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Cei Saunders Joins Power FM
Cei Saunders is leaving WAVE FM and has accepted a move within the Grant Broadcasters group to sister station POWER FM Bega/Batemans Bay in a permanent workday shift. He will also assist with Promotions and some Image Production.
'Huttsey' Off To WAVE FM
Patrick 'Huttsey' Hutley will join Wave FM Wollongong as Breakfast Show producer. Huttsey moves from 2EC Bega where's he's been hosting drive and looking after music duties for over a year now.
New Look 1116 SEN Footy
Melbourne’s home of footy, 1116 SEN
, will launch its 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season coverage this weekend with an all-new call team – headed by Gerard Whateley.
Gerard will be joined by Peter Donegan, Kevin Bartlett, Tristan Foenander
and Anthony Hudson
along with expert commentators Nick Dal Santo, Daisy Pearce, Danny Frawley, Adam Cooney, Terry Wallace
and Bob Murphy.
The new team will call the top rating Saturday and Sunday afternoon time slots throughout the home and away season and finals including the 2018 Toyota AFL Grand Final. Full details.
Vale David Frazer
David Frazer (who was on Facebook as David Sundownroundup) has passed away on the NSW Central Coast. David started at 6AM in Northam in 1979 and also worked at 6MD and 7AD. In recent years he's been part of Coast 96.3 FM in Gosford. David was also the father of 2GO and WS-FM newsreader Sean Frazer. (Courtesy: The Radio Green Room)
Allan Aldwoth Stays at Triple M South West
After two months of filling in for Triple M South West's breakfast show, Triple M has made Allan Aldworth a permanent announcer. Previous to working for SCA, Allan completed an Advanced Diploma at North Metropolitan Tafe and worked at Spirit radio in Broome and then for the Network for 3 years.
Tonia Makes Bega Home
Tonia Liosatos has made the Bega Valley her home. She has joined 2EC/Power FM as their new journalist. Tonia began her broadcast career at ABC 666 in Canberra.
Ray Hadley: ABC Radio did me a huge favour
2GB/4BC radio host Ray Hadley says ABC Brisbane did him a favour by reshuffling their program line-up. ABC’s Steve Austin was moved to a new Drive program. Hadley said. “We started about 8 points behind the ABC nearly two years ago. I’m now consistently about 8 per cent. The ABC gave me a huge favour with their program changes; their previous host was a proven performer."
Sian Signs On At ABC
Sian Johnson is leaving the Warrnambool Standard newspaper. She is joining the team at ABC Ballarat.
Jo Hall loses out on radio hosting gig
Channel 9 newsreader Jo Hall has been dropped as the host of the radio show Great Australian Lives following her drink-driving bust. The program, produced by Crocmedia and heard on 3AW as well as available as a podcast, saw Hall interview significant Australians. Hall was breath-tested by police as she drove from her East Hawthorn home to Box Hill in February and was found to have had one too many drinks. Last month she admitted her deep regret at her poor decision to get behind the wheel after a few drinks.
Gambling Ads Banned on Commercial Radio
New rules banning gambling ads during live sports coverage on commercial radio
come into effect on March 30
. The new provisions to ban gambling ads during the broadcast of live sporting events between 5am and 8.30pm have been included in the Commercial Radio Code of Practice following a period of community consultation. Full Story
Sue Carter Appointed as Content Director at Gold 104.3
has appointed Sue Carter
to the role of Content Director for Melbourne’s GOLD104.3
. ARN has also announced the appointment of Tony Aldridge
as Content Director for both MIX102.3
and Cruise 1323
in Adelaide. Full Details.
New Content DIrector for Podcast One
Southern Cross Austereo announced the appointment of Jennifer Goggin as Content Director for PodcastOne Australia. In her new role, Jennifer is responsible for the successful execution of PodcastOne Australia’s content strategy.
Tiffany Joins WAVE FM
Tiffany Rouge is joining the Wave FM Wollongong lineup in April. 'Tiff' has been in radio for several years across markets including Adelaide, the UK, and for the past 2 years based in Darwin at HOT 100. She will be a part of the daytime lineup and look after the Wave social media platforms.
Celebration Time For 'Clairsy'
Dean “Clairsy” Clairs
is celebrating this week for two reasons - not only did the Mix 94.5 Perth
breakfast show rate No 1 in breakfast in Survey 1 but he is also celebrating 35 years in radio. Full story.
David Greenwood Shares Wisdom With Media Students
Veteran radio personality David Greenwood
has a message for aspiring broadcast students looking to crack into the media industry: think laterally and show your passion. Speaking at Phoenix Radio's
10th Birthday Celebration, the Kix Country
General Manager used most of his speech encouraging students to push the boundaries. Full story.
‘Lehmo’ joins ABC Radio
Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann will host ABC Radio’s flagship AFL programs. The former Gold FM brekky co-host Awill be the new host of ABC Radio’s Saturday and Sunday AFL programs during the 2018 footy season. Saturday’s will see ‘Lehmo’ team up with sports commentator Angela Pippos and on Sundays ‘Lehmo’ will be joined by the Outer Sanctum’s Emma Race for a relaxed and fun review of the week that was, before previewing the games.
GfK First Metro Radio Ratings For 2018
The first GfK
metro radio ratings were released today March 13. 3AW
continues as the No 1 station in Melbourne with 13.2%. 2GB
also continues their reign at No 1 in Sydney with 11.8%. In Brisbane, Nova 106.9
was the top station with 12.6%. In Adelaide, Mix 102.3
had a great start to 2018 - up 3.8% to make No 1` with 16.1%, In Perth, Mix 94.5
continued their dominance with 15.7% Full details.
Double J Dominate in first DAB+ Survey 2018
The first GfK DAB+
metro radio ratings were released today March 13. Double J
was the No 1 digital station in Melbourne. In Brisbane it was a 3 way tie with Double J, ABC Grandstand
and Coles Radio.
In Adelaide Double J
and The '90s iheart Radio
shared No 1. In Sydney, top station was Edge Digital
and in Perth it was Coles Radio
. Full details.
Entries open for 30th year of Radio Awards
Radio broadcasters from around Australia will celebrate 30 years of the Australian Commercial Radio Awards
(ACRAs) at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday, October 20. The ACRAs are a highlight of the radio industry’s yearly calendar with the Awards attracting the industry’s stars, personalities and media executives from around Australia. Full details.
Digital rollout continues with 3.8m DAB+ radios in market
The number of DAB+ digital radios in Australia climbed to 3.8 million
in 2017, up 24%
over the past 12 months, according to figures released by radio industry body Commercial Radio Australia. Full details.
Mark Allen and David Schwarz Might return to Radio
Herald Sun reports that “Marko” and “Ox” have been targeted for the March 31 launch of a 24-hour sports radio network on the AM band of 1278, that for many years was synonymous with 3AW. And they have been earmarked for the 3-6pm timeslot of drive, pitting them against Kevin Bartlett and John Rothfield (Dr Turf), the latter being part of new management that oversaw the sacking of Allen and Schwarz.
Bert 'Birdbrain' Robertson has died aged 89 (Mar 9) on the Gold Coast. He is best known for his radio work at 4BC, 4GG and 2UW. Bert was born in Melbourne and would have been 90 in April. (Jocks' Journal editor Greg Newman interviewed Bert in November 2017. A tribute will be featured in the next issue of Jocks' Journal.) Funeral details.
ARN Strengthens Commercial Leadership Team In Melbourne
ARN has announced significant appointments to its Melbourne Commercial leadership team. Nisar Malik has been appointed to the role of Agency Sales Director, Nick Flood joins ARN as Direct Sales Director and Lena Rapley (pictured) has moved from her role as Melbourne Agency Group Sales Manager into the newly created role of Head of Client Solutions – Melbourne and Adelaide.
Davenport And Wood Appointed As GMs
Southern Cross Austereo
has announced a new management structure for Queensland which sees the appointment of Tim Davenport
(below) as General Manager for Southern Queensland and Ken Wood
(top) as General Manager for Northern Queensland. More details.
Monique Now On News At Mix/Cruise
Monique Crichton, ex-Triple M Adelaide News Director, is now reading news on Cruise 1323 and Mix 102.3.
Allan Cameron Joins Arabian Network
After 3 years as Tasmanian Regional Content Director, Allan Cameron will be leaving Grant Broadcasters on March 14. Allan will be the new Content Director of Dubai 92, one of the 9 ARN (Arabian Radio Network) stations based in Dubai UAE.
NFDS 2018 Entries Open Now
The National Features and Documentary Series, which aims to encourage storytelling from new and emerging community radio producers from around Australia, is now open for entries. Emerging community broadcasters are encouraged to submit their idea for a feature. Full details
3AW's John Burns Fined for Drink-driving
3AW breakfast co-host John Burns has been put off the road for a year and fined $500 after being caught drink-driving for the second time. Full story
Chris Coleman Does a Melba
After quitting his role at 2CC for a new career, Chris Coleman has accepted a new casual radio position. He says: Well, this is a little bit awkward. Put me on the list with John Farnham and Nellie Melba. What can I say? When you get a call asking if you want to anchor & call the footy coverage for a team you've supported for over thirty years, it's a bit hard to say no. And to MIX 106.3 in Canberra, thanks for giving me the chance to fulfil what's pretty close to a life-long dream."
Kate Langbroek Shares Photos Of Bruising
HIT network radio host Kate Langbroek has demanded answers over the "degradation" of St Kilda after her family was subjected to what she described as a "crazed, violent, terrifying attack".
Gary Rendall Departs 6PR
Gary Rendall has resigned from 6PR Perth. He spent the last 17 years as the station's Promotions Director and at one time was Program Manager. For more than 40 years he has worked in radio mostly in promotions and events. On his final day he announced on Facebook: "It is 17 years since my good friend Kylee Payne and Shane Healy trusted me with an amazing opportunity. Pretty happy to leave when it is time for me to explore other opportunities."
3MFM Station Manager Wendy Williams To Retire
is undergoing some changes this year with the retirement of Station Manager, Wendy Williams.
After 9 years at the helm Wendy has decided it's time to step down from her role. "I began here almost 10 years ago as a trainee presenter in a purely voluntary capacity. The following year the Station Manager was taking Maternity leave and I agreed to fill in for a short time during her absence."
said Wendy. That short time lasted more than 9 years. Full story.
Talking Lifestyle Go Sport
The “Talking Lifestyle” format will be broadcast for the last time on Friday March 30th. It will be replaced by a Sports format, networked across the same 3 stations and featuring presenters drawn from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The new format’s launch will coincide with the Commonwealth Games which commence on the Gold Coast on April 4th. More details.
Shane Luy to trade in the fun for the money
After 11 years making commercials on the Sunshine Coast, Shane Luy has finally decided to trade in the fun for the money. Prior to becoming the commercial producer at 91.9 SeaFM and 92.7 Mix FM on the Sunshine Coast, Shane produced commercials and pulled weekend shifts at the SCA Albury hub. Shane begins his new sales role on March 5th.
New Episodes of Hamish and Andy on PodcastOne
Hamish & Andy are back, with the first episode of their brand new weekly podcast now available on PodcastOne. Hamish & Andy is a podcast that began its life as a band of three men, travelling from village to village in the 1700’s, asking locals to gather round to listen as they discussed big issues of the times and provided light refreshments.
Movement At Grant Broadcasters
Allan Cameron has announced he is leaving his role at Grant Broadcasters as the 7HO FM and State Content Director for Tasmania. (See 'Radio Jobs.') He leaves in mid-March and Jocks' Journal believes he is heading overseas. Before his role in Hobart he spent 4 years as Group Program Director – Star Radio Group – Malaysia.
Ross Turner, who holds the State Content Director role for Grant Broadcaster's Queensland stations, is also moving on. He has resigned and will be leaving Hot 91.1/Zinc 96.1 in a few weeks time.
Michael Croke Signs Off
Michael Croke who has hosted Saturday Breakfast with ABC Central West NSW is signing off. He has been with the ABC since 1988. Monday-Friday you would found him at school as a teacher and now principal at Catherine McAuley Catholic Primary School.
Crocmedia Launches NRL Nation and NRL Partnership
, has secured an NRL broadcast partnership for the next five years under a sub-license agreement with Macquarie Media Limited
and the ARLC. Full story.
George And Paul Move Over To 2GB
George Moore and Paul B Kidd have moved to sister station 2GB. The pair were heard weekends on Talking Lifestyle. Their place has been taken over by Mieke Buchan and Rob Duckworth.
Chris Derrick Departs SCA
Southern Cross Austereo has announced that Chris Derrick, Head of Digital Strategy will be leaving the business. Derrick joined SCA in 2015 and was instrumental in SCA’s successful on-boarding and management of the Vevo relationship in 2016 through to Vevo’s recent decision not to renew any international sales partnerships. Yvette Coutsoudis who worked in Human Resources has also left the company.
David Rymer Takes A Break For Health Reasons
After two years as Content Director, David Rymer is leaving Triple M Brisbane. A staff memo has stated that he will take time away from his radio role to get his health in order. Rymer will stay on until a replacement can be found (see 'Radio Jobs'.)
Maddie Off To Melbourne
Maddie Burke is joining the ARN newsroom in Melbourne. She was with 96fm Perth in 2017 and previously spent five years as breakfast newsreader at Nova 93.7.
Mick Malthouse back on air at the ABC
The Ex-AFL coach has joined the ABC, after being sacked at SEN. Mick Malthouse will do special comments for select games, mainly on Thursday nights (courtesy of the Herald Sun).
Study shows radio listening heats up over summer
For the second year running, radio audience measurement company, GfK, conducted a survey during summer which found radio continues to engage with listeners across this period, providing them with entertainment, music and information. More details
Former 2Day FM worker says male executive raped him
, a former 2Day FM staffer who resigned from SCA in 2016 - says the alleged attack occurred in late 2013. In a statement, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) said the company is assisting police. The 'accused' man was later employed by a rival radio network. Full news story. Blake's blog.
Random Radio News
Will and Woody launched their very own
Sushi Sushi hand roll
To celebrate the launch of Will & Woody’s ‘Wok n’ Woll’ a special pop-up store in Sydney’s Circular Quay will open from 12pm – 2pm on March 21. ARN’s National KIIS FM Drive hosts, Will & Woody, have launched their very own Sushi Sushi hand roll which will be sold in stores around the country until mid-April. Full details.
Jo Stanley still eager to team with ‘Lehmo’
Former GOLD FM breakfast host Jo Stanley is confident she and her ex-radio partner Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann are not finished as a team.“We are working on a podcast idea at the moment, but I also know with certainty that I will go back to radio at some point.” Full story.
iHeartMedia Preparing Bankruptcy Filing
iHeartMedia Inc. is preparing to file for bankruptcy as soon as this weekend after months of negotiations with creditors who hold over $15 billion of the company’s debt, according to people familiar with the matter. Full story.
Power FM's Kristel shares
A Personal Story On Pain
Power FM Murray Bridge breakfast co-host Kristen has shared on radio about a disease she has battled for the last 10 years. She shares: "As I write this now, I have a wheatbag clamped between my legs. I’ve spent three days not being able to keep food down and I’ve spent endless hours in the bathtub because it’s the only place I can get any relief." Full story and audio.
Radio Influences Dining Trends
One out of two radio listeners dine out at least once a week, 30% are eating out more frequently than before, and what they hear on radio influences their meal time decisions, according the latest Finding Consumer Trends report released by Commercial Radio Australia and Presslaff Interactive Revenue. The Dining Habits survey, which involved more than 2,750 listeners from across Australia, reveals listeners’ preferences and interests when choosing to eat out and at home. Full story.