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February 2019 Radio News



Gia Moylan to join Hit105.9 Central West Breakfast

Moving from the 101.3 Sea FM afternoons on the Central Coast, Georgia ‘Gia’ Moylan is set to join Mike as the Central West’s Hit105.9 new breakfast host starting Monday, 25 February. Gia who began her career in radio as producer for 101.3 Sea FM’s breakfast duo Ash Pollard & Gawndy turned afternoons announcer just late last year. Now she will make the move to Orange for a brand new breakfast radio gig along side Michael ‘Mike’ Farrer.




Joel Gelding On The Move

Joel Gelding is leaving KIIS 101.1 Melbourne. He announced via Instagram that he will be moving to KIIS's drive show "Will & Woody" to be the show's Senior Producer. Joel has been the daytime announcer on KIIS 101.1 for the past few years.




GOLD Central Victoria Announce Brekky Duo
 
Mark Robinson and Dan Lonergan have been appointed as the new GOLD Central Victoria breakfast team. They will host The Wake Up Call on Monday 4th March. Full details.




Digital Radio Now Reaching 4.2 million Aussies

DAB + digital radio now reaches 4.2 million Australians in the five metropolitan capital cities. It also boasts that 4.7 million DAB+ radios have been sold and also states that 65% of new vehicles are fitted with DAB+.  Full details.





Crocmedia Secures Nick Riewoldt for 2019
 
Former St Kilda captain and AFL legend, Nick Riewoldt will appear on 1116 SEN, 1629 SEN SA and form part of the AFL Nation live call team throughout the AFL season.



Talkback Hosts Unimpressed With New Radio Rules

The country's most influential talkback stars have been lost for words concerning the new legal advice provided by Macquarie Media’s general counsel to 2GB and 3AW staff. Full Story.




Dan Bradley Joins Triple M Melbourne As Content Director

Dan Bradley has been appointed as Content Director of Triple M Melbourne. The move sees Dan return to the Triple M family, having previously been on air at Triple M Brisbane and Music Director at both Triple M Melbourne and Fox FM. Dan will continue on as PD of Hot Tomato Gold Coast for a couple more months.




Resonate Radio Changes

Cameron Scott-Bohanna (pictured) is leaving 4ZR breakfast in the coming weeks and is heading to Japan. Mick Calvert is finishing up at 4HI at the end of March, he has been on breakfast at 4HI for the last 3 years. With stations are seeking new breakfast announcers.  See 'Radio Jobs.'




New Sunshine FM Manager

Sue Gilbert has been appointed Station Manager of Sunshine FM104.9 on the Sunshine Coast. She had previously worked at 4CC/HOT FM Gladstone.




Seamus Evans joins Hit103.5 Breakfast
 
Far North Queensland’s Hit103.5 has announced Seamus Evans will join Carly Portch for breakfast from Monday, 4 March. With an extensive resume, Seamus has had stints presenting nationally on television and performed live stand up comedy. Seamus has been on the airwaves presenting breakfast throughout Victoria and New South Wales for a number of years most recently Hit104.9 The Border.




The Quicky With Claire and Ellie

If you were wondering what happened to former 5MU presenter and newsreader Claire Murphy or Kate Tim and Marty's former producer. Ellie Beattie.. they've been locked away in a podcast studio for the past month with former Channel 10 audio producer Ian Camielleri creating a brand new daily news show - The Quicky! Full details.




2CH1170 LAUNCHES NEW LINE-UP!

Classic Hits 2CH1170 & In Stereo on DAB, launched today as Sydney’s New Home of Classic Hits unveiling their new on-air line up. Sydney’s new home of Classic Hits 2CH1170 is a format designed exclusively for the Baby Boomers, a 50+ target audience who are ageless in attitude. Full story.




Matthew Monk and Matty Stewart no longer together

Matty Stewart and Matthew Monk will no longer be together on the Coast FM breakfast program. ACE Radio station manager Peter Headen said due to "unforeseen circumstances" Matthew Monk and Matty Stewart would no longer feature on Coast FM's breakfast program. Mr Headen said both were still employed by the radio station. "The two boys are still employed by us," he said. Full story.




88.9FM Appoint New Sales Manager

Scott Mcilveen has been appointed Sales Manager at 88.9FM in Tamworth. An experienced Sales Manager and music talent manager, he has recently moved to Tamworth from Sydney. Scott has previously worked at Sony Music. Full details.


   

Nova Entertainment Announces New Digital Roles

NOVA Entertainment has announced the appointment of two specialist digital audio roles. With over 12 years media sales experience, Ben McMillan has been appointed to the newly created role of Head of Digital Audio. Elizabeth Maplestone will take up the newly created role of Digital Audio Specialist, responsible for supporting and educating staff and clients on podcasting opportunities and developing strategic digital audio responses.




Susie O'Neill Joins Nova 106.9 Breakfast Team

Susie O'Neill has finally succumbed to the lure of the studio and joined the Nova 106.9 breakfast team full-time in 2019. Susie took up breakfast broadcasting with the Nova team in 2015 but until now has resisted Ash, Kip & Luttsy's lobbying for her to embrace the five-day work-week. Full story.




Millie Michael Appointed New EP

ARN has announced that Millie Michael has been appointed as Executive Producer of WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda in the Morning. Millie has been promoted to the role of Executive Producer after working on the show as a Senior Producer for the past year. Millie has previously held Producer and Senior Producer roles with Nova in Sydney and Adelaide, and FIVEaa in Adelaide.




Vale George Mihalos

* Update.  The funeral for George will be held 9.00am Saturday 9th February at The Resurrection of Christ Greek Orthodox Church Kogarah. Internment following at Rookwood Cemetery.

George Mihalos, radio announcer/PD and MD, has passed away. He worked at 2CC/2CA Canberra as well as NSW stations 2EC/Power FM, 2LT/Move FM, 2XL/Snow FM, and 2GN/Eagle FM.  He commenced his radio career at community station 2BCR and has also been a member of 2SSR for nearly 20 years. Don Dawkins advised of his passing on the Radio Green Room FB page. More details and a tribute from Pete Davidson.




ICC Cricket World Cup To Feature On

Macquarie Sports Radio

 

Macquarie Sports Radio has reached an agreement to broadcast the ICC Cricket World Cup starting on May 30 this year.  Full details.





919 SEA FM Announce New Breakfast Host


Heidi Latcham will be BarRat’s new partner on 919 Sea FM’s “BarRat & Heidi for Breakfast”. Heidi has extensive experience on both radio and TV, including a recent stint at Star 1063FM. Heidi is excited to be back in her home town of the Sunshine Coast! Full details.

January 2019 Radio News



Vale Tony Featherstone

Tony Featherstone, former radio and TV presenter, has passed away in Sydney after a short illness. Tony worked at 3LO (now ABC Melbourne), GMV 6 and 2CH in Sydney. He was also the voice of ABC TV until 2011 and hosted the ABC music show "The Pop Scene" in 1969.




Bruce Lees Announces Retirement


GOLD Central Victoria’s breakfast announcer Bruce Lees will be retiring from radio on Friday 1st February. Bruce began his career at 3WM in 1981 as an announcer/technician. Full story.




HIT FM Cairns host is sacked after explicit ScoMo gag

Cairns Hit FM host Shad Wicker has been fired from his employer Southern Cross Austereo after posing with an explicit mug alongside his co-host Carly Portch and Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The Cairns Post understands that career path is no longer available, with station managers furious about the disrespect Mr Wicker showed for the Prime Minister’s office. More details.




Ben Ryan launches podcast series

Nova 106.9 Brisbane Production Manager, Ben Ryan has developed a seven part podcast series called ‘Battle Stations’, a satirical look at the radio industry, with the first episode now available. Audio.




Brissie boy, Max Dudley back in Town

Max Dudley has taken on the role of Executive Producer for Triple M’s The Big Breakfast with Marto, Robin and Nick Cody. Dudley replaces Scott Menz, who steps into the role of Triple M Music Director this year, whilst continuing in his position as Assistant Content Director for the station.  More Info




Commercial Radio Ad Revenue up across all Markets in the 2018 calendar year
 
Commercial radio metropolitan ad revenue shows growth across all markets in the 2018 calendar year, according to data compiled by Deloitte and released today by industry body Commercial Radio Australia.  Radio ad revenue rose 3.40% to $809.421 million in the five markets for January to December 2018 compared to the same time in 2017. The Deloitte figures report actual revenue received by metropolitan commercial radio stations and include all metropolitan agency and direct revenue.
Melbourne was the strongest market throughout the 2018 calendar year compared to the 2017 calendar year, with ad revenue up 7.58% to $259.821 million. Sydney rose 1.35% to $248.663 million and Brisbane was up 2.42% to $125.308 million. Perth recorded a 1.15% increase to $106.113 million and Adelaide rose 1.21% to $69.516 million.




Laura Bouchet takes on new role with Triple M

Laura Bouchet, Executive Producer for WSFM’s Jonesy & Amanda has recently resigned to take on a new role at SCA's Triple M, Sydney. Laura, winner of the 215 ACRA Best Show Producer, has been with ARN for just under 12 years, starting on the Street Team worked her way up to Executive Producer for Jonesy and Amanda, and most recently was also promoted to WSFM Assistant Content Director. Laura's new role at Triple M is EP of the new Breakfast show Moonman In The Morning, with Larence Mooney, Jess Eva, Gus Worland and Chris Page.




96FM Welcomes Shane Lowe As New Breakfast Anchor
 
96FM Perth has welcomed Shane Lowe to the team, as he joins Paul & Lise for Breakfast in 2019. Returning to his home of Perth, Shane comes to 96FM Breakfast with 20 years of radio and television experience, most recently in Adelaide where he spent almost a decade hosting Nova’s Lewis & Lowe with Hayley Pearson Breakfast radio show.




More Laughs and Live Sport on Macquarie Sports Radio

In 2019 Breakfast with Mark Levy and Mark Riddell can now be heard right around the country from 5.30am (AEDT) every weekday, with AFL legend Jimmy Bartel joining in every day from 9am-10am. Drive with Mark Allen and David Schwarz is now an hour longer, from 3pm-7pm Monday-Friday. Full details and audio.




Chris Kearns launches "Tonight Live" on 2CH and DAB+

2CH Classic Hits will go against the trend of music stations pre- recording their night time programs by launching “Sydney’s Tonight Live” weeknights from 8pm to 1am hosted by Chris Kearns.  Full Story



Tim Webster To Host Mornings On 2CH

2CH Sydney has announced that well known TV/radio host Tim Webster will be the station's new morning host. He will replace Bob Rogers who retired in November last year on doctor’s orders. Rogers can still be heard hosting “Reminiscing” on Saturday nights.  Full Story




Commercial radio audiences at all-time highs

Commercial radio audiences reached an all-time high in 2018 and have grown by 12% over the past five years and by 22% over the past decade, according to Commercial Radio Australia’s annual listening summary. The data showed more than 10.7 million people tuned in to commercial radio each week in the five major capital cities during 2018, an increase of 270,000 listeners or 2.6% over the previous year. Full story.




Jon Faine announces 2019 will be his last year on-air
                                               
ABC presenter Jon Faine has announced that after 23 years presenting his Mornings show on ABC Radio Melbourne, this will be his last year on air.  Returning from his summer break, Faine told his listeners at the start of his program this morning that he had joined the ABC 30 years ago to make The Law Report. “Now I find I am presenting the Mornings show on ABC Radio Melbourne for the twenty-third year - but it will be my last."  Full story.




Mark “Irvy” Irvine To Host New Drive Show
 
94.1FM Gold Coast has announced a new weekday drive show  3:00 – 7:00pm with Mark “Irvy” Irvine. Mark has been with 94.1FM for 2 years doing Saturday Breakfast and Sunday morning’s specialised shows of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. More details.



Rita Panahi to co-host Outsiders

Melbourne Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi is leaving 3AW to expand her role at Sky News. After a year at the radio station, she has co-hosted her final Sunday Morning program before fronting the political commentary program, Outsiders.




FIVE aa Announcer Will Goodings joins Ten Adelaide

FIVEaa Adelaide drive announcer Will Goodings is joining TEN News First Adelaide as their weekday sport presenter.  He replaces Nick Butler, who is returning to Melbourne after spending five years in Adelaide. Butler is joining Melbourne's TEN News as well as Ten Sport.




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.




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)

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Set The Yum Cha World Record


It was a big day when hundreds of WSFM listeners joined Jonesy and Amanda at Darling Harbour to set a new Guinness World Record for the most people enjoying a yum cha meal simultaneously. Full details.





Sportscaster Fondly Remembered


Broadcaster Darren Madigan was just 49 when he died last year - 12 years after receiving a lung and heart transplant. Full story.





Mother Of Five Wins $100,000 From NOVA


Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty changed the life of the lucky winner of Nova’s Greatest Year Ever competition last night.  Chantelle from Port Arlington in Victoria answered her phone to win $100,000 and the chance to live her greatest year.  Full story.





A new podcast set to challenge and empower.


3GG announcer Orion Kelly has launched a new podcast, “Intensely Inquisitive”, which searches for answers to life’s big and not so big questions. Orion says: “The focus of Intensely Inquisitive is to empower people with education and growth opportunities through open, honest and inquisitive conversations on big picture topics." More details.





AFTRS Upcoming Radio Courses


AFTRS are offering a number of new industry  Certificates in Radio Content, Management & Leadership, as well as short courses in Voice Over, Podcasting and Radio Studio skills. Course content has been approved by AFTRS industry panels and mapped to media industry roles and skills requirements. Full details.





Fred Botica Knocked Off Scooter


Former Perth radio announcer Fred Botica was left bruised and grazed (January 15) after being knocked off his scooter by a van driver in an apparent act of road rage. Botica, 71, was riding home from the gym when, he claims, he was almost run off the road by a grey van on a roundabout. Full story.





 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.