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Peter Bell - New ABC Brekky Host
Peter Bell has been appointed as the new host of 720 ABC Perth's breakfast show. The former Fremantle AFL footballer and 6PR drive host will join the station in late August. He will replace James Lush.
Simon Baggs Moving OnSimon Baggs
has left KIIS 101.1
Melbourne. the KIIS FM breakfast anchor has spent three years with KIIS in both Sydney and then Melbourne.
Guy Joins Classic Hits Stream
Guy Mylecharane has been appointed as a network announcer for the Classic Hits stream on Local Works based out of Albury. Guy was previously with 2MC FM Port Macquarie.
4CC Signs Rune Petersen
Rune Petersen has joined 4CC AM in Gladstone. Rune left Danish radio in 1999 and for several years worked with SCA. He is currently working as an account manager.
Brooke Off To Brisbane
Brooke Littler is moving from SCA Cairns to Triple M/hit 105 in Brisbane. Brooke is the daughter of Mark Littler who is the current breakfast host on SEA FM Cairns.
Bruce Mellett To Retire
Bruce Mellett, ABC radio’s ’Voice of The Riverland’ will retire in August. Bruce has spent more than 30 years with the ABC and was appointed Regional Manager of ABC Riverland in 1993 and currently hosts the weekday 10-11am program.
ACRAs and National Radio Conference
The radio industry’s annual events, the gala Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) and the National Radio Conference (NRC) are back in Melbourne this October and tickets go on sale today (July 25). The conference is on Friday, 7 October and the highlight of the radio industry’s calendar the 28th annual ACRAs on Saturday, 8 October. More details.
Rod Henshaw Celebrates 50 Years On Radio
Raised in the nation’s capital as a young lad, Rod started his career at 2GN Goulburn before moving to 2CA, and later had stints in Adelaide, 2CC in it's early days and then established himself as successful talk presenter on Brisbane's 4BC and the ABC. He recently moved back to Canberra and is a part of the team at 2CC.
Fire crews called to deliberately-lit fires at 6PR
Two small fires have been lit outside the offices of commercial radio station 6PR
and the WAtoday
in East Perth, shortly after a heated on-air discussion about Islam and immigration. But the station's general manager Barrie Quick
and presenters stressed there was no evidence of a link at this stage. Fire crews were called to the Hay Street building soon after 10:00am to put out the fires outside a storeroom exit and emergency exit at the entrance. Full story.
6PR announcer Bob Maumill
says he hopes the fire was not racially motivated. Full story.
Ben Cullen’s PromotionBen Cullen
has been appointed Assistant Program Director for Hot 91.1
and Zinc 96
on the Sunshine Coast.
Nigel Johnson Resigns From Mix 106.3
Mix 106.3 Canberra Drive Show host Nigel Johnson has resigned. After almost 19 years working in various roles at Hit104.7 and sister station Mix 106.3, Nigel has decided it’s time for a career change and has accepted a role at ACT ESA (Emergency Services Agency) in the Media and Communications Team. Nigel took on the Drive shift at Mix 106.3 in February after many years as part of Canberra’s Hit104.7 Breakfast show. His last day on air will be Friday 29 July 2016. Rob Duckworth will be taking over the Drive shift on Mix106.3 from August 1 until September 17 which is the end of the Survey 3 and final ratings period in Canberra for the year.
Radio Release Scores Election Win
Radio Release® has proven its value throughout the Federal Election period, with its grabs featuring in no less than 1,200 separate radio news reports in the lead-up to polling day and the immediate aftermath. Managing Director, Dan Wilson, says: “If you consider the full impact of networking, we could be looking at thousands of hits during the election period alone”. More details.
Greg Burns Frightening Debut
one of the UK's best known broadcasters, has debuted on mornings on Nova 96.9
Sydney. However thanks to brekky hosts Fitzy & Wippa
he was stitched up and believe he wasn't on air. Video
2016 CBAA Conference Scholarships
The CBAA is excited to announce and congratulate the recipients of the 2016 CBAA Conference Scholarships, which are valued at almost $1,100 each and assist 10 community radio station representatives with costs to attend the CBAA Conference. The 2016 Scholarship Recipients include: Sarah Hammond
, 88.9FM Hills Radio, SA (pictured), Becky Cole,
CHY FM, NSW, Gemma Sidney,
Vision Australia, WA, Alison Hanly,
Main FM, VIC, Erin Liddle,
CAAMA, NT, Rheanna Leschke,
Valley FM 95.9, QLD, Fiona Branch,
4RFM, QLD, Cassandra Klabbers
, Smart FM 99.1, VIC, Diane Hamilton,
Radio 4YOU, QLD and Pam Rolley,
King Island Radio 100.9 FM, TAS. Full details.
Matt Bern Appointed Station Manager
A radio guru with more than 20 years’ experience on the airwaves has become the new station manager at 104.1 Territory FM. Matt Bern
said he would help to sustain the Top End station’s strong listenership and quality radio programming. More details.
Hot FM’s New Brekky DuoLauren “Loggy” Temuskos
has teamed up with Guy “Cliffo” Clifton
to head breakfast on HOT FM
Townsville. Lauren moves from Coast FM
Warrnambool and replaces replacing Bec Lee
who has joined the ABC.
Nick Randall ResignsNick Randall, Macquarie Media
National Sales Manager, has tendered his resignation. Randall joined the company in 2013 as National Sales Director after 13 years with SCA
Alexandra Factor’s New Role.
After eight and a half years with 3AW Melbourne, Sports Editor Alexandra Factor has left the station. Her new role is Corporate Communications Manger at Flemington VRC.
Unlicensed ‘Pirate' Radio Station Fined
vividly recalls how he felt the moment investigators from the nation’s broadcasting watchdog walked into his West Wollongong home on February 29 armed with a search warrant. Full story.
New Juice Brekky Duo
Michael Connell (pictured) has left the Juice FM Gold Coast breakfast show. He’s been replaced by station drive host Chris B who joins Gosha as new breakfast co-host.
Vale Glenn Gale
Glenn Gale, South Australian radio announcer, has passed away after a battle with cancer. Glenn worked at 5MU, 5KA and interstate before returning to Adelaide. In 2002, after 30 years as a broadcaster he said he was “happy” to be out of radio. He retired from the industry when he left 5MU Murray Bridge in 2002, He began his career at 3MA Mildura in 1971. In the ‘90s he toured as a promotions/marketing man and spruiker/commentator with stunt rider and daredevil Clarry Jones. In the late 60s he also worked as a spruiker at Harris Scarfe. (Photo courtesy of Radio Green Room.)
Elka Whalan Joins ARN Newsroom
Australian Radio Network has announced that Australian swimming champion, multiple medalist and dual Olympian Elka Whalan will join the ARN news team as a commentator during the Games in August. Elka will be heard nationally across the ARN Pure Gold and KIIS networks from August 5 to 21.
Anthony Joins Scott On Brekky
Anthony Laffranchi, former NRL player (now Titans footy manager) is making a return to radio, joining Scott Mayman for Breakfast on Radio 97 / FM104.1 Gold Coast. In a segment called "Laffranchi's Locker-room". Anthony will provide commentary on the events shaping rugby league as well as his tips for the round, each Thursday morning. (Photo: Laffranchi and Mayman). More details.
The first radio ratings survey to be undertaken in the Queensland city of Bundaberg were released today, as part of an initiative to promote regional radio. Hitz FM
is the top rating station with 23.3 % (people 10+) followed by SEA FM
with 22%. Full details. Press release.
Diana Simons On Bay FM
Diana Simons, former announcer at Gold FM Gold Coast, is filling in at BAY FM 93.9 in Geelong. She can be heard on the morning shift 10am-2pm for the next 3 months while Mark Hyland is on long service leave.
NOVA Appoints Michael Graham
NOVA Entertainment has announced the appointment of Michael Graham to the role of Commercial Director for the Brisbane Sales team. Michael will report directly to Jay Walkerden, Brisbane General Manager and Program Director, and Peter Charlton, NOVA Entertainment’s Group Sales Director, and will commence in the role in October 2016.
Vodafone to showcase 4G through Nova Network Vodafone
has announced it will demonstrate the reliability of its network with an Australian-first partnership that will see Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty
national Drive show broadcast through the Vodafone 4G network. For six weeks commencing Monday 11 July, Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty will be broadcast through Vodafone’s 4G network to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth from 4pm to 6pm weekdays.
Ex Big Brother Contestant Makes Herself at Home on Zinc
Zinc 100.7 Townsville welcomes former Big Brother contestant, Jess Hardy to the Breakfast timeslot starting Monday July 11. Joining her is New Zealand radio veteran Vinnie Aston who has worked for The Rock, More FM Tauranga among others throughout his 22 year career. This is his first radio gig in Australia. Making way for Vinnie and Jess is long-time breakfast host Karina Bennett who is moving to mornings .
NOVA 100'S Chrissie, Sam & Browny Launch TVC Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny
will take their breakfast show to television screens when their new television commercial airs on 10 July. The television commercial follows a comprehensive marketing awareness campaign that has seen Nova 100’s new breakfast show feature across outdoor, print and digital plus take overs of Melbourne’s iconic train stations’ Southern Cross and Flinders Street. Video.
Hundreds Attend Eoin Cameron’s Funeral
Hundreds of people gathered at St Mary’s Cathedral to celebrate the life of ABC
Perth radio broadcaster Eoin Cameron
, who died last month aged 65. Mourners included Premier Colin Barnett, former Premier Richard Court, members of Perth's media and many of Cameron's former ABC colleagues. Full story.
Radio Ad Revenue Up
Commercial radio finished the financial year on a positive note, with advertising revenue for metropolitan stations reaching $775.464 million in 2015/16, up 5.88% compared to the previous year, according to figures sourced by Deloitte
and released by Commercial Radio Australia
(CRA). Full details.
Kane Cornes On FIVEaaKane Cornes
will co-host FIVEaa’s
top-rating Adelaide afternoon sports show in the summer period. Kane is a former AFL player with Port Adelaide and the son of Graham Cornes.
Xtra Research Becomes Xtra Insights
has recently rebranded and unveiled a new logo. Xtra Research,
now Xtra Insights, ensuring a greater emphasis on providing clients with actionable insights. “While it’s critical to have well structured, targeted surveys,”
Paul Amos, founder of Xtra Insights, explains, “it is our unique knowledge and decades of experience that gives us the edge to ensure we provide important insights crucial to success”. Full details.
Xtra Insights Radio Survey - Maryborough
Radio ratings for the historical town of Maryborough in Queensland were released today. Local stations 101.9 SEA FM and MIX 103.5 FM are a part of the first survey to be released since 1999. SEA FM was the top rating station with 34.8%. They were also No 1 in breakfast. More details.
Another Close Canberra Result
have narrowly won the latest GfK
radio survey in Canberra. ABC rated 15% just ahead of hit104.7
on 14.7% then MIX 106.3
on 14.6% (-3.3). ABC 666 was a clear winner in breakfast with 21.8%. Full details.
Vale Rod Tiley
Veteran Australian radio announcer Rod Tiley
has died aged 66 on Tuesday (July 5) after a nine month battle with cancer. "Mr T" as he was affectionately known, joined Radio 6PR
in Perth in 2011 following a successful career in Queensland spanning almost four decades. More details
GfK Metro Ratings 4/2016
Survey 4 Metro were released today. Nova 106.9
have returned to No 1 in Brisbane with 13.7 % (+1.6) and MIX 102.3
have topped the ratings in Adelaide with 12.6% (0.8). Talk stations 2GB
(11.6%) and 3AW
(14.8%) continued their dominance in Sydney and Melbourne. It was also another yet another win in Perth to Mix 94.5
with 15.3% (+0.6). Full Details.
Star 102.7’s Barry Lea Is A Survivor
Star 102.7 Cairns announcer Barry Lea has been named as one of 24 castaways in the reality TV show Australian Survivor. The new season will be filmed in Samoa. Lea, 44, is a weekend and fill-in announcer at Star and is also involved with the weekday brekky show. The former rugby player also worked at MOB FM Mt Isa for several years as their production manager.
Deborah Welch Leaves Radio Adelaide
Deborah Welch has finished her role as Manager of Radio Adelaide. She had been with the station for 24 years and held the position as General Manager for 17 years before the station recently moved. The station was previously owned by the University of Adelaide. Deborah is also Strategic Communications Consultant of QRAM - Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media.
Alison Geale Replaces Nick Scott
Alison Geale will replace Nick Scott as General Manager at SCA on the Gold Coast. She will oversee Sea FM, Gold FM and the SCA TV brands. Alison has been working as the Director of Sales at Southern Cross Austereo Brisbane.She will take over the role on July 4.
AFL Radio Rights Hot Up
is ready to swoop, while a new digital player in the sports radio broadcast market - sponsored by a company chaired by Andrew Demetriou
- has expressed official interest in securing a slice of the AFL rights. EON Sports Radio
, established by music industry veteran Glenn Wheatley
will begin broadcasting a 24-7 sports radio network next month. Full story.
Rachel Off To Horsham
Rachel Hayter is moving to Horsham! She is joining the ABC Western Victoria team.
Toowoomba Xtra Research Ratings
Radio ratings for the city of Toowoomba in Queensland’s Darling Downs region, were released today (June 28) for the first time since 2000. Hot FM
rated No 1 with 31%. Next came ABC Local
with 14.3% then 4GR
9.2%, triple j
8.2% and 4WK
with 3.4%. More details.
Richard Fowler To Leave GOLD FM
Gold Coast radio announcer Richard Fowler
will step back from Gold FM’s
hit breakfast program to take care of his sick mother in New Zealand. The Richard, Bridge and Spida
show co-host said he hoped to work with 92.5 again in the near future but had made the tough call to turn his back on fulltime broadcasting to cross the ditch. Gold Coast Bulletin
Random Radio News
The Great Debate In New England
Leading up to the recent Federal Election, Radio 88.9fm ran a debate with candidates for the New England Electorate. The seat of New England was covered by national and local media with the spotlight on Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and previous independent candidate Tony Windsor was thrashed out at Tamworth’s Capitol Theatre. It was broadcast live on 88.89fm. Station CEO George Frame said the station’s audio streaming drew considerable response from media and listeners across Australia. (Barnaby Joyce won the seat comfortably.)
Jess Going Hairless For Homeless
After 16 months in her first radio position at NOWFM in Moree, Jess Scully is taking part in her first big radio stunt/charity event - going hairless for homeless. Jess reports: “My hair is 47cm long and I am raising money for our local homeless service in Moree as we have a high prevalence of homelessness in the community. I'm also donating all the hair, as its never been dyed, to Variety to make wigs for kids. All the information is up on my blog ( hairlesssforhomeless.wordpress.com ), the chop is happening Friday July 23 at the trivia night to raise money for the homelessness service.
The website I contribute to The Big Smoke has given me some support to their 20k+ followers. ( thebigsmoke.com.au/2016/07/20/lopping-off-hair-homeless ) There are also local magazine clippings on the blog, and details on NOWFM's facebook page. ( facebook.com/NowFM ).
Smooth FM Reveals Their Secrets of Success
In this week’s radio ratings Smooth FM
became Sydney’s most-listened to FM station. It is also gaining major ground in Melbourne after just four years on air, as Australia quickly succumbs to the slow comforting charms of easy-listening music. Full story.
Former triple j Announcer Faces Court
Former celebrity triple J radio DJ Michael Tunn faces court in Adelaide for shoplifting. When he was 17, he was the voice of his generation - Australia’s youngest radio announcer and the hottest personality on Triple J’s era-defining broadcasts. On Tuesday, the Adelaide Magistrates Court heard illness, stress and bipolar disorder had taken a sad toll on Michael “Tunny” Tunn, leading to his arrest for shoplifting. Full story.
Territory FM To Host A Drive In Night
For the first time in more than 30 years, Darwinites will be able to go to the drive-in. Territory FM is hosting a retro throwback to the days of sitting in a car and tuning a radio into a film in front. Full story.
Canberra’s Convoy For Cancer
The Cancer Support Group is delighted to announce that Capital Radio’s 1206 2CC
and Forever Classic 1053 2CA
have become supporters of the Convoy for Cancer Families. 2CC and 2CA will replace FM104.7 as the major sponsor of the Convoy and will host the Lead Truck and Lead Bike auction. The Cancer Support Group would like to thank FM 104.7 for their support. Full details.
Radio Promotes LG’s Digital Radio Smartphone
Commercial radio has hit the airwaves with a $5 million integrated marketing campaign to promote the LG Stylus DAB+
, the world’s first smartphone with built-in broadcast digital radio. The six-week campaign includes radio, out of home, online and paid social media, with a series of four radio ads to run across all metropolitan commercial and selected SBS radio stations. Hear the ads.