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ARN has announced the evolution of The 3PM Pick Up in 2017, welcoming high profile personalities Rebecca Judd and Yumi Stynes to host alongside Katie ‘Monty’ Dimond on the national 3 – 4pm show on the KIIS Network in 2017. Full details.
Triple M Brisbane Welcomes Robin Bailey!
Robin Bailey officially joined Triple M Brisbane’s breakfast show on January 23. Despite having more than 20 years’ experience on air & sharing much of her life with Brisbane listeners, co-hosts Greg Martin & Ed Kavalee learnt a new thing or two about Robin this morning; Robin was an exchange student in America with she was 16 and ended up being the high school football team’s Eagle mascot. It was the only way she could become a cheerleader. Her mum once told off Rupert Murdoch & was later congratulated by Rupert’s mum, Elizabeth, who said more people should do it! Robin Bailey joins Marto & Ed every weekday morning from 5:30am-9am on 104.5 Triple M.
Gale Warning Issued For The Gold Coast Region.
Paul Gale will join Mal Lees and Moyra Major on the drive show from Wednesday February 1st, 2017. “Gold Coasters will be blown away” when they hear a familiar voice for their drive home on 1029 Hot Tomato. “Galey, Mal & Moyra” for the drive home will entertain Hot Tomato listeners between 3pm to 7pm weekdays. Full story.
Carrie Bickmore Joining The Hit Network
Carrie Bickmore is joining the Hit Network in 2017 with a national show, live daily from 3pm. Carrie will be joined by comedian and The Project colleague, Tommy Little. Carrie & Tommy will be heard across 43 stations nationally on The Hit Network from Monday 13 February.
Nova’s Smallzy presents Apple Music Fresh 40
NOVA Entertainment has announced the launch of the Apple Music Fresh 40 which will be hosted by Nova’s Kent ‘Smallzy’ Small on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm starting 21 January. ‘Smallzy’ will again host and count down the biggest 40 songs on Apple Music during that week. Smallzy is the host of Smallzy’s Surgery and can be heard weeknights from 7pm – 10pm on the Nova Network.
From this Monday January 23 Triple M Sydney will welcome the Mayor of Merrickville each week day afternoon. Hosted by Merrick Watts, Merrickville puts a spotlight on everything that’s great (and not so great) about Sydney. From 4pm-6pm every day Merrick talks about what Sydney is talking about alongside fellow comedians, footy players and sports legends, journos and probably an ex-convict or two.
GateHouse Media Partners with Social News Desk
GateHouse Media has selected Social News Desk US as its enterprise partner for social media publishing across the company’s 520 newspaper markets which span 35 states. Last September, the company appointed former ARN Brisbane-Sydney Newsreader and Senior News Editor Chris Rieger as its Client Strategy Specialist for Australia and New Zealand. Chris says “The great thing about Social News Desk, is all of us have experience working in a media environment, particularly newsrooms.” Full story.
Perth LIVE with Oliver Peterson
News talk 882 6PR has announced Channel Nine journalist Oliver Peterson as host of the Drive program, 3pm-6pm Monday to Friday, effective Monday January 23. Oliver takes over from Adam Shand who has presented the show for the past two years. Full details.
New Hit Network Breakfast Show
Regional listeners of the Hit Network will wake up with Bree & Gawndy each Saturday morning from next month, with the duo set to bring a national weekend breakfast show - Weekend Breakfast with Bree Tomasel and Daniel Gawned, 7 – 9am Saturdays. It will be heard across all 38 regional stations from Saturday February 4th. The duo will continue to host their #1 weekday breakfast show on the Central Coast’s 101.3 Sea FM.
EON Broadcasting Launches
Facebook Live Broadcasting!
In a Queensland radio first, EON Broadcasting has launched a multi camera Facebook Live solution implemented by Senior Broadcast Engineer and ACRA winner, Dale Sharp, which has pushed the limit of Facebook Live technology to a whole new level for the networks two Sunshine Coast stations 919 SEA FM and 92.7 MIX FM. More details.
Liam Renton and Nic McClure Join 973 Brisbane.
Liam Renton, formerly with Hot 91/Zinc FM Sunshine Coast, has joined 973 Brisbane in the newly created position of Executive Breakfast Producer/ACD. Nic McClure (pictured) who was previously an EP at KIIS 1065’s Kyle and Jackie O Show will be a Consultant.
Jase Allen new CD at 2DayFM.
Jase Allen has been promoted from ACD to the official role of Content Director at Sydney’s 2DAY FM. Prior to joining 2DAY he was CD at SAFM.
Ed Sheehan Performs In Nova’s Red Room
Ed Sheeran will kick off 2017 for NOVA Entertainment with a Nova’s Red Room performance live from the Sydney Opera House, with this special event also broadcast on the Nova Network, on Tuesday 7 February.
Rex Morris Returns To SCA
Rex Morris is rejoining SCA as the new Head of Music Operation with Triple M. He replaces Vaughan Hobbs who departed in December 2016. Rex will also continue his role as owner and director of Resonate Broadcasting which owns stations in Australia and Hawaii.
New Brekky Show on Border’s HIT104.9
The Border’s Hit104.9 has revealed an all new breakfast line up for 2017. Riley-Rose Harper will be joined by Seamus Evans for The Border – ‘Riley-Rose & Seamus’. More details.
ABC Adelaide Welcomes Jules Schiller
Media personality Jules Schiller is ABC Radio’s new Drive presenter in Adelaide. With more than two decades of media experience under his belt, Jules’ presenting and production experience across radio, TV and digital platforms makes him one of Australia’s most unique and original talents. Full story.
New Local Weekend Breakfast Shows Across Hit Metro
The Hit Network will welcome local weekend breakfast shows to each metro city, from 7 - 9am on Saturdays. Ryan Jon and Tanya Hennessy (pictured) will host Sydney’s Saturday breakfast, commencing January 28, in addition to co-hosting their weekday breakfast show on Canberra’s hit104.7.Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw will cook up Saturday breakfast down south from January 28. They will continue with their Perth based weekday breakfast show - Heidi, Will & Woody.Lise Carlaw and Sarah Wills, better known as 'Those Two Girls', will bring a breakfast show to Brisbane each Saturday morning from January 21. Local weekend breakfast shows coming to Perth and Adelaide will be announced soon! Full details.
Sydney Brekky Show To Be Broadcast In Melbourne
Southern Cross Austereo is under fire again with news its new Sydney breakfast show will be broadcast from Melbourne. Confidential heard from an SCA spokeswoman who confirmed the hosts of The Em Rusciano Radio Show, with Harley Breen, will not be based in the Harbour City. Instead, they will be “commuting” between their home bases in the Victorian capital and Sydney. (Source: Daily Telegraph).
New Co Host for the Morning Rush.
ACE radio has announced that Kate Meade will join Jon Vertigan in Warrnambool from January 23 on 3YB, 3SH, 3WM, 3CS and 3HA on the networked AM breakfast program 'The Morning Rush'. Kate is a Radio Training Institute graduate and has studied Media & Communications at Swinburne University. Meade replaces Maria Foundas, who after 3 years with the network will start in Hobart this January.
FIVEaa Drive Update
'Rowey & Bicks' (Stephen Rowe and Mark Bickley) will return to FIVEaa Adelaideweekdays to host the Drive Sports Show from 3pm to 6pm. Crocmedia will broadcast an hour program hosted by former Port Adelaide player Kane Cornes and Adelaide Crows star Ben Hart following the Drive Sports Show. The FIVEaa line up changes will commence on Monday 23 January.
Who’s Now Behind The Wheel?
The syndicated Behind the Wheel Daily Motoring Segments will now be hosted by Channel Nine Melbourne news presenter Peter Hitchener and radio veteran Chris Miller. The change brings the daily segments into line with the popular weekly Behind the Wheel Motoring program which is also hosted by the duo.
Radio ad revenue strong in December
All metro markets recorded positive growth in radio ad revenue in December 2016 up 6.75% to a total of $58.837 million, according to the metropolitan commercial radio advertising revenue, sourced by Deloitte. The Sydney market was up 6.5% to $17.792 million, Melbourne also showed strong growth up 6.68% to $17.546 million, Brisbane rose 10.37% to $9.674 million, Perth was up 6.43% to $8.401 million and Adelaide was up 2.23% to $5.424 million. Full details.
New CEO for Brisbane’s 96five
Dwayne Jeffries has been announced as the new CEO for Brisbane’s 96five. For over 25 years he has been on air and leading radio station teams around Australia, and even worked in Ireland for a period of time. Most recently Dwayne’s roles have included Breakfast Anchor for 2GO Gosford and Content Director for WSFM, and over the last four years, he has been Content Director for Sydney’s Hope Media. More details.
Georgia Makes Commercial Radio Debut
Georgia Holland, formerly of CSU Bathurst, is joining Radio Snowy Mountains as a journalist. She commences on Monday January 16.
Jade Robran Joins FIVEaa
Jade Robran is returning home and joining FIVEaa Adelaide to host afternoons from Monday 30th January. Jade has worked in TV for 15 years and was a sports presenter with the Seven Network in Melbourne as has also been a correspondent with Sunrise.
Steve White Moves On
Steve White has left 5RM/Magic Berri. Steve was the station manager. His replacement will be announced soon.
Rove And Sam Axed From Brekky
Rove McManus and Sam Frost have been shunted from their 2DAY FM breakfast show after failing to capture an audience in the cut-throat Sydney market. SCA announced the pair will move into a new national evening show from January 30. They will be replaced by comedians Em Rusciano and Harley Breen from January 23. Full story.
891 ABC Cannot Use 'Radio Adelaide'
891 ABC cannot change to ABC Radio Adelaide on Monday as plane but instead will call themselves ABC Adelaide. The federal court injunction launched by 5UV Radio Adelaide will stand, blocking the national broadcaster to use the name ABC Radio Adelaide. All other ABC stations will change to new names, dropping frequencies, from Monday January 9.
Madelaine’s 2017 Move
Madelaine Burke has left 97.3’Coast FM Mandurah. She’s accepted a role on 96FM Perth as afternoon news presenter.
Lui Zacher on The Daily Grind
Lui Zacher is joining Mixx FM in Horsham. He will team with Kaycee Bould to host the Daily Grind breakfast program which is networked to several ACE stations.
Ruth De Glas Made Redundant
973 Brisbane breakfast show executive producer Ruth De Glas was made redundant this week.
Dan Jones, former 4TO/Hot FM Towsville and hit1047 Canberra announcer, has joined the team at i98FM Illawarra.
ACMA’s Channel Plans for Digital Radio Expansion
Following the announcement of digital radio extension beyond the five capital cities, the ACMA has outlined the general approach and planning principles for regional Australia. The ACMA has proposed specific digital radio channel plans for Hobart, Canberra, Darwin, together with the Gold Coast and a revision of the current Brisbane digital radio channel plan. The CBAA has welcomed the extension of digital radio and will continue active involvement in the planning process generally and specifically in relation to the community radio sector. More details.
New Executive Producer for Nova Drive Show
Minnie Cummins has been appointed as Executive Producer for Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty national drive show. Minnie’s role at NOVA Entertainment marks her return to radio after spending 12 months producing the TV shows - I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Australian Survivor and the upcoming series The Last Resort: Love Me or Leave Me. Minnie joined the Nova Network in November this year and most recently has been responsible for Nova 96.9’s Summer Breakfast with Greg Burns and Zoe Sheridan. Minnie replaces Elle Conwell who is on maternity leave.
Fresh FM Announces Lineup for 2017
Luke and Susie Holt for Breakfast will be heard from 6am until 9am on Fresh FM in 2017.They will be followed by Gladstone Today with Graeme from midday. Glenn and Bron Hartas are on Drive 3pm until 6pm followed by Seven Central Queensland News simulcast at 6pm. Station GM Glenn Hartas said “To have two married couples creating family content for the families of Gladstone is unique and exciting”.
Peter Janetzki Wraps Up Talking Life
After 686 shows, and 16 1/2 years on air, Peter Janetzki concluded his 'Talking Life' Sunday night program on Brisbane's 96five.
The Most Played Song in Australia for 2016
‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ from Justin Timberlake was the most played song on Australian radio in 2016. AirCheck™ released the figures showing ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ in the top spot with 19,137 spins and Calvin Harris Featuring Rihanna with ‘This Is What You Came For’ in second place with a total of 17,120 instances. More details.
Magic 2CH Finally Sold
Magic 2CH 1170 has been sold to a subsidiary of Ocean Capital Broadcasters, the owners of EON Broadcasting. The 2CH holding company is owned 85% by Oceania Capital, with the remaining 15% held by Glenn Wheatley and John Williams, the General Manager of Sea FM and Mix FM Sunshine Coast. The company paid $5.56 million and the sale is expected to be complete on 16 January, 2017. Macquarie sold 2CH as a result of an undertaking given to ACMA following the merger of Macquarie Radio Network and Fairfax Radio Network.
Dan And Maz Quit 2DAYFM
Dan Debuf and Maz Compton have announced they're quitting 2Day FM after a "roller coaster" four years at the station and a failed tilt at the competitive breakfast timeslot. They announced their weekend show would be their last on Friday, just over one year after they were dropped from the Sydney breakfast timeslot due to poor ratings. Full story.
Lyon & Frawley Reunite
Garry Lyon and Danny Frawley will reunite to lead the 2017 SEN 1116 AFL commentary team. Frawley will be heard on Friday nights, partnering callers Anthony Hudson and Matt Granland. They will also be joined by new recruits Nick Dal Santo and Adam Cooney who both retired at end of season 2016. Full story.
Ad Agencies To Receive Free Software
Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) has announced that, with the support of Southern Cross Austereo, media agencies and large direct advertisers across Australia will be offered a free software package called Frequency that will allow analysis of regional radio survey data. Full details.
Gary Adshead quits Radio 6PR
Gary Adshead has quit Radio 6PR. The 50-year-old, who has been the Mornings host for the past three years, is heading back to The West Australian to become its state political reporter, replacing Gareth Parker, who will ironically take the reins of Adshead's show.More details.
Triple M Make Cricket and FM Radio History
Triple M’s cricket commentary team padded up for the Test Match of Australia’s series against Pakistan at the Gabba in Brisbane on December 15, the first cricket coverage of its kind on Australian FM radio! Kerry O'Keeffe headlines Triple M’s line-up for the 2016/2017 season. He will be joined by James Brayshaw, Michael Slater, Brett Lee, Brad Haddin, Merv Hughes, Darren Berry, H.G Nelson, Jules Schiller, Lawrence Mooney, Gus Worland, Neroli Meadows, Isa Guha, Mick Molloy and Mark Howard. Triple M’s cricket coverage will continue throughout the Pakistan Test series with the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and the Sydney Test on January 3.
Stuart Bocking Departs Macquarie Media
Stuart Bocking, longtime 2UE/2GB Sydney producer and presenter, has resigned. For a short period in 2016 he served as the EP for Ray Hadley’s morning program.
EON Could Purchase 2CH
The Australian reports that EON Broadcasting is believed to be the preferred bidder for Macquarie Media’s easy listening Sydney radio station 2CH, operated by John Singleton, after lodging a $5.5 million bid. Fronted by music entrepreneur Glenn Wheatley,EON operates the Mix and Sea FM stations on the Sunshine Coast. More details.
SCA unveils new Hit and Triple M stations
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has unveiled new branding for its 67 regional radio stations all of which will become part of either the National Hit or Triple M Networks across regional Australia. More details.
NXFM to become Hit106.9
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) in Newcastle today unveiled the new branding of one of its radio stations with NXFM becoming Hit106.9. Joining the Hit Network, Hit106.9 will become part of the largest radio network in Australia with a suite of 43 Hit stations across all corners of Australia.
Maria Joins 7HOFM Breakfast
Maria Foundas from ACE Radio's "The Morning Rush" is leaving the show. She announced on her program with Jon Vertigan that she will be joining Tasmania's 7HO FM.
Shaun Gough’s Promotion
Shaun Gough has been promoted to Content Director at Triple M Melbourne. He replaces Mike Fitzpatrick who will move into a national role across the Triple M Network from January 1.
John And Olivia Join Smooth FM
John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John will host their own show on smooth FM on Sunday 18th December and Christmas Day. They will also be apart of smooth FM’s Australia Day Countdown. More info.
Nova's New Year Moves
Dan Cassin will be heard on Nova 100 Melbourne in 2017 as afternoon announcer. Greg Burns (pictured) will be heard on weekday mornings. The programs will be networked into Nova Melbourne from Sydney's Nova 96.9. Greg joined Nova 96.9 in mornings in July this year. He is currently hosting Summer Breakfast with Zoe Sheridan. Dan Cassin joined Nova 96.9’s day time line up in July 2015. Dan is currently heard in afternoons on Nova.
Brad Hardie Expected To Exit 6PR
Brad Hardie looks set to be given the boot from Radio 6PR after 23 years with the Sports Today show being taken over by one of the rising players in the Australian media landscape. Full story.
The Final GFK Metro Ratings 2016
97.3 knocked off Nova in Brisbaneto make No 1 in the final survey for 2016 with 13.7 % (+1.5). The trio of Terry, Bob and the departing Robin (Bailey) finished No 1 in 2016 as the top rating breakfast program. In the other states, the regular top rating stations finished 2016 with another win. 2GB was No 1 in Sydney with 11.3 % (-1.7), in Melbourne 3AW rated No 1 with 13.7%(+0.1), in Adelaide Mix 102.3 was No 1 with 12.9% (-1.1) and in Perth it was yet another win to Mix 94.5 with 15.7% (-1.2). Full details.
Krista Thomas Back To i98 Illawarra
Krista Thomas is the new News Editor at i98FM Illawarra. She returns to the WIN Network after previously working as a journalist with the network from 2010-2012.
Ugly Phil To Host My Generation
Jonesy & Amanda will finish up as hosts of My Generation at the end of 2016. Ugly Phil O'Neil has been named as the new host of the program.
Chris Tennant Returns To Snowy Mountains
Chris Tennant will be returning to 2XL/Snow FM Snowy Mountains on January 9. He takes on the role of Announcer/MD.
612 ABC Brisbane announces Craig Zonca in Breakfast
Queensland Country Hour and ABC News Queensland’s weather presenter Craig Zonca is 612’s new weekday Breakfast presenter. Zonca has spent more than decade behind the microphone at the ABC, hosting programs from some of the most remote and unique parts of the country, including the massive cattle stations of Queensland's Gulf Country. He’s worked in Local Radio in Rockhampton, Townsville, Toowoomba and Brisbane.
1116 SEN’s New Breakfast Show
Garry Lyon returns to radio in 2017 at Melbourne's SEN. Lyon joins Hamish McLachlan, Tim Watson and Sam McLure to head the new 1116 SEN breakfast show. The new team will commence on January 30.More details.
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.
The Sunshine Coast’s Ugliest Feet
Hot 91.1 Hot Breakfast with Dave, Sam and Ash went on the hunt for the “Sunshine Coast’s Ugliest Feet.” This search was inspired by the backlash Guy Sebastian received about his feet, after posting a photo on his Facebook page while he was on holidays. After 30 000 entries and over 100,000 comments on Facebook from all around the world, they’ve narrowed it down to the Top 4 Ugliest Feet on the Sunshine Coast. Dave, Sam & Ash announced Caloundra’s Luke Gloveras the winner of the “Sunshine Coast’s Ugliest Feet.” The winner received a “Foot Fix Pack” valued at over $1000. The winning foot will be immortalised through a “Foot Casting.”
Jase Completes Dopey Challenge
Jase from Radio 2RDJ-FM in Sydney who is the weekend co-ordinator and presenter of Stars Of Tomorrow completed the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World in Florida from 5th – 8th January 2017. The Dopey Challenge requires participants to successfully complete a 5k, 10k, half marathon and marathon over 4 days at Walt Disney World. Full story. The half marathon was cancelled by run Disney however Jase and many other Goofy and Dopey Challenge participants would not let that from stopping them doing the miles so Jase along with many others staying at Pop Century Resort ran their own impromptu Pop Century Half Marathon to make up for the cancelled Walt Disney World Half Marathon.
Problems at BAY FM community radio station
An extraordinary general meeting has been proposed to sort out who leads Brisbane bayside community radio station Bay-FM. James Harling was voted in as president in October after a group called Friends of Bay-FM made a play for leadership positions and sought change in the way the station operated. Full story.
Radio Challenge Proves A Good Bet
Four local not-for-profit groups are each $200 richer thanks to a chat on the radio between Barry Green and 4SB breakfast announcer Inga Milosic. The former Division 1 councillor and racing tragic was spruiking the then-upcoming Nanango Race meeting, and giving out some tips. Division 2 councillor Gavin “Spud” Jones rang in offering to put $50 on one of Barry’s picks. Full story.
Drama In Silent Rooms
Drama in Silent Rooms is a new book that documents the era of Australian history when radio broadcasting was at the centre of people’s lives. While music, variety and comedy were an important part of this mix, none gained the same acclaim as Australia’s radio drama. For the first time, radio historian, Peter Philp tells the story of the Australian drama from day one when a play appeared on 3LO Melbourne, and tracks this wonderful world until the last of the great serials, Blue Hills, concluded its marathon run in 1976. Full story.