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Linda Wayman has resigned as General Manager of Southern Cross Austereo in WA and will leave the company at the end of March. Wayman has been juggling some serious issues around her parents' health with her responsibilities at SCA since January, and has decided that her parents must come first. More details.
Grant Broadcasters To Outsource Production
A reliable source has reported that Grant Broadcasters will make their entire production and creative team on the Sunshine Coast redundant. It’s believed that they will outsource this operation to Voices Today and will possibly have one producer to load audio from their Sunshine Coast Hub.
Alan Jones To Return To Breakfast
Alan Jones will return to 2GB and 4BC on Monday after more than four months off-air due to ill health. Jones, 75, initially went on leave in mid-November for back surgery but then had to undergo several neck operations in January.More details.
New EP For Nova Breakfast
Liza Altarejos is the new Executive Producer for Chrissie, Sam & Browny’s breakfast show on Nova 100 Melbourne.
ACE Radio Announce New GM For Gippsland Stations
The Management and Board of the ACE Radio Broadcastershas announced that David McDonald has been appointed General Manager of ACE radio stations Gippsland’s 1242 and Gippsland’s TRFM. David McDonald’s most recent role was that of CEO of Variety the Children's Charity in Queensland, before commencing his own business McDonald Consulting; specialising in communication and executive training. More details.
RTI is Back!
RTI student-led radio is ready to hit the airwaves this week with the best and freshest radio talent ready for the Australian market. Managed produced and presented by Advanced Radio students from Melbourne’s Radio Training Institute, RTI will showcase 8 personalities across 6 shows for 5 days beginning Wednesday 22 March. More details.
2DAYFM Appoints Jaben Ryan To Afternoons
Jaben Ryan has been appointed as the new 2DayFM Sydney Afternoon Announcer/Operations. He commences on Thursday 6th April.
DAB+ Only Figures Released
Projections by PwC for DAB+ digital radio show that nearly 60% of new vehicles sold in Australia in 2021 will be fitted with a digital radio, forecasting nearly double the number of current new vehicles fitted with the technology. More details.
Robert Shaw ‘No Longer Required’ On SEN
The Herald Sun reports: “Changes keep coming at SEN with a Sunday morning favourite the latest to get the chop. Former Fitzroy and Adelaide coach Robert Shaw has been told he’s no longer required on the weekly review program he’s co-hosted with Mark Fine for the past few years. Adam Cooney is his replacement."
GfK Radio Ratings Survey 1 2017 DAB+
The GfK DAB+ summary report shows the cumulative audience for digital only stations, which is the total number of different (unique) people who listen to a DAB+ only radio station in that market for at least eight minutes (one quarter-hour), in a defined period. The No 1 listened to stations were: Sydney - Edge Digital, Melbourne - Double J, Adelaide - The ‘90s iheart Radio, Brisbane - Coles Radio and Perth - Buddha. Full details.
Esperance Radio Ratings
Radio ratings were released today for the first time for the town of Esperance in the southeast corner of Western Australia. Hit FM rated No 1 with 25.6%. Next came Triple M with 23% and inn third place was ABC Esperance with 20.4%. Full results.
Commercial Radio Industry Offers
New Journalism Scholarship
The commercial radio industry has announced a new scholarship that will offer students the opportunity to work in four of Australia’s leading radio newsrooms. The Brian White Scholarship offers aspiring journalists an eight-week paid work attachment, consisting of two weeks each at Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and Nova Entertainment. Full details.
Tim Verrall Leaves EP Role
Tim Verrall has announced on social media he's leaving his position as EP of Nova's Chrissie, Sam and Browny breakfast show.
Jane Huxley to depart Pandora ANZ
Pandora has announced that its inaugural Managing Director for the ANZ region, Jane Huxley, is leaving Pandora to pursue other opportunities. Huxley says: “it’s been an amazing ride at Pandora, and I’m so proud of all we have achieved. During my time we have grown a listener base of over 5 million registered users.”
Vale John Burnley (1938-2017)
Well known Australian radio announcer and programmer John Burnley died in Brisbane on Sunday afternoon (March 19). He was 78. John was recently admitted to the Wesley Hospital having spent the last few days in the care of the Wesley Palliative Care Unit. He hadn’t been well for some time having suffered a heart attack two years ago. John started as a youngster with 7HT in his hometown of Hobart. He also worked at: 7HO, 7LA, 7EX, 2GB, 2UE, 2SM, 6KY, 6IX, 2CC, 4BK, 4BC, 4BH and Star FM. More details (courtesy of Wayne Mac).
Dave Nicholson’s New Gig
Dave Nicholson is leaving NG Media in WA and is heading off to 2EC Bega as Mornings/Assistant Content Director. He commences on March 27.
Dave Howard Leaving Launceston
Dave Howard has resigned from his position of Content Director of LAFM, CHILLI and 7SD. His last day is April 13th. Dave told JJ: “This wasn't an easy decision for me after rebuilding LAFM, CHILLI and 7SD over the past 19 months. In addition to that, I also built and launched Tasmania Talks on 5 stations across Tasmania. We even won 3 ACRAS for our first 12 months of Tasmania Talks.” He doesn’t have any plans at this stage but says he is looking for a new gig and is ready for a new challenge. Former PD Steve Segale who's been the breakfast producer at sister station HOFM returns as PD from April 18th.
Crocmedia AFL Commentary Team
An array of Australian football’s biggest names will form part of Crocmedia’s AFL Nation expert commentary team in 2017. Crocmedia has unveiled its full list of expert commentators, including 13 of Australia’s best and most successful ex-players, coaches and opinion-makers. Peter Donegan and Sandy Roberts return to lead the call team, with Stephen Quartermain making his long-awaited return to the commentary box to call Saturday afternoon football on AFL Nation. Full details.
Mandurah Radio Ratings
97.3 Coast FM and 1116 6MM are the commercial radio stations serving the community for Mandurah, the second-largest city in Western Australia. The survey was conducted from 13 February to 4 March by Xtra Insights. Coast FM rated No 1 with 34%. 6MM had a 5.5% share. Full details.
Behind The Wheel Now on EON Sports Radio
Broadcasting on DAB+ across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, Behind the Wheel will be heard each Thursday evening at 7pm (Syd/Mel time), as well on the EON Sports Radio online service. More details.
Retired ABC Radio Announcer - Canberra Citizen of the Year
Retired ABC Radio Canberra announcer Alex Sloan has been named as the 2017 Canberra Citizen of the Year. She was farewelled from ABC Radio Canberra last year as she retired after a career of 27 years with the ABC. Sloan moved to Canberra in 1995 from Radio National in Sydney to do the drive program for the then 666 ABC Canberra. More details.
Graham Webb Notches Up 63 Years In Radio
Graham ‘Spider’ Webb made his radio debut aged just 17 this month on March 28, 1954. He says he intends to ride the airwaves as long as he can. Full story.
GfK Radio Ratings (Metro) - Survey 1
The first GfK Metro Radio Ratings were released today, March 14. The top rating stations remained the same. They were: Sydney - 2GB (11.3), Melbourne - 3AW (13.0), Brisbane - 97.3 (12.5), Adelaide - Mix 102.3 (12.0) and Perth - Mix 94.5 (14.3). Full details.
Entries Open For ACRAS
Radio presenters and on-air teams from around Australia will head to Melbourne again this year for the 29th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs). The awards return to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday, October 14 and entries opened on March 13. Entries for this year’s Awards close on 19 May 2017. Information about entering the Awards, categories and conditions of entry can be found at the website: http://www.acras.com.au More details.
Henry James is taking off….again!
The former Grant Broadcasters national host of OZMADE, and two time ACRA winning presenter has his sights set on a year long adventure through North America before returning to Australian radio early 2018. “This last year has been huge!” Henry exclaims. “Stepping back into my role as Music Director for SeaFM Northern Tasmania I’ve implement some great local tactics that have seen big results for both our clients and listeners. More details.
Vale John Minson (1927-2017)
Australian country music legend John Minson has passed away in Coffs Harbour. He was 89. He is remembered fondly from his time at Radio 2TM where he hosted “Hoedown” beginning in 1967. By the late ‘60s, Hoedown was so popular it was running from 7.30 to 11pm and 2TM became the ﬁrst station to be playing country music every weeknight. More details.
2CH New Line Up and Logo
Sydney’s 2CH has announced the next step in the evolution of the brand with the launch of its new on air line up and new logo design. Rod Brice, Group Content Director says, "The Easy Classics positioning will commence on air on Monday 13th March, along with the commencement of our weekday line up of Gareth McCray Breakfast, Bob Rogers Mornings, Kel Richards Afternoons, Ian Rogerson Drive and Johnny Young Nights. Our new logo is about reinforcing the localness of this iconic Sydney radio brand.” Full details.
Radio Listening Strong Over Summer
A new report released by radio audience measurement company GfK, shows metropolitan and regional radio continues to be the most engaging medium with consumers during the summer months, with nearly nine out of ten (86%) respondents indicating they listen to more radio in summer. Full story.
APN Makes New Executive Appointments
APN News & Media (APN) has announced new appointments to the Executive Team. Current CEO of ARN, Tony Kendall, will be elevated to take on a newly created APN Group Role as Chief Revenue Officer. Rob Atkinson (pictured), current CEO of Adshel, will replace Tony Kendall as the CEO at ARN. Mike Tyquin will replace Rob Atkinson as CEO of Adshel, after serving as Chief Commercial Officer since May 2014.
New Commercial Radio Industry Code of Practice
Commercial Radio Australia has welcomed the registration of the new Commercial Radio Industry Code of Practice by ACMA. Developed by the industry in consultation with ACMA, the code regulates the content of commercial radio and aims to ensure broadcasts meet community standards and attitudes while protecting the right of freedom of speech. Full details.
Kev Poulton Joins Sandra Moon on 2AY
Border AM radio station 2AY has fallen into line with its two commercial FM rivals by switching to two breakfast announcers. After six years of being a solo early morning host, Sandra Moon has welcomed a former rival as co-host. Kev Poulton, who was a breakfast presenter on FM 105.7 The River from 2011 to 2015, joined Moon on-air for the first time on Monday morning. Full story.
EON Sports Radio Struggling With Debt
Scott Gullan from the Herald Sun reports: “Remember EON Sports radio, the national 24-hour digital station that was going to revolutionise our listening habits. Glenn Wheatley was the man behind it and he famously declared at last July’s launch that rival SEN was in trouble as “we are going to do it better.” Well, six months on and the revolution has hit some problems." Full story.
Em Rusciano has quit her 2Day FM breakfast show twice
Em Rusciano has only been hosting the 2Day FM breakfast show for six weeks, but she’s already tried to quit twice. She made the confession on radio to Fifi Box during a National Breakfast Show on The Hit Network for International Women’s Day. Full story.
The ‘G Man’ Leaves CAAMA For 3KND
After three years leading the team at Melbourne’s Indigenous broadcaster 3KND, Indigenous media pioneer im Remedio is moving on. Gerry Terati Lyons has now been appointed to the position of 3KND Manager and commences on Monday March 20. Gerry has been in the broadcasting sector for over 25 years including Radio Manager at CAAMA in Alice Springs, for the past 7 years. Full story.
Pete Diskon Update
Former 2EC morning show host Pete Diskon has joined the CMTO as a trainer. Disko says he is looking forward to nurturing some of the great talent in Community Radio. In addition to his teaching role Disko is hosting a weekly magazine show on 2EAR-FM South Coast on Monday afternoon and Braidwood FM on Wednesday morning.
Wheatbelt WA Xtra Insights Survey 1/2017
ABC Great Southern WA was the top rating station in the Wheatbelt (WA) Xtra Insights survey with 23.4%. Next came SCA stations Triple M with 18.9% and Hit with 17.8%. They were followed by ABC Mid West with 9.2 %. Full details.
Tanya Has Over 23 Million Views
Canberra based Hit104.7 breakfast radio host, Tanya Hennesssy had had over 23 million views of a video she recorded in her Crace apartment last Sunday on her iPhone tackling the subject the daily make-up routine with her ‘Realistic Make-Up Tutorial’. Rifinery29 based NYC have picked up Tanya’s post and published it on their platforms. The post has received over 90,000 comments and 270,000 reactions and counting. Video clip.
Jason Matthews To Leave Hit 104.7/Mix 106.3
Jason Matthews, Hit 104.7 and Mix 106.3 CD is departing Canberra. He has accepted a new job as Branding Director for Granite Transformations in Sydney. He leaves the station on March 21.
Alex and Chris Join Vision
Vision Christian radio network have a new duo for their national afternoon program. Alex Glover, ex-Gem FM Inverell, has teamed up with Chris Gray. They made their debut on March 6.
Geoff Field’s New Role
Geoff Field has been appointed News Director at 2SER FM. He has quit his casual news role at 2SM and joined the University of Technology in Sydney as a full-time mentor to the journalism students.
National Breakfast Show for International Women’s Day
In an Australian radio first, The Hit Network will celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March with a national metro breakfast show led by its female talent. Anchored by Fox FM’s Fifi Box and 2Day FM’s Em Rusciano in Sydney, the show will also feature Abby Coleman, Hit105, Heidi Anderson, Hit92.9, Cat Lynch, Hit107, Hit Network national show hosts Ash London, Carrie Bickmore, Sam Frost and Constance Hall, as well as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman. The breakfast show will air 6-9am across metro Australia and the show will be lived streamed on hit.com.au and via Facebook Live.
New GM For Grant Broadcasters
Grant Broadcasters, the owners of 5RM, Magic931 and KIX Country have appointed aa new General Manager for the local stations based in The Riverland. Greg Bakker commenced in the role on February 27 and is looking forward to building on the great work of previous managers. More details.
Ellie Moves From Workday Role
Ellie Angel-Mobbs is finishing up as a workday announcer at 2DayFM after 8 years on air. She will have a new off air content role at 2Day and will still be heard on weekend shifts.
Damon Adams Joins 5MU
5MU have welcomed Damon Adams to the team. Setting aside his teaching career, Damon has been chasing his radio dream and his hard work has paid off! Having completed his studies at the Australian Radio School with Sean Craig Murphy and working regularly on Adelaide community radio, Damon is looking forward to filling-in for 5MU’s Afternoon Personality Adam Connelly, who’ll be taking some time off to take care of his baby girl on Paternity Leave. More details.
Deb Clay Promotion
Deb Clay has been promoted to the role of ARN National News Director. She’s responsible for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth news.
Xavier Joins Weekend Brekky
Former West Coast/Hawthorn player Xavier Ellis will be heard on hit92.9 Perth weekend breakfast. He joins Heidi, from Heidi, Will and Woody for the new weekend show.
Grant Johnstone’s New Role
Grant Johnstone is now the General Manager with ACE Digital. Prior to this appointment he was GM for TRFM and 1242 Gippsland for 11 years.
Buzz Joins FOX
Hit105 Afternoons announcer Chris ‘Buzz’ Bezzina has joined FOX FM in Melbourne in the role of Announcer & Operations Manager. Buzz got his start in Gosford, before spending 2 years in Brisbane at hit105.
ACE Radio To Launch ACE Digital
The ACE Radio Board has announced the creation of a new business unit within the ACE Radio network. ACE Digital will be headed up by General Manager Grant Johnstone, and will commence operations on Monday March 6th, 2017. As well as an internal marketing role, ACE Digital is charged with securing and growing traditional network income. More details.
Sydney’s 2CH First New Appointment For 2017
EON Broadcasters, owners of Sydney’s 2CH, has announced its first new appointment after taking over the station from Macquarie Media in January. Ian Rogerson will be joining the 2CH on-air team from Monday 13th March in “Drive” from 3pm to 7pm Monday to Friday. More details.
New Committee Swept Into Restore Bay FM 100.3
After months of internal disruption, members of the Bay FM have re-elected President James Harling and Secretary Marcus Fitz-Gerald. Both were forcibly removed from office on a baseless and invalid technicality by a number of committee members aligned to a group called "Friends of Bay FM". Bay FM is a Queensland community station based in the Redlands region. More details.
On Friday 31st March, 919 Sea FM’s BarRat & Jess will walk 12 hours straight from Caloundra, heading north, in order to raise much needed funds for local 5 year old, Chase. Full story.
2WS News Journos Reunion 1978-1993
A 2WS News Journos Reunion will be held on Friday, May 5 at 7 PM - 11:30 PM. It’s on at Karma Room Pyrmont Point Hotel 59 Harris Street Pyrmont. Any 2WS News Journos from 1978 to 1993 are welcome (1224 AM days). Book by contacting Glenn Daniel at email@example.com
3SA Students Get Together
A few radio mates and former students from the 3SA radio school are getting together for a little reunion to coincide with the 63rd anniversary of the 3SA radio school. They will meet at The Grosvenor Hotel on the corner of Grosvenor St & Brighton Road and just up the street from the old 3SA studios at St Kilda. It's on Saturday 25th March from 7pm. All are welcome.
‘Jonesy’ Named Australia’s
Hottest Radio Hunk
WSFM announcer Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones beat more than 40 radio announcers to the title of ‘Hottest Radio Hunk.’. After over 5000 votes were cast, Jonesy was surprised on air by his WS-FM co-host Amanda Keller and Take 5 Editor-in-chief, Paul Merrill.Full story.
94 9 Power FM Gives Away $20,000!
On Saturday the 11th of March, Power FM’s Boot of Loot was cracked open! From 4000 entries, Ten finalists made it through to the final draw at the Country Motor Company in Bomaderry. From those Ten, one finalist Susan Cannan Ambler from Milton had her chance to win. Susan selected car number 17 and inside the boot was an envelope containing the $20,000-dollar prize! The General Manager of Power FM, Peter Perrin was delighted the $20,000 went off, saying “We love our winners here at Power FM.” YouTube.
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.