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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.
Finalists Announced For 2017 Radio Awards
The finalists in the 29th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards
(ACRAs) have been announced. Last year’s winners in the FM category Kate, Tim and Marty
- Nova Entertainment,
are amongst the finalists that include, five-time winners Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson - KIIS Network
; three-time winners Hamish Blake and Andy Lee
- Hit Network
, Fifi, Dave, Fev & Byron
- Fox FM
, Melbourne, Chrissie, Sam & Browny - Nova 100
Melbourne and Hughesy & Kate
- KIIS Network
. Full list and details.
Vale Gary O’Callaghan
Veteran Sydney broadcaster Gary O'Callaghan
has died at the age of 83. He worked for 2UE
for almost 50 years, between 1956 and 2003, and after that on 2SM.
He was well known for his long running and ratings winning breakfast show on 2UE, and earlier in his career for his coverage of the Petrov Affair in the 1950s. O'Callaghan retired in 2003 and was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame the following year. More details.
Newcastle Survey Results 2/2017
remained unchanged on 14.3% to claim the top spot in the latest GfK
Newcastle ratings. In equal second position was hit 106.9
and ABC 1233
with 13%. Next came triple j
with 10.7% , then 2HD
with 8.7% and NEW FM
with 7.3%. 2HD went up 7.8 in evening to be No 1 in that session. Full details.
New POWER FM SA Brekky Show
After 5 weeks of trialling new co-hosts, Kristel Dally
has picked her favourite and will now spend 6-9am weekdays with Damon Adams.
Damon is South Aussie born and bred, a former Primary School teacher and another graduate of the Australian Radio School to call Power FM SA home. More details.
AIR News Changes
Natalie Livingstone has been offered a regular gig at ABC Radio in Melbourne, though will be continuing to cover the AIR News Friday and Saturday afternoons. Sarah Patterson will be taking over the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon slots from the 5th September, whilst her evening slots will likely be taken by Kym Cartwright (to be confirmed). More details.
Gold Coast/Tweed Survey Results 2/2017
remained at No 1 in the latest Gold Coast/Tweed survey - despite a drop in all daytime sessions - except evening. Hot Tomato had a 17.1% share (-1.3), Sea FM
came second with 13.4 (+2.2) and then Gold FM
with 10.9% (-1.1). .Hot Tomato were No 1 in all sessions. Full details.
Angela Briley Appointed Promotions Director
General Manager of Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) Brisbane, Damon Rielly, home to HIT105 and Triple M, has announced Angela Briley as Triple M Promotions Director. Angela began her radio career in Sydney with SCA in 2003 as an agency sales coordinator, and has spent the last 14 years working across multiple areas of the business. For the past two years she has managed the promotions role across both stations in Brisbane.
Jonesy and Amanda Renew With ARN
have announced that WSFM 101.7’s
Breakfast radio duo, Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones
and Amanda Keller,
have renewed their contracts for three more years. They are now in their 12th year together on WSFM. In recent years, Jonesy & Amanda have claimed the #1FM Breakfast crown multiple times in radio survey ratings, taken home the coveted industry award for Best On Air Team at the 2012 and 2014 ACRAs and are currently Sydney’s #2FM breakfast team. More details.
Sunshine Coast Xtra Insights Survey
was the No 1 rating station in the latest Sunshine Coast Xtra Insights
survey. They rated 17.5% (-1.6). The other two best rating commercial stations were SEA FM
with 13.1% (-2.1) and Hot 91
with 9.9% (+1.4). triple j
achieved an 11.1 % share with ABC Radio Sunshine Coast
9.9%. MIX was the top rating station in all sessions except evening (ABC). Full details. Press Release.
John Lyons Joins ABC News
John Lyons, one of Australia's leading journalists, is to join ABC News as Head Investigative and In-depth Journalism. He will lead Australia's premier current affairs teams and programs across broadcast and digital, including 7.30, Australian Story, Four Corners, Q&A, Insiders, Offsiders, Lateline, Foreign Correspondent, Behind the News, AM, PM, The World Today and Correspondents Report, as well as finding the best ways to deliver the ABC's finest investigative and long-form content to new audiences.
RTI Radio Moves
Former Radio Training Institute graduate Jack Missen has a producer role with Vision Australia Radio. Other graduates have also landed radio roles. Alex Knock is joining the ACE Radio Network in Warrnambool as a copywriter. Nick Feain is now on the Hit Gippsland breakfast show with Mandy Angiolino. Also Eloise Adams has moved to ACE Radio Traralgon to work as a copywriter.
Ozpod Announces Lineup For Australian Podcast Conference
Presented by ABC Radio, OzPod
returns for a second year with a full day of carefully curated panels and discussions in Sydney on Friday 8 September. Speakers and panelists include: Jenn White
(US) - Making Oprah
, WBEZ Chicago, Osher Günsberg
- The Osher Günsberg Podcast/hit 105
, Richard Fidler
– host of ABC radio's Conversations, and Jay Walkerden
– Head of Podcasting, NOVA Entertainment. Full story.
Q&A comes to Radio Alive 2017 Conference
will headline Radio Alive 2017, the radio industry’s annual national conference in Melbourne on 13 October. ABC News Breakfast co-presenter Virginia Trioli
will host Radio Alive 2017 Q&A with guests to include Communications Minister, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
and ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie
. Other key panellists will be released over the coming weeks. Full details.
Laura On The Move
who recently joined Bundaberg Broadcasters' radio stations Hitz 939
and Classic Hits
, is leaving the station. See ‘Radio Jobs.’
2GB and 3AW Posts Profit
which owns Sydney's 2GB
and Melbourne's 3AW
, along with Brisbane's 4BC
and Perth's 6PR,
made a net profit of $16.8 million in the year to June 30, up from $13.9 million in the previous year. The company said the scrapping of the 2017 radio licence fee by the federal government and reduction of the fee in 2016 delivered a saving of $3.5 million. Full story.
Luke James Joins hit 92.9
Luke James, former KIIS and NOVA producer has a new gig. He’s now Assistant Content Director at Hit 92.9 Perth.
The Night Shift Now Airing In Perth
The Night Shift overnight program with Luke Bona can now also be heard on Perth's mix 94.5.
Stereo 10 Is Coming Back To Brisbane
was a Brisbane radio station from 1985 until 1988 on the 1008 AM frequency and was located on Coronation Drive at Auchenflower, with a Top 40 Music format. Robbie Cohen,
who was an avid listener of the station, was so devastated that he swore as a kid that one day he would bring the station back to life - and with the help of a few others he has succeeded and Stereo 10 returns on August 10. Full details.
ARN Launches Personalised Audio Advertising
has announced the launch of AdsWizz
technology across its all-in-one digital music, live radio streaming and entertainment platform iHeartRadio
. Full details.
Vale Rick Weston
announcer Rick Weston
has passed away in British Colombia. He was 84. Rick was a former 5DN
Adelaide announcer before he joined the ABC in Adelaide. He worked at the ABC for over 20 years, presenting on both TV and radio. His love was Classical Music and he presented the program "Kaleidoscope"
on ABC Classic FM
in the 80's. Rick is the father of WA radio announcer/race caller Nigel Weston. More details.
ACE Radio Changes
With the ACE
acquisition of 2QN
and Edge FM, Dave Robertson
will become General Manager of 2QN/Edge FM in Deniliquin. Lui Zacher
Assistant Group FM Content Director, will take on the role of Content Director for 3NE/Edge
Wangaratta as well as 2QN/Edge
in Deniliquin. More details.
Vale Clive Stark
Radio presenter, has died aged 81. He presented the Sunday program on 3LO
Melbourne, and then 774
, for many years. More details.
Julian Price Leaves 3AW
Julian Price, 3AW's Video and Online Content Producer, has left to join Channel 9.
ACE Radio Expands in Victoria and NSW
From November 1, the Paterson family-owned ACE Radio Broadcasters
will become the major shareholders and operators of Edge FM
in Wangaratta, and Edge FM
in Deniliquin. This move will mean ACE now operate a total of 17 regional radio stations. Full details.
Maryborough (Qld) Radio Survey
103.5 Triple M
rated No 1 in the 2017 Xtra Insights
survey with 30.5 (-4.7). They were just ahead of Hit 101.9 Fraser Coast
with 30.1 (+6.7). In third place was ABC Wide Bay
with 14.6 (0.9). Hit were No 1 in breakfast, drive and weekends. Triple M rated No 1 in morning and afternoon. ABC Wide Bay was No 1 in evenings. Full details.
Newsreader David Sharaz has joined the new Kristen & Wilco Breakfast Show on Mix 106 Canberra.
News Radio journalist and political editor Marius Benson is retiring after 35 years with the ABC.
Walkley-winning journalist Raf Einstein will fill in for Jon Faine on the ABC Melbourne morning program while Faine takes five weeks leave.
The Racy Radio Serials that shocked Australia
Public tastes were changing at a breakneck speed by the late 1960s and although traditional radio serials still had a loyal audience, housewives were increasingly turning to television to watch imported American daytime ‘soaps’ such as Peyton Place, General Hospital
and Days of our Lives.
Australian radio stations were axing long running drama serials sending many producers to the wall, but Grace Gibson
was a survivor. Full story.
Vale John Thompson
Well known Sydney dj John Thompson has passed away. He was on air at 2KO, 2SM, 2UW and 3DB in the ‘60s and ‘70s. In 1965 he was one of the first 2SM Good Guys in 1965 and one of the on air guys at the New 2UW. He also spent time in the 2UE newsroom. For several years he was joined by journalist Robert 'Buzz' Kennedy on his 2UW morning program. He then travelled to the UK and worked with the BBC World Service.
ZM's Jase and PJ Leaving New Zealand radio
New Zealand drive time radio hosts Jase Hawkins
(known on Brisbane radio as ‘Labby
’) and PJ Harding
have announced they will be leaving ZM
at the end of the year, to pursue a new opportunity overseas. The pair, who first joined forces on air in 2015, have not said where they are going or whether they will continue as a broadcasting duo. Full story.
Random Radio News
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.
Sydney’s 2CH Remembers Glen Campbell
With the sad passing of Glen Campbell, Bob Rogers replayed one of the last Australian live interviews with Glen, while he was touring in February 2008. On reflection, sadly the effects of the disease that contributed to his death, Alzheimer’s disease may have been present. Bob says: “It was a real honour to have Glen Campbell in the 2CH studio in 2008 and despite his health at the time, when he picked up his guitar to play, live on-air, his fingers were magical to watch and he didn’t miss a beat.” Audio.
Zinc's '80s August
The Sunshine Coast's Zinc 96.1 has turned back the clock and to the 80s all throughout the month of August. From 9am to 6pm every day Zinc 96 is playing nothing but the 80s, Full details.
Bullies Are Cowards
Chilli FM Launceston breakfast duo Dan and Candice recently copped some online ‘bullying’. Hear their on air response.
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
Vin Dawes Hangs Up The Mike
As the voice of commercial regional radio for more than four decades, Vin Dawes’
dulcet tones have been welcomed into homes, cars, tractors and utes since his early days of broadcasting football matches in the 1970s. Nowadays, Dawes is more recognisable as the host of Triple M’s Rural Focus
program, but this month he will be stepping away from the microphone and radio for good, to enjoy a well-earned retirement. 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.