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Collective Noun will be heard on the Hit Network from 11pm-1am (Monday to Thursday) straight after Ash London Live. Dom Fay, Zach Mander and Michael Parente are Collective Noun and have, over the past 12 months, been regular content providers for news.com.au. They have 60 million views online with their sketch videos and have grown their Facebook following to almost 100,000. Check out Collective Nounon Facebook here
ARN Announces New Commercial Structure
ARN has announced changes to its commercial structure and the appointment of Emma-Jayne Owens to the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer. Emma-Jayne will join the ARN team on March 20 and will be based in Sydney. The new commercial sales structure at ARN will see Matthew Granger promoted to the role of Commercial Director – NSW and Queensland. More details.
Tom & Olly step into Triple M nights
Tom & Olly have joined Triple M’s night time line up with a three hour show broadcasting into Sydney and Melbourne. Like many before them, Tom Bainbridge & Oliver Morris come to Triple M via comedy; they’ve performed a number of live sketches, including a sold out Melbourne International Comedy Festival show. They have cut their radio teeth doing breakfast in Albury-Wodonga. They can be heard from 7– 10pm each week from Monday through to Wednesday on Triple M Sydney and Melbourne.
Withdrawal From Negotiations With WIN Corporation
SCA has announced that it has withdrawn from discussions with WIN Corporation for the sale of SCA of its northern NSW assets and operations to WIN and the acquisition of i98FM Wollongong.
Bryce Joins Jones & Amanda
After two years with the station, Bryce Ruthven is leaving the Hitz 939 breakfast show Bryce & Trace. Bryce has taken up an offer to return home to Sydney with ARN to join WS FM as the panel operator and producer for Jonesy & Amanda. More details.
Triple M Launches National Campaign
Rock royalty, Aussie sporting legends and Triple M’s finest head up the brand new campaign for Australia’s home of rock, sport & comedy – Triple M. The new campaign features Cold Chisel’s iconic track Rising Sun and will run across outdoor, transit, TV, print, digital and social mediums throughout Triple M’s four metro cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and in Perth for mix94.5. Video.
Paul Wojtasiak Moves Back To West
Paul Wojtasiak is leaving Chilli FM Launceston and is moving back home to Mandurah in WA. The drive announcer is joining Coast FM to do nights (7pm-12pm) and and also as Assistant Music Director.
Mannix On MIX
Clairsy will co-host a new show with Brian Mannix (Uncanny X-Men) on MIX 94.5 Perth. Generation 80's with Brian Mannix will air Monday to Friday from 12pm to 1pm and feature the best music of the 1980s.
Brad McNamara EP For Triple M NRL & Cricket
Triple M Sydney has appointed Brad McNamara as Executive Producer (EP) – NRL & Cricket. This newly created role will see Brad take charge of Triple M’s FM NRL & Cricket broadcasts. Brad, who was the EP of Triple M’s first foray into Test Cricket this summer, is an ex-NSW Blues player and a former EP of Channel Nine’s cricket coverage. In 2017, Triple M’s NRL coverage will feature the brand new 6pm Friday night game live, along with Thursday nights, Saturday afternoons and Sunday (match of the round) fixtures.
Faith FM Gets Dedicated Studio
Australian Seventh-day Adventist radio station Faith FM has a brand-new studio, which was officially dedicated at a special ceremony on February 15. The new facility is housed at the headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia (formally known as the Australian Union Conference, or AUC) in Ringwood. More details.
KOFM rebrands to Bruce FM
After 86 years one of Newcastle’s oldest radio brands has changed. 2KO commenced broadcasting in 1931, only changing its name slightly in 1992 when it became KOFM… but this morning at 9am KOFM’s Tanya and Steve flicked the switch and relaunched the station as 1029 BRUCE FM. Full details.
Tim Collins aka ‘The Bearded Man’ Heading Back West
Tim Collins, former Perth CIT student, joined Burnie’s 101.7 Sea FM in May 2016. He is now heading back west to take on the role of Announcer/Content Assistant at Hit FM South West in Bunbury (SCA). Station Content Director Jerry Sheers says: “We are very proud of what Tim has achieved in Tassie. This industry required passion and dedication, and Tim has that in spades. Our job is to train and build talent, and we have certainly done that with Tim. From all the team in Tassie, well done and all the best!”
Saturday Morning with Amelia, James & Haysey on hit107
Amelia, James and Haysey can now be heard on hit107 Adelaide every Saturday morning 7am-9am. Amelia Mulcahy (pictured) is the Seven News and Today Tonight weeknight weather presenter. Alongside Amelia is James McCann - a regular on the Adelaide comedy scene. Local West Adelaidean Andrew ‘Haysey’ Hayes completes the trio.
Next ‘Magic Trick’ - Turns Into ‘Talking Lifestyle’
Macquarie Media’s COO Adam Lang has confirmed on St Valentines Day that 2UE'sTalking Lifestyle radio format to Melbourne and Brisbane will be heard on Magic 1278 Melbourne and Magic 882 in Brisbane from February 27. The lifestyle format debuted on 2UE in September 2016.
Hadley On 2GB Breakfast and Morning
Ray Hadley is now covering the 2GB breakfast slot to temporarily replace Alan Jones while he recovers from a third round of surgery. He is fronting a marathon 5½-hour shift from 5.30am to 11am, covering Jones’ show as well as his own. The new arrangement will be five days a week for at least three weeks. Chris Smith will bring his normal show an hour forward to 11am until 3pm. More details.
Emily Angwin Joins 1116 SEN
Seven News reporter, Emily Angwin, is the newest member of 1116 SEN Melbourne. She joins the Garry, Tim and Hamish team as breakfast newsreader. Emily had previously worked in the newsroom at 1116 SEN as well as former sister station, MTR.
Former Radio Boss Back On Air
Peter Verhoeven has joined the on air team at community station 101 FM Logan. The former Brisbane ARN GM debuted on Monday the 13th of February hosting the 1am to 5am program. Peter was GM of 4KQ as well as 4BH (1997 until 2001) and then acquired and launched 973 FM in 2001.
Adam To Take Paternity Leave
5MU Murray Bridge announcer Adam Connelly will be taking paternity leave. The station is now seeking an On-Air Personality/Online Support to join 5MU for a 3-4 month period. (See 'Radio Jobs.')
“Better Music And More Of It.”
ARN has announced a new music positioning for Pure Gold Network stations, WSFM in Sydney and GOLD104.3 in Melbourne - “Better Music and More of It”. The new marketing campaigns mark the next stage in the evolution of the Pure Gold brand positioning launched in 2014. The ‘Better Music And More Of It’ positioning is part of ARN’s key strategy for the Pure Gold Network to be music-led stations that connect with its core Gen X audience. The station features music from the 80s, along with the best hits of the 90s and 2000s.
Hit 105 Brisbane Appointments
Brad Wood (pictured) is now the operations manager as well as morning host on Hit105 Brisbane. He was previously filling in a maternity leave contract in Adelaide. Also Jack Ball is now ACD and Music Director.
Alan Jones Back In Hospital
Alan Jones' bad back is keeping him off air for another two weeks. The 2GB radio host is expected to be away until February 20. Full story.
Leigh-Roy Leaves LA
After 5 years of being in the role of Music Director / Drive announcer with LAFM Launceston, Leigh-Roy Martin is leaving LAFM to take on the role of Operations Assistant /On-Air Floater for Triple M Melbourne.
Andrew Page Leaves Darwin
Grant Broadcasters are transferring Andrew Page to the 2ST & Power FM Shoalhavennews room. His final day at Hot 100/Mix 104.9 Darwin is Friday February 10.
Baggs On Late Nights
Simon Baggs has moved to the NOVA late night shift from 10pm to 1am. He replaces Jason 'Finn' Smith.
SCA Appoints Digital News Editor
In a commercial radio first, Sarah Michael has been appointed as SCA's National Digital News Editor, a newly created role. Sarah has most recently been the Deputy Editor of the Daily Mail Australia. She will be responsible for creating a digital news strategy and workflow for SCA’s metro newsrooms around Australia. Sarah will be based out of the Sydney news hub, commencing in May 2017.
Gabi Joins TR FM Breakfast
Gabi James is the new co-host on ACE Radio's Gippsland station TR FM. Gabi was most recently at FOX FM as a casual announcer/panel operator. Gabi takes over from Mikkayla Mossop who is now with 3AW. Gabi joins Dan Robinson & Justin "Kosi" Koschitzke on TR FM's breakfast show "The Morning Crew".
Radio Ad Revenue Up In January
Metropolitan commercial radio stations reported modest growth in advertising revenue of 0.85% in the month of January 2017 to a total of $50.551 million, according to figures sourced by Deloitte. The figures follow growth of 6.75% in the month of December, for total annual growth of 4.04% to $779.960 million for calendar year 2016. More details.
From Tassie To Tamworth
Former 7XS Breakfast Announcer Andrew Thain is now with 2TM Tamworth as the Afternoon Announcer and working in Production.
Ed Sheeran Hits The World Famous Rooftop
Ed Sheeran made his first appearance in Australia on Sunday night (Feb 5) with a performance on the Hit Network’s World Famous Rooftop - with a difference. The secret gig for 80 lucky Hit Network listeners was on top of Victoria’s iconic Hanging Rock in the Macedon Ranges. The threat of storms brewing and rain during the performance didn’t dampen spirits as Ed extended his set time to perform extra songs for appreciative fans.
1116 SEN’s New Sunday Show Dedicated to AFLW
An all-female heads 1116 SEN’s new Sunday morning show – The AFLW Hour of Power - dedicated to the NAB AFL Women’s competition (AFLW). Hosting will be ex-netballer and avid campaigner for women in sport, Bianca Chatfield, and joining her each week will be a rotating panel of experts including sports journalist Sam Lane, the pioneer of NAB AFLW, Chyloe Kurdas and star of Collingwood’s AFLW team, Kate Sheahan. The show airs from 8-9am.
A New Look NOVA in 2017
NOVA Entertainment is launching a refreshed Nova brand, the first in over six years, on Friday 3 February. The brand will have a reinvigorated look and feel to reflect Nova’s passion to provide the freshest music and highlight the power of live entertainment. The refresh will also reflect Nova’s commitment to brightening listener’s lives and staying in touch with the vibe of each local city. (Photo: NOVA Entertainment's CEO Cathy O'Connor, Group Programme Director Paul Jackson and Chief Marketing & Digital Officer Tony Thomas). More details.
'Great Australian Lives' To Air On 3AW
Melbourne news identity Jo Hall is set to launch a new project, Great Australian Lives, to be broadcast on radio station 3AW from this Sunday. The weekly program, airing Sunday nights at 8pm on 3AW, will kick off this weekend with revered Australian television, film and stage actor, Michael Caton. Full details.
It’s The Dave Noonan Show ... with Alison
Triple M Hobart (previously Heart 107.3) has renamed its breakfast program to The Dave Noonan Show. Dave's on air partner Kylie Baxter has returned to the station’s newsroom. However he has been joined on air by Alison Plath an announcer and comedian from Brisbane.
Mix 104.9 FM Darwin Locks In New Talent
Taz Eriksen is moving to Darwin from Hot 91 on the Sunshine Coast. ‘Talented’ Taz will be heard weekdays on Mix 104.9 Darwin between 1-5 pm.
Ilana Pender-Rose is leaving WAVE FM Wollongong and relocating to Adelaide due to her partner’s work. The station is now seeking an 'On-Air Personality/Music Director'. See ‘Radio Jobs.’
4BC Brisbane Website Hacked
The website for Queensland talk station 4BC has been hacked. The station this morning (Jan 30) confirmed the website was experiencing difficulties. At 10.30 am the website was “under construction.” Listeners took to social media to share their experiences. One person tweeted “has been hacked & goes straight to porn”. Another wrote "the 4BC website offered them the chance to win an iPhone."
Grant Denyer Busted and Shamed
Earlier this week, Grant Denyer appeared as a guest on Triple M’s The Grill Team where host Matty Johns told him a yarn about the boardgame Test Match. An hour later Denyer rolled up to The Kyle & Jackie O Show and used a similar story.Full story.(Photo features Grant in 96Five studio.)
Bee Gees Top smooth FM Top 500
The Bee Gees 1978 hit How Deep Is Your Love has taken out the No 1 spot on the smooth FM Countdown which ran for 5 days and culminated on Australia Day. Full details.
Alex Hehr awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia
Golden Days Radio station manager Alex Hehr has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division of the Australia Day 2017 Honours List for service to the broadcast media, particularly through community radio. More details.
Constance Hall Joins The Hit Network
Best-selling author and Perth based blogger Constance Hall has joined the Hit Network’s weekend line up. Constance will be joined by her bestie Annaliese Dent to bring The Queen Sesh nationally, across 43 metro and regional Hit Network stations on Sunday mornings 7– 9am.
iHeartradio Launches New App
iHeartRadio Australia has announced the launch of its brand new app, powered by Optus. The new app, with ‘My Favourites Radio’ feature gives audiences more ways than ever to customise, explore and discover new music, podcasts and entertainment. To start using My Favourites Radio, listeners need to download and switch to the new iHeartRadio app which is available now on iOS and Android. This is not available as an automatic app upgrade.
Glenn Johns Joins KZ Network
Glenn Johns joins the KZ Network as 5-9 am weekday presenter based at the Innisfail studios. By the way, sister station KOOL-FM will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in March. Former team members are invited to send their contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Anderson To Leave 2DAY
After 16 months with 2DAY Sydney, Content Director Matt Anderson is leaving the station. Prior to joining 2DAY he was The Hits Content Director at NZME in NZ.
Abi Takes Up New Zoo Role
Abi Benaud has left the KISS Kyle and Jackie O Show. She worked in various roles for the duo but was most recently Senior Producer. She has taken a position as PR Executive of Australia Zoo.
Rebecca Judd & Yumi Stynes Join The 3PM Pick Up
ARN has announced the evolution of The 3PM Pick Up in 2017, welcoming high profile personalities Rebecca Judd and Yumi Stynes to host alongside Katie ‘Monty’ Dimond on the national 3 – 4pm show on the KIIS Network in 2017. Full details.
Triple M Brisbane Welcomes Robin Bailey!
Robin Bailey officially joined Triple M Brisbane’s breakfast show on January 23. Despite having more than 20 years’ experience on air & sharing much of her life with Brisbane listeners, co-hosts Greg Martin & Ed Kavalee learnt a new thing or two about Robin this morning; Robin was an exchange student in America with she was 16 and ended up being the high school football team’s Eagle mascot. It was the only way she could become a cheerleader. Her mum once told off Rupert Murdoch & was later congratulated by Rupert’s mum, Elizabeth, who said more people should do it! Robin Bailey joins Marto & Ed every weekday morning from 5:30am-9am on 104.5 Triple M.
Gale Warning Issued For The Gold Coast Region.
Paul Gale will join Mal Lees and Moyra Major on the drive show from Wednesday February 1st, 2017. “Gold Coasters will be blown away” when they hear a familiar voice for their drive home on 1029 Hot Tomato. “Galey, Mal & Moyra” for the drive home will entertain Hot Tomato listeners between 3pm to 7pm weekdays. Full story.
Nova 106.9 Breakfast announcer Susie O'Neill wanted to get a little deep with fellow announcer Ash Bradnam and spoke about his sobriety. Last Friday, he hit a personal milestone - 18 months sober. Susie asked him about his journey this morning. Here's what Ash had to say: "What's happened to me over the 18 months - and especially lately - is I've had so many people reach out to me... people who are struggling to get that first day up, and turn that first day into a second day.” More details.
Gunners & Ali Prove Breakfast Show Is Child’s Play
97.3 Coast FM breakfast personalities Gunners & Ali have welcomed a new addition into the studio as Ali Hill returns to the show with her baby boy Seth. Ali is certainly showing working mums you can do both, returning to the airwaves after giving birth to her third child, Seth, in August and bringing him back to work with her, creating the temporary show “Gunners & Ali with Seth”, which aired over the past couple of weeks. More details.
Radio 4AM & 4KZ 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.