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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 Studio in 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 KIIS National 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 Station founder 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 Austereo Brisbane 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.
Random Radio News
SEN Radio building site brings in almost $30m
The Reject Shop co-founder Ronald Hall has made a whopping profit after selling the SEN Radio building supersite in inner Melbourne to local developers for almost $30 million. The 3025-square metre L-shaped site at the eastern end of Swan Street in Richmond will make way for a mixed-use retail and residential development in one of Melbourne's emerging apartment hotspots.
Rebel Radio Network Help Regional Farmers
The Rebel Radio Network kick-started their drought campaign to help regional farmers in dry conditions by donating $5,000 to Drought Angels and setting aside $250,000 in advertising space to encourage other businesses to donate to the cause. The company behind REBEL FM and the BREEZE, Rebel Radio Network also confirmed additional fundraising events at external locations to further increase funds for the charity organisation. More details.
Robin Bailey Announces Engagement
Robin Bailey has revealed she is engaged to partner Sean Pickwell. The Triple M Brisbane breakfast presenter announced the news on air after Pickwell popped the question during a family day out with their children from previous relationships at Movie World last week. Bailey, who has sons Fin, 18, Lewin, 16, and Piper, 14, from her marriage to late husband Tony Smart, said Pickwell proposed when her kids went with his adult son and daughter to the stunt show. (Courier Mail)
ABC Radio Sydney Producer swims the English Channel for Charity
Long time ABC Radio Sydney producer Brendan King has swum the English Channel after deciding a year ago that it was something he'd like to do in order to raise money for a matter that is close to his heart; youth homelessness. It took him 14hrs and 33mins. Audio.
Man who inspired 'Good Morning, Vietnam' film has died
Adrian Cronauer, the man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film Good Morning, Vietnam, has died. He was 79. During his service as a US Air Force sergeant in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966, Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with the phrase, "Goooooood morning, Vietnam!" Full story.
ABC's Adelaide sound archive dismantled
ABC staff and a few outsiders are picking over what remains of the national broadcaster’s archive of CDs at Collinswood. With the local sound librarians sacked and unique material meant to have been shipped to the ABC in Sydney and Melbourne, the doors have been thrown open to the huge CD collection, believed to have originally contained around 100,000 items. Full story.
Flow FM the Colour Of Country Life
Flow Fm is putting the colour into country life with the launch of a brand new logo. Wayne Phillips, Flow FM Managing Director, said it was an important step for the brand to add the colour to country life. Full details.
Could this be Gippsland’s Luckiest Family?
On June 16, TR FM and Gold 1242 culminated 60 days of promotional activity with the final draw for their 50K Countdown Promotion. The winner was a Richard from Bairnsdale. And would you believe just over 12 months ago, his wife was the major winner of the TR FM and Gold 1242 Promotion for The Car or The Cash! Full details.
Famous Voices of the Tweed
Radio 97, which first aired in Murwillumbah in 1936 before moving to Tweed Heads in 1984, has been a source of local news, talkback and music for nearly 80 years. Broadcasting over several channels from Mullumbimby to the Gold Coast, two of the station's most recognisable voices are that of presenters Scott Mayman and Leon Delaney. Full story.
Community radio is growing the music industry
What makes Melbourne’s music scene so productive and alive is the combination of musicians, live music venues, and community radio writes Maddy MacFarlane
. Full story.