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ABC Central Victoria tweets: "We've chosen to close our regional Twitter accounts due to low engagement rates, and we're redirecting our resources to existing regional Facebook pages and online sites, which have shown strong growth in user numbers during the past year."
Home Grown Aussie Podcasts Hit the Global Market
Through a growing partnership between PodcastOne US
and PodcastOne Australia
, original Australian content will now be distributed across PodcastOne’s global app and website, along with Apple Podcasts, Google Home and Amazon Alexa. More details.
Toni Lodge Joins Jase & PJ
KIIS1011's Jase & PJ have a new member to their production team. Toni Lodge who was most recently working on the KIIS night show "Celeb HQ" has now joined the team.
Hot Tomato No 1 in Gold Coast Tweed Survey
It was a great result for Hot Tomato
rating No 1 in GfK Survey 2/2018. Their share is now 15.6% (+3.5). They were also the top rating station in all sessions P10+. Next came SCA
stations Gold FM
with 11.9% (+0.7), then SEA FM
with 11.6% (-1.7). triple j
were ahead of local ABC
with 9.4% (+1.8). Full details.
David Collins remembered in Newcastle
Radio broadcaster David Collins
was farewelled on Wednesday by those who knew the man best and described him as kind, spirited, generous, affectionate, intelligent and humorous. About 150 mourners filled the Pettigrew Family Funerals chapel at Belmont to remember the life of Mr Collins, who died at age 60. The former Newcastle radio host passed away on Monday after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Full story
. (Courtesy of Newcastle Herald Sun)
Aussie Boy Signs as US Image Voice
Matt Conlan has signed as the new imaging voice for ESPN Portland (USA).Matt has spent two decades working in both on-air and off-air roles around Australia including 3AW, 4BH, 4BC, 2GZ, 3BA and 8HA. In 2006 He won the ACRA for Best Talk Presenter (Country) and now works as a full time voice over artist based in the Northern Territory. Portland is the 22nd largest radio market in the USA and ESPN is operated by media giant Entercom Communications.
Rural Broadcaster Rob McConchie Signs Off
ABC's Country Hour announcer, Rob McConchie has signed off. Rob was one of the first female rural reporters in SA and Queensland and became a major player of rural broadcasting. Rob also served in the Canberra press gallery before returning to Queensland as the driving force of Country Hour.
Alison Cameron Appointed CEO of Grant Broadcasters
Alison Cameron is now the CEO of the family-owned regional radio broadcaster Grant Broadcasters. Alison was previously chief operating officer and takes over from Grant Cameron, who becomes a non-executive chairman. Janet Cameron, the long-standing previous chair, will remain as a board member. Dugald Cameron will continue his role to manage the family’s investment portfolio and remains as an executive member of the board. Grant Broadcasters is now searching for a new chief operating officer.
Another 4GG Personality Passes On
Tony Schmidt, best known for his time as a salesman and news presenter on 4GG on the Gold Coast, has died at the age of 86. Before joining 4GG at their opening in 1967 he worked at 2MW. Two other 4GG personalities who have passed on in 2018 are Bert Robertson and Maurie Service. Funeral details will be posted soon. Our love to his daughter Marg, husband Phil and family.
Johnny Wilson Leaves Magic
Berri breakfast co-host Johnny Wilson has left. He says: "Working there for the past year and a half has been a fantastic learning experience. It is now time for me to take the next step on my radio journey."
He's now based in Adelaide. (See 'Radio Jobs'
if you think you can fill his shoes.)
Vale David Collins (1957-2018)
Former top rating KO FM
Newcastle breakfast presenter David Collins
passed away overnight after a battle with cancer. He was 60 years of age. For 22 years he co-hosted breakfast with Tanya Wilks
on KO-FM. The English born personality was also heard on 2WS
from 1978 for around 12 years as well as 2HD.
After stepping down from breakfast at KOFM he moved into the drive shift. More details.
David Schwarz, Mark Allen abandon $1m legal battle
David Schwarz and Mark Allen have walked away from a $1 million legal battle with Craig Hutchison’s Crocmedia empire. The pair were axed late last year as apart of Crocmedia’s takeover of the station. 'Ox' and 'Marko' went to the lawyers, claiming SEN station bosses agreed to a binding new two-year deal with the duo before the station merged with Hutchison’s Crocmedia. The duo are now heard at Macquarie Media’s new Sports Radio. (Source: Herald Sun)
David Spicer Leaves ABC
Friday the 13th was the final day for David Spicer. He tweeted: "Last day at the ABC 30 years after I started as a radio news cadet. This Twitter account will be closed. Thanks to the ABC for a great career."
Ben Davis farewells 4BC
only local Brisbane host Ben Davis
has announced his farewell on his Brisbane Live
drive program. He announced his resignation on-air this afternoon July 13. He said: “Today will be the last time that you and I will get to talk like this. I’ve handed in my resignation. I have loved every single minute of it but it comes with some sacrifice and those closest to me have sacrificed enough." More details and audio.
On Monday, a brand new 4BC Drive show will be launched with Mark Braybrook
at the helm.
Raoul Prideaux, Head of SCA Broadcast Operations and Engineering, has tendered his resignation. Raoul has been with the network for 36 years. However he will continue working with SCA as a consultant.
GfK Metro Radio Survey 4/2018
The latest GfK
Metro Survey was released today July 10. Nova 93.7
defeated longtime market leader MIX 94.5
in Perth to claim the No 1 rating spot. Nova rated 14.7%, with MIX on 13.6%. Nova in Brisbane also had a victory with Nova 106.9
rating No 1 with 12.2%. Talk stations 3AW
continued at No 1 in their respective cities of Melbourne and Sydney.
In Adelaide, Mix 102.3
continued at No 1 with 15.4%. Full details.
GfK DAB+ Survey 4/2018
n the latest Gfk
DAB+ radio survey the top digital stations were: Adelaide - The '80s iheart Radio
, Brisbane - Coles Radio,
Melbourne - The '90s iheart Radio
, Perth - smooth
and in Sydney - Edge Digital
. More details.
Hit 105 and Triple M Move To The Barracks
Brisbane's HIT 105 and Triple M are moving to new premises. They will leave their longtime headquarters at North Quay, and relocate to Level 4 at The Barracks in Petrie Terrace.
Regional Radio Eligible for Cadetship Grants
Regional commercial radio stations will be able to apply for funding to assist with the cost of hiring journalism cadets under the Federal Government’s Regional and Small Publishers Cadetships Program. The program will provide a wage subsidy or grant of up to $40,000 per journalism cadet, to help boost employment opportunities in regional media and support regional news outlets to better compete with global internet giants. Full story.
Canberra Radio Ratings 2/2018.
Mix 106.3 was No 1 in the latest GfK Canberra radio ratings with 15.8% (-2.3). Hit 104.7 was a close second with 15.4% (+0.3). In third place was ABC Canberra with 13.6 (+0.7). 2CA had a 7.9% share (+0.9) and sister station 2CC rated 5.2%. Full details.
Amber Wheatland joins Triple M Bundy
will join Triple M
Bundaberg’s breakfast team. Amber, who grew up in Mildura, is set to travel up to Bundaberg after her six and a half year gig on Hit Sunraysia’s brekky team. Full story.
Radio Legend Jeff ‘Sundo’ Sunderland Passes Away
The radio family at 1125 5MU
are devastated at the loss of their much loved and respected colleague Jeff ‘Sundo’ Sunderland.
Despite the best efforts of his colleagues, The CFS and Ambulance Crews, Sundo, aged 73, passed away at work just after midday today July 2nd. Full story.
Barry Hall fired by Triple M
Former AFL footballer Barry Hall has apologised for vulgar comments he made on live radio, on Triple M saying it was "a silly thing to say and not a reflection of who I am". Triple M sacked Hall immediately after his remarks to co-commentator Leigh Montagna during a pre-game chat in which he commented about the impending birth of Montagna's child. More details.
Livinia Nixon Joins Smooth FM As Guest Newsreader
Livinia Nixon, Nine News Weather Presenter and reporter for Getaway and Postcards, will join smoothfm 91.5 as guest Newsreader from Monday 2 July. Livinia will fill in with Mike Perso while News Journalist Jennifer Hansen is on leave. Nikole Gunn, NOVA Entertainment’s News Journalist, will take over on weekdays from 9 July. Hansen will return to the studio with Mike on Monday 23 July.
Mike Makes Move To FOX
Mike Santos from Melbourne's KIIS 1011 is on the move. Santos has been with KIIS for the past few years and has been with Jase & PJ since they launched in 2018. He's moving to FOX FM. He said on Instagram: "Last show with this group of maniacs. Though it was short, I’m so grateful to have been a part of it!"
New Breakfast show for 97.3FM – Bianca, Mike & Bob.
Mike van Acker, a Brisbane local and well-known comedian, will join 97.3FM’s breakfast team following Terry Hansen’s decision to leave the breakfast show for health reasons and to spend more time with his family. Terry has been part of 97.3FM’s Breakfast show line-up for the past 15 years and today (29 June) was his last day on air. Mike will join Bianca Dye and Bob Gallagher on air to wake up Brisbane every morning from 5.30am from July 16.
3YB And Vision Australia Radio To Switch Frequencies
Warrnambool radio station 3YB is moving to the FM frequency in a switch with Vision Australia Radio. At midday on July 2, 3YB will shift to 94.5 on FM dial while Vision Australia Radio will move to 882 AM. Full details.
New General Manager For 2QN/Edge Fm
ACE Radio is pleased to announce that Angela Frino, who started with ACE Radio 16 years ago at just 17 years of age at 3SH/MIXX FM in Swan Hill, is now the new General Manager of 2QN/Edge FM Deniliquin/Echuca. Angela has held the positions of Announcer/Copywriter at 3SH/MIXX FM Swan Hill, Program Manager at Gippsland's GOLD/TRFM Traralgon, Promotions Manager at 2AY Albury and Assistant General Manager at 2QN/EDGE FM Deniliquin/Echuca. She is also an experienced announcer who still does a regular air shift on 2QN, as well as being an Account Manager.
WAVE FM’s New Logo and Lineup
Wave FM now has a new logo (see above) and music positioner - ‘The Illawarra’s Best Music’. Brekky is now headed by Mel, Trav & Chris In The Morning. They are followed by 90 @ 9 featuring 90 minutes of 'Throwbacks to kickstart your workday'. 11am-2pm is Andy followed by Tiff from 2-6pm and then Hutsey from 6-9pm.
Nova 919 Adelaide afternoon announcer Jarrod Walsh has moved to the morning shift (9-1pm). In Brisbane, Katie Mattin returns to mornings on Nova 106.9. She was hosting the 1-4pm weekday program. This means Greg Burns' 9am-1pm national 'Mornings on Nova' show is no longer broadcast in Brisbane and Adelaide. Cale Porter (pictured below) moves from National Up Late 10pm-1am to Afternoons 1-4pm and will also be heard on national weekends.
Veronica Returns to Drive
After a short break Veronica Milsom is back on the triple j Drive show, Veronica & Lewis, from Monday 23 July. Gen Fricker has been filling in for Veronica on Drive this year. Gen moves back to the lunch time shift replacing Alex 'Dyso' Dyson.
2SER Wins At New York Festival
2SER 107.3 has been announced Silver Radio Winner and Bronze Radio Winner for Just Words at New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, which recognises the world’s best radio programs. 2SER also received Finalist certificates for its innovative Think programs, Think: Digital Futures, Think: Health and Think: Sustainability. This is the second successive year the Think programs have been honoured at NYF's Radio Awards – in 2017, Think: Health and Think: Digital Futures took out the Gold and Silver Award respectively.
Simon & Simon
Simon Marshall, former champion jockey and Simon O’Donnell, cricket, VFL and racing identity, are the hosts of 1116 SEN’s The Odds Couple show. They are heard on weekends from 8am.
Fie Cooper Leaves Mix 94.5
After 8 years as a weekend casual announcer at Perth's Mix 94.5, Fie Cooper has left the station. Fie is also known for her work as an actress and a singer.
Bree Tomasel’s New Drive Role
Bree Tomasel has been announced as a new drive co-host on ZM in New Zealand. Tomasel moved over to NZ at the start of the year and has been filming videos for the station’s social media platforms. Tomasel will be co-hosting with Clint Roberts.
Vale Darren Madigan
Queensland broadcaster Darren Madigan passed away in Far North Queensland on Friday June 15 after a long illness. After a successful career as a rep for the movie the industry, Darren turned his hand to broadcasting. His passion and love for sport led to a successful sports program on Logan Radio 101FM which later moved to the ABC on the Gold Coast. Full details.
ABC Careers Are Currently ‘On Hold’
The online recruitment system that the ABC use is currently unavailable. On 5 June 2018, PageUp, a company that provides recruitment software services to the ABC, advised that it had experienced a security incident and some personal information held by them may have been compromised. The ABC suspended the use of this service as a precautionary measure. More details.
James Royce Off To FOX/Triple M
Newsreader James Royce. Royce uploaded an image to Twitter and Instagram regarding the move. He shared : “Thanks for everything at Gold1043 and Kiis 1011. This is where my career was born and reborn, and it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. Can’t wait to get started at Triple Melbourne and FOX.”
Macquarie Media Announces New 6 Year Cricket Deal
Macquarie Media Limited
has today announced it has concluded a new six year commercial AM radio broadcast agreement with Cricket Australia,
for the coverage of all Men’s International, Women’s International & Men’s BBL in the 2018/2019 to 2023/24 seasons. Under the new agreement Macquarie Media will broadcast more games on more stations than ever before including the broadcasting of International Women’s Cricket in Australia for the first time on commercial radio. More details.
McManus & Maumill Team Up
Two radio legends, (in their own minds) "McManus and Maumill" will host 6PR Saturday night program, as a "two-hander audition"; with a view to eventually being drafted by a radio station somewhere in country Australia. Tony McManus says: "After playing the straight man to dozens of radio hacks for decades; (mostly with total indifference), he can now include irrepressible, Bob Maumill to that list." Industry insiders say, "this is bigger than the recent Trump and Kim Jong Un meeting." However many others commented, "it's well known they're both only in it, for the complimentary movie tickets!"
The Studio at SCA recreates classic jingle for SPC
, Southern Cross Austereo’s creative arm, has launched a newly reimagined jingle for client SPC.
The recording is a modern interpretation of the classic SPC Baked Beans & Spaghetti jingle from the 1980’s – originally produced by Mike Brady
– and underscores a new radio campaign which positions SPC baked beans & spaghetti as the easy way for Australian families to make mealtime simple again. Video link
to the campaign:
Hot Tomato Updates
Brooke Hanson, former Olympic swimmer, is filling in on the Hot Tomato Gold Coast breakfast lineup with Flan & Christo. Emily Jade O'Keefe is currently on maternity leave.
Candice Hazeltine is the new morning announcer on Hot Tomato. She was formerly breakfast co-host at Chilli FM Launceston.
Real FM Has A Vacancy
Mudgee drive announcer Christina Samarin
is moving on. The station now has an opening for an announcer. See 'Radio Jobs'.
Vale Deb Cameron
Former ABC 702
presenter Deb Cameron
has died aged 60 of cancer. She presented Mornings on ABC 702 Sydney for four years, leaving the role in 2011. Prior to that she was the first woman to hold the job of Tokyo correspondent for Fairfax. More details.
Philip Brady Receives OAM
Melbourne presenter Philip Brady
has received an OAM in today's Queen's Birthday Honours. He won for service to the broadcast media industry. In April this year Philip celebrated 60 years in show business. Brady, who turns 79 this week, is the co-host of 3AW's top rating Nightline
and Remember When
programs with Simon Owens.
Other radio industry winners include David Mann, Scott Levi
and Anne Wills. More details.
Red Symons signs with 3AW
Red Symons has signed on with 3AW. He will appear regularly on Mornings with Neil Mitchell, signing on the dotted line on Friday June 8. He told Page 13 that he was thrilled to be returning to radio. Neil Mitchell offered Symons a job when he appeared on his show last month. Jacinta Parsons and comedian Sami Shah replaced Symons on the ABC breakfast show. (Source: Herald Sun)
ARN announces new marketing campaign for breakfast
cross platform campaign kicks off with the launch of a new TVC featuring Jonesy & Amanda.
The campaign launches on Sunday 10 June. See the new TVCs for 101.7 WSFM
and Jonesy & Amanda here:
Shepparton Radio Ratings
Hit96.9 was the top rating station in the latest Shepparton Xtra Insights Survey. They rated 21.6 - despite a 10.6% drop. Triple M Goulburn Valley was next with 21.4% (+1.2). Next was ABC Shepparton with 10.9 (-4.6). Full details.
ABC Radio Names New Managers
ABC Radio Sydney will be headed from next month by Melanie Withnall, current managing director at Sydney Educational Broadcasting Ltd, which runs 2SER 107.3. Melanie is also vice president of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. ABC Radio Brisbane will be led by Simon Scoble. He is currently local manager in Darwin. ABC Radio Hobart‘s new manager is Samantha Stayner. She takes on the role in early July. The one time content director at ABC Radio Melbourne was also a senior producer and also worked in Ballarat and Alice Springs.
GfK Metro Survey Results 3/18
In the latest GFK
Metro survey 3/2018 it was a tie for No 1 in Brisbane with both 97.3
on a share of 13.0%. Talk stations 2GB
continue their reign in Sydney and Melbourne respectively with 12.7% and 14.4%. In Adelaide, Mix 102.3
is the No 1 station with 14.8% with Mix 94.5
in Perth on 14.2%. Full details.
AFTRS Students Launch 2RS 2018
Graduate Diploma of Radio students have launched their second pop-up network of the year. The Ultimate 80s to Now station streams online and on iHeart Radio
Curated and produced by the class of 2018, students experience what it’s like to broadcast to a regional area from studios located outside the region. More details.
DAB + Survey 3, 2018
The latest DAB+ survey figures were released today (Jun 5). In Sydney, Edge Digital was a clear winner in Sydney. Coles Radio rated No 1 DAB station in Melbourne and Brisbane. It was a tie for No 1 in Adelaide with The ‘80s heart Radio and The ‘90s heart radio with an equal share. In Perth, the No 1 digital station was Smooth. Full Details
Terry Hansen Leaving 97.3FM Breakfast
97.3FM Brisbane breakfast co-host Terry Hansen has announced on air that he will be leaving the breakfast show due to health reasons. He said that he'd made the decision after consulting a doctor. He had put on 20 kilograms in the last few years and it had also been a tough time for his family. Hansen says he had suffered from constant fatigue for the past 3-4 years and on medical advice he has decided to step away from the breakfast show in the coming weeks.
Erin & Ray
Erin La Macchia has returned from maternity leave and has joined Ray Kington as co host on Drive at Hope 103.2 Sydney. This is a change for Ray as he has hosted drive for the last 10 years solo.
Sky Sports Off To Brisbane
Sky Sports Radio heard in Sydney and throughout NSW loves to capture every moment in Australian racing. This Saturday they’ll be broadcasting from Doomben race course in Brisbane on Friday and Saturday in preparation for Queensland’s biggest raceday - The Stradbroke Handicap. Pictured Ron Dufficy (left), Glenn Munsie TAB (middle) and Andrew Bensley (also Sky Racing 1, Foxtel Ch 526) will interview trainers and jockeys not only about Doomben but racing at Randwick. Recently the Racing HQ team also joined in the Mark Hughes Foundation weekend donning the famous Beanie for Brain Cancer.
Random Radio News
Man who inspired 'Good Morning, Vietnam' film has died
Adrian Cronauer, the man whose military radio antics inspired a character played by Robin Williams in the film Good Morning, Vietnam, has died. He was 79. During his service as a US Air Force sergeant in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966, Cronauer opened his Armed Forces Radio show with the phrase, "Goooooood morning, Vietnam!" Full story.
ABC's Adelaide sound archive dismantled
ABC staff and a few outsiders are picking over what remains of the national broadcaster’s archive of CDs at Collinswood. With the local sound librarians sacked and unique material meant to have been shipped to the ABC in Sydney and Melbourne, the doors have been thrown open to the huge CD collection, believed to have originally contained around 100,000 items. Full story.
92.7 MIX FM Reach 5 Million
For Sunshine Coast Kids
The 92.7MIXFM team have broken all records this year, raising another outstanding amount $606,096. Totalled up over almost 2 decades, the “Give Me 5 for Kids Appeal” has now reached $5 million plus. 92.7MIXFM’s Breakfast personalities Mark & Caroline, and the Drive crew Todd & Sami, worked tirelessly for the entire month of June co-ordinating and publicising over 30 individual fundraising events.
Flow FM the Colour Of Country Life
Flow Fm is putting the colour into country life with the launch of a brand new logo. Wayne Phillips, Flow FM Managing Director, said it was an important step for the brand to add the colour to country life. Full details.
Could this be Gippsland’s Luckiest Family?
On June 16, TR FM and Gold 1242 culminated 60 days of promotional activity with the final draw for their 50K Countdown Promotion. The winner was a Richard from Bairnsdale. And would you believe just over 12 months ago, his wife was the major winner of the TR FM and Gold 1242 Promotion for The Car or The Cash! Full details.
Famous Voices of the Tweed
Radio 97, which first aired in Murwillumbah in 1936 before moving to Tweed Heads in 1984, has been a source of local news, talkback and music for nearly 80 years. Broadcasting over several channels from Mullumbimby to the Gold Coast, two of the station's most recognisable voices are that of presenters Scott Mayman and Leon Delaney. Full story.
Community radio is growing the music industry
What makes Melbourne’s music scene so productive and alive is the combination of musicians, live music venues, and community radio writes Maddy MacFarlane
. Full story.
HIT105 Re-boots Black Thunder ‘Dream Team’
Twenty years ago, HIT105
(then B105) unleashed four humming, powerfully branded and super cool 4x4’s onto the Brisbane streets. From Friday May 11, HIT105 listeners can register to become the coolest people in town – Black Thunder Pilots! Applicants must audition with Stav, Abby and Matt
before being handed their Official Black Thunder Pilot’s Licence and hitting the streets. More details.
Geelong Takes It To A Whole New Level
83 Moorabool Street in Geelong has been home to K rock and bay 93.9 for nearly 30 years and will remain that way for many years to come after an incredible studio and office build was complete on April 13. Full story