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Vale Don 'Mad Dog' Dwyer
Well known Geelong radio identity Don "Mad Dog" Dwyer
has died. He suffered a stroke a couple of days ago and passed away in the early hours of Monday morning. Don started his career at 2AY i
n 1966. He went on to work for 3YB, 3DB, OCN
Melbourne, and then had a long run with 3GL
) until his retirement about 18 months ago. Don also ran a radio school. (Photo courtesy: Sue Stark ) Read Krock/BAY FM tribute
Shala Off To 96.9
Josiah Shala, Nova 96.9 Sydney panel operator, is leaving Fitzy & Wippa's breakfast show to join the on air team at Goulburn Valley's HIT 96.9. He will be joined by Elly Chaney – a former panel operator from Perth .
ABC's New Drive Producer
Isabel Roe is the new producer for Drive with Steve Austin and Maria Hatzakis on ABC Radio Brisbane. She was a reporter and video journalist for ABC News in southern Queensland
Nova Adelaide GM Exits
Neil O'Reilly, Nova Entertainment Adelaide GM, will leave Nova at the end of June. Current FIVEaa Program Director Craig Munn is now the station manager FIVEaa and current sales director, Katie Bridges has been appointed to a new role of commercial director and market lead.
No Explanation for Red Symons Sacking at ABC
In an interview with Neil Mitchell
, Red Symons
reveals about his controversial departure from the ABC
. He stated that he no longer listens to the station that was his home for 15 years. Symons told Mitchell he had never been offered an explanation for the decision to dump him. “It’s very clear in the commercial environment what the objectives are and what the measure is, but at the ABC it’s intellectual, of some sort,” he said. Symons said he suspected cost-cutting was also a factor in his departure. Full Story.
2Day FM Staff Refuse to Work with Em Rusciano
Staff are leaving 2DayFM's breakfast show with some refusing to work with co-host Em Rusciano. Revelations of tensions on the breakfast show, also hosted by Ed Kavalee and Grant Denyer, come just days after Rusciano launched an expletive-filled tirade. It’s understood one of Rusciano’s co-hosts did not speak to her off-air throughout yesterday’s three-hour show. Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph.
'Cogho' Pops Up On Sydney Radio ... By Accident
Bendigo brekky announcer popped up on Kyle and Jackie O's
brekky show with Andy Lee
by accident. Hear the audio
(about 90 seconds in).
Footy Fight Caught On Live Radio
Former Crow and Adelaide radio star Stephen Rowe’s
argument with Crows media chief Ian Shuttleworth
at the back of the FIVEaa broadcast box at Adelaide Oval during the Crows’ win over Western Bulldogs was picked up by live microphones. Full story.
Crocmedia Set To Join Cricket Radio Landscape
is set to become the newest player in the cricket media landscape as Cricket Australia finalises its radio rights deal.The Daily Telegraph understands Crocmedia, the ABC
and Macquarie Radio
are all set to buy rights to broadcast during the coming summer, with Cricket Australia to potentially make an announcement by the end of the week. Full story.
Hamish McDonald on RN Breakfast
Hamish McDonald is filling in on RN Breakfast for Fran Kelly who is on leave and will return on July 23.
Chrissie Swan v Woman's Day
The Press Council has considered a complaint by Chrissie Swan
about an article published by Woman’s Day
in print, headed “It’s McHappy day!”, on 27 March 2017. Above the headline, the article featured a large photograph of the complainant walking with her three children caught unawares by a photographer. It was accompanied by a caption which read “Star Spotter Your favourite stars … caught on camera”. More Details
Tim Bergh Joins Ace Radio
Tim Bergh is the new Creative Writer and Announcer for the Ace Radio Network at Swan Hill. After 2 years with Southern Cross Austereo, Tim commences his new role with 3SH/Mixx FM from May 30.
GFK Ratings Newcastle - Survey 1
The first GFK Newcastle
radio ratings were released today May 18. KOFM
is the No 1 station at 16.8%. Hit 106.9
(16.1%) had the highest increase in ratings at 3.4%, whilst ABC1233
dropped down to 8.6% (-4.5%). Full Details.
Jack Post Joins Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show.
ARN has announced that Jack Post will join The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show. Also known as 'Cacklin’ Jack' from the Hamish & Andy Show, Jack will take on the role of producer and sidekick. For the past 10 years Jack has worked on creative and production for the Hamish & Andy Show and has also worked on their TV series, 'Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year'. The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show launches on Melbourne’s GOLD104.3 on Monday 4th June.
National Community Radio Awards Revamped
Community radio’s national awards have launched, now celebrating more successes across the sector. The awards will recognise excellence across over 30 categories in 2018. This includes 12 new categories. New categories include Best New Radio Program, Best Online Content, Excellence in Creative Audio, Excellence in Innovative Programming & Content, Excellence in Journalism, a Station Leadership award and more. More Details.
Graeme Goodings joins son Will at FIVEaa
has joined his son Will at FIVEaa
, taking a part-time role reading the Saturday morning news bulletins. Goodings, who started his career on radio at 5DN
in Adelaide before spending 34 years at Seven, said he was excited to be at the same station as Will, co-host of the brekkie show with David Penberthy
. Full story.
Jess Hardy Joins Radio Snowy Mountains
Jess Hardy joins the announcing team at Radio Snowy Mountains on June 4. The former Big Brother contestant was more recently breakfast co-host on Zinc FM Townsville.
How to Make a Hit Podcast – ABC Vivid Event, 3 June
On June 3, ABC
experts from podcast marketing and development will be sharing their tips for every podcaster, digital product designer and content creator. The panel will include: Host – Yumi Stynes
, presenter of Ladies, We Need to Talk; Angela Stenge
l – Head of the Content Ideas Lab, ABC; Jocelin Abbey
– Head of Marketing, ABC; Kellie Riordan
– Manager of ABC Audio Studios. More info and tickets here
Steve Brown leaves SCA
Steve Brown, head of digital innovation and operations at Southern Cross Austereo, has left the network. A spokesperson from SCA has stated that the company won't replace the role. “SCA has been transitioning digital sales into the metro radio sales teams with product development support from the brand asset and digital operations teams," the spokesperson says.
Regulator finds 2LT breached broadcasting licence
found Lithgow radio station 2LT
breached its broadcasting licence by not airing any local news bulletins between mid-January and mid-February this year. Investigating a complaint received from a listener, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found the station did not meet its licence’s minimum services standard of broadcasting at least 35 local news bulletins per week. Full story.
Ryan Khay Joins ACE Radio
Ryan Khay is the new Content Director for TR FM GOLD 1242 Gippsland. After 2 years programming the Rait FM Radio Network in Papua New Guinea he returns to Australia for this new role with ACE.
Power FM's Sarah D Leaving Radio
Sarah D from Power FM Ballarat has announced on Instagram she will be "hanging up her headphones". Sarah gave birth to her first child last year and recently returned on Power FM filling in on the Breakfast show. Dave "Higgo" Higgins has been the daytime announcer whilst Sarah was away, unsure if he will be the permanent host.
Rex Hunt Makes a one-off Commentary Comeback
will celebrate a big milestone by making a one-off return to football commentary at the weekend. Hunt will call Saturday night’s Collingwood versus St Kilda clash on 3AW
on Saturday night. The special broadcast will 50 years in football, after debuting with Richmond in 1968. Courtesy of 3AW
Changes In Air For Bathurst Radio
Listeners of Bathurst commercial AM radio service 2BS Gold may soon have to change the dial if a proposal by the station is accepted by ACMA. The proposal would see the station swap its AM frequency to FM, moving from 1503 AM to 95.1 FM. Submissions on the Bathurst proposal are due by 8 June, 2018. If the ACMA decides to approve the conversion, the timing of the transition would be up to the broadcaster.
Best Australian Radio Ad of 2018
The best Australian radio ad of 2018 as judged by the Siren Council,
comprised of creative directors and producers from leading advertising and creative agencies and studios across Australia. Ray Ali
and Carlo Mazzarella
from Clemenger BBDO
Melbourne won Gold and Silver at the Siren Awards with an ad about anxiety for mental health advocacy group beyondblue. More details. Audio.
ABC Boss Fights the $83.7m Federal Budget Funding Cuts
managing director Michelle Guthrie
will fight the government's decision to leave the broadcaster with $84 million
less in funding over the three years, but it will continue to not be subject to an efficiency dividend like other public sector agencies. The newly announced cuts to the ABC will be about $15 million in 2019-20, $28 million in 2020-21 and $41 million in 2021-22. Courtesy of the Financial Review
Andrew Chapman Joins Resonate Regional Radio
Resonate Regional Radio has appointed a Chief Broadcast Engineer. Andrew Chapman has been named as ‘Chief Broadcast Engineer’ overseeing Resonates 11 Radio Station and 45 Transmission sites. Andrew will consult with Resonate’s American stations in support.
Ophelia Joins SCA Rockhampton
Ophelia Standley-Thompson, former Program Director in Lithgow with Midwest Radio Network, has taken up a new role as Promotions Manager at SCA in Rockhampton.
All Hit Network and Triple M Radio stations on Sonos
Southern Cross Austereo have become the first Australian radio company to integrate their stations directly onto Sonos’s smart speaker platform. Sonos listeners can now listen to the Hit and Triple M live radio stations by adding the Hit Network and Triple M apps directly to their Sonos systems. The Hit Network app gives access to all Hit stations in the network. Listeners can also access SCA’s Hit digital channels. The Triple M app gives listeners access to all Triple M stations in the network, plus Mix 94.5 in Perth, 4TO 102.3 in Townsville, KOFM 102.9 in Newcastle, 2GO 107.7 on the Central Coast. Triple M listeners can also get the Triple M digital stations.
Taylor Walker Gets Stitched up by Triple M.
Adelaide Crows captain Taylor 'Tex' Walker
captain thought he was speaking with Killers
lead singer Brandon Flowers
- but it turns out it was a 'stick up.' Source: news.com.au
Olivia Newton-John returns to Smooth FM
Olivia Newton-John returns to Smooth FM's weekend line-up on Sunday May 6. She will be heard on smoothfm 95.3 Sydney, smoothfm 91.5 Melbourne and on smoothfm DAB+ from 4pm to 5pm. She first joined Smooth FM in April 2014 when she joined the star-studded weekend line-up.
Lez Sanders New Voice On 2EC
Lez Sanders is the new voice in the afternoons on 2EC in Bega. Lez, formerly producer of the John Laws Morning Show and breakfast presenter at Triple-U in Nowra is also taking on the copywriting role.
Alan Jones Facing Record Defamation Claims
A prominent Queensland family is seeking almost $5 million in damages from broadcaster Alan Jones and other media outlets for allegedly defamatory comments about the deadly Grantham floods, a Brisbane court has heard. Full story.
Mariam Joins Magic
Mariam Belle has been appointed co-host of Breakfast on Magic931 Berri. She is an AFTRS graduate and was the winner of the 2017 AFTRS/SCA graduate internship award. Mariam replaces Paige Leacey.
Billy Takes On Mentoring Role
Billy McFerran has taken on a new role at ACE Radio mentoring the network's talent. He was formerly the CD/Announcer at Triple M Goulburn Valley.
ABC News Overhaul of Newsrooms
in state and territory newsrooms could lose their jobs
under changes announced by ABC News. The positions will be made redundant under a plan to deliver more news on digital platforms. ABC News director Gaven Morris said the changes are designed to respond to audience demand. Source: ABC News
Appeal Director Announces Retirement
The Director of the 3BA
Christmas and Christmas in July Appeals, Peter Caligari
, has stepped down from his role, effective immediately. Mr Caligari, who will turn 79 in the coming weeks, said it was now necessary to give consideration to both his age and health. Full Story.
New Podcast Series Hosted by Dom Evans
, Head of Production at Fox FM
, is hosting a new podcast series called 'Prodcast
'. The podcast is targeted to anyone who is passionate about radio content. The first episode is available now and features Brad Leask
, the Network Imaging Producer for Nova
. Listen Here for the first episode
Buzz Bidstrup Heads 'Saturday Night Rock'
Buzz Bidstrup formally of The Angels, The Party Boys and Ganggajang is the new host of Saturday Night Rock on 1041 Territory FM. Content Manager of 1041 Territory FM Matt Bern says “Buzz was a fan of our radio station and visits the Northern Territory on regular basis, to secure is energy, drive and knowledge on all things rock was a win for our radio station. We are really enjoying his rock and roll war stories”. He’s been on air for a few weeks now and the listeners are loving the Buzz. We are getting people tuning in everywhere”
2018 GfK Metro Results - Survey 2
The latest GfK metro survey was released today. 3AW
is still the No 1 station in Melbourne with 13.7%. 2GB
also continues their reign at No 1 in Sydney with 11.5%. In Brisbane, 97.3 FM
returned to No 1 as the top station with 12.9%. In Adelaide, Mix 102.3
again made No 1 with 15.7%, In Perth, Mix 94.5
continued their dominance with 15.6% Full results.
DAB+ Survey 2 Ratings
The latest GfK DAB+ digital ratings were also released on April 24. The following stations made No 1: Edge Digital
(Sydney), Coles Radio
(Brisbane), '90s iHeart Radio
(Adelaide) and Buddha Hits Radio
(Perth). Full details.
Sydney’s 2CH launches brand new Breakfast Show
Journalist, Author and TV personality Indira Naidoo
and 2CH’s Trevor Sinclair
will be the new hosts for Sydney's 2CH
breakfast show, "Breakfast with Indira & Trevor." 2CH’s current breakfast announcer Gareth McCray
will be taking a break and then will be coming back for a new role at 2CH. The new Breakfast Show commences from Monday 30th April. Full story
Judith Chapman's Farewell
It's an end of an era for Spirit Radio Karratha
and Seven West Media
. Judith Chapman
has been with the company 13 years and 8 years as their station boss in Karratha. She read out a very heartfelt letter this morning to their listeners, clients and colleagues: Listen here
. After 13 years in the media she intends on travelling around Australia with her husband Ian and working on her business www.mymemorylane.com.au
Is John Burns Set To Retire from 3AW breakfast?
The Herald-Sun reports: 3AW is looking at a succession plan for their enormously successful breakfast radio show, Ross and John. The talk titans are out of contract at the end of this year, with Ross Stevenson expected to stay on and John Burns to slide gracefully into retirement. Burnso was a barrister before he became Stevenson’s sidekick in 2001, helping to rack up more than 100 number one rating spots. Some say comedian Glenn Robbins is already auditioning through his regular spot on the show.
Vale Darrell Eastlake (1942-2018)
Legendary sports commentator Darrell Eastlake
has died after a battle with Alzheimers disease. He was 75.His media career began on radio when he began providing surf reports on Sydney station 2UW
in the 1960s before moving to Queensland and working full-time for Gold Coast station 4GG.
He returned to NSW in the '70s and signed on with Channel 9
in 1982. Full story.
Random Radio News
HIT105 Re-boots Black Thunder ‘Dream Team’
Twenty years ago, HIT105
(then B105) unleashed four humming, powerfully branded and super cool 4x4’s onto the Brisbane streets. From Friday May 11, HIT105 listeners can register to become the coolest people in town – Black Thunder Pilots! Applicants must audition with Stav, Abby and Matt
before being handed their Official Black Thunder Pilot’s Licence and hitting the streets. More details.
It’s time to call time on stupid radio pranks
Claire Sutherland writes: "Is there anything lazier or lamer than a radio "gotcha" prank? You know the ones, where a person is led to believe something - and has no reason not to believe it - before being exposed as a gullible fool by a gloating presenter." Full story.
Geelong Takes It To A Whole New Level
83 Moorabool Street in Geelong has been home to K rock and bay 93.9 for nearly 30 years and will remain that way for many years to come after an incredible studio and office build was complete on April 13. Full story
Exhibition: 80 Years of ABC Radio Hobart
Celebrate 80 years of Hobart’s most listened to radio station, ABC Radio Hobart, with an interactive exhibition at the Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens. The Director of Regional and Local, Michael Mason said, “the story of ABC Radio Hobart is the story of Hobart itself over the past 80 years. The station has been there for every milestone in the city’s history since we began broadcasting just prior to the start of the second World War." More details.