest brand moves by streamlining its brand portfolio, SCA will significantly enhance the value of its brand assets. Full details.
Chris Taylor and Andrew Hansen to host
and Andrew Hansen
, best known as members of the comedy group The Chaser,
will host the 28th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) in Melbourne. Chris and Andrew were part of the full Chaser team that made their radio debut on Triple M (2003) with The Friday Chaser. Various radio announcers will join Chris and Andrew on stage to present awards. Full details.
Brad Wood Leaves SEA FMBrad Wood
has left Sea FM
Central Coast. He hosted the afternoon shift at Sea FM. At the end of his shift he said Nic Kelly
would be hosting the afternoon shift for the next 3 weeks until Sea FM appoint a permanent announcer.
iHeartRadio Launch Two New Subscription ServicesiHeartRadio Plus
and iHeartRadio All Access, are
set to debut in January 2017. These will also roll out in Australia next year. More details.
Ken Sparkes Funeral
Family and friends of Ken Sparkes
are invited to attend his Funeral Service to be held in the Camelia Chapel, Macquarie Park Crematorium, cnr. Delhi and Plassey Roads, Macquarie Park Sydney, Friday, Sept 30, 2016, 12.30pm for a 12:45 pm service. The Marconi Radio Rover
will be broadcasting Ken’s funeral live from the chapel for those listeners and friends who cannot attend. Ben Starr
said: “Ken was very good to me over the year and he would love the fact that his final production is an outside radio broadcast."
The broadcast will be streamed Live hosted by Ben Starr, Brian Newington and students who Ken taught. Full details.
Vale Jamie Cammell
It is with great sadness that we report on the death (suicide) of Jamie Cammell.
Jamie was the head of Corporate Radio
(IGA Radio, Drakes Radio and others) and also ran On Hold Now.
His radio career included stints at 4HI, 4MK/HOT FM, Star FM
Ipswich and Hot 100
Darwin. More details.
ARN Appoints Peter WhiteheadAustralian Radio Network
has announced the appointment of Peter Whitehead
to the newly created role of Commercial Director - Melbourne. Peter brings more than 20 years’ experience in media sales to the role. He joins ARN following five years with oOh! Media
- the last three years as National Sales Director. He also spent 14 years working at Southern Cross Austereo
Power FM Bega & Batemans Bay Line Up Changes
Geoff Field Is Joining 2SM
On Monday (19 September) Power FM
- Bega & Batemans Bay launched its new breakfast show – Crystal
(Vas) & Brad
(Blissett) In The Morning. Chris Nairn
has moved across to sister station 2EC
as Drive Announcer and Music Director. Power FM also welcomes Kim Bowden
from Move FM
Lithgow to the on-air line up. “Kimbo” will take on the 10am-2pm weekday shift, as well as copy writing. Full details.
Former 2DAY newsman Geoff Field has a new radio gig. He says:” Well, I can now tell you after more than 18 years of working on FM radio, I’m heading back to AM... and FM. I’ll be joining the 2SM/Super Radio Network which not only supplies news to Sydney, it services almost 40 other stations in NSW and Queensland. So hopefully soon some of my friends outside of Sydney will get to hear me again.
More Hits On The Way
Southern Cross Austereo has revealed plans to rebrand 45 regional stations to 'Hit', and 30 regional stations to Triple M. The Hit rebranding will occur prior to the end of 2016, and the Triple M rebranding will take place in 2017.
SEA FM No 1 in Gosford Survey
Radio ratings for Gosford on NSW’s Central Coast have been released as a part of the commercial radio industry’s initiative to highlight the reach of regional radio. 101.3 Sea FM
was the top rating station with 19.9%. They were followed by Star 104.5
with 14% and then 2GO
with 13.7%. The survey was conducted by Xtra Research
among 1,200 participants and is the first undertaken in Gosford since 2012. Full details.
Peter Bell On ABC From October 10
720 ABC Perth has confirmed that Peter Bell will join the station from Monday 10 October. Bell, a former AFL player, resigned from 6PR Perth in July. He will be the new ABC breakfast host.
Aaron Wright Appointed New Pulse Station Manager
After eight years, with Pulse 94,1, this is the final week for Josh Reid (left pic) as CEO of the South Coast's Christian radio station. Aaron Wright has been appointed as the new station manager. He is no stranger to Pulse, having worked with Pulse for more than a year in both a fundraising capacity, and hosting their daily drive show. He is also a previous host of breakfast on Hope 103.2 in Sydney where he worked for ten years.
ACE Radio’s New Relationship With TRSN
ACE Radio has announced a new relationship with TRSN (The Radio Sales Network) to take effect in December 2016. The Radio Sales Network will now represent 128 regional radio stations in 77 markets across Australia, with a potential reach of almost 8.5 million people. ACE Radio CEO Mark Taylor said “the fit with TRSN is perfect as they specialise in regional radio and represent live and local radio stations that are involved in their communities, just like ACE. As such we look forward to an exciting new relationship between TRSN and ACE.”
2UE Talking Lifestyle
The new 2UE
‘Talking Lifestyle’ format officially began on September 17 with George
on their Saturday morning program from 6am. Their new imaging features: “If you like it. If you need it, 2UE’s Talking Lifestyle’s talking about it”. There will be on air changes although the weekday breakfast show of John
and weekend breakfast duo George
will continue. Some of the new voices to be heard on the station include David Koch, Catriona Rowntree, Ed Phillips, Sally Obermeder
and Peter Switzer. Tim Webster, Luke Bona
will have regular anchoring roles and Peter Graham
will continue on Saturday nights. The 2UE website
has been revamped.
Stephanie’s Commercial Radio DebutStephanie Halamantaris, Radio Training Institute
graduate, has landed her first commercial radio position as a street teamer and a weekend announcer at KIIS 101.1
NOVA 96.9 Appoints Sydney Senior Publicist
is the new Senior Publicist for Nova
in Sydney. With six years’ experience across entertainment, consumer, lifestyle and major event sectors, Zoe most recently held the role of Senior Account Manager at integrated communications agency, Bastion Effect in both Melbourne and Sydney. Zoe will commence in the role on Monday 19 September.
Mitch Fifield At The National Radio Conference
Communications Minister, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
will speak in person at this year’s National Radio Conference in Melbourne. Having just taken on the Communications and Arts portfolio last October at conference time, Minister Fifield sent a video message. He spoke about his love of radio and shared that he once considered a career in radio back when he was at university, possibly using the catchphrase “Switch to Mitch”.
SEA FM Farewells Gold Coast Breakfast Duo
After five years together on the air, SEA FM’s Galey and Charli will not be returning to Sea FM Breakfast radio in 2017. Both Galey and Charli have announced they will be pursuing different interests come next year. Galey said, “I’ve been working in radio for 28 years of which the last 22 years straight have been in a breakfast shift. It’s the last 16 years with Sea FM Gold Coast that I cherish the most dearly." Co-host Charli Robinson has plans to return to the small screen full time next year. They will remain on Sea FM breakfast until a final show date is released.
Kevin Hillier On SEN
Kevin Hillier has been heard on various shifts recently on Melbourne sport station SEN 1116. He’s back on the radio this Saturday afternoon and if it’s a win to his Western Bulldogs on Friday night expect a very 'Happy Hillier'. He’s also kept busy with his weekly column for the Star Weekly and Howdy Partners media business.
AFL's New Six-year Radio Rights Agreement
Triple M, Macquarie Media, SEN 1116, K Rock, FIVEaa
have retained the commercial rights in the major AFL markets, while negotiations still taking place will ensure that the ABC
and the National Indigenous Radio Service
(NIRS) will also continue as major AFL broadcasters. The new agreement promises increased coverage of the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney into NSW and the Brisbane Lions and Gold Coast into Queensland. 2UE
in Sydney and Magic 882
in Brisbane will now broadcast AFL matches for the first time. Full details.
Susie Elelman To Leave Her Mid-Dawn Gig
Susie Elelman, 2GB
weekend announcer, will host her final program on October 1. She told JJ: “Last Monday, after a great deal of soul-searching, I tendered my resignation from my Saturday Overnight shift. I've given four weeks. My last Overnight show will be on Saturday 1st October."
Her program, which she hosted/panelled and produced, was also heard on 4BC, 2CC, 2LT, 2BS
& online. She added: “Working midnight to dawn is now starting to impact adversely on my health & well-being. I guess they don’t call it the ‘graveyard shift’ for nothing.” More details.
DAB+ Digital Radio Report 3/2016
metro radio ratings surveys are released eight times per year. The survey collects information on platform of listening across AM/FM, DAB+ digital radio and internet. This report is based on the average results across the three most recent surveys (Survey 3, 4 and 5 2016). Coles Radio
was the Top DAB+ station in latest survey. Full details.
Radio Launches New Campaign
The commercial radio industry h
as launched a new marketing campaign to encourage Australians to upgrade their old radio sets to a new DAB+ digital radio. The campaign likens the switch to DAB+ to the transition of TV from analogue to digital, and focuses on the benefits of upgrading, including better sound quality and up to 30 extra stations. Full details.
Southern Cross Austereo
have launched a new weekend line-up and introduced ‘Osher’s Loveline’
as a new Sunday night program. The 8-10pm show will feature 2 hours of love song dedications. Osher Günsberg, who is also heard on the hit105
Brisbane breakfast show, recently announced on air a "personal letter to his 18 year old self." Full details.
Matt & Richelle’s Final Workday Week
Matt Prater & Richelle Wenham are hosting their final week of national afternoon programs on Vision Christian Radio. Richelle is going on maternity leave and Matt will be devoting more time to his pastoral work. However Matt will be taking on a new role hosting weekend afternoons.
Vale Ken Sparkes
, Australian radio and television presenter and voice-over artist, died aged 76 of a heart attack while on a river cruise in France. In the ‘60s he was the host of the music variety show 'Kommotion'
on Channel 10 in Melbourne and was a part of the on air team at Melbourne's Greater 3UZ.
For many years he was also the ‘voice of Channel 9.’ In recent years he was the host of Foxtel's 'Jukebox Saturday Night'
program. More details.
Gary ‘GT’ Turner turns up at 3RPP FMGary Turner,
Mornington Peninsula radio journalist, will be heard presenting the Wednesday and Saturday morning breakfast program on Radio RPP FM
(98.7 FM & 98.3 FM) from 6.00am – 9.00am. Full details.
Mark Ritson to speak at the National Radio Conference
Marketing professor and columnist Mark Ritson will present his unique insight into digital media and radio’s place amongst the new players at the radio industry’s conference in Melbourne on 7 October. Not afraid to comment on the big issues in marketing, nothing has been safe from Ritson’s scrutiny from Pokemon Go to social media metrics. Ritson said: “It’s become the norm to suggest that “traditional” marketing approaches don’t work and the new approach to content/purpose/inbound/digital/storytelling has disrupted everything. I look forward to presenting an alternative view.”
Tom Furey’s Final Gig
This Friday (Sep 9) Tom Furey turns off the mic and hangs up his cans for the last time at 2PK Parkes. Apart from his work at 2PK/ROK FM, he’s also had stints with Hill FM/2BH in Broken Hill and Flow FM in South Australia.
Angela Clark Leaves ABC
Angela Clark has left her job as Director of Innovation at the ABC. She joined the ABC in 2012 after previously working at Macquarie Radio Network.
Tony Departs i98FM
i98FM Wollongong Station Producer/Announcer Tony Momcilovic is departing. He’s been with the station 12 years. He hosted the HitStory and Flashback programs for i98 as well as C91.3 Campbelltown.
Sam Blacker Leaving WAVE FM
Sam Blacker, Announcer and Breakfast Producer for Mel & Trav at Wave FM in Wollongong, has accepted a new job as co-host of the 94.9 Power FM Nowra breakfast show.
Polly Goodchild Joins NOVA
NOVA Entertainment has appointed Polly Goodchild as smoothfm Integration and Marketing Director based in Sydney. She was previously ARN’s Integration Manager. She begins at the station on 4th October.
iHeart Radio Adds 2GB and 2CH
ARN has announced that Macquarie Media Limited’s 2GB and Magic 2CH stations have been added to the iHeartRadio Australia platform. The new agreement means the full stable of Macquarie Media Limited stations are now available on iHeartRadio. To listen: www.iHeart.com iHeartRadio - 20 million songs, 830,000 artists. All your favourite music, all your favourite stations, all free.
Growth in radio revenue in August
Metro commercial radio ad revenue has recorded an increase in August up 4.36% to $65.565 million with Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth showing growth compared to August 2015. According to the 2016 Metropolitan Commercial Radio Advertising Revenue, as sourced by Deloitte, Perth was up 7.85% to $8.865 million, Melbourne increased by 7.17% to $20.699 million, Brisbane was up 5.92% to $10.161 million, Sydney rose 1.80% to $19.995 million and Adelaide was down 3.55% to $5.845 million.
Power 100 Ready to Rock Townsville
Rock has returned to Townsville with the launch of Power 100.
Formerly known as Zinc 100.7
, the station has refreshed its look, feel and sound under the new Power 100 branding. Content Director Jason Wolfgram
says Power 100 has been built directly in response to listener feedback. “Our research tells us that Townsville loves its rock and until now there’s been no true rock option available
,” he says. More details.
From Commercial Radio to Just CommercialsMedia Watch
reports: Sydney radio station 2UE
is set to transform to a new format it calls 'Talking Lifestyle'. But now, to more plugs for products, on commercial radio this time, where there’s no doubt at all that the station is getting paid for the platform it’s giving them. Full story.
SCA Regional Management ChangesSCA
has announced that Ashley Myatt
NSW Regional General Manager, who currently oversees all of regional NSW will now be responsible for the Northern NSW television and their radio markets. Rod Winner
will now be responsible for the Southern NSW region as well as Victoria and SA. Full details.
Vale Al McCartan
THE friends and family of former 2MCE
Bathurst adio announcer Al McCartan
will farewell him at a memorial service on Friday. McCartan died peacefully in a Sydney hospital on August 24 from medical complications. He was 76 and is survived by his partner Cheryl Hunter and sons Craig and Dan. The memorial will be in the Chapel of St Andrew and St John at Abercrombie House from 10am.
Random Radio News
Radio1629am Search For Swing Music Fan
might be small but they have a big following – global in fact. The online streaming broadcaster, which specialised in swing, big band and old-time dancing music from the 1940s to 60s, was regularly in touch with listeners around the world. But there was one fellow from Gunnedah who drew their attention in particular. Full story.
Aussie Christian Radio Listeners
Donate Over 27,000 Miracles of Sight
26 Christian radio stations from across the nation made ‘miracles’ happen on 25 August providing some of the world's poorest people with the gift of sight. Five radio stations broadcast live after visiting their CBM
(Christian Blind Mission) partner hospital in Vietnam. 31 phones were manned by 136 different people over 16 hours – many were volunteers. More than 27,000 Miracle Gifts of Sight were donated. Full details.
Tanya Hennessy Joins R U OK?
Tanya Hennessy from the ‘Ryan & Tanya’ breakfast show on Hit 104.7 has taken on an ambassadorship for an organisation close to her heart and mind, R U OK? ahead of R U OK? Day On September 8.
7HOFM’s Apple for the Teacher
from Illawarra Primary School, Blackmans Bay was announced as Hobart’s favourite primary school teacher. Hobart’s 7HOFM
has encouraged listeners to rally around their favourite Primary School Teacher and vote in 7HOFM’s Apple for the Teacher promotion. More details.
Who’s Your Favourite Guest Host?
Over the past two weeks, Hitz 939
Bundaberg has been running a competition with a different guest co-host on the show for each of the 10 days while regular host Tracey
has been away. Hitz breakfast host Bryce
said 'it was a great experience, kind of like coaching a footy team that had never seen a ball before. If you ever have a co-host away, I definitely recommend having a bit of fun with this'. More details.
Aquira Is Acquired
The Perth based North Metropolitan TAFE
students are now graduating with the latest in RCS
training. NMT’s college station Boom Radio
already trains and operates with RCS Zetta, GSelector and Zetta News and the addition of Aquira now ensures a complete RCS suite experience. Head of Radio,
Phillip Vinciullo said: “The addition of Aquira to our suite of RCS products ensures our students are the most equipped in radio software knowledge across the nation.” More details.