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June 2019 Radio News



New General Manager to Lead 7HOFM

Mick Raisin has been appointed General Manager at 7HOFM, replacing Colin Taylor who leaves Grant Broadcasters in late July, after 13 years with the company. Mick has a long commercial radio history with his most recent position in Mt Gambier as General Manager of the now named Hit96.1 and Triple M.




Hit Central Queensland's New breakfast show  

Central Queensland’s Hit107.9 has a new breakfast show featuring Nicholas Feain and Hayden Bleechmore. Nicholas Feain moves from his breakfast gig on Gippsland’s Hit94.3 and Hayden comes from ACE Radio in Colac, Victoria. He was discovered through Southern Cross Austereo’s talent master class program Hubble. Nick and hayed can be heard weekdays from 6am-9am.




Hobart’s Hit100.9 Welcomes Grace Garde To Workday
 
Hobart’s Hit100.9 will welcome newcomer Grace Garde to workdays from 1pm-3pm from Monday June 17. Grace began her radio career at Southern Cross Austereo Gosford in promotions before moving to her most recent gig on Power FM in Nowra after graduating from AFTRS in 2017.With experience in both breakfast and workday shifts, Grace was ACRA Finalist for Best Newcomer On-Air (Provincial) in 2018.




Vale Chris Winter

Chris Winter, one of the founding announcers at the original Double Jay and a fixture in the early days of triple j, has passed away. Chris was a foundation presenter for Double Jay in 1975. He is best known as the original presenter of Double J's “Room to Move” a two hour music program presented weekly on the ABC’s first network from 1971. Following his work with triple j, Winter went on to work with ABC local radio, before taking a role that would see him play a  part in the development of the ABC's first digital-only TV station, ABC2.




Search For Australia's Hottest Radio Hunk
 
A nationwide search to find Australia’s hottest radio hunk is on! Take 5 magazine is asking radio listeners all over Australia to vote. So far 3486 readers and radio listeners have taken part. To nominate your favourite, email: take5@bauer-media.com.au or visit the Take 5 Facebook page. Full details.




Air News To Be Sold to Terry Daniel

Air News is pleased to announce that we are in the process of selling the news business. If all goes to plan then come the 1st July AIR News will be owned and operated as AIR News Media by Terry Daniel of Coffs Harbour. For all involved there will be no apparent change, the news service will operate exactly as it does currently, with all the same presenters and same services. Full story.




Port Hedland and Broome’s first official radio ratings
 
The radio station listened to the most in the Western Australian towns of Broome and Port Hedland was announced today with the results from the region’s first official radio ratings survey are released. SPIRIT Radio was the top rating station with a share of 36% and were No 1 in all sessions. RED FM rated No 2 with 26.4%.  Then came triple j with 16.4% and ABC Kimberley with 8.3%. The survey was conducted by Xtra Insights between the 13 May - 1 June. Full details.



HIT 105/Triple M into Brisbane Super-studios

HIT105 and Triple M have begun broadcasting from their new custom-designed headquarters AUDIO HQ, the country’s most advanced radio super studios.  After more than 12 months in planning, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) Brisbane, parent to the two stations, have officially left their long-time home at North Quay, and relocated to Level 4 at The Barracks.  It was one of the biggest and most technical relocations in radio history in Australia.  More Info




Dangerous Dave Takes Over My Generation
 
Dave Williams will host Triple M’s national show My Generation from Saturday June 8, replacing the recently departed Ugly Phil. My Generation is heard on over 70 stations nationally through the Triple M Network and affiliate partners regionally. “I am honoured to be handed the keys of this iconic show and I can’t wait to give it a spin!” Dangerous Dave said.




NOVA 100 Announce Brand And Promotions Manager
 
Nova Entertainment has announced the appointment of Andy Kay as Nova 100 Brand and Promotions Manager. Andy says, "Working in the radio industry is a dream career for me and joining NOVA Entertainment is a new and exciting chapter in my life. It'll also be fantastic to reunite with the gorgeous Chrissie Swan after all these years!"




Coffs Harbour Radio Ratings

SCA's Triple M 106.3 rated No 1 in the latest Xtra Insights survey with a share of 29.4 % (+6.1).  SCA sister station Hit 105.5 came 2nd with 23.6% (same as last survey). Next came triple j with 12.0% (-1.9) then ABC Coffs Harbour with 10.9% (-2.2). Triple M rated No 1 in breakfast, morning and afternoon. Hit 105.5 were No 1 in drive and ABC No 1 in evening. Full details.




KOOL FM New Brekky Announcer

Matthew Lynch of 2WEB Bourke will take over the 6-10 am Breakfast show on KOOL FM Innisfail.  He commences in early July. (2WEB now has a vacancy.  See 'Radio Jobs.')




GfK Metro Survey 3, 2019

In today's GfK Metro Survey 3 it was another ratings win to talk stations 2GB and 3AW.  2GB recorded  a share of 14.8% (+0.3) and 3AW 15.1% (-0.1). In Adelaide, MIX 102.3 rated No 1 with 12.2% (- 1.7).  In Brisbane it was a close race with Nova 106.9 on 11.5% (-0.9) and finally in Perth, Mix 94.5 were once again No 1 with 14.3% (-1.1). The top rating DAB+ stations were - Coles Radio (Sydney), Double J (Melbourne), The ‘90s iheart radio (Adelaide), Double J (Brisbane) and a tie in Perth with Smooth/ABC Grandstand. Full details.




2BS/B Rock Sold To Super Radio Network


Ron and Stephanie Camplin have sold their two Bathurst FM radio stations 2BS and B Rock, to the Super Radio Network owned by Bill Caralis. An announcement of the sale was made in the morning news bulletins on both stations. Instead of hearing Ray Hadley, local listeners tuned into John Laws via 2SM. Staff were told of the news on Sunday night at the home of the Camplins. Station General Manager Phil Cole, who has worked for Ron Camplin for 41 years, says “it’s business as usual.”





Jamie 'Mac' McDonald Health Update


On Tuesday June 4, Brisbane-based UK-born radio announcer/musician Jamie McDonald will be undergoing open heart surgery. He went into hospital last week after suffering chest pains and was informed he had a heart attack. Jamie has worked at many Australian radio networks including the SCA, Macquarie, ABC, and also the BBC. He's also a talented Chalk Artist.  Jocks' Journal wishes our mate Jamie a great outcome and speedy recovery.





Vale Phil Hunter


Former 2UW announcer Phil Hunter has passed away after spending a number of years in poor health.  He is best known for his time in the ‘70s hosting afternoons on 2UW. He began at the station in 1968.  In the ‘60s he was also heard on 2SM and later ran a record shop in Chatswood in Sydney.





Vale Hon. Nick Jones


Nick Jones, best known as Ian MacRae's 2SM sidekick the Hon. Nick Jones, has passed away. In 1981 the brekky pair released the single The Ballad Of Lady Di.  Nick was a  self-appointed local government councillor who initially did the odd guest segment on the breakfast show, but then became Macca's regular sidekick.





Perth university student wins
 national Brian White Journalism Scholarship
 
Edith Cowan University broadcasting student, Tom Durkin, is the winner of the national Brian White Scholarship awarded by Commercial Radio Australia. As winner of this scholarship, Tom will now commence an eight-week paid internship in Sydney, consisting of two weeks each at the leading radio broadcasters Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and NOVA Entertainment.  Full details.


May 2019 Radio News



Radio Alive and ACRAS Accomodation

Commercial Radio Australia has secured a limited number of hotel rooms in the vicinity of where both the Radio Alive 2019 Conference and ACRAs are taking place on 18-19 October 2019 in Brisbane. These rates are available through their travel partner, Stage and Screen, with options to suit all budgets. Full details.



Macquarie Re-Signs Allan Jones AO

Macquarie Media Limited (MML) has announced that it has re-signed Alan Jones, the host of its 2GB Sydney and 4BC Brisbane breakfast radio programs, to a new two year contract which will commence on July 1st 2019 at the conclusion of his current contract. In announcing the signing, MML Chairman Russell Tate said he was very pleased that Jones would continue to be an integral part of the Macquarie on-air team for at least another two years. Mr. Tate commented that “Over his already extraordinary radio career, Alan has dominated Sydney radio with 218 ratings survey wins, including 15 consecutive years at Number 1 on 2GB - an unprecedented achievement. And with Alan’s current ratings share of the Sydney radio audience amongst the highest it has ever been, his dominance shows no sign of slowing down. All of us at Macquarie are delighted that we will continue along for the ride with one of the Australian media’s most outstanding performers.”

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Tim & Jess Move To The Border’s Breakfast
 
Central Queensland’s Hit 102.9 breakfast duo Tim Bolch and Jess Pantou will make the move to The Border’s Hit104.9 as the new breakfast show from Wednesday, 5 June as Riley-Rose Harper makes her way into Hit104.9 Mornings. Tim and Jess started together in 2017 at Hit96.1 Limestone Coast before moving on to Hit102.9 Central Queensland. Group Content Director for Victoria and SA Luke “Becks” Toohey said, “I’m beyond excited to work with Tim and Jess again, they are a great SCA development story and a hell of a team.”




Heather Maltman to leave Gold Coast’s 90.9 Sea FM
 
This morning on the Gold Coast’s 90.9 Sea FM it was announced Heather Maltman will be leaving the breakfast team on Friday, 31 May after over two years on the show Heather, Dan & Ben. Dan Anstey and Ben Hannant will continue on 90.9 Sea FM from 5am-9am weekdays. Listen to the announcement here.




Commercial radio industry welcomes
 new Communications Minister
 
The commercial radio industry has welcomed the appointment of Paul Fletcher as the new Federal Minister for Communications, Cybersafety and the Arts in the Morrison Government. Mr Fletcher was previously Minister for Families and Social Services. In his career he has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, held a senior executive role at Optus, established a consulting firm serving the communications sector and has written a book about broadband.




CBAA Community Radio Awards - Entries Close Soon

The CBAA Community Radio Awards entries will close next Wednesday, 29 May 2019. Winners will be announced at the CBAA Community Radio Awards Gala Dinner on 26 October, part of the CBAA Conference in Melbourne, Victoria. Entrants' Guide for all categories, criteria and information on how to enter.





Roy and H.G. Join Macquarie Sports Radio

Australia’s sports commentary duo Roy and H.G. have a new home on Macquarie Sports Radio. Just Short of a Length with Roy and H.G. will pad up for one of the world’s most hotly anticipated sporting spectacles - the ICC Cricket World Cup.The show premieres on June 1. Full details.




GfK Newcastle Survey 1, 2019

With an increase of 3.7%, 102.9 Triple M rated No 1 in the first Newcastle GfK survey for 2019 with 16.8%.  Next came HIT 106.9 with 12.5%. triple j followed with 11.5% (+2.3). ABCNewcastle had a share of 9.6% (-3.1), 2HD 8% and NEW FM7.5%. Triple M were No 1 in all sessions except evening with 2HD rating No 1. Full details.




New CD at Hit 105

Jack Ball has been appointed Content Director of Hit 105Brisbane and Head of Content Hit Queensland.  




Lachlan Kitchen Now In Dubai

Lachlan Kitchen who left i98 FM Illawarra after almost 15 years at the station has joined Dubai 92 to host the breakfast show.




Vale Paul Mason

Paul Mason passed away May 2nd. He was 89. Up until a few months ago Paul was still doing some voice overs and was on air at North West FM. Along with his wife of 61 years, Elaine, he presented Saturday night’s Stepping Out With Memories until November last year. Mason scripted, hosted and provided the music for programs on stations such as North West FM, Golden Days Radio, INR in Heidelberg, 3CC in Harcourt, WRB in Footscray and 3WBC in Box Hill. His first foray into radio was the ABC’s Sentimental Journey program, which led to program requests from the UK-based broadcaster, BBC.




Heidi Tiltins Move

Heidi Tiltins has left WSFM and joined the smoothfm and Nova newsroom.




Eggo's New Role

Mathew 'Eggo' Eggleston has been appointed to the newly created role of Hit Network National Operations Manager.





New 2NUR Manager

Shane Peak has been appointed Station Manager at 2NUR at the University of Newcastle.




Hot Tomato Changes

At Hot Tomato Gold Coast, Candice Hazeltine (pictured) is moving from doing mornings to become EP for Flan, Emily Jade and Christo.  Olivia Scott who was station floater and Drive Producer is now mornings announcer and Assistant MD. Monique Cremona who was working in promotions is now Producer for Gailey, Mal and Moyra and is heard on weeknights 8 pm till 11 pm.



 
Renee Peterson Back To Melbourne

Renee Peterson has returned to Melbourne after filling in with 90.9 SEA FM on the Gold Coast. She covered for Bella Frizzaand Scotty Couchman on the national Hit Network, regional and provincial.




Finalists announced for
Brian White Journalism Scholarship

Commercial Radio Australia has announced the finalists for the Brian White Scholarship Scholarship, which gives one student the chance to kickstart their journalism career and gain experience in Australia’s biggest radio newsrooms. Five of the 10 finalists are from NSW and four are from Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University. Full story.



Finalists announced for
Brian White Journalism Scholarship

Commercial Radio Australia has announced the finalists for the Brian White Scholarship Scholarship, which gives one student the chance to kickstart their journalism career and gain experience in Australia’s biggest radio newsrooms. Five of the 10 finalists are from NSW and four are from Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University. Full story.




Dugald Saunders now talking in Parliament

The new state member for Dubbo is no stranger to talking to the region – he’s been doing it for a decade. Former Dubbo ABC Presenter Dugald Saunders (ex-2XL, 3GG, 2UE, 4BC and 2DU) presented his maiden speech last week to the NSW Parliament as he commences his term as the newly elected Member for Dubbo. ABC Western Plains is now looking for the next breakfast personality here




Triple M set to give away their CD Library

Triple M is giving away their 10,000+ CD library to one person. Head of Triple M Content in Queensland, Rex Morris said the library has been the soundtrack to Brisbane for nearly 40 years. He said it may just be the biggest rock library ever given away as a single prize. Full Story




Commercial radio ad revenue in March quarter
 
Commercial radio metropolitan advertising revenue declined by 2.6% to $181.612 million in the March quarter compared to $186.518 million in the same period a year ago, according to data compiled by Deloitte and released today by industry body Commercial Radio Australia. More Details




2GB hand Alan Jones breach of contract notice

A breach of contract notice sent to broadcaster Alan Jones this month is the third Jones has been handed by 2GB management since a $3.7 million defamation case relating to Queensland’s Lockyer Valley floods went against the radio station in September. Macquarie Media CEO Adam Lang has warned Jones that two callers put to air on his breakfast show on April 29 made statements that were potentially in breach of the broadcaster’s existing five-year contract, which is set to expire on June 30. Full story (Courtesy of Daily Telegraph)




Widow of Keith McGowan sues his son,
granddaughter in will dispute

The family of late Melbourne radio legend Keith McGowan is locked in a legal battle over his will. McGowan, 70, died three days before Christmas 2013 after suffering a stroke in his sleep. The veteran 3AW presenter’s wife Angela McGowan, who was gifted his estate, is suing his son from his first marriage, Nathan McGowan, and granddaughter, Jessica McGowan, after they lodged a caveat on her South Yarra home she shared with him. Full story from Herlad-Sun.




Dry July ads named Australia’s best
radio campaign for 2019

A radio campaign by Clemenger BBDO Sydney for Dry July has won the Gold Siren Award for Australia’s best radio campaign at the annual 2019 Siren Awards. The “Ducking Autocorrect” campaign, by creatives Ben Clare and Celia Mortlock, took out the Gold and Silver Awards at an event in Sydney hosted by comedian and Triple M breakfast host Lawrence Mooney. Full story.



 



Matt & Troy Team Up On Nova 100

A day after Matt Tilley made his debut on mornings at Nova 100, he has reunited with former on-air partner Troy Ellis. The pair more than 10 years together on The Matt and Jo Show. The show will still be known as ‘Matt Tilley in the Morning.’ Mel Tracina is now on afternoons replacing Ellis.




Darwin now broadcasting in digital with DAB+
 
Listeners in Darwin can now tune in to commercial radio in digital quality sound, with the official switch on today of permanent digital radio broadcasts on DAB+. Low-powered trial DAB+ services have been on air in Darwin since 2010, but permanent installation and higher power transmissions mean consumers can now access the full benefits of digital radio. Full details.




Alan Jones' Radio Contract Talk, Drags On

Macquarie Media has the option to review rival offers made to Alan Jones as difficult negotiations with the star 2GB presenter drag on. The radio network is in the midst of fraught negotiations with the 78-year-old veteran broadcaster and breakfast host of Sydney radio station 2GB whose employment contract runs until June 30. Full story. (Source: Sydney Morning Herald)




Jeff Sparrow Bids the Breakfasters Farewell

Jeff Sparrow is stepping down from co-hosting Breakfasters at 3RRR Melbourne after three and a half years on air. Jeff’s decided to spend more time focusing on his writing. His final broadcast will be on Friday 10 May. Full story.




Dan Hill New K ROCK CD

Dan Hill is leaving FOX FM and joining Grant Broadcasters' K Rock as their new CD.  He says:  "Can't wait to head down the highway to hang out with my pals at K rock. Bittersweet to be leaving SCA, a company I've spent nearly 13 years with, but so exciting to start fresh leading a great team. Bring it on."




Hit100.9 Hobart welcomes Sean Brown
 
Sean Brown has returned to his hometown as Mornings Announcer and Music Director for Hobart’s Hit100.9. Originally born in Hobart and growing up in Tasmania, Sean made the move to Sydney in 2017 to attend AFTRS. Whilst studying, Sean began his radio career producing digital content with Kyle and Jackie O then moved onto casual on-air work across the ARN. Most recently, Sean was the host on Magic 931’s breakfast show in South Australia and now has scored a spot on the radio station he grew up listening to.




Steph's New ARN Gig

Steph Halamantaris is the new daytime announcer on ARN's digital radio station 'Chemist Warehouse Remix'. Steph has been a casual weekend announcer with KIIS 1011 for the past couple of years.




ARN Appoints Corey Layton to New Role
 
ARN has announced Corey Layton has been appointed to the newly created role of Commercial Product and Audio Partnerships Director. Corey will be part of ARN’s National Commercial Leadership Team. He will lead the National Client Solutions Team and also be responsible for driving ARN’s audio growth strategy, including expanding ARN’s podcast offering.This appointment marks a return to ARN for Corey, who started his career on-air at ARN station formerly known as TT FM.




Virginia Trioli confirmed as Jon Faine's replacement

The ABC has confirmed News Breakfast presenter Virginia Trioli will replace Melbourne radio presenter Jon Faine when the veteran broadcaster retires later this year. Faine, who has been the morning’s presenter at ABC Radio Melbourne for 23 years, announced in January he would be hanging up the headphones at the end of the year.Trioli has hosted ABC News Breakfast since 2008. She has recently filled in for Faine as well as for Tony Jones on ABC TV’s Q&A. Her shift to radio would mean a brief - but nonetheless welcome - sleep-in, after just over a decade of 3am starts. (Source: The Age)

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Camplins end decades-long ownership

 of Bathurst's 2BS and B-Rock


Long-time owner Ron Camplin, aged 87, says he plans to "smell the roses" and enjoy time with his family after finalising the sale of local radio stations 2BS and B-Rock. Full story




Radio stays strong as Podcast listening and Smart Speaker use grows


Radio has retained its place as the most used audio platform, while awareness and use of podcasts has increased steadily over the past year, and ownership of smart speakers has doubled, according to the findings of the 2019 Infinite Dial Australia Study released today. The comprehensive study of audio and digital media behaviour by global firm Edison Research found that 83% of Australians are now aware of podcasts, up from 78% a year ago. Full story.




Podcasts have overtaken the popularity of music streaming playlists


Australians are listening more to podcasts than to streaming playlists, confirms a new report. UK-based MIDIA Research’s State of the Streaming Nation used Australian data as well as that from the US, UK, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Japan and Sweden. 18% of music streamers listen to podcasts, while only 15% use curated playlists. Full story.






2KM-2MC Staff Reunion


A 2KM-2MC Staff Reunion will be held on September 20 2019 in Kempsey. Organiser Ian Wright from 5MU/POWER FM started his radio career with 2KM in 1971 and has promoted the event through Facebook. Staff can register to attend the Reunion via the Facebook link  or by emailing Ian at ianshome@iinet.net.au  The Facebook page is packed with photos, stories, comment and audio as a lead up to the September event.





Our radio stars are living the dream

on the property market


If the homes of Sydney’s top radio stars are anything to go by, then they certainly are making a very decent living from just their voice. With the likes of Alan Jones, Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O taking home around $5 million a year, some of Sydney’s radio presenters are seriously cashed up. Full story.





Air Heads – The Podcast


If you are looking to get into the Radio Industry then you may want to consider downloading “Air Heads – The Podcast” available through Apple podcast, Spotify or head to www.leroybrownradio.com This is a Podcast designed to give people a snap shot into the journey you will take securing your first job in the radio industry. Full details.