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January 2019 Radio News



Rob Aumend Farewells SCA Townsville
 
After four years at the helm of Southern Cross Austereo Townsville, Rob Aumend has announced he is leaving his role as General Manager. More details.


   



Malcolm T Back on UW!

Sydney radio legend Malcolm T Elliott will be back on air for  3 hours on  theNEW2UW.com  on Sat 26th Australia Day from 7am till 10 am.  Malcolm T told JJ he'll be sitting in with David Sayers on the old/new 2UW Newcastle for 'old times sake'. The pic of Malcolm (above) is from a listener. He signed it for her at the 1974 Royal Easter Show. She died recently and her daughter was cleaning up her room and found the signed pic.




Dylan Alcott Joins Hit Network

Dylan Alcott will join the Hit Network’s national weekend breakfast show alongside Angus O’Loughlin and returning Hit weekend breakfast host Tanya Hennessy. Dylan Alcott is a Paralympic gold and silver medallists and world champion across tennis and basketball.  Full Story




Adelaide Broadcaster, Journalist and Producer Jennie Lenman has accepted the position of Journalist/Newsreader at 5MU & Power FM and Host of "SA Today" on 5MU, taking over from Claire Murphy who has accepted a position in Sydney. Full details.




Hutchy's 'Welcome To 2019' for SEN Fans

On the SEN website Craig Hutchison has written to their listeners about the new SEN app, their commitment to the Australian Open, Test cricket, daily Big Bash, and their Australian exclusive Superbowl call, headed by Gerard Whateley. Also about the lineup at SEN SA station, 1629 AM. Full details.




Gold 92.5 announces local Gold Coast Drive Show
 
Luke Bradnam alongside co-host Margaux Parker will become Gold Coast’s very own drive show duo on Gold 92.5 in 2019 with The Rush Hour. Luke and Margaux who have been no strangers to the drive time slot with The Rush Hour reaching both Brisbane and the Goldie over the past year, The Rush Hour will be dedicated to solely Gold Coast listeners. Full details.




Barry Nicholls Heads Early Breakfast

In 2019 ABC Radio Perth will feature Early Breakfast(4am-6am) with Barry Nicholls. It's followed by a new breakfast show with Russell Woolf & Nadia Mitsopoulos.




ABC Radio Darwin Changes

ABC Radio Darwin has announced a new line-up. Jo Laverty is now heading Breakfast and Adam Steer moves into mornings. Mikaela Simpson is now on Afternoons and Liz Trevaskis will commence on drive in March. Georgia Hitch will host the program in January and February.




Kel Richards Departs 2CH

Kel Richards was retrenched from 2CH Sydneyin late December.  He'd been with the station for the past eight and a half years. Prior to 2CH he was a presenter on ABC radio.




ABC Newcastle Has A New Brekky Duo

At 1233 ABC Newcastle Jenny Marchant and Dan Cox are now co-hosting breakfast. Former Breakfast host Aaron Kearny is back on drive. Garth Russell presented his final breakfast show on December 20, 2018.




Hit 1069 Update

Keeshia Pettit (previously heard on Hit 1069 Newcastle) is joining Tim Reuben on Hit 91.9 for Breakfast. At Triple M Newcastle, Kylie Stevenson is now co-host on breakfast with Bryan ‘Cogho’ Coghlan.




ABC admits it has underpaid casual staff

The ABC has admitted it underpaid up to 2500 casual staff over the past six years and has commenced an urgent review in conjunction with the Fair Work Ombudsman and unions. The concession comes weeks after the public broadcaster acknowledged it had underpaid a member of its Brisbane-based digital news network by $19,000 over three years. Full story from Sydney Morning Herald.




Jake Leaves Rebel FM Breakfast

After three years with the company, one half of the Rebel FM Breakfast Show,  Jake Chapman has decided to pursue other interests outside radio and is leaving the station. General Manager, Cheryl Jowitt says “We’re sad to lose Jake.  He has enormous talent and is a great communicator.  Over the past 15 years, we’ve only see three changes to our team, so this opens up an amazing opportunity for the Rebel brand.Full story.




Warren Tredrea leaves Triple M

Triple M footy commentator Warren “Tredders” Tredrea has switched stations to FIVEaa. The 2004 Port Adelaide premiership captain, who is also an Advertiser columnist, has a long history with Triple M. But after eight years with Triple M Tredrea has decided to make the move to FIVEaa. He will be calling AFL games and joining Stephen Rowe and Mark Bickley for a weekly segment on the Sports Show, plus working on other projects. (Courtesy Adelaide Advertiser)




Belinda Doyle appointed PD at JACK Radio in UK

JACK Radio in the UK has appointed Belinda Doyle as its first-ever Programme Director. The station, which plays only female artists, is available across a large percentage of the country via the Sound Digital DAB multiplex in DAB+. Belinda has worked predominantly across Australian radio with roles establishing the ABC's national Newsradio network (the first 24-hour news radio station in Australia), co-hosting the 96FM Breakfast Show in Perth, and as Creative Director Sydney for Macquarie Media. (Courtesy of Radio Today UK)




Vale Jimmy Hannan (1934-2019)

Former TV and radio personality Jimmy Hannan has passed away in Sydney.  He was 84. On radio, he is best known for his time on 3UZ and 2GB.  He was also heard briefly on 5KA. Hannan got his start at the very beginning of television in Australia, in 1956 as an 18-year-old contestant on Name That Tune. Jimmy also had some success on the music charts with his '60s single Beach Ball, featuring The Bee Gees as backing vocalists and the 1970 single Curly.  Hannan retired from showbiz at the age of 50 and retired to a farm in Bellingen, Queensland, with his wife. More details.




Sarah Passalick Moves To Afternoons

Hot100FM Darwin has announced that Breakfast host Sarah Passalick will be making the move from the Hot100FM breakfast show to a new afternoon slot. Hot100FM is yet to advise on who will replace Sarah on the Hot Breakfast, with the position currently vacant (See 'Radio Jobs') Full details.




Guy Dobson Resigns From SCA

Guy Dobson, Southern Cross Austereo‘s chief creative officer, has resigned and departs SCA effective immediately.  He says: “I’m calling time on the SCA phase of my career. It’s a wonderful company with an amazing leadership team, great radio people and is set up well for a big year ahead. After ten years in some high-level roles, I feel it’s time to move on and chased own other adventures and opportunities. To everyone who’s helped shaped my career at SCA I thank you wholeheartedly. You’ll all get a mention in my game changers podcast later in 2019! Vaya con Dios amigos.”




James Preston New Eagle Brekky Host

James Preston has been appointed breakfast host at Eagle FM93.5. He's been with the station since August 2018.




Ashley Walsh Departs ABC

Ashley Walsh has announced that he will not return to ABC Adelaide in 2019. The longtime weekend breakfast host tweeted: "I've spent more than half my working life with ABC Radio in SA including 17 years on weekends. It's been a privilege and a pleasure."




Steph MacFie Joins Dave & Al

Steph MacFie is the new Anchor/Executive Producer of Hobart Triple M’s Dave Noonan Show with Al Plath.




Brian Mazoletti Leaving Radio Industry

RSN-927 Melbourne’s Senior Racing Presenter Brian Mazoletti is leaving the industry after 28 years at the station.Originally hired as drivetime sports producer, Brian graduated to race co-ordination, becoming Senior Presenter on the departure of John Vertigan in 2008. Race co-ordination has been described as the toughest job in radio, and Brian is leaving at the top, to become a driver with Melbourne’s Metro Trains.




Geraldton Guardian Joins Local Radio Partners

The Geraldton Guardian is relocating, in a move that will bring local radio, print and digital news under the one roof in Geraldton’s CBD. As of Monday, January 7, the newspaper will no longer be located at shop 2/30 Chapman Road and joins Seven West Media partners Spirit 98.1 and RedFM at 72 Chapman Road (pictured).(Courtesy of Geraldton Guardian)




ABC's Peter Cundall Announces Retirement

Saturday mornings will never be the same again for avid gardeners around the world, with Australian gardening guru and media personality, Peter Cundall, announcing his retirement from ABC radio.The former Gardening Australia host first started taking questions from radio listeners in the late 1960s. It was believed to be the first gardening talkback in the world. Cundall, aged 91, signed off from radio with the lines "remember, old gardeners never die, they just gradually turn into compost!" Full story.




Nova warns listeners of data breach

Nova has warned listeners of data breach affecting 250,000 Australians. Nova chief executive Cathy O’Connor said in a statement on Thursday December 28 that individuals were being notified about the steps they can take, with the disclosed information varying from person to person. Full details from Sydney Morning Herald.




Brandon Joins Triple M

Brandon Disson is leaving FM 104.7 Coffs Harbour.  He's been with the station since 2012. He's joining the team at Triple M Riverina MIA.



Karen Leaves WAY FM

Karen Dickson has hosted her last drive shift for Way FM Launceston. She's taking a break from radio.  Way FM announced: "We thank Karen for her dedication to excellence and know she'll be back brighter than ever before we know it."




Vale Rob Neil (1962-2018)

Well known Sydney announcer Rob Neil has died.  Neil, aged 56, passed away after a long battle with cancer.  He is survived by his wife Sue and five young children. He worked at stations including 2WS, 2CH, 2SM, MIX 106.5 and 2GO. Full biography from his website. His funeral will be held at Our Lady Help Of Christians Church at Epping 10am Thursday, 27 December.




AJ to part ways with Gold 92.5

After 22 years Adrian “AJ” Johnson has decided he won’t be returning to Gold 92.5. Gold 92.5 Breakfast with co-hosts Bridge & Spida will return on 16th January 2019.




Moonman Lands On Triple M Sydney Breakfast

Lawrence “Moonman” Mooney will host a brand new comedy breakfast show - Moonman in the Morning - on Triple M Sydney in 2019. In addition to his new breakfast show, Lawrence will be playing 11 shows at the Sydney Opera House from January 25 – February 3, 2019. Full Story.




The Most Played Song in Australia for 2018

AirCheck released the figures today showing ‘These Days’ in the top spot with 20,815 spins. The smash hit, released on 19 January, received its first play on 19 January on Hit 101.9 Aussie boy band 5 Seconds of Summer took out second place with their smash hit ‘Youngblood’, spun 19,898 times. More info.




Former ATN Reporter In Court Over Harassment

Olympia Kwitowski alleges she was bullied, harassed and “slut shamed’’ before being fired earlier this year by the Australian Traffic Network. She  sued The Australian Traffic Network and their Queensland operations manager, on air personality Jay Lane, in the Federal Court in August. ATN and Lane have lodged defences in the matter, with the two sides now locked in court-ordered mediation. ATN is understood to have bumped up its offer to settle the case but is still a long way off the $120,000 or so Kwitowski is seeking in compensation. Since leaving ATN, Kwitowski has started a new role in Brisbane radio as a producer for a radio program. (Courtesy: Courier Mail)



GfK Metro Survey 8, 2018

The final GfK metro survey results for this year were released this morning (December 17). As usual, 2GB (13.9%) and 3AW (14.8%) were respectively the top rating stations in Sydney and Melbourne. In Brisbane the top station was 104.5 Triple M,(13.3%), same as last survey. Mix 102.3 (12.9%) was the top rating station in Adelaide. In Perth, Mix 94.5  returned to No 1, with a 14.8% share. Full details.




DAB+ Stations Survey 8, 2018

The top rating digital stations were: Sydney - ABC Jazz, Melbourne - Double J, Brisbane - The '90s iheart Radio, Adelaide - ABC Jazz, and Perth - Smooth. Full details.




Shad Wicker to join Central Coast’s 2GO
 
Shad Wicker will be leaving Hit 103.5 in Cairns to join Mandy Coolen for breakfast on the Central Coast’s 2GO in 2019. 2GO Breakfast with Mandy and Shad will start on Wednesday, 30 January.


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 2RRR Highlights Career of Kevin O'Neill


At 3pm on Tuesday, 22nd January (and repeated at 11am on Friday, 25th January), Kevin O'Neill will be the guest in a one-hour 'Special' on Brian Crabbe¹s program ³There goes that song again',  on community station, 2RRR 88.5FM.    Kevin will talk about his radio career and play songs he has selected, mostly from 1960, the year he started in radio. Full details.





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We Nearly Missed Christmas


The 2BS FM Bathurst staff had some Christmas fun putting together a special rendition of the Jingle Bell Rock. YouTube clip.




Radio Caller Snoring Midway Through On-Air Brexit Debate


A caller to BBC 5's Radio program had waited on line for 35 minutes to talk to the radio hosts about the UK's pending separation from the European Union. However when it was time for the caller to express his views, the radio hosts heard nothing but snoring on the phone line.