Random Radio News
Ray Hadley Voted Radio's Hottest Hunk
Ray Hadley, 64, is officially Australia’s 'hottest hunk.' The 2GB morning host pipped Hit Network funnyman Dave Hughes into second place in the nationwide contest organised by Take 5 magazine. Reigning champ Brendan Jones came sixth this year, one place below ARN stablemate Kyle Sandilands. Full details.
hit99.5 Sunraysia Giddy Up for the Mildura Cup
Sunraysia’s hit99.5 held its first listener event with the new Breakfast team Amy Hegedus and Dave Anderson over the weekend.The hit99.5 marquee at the Mildura Cup saw Amy & Dave invite an intimate group of listeners to join them at the races for a day of good local food, drink and racing at the Mildura Racecourse. Full story.
Two Years on Air for Red FM’s
Alana and Robbie!
Alana and Robbie have broken all the radio rules. For nearly 18 months, the breakfast duo have had a real life partnership as well as a professional one. About six months after coming together as a show, it became apparent that there was more to the relationship than just on-air chemistry! Full story.
'Cosi' Costello shares touching
first message to daughter
Andrew “Cosi” Costello — who hosts Adelaide’s Hit 101.7FM breakfast show and Channel 9’s South Aussie with Cosi — shared a screenshot of the message to his more than 116,000 followers on Facebook, alongside a caption describing his sadness that his 11-year-old had officially joined “the world of device addiction”. Full story.
Mike Kasem to speak at Radiodays Asia
Mike Kasem, the son of legendary American Top 40 presenter Casey Kasem, will speak at the upcoming Radiodays Asia conference next month. The Gold 90.5 Singapore breakfast presenter will discuss formats, with his co-host Vernetta, on a panel of high profile presenters from around the Asian region. Full details.
Audata's First Ever “Promo Star” Award
Australian radio software company Audata has today announced its inaugural “Promo Star” Award - aimed at recognising the creativity, originality, and achievements of promotions talent in the Australian radio industry. One winner will be selected to join Audata at the RadioDays Europe 2020 conference, to be held next March in Lisbon, Portugal. Full details.
TRFM's Winter Breakfast Show
Over the past two weeks, TRFM in Gippsland have run a 'Winter Breakfast' show whilst regular breakfast host's Gabi & Dan have been on a break. Regular morning host, Bryce Ruthven (2018 ACRA winner for Best Music Presenter - Country) took the reign's of the breakfast slot with a concept of giving Gippsland locals the chance to shine on breakfast radio. Full details and pics of hosts. Bryce hosted Winter Breakfast with a different co-host each day. Full details and pics of hosts.
Steve Barker Wins At New York Festival
Radio 'all-rounder' Steve Barker, arrived back in Australia recently with a big trophy and bigger smile. He was one of a handful of Aussies who scored a trophy at the 'New York Festivals' - the international awards recognising the World's Best Work in Radio. 35 countries were in contention this year. Steve collected a bronze art deco replica microphone for his coverage of last year's Sydney to Hobart Yacht race, an event he passionately covers every year. "To present the Blue Water classic (IN NON-YACHTIE speak), the longest and last on the Aussie sporting calendar, over the four days is always a thrill and geez I'm happy the judges in Manhattan felt the same!"
Radio 97 puts students to the test
Early starts aren't the only challenge confronting high school students undertaking a unique work experience program with Radio 97. Having to keep up with breakfast announcer and work experience program co-ordinator Scott Mayman is equally as demanding. Full story.
Power FM's Rap About Old Tailem Road
Power FM SA's Craig Pitman reports: "Thought you might like to check out the latest giggle we've done! After 9 weeks at #1, we are probably the last station in Australia to add Old Town Road (Lil Nas X) to the playlist, but it's given us plenty of thinking time to create this gem." If you head down the South Eastern Freeway in SA, just before you get to Tailem Bend, you come across "Old Tailem Town." It is Australia's largest pioneer village. You can check out the parody and music video that I shot with the brekky team at: Old Tailem Road
Nik James To The Rescue
Nik James from Super Radio Mid North Coast is an example that not all heroes wear capes. He recently took a gamble and answered his mobile despite the fact he didn't recognise the number. The Unknown Caller turned out to be Leonie, a Committee Member from the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce, in urgent need of an MC for their Awards night. When was the Awards Night? Tonight. It appears the original host, Comedian Jean Kittson, had broken her leg the night before and was unable to travel. Full story.
Jase and PJ's 56 Hour On Air Marathon
Jase & PJ of Melbourne's KIIS 101.1 breakfast show have uploaded the entire vision of their 56 hour on-air marathon they completed recently. The vision contains what happened on air and what happened off air. Link.
Brisbane 97.3FM and 4KQ’s New Home
ARN's 97.3FM and 4KQ have moved from Stones Corner to their new Brisbane broadcast studios at Kings Row, Building 4, Level 3, 40 McDougall Street, Milton. Full story.
Camplins end decades-long ownership
of Bathurst's 2BS and B-Rock
Long-time owner Ron Camplin, aged 87, says he plans to "smell the roses" and enjoy time with his family after finalising the sale of local radio stations 2BS and B-Rock. Full story
Radio stays strong as Podcast listening and Smart Speaker use grows
Radio has retained its place as the most used audio platform, while awareness and use of podcasts has increased steadily over the past year, and ownership of smart speakers has doubled, according to the findings of the 2019 Infinite Dial Australia Study released today. The comprehensive study of audio and digital media behaviour by global firm Edison Research found that 83% of Australians are now aware of podcasts, up from 78% a year ago. Full story.
Podcasts have overtaken the popularity of music streaming playlists
Australians are listening more to podcasts than to streaming playlists, confirms a new report. UK-based MIDIA Research’s State of the Streaming Nation used Australian data as well as that from the US, UK, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Japan and Sweden. 18% of music streamers listen to podcasts, while only 15% use curated playlists. Full story.
2KM-2MC Staff Reunion
A 2KM-2MC Staff Reunion will be held on September 20 2019 in Kempsey. Organiser Ian Wright from 5MU/POWER FM started his radio career with 2KM in 1971 and has promoted the event through Facebook. Staff can register to attend the Reunion via the Facebook link or by emailing Ian at firstname.lastname@example.org The Facebook page is packed with photos, stories, comment and audio as a lead up to the September event.
Our radio stars are living the dream
on the property market
If the homes of Sydney’s top radio stars are anything to go by, then they certainly are making a very decent living from just their voice. With the likes of Alan Jones, Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O taking home around $5 million a year, some of Sydney’s radio presenters are seriously cashed up. Full story.