Leading NSW trots caller, Fred Hastings celebrates 25 years working with 2KY/Sky Sports Radio and Sky Racing this week. Fred started with Sky as a greyhound caller. Through the 25 years he's presented racing shifts, breakfast and morning racing programs along with being a Program Director. Fred now calls all the Group racing at Tabcorp Park Menangle in Sydney. Earlier this year Fred celebrated his 50th birthday and on the same day tipped the entire card ... a rare feat.
Canberra, Darwin and Hobart next in line for DAB+ digital radio
Canberra, Darwin and Hobart will be the next in line for permanent DAB+ digital radio services, with commercial radio broadcasters welcoming the ABC’s announcement that it intends to extend services into the three capital cities. More details.
Coles Radio No 1 in Digital Radio Report
Coles Radio rated No 1 in the latest GfK DAB+ Digital Radio Report #4/2016. Coles radio had a cumulative audience of 153,000. They were followed by The 80s iheart Radio with 128,000 and then Buddha with 126,000. Full details.
New Local Sound Hits The Sunshine Coast
Salt106.5 has launched on the Sunshine Coast. The station was previously branded 106five Rhema FM. Salt106.5’s new CEO, Phil Gray said, “The station is a new kind of radio station in that its ‘not just for Christians’ (as it was), it’s a station that is focused on our community and positive family values! Simply put, we are ‘Good Friends, with Great Music and a message of Hope.’, we will promote ‘faith, family & fun’.More details.
Hamish And Andy To Quit Radio
Hamish and Andy have confirmed that they will not return to their SCA drive radio gig at the end of 2017. The pair made the shock announcement at the end of their 2016 show and said they were quitting radio to focus on commitments on TV. Andy Lee said the pair considered quitting the gig this year, but decided to give it 12 more months.Full story.
Jeremy Cordeaux To leave Adelaide's FIVEaa
Jeremy Cordeaux, host of the FIVEaa afternoon show, is leaving the station this month. He announced on air: “I have decided to part company; and let me tell you right up front: no bad feelings, no bad blood - we go on the best of terms. I’ve been in this business 50 years now, and these people are the best you could find. I’ve been very lucky to have had a very good, very long term relationships with the stations I’ve been with. It’s been a wonderful journey but it ain’t over yet, I will see to that. I have this ambitious gene.” More details.
Spencer Howson leaves ABC Brisbane breakfast
After 45 number ones, ABC Brisbane breakfast announcer Spencer Howson looked back on his first ratings victory, when all he could think to say to the TV cameras was "it's weird. It's weird.""We now know that we can be the most listened to breakfast show in Brisbane and no doubt that will continue whoever is in this chair next year," he said. Business-like as always, Howson's last words hosting 612 ABC breakfast were: "trains on time, for the last time, mostly sunny today, chance of a storm, top of 32." But he showed his true colours, and love of Doctor Who, with one final audio clip, from the First Doctor, William Hartnell. Full story.
A Refreshed ABC Local Radio for 2017
ABC Radio’s capital city stations will be renamed according to their location. Throughout 2017, there will be a staged introduction of new ABC Radio websites that are designed for easy, on-demand access and an optimal listening experience for audiences. e.g. ABC 891 will be rebranded “ABC Radio Adelaide” from January 9 next year - remarkably similar to the SA community station, Radio Adelaide, which operates on the FM band. The change has already prompted resistance from Radio Adelaide, which fired off a legal letter to the national broadcaster today warning it against using the phrase “Radio Adelaide” in its branding.
Jon Blake Back To FIVEaa
Jon Blake is returning to FIVEaa Adelaide. For the past 4 years he’s been with Triple M. Blake, a radio veteran who specialises in comedy impressions, will host an evening show as well as contribute to the FIVEaa breakfast show. He won't commence until March 2017. More details.
In an Australian first, the radio industry has launched RadioApp, a new mobile app that allows consumers to live stream 250 Australian radio stations on the go. The free app allows listeners to tune in to Australian radio from anywhere in the world, add stations to their favourites list and simply swipe to see what’s playing on other stations. Full details.
Henschke Retires After 34 Years With ABC
After six years on local radio and more than three decades with the ABC, 891 ABC Adelaide Drive presenter Ian Henschke has decided to say farewell and retire. Ian’s final day on 891 ABC Adelaide will be Friday 9 December. His replacement will be announced in early 2017. More details.
Pete Brandtman Leaves Breakfast
Pete Brandman will host his final 2ST brekky show on Friday December 2. He says: "I was told back in July I will be doing another role on the station. It's been a sweet ride. 15 years on 2ST, prior to that around 5 years on 94.9 Power FM. I will still do the odd weekend shift, so I won't be too far away."
New Role For Cei Saunders
Cei Saunders is leaving 2XL/Snow FM and is heading to Wave FM Wollongong. He was the Snow FM Afternoon Announcer and also worked in Production.
Courts Moves To Mix
Courtenay 'Courts' Davies is moving from Hit104.7 Canberra mornings to sister station Mix 106.3 Canberra as the new drive host. Taylor Hunt,Hot FM Townsville afternoon announcer will host mornings on Hit104.7.
Manchild Back With Kyle and Jackie O
Luke ‘Manchild’ James has accepted the role as ‘Operations Producer’ and will re-join ‘The Kyle and Jackie O Show’ on KIIS in January 2017.
Jack’s Back - With Radio
Jack Laurence is returning to radio and will join KIIS FM's national Drive Show Hughesy & Kate as anchor in 2017. For 12 months he’s worked with the Gold Coast City council.
Luke Bona To Head New Show On Triple M
Luke Bona will host a new national overnight talk show for the Triple M network. Bona will be heard on Triple M in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide from midnight on Monday 12 December. He will commence his program on the rest of the radio network across Australia from Monday 9 January.
HOT FM No 1 in Townsville
SCA station 4TO FM (21.7%) was the top rating station in the 2nd xtra Insights Townsville survey for 2016. They were followed by sister station HOT FM with 21.1%. Hot FM increased +1.6 and 4TO +0.5. Next came ABC North Queensland with 8.9% just ahead of Star 106.3 with 8.7% and Power 100 with 8.6%. Full details.
Gerard And Dwayne To Be Heard On Over 20 Stations
3AW Sports Today hosts Gerard Healy and Dwayne Russell are set to spread their wings into new audiences across Victoria and Tasmania after Crocmedia announced program partnership agreements with Macquarie Media, ACE Radio, Grant Broadcasters, North East Broadcasters, Rich River Radio and Southern Cross Austereo, which will see the program broadcast on over 20 stations. Full story.
Mike Parry On 6IX Mornings
Mike Parry has been offered a full-time role from mid January with 6IX Perth hosting the 9am to 2pm weekday program. Mike told JJ: “I've loved working here on a casual basis since March this year and can't wait to join the friendly team here at 6IX on a full time basis."
Natalie Livingstone Joins AIR News
AIR News has appointed Natalie Livingstone to the role of Saturday afternoon news/sport presenter. Natalie has been a broadcast journalist with BBC, Orion Media, Quidem Midlands and UTV Media in Britain. Natalie currently resides in Melbourne and will commence on air shortly.
Emergency Radio Station Studio set up in NZ
Broadcasters Robert Jeffares and Chris Diack have set up an emergency broadcast facility in Kaikoura, New Zealand after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Kaikoura, north of Christchurch. Facebook.
ARN's Michael Harvey takes home CFO of the Year
ARN’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Michael Harvey, has been awarded the CFO of the Year at The CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards in a gala dinner held in Sydney. Of the win, ARN’s CEO Tony Kendall said: “Michael joined ARN as CFO in 2013 before also becoming COO, and has worked closely with Ciaran and the APN team, myself and the executive team, to create and lead the implementation of financial and operational strategies to strengthen ARN’s core radio business, expand ARN’s digital business and diversify revenue streams to ensure continued growth.”
ABC Staff Move No Confidence Motion
ABC employees have fired a warning shot at their superiors, telling them that staff have lost confidence in their ability to manage the organisation. More than 60 Radio National staff met at the broadcaster's Ultimo office on Thursday. Full story.
Radio Con Man Up To His Usual Tricks
Some might know him as real estate tycoon Harrison Eyles. To others he might be Infinity Music Festival director Dene Mussillon, anti-bullying advocate Harrison O’Connor, music promoter Clay O’Connor, or talent manager Luke Hemmings. But to many in the Australian radio industry his real identity is Dene Broadbelt. Singer songwriter Ben Denman, 18, told news.com.au he was still reeling after last week discovering his talent manager of six months, who he knew as Luke Hemmings, was actually Broadbelt. Full story.
Daniel Harford joins RSN927
RSN927 has confirmed that sports broadcaster Daniel Harford will lead the new look breakfast team. Ex-AFL Hawk player, Daniel is the first of several new recruits that will feature on RSN 927's new-look breakfast program from early next year. "We're looking forward to Daniel bringing his talent, enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for sport and racing to RSN927," Program Director John Thwaites said. RSN927 will announce more details on the new program in the coming weeks.
‘Mr Cricket’ Mike Hussey Joins Radio Team
Macquarie Media has announced an expanded cricket broadcast commentary line-up for this summer. A new addition to the team is former Test batsman Mike Hussey. The radio network’s commentary team also includes Ian Chappell, Glenn McGrath, Damien Fleming, Dean Jones, Greg Matthews, Carl Rackemann, Tom Moody, Barry Richards, and John EmbureyBruce Eva will be the head of Macquarie Radio’s Summer of Cricket.
New 90.9 SEA FM Breakfast Show
90.9 SEA FM Gold Coast has a new Breakfast Show. Heather, Dan & Ben will debut on December 5. Heather Maltman (‘The Bachelor’) has been announced as a co-host alongside Dan Anstey and former rugby league player, Ben Hannant. They will fill the void left by Paul Gale and Charli Robinson who hosted the Sea FM breakfast show together for five years before announcing their departure in September.
Lui Leaves MAX FM
Lui Zacher has officially decided to leave his Breakfast Announcer and Music Director positions here at Max FM 107.3 Taree effective immediately. He was with the station for two and a half years.
New Voices On triple j in 2017
triple j has announced a new breakfast team, with Adelaide radio presenters Ben & Liam and journalist Brooke Boney, joined by regular guests ‘Australian Paralympian of the Year’ Dylan Alcott and comedian Gen Fricker.More details.
Strategic Appointments To Sydney Sales Leadership
Josh Halling has been promoted to the newly created role of Sydney Sales Director for Direct and Independent Agencies. Halling will lead and develop Nova and smoothfm business offerings for Sydney clients. Rob Sloan now leads the Sydney Agency Sales team as Agency Sales Director,
Greg Miles To Retire
Greg Miles, has announced his 37 year career where he called a record 36 Melbourne Cups for the ABC and RSN is coming to an end. Miles, aged 57, said if Racing Victoria can find a replacement for him at an earlier stage he would step aside before June.Full story.
Jen Seyderhelm Moves to ArtSound FM
2CC Canberra announcer Jen Seyderhelm has accepted the role of Director with ArtSound FM starting next Monday. She told JJ: “What with all the changes and cutbacks we are seeing in classical, jazz and folk music broadcasting I think this is a great time to take on such a role with a station where the focus is exactly that. I'm very excited.”
Gregg Easton Departs East Coast Radio
Gregg Easton has resigned from his positions as Content Director for 2EC & Power FM, and Morning Show Host & Producer for 2EC. The commercial radio veteran, who marked 36 years in the industry on November 11, says it was entirely his decision. Full story.
Dan Bourchier To Head ABC 666 Breakfast
666 ABC Canberra has announced that from January 16, Dan Bourchier will host Breakfast and Laura Tchilinguirian will present Afternoons; Susan McDonald joins as morning radio news presenter. Full story.
triple j Breakfast Duo Resign
triple j's Matt and Alex have announced they will leave their breakfast show at the end of the year for separate off-air adventures. "It's very sad ... we haven't been pushed, we're jumping," co-host Alex Dyson told listeners this morning. "It's absolutely amicable, it's just deciding that were going to move on to different things," Matt Okine added. More details.
Dead Set Legends To End
Triple M has axed its Saturday morning Dead Set Legends program. A new sports themed program has been planned. It has been running for 19 years and is hosted by Ray Warren, Dan Ginane and Richard Freedman. The last show is in a fortnight. Full story.
Aussie Radio Still King Of The Road
Radio remains the most popular entertainment choice on the road, with Australian commuters largely overlooking the music streaming options that have been introduced into car dashboards, according to research released today. Radio accounts for 80% of in-car listening, followed by owned music such as CDs and downloads making up 12% of listening. Full details.
KOFM No 1 in Newcastle Survey 3/2016
In the third GfK Newcastle survey for 2016, KOFM was the top rating station with 15.7%. Next came NXFM with 13.1 and ABC 1233 in third place with 12.7%. They were folowed by triplej (10.1%), then 2HD (9.6%) and NEW FM (9.0%). KOFM has the top rating breakfast show (Steve G & Tanya Wilks). 2HD was No 1 in mornings (John Laws). Full details.
Hot Tomato No 1 in Gold Coast Ratings
Hot Tomato have rated No 1 in the Gold Coast ratings. They rated 13.9% (+1.9). Next came Gold FM with 13.4 (+0.7) and then sister station SEA FM with 12.8 (-0.1). Hot Tomato was also the top rating station in breakfast, morning and afternoon. SEA FM was NO 1 in drive and Gold rated No 1 in nights. Full details.
Bianca Dye Replaces Robin Bailey
ARN have confirmed that Gold FM Gold Coast Drive personality Bianca Dye will replace Robin Bailey. She’ll join Terry and Bob on the 97.3 Brisbane Breakfast show in 2017.
Cometti Back For 2017 Footy
Dennis Cometti, who retired from his Channel 7 AFL commitments following the 2016 Grand Final, has joined mix94.5 Perth. He will be calling the 2017 AFL football season for the Triple M network and will also join Clairsy, Matt & Kymba each Monday morning to provide an AFL weekend wrap up.
ABC Radio Looks To 2017
ABC Radio has announced key changes to its content and presenter lineup for 2017, which will strengthen its position at the heart of Australian towns and cities, and as the leader of thoughtful national conversation, music and ideas. In 2017, ABC Radio will: welcome new voices to their networks such as Chris Bath, Sarah Macdonald, Greta Bradman and Kim Williams. Full details.
Spencer Howson Steps Down From Brisbane Breakfast
Longtime 612 ABC Brisbane breakfast host Spencer Howson is stepping down from the breakfast slot. ABC sources confirmed the move saying it was Howson's choice to move on from breakfast radio. He will move to another time slot. Full story. Spencer has revealed why he is stepping down from breakfast. Full story.
Radio National to lose eight staff as ABC cuts programs
All but one of Radio National’s music programs will be cancelled as the network becomes a talk-only station. RN Afternoons, The Body Sphere, Soundproof, Daily Planet and The Live Set are expected to be cancelled along with the religious affairs program Sunday Nights with John Cleary. The ABC is imposing a new round of cuts at Radio National with eight staff and several programs to be slashed from the 2017 schedule. The redundancies come just weeks after managing director Michelle Guthrie (pictured) told a senate estimates committee there would be no redundancies at RN. Full story.
XTra Research Bendigo Ratings
The first radio ratings survey for Bendigo in more than 15 years were released today. Commercial stations included in the survey conducted by Xtra Research are Star FM 91.9, 3BO FM and Gold Central Victoria.. Star FM was the top rating station with 24.3%. They were followed by 3BO with 21.9% and then ABC Central with 11.7%. Full details.
Robyn Departs 97.3 Breakfast Show
After 10 years, Robyn Bailey will be leaving the 97.3 Brisbane breakfast show. She has been part of one of the very successful breakfast team along with Terry Hansen and Bob Gallagher. ARN National Content Director Duncan Campbell said we're sad to see Robin go and wish her the best for the future. "While we worked hard to keep Robin as part of the team, we’re disappointed that we were unable to agree terms," he said. An announcement will soon be made regarding the new Breakfast show for 97.3fm.
Robin Bailey has spoken exclusively to Mamamia after the shock news that she was leaving her role as the co-host of Brisbane 97.3FM’s Robin, Terry and Bob show. “The announcement today that I am leaving the 97.3FM breakfast team has come as a complete shock. I have been blindsided by ARN’s decision not to renew my contract,” she told Mamamia. Full story.
Dave Matthews Leaves Brisbane For Sunshine Coast
Dave Matthews, on air anchor for the Hit105 Brisbane breakfast show with Stav, Abby & Osher has left the station. He was also involved in bringing the breakfast show to life with digital media on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter & Instagram. Dave has joined the team at Hot 91 on the Sunshine Coast.
Aaron Evans Joins SCA Bunbury
North Metropolitan TAFE in Leederville (Perth) is proud to announce another student hire. Diploma student Aaron Evans has been recruited by SCA Bunbury (WA) as the next South West breakfast producer for Triple M’s Blackers for Breakfast from January 2017. Prior to his recruitment Aaron was in an on-air/producer role at North Metropolitans college station Boom Radio.
Vale Bob Francis (1939-2016)
Well known Adelaide radio dj and talkback host Bob Francis has died aged 77. The Advertiser reports: “The man who raged over the airwaves for almost six decades sought a calming cup of tea from his fifth wife Anna yesterday at his North Adelaide home, after complaining of feeling unwell. His wife returned to find the radio legend had died suddenly at age 77.” His biggest claim to fame was, as a 25-year-old, bringing The Beatles to Adelaide in 1964 on the back of 80,000 signatures on a petition. More details.
2016 CBAA Community Radio Awards
Hundreds of community broadcasters from across Australia gathered in Melbourne for the 2016 CBAA Community Radio Awards. Winners were announced across 20 categories celebrating community broadcasting excellence and recognising the accomplishments of community radio services and the people behind them. This year, the prestigious Tony Staley Award for Excellence in Community Broadcasting went to Golden Days Radio. The Michael Law Award for a sustained and outstanding contribution by an individual to community broadcasting was awarded to Fine Music’s Max Benyon, celebrating his achievements over the last 43 years in the sector. Full story and winners.
Audio Brand VQ Puts On The Glamour With Christmas Radio Campaign
Designer British radio brand VQ plans to accelerate its expansion into Australia through a joint Christmas campaign with Commercial Radio Australia aimed at putting the glamour into radio products. The campaign is VQ’s first major marketing push in Australia since entering the market earlier this year, and promotes the Retro Mini DAB+ digital radio with built-in Bluetooth speaker, which retails for $129. Full details.
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.
Abigail Wins smooth FM
Mystery Word Worth $56,100
22 year-old Abigail from Victoria has won $56,100 by guessing smooth fm’s Mister Word. Full details.
Old 2RG/Star FM Building Sold
2RG/Star FM’s old broadcast centre at 161 Remembrance Drive Griffith has been sold. It went up for auction on November 17. However it was passed in and didn't sell. Many ex- employees were in attendance including Brad George and longtime breakfast announcer Allan Wallett. (Allan was on breakfast for 42 years!). 2 days later the broadcast centre building was sold. Griffith Real Estate reported: “Today marked a new era with the unconditional sale,negotiated overnight, of the iconic Broadcast Centre.” More details.
Brett Fitzpatrick Pops The Question
Brett Fitzpatrick, a member of SEN’s direct sales team found a creative way to propose to his partner of three years Stacey Skaro (currently Justace Media, former Austereo, 2UE and SEN/3MP) on SEN’s The Run Home on Wednesday night. Here the audio of how it played out.
Territory FM To The Rescue
In Darwin, a Legacy Box was stolen at a Northern Suburbs shopping centre. Mel Little from Territory FM breakfast took to the phones looking to try and get the 1k back in some donations. For about 2 hours the phones lit up. Station Manager Matt Bern says: “All the news service took to the story and the good will. We were all shocked for the volunteers at Legacy NT for having their donation box stolen. Our listeners came to the rescue with $7,000. I was amazed of the frequency of callers wanting to help. It was a fantastic effort” More details and audio.
RedFM Launches The Vault.
The new Vault program is presented and produced by Robbie Klitzing and Adam McGuire (hosts of The RedFM Big Breakfast.) Each episode will feature a classic artist and takes an in depth look into the songs that shaped their careers. The 11 part series features Australia talent including Jimmy Barnes, Kav Temperley from Eskimo Joe, Peter Garrett and Tim Rogers from You Am I. Episode 1 of The Vault airs Saturday Morning from 7am across the RedFM network in Western Australia featuring Kevin Mitchell from Jebediah.
Mark Ritson - View The Session
Mark Ritson, Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Melbourne Business School and a Visiting Professor at Singapore Management University, was a guest speaker at this year’s Commercial Radio Conference. You can hear his full presentation by clicking this link.
Why you probably hate every radio station at the moment James McCann, writer and comedian, gives his thoughts on the music played on today’s radio. In his opinion: “Much of the best music from my generation isn’t making it to the radio. If you have the time to spend hours searching the internet, going through blogs, and chasing unknown artists, there are some truly excellent acts out there.” Full story.
Radio1629am Search For Swing Music Fan
Radio1629am might be small but they have a big following – global in fact. The online streaming broadcaster, which specialised in swing, big band and old-time dancing music from the 1940s to 60s, was regularly in touch with listeners around the world. But there was one fellow from Gunnedah who drew their attention in particular. Full story.