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Wayne Shearman Retires
After over 40 years in radio and 34 years with the ABC, Wayne Shearman has announced his retirement. His final program on ABC Wide Bay will air on October 2.
ABC Farewell Shane McLeod
ABC Sydney News Director Shane McLeod has moved on. He has lead the ABC News team in Sydney since March 2015.
Michael Stamp Leaves 6PR
The 6PR Perth newsroom is losing reporter and newsreader Michael Stamp. The station is now seeking a replacement.
Vision Christian Radio's 700th Station
With the installation of Lake Nash in the Northern Territory, it now means that Vision Christian Radio has 700 stations broadcasting nationwide. In just 18 years since tiny beginnings in the Queensland country town of Beaudesert, Vision Radio has covered the airwaves from coast to coast. It's been listener-supported the entire time.
Wil Anderson to Join Triple M's Hot Breakfast
Wil Anderson is joining Melbourne’s Triple M Hot Breakfast alongside Eddie McGuire and Luke Darcy. A die-hard Western Bulldogs and AFL fan, Wil has been a long-time listener to Triple M’s Hot Breakfast, tuning in wherever he is in the world.Wil Anderson replaces his friend Mick Molloy on Hot Breakfast, who is heading over to Triple M national drive with Jane Kennedy in 2018. Mick’s last show with the Hot Breakfast will be Friday 6 October. Wil will start Monday 23 October.
Patrick Joins Sun 969 Breakfast
Patrick Comerford from Melbourne has joined Sun 969 in Alice Springs. He’s now hosting 'The Morning Grind With Pat' breakfast show.
Lyn Barp Appointed Head of Local Sales
SCA has announced the appointment of Lyn Barp to Head of Local Sales – Sydney. Lyn, who has been a part of the sales team at SCA & Austereo for the past 18 years. Lyn will be leading a team of over 30 staff where she is responsible for managing revenue across metro radio, regional radio and digital assets.
Hot 100 No 1 in Darwin Radio Ratings
Local stations HOT 100 FM
and Mix 104.9,
part of the 100% family owned Grant Broadcasters radio network, were the two top rating stations with 34.4 and 22.5 % respectively in the latest Darwin ratings. Next came ABC Radio Darwin
with 14%. Full details. Press Release.
BOOM Radio Returns To Perth Royal Show
is set to make a return to the Perth Royal Show this year. Every day for the full 8 days, the student run radio station based in Leederville will be on site conducting a live OB as well as running competitions and providing a chill-out lounge and games for any attendees of the Show. Senior Lecturer Annwen Burrows
said: “The Perth Royal Show is a great opportunity for the students to bring together all the skills they have learnt throughout the year at previous events such as the Skills West Expo”
For more information on BOOM Radio, or to listen in, head to the website www.boomradio.com.au
Vale Bob Perry
Bob Perry, one of Adelaide's best known radio and TV newsmen, has passed away. He started in the mid 1960s hosting 5AD's Saturday Night. He was also the station's weekend surf and shark patrol reporter and went on to do breakfast news. After a stint as a reporter and newsreader with ADS 7 he joined Nine where he eventually became News Editor and Chief of Staff. (Source: Radio Green Room)
Gosford Radio Survey 1, 2017
SEA HIT 101.3
was the top rating station in the Gosford Xtra Insights Survey 1, 2017. SEA HIT rated 17.9% (-2.0), closely followed by Star 104.5 w
ith 17. 3 (+ 3.3) and then FM 107.7 2GO
with 11.7 (-2.0). Full details.
Juliette’s New Job
Juliette Iuculano has accepted a new job as the Tactics Manager for hit 101.9 on the Fraser Coast. She is moving there from Lismore where she has been working at 100.9 ZZZ FM as the drive announcer and production assistant.
Show + Tell on KIIS
Kiis Network has launched a new women’s radio show – Show + Tell, which will run on Saturdays for 11 weeks from October 7. Airing on the national KIIS Network 9 – 10am on Saturday mornings and hosted by Show + Tell co-founder and KIIS FM 3PM Pick Up’s Katie ‘Monty’ Dimond.Show.
Andrew Sidwell Heads ARN Custom Solutions
ARN has announced the appointment of Andrew Sidwell into the newly created role of Head of Custom Solutions. Leading the national Integration and Campaign Solutions team Andrew will be responsible for elevating ARN’s ideation, integration and thought leadership proposition.
New 2NM/Power FM PD
Glenn ‘Stolzy’ Stolzenhein has taken up the role as PD/Content Director at 2NM/Power FM Hunter Valley. ‘Stolzy’ also continues on the Power FM brekky program.
Mel Moves To Zoo
Mel Heldon will be doing breakfast at Super Radio Network's Zoo FM Dubbo after five years at Real FM/2MG Mudgee.
John Laws With Phil and Simon on 3AW
Sydney morning announcer John Laws
has granted a rare interview to "an old mate" Philip Brady.
He told Phil and his 3AW
Nightline co-host Simon Owens
why he will never retire. Audio.
Dave Thornton Quitting Fox FM Breakfast
After four years of early starts, Dave Thornton, is quitting Melbourne’s FOX FM breakfast show. Thornton will depart Fox FM’s Fifi, Dave, Fev and Byron show at the end of the month. He recently informed management of his decision to sign off from the show and that he would not be seeking a new deal at the end of his current contract. He and Box launched their Fox FM breakfast show in 2014 and in recent years have welcomed Brendan Fevola, and then Byron Cooke to the line-up. (Source: Herald Sun)
AJ Joins 92.5 Gold FM Breakfast
Adrian ‘AJ’ Johnston will join Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt and Bridge Daley on the Gold Coast breakfast show from September 18. He says: “I want to help Gold - they have gone from No 1 to No 3 and I don’t like being on a sinking ship.” He moves from the morning program. Richard Fowler left the breakfast program in June last year after 22 years on air.
Red Symons to return to ABC Radio
broadcaster Red Symons
will return to the airwaves next week after suffering a significant brain injury in a fall two months ago. The 68-year-old ABC Radio Melbourne presenter fell and hit his head on the pavement while walking home from the supermarket on July 5. Full story.
Dan Ziffer Leaves ABC Morning Program
Dan Ziffer, Senior Producer of the Jon Faine morning program on ABC Melbourne radio, is moving on. He tweeted: “After six incredible years at Mornings with Jon Faine I'm stepping away to new adventures at the ABC. It's been wonderful: thanks!”
Cooke & Moore Reunite For One Show
Celebrating over 40 years in radio and television, popular Hobart duo Cooke and Moore are back on air at their home of 7HOFM, reuniting for one radio show only. The guys will be on air from 4pm on Friday, September 15 with a few expected and unexpected guests from the past! This exclusive on air program comes ahead of their Cooke and Moore unplugged live shows at the Playhouse Theatre, October 5, 6 and 7 at at 8.00pm.
Commercial Radio Industry Welcomes Changes To Media Laws
The commercial radio industry has welcomed the successful passage of the broadcast reform bill through the Senate. “This is a positive outcome that will bring Australia’s media laws into the digital age and help ensure local media has a chance to compete, evolve and grow,”
said Commercial Radio Australia chief executive officer Joan Warner
. Full story.
Community Broadcasting more important than ever in light of media reforms
Statement from Jon Bisset,
CEO of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia: "The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia is appreciative of support for community broadcasting from the Government, Australian Labor Party, Nick Xenophon Team, Senator Hinch, Senator Lambie, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and the Australian Greens. Additional funding of approximately $12 million will support community digital radio, enhanced community radio news services, streaming services and training, as well as the extension of licensing for community television. More details.
Darcy Thomson Moving On From ACE
who came to the ACE Radio Network
after completing his training at the Radio Training Institute,
will be returning to Melbourne soon to work as a producer for SCA. Darcy has also been hosting the Mixx FM
Hamilton workday shift and is nominated for his production work in this years ACRA's. (See ‘Radio Jobs.
Brian White Scholarship winner scores job at Hit Network
, winner of the inaugural Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) Brian White Scholarship has scored a full-time job with the Hit Network
. Full story.
ABC won't review vetting despite controversial calls
won't be reviewing its vetting procedures despite a number of controversial comments being made on air by callers in recent weeks. On Monday a caller rang Jon Faine's
ABC Melbourne program to praise Hitler's treatment of gay people. Full story.
New General Manager for Forever Classic 3GG
has been appointed as General Manager of Forever Classic 3GG
. David joined the 3GG team 18 months ago as an Account Manager and brings an extensive background of senior management experience to the role. More details.
Six Jobs In Six Weeks for Australian Radio School Students
It’s been a massive couple of months for six Australian Radio school students scoring their first full time gigs in radio. They include: Nicole Mitchell
who is now the afternoon announcer and Music Director at hit100.9
in Hobart. Mike Herd
is the afternoon announcer and Copywriter at 2QN
Deniliquin. Karyn Bloxham
(pictured) is now Show Producing for ABC
breakfast and Drive as well as producing for ABC News 24
is co-hosting the Power FM
breakfast show with Kristel Dally
. Brad Saegenscnitter
is the new Digital Content Producer for "Ash London Live" on the Hit Network
. And Bevan Jones
has just been announced as the new breakfast announcer at 5RM
. Full Story.
Mark Spurway Leaves ABC
After 14 years as Head of Transmission, Mark Spurway is leaving the ABC. He is leaving radio to start up his own management consultant services, Sandmark Services.
Wil Anderson To Replace Mick Molloy?
The Herald-Sun reports that footy mad comic Wil Anderson has firmed as the short-priced favourite to join Triple M Melbourne’s Hot Breakfast team. He is strongly tipped to join Eddie McGuire and Luke Darcy as the third member of the breakfast team, replacing Mick Molloy who will move into the drive shift in October.
ABC Announces One Million Dollar Podcasting Fund
The Director of ABC Radio, Michael Mason,
has announced a one million dollar boost to the corporation’s podcast production aimed at supporting emerging community-based podcasters and extending the range and diversity of content. Full story.
NOVA Entertainment and Acast Become Biggest Podcast Offering In Australia
has come together with Acast
, the fastest-growing global on-demand audio platform, to create a deeper strategic partnership and become the biggest podcast offering in the Australian market. NOVA Entertainment and Acast are now the biggest podcast player in the Australian market with over 2,000 podcast shows on both platforms and in excess of 3.5 million monthly listens locally and 56 million globally. Full story.
Australia Leading The Way In Podcasting
Podcasting is continuing to show strong growth in Australia according to the second annual Podcast Research Survey released by the ABC.
Podcast Awareness is high in Australia, with 89 per cent of adult Australians claiming to be aware of podcasts. Full details.
Jay Mueller On The Move
The Triple M Melbourne Hot breakfast show is losing a member. Executive Producer Jay Mueller has announced he will leave at the end of the year after eight years in the role.
Dani Departs K Rock/Bay FM
Dani Delalande, a Creative Writer at K Rock and BAY FM Geelong, is leaving in early October.
Mick and Jane Start In October
The new Triple M drive team of Jane Kennedy and Mick Molloy will start on air in October, after the AFL football season is over. Kennedy and Molloy will replace Billy Brownless and James Brayshaw, who are yet to find another timeslot on Triple M. Molloy will leave his Hot Breakfast position for the new drive show. His replacement has not been announced. (Source: Herald Sun)
On KIIS FM, the breakfast team of Matt Tilley and Meshel Laurie are tipped to be replaced by NZ radio duo Jase Hawkins and PR Harding, if reports are correct. On the much-talked-about SEN breakfast show, Hamish McLachlan won’t be back, preferring to focus on his TV commitments with Channel 7. (Source: Herald Sun)
Peter Hale Launches Easy Rolling Radio
After a lengthy break from radio with his business interests, former Perth announcer Peter Hale
is returning to radio with his own online radio station Easy Rolling Radio
WA. More details.
Des Deighton Back On 4LG
Des Deighton is now a casual announcer at 4LG Longreach. It’s where he started in radio in 1985. He’s also worked as a School Principal, teacher and coach driver.
Lee Paatsch Joins 3AW Weekends
Herald Sun film reviewer Leigh Paatsch has joined 3AW’s The Weekend Break team. with Peter “Grubby” Stubbs and Dee Dee Dunleavy. He replaces Jim Schembri.
GfK DAB+ Radio Ratings Survey 5
In the Survey 5 DAB+ survey, ABC Jazz
was the No 1 DAB+ station in Melbourne - just ahead of Double J
. Edge Digital
was No 1 in Sydney. Coles Radio
was the No 1 station in Brisbane (just 1% ahead of ABC Grandstand
) It was a 3 way tie in Adelaide with Coles Radio, Smooth
and ‘90s iHeart Radio
all on 20%. In Perth, Smooth and Buddha Hits Radio
share No 1 DAB station. Full details.
The Women in Media Powerhouse Session at Radio Alive
Carrie Bickmore, Amanda Keller, Erin Molan, Susie O’Neill
and Jane Caro
will participate in the Radio Alive 2017
conference sessions. Women in Media Powerhouse; Trust, Transparency & Brand Safety, plus Real News in a World of Fake Facts are the three key sessions announced by Commercial Radio Australia for this year’s Radio Alive 2017 conference, featuring high profile speakers from across media, advertising and publishing. Full details.
David Curnow To Take A Break From ABC Radio
ABC Radio Brisbane has announced that Statewide Evenings presenter David Curnow will be taking leave from his program for the foreseeable future. Trevor Jackson will continue as Evenings Presenter till December. In discussing his break from radio, Curnow said that he was looking forward to spending more time with his young family.
Peter Overton Guests On Smooth
Peter Overton, Nine’s Sydney newsreader, will join smoothfm as guest news journalist from Monday September 4 for one week. Overton joins smoothfm’s news team that includes Steve Blanda and Ron Wilson.
Kerry 'Skull' O’Keeffe Heads Triple M Cricket
Long-time cricket commentator and former Test spinner Kerry O'Keeffe will head up Triple M's Ashes coverage this November with Mick Molloy, Lawrence Mooney, James Brayshaw, Mark Howard, Gus Worland and Isa Guha.
Ophelia’s New Role
Ophelia Stanley-Thompson is leaving her position at 2BH/Hill FM in Broken Hill as Announcer/Sound Producer to take on the role as Program Coordinator at 2LT & Move FM in Lithgow. She told JJ: “Hard work, commitment and networking really are the key factors in progressing a radio career. I'm excited to take this next step and to work with the Lithgow team!”
Vale Don Kinsey
a broadcaster with 3DB
radio in the ‘50s and ‘60s, a station manager at Channel Seven
, and more recently (until his retirement) was a director of public relations at the Royal Children’s Hospital and coordinator of the Good Friday Appeal. He’s also well known for his voice over work which included motor racing and VFL. He was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia. More details.
Movements At ZOO FM
is leaving radio altogether and taking up a business development role at a not for profit organisation in Dubbo. Chris was the station PD of 2DU/ZOO FM
and an announcer. Breakfast co-host Julez
is also moving on. See 'Radio Jobs.'
Hawkesbury Radio and 4MIG Cease Broadcasting
(2VTR) will cease broadcasting on October 3 when it’s licence expires. The announcement by ACMA
said only two of the 150 community radio licence renewals nationally were knocked back – Hawkesbury Radio’s and a station at Mt Isa. More details.
The ACMA also declined to renew the 4MIG
licence, held by Mount Isa Christian Broadcasters Association Inc. 4MIG was unable to muster the resources to meet the needs of the community in its licence area.
Michael Spooner Retiring
After two decades with the ABC, breakfast presenter Michael Spooner is retiring, and the position of Breakfast Presenter, ABC Mid North Coast, based in Port Macquarie is now open for both internal and external applicants.
Phil Grey Returning To Tasmania
Lime FM Mount Gambier General Manager Phil Grey has accepted a new radio role. He’s returning to Tasmania and has accepted a job offer at WayFM Launceston. He starts on September 11.
GfK Metro Survey #5
Metro Survey 5 results were released today. Talk station 2GB
(12.6%) was once again No 1 in Sydney with talk station 3AW
(14.8%) also rating No 1 in Melbourne. In Perth, MIX 94.5
returned to No 1 spot with 14%. Nova 106.9
was the No 1 station in Brisbane with 13% and in Adelaide the top station is MIX 102.3
with 13.1%. Full details.
Brian Blacklock Leaves ARN
Brian Blacklock, a longtime Sales Manager with ARN has a new position. He’s been appointed as the National Customer Success Manager at Macquarie Media.
iHeartRadio launches new 24/7 Heavy Metal Stations
Australia’s genre diversity continues to expand with the launch of two new 24/7 heavy metal stations on the platform – AndrewHaug.com and The Faction. Full details.
2NM/Power FM Changes
Wayne Clark is departing 2NM/Power FM Muswellbrook drive. Station CD Tony Lawson is also leaving the station. The drive announcer position has been filled by Josh Haizer.
Hit92.9 trio Heidi, Will and Woody to split
Heidi, Will and Woody,
will split up at the end of the year, according to Perth's AAA Weekend. The Hit92.9
trio — Will McMahon, Woody Whitelaw and Heidi Anderson — are sitting as Perth’s third-favourite commercial breakfast radio show. AAA Weekend understands that McMahon and Whitelaw have accepted a role to head back to Melbourne to fit into a late-night drive spot. Full story.
Crocmedia Secures FFA Radio Rights
Football Federation Australia
(FFA) has announced that Australia’s largest independent sports radio producer and program syndicator Crocmedia
has secured exclusive commercial radio rights in a landmark six-year deal. Full story.
Five staff cut at Radio Adelaide
has let go of five staff in the wake of a “disappointing”
outcome to its Radiothon membership drive. The Radio Adelaide board informed the station that five staff, including general manager Rob Popplestone
and Breakfast presenter/producer Jennie Lenman
, would be let go in September. Full story.
AFTRS Alumni Up For ACRAS
Alumni feature prominently again this year in the finalists list for the prestigious Australian Commercial Radio Awards
. Former students are well represented with 33 finalists across 19 categories in the 27th annual ACRAs. They include; • Tim Blackwell (2008) for Nova Entertainment, who is in the running for Best On-Air Team FM (Metro. • Kent Small
(2003) for Nova Entertainment
for ‘Smallzy‘s Surgery’
- Best Networked Program • Paige Leacey
(2016) for Grant Broadcasters
– Magic 93.1
, Berry SA - Best Newcomer On-Air category (Provincial). Full details.
Sean Pickwell Battles Cancer
Brisbane's Robin Bailey
will jet to Sydney to be by her partner Sean Pickwell’s
side for a gruelling operation following his diagnosis with liver cancer. In a cruel twist of fate, the lengthy procedure to remove 40 per cent of Pickwell’s liver will go ahead on Tuesday, just days before Friday’s third anniversary of her late husband Tony Smart’s death. Full story.
RAIN Summit part of Radio Alive 2017
Commercial Radio Australia
has announced a partnership with US-based RAIN
(Radio, Audio, Internet News) to bring the first RAIN Summit to Australia as part of the industry’s Radio Alive 2017 conference. RAIN, which holds events for the radio and online audio industry across the US and UK/Europe, will implement a three-hour stream at Radio Alive 2017 featuring expert speakers exploring podcasting, streaming, and other aspects of digital audio. Full details.
Ray Hadley Calls The Grill Team
Sydney’s Matty Johns
has been nominated for an ACRA award. 2GB’s Ray Hadley,
who has won 22 ACRAS, phoned Matty and The Grill Team with his thoughts. Audio.
Patche Journo Goes with the Flow
Patchewollock local Sarah Grigg
will bring her regional experience to Flow FM,
when she joins the team as a journalist from late August 2017. Sarah knows all about life in regional Australia – growing up as one of five children on a wheat and sheep farm, in Flow FM’s Wimmera Mallee region. Full story.
Gary O’Callaghan Funeral
The funeral of Gary O’Callaghan will be held on Monday August 28 at 1pm at St Agnes, Port Macquarie. Most recently Mr O’Callaghan and his wife lived at Wauchope, on the NSW Mid North Coast, near Port Macquarie. For those who'd like to pay tribute to Gary O'Callaghan but are unable to make it to Port Macquarie for Monday's funeral, planning is underway for a memorial service in Sydney.
3KND Kool n Deadly radio moves To Police Station
Melbourne’s only indigenous radio station will stay on the air after Darebin Council gave it a gift of a new home. 3KND Kool n Deadly
will move from its longstanding headquarters in Mary St, Preston to the former Preston police station in Roseberry St. (Pictured above - breakfast announcer an station manager 'G Man
'.) Full story.
Vale Terry Kerr
Well known Toowoomba radio host Terry Kerr
has died after a battle with leukaemia. He passed away on in his sleep at the age of 66, one week before his 67th birthday. Terry leaves behind his wife Lisa-Jane Kerr and seven children. He has been in radio since 1971, working at 4AK
before starting his own station Power FM
with friend and fellow host Geoff Roberts. More details.
Random Radio News
Mitchell’s Part-time Dream
With his contract about to expire, 3AW morning presenter Neil Mitchell is contemplating a radical change — going part-time. “I reckon if I could do a four- day week I would work for ¬another 10 years,” Mitchell says from an outside broadcast studio where he has just finished a 3½-hour shift for 3AW, the Melbourne AM radio talkback institution. Full story.
4GG 50th Birthday Reunion
Former 4GG Gold Coast staff will meet on Sunday October 1 to celebrate 50 years. They will be meeting for a lunch (please RSVP) and an afternoon of memories including videos, photos and audio. For mor details and to rsvp email Judy Ferber firstname.lastname@example.org
Tweed Radio Station Marks Big Milestone
Radio 97 this week marked an impressive 80 years since its studios first went live in Murwillumbah on September 2, 1937. Breakfast presenter Scott Mayman said it was listeners who claimed the gifts when the station offered big birthday giveaways from last week. Full story.
2CH Listener Wins a Brand New Lexus
Sydney’s 2CH listener, Patricia from Hurtsville has walked away with a Brand New CT200h Lexus as part of Sydney’s 2CH Unlock a Lexus Campaign! All culminated with an Outside Broadcast hosted by Gareth McCray at Sydney City Lexus today, Saturday 26th August. Full details.
Boom Back At Skills West
North Metropolitan (Leederville) TAFE’s Boom Radio returned to the Skills West Expo, broadcasting live from the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. Full story.
Cooke And Moore Unite
Well known Hobart radio duo Bob Cooke and Richard Moore are reuniting on stage to present An Evening with Cooke and Moore Unplugged. It will be staged over three nights at Hobart’s Playhouse from October 5th at 8pm. It’s to coincide with their 40th anniversary as a duo on TV which was the start of their on-air partnership.
Waringarri Radio Marks 30 years
Kununurra’s community radio station has come a ways since its days as a caravan across the road from the Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation office in the 1980s. On December 9, 1987, an air-conditioned caravan worth $40,000 was set up in the community with help from the ABC to be used for broadcasting. Thirty years on and a party was held at the Kununurra Picture Gardens last Thursday to celebrate three decades of Waringarri Radio
. Full story
both celebrate their 50th Anniversary in September this year. The station would like to hear from any former staff members with your contact details. Do you have any old photos or memorabilia that you could loan to the station for the celebration? Check out this special Facebook page
for more details.