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ABC Managing Director Leaving
Board today announced the Managing Director would be leaving the organisation and recruitment for a successor would begin. The Government thanks Michelle Guthrie
and acknowledges her service as Managing Director of the ABC for the past two and a half years in what is a challenging and rapidly changing media environment. ABC Managing Directors are appointed by the Board. The ABC Board has legislated independence in relation to management appointments and the Government respects the duty and role of the Board in these matters. More news.
Dan Teams With Erica On Light FM
Dan Widdowson will join Erica Weir on Light FM Melbourne breakfast beginning on October 8. Erica and Dan will be heard weekdays from 3-6pm.
NZ veteran broadcaster Merv Smith Dies
Legendary NZ radio broadcaster Merv Smith has died at the age of 85. Newstalk ZB reports Smith dominated breakfast airwaves at 1ZB from 1961 until Paul Holmes started the Newstalk format in 1987. He held the number one slot for radio breakfast ratings for almost 30 years. After he retired from radio he followed his passion of trains, and ran Merv Smith Hobbies in Newmarket.
Triple M Legend Lee Simon Announces Retirement
today has announced his retirement after an extraordinary 47 years of service to the Australian radio industry. Lee, the founding program director of Australia’s first commercial FM station, EON FM
– later to become Triple M
– shared the news with Triple M’s Hot Breakfast this morning. After a heartfelt introduction from Eddie McGuire,
who got his start in media thanks to Lee, there followed a touching tribute. More details.
ABC radio host Jon Faine retiring
In an interview with Shaun Micallef,
ABC Melbourne morning host Jon Faine
announced he wasn’t leaving radio this year, “but next year, there is a scoop for you”.
The ABC later said on social media the on-air resignation was Faine having a “joke"
. There is also a leaked email, allegedly written by Faine that says: “I was offered another two-year contract with ABC Radio in January 2018 - I also advised management that it will be my last."
Full story from Herald Sun.
mix94.5's Dead Set Legends take over Breakfast
With The Big Breakfast with Clairsy, Matt & Kymba going on a break, The Dead Set Legends will be taking over the airwaves from Tuesday 25th – Friday 28th September. Kicking off after the Queen’s Birthday next week, mix94.5 listeners can tune in to Adrian Barich, Tania Armstrong and Lachy Reid from 6am – 9am. The Big Breakfast returns Monday 1st October.
Triple M/Gold FM Local 'Rush Hour' Axed
Luke Bradnam is hunting for a new gig after the axing of his local afternoon show, understood to be a cost-cutting move. The former top Hot Tomato host jumped ship to Triple M to spearhead the new ‘Luke Bradnam Show with Libby Trickett and Dobbo’ in February last year. His 3-6pm Rush Hour show – broadcast across Brisbane and the Gold Coast – will be replaced by Triple M’s national drivetime show Kennedy Molloy. Co-host and Olympic swimming champion Libby Trickett resigned from the show two months ago to pursue teaching. Margaux Parker took her place. Source: Gold Coast Bulletin.
Boom Radio Returns to Perth Royal Show
, North Metropolitan TAFE’s student-operated station, is broadcasting live from the IGA Perth Royal Show for their sixth year. The annual event runs from September 22nd to 29th at Claremont Showgrounds, Boom Radio will be conducting a week long live outdoor broadcast. More details.
Nikki & de Mello: The Coast’s New Breakfast Team
brekky team 'Gunners and Ali'
are moving on and that may leave some of you wondering, who will be next to warm the brekky seats for 97.3 Coast FM
? The new brekky duo will be Nikki and de Mello. Nikki Parkinson
has been a part of the station line-up for some time and she will team with well known Perth radio identity Darren de Mello
. More details.
Rebecca Morse and Andrew Costello join Adelaide’s hit107
Mornings in Adelaide are changing in 2019, with a fresh look Breakfast show Bec and Cosi
set to wake up the city each weekday morning from 6am – 9am on hit107
. Full story.
Hey Siri, play my favourite radio station
The Australian radio industry’s RadioApp
has been updated to support Apple’s new Siri Shortcuts feature, meaning listeners can now ask the virtual assistant to start playing their favourite radio station using voice command. Full story.
ARN's iHeartRadio Celebrates Five Years
ARN’s iHeartRadio Australia
is today celebrating five years.To mark the milestone iHeartRadio Australia has created a 5th birthday playlist with a pop-up station of favourite party bangers which can be heard here. Full story.
ABC Radio breakfast has crashed to a 40-year low.
Radio Melbourne axed Red Symons,
replacing him with Jacinta Parsons
and Sami Shah
in January, the station’s total audience share has dropped to 8 per cent – its worst result since 1989. Full story
from The Age.
Radio stars and Amazon at Radio Alive 2018 conference
from the Hit Network’s
Hughesy and Kate show, Nova presenter Kate Ritchie, 2GB’s Ben Fordham
and Will McMahon
from the Will and Woody national drive show on the KIIS
Network will discuss the secrets to drive time success at the commercial radio industry’s annual national conference next month. Amazon
Alexa Skill’s Country Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Kate Burleigh,
(pictured) will also provide a keynote address at the Radio Alive 2018 conference on the future of voice technology and the implications for consumers and brands. Full details.
New Breakfast on hit99.5 Sunraysia
The first few weeks of Sunraysia’s newest breakfast show are officially over, with Michael “Billows” Billings
being joined by former Darwin Hot100
Announcer Amy Hegedus on hit99.5.
Both are Radio Training Institute
alum and have around 10 years of on air experience under their belts. More details.
Albany Radio Troubles
Members of Albany Community Radio who want the current operators taken off-air will have the chance to make that happen in two months. Radio station management announced it would hold an annual meeting on November 24, when all management positions will be put up for vote.This came a day after the State Administrative Tribunal refused to hold a hearing to declare who should lead the organisation because it was not a legal matter. In-fighting over decisions made by management has been ongoing for several years. It boiled over into two police visits to the station on August 9 and August 14 due to angry protests at the North Road station after management refused to step down following a members’ vote of 47-4 for them to do so. (Source: West Australian)
Triple J breakfast hosts in trouble
breakfast hosts Ben Harvey
and Liam Stapleton
have revealed they were hauled into their boss’s office for a long meeting when their show finished yesterday, The pair were pulled off air on Wednesday morning after a prank call to their new radio boss was poorly received. Full story.
Lauren Hilbert Leaves 3AW
After 7 years at 3AW and 12 years as a journalist, Lauren Hilbert is leaving. She tweeted: "For those curious, my next adventure is at VicRoads!"
John Blackman Out Of Intensive Care
A progress report on John Blackman. He is out of intensive care after 11 days. Blackman recently underwent major surgery to remove his jawbone following an aggressive form of skin cancer, known as basal-cell carcinoma. Peter Ford told 6PR he had spoken with Blackman’s wife Cecile. “He still cannot speak, noises come out and sounds come out but you can’t understand anything he’s saying. But he is with it. He’s listening to the radio and she is reading him cards and messages,” he said. “It’s a long road ahead. He’s now in a high care ward, before he then will go into a normal ward and then home for many months of recuperation and recovery.”
Gunners and Ali WAVE hello to new FM station
Mandurah’s number one breakfast duo, Gunners and Ali,
will have a new home next month, joining the line-up of Australia’s latest FM station, 91.7 The Wave. More details.
Alan Jones defamed Wagner family
has stated it is disappointed by the decision today of the Supreme Court of Queensland. The decision follows a hard-fought legal battle between 2GB and the Queensland-based Wagner brothers, following a series of broadcasts on the Alan Jones
Breakfast Show concerning the Grantham floods and the Toowoomba airport. 2GB, 4BC
and Mr Jones will be considering carefully their appeal options. As injunctions now restrain them, nothing further can be said at this time. Alan Jones AO said in relation to the decision: “I need to read the entire judgment very carefully. I do feel that I have somehow let down the people of the Lockyer Valley who sought my assistance. As the judge found in this case, I sought to ventilate concerns expressed to me by those people. I am restrained in what I can say because I am now subject to injunctions and will be making no further comment.” ABC News report.
Horsham 2018 Xtra Insights Survey
was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights
2018 ratings. MIXX FM
had a share of 32.0 (-3.3), next came sister ACE
with 27.8 (+4.6). ABC Western
was in third place with 19.3 (-6.3). Full details.
Hamilton 2018 Xtra Insights Survey
was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights
2018 ratings. MIXX FM
had a share of 32.5 (-1.5), next came sister ACE
with 22.8 (+2.8). ABC South West
was in third place with 10.3 (-1.4). Full details.
Vale Kevin Knapp (1932-2018)
Country music pioneer Kevin Knapp
has died aged 86. He was one of the small group at 2TM
who, in the late 60s and early 70s, created Tamworth’s national reputation as Australia’s Country Music Capital. Looking for a career in broadcasting, he first became a panel operator with 2CH
and later in the early 50s he found a place as a radio announcer with 2LM
, Lismore. Full story.
CRA Launches New Audio Logo
The commercial radio industry has launched a new audio logo for its Radio Alive
campaign as it urged brands to develop a clear audio strategy to better connect with customers in the new media environment. Joan Warner,
the chief executive officer of peak industry body Commercial Radio Australia, said the importance of audio was highlighted by growing audiences for radio and the increasing popularity of podcasts and voice activated speakers. Click here
to listen to new ads. More details.
Derek Bargwanna's Tragic Loss
broke down on air at KIIS
as she announced the death of her boss’s four-year-old son. She was audibly emotional as she spoke about the sad passing of Derek Bargwanna’s
son. “I’m sorry if on days we’ve been a little flat- our boss, DB, who we’re extremely close with … He’s a dad now and just a little while ago his four-year-old son, Tate, died in his sleep and it was completely unexpected and we don’t know why.” Kyle
was off sick as Jackie O spoke about how hard it’s been to broadcast since they found out about the death. Full story
More Macquarie Changes
Macquarie Sports Radio has made further changes to its daytime lineup. Afternoons with Mieke Buchan (pictured), Shane McInnes & Sam Stove has been dropped. However, Buchan will host a new afternoon show from 2pm-4pm and is joined by Billy McGee. James Willis has moved across from 2GB to host a new program ‘Halftime’ from 12pm-2pm. There has also been a change to the Melbourne/Perth Breakfast lineup. Tony Leonard is no longer on brekky but on mornings with Tiffany Cherry and David Morrow. He’s been replaced by former Geelong player Jimmy Bartel who joins Tony Shaw, with Matt Thompson as anchor.
West Coast Radio's New FM Station 91.7 The Wave
Operated by West Coast Radio
, 917 The Wave
will be an FM evolution of the network’s current AM station, 1116 6MM
. 917. The Wave will also launch an app so listeners can stream in high quality. The new FM station launches this October. More Details.
Cherie Romaro Appointed as General Manager of 2CH
Recently EON Broadcasting Group announced the appointment of Cherie Romaro
as General Manager of Sydney’s 2CH
and its Digital Stations. Her previous experience includes senior management, programming and marketing roles with 2MMM FM
, NRJ Paris France and MIX 106.5
Sydney. More Details.
ACE Radio's Kate Meade Named As A Woman Of Influence
of the Ace Radio Network
has been named one of the 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review. Kate is The Morning Rush Breakfast show co-host with Jon Vertigan,
featured on ACE Radio stations 3YBFM, 3SH, 3CS, 3HA, GOLD1242, 2QN, 3NE
. Full details.
Toowoomba Survey 2018
was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights radio survey. Hit 100.7 had a 27.9% share (-3.8). Next came ABC
Southern Queensland with 15.5 (+0.5), then Triple M
Darling Downs with 11.0 (+3.1) followed by triple j
with 7.3 (-1.0). Full details.
Blacker's Health Battle
, well known Melbourne radio announcer and the voice behind Hey Hey It’s Saturday
puppet Dicky Knee, on Friday has his jaw removed and replaced with a part of his thigh bone in a marathon operation lasting 10 hours at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital. Blackman was diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer, basal-cell carcinoma, that doctors feared would spread to his brain if not removed quickly. Full story.
Jay's New Job
Jay Mueller, former SEN 1116 and Triple M Hot Breakfast producer has taken up the position of Head of Development at (Eddie) McGuire Media/JAM TV Australia.
Em Rusciani To Focus On Family In 2019
This morning on Em, Grant & Ed, Em Rusciano
shared she will not be returning to her 2DayFM
breakfast show role next year after her third child is born. Em’s baby is due early next year. It's her third child 18 years after her first daughter was born. Listen to Em share her news here
. Ash London
will fill in alongside Grant Denyer
and Ed Kavalee
until a replacement for 2019’s line up has been determined.
ARN and Chemist Warehouse Revolutionise In-Store Radio
ARN and Chemist Warehouse have announced the launch of the all new Chemist Warehouse REMIX station featuring a combination of national news, sport, weather and music’s freshest hits, with hosts Brendon ‘Whippy’ Dangar and Zoe Sheridan. Chemist Warehouse REMIX is the first in-store and DAB+ combined radio station to offer national news, sport and weather to listeners, which will be updated hourly from 7am to 10am and 3pm to 6pm weekdays. The DAB+ station will also include favourite songs and fresh hits every day. Like broadcast radio, the Breakfast Show, Workday and Drive Shows across weekdays will be hosted by Whippy and Zoe Sheridan.
CBAA Community Radio Finalists
The finalists for the 2018 CBAA Community Radio Awards
for the best in Australia’s community broadcasting sector have been announced. Over 150 finalists span the 28 different categories, and represent a diverse cross section of the community radio sector. This year there are 12 new categories celebrating the best in areas such as online content, station leadership, Indigenous broadcasting, journalism and new programs, among others. Full details.
Vale Barry Spicer
Barry Spicer, ex 2CH Easy Listening and 2GB Sydney presenter and news reader, has passed away aged 80. He had been suffering from brain cancer. Barry also spent some time as a TV newsreader on TEN and in his later years was a station manager at community station 2NSB Chatswood. A funeral service for Barry will be held on Wednesday 5 September at 10.15 am at The Northern Suburbs Crematorium (North Chapel).
Damien Leith Now On Radio
Damien Leith has joined 'Stolzy' as a co-host for breakfast on 98.1 Power FM in the Hunter Valley. On moving to the Hunter and starting on air Damien said – “When the opportunity came up I jumped at it. I love radio and the fact that the show is in the fabulous Upper Hunter Valley is the icing on the cake. There’s great chemistry between Stolzy and I so I think mornings are going to be loads of fun.” Stolzy said: "It’s great to have Damien on board, and it’s interesting to know now that between us both we have in total 9 albums and a couple of No 1 hits to our credit! The arvo sing along through the hallways have definitely stepped up a notch!!
Emily Wurramara joins the CBAA Conference Program
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia
has announced that the APRA AMCOS Ambassador joining the line-up for its 2018 national conference is one of Australia’s leading voices in Indigenous music, Emily Wurramara
. Community broadcasters from all over Australia will gather at the Gold Coast Exhibition Centre in November. More details.
Cairns Radio Ratings
Cairns is the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights
radio survey. Hit 105.3 had a 22.8% share. It was followed by Star 102.7
with 19.7% (+5.3%), then Triple M
- with 15.8%. ABC
Far North was next with 12.5%, triple J
12.3% and then 4CA
with 7.2%. Full details.
GfK Metro Survey 5, 2018
The latest GfK
Metro Survey results were released today. It's a very tight market in Brisbane. Hit 105
are back at No 1 with an 11.8% share. They are just ahead of 97. 3
and Triple M
both on 11.6% with Nova 106.9
close behind on 11.4%. Talk stations 3AW
continue their reign as No 1 stations in Melbourne and Sydney. Mix 102.3
is Adelaide's top rating station with Nova 93.7
once again at No 1 in Perth. Full details.
GfK DAB+ Survey 5, 2018
was a clear No 1 in Sydney (104 - based on culmulative audience in 000's). The other top rating DAB+ stations were: Double J
(Melbourne), Coles Radio
(Perth) and Old Skool Hit
s and The '90s iheart Radio
shared No 1 in Adelaide. Full details.
Finalists Announced For 2018 Radio Awards
Finalists in the 30th annual ACRAs
were announced today and featured new categories and first-time nominees, plus Australia’s top radio presenters competing for the coveted Best On Air Team in both the AM and FM (Metro). Two-time winners in the FM category Kate, Tim and Marty
(Nova Entertainment 2016, 2017) are amongst the finalists that include, Kyle & Jackie O
(KIIS 1065, Sydney); Jonesy and Amanda
(WSFM, Sydney); Hughesy & Kate
(Hit Network, SCA), Fifi, Dave, Fev & Byron
(Fox FM, Melbourne) and first time finalists in the category, Kennedy Molloy
(Triple M Network, SCA). Full list.
Breakfast with Amos, Cat & Angus to finish
hit107 Adelaide has announced that their Breakfast show with Amos, Cat & Angus will finish up next month.A new line-up will be announced in coming weeks.Cat will use the opportunity to travel, while Angus will stay within the Hit Network and Amos will pursue his stand-up comedy career in the US. Amos, Cat and Angus will finish up on Friday 21st September.
Random Radio News
“The MOST West Coast!”
Alana and Robbie, breakfast Radio Hosts on Red FM, have been seeking WA's "most West Coast Eagles" fan. They narrowed it down to several finalists; A couple that had a WCE Wedding Cake; a mum that had called her kids “LeCras and Jack” – after Jack Darling and a little girl that called in and every night before bed instead of saying a prayer she says “West Coast Win – Dockers in the Bin”. Audio.
Ray Hadley's police officer son resigns
The son of Ray Hadley has resigned from the New South Wales Police Force after he was charged with possessing cocaine last month. Former Senior Constable Daniel Hadley was arrested at a pub at Rouse Hill in Sydney's north-west after allegedly purchasing 0.79 grams of the illicit substance, worth about $200. Full story.
Kyle Sandilands Goes Missing
The Daily Telegraph reports: "Two days after his first ratings loss in years, it seems that King Kyle is now in the Sandilands-of the lost. Even his barista wonders when the controversial radio jock will return for his usual morning caffeine fix. On Tuesday, WSFM’s Brendan “Jonesy” Jones and Amanda Keller beat KIIS FM’s Sandilands and Jackie O Henderson — their first ratings defeat in three years — and he hasn’t been behind his famous gold microphone since. Full story.
SEN Radio building site brings in almost $30m
The Reject Shop co-founder Ronald Hall has made a whopping profit after selling the SEN Radio building supersite in inner Melbourne to local developers for almost $30 million. The 3025-square metre L-shaped site at the eastern end of Swan Street in Richmond will make way for a mixed-use retail and residential development in one of Melbourne's emerging apartment hotspots.
Rebel Radio Network Help Regional Farmers
The Rebel Radio Network kick-started their drought campaign to help regional farmers in dry conditions by donating $5,000 to Drought Angels and setting aside $250,000 in advertising space to encourage other businesses to donate to the cause. The company behind REBEL FM and the BREEZE, Rebel Radio Network also confirmed additional fundraising events at external locations to further increase funds for the charity organisation. More details.
Robin Bailey Announces Engagement
Robin Bailey has revealed she is engaged to partner Sean Pickwell. The Triple M Brisbane breakfast presenter announced the news on air after Pickwell popped the question during a family day out with their children from previous relationships at Movie World last week. Bailey, who has sons Fin, 18, Lewin, 16, and Piper, 14, from her marriage to late husband Tony Smart, said Pickwell proposed when her kids went with his adult son and daughter to the stunt show. (Courier Mail)
ABC Radio Sydney Producer swims the English Channel for Charity
Long time ABC Radio Sydney producer Brendan King has swum the English Channel after deciding a year ago that it was something he'd like to do in order to raise money for a matter that is close to his heart; youth homelessness. It took him 14hrs and 33mins. Audio.
Man who inspired 'Good Morning, Vietnam' film has died
Adrian Cronauer, the man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film Good Morning, Vietnam, has died. He was 79. During his service as a US Air Force sergeant in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966, Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with the phrase, "Goooooood morning, Vietnam!" Full story.
Flow FM the Colour Of Country Life
Flow Fm is putting the colour into country life with the launch of a brand new logo. Wayne Phillips, Flow FM Managing Director, said it was an important step for the brand to add the colour to country life. Full details.
Community radio is growing the music industry
What makes Melbourne’s music scene so productive and alive is the combination of musicians, live music venues, and community radio writes Maddy MacFarlane
. Full story.