Charles Firth, Andrew Hansen, Dom Knight and Chris Taylor, will be on Triple M Sydney for 12 weeks, Monday – Friday 11am-1pm. The show will also be available via streaming, radio app and podcast etc. Their program will run for 12 weeks.
Finalists And Host Announced for Siren Awards
The best radio ad of 2017 will be battled out between 10 of Australia’s leading agencies and production studios from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth as part of the national Siren Awards, which will be announced next month. Stand-up comedian and Fox FM, Melbourne breakfast presenter, Dave Thornton will host this year’s Siren Awards in Melbourne on 11 May. A full list of finalists and details in the attached release. Listen to the finalists here.
Gfk Metro Survey 2, 2017
2GB remained the No 1 station in Sydney with 11.6% with 3AW still No 1 in Melbourne with 13.8%. Nova in Brisbane had an increase of 2.8% and are now on 13.8%. MIX102.5 are still at No 1 in Adelaide with 12.5% and MIX 94.5 rated No 1 in Perth with 14.5%. It was a disastrous start for Talking Lifestyle in Melbourne and Brisbane. Both stations recorded losses in all shifts. Talking Lifestyle recorded the lowest rating breakfast show in Melbourne with just 1.1 % and in Brisbane with 1.3%. Full details.
Richard Fowler Joins 94.1
Richard Fowler, ex-Gold FM, will be heard on breakfast at Gold Coast community station 94.1FM weekdays from 5am to 9am. He’ll replace Gary Boughen who will move to drive 3pm to 7pm weekdays.
Nova’s Matt De Groot Joins Y7
Nova’s Matt de Groot has joined Y7 as their newest Y7Be columnist. Matt will be writing about lifestyle, dating, nightlife, men’s fashion and male grooming on the site’s Lifestyle and Entertainment section. Along with his News role on Fitzy & Wippa, Matt regularly appears as a contributor on The Morning Show on 7 and Ten’s Studio 10.
Allan Aldworth Joins Triple M
Allan Aldworth, former breakfast announcer for WA’s Spirit Radio Network, is now with Triple M Great Southern.
Kingaroy - Xtra Insights Survey
Hit South Burnett rated No 1 in the Xtra Insights survey with 23%. ABC Southern Queensland were next with 16.3% and then 4SB with 7.8%. Hit South Burnett rated No 1 in breakfast, morning, afternoon and weekends. ABC Southern Queensland was No 1 in nights. Full details.Press Release.
Say It, See It – Voice Tracks Become Scripts
RCS has announced a breakthrough in combining voice recognition technology with studio automation. Its new Speech to Text Transcriber makes RCS the first automation company in the world to offer integrated speech recognition to identify Voice Tracks. The new tool is being demonstrated on the RCS booth at NAB, Las Vegas (North 2517). More details.
Vale ‘Chas’ Lumsden
Charles ‘Chas’ Lumsden has passed away at the age of 77. In his final years he was living on the Sunshine Coast. He worked for several stations including 7EX, 3UZ, 5KA,7HT, 7HO 3TR and 4AY. He was the father of Todd, Michael and Jacky. A private Service was held on Thursday, April 20. (Chas pictured from his days at 5KA.) 2014 Interview with Chas Lumsden.
End Of An Era On Classic Hits 4BU
It was the end of an era on Friday April 21 as Trevor Leutton turned off the microphone in the 4BU studio for the last time.“I started work in radio after long wanting to be part of the industry since a small boy listening to 4BC in Brisbane” said Trevor. Full story.
Arthur Muhl Back In Brisbane
Arthur Muhl, former ABC Geraldton breakfast announcer, has returned to Brisbane as the new Content Director of Brisbane's 96five. He was a part-time employee at 96Five (then Family Radio) in the early '80s when they were located at the Bible College of Queensland and he was doing the Breakfast Show for the station via ethnic broadcaster 4EB.
Rohan Edwards Back To 2DAY
Rohan Edwards is leaving KIIS and returning to 2DayFM Sydney as Assistant Music Director/On Air Floater on Monday 19th June. He commenced his career with the 2Day FM Street Team.
Studio Named In Eoin Cameron’s Honour
Eoin Cameron’s regional radio roots have been officially recognised when the main studio at the ABC Great Southern in Albany was named in honour of the veteran broadcaster.
ABC’s main Albany studio is now the Eoin Cameron Studio after the shock death of the 65-year-old in June, while a three-month paid radio internship will also be launched in his honour. Full story. (Eoin pictured in the Albany studios in '60s.)
Matt Newell To Anchor Dad
Matt Newell is replacing Steve Segale as anchor and producer of the 7HO FM Hobart breakfast show hosted by his father Mick alongside his new co-host Maria Foundas. In the meantime, Steve Segale has taken on the position of 7LA Launceston Program Director.
triple j New MD
Nick Findlay is now the Music Director at triple j, following Richard Kingsmill's new role as Group Music Director across a number of ABC Radio properties. Findlay has been at triple j for over 10 years, and has worked alongside Kingsmill. Kingsmill will continue to host 2017, his Sunday night program showcasing new music.
MIX 106.3 Win Canberra Ratings
Mix 106.3 rated No 1 with 20.2% (+4.3) in the latest GfK Canberra ratings. They were followed by sister station hit 104.7 with 18.4% (+2.5). ABC Canberra came third with 12.3%(-2.2). Full details.
Mel Dee & The Big C
5MU/Power FM Murray Bridge PD and announcer Mel Dee Dzelde is battling cancer. She announced on Facebook: “For those of you who don't know yet, I've been diagnosed with rectal cancer, with secondary cancers in the liver. I'll be having chemo, radio therapy and liver and bowel surgery. Wow what a big year I'm about to experience. Gladly I'm in the "Curative Stage" so I've got this!" Her good friend Claire Murphy has set up a Go Fund Me support page to help Mel with her financial needs. Mel has already used up sick leave and annual leave and is facing a year of little to no income while her husband Chris Dzelde also takes time off to take care of her. Full details.
Rohan Chabaud Moves to SCA
Rohan Chabaud is leaving 3NE/Edge Wangarattais heading to Southern Cross Austereo at Albury. He’s accepted a fulltime role as Commercial Producer.
Mardi Cole Back Playing Music
Mardi Cole was back on 2CH Sydney over the weekend as a music presenter. In recent times she’s been heard as a traffic reporter.
Daisy Joins Triple M
Daisy Pearce, six-time Helen Lambert medallist and AFLW player, has joined Triple M’s AFL footy call. Daisy called her first game on Saturday – Carlton v’s Gold Coast Suns – and will be back on 23rd April calling the Hawthorn v West Coast Eagles game from the MCG.
Tina Arena Returns To Smooth
Tina Arena is returning for the fifth time to join the smoothfm weekend line up to host her own show from this Sunday 16 April to Sunday 7 May as well as a Mother’s Day special on Sunday 14 May. Tina Arena recently released a new double album ‘Greatest Hits & Interpretations’ that celebrates her music career and includes hits such as Chains, Burn, You Set Fire To My Life and Sorrento Moon.
Mark Hales Moves To Nova
Mark Hales, Music Director and Morning Announcer at River 94.9 Ipswich has left. He joins Nova Entertainment as podcasting operations manager. Greg 'Woody' Wood will take on the MD role.
ARN has welcomed seasoned journalist Natasha Exelby to Sydney’s KIIS 1065 as guest breakfast newsreader. Natasha will read breakfast news on KIIS 1065 next week, 6am – 9am from Monday, April 17 – 21, while The Kyle & Jackie O Show is on survey break. The Kyle & Jackie O Show, including newsreader Brooklyn Ross, will be back on-air from April 24.
Chaser Boys On Triple M
Triple M Sydney will reunite four of the original Chaser team members: Andrew Hansen, Dom Knight, Chris Taylor and Charles Firth. They will present a daily radio show for a 12 week season from Monday 1 May.
Bugs, Bulldogs, Broncos and a Brand New Breakfast Show for Bundaberg’s Hitz939
This week the brand new breakfast show kicked off on Hitz939 in Bundaberg. Matthew Ambrose made the move north from Magic FM, Port Augusta teaming up with Tracey Sergiacomi. The week begun with a commitment ceremony that degenerated into paying out each other’s NRL team. Full story.
Hot Tomato Appoints Graham Miles As CEO
The parent company of 102.9 Hot Tomato, has appointed current radio station General Manager Graham Miles into the role of CEO. The Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company, which also owns the myGC website, said in a statement that the company’s Board appointed Mr Miles to the position “based on his expertise, experience and long term management of the business”.
Marc Dwyer Leaves Star 104.5
Marc Dwyer has been appointed Creative Writer at SCA's 2DayFM and Triple M in Sydney. He will be leaving Star 104.5 Gosford in four weeks.
The Bachelor's Alex Nation Announces New Radio Role
Alex Nation became a household name after capturing the heart of Richie Strahan on last year's The Bachelor Australia. She is now looking at a stint on radio. Alex, aged 25, will debut as a radio co-host alongside Luke Forrest and Jay Bruno on Melbourne community station Southern FM's 'The Drive Out with Jay, Foz and Alex'.
National Community Radio Awards Entries Open
The 2017 CBAA Community Radio Awards are now open for entries. These national awards celebrate excellence in community broadcasting across 20 categories. Community radio stations with programs, initiatives or practices that have increased their capability and improved the services offered to that station's community are encouraged to apply. or more information and to enter, head to the CBAA website: www.cbaa.org.au/awards
Tim Aquilina Off To Cairns
Tim Aquilina, Assistant Content Director of EON Broadcasters, is leaving the Sunshine Coast. After 4 years with MIX/SEA FM he’s accepted a programming role as Content Director with Triple M/Hit103.5 FM in Cairns. (See ‘Radio Jobs’.)
Dubbo Radio Survey
Hit 93.5 (formerly Star FM) rated No 1 in the latest Xtra Insights radio survey. Hit 93.5 were 24.9% (all people 10+), followed by 2DU with 20.6% and ZOO FM 17.1%. Hit 93.5 rated No 1 in breakfast. 2DU was a clear leader in mornings and nights. Full details.
Greig Bolderrow Announces Retirement
Greig 'Boldy' Bolderrow has retired from radio. His final day was March 31. Greig began his career as a teenage announcer but will be best remembered for his 33 years as General Manager for Southern Cross Austereo in Wide Bay.
Karen-Louise Allen Moves To Macquarie
Karen-Louise Allen has left ARN Sydney. She is moving to Macquarie Media in the role of Direct Sales Manager, Sydney.
Neil Bradshaw Appointed GM
Neil Bradshaw has been appointed as General Manager Fraser Coast Maryborough and Hervey Bay with responsibility for Hit101.9 and Triple M Fraser Coast 103.5 as well as the Nine TV brands in Maryborough. He was the Wide Bay General Sales Manager. He replaces Greig Bolderrow who has retired (see above).
Vale Rob Jackson
Rob 'Jacko' Jackson, former announcer and journalist/newsreader, has died aged 70. Rob joined the 2EC Bega - Batemans Bay team in 1985 as a journalist. He came to 2EC after 11 years with 2WG Wagga Wagga. More details.
ABC News Social Media Accounts To Merge
On April 10, ABC News will have a new look – on air and online. As part of these changes they are consolidating their ABC News social media accounts. They are deactivating their ABC News 24 Facebook account and moving existing fans into the ABC News account. Full details.
Ben Erbsland New Late Night Host
Ben Erbsland will move from Nova 100 Melbourne to host Late Nights across the Nova Network. Ben is currently weekend announcer for Nova 100 in Melbourne and works with the programming team in an operations role. Ben got his start in radio by volunteering with the breakfast radio show at Fresh FM 92.7 Adelaide.
The recent job opening at 2AY Albury has been filled. Anthony Thompson will transfer within the ACE Network to take on the Content Director/Producer role. He begins work in Albury this Monday. A role for a Content Director at 3HA/Mixx FM now exists. see ‘Radio Jobs.’
New Role For Harnsle Job
Harnsle Joo, a former Junior Editorial Assistant at Mamamia Women’s Network, has been appointed Associate Producer at 2GB Sydney. She replaces Gabriella Power.
Harvie Retires From SCA Board
Peter Harvie, Commercial Radio Radio Hall of Fame inductee, has retired from the board of Southern Cross Austereo.
The Radio Industry’s Shonky Secrets
An anonymous radio announcer writes: “During the 14 years of my life spent working in the commercial radio industry, the possibility of being shamed on the ABC’s Media Watch program was always in the back of my mind. That’s exactly where NOVA Radio Network ended up on Monday night after apparently duplicating winners in a competition for Adele tickets in both Sydney and Melbourne, claims which it denied. You can watch the Media Watch segment here. Full story from The New Daily.
2AY Loses Content Director
Brandon Hughes is moving on from 1494 2AY Albury after nearly 10 years with ACE. Ace Radio’s Group Content Director Mat Cummins says: “We wish him well for the future, he's a talented young man who will be missed at ACE.”
Burgo Is Back!
John “Burgo” Burgess will return to 6IX from April 22. After a year away spent focussing on east coast projects, Burgess will be back in the presenters chair from 6am to midday on Saturdays. Full story.
SCA Perth GM Resigns
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.
There were five famous voices and four brand new cars to choose from. KOFM’sStars In The Car has been the question in many Novocastrian’s minds for the past 5 weeks – Who exactly is in the car? If you named all 5 celebrity voices and in the correct order the brand new car was yours. This morning on KOFM Holly from Windale correctly identified the 5 famous voices and won herself a brand new car! Full story and audio.
Cricks Nambour And Noosa
Come To The Rescue
On Friday morning (April 7) on the Hot 91.1 reakfast with Dave, Sam & Ash they were touched by a story of a single mum whose misfortune saw her risk her own life to save her 17 month old baby. Last week, the tail end of Cyclone Debbie ripped through the Sunshine Coast leaving one single mum without a car. Penny Richards-Scott was putting her 17 month old baby into her car seat when a tree fell down on top of her Hyundai Excel, trapping her baby. Penny risked her own life to pull her baby out of the wreckage. Penny was rushed to hospital with minor injuries. Cricks Nambour and Noosa- Home of Sunshine Coast’s Best Used Cars came to the rescue LIVE on air with a Kia Rio for Penny and her baby. YouTube clip.
When Hamish Met Andy
Andy Lee has opened up about the first time he met Hamish Blake way back in 2000 when he was studying marketing at university in Melbourne. “It was really bizarre,” Andy explained. 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
‘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.
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.