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Gold Coast/Tweed Survey Results 2/2017
remained at No 1 in the latest Gold Coast/Tweed survey - despite a drop in all daytime sessions - except evening. Hot Tomato had a 17.1% share (-1.3), Sea FM
came second with 13.4 (+2.2) and then Gold FM
with 10.9% (-1.1). .Hot Tomato were No 1 in all sessions. Full details.
Angela Briley Appointed Promotions Director
General Manager of Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) Brisbane, Damon Rielly, home to HIT105 and Triple M, has announced Angela Briley as Triple M Promotions Director. Angela began her radio career in Sydney with SCA in 2003 as an agency sales coordinator, and has spent the last 14 years working across multiple areas of the business. For the past two years she has managed the promotions role across both stations in Brisbane.
Jonesy and Amanda Renew With ARN
have announced that WSFM 101.7’s
Breakfast radio duo, Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones
and Amanda Keller,
have renewed their contracts for three more years. They are now in their 12th year together on WSFM. In recent years, Jonesy & Amanda have claimed the #1FM Breakfast crown multiple times in radio survey ratings, taken home the coveted industry award for Best On Air Team at the 2012 and 2014 ACRAs and are currently Sydney’s #2FM breakfast team. More details.
Sunshine Coast Xtra Insights Survey
was the No 1 rating station in the latest Sunshine Coast Xtra Insights
survey. They rated 17.5% (-1.6). The other two best rating commercial stations were SEA FM
with 13.1% (-2.1) and Hot 91
with 9.9% (+1.4). triple j
achieved an 11.1 % share with ABC Radio Sunshine Coast
9.9%. MIX was the top rating station in all sessions except evening (ABC). Full details. Press Release.
John Lyons Joins ABC News
John Lyons, one of Australia's leading journalists, is to join ABC News as Head Investigative and In-depth Journalism. He will lead Australia's premier current affairs teams and programs across broadcast and digital, including 7.30, Australian Story, Four Corners, Q&A, Insiders, Offsiders, Lateline, Foreign Correspondent, Behind the News, AM, PM, The World Today and Correspondents Report, as well as finding the best ways to deliver the ABC's finest investigative and long-form content to new audiences.
RTI Radio Moves
Former Radio Training Institute graduate Jack Missen has a producer role with Vision Australia Radio. Other graduates have also landed radio roles. Alex Knock is joining the ACE Radio Network in Warrnambool as a copywriter. Nick Feain is now on the Hit Gippsland breakfast show with Mandy Angiolino. Also Eloise Adams has moved to ACE Radio Traralgon to work as a copywriter.
Ozpod Announces Lineup For Australian Podcast Conference
Presented by ABC Radio, OzPod
returns for a second year with a full day of carefully curated panels and discussions in Sydney on Friday 8 September. Speakers and panelists include: Jenn White
(US) - Making Oprah
, WBEZ Chicago, Osher Günsberg
- The Osher Günsberg Podcast/hit 105
, Richard Fidler
– host of ABC radio's Conversations, and Jay Walkerden
– Head of Podcasting, NOVA Entertainment. Full story.
Q&A comes to Radio Alive 2017 Conference
will headline Radio Alive 2017, the radio industry’s annual national conference in Melbourne on 13 October. ABC News Breakfast co-presenter Virginia Trioli
will host Radio Alive 2017 Q&A with guests to include Communications Minister, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
and ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie
. Other key panellists will be released over the coming weeks. Full details.
Laura On The Move
who recently joined Bundaberg Broadcasters' radio stations Hitz 939
and Classic Hits
, is leaving the station. See ‘Radio Jobs.’
2GB and 3AW Posts Profit
which owns Sydney's 2GB
and Melbourne's 3AW
, along with Brisbane's 4BC
and Perth's 6PR,
made a net profit of $16.8 million in the year to June 30, up from $13.9 million in the previous year. The company said the scrapping of the 2017 radio licence fee by the federal government and reduction of the fee in 2016 delivered a saving of $3.5 million. Full story.
Luke James Joins hit 92.9
Luke James, former KIIS and NOVA producer has a new gig. He’s now Assistant Content Director at Hit 92.9 Perth.
The Night Shift Now Airing In Perth
The Night Shift overnight program with Luke Bona can now also be heard on Perth's mix 94.5.
Stereo 10 Is Coming Back To Brisbane
was a Brisbane radio station from 1985 until 1988 on the 1008 AM frequency and was located on Coronation Drive at Auchenflower, with a Top 40 Music format. Robbie Cohen,
who was an avid listener of the station, was so devastated that he swore as a kid that one day he would bring the station back to life - and with the help of a few others he has succeeded and Stereo 10 returns on August 10. Full details.
ARN Launches Personalised Audio Advertising
has announced the launch of AdsWizz
technology across its all-in-one digital music, live radio streaming and entertainment platform iHeartRadio
. Full details.
Vale Rick Weston
announcer Rick Weston
has passed away in British Colombia. He was 84. Rick was a former 5DN
Adelaide announcer before he joined the ABC in Adelaide. He worked at the ABC for over 20 years, presenting on both TV and radio. His love was Classical Music and he presented the program "Kaleidoscope"
on ABC Classic FM
in the 80's. Rick is the father of WA radio announcer/race caller Nigel Weston. More details.
ACE Radio Changes
With the ACE
acquisition of 2QN
and Edge FM, Dave Robertson
will become General Manager of 2QN/Edge FM in Deniliquin. Lui Zacher
Assistant Group FM Content Director, will take on the role of Content Director for 3NE/Edge
Wangaratta as well as 2QN/Edge
in Deniliquin. More details.
Vale Clive Stark
Radio presenter, has died aged 81. He presented the Sunday program on 3LO
Melbourne, and then 774
, for many years. More details.
Julian Price Leaves 3AW
Julian Price, 3AW's Video and Online Content Producer, has left to join Channel 9.
ACE Radio Expands in Victoria and NSW
From November 1, the Paterson family-owned ACE Radio Broadcasters
will become the major shareholders and operators of Edge FM
in Wangaratta, and Edge FM
in Deniliquin. This move will mean ACE now operate a total of 17 regional radio stations. Full details.
Maryborough (Qld) Radio Survey
103.5 Triple M
rated No 1 in the 2017 Xtra Insights
survey with 30.5 (-4.7). They were just ahead of Hit 101.9 Fraser Coast
with 30.1 (+6.7). In third place was ABC Wide Bay
with 14.6 (0.9). Hit were No 1 in breakfast, drive and weekends. Triple M rated No 1 in morning and afternoon. ABC Wide Bay was No 1 in evenings. Full details.
Newsreader David Sharaz has joined the new Kristen & Wilco Breakfast Show on Mix 106 Canberra.
News Radio journalist and political editor Marius Benson is retiring after 35 years with the ABC.
Walkley-winning journalist Raf Einstein will fill in for Jon Faine on the ABC Melbourne morning program while Faine takes five weeks leave.
The Racy Radio Serials that shocked Australia
Public tastes were changing at a breakneck speed by the late 1960s and although traditional radio serials still had a loyal audience, housewives were increasingly turning to television to watch imported American daytime ‘soaps’ such as Peyton Place, General Hospital
and Days of our Lives.
Australian radio stations were axing long running drama serials sending many producers to the wall, but Grace Gibson
was a survivor. Full story.
Radio launches Radio Alive brand
The Australian commercial radio industry today unveiled a new brand positioning and identity to underline radio’s strength as a dynamic, innovative and multiplatform medium. The “Radio Alive
” brand and logo will be used across the industry to reset perceptions about radio and highlight its broad ever-expanding reach and influence across broadcasting, online, social, mobile apps, podcasting and live events. More Details
New Appointments: Chilli FM 90.1
Chilli FM Launceston has added two new announcers to its line-up. Local lad, Matthew Garwood
has joined the on air team weekdays 10am-12pm and also in Promotions “The Tattooed Tenor” found a national profile after teaming up with Ricky Martin on The Voice and being signed to Universal Music. Keeping the progression of local talent as a common theme at Chilli FM, Shannon Dale,
also a Launceston local has been appointed Music Director and Afternoon announcer (12-3pm Weekdays). Full details.
Vale John Thompson
Well known Sydney dj John Thompson has passed away. He was on air at 2KO, 2SM, 2UW and 3DB in the ‘60s and ‘70s. In 1965 he was one of the first 2SM Good Guys in 1965 and one of the on air guys at the New 2UW. He also spent time in the 2UE newsroom. For several years he was joined by journalist Robert 'Buzz' Kennedy on his 2UW morning program. He then travelled to the UK and worked with the BBC World Service.
ZM's Jase and PJ Leaving New Zealand radio
New Zealand drive time radio hosts Jase Hawkins
(known on Brisbane radio as ‘Labby
’) and PJ Harding
have announced they will be leaving ZM
at the end of the year, to pursue a new opportunity overseas. The pair, who first joined forces on air in 2015, have not said where they are going or whether they will continue as a broadcasting duo. Full story.
A new start to the day on ABC Radio Adelaide
ABC Radio Adelaide
audiences will wake to a new morning line up from Monday 7 August. On Thursday, July 27, David Bevan
announced after 6 years in Breakfast with co-presenter Matthew Abraham,
including finishing off with 14 consecutive surveys as #1 Breakfast show, the time is right for a change. From Monday 7 August, Ali Clarke
will present Breakfast from 6am and will be joined by David Bevan from 8.30am for Adelaide’s key agenda-setting half hour. David Bevan will then present Mornings from 9am through to 11am. More details.
Red Symons has 'significant' brain injury
ABC Radio Melbourne
broadcaster Red Symons
has suffered a "significant injury to his brain" but no loss of function after a serious fall earlier this month, colleague Jon Faine
says. The 68-year-old ABC Radio Melbourne presenter hit the back of his head "very hard" after falling while walking home from the supermarket on July 5. Faine said Symons was "bored out of his brain". He hasn't lost any function. He's as sharp as ever,
" Faine said. Full story.
Hot 91.1’s Sunshine Coast Survivor - Boss Edition
At 6.30am this morning (July 27), Hot 91.1’s Dave, Sam and Ash
put their jobs on the line to perform one of the biggest stunts in Sunshine Coast radio history. Full details.
RTI FM Back On Air
will be transformed this weekend with the student run pop-up station returning to Australia’s airwaves. RTI FM will operate from Friday to Sunday; breakfast will start with the Kat
creators and founders of The Pound, will be driving listeners home. Full details.
New Radio Program For Pre-Schoolers
Kinderling Kids Radio
has partnered with ASX-listed G8 Education to roll out its newest program, Play & Learn, to early education centres across Australia, in a move that could see the broadcaster double its market share. Full story.
Bundaberg Broadcasters GM Moving On
Trish Mears has tendered her resignation, as General Manager of Bundaberg Broadcasters (4BU, Hitz FM, KIX). She says: “The past 5 years have been a wonderful time of personal growth and, I hope you would agree, success for our wonderful radio stations here in Bundaberg.” She has been offered an opportunity as Manager – Marketing, Communications and Events – for Best Practice Software, a local company that is making big strides both in Australia and New Zealand.
Tony Bartlett Off On Safari
Gold Coast has announced: “With our incumbent News Director departing in late 2017 to spend his retirement on a never ending summer surfing safari, we are in need of a replacement.”
See ‘Radio Jobs
.’ Tony Bartlett
says he began his radio career - “in a galaxy far, far away at 4SB Kingaroy in 1972.”
NOVA’s Surprise Elevator
How did your arrival to work go this morning? Any opera singers in the elevator? Have to navigate a jumping castle and farm animals to get to your desk?
That’s what faced General Manager of Nova 106.9FM
Brisbane, Jay Walkerden,
when he arrived back at the Nova Brisbane office after holidays. Jay told Nova 106.9 FM Integration Director, Dee Curtis
a few weeks back that they should “do something weird to the brekkie guys when they arrived to work one day!”
Check out the video for #SurpriseElevator here.
Sallese Gibson Joins The Project
Sallese Gibson, ABC Northern Tasmania, radio and online reporter, is off to Melbourne to work on The Project TV program.
Fairlie Hamilton Off to ABC
Fairlie Hamilton, i98 FM Wollongong announcer, is joining ABC Illawarra as a producer for Mornings with Nick Reinberger. Her last day on air at i98 was July 13.
Vale Steve O’Shea
Long-time 2VM Moree GM Steve O'Shea has passed away in Newcastle. He was 87. Steve began his long radio career in 1953 at 2WG Wagga. During his career he also worked with 3HA, 3NE, 2GF, 2NM, 2VM and other stations. In 1997 he retired from radio after 44 years in the industry. At that stage he was GM at 2VM Moree and 2NZ Inverell. His grandson Steve McPherson now works at 2VM and NOW FM Moree.
Libby Price Hosts Country Today
radio is pleased to announce that Libby Price will join their network as presenter of their rural program, Country Today
heard on 3CS, 3YB, 3HA, 3WM
in September. Libby has worked as the editor of the Benalla Ensign newspaper in north east Victoria for the past three years but is best known for her 30 years working for the ABC
. More details.
Sandra Moon Joins ABC
breakfast host Sandra Moon
is moving to “her preferred listening station” ABC
Goulburn Murray. The Deniliquin native had anchored the early morning shift on the Albury commercial station since 2011. Moon will host the 10am to 11am weekday mornings show on the ABC. More details.
2017 Kalgoorlie Ratings
was the tyop rating station in the latest Xtra Insights
Kalgoorlie Survey. Their share (people 10+) was 35.8%. Next came Triple M Goldfields
with 30.8. ABC Goldfields
had a 12.3% share followed by triple j
with 10.2. Hit 97.9 was No 1 in all sessions except mornings. Triple M rated No 1 in morning (+4.6). Full details.
GfK Radio Ratings Survey 4 2017 DAB+
was once again the No 1 station in Sydney (+8.0) as well as in Brisbane. In Melbourne, Double J
overtook Aussie (-23) to be No 1. In Adelaide, '90s iheart Radio
was again No 1 and in Perth the No 1 DAB station was Smooth
(+7.0). Full details.
Kristie Sullivan On The Move
is leaving 2EC/Power FM
Bega. The station is now seeking another journalist. See 'Radio Jobs.
Em & Harley Hit Network Nights
breakfast show, Em Rusciano
with Harley Breen
, has taken over the 7-8pm weeknight’s timeslot across the Hit Network with an hour of the best from the morning’s program. It will also be heard on 43 metro and regional stations across Australia. Audio.
Red Symons Injury
ABC Melbourne breakfast announcer, Red Symons, is on sick leave. He explains why in this statement. “Hello everybody! Just over a week ago, on Wed 5 July, when walking home from the supermarket I experienced a sudden lack of consciousness. This resulted in a fall, with my head hitting the pavement. I am currently in hospital, thankful to be receiving the best of medical attention and working on a speedy recovery. I’m sorry for this unexpected absence, but do look forward to getting back to work as soon as possible”
ARN and KISS Partner With AFTRS
and Sydney’s KIIS 1065
have launched a new internship program in partnership with AFTRS
that will give selected top-performing students hands-on experience working alongside some of the best in the radio industry. Full details.
Random Radio News
Cooke And Moore Unite
Well known Hobart radio duo Bob Cooke and Richard Moore are reuniting on stage to present An Evening with Cooke and Moore Unplugged. It will be staged over three nights at Hobart’s Playhouse from October 5th at 8pm. It’s to coincide with their 40th anniversary as a duo on TV which was the start of their on-air partnership.
Sydney’s 2CH Remembers Glen Campbell
With the sad passing of Glen Campbell, Bob Rogers replayed one of the last Australian live interviews with Glen, while he was touring in February 2008. On reflection, sadly the effects of the disease that contributed to his death, Alzheimer’s disease may have been present. Bob says: “It was a real honour to have Glen Campbell in the 2CH studio in 2008 and despite his health at the time, when he picked up his guitar to play, live on-air, his fingers were magical to watch and he didn’t miss a beat.” Audio.
Zinc's '80s August
The Sunshine Coast's Zinc 96.1 has turned back the clock and to the 80s all throughout the month of August. From 9am to 6pm every day Zinc 96 is playing nothing but the 80s, Full details.
Bullies Are Cowards
Chilli FM Launceston breakfast duo Dan and Candice recently copped some online ‘bullying’. Hear their on air response.
Waringarri Radio Marks 30 years
Kununurra’s community radio station has come a ways since its days as a caravan across the road from the Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation office in the 1980s. On December 9, 1987, an air-conditioned caravan worth $40,000 was set up in the community with help from the ABC to be used for broadcasting. Thirty years on and a party was held at the Kununurra Picture Gardens last Thursday to celebrate three decades of Waringarri Radio
. Full story
Vin Dawes Hangs Up The Mike
As the voice of commercial regional radio for more than four decades, Vin Dawes’
dulcet tones have been welcomed into homes, cars, tractors and utes since his early days of broadcasting football matches in the 1970s. Nowadays, Dawes is more recognisable as the host of Triple M’s Rural Focus
program, but this month he will be stepping away from the microphone and radio for good, to enjoy a well-earned retirement. Full story.
Dave, Sam & Ash Embrace New Media
This Sunday night at 7.30pm, Hot 91.1’s Dave, Sam & Ash will launch their brand new interactive show on Facebook Live called, “Dave, Sam & Ash 100% LIVE.” This week on the show it will consist of a special guest, Caitlyn Shadbolt, a house band called “Next Level,” playing live from the Hot 91.1 elevator. Interactive games with the Facebook live audience and essentially a live radio show that runs for 30 minutes. “As we move towards a new digital world we embrace new media. There is a new space for us to communicate to our audience, plus this sounds crazy and fun!”- Dave, Sam & Ash
Andy Lee confronts breakfast radio announcer
Breakfast team Nick and Sophie
at Hit 106.9
Newcastle spoke to Andy Lee
of Hamish and Andy, ahead of their latest TV show ‘True Story
’ on Nine last night. During the interview Andy revealed that Nick kissed his sister. Full details.
A Day in the Life of Deborah Clay
As one of the most powerful women in broadcast journalism, National News Director for the ARN, Deborah Clay,
shared her tips for success with Stellar in the Daily Telegraph. Full story.
Ugly Phil O’Neil and the Hot30 Countdown
At the height of the Hot30’s
popularity, Ugly Phil
quit the show and moved overseas, and now he’s revealed why. Speaking to Rachel Corbett
on her podcast You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere, the 54-year-old said he had no idea how popular the Hot30 was when he was hosting it. Full story.
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.