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September Radio News

Philip Brady Calls Time on Nightline

3AW legend and Melbourne icon Philip Brady will host Nightline for the final time on Thursday, September 26. The 3AW Nightline program and Philip Brady have enjoyed a long and successful run on the station for almost 30 years and the program is achieving extraordinarily high ratings. Philip has decided to finish while on top, still commanding an incredible 27.9% of the radio audience. Philip, 80, will continue hosting the even stronger-rating (32.9%) Remember When program with Simon Owens every Sunday night from 10pm to midnight. Full story.

John Singleton sells out of radio

Advertising veteran John Singleton has agreed to sell out of his involvement in radio in an $80m deal that ends six decades as a media player. Nine is seeking to buy the remaining 45.5 per cent of Macquarie, which owns 2GB radio station in Sydney, 3AW in Melbourne and 4BC in Brisbane.

3AW Goes Off Air

Melbourne talkback station 3AW went off air for a few hours on Sunday September 22. Listeners of the station’s Sunday Morning program were stuck with nothing but dead air after the studios suffered a major power outage to their servers and computers around 11:30am. The technical issue caused the program to fall off the air, affecting broadcast signals. The station returned to air at around 1:30pm.

Gippsland Radio Survey

TRFM rated No 1 in the latest Xtra Insights Radio Survey. They had a share of 32.4% (+1.1). ABC Gippsland came 2nd with 18.7 (+1.6), next came Gold 1242 with 18% (+4.6) and then triple j with 6.8% (+0.3).  Full details and press release.

Macquarie Media Axes Mark Braybrook
 To End Brisbane-produced Content On 4BC

Mark Braybrook, the Brisbane-based host of 4BC Drive show will host his last program this Friday as the station’s owner looks to air content produced in Sydney. Braybrook was believed to have been informed of the decision on Tuesday afternoon. The media veteran started as a sports reporter with 2UE in 1988 and moved to Brisbane to join 4BC in 1993. (Source: Courier-Mail) Full story.   

Braybrook said: “I feel I should make some comment about an article that appeared on the Courier-Mail’s website.The paper reports that Friday will be my last show as host of 4BC Drive.That is true, I have planned holidays for the non-ratings period for months."  Full statement

Vale Jamie Martinovich

Jamie Martinovich, Nova Entertainment’s commercial director, has passed away. Martinovich had been with Nova since 2005, and was its commercial director and market lead in Perth. “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the sudden passing of Jamie,” says CEO Cathy O’Connor. “Over the past 14 years, Jamie has been a highly respected member of NOVA Entertainment. During this time, Jamie made a significant contribution to the culture and success of the business. “Jamie will be sorely missed, and our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his partner Christine, children Elli, Nixon and Ben, friends and colleagues.”

AFTRS and SCA Announce The Hubble Talent Academy Graduation Internship Award

In a major opportunity for an emerging broadcast professional, AFTRS, the national screen and broadcast school, and Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) have announced ‘The Hubble Talent Academy’ Graduation Internship Award. Confirmed for an initial three years, the Award will support one talented graduate of the AFTRS’ Graduate Diploma in Radio course.  The winner of the Award will be given six weeks, full time, paid employment at a regional radio station. Full details.

Triple M’s The Big Breakfast farewells Robin Bailey
Triple M Brisbane’s The Big Breakfast will this Friday farewell a beloved member of the team in Robin Bailey. Content Director Rex Morris made the announcement saying, “It is with great sadness that we have to announce Robin Bailey’s departure from the Big Breakfast on Triple M. Robin’s husband Sean (Pickwell) has been battling cancer for some time now, and Robin has made the decision to step away from the microphone to care for him and her family at this time.” He said Robin’s second time around at SCA had been another successful chapter in a stellar radio career. Full story.

Triple M & 1116 SEN unite in tribute to Danny Frawley

Danny 'Spud' Frawley’s radio mates will reunite this Saturday afternoon with Triple M and 1116 SEN to simulcast a special edition of The Saturday Rub, in a tribute to the life of the St Kilda champion and larger-than-life media figure. Full details.

Bunbury Xtra Insights Survey

Hit Southwest was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights radio survey with a share of 27.2% (-3.6).  Next came triple j with 18.3% (+4.3), ABC Southwest with 16.3% (-1.2) and then Triple M Southwest with 12.1% (-1.3).  Full details.

Teacher’s Pet creator joins industry leaders
at Radio Alive 2019

Hedley Thomas, who investigated, co-produced and presented the hugely successful The Teacher’s Pet podcast series, will be a keynote speaker at the 2019 Radio Alive national conference. Thomas will talk about the power of story-telling through the podcast format and share a behind-the-scenes account in conversation with 2GB radio presenter Ben Fordham. Full story.

Mackay Survey Results

Hit Mackay and Whitsundays 23.1% (+ 0.3) was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights radio survey.  Triple M came second with 17.5% (-4.6), then came Star 101.9 with 16.5% (+3.9) followed by 4MK with 9.1% (-0.2).  Full details.

Oscar Wills Moves To Sydney

Oscar Wills has left ABC Riverina breakfast.  He's taken on a job as a producer at ABC Sydney's drive show.

Jaben Ryan Leaves 2DAY FM

Jaben Ryan has departed 2Day FM and is now working in real estate for Wiseberry Real Estate..  On his Instagram page he announced: "After a lot of thinking and a small time out I decided it’s time to move on from radio and chase a new passion outside of the media (not golf). Thanks so much to SCA and The Nova Network for letting me live out my dreams over a solid 10 year run."

Dylan Lewis Departs Nova 919
The Nova Network announced that Dylan Lewis has resigned from Nova 919 in Adelaide. Having spent 13 years with the Nova Network, Lewis joined Nova 100 in 2006 and became part of Nova 919’s breakfast show in 2012. More recently Lewis has been heard alongside Hayley Pearson on Nova 919’s Dylan & Hayley breakfast show in Adelaide. The Dylan & Hayley breakfast show will be heard on Nova 919 for the reminder of the year. An announcement regarding the evolution of Nova 919’s breakfast show for 2020, will follow in due course.

August 2019 Radio News

Cairns Radio Ratings

Star 102.7 rated No 1 in the latest Xtra Insights Cairns radio survey. They had a share of 22.4% (previously 19.7%). They were followed by - Hit 105.3 - 20.7%, 99.5 Triple M - 15.2%, triple j - 12.1%, ABC Far North - 11.2% and 4CA with 7.2%.  Full details.

2019 CBAA Community Radio Awards finalists

The finalists for the 2019 CBAA Community Radio Awards have been announced. More than 95 finalists span the 26 award categories, and represent a diverse cross section of the community radio sector. The full list of finalists can be found below.  Winners for these - as well as the Station Leadership, Michael Law and Tony Staley Awards - will be announced at the 2019 CBAA Community Radio Awards Gala Dinner, on Saturday, 26 October 2019 in Melbourne. Full details.

Tony Thomas Leaves Nova

NOVA Entertainment has announced that after nine years Chief Marketing Officer Tony Thomas has resigned. Thomas said, “There are so many highlights of my time at NOVA Entertainment such as launching the hugely successful smoothfm radio brand, the invention of Nova’s Red Room, leading the launch and importantly building a team of marketing professionals who are the best in the media business.” Tony Thomas’ resignation is effective 30 August.

GfK Metro Radio Ratings - Survey 5

Talk stations 3AW and 2GB continued at No 1 in Melbourne and Sydney. 3AW had a share of 15.2% (-0.4) with 2GB 13.4% (-0.6). It was a tight race in Brisbane, but Nova 93.7 rated No 1 with 14.4% (+0.3). Nova 106.9 is the No 1 station in Perth with 12.5% (+0.8). In Adelaide, Mix 102.3 cotinued at No 1 with a share of 13.3% (+1.2). Full details.

John McCoy Retires

After 16 years as morning host on RadioTAB Brisbane, John 'Macca' McCoy is retiring at the age of 70.  For over five decades he's covered sport in Queensland. McCoy’s first on-air shift was at Radio 4LM on December 29th, 1966. In the late '60s he worked at 'Color Radio' 4IP.  He would go on to secure the sports role he’d dreamed about as a young boy with Radio 4BC in 1971. He called the very first State of Origin match at Lang Park in July 1980 and he is also credited with having coined the term “Brisbane Broncos” just prior to the team’s official formation.

2019 Survey 2 Newcastle Survey

102.9 Triple M rated No 1 in the latest GfK Newcastle survey with a share of 17.5% (+0.7).  Sister station Hit 106.9 came second with 12.7% (+0.2), then Triple J with 12.5% (+1.0). ABC Newcastle had a share of 9.8% (+0.2), NEW FM 8.1% (+0.6) and 2HD 6.2% (-1.8). Triple M rated No 1 in all day sessions but in evening they shared No 1 with triple j - both on 14.7% Full details.

Tim Shaw Leaves 2CC

Canberra radio personality Tim Shaw has announced he is leaving 2CC after almost four years at the station. Shaw made the announcement on Twitter: "Canberra listeners, thank you for the last three and a half years on the Tim Shaw Breakfast Show," he said. "New career opportunities have arisen. My time at 2CC has come to an end." It's understood Shaw handed in his resignation to station management at least three weeks ago. A replacement for the drive shift has yet to be announced, but the new presenter is expected to start in upcoming weeks.(Source: Canberra Times)

Sunshine Coast Radio Survey

MIX FM was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights Sunshine Coast radio survey with a share of 18.4% (+0.9).  In second place was triple j with 13.5% (+2.4).  Next came Hot 91 with 11.6% (+1.7) and then SEAFM with 10.0 (+3.1).  Full details and press releases.

Finalists announced for 2019 Radio Awards

Finalists in the 31st annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) were announced today. Two-time winners in the FM category Kate, Tim and Marty (Nova Entertainment) are amongst the finalists that include six-time winners Kyle  and Jackie O (KIIS 106.5 Sydney).  The Metropolitan Best On Air Team AM title will be a contest between Ray Hadley’s Continuous Call Team, Breakfast with David Penberthy & Will Goodings (FIVEaa, Adelaide), Drive with Mark Allen & David Schwarz (Macquarie Sports Radio, Melbourne), Laurel, Gary & Mark (4KQ Brisbane), and 2GB’s first female news/talk duo, Afternoons with Erin Molan & Natalie Peters. Full list and details.

Alan Jones Given Warning From Chairman

A statement from Macquarie Media Chairman Russell Tate reads: " On Thursday on his 2GB and 4BC breakfast show, Alan Jones made certain comments in respect of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, which caused offence to many people. Recognising the offence caused by his remarks, Alan on Friday publicly apologised for them. In his apology, Alan recognised that his comments were “careless, unnecessary and wrong”, and “should have been more clearly thought out”. He indicated that he had apologised sincerely to Prime Minister Ardern for any offence given, and had certainly not intended to suggest any harm through his comments. Notwithstanding his apologies, I have today discussed the matter with Alan and advised him that any recurrence of commentary of this nature will result in the termination of his contract"

Dave Nicolson's Moves From West To East

Dave Nicholson has left Spirit 98.1 Geraldton. He's accepted a new radio role at 2LM/ZZZ Lismore to be their new Production Guru.  After a long drive ... he's arrived - and officially starts on Monday August 19.

2Day FM Axes Breakfast Show

The 2Day FM Breakfast show with Grant Denyer, Ed Kavalee and Ash London has been axed. The trio will host their final show tomorrow with the presenters remaining as part of the Hit Network. “Ash London will continue to host Ash London Live nationally from 6.30pm weeknights,” head of the Hit Network, Gemma Fordham, said in a statement. “Ed Kavalee will continue to fill in for Kate Langbroek, who is enjoying the European summer with her young family, with Hughesy from 4.30pm. Grant Denyer will continue making appearances around the Network.” Fordham announced that from Monday onwards the radio station will “play just music for breakfast”. “2Day’s Music for Breakfast will be played by Jamie Angel, who returns to the 2Day airwaves,” she said. It is the sixth breakfast show in six years that 2Day FM has axed.

Malcolm T Elliott Funeral

Please note that Malcom T Elliott's funeral will be at 11am next Tuesday August 20 at Parkview Funerals, 43 Holland Street, Goonellbah, NSW (a suburb of Lismore). Elliott died of natural causes (a heart attack) on August 8.


Dwayne Russell to leave 3AW to join SEN

One of the most successful radio partnerships is coming to an end with news SEN boss Craig Hutchison has lured a big name to his station for next year. For the past 15 years Dwayne Russell and Brownlow Medallist Gerard Healy have been the hosts of the top rating drivetime Sports Today program on 3AW. Russell, who calls football for 3AW on Friday nights, will also join SEN’s calling team next season. Since January, Russell has hosted ‘Dwayne’ between 3-4pm daily on SEN SA. (Source: Herald Sun)

Juelz Jarry Announced as Heidi Anderson’s
Maternity Leave Cover

Hit92.9’s Heidi, Xavier and Pete welcomed Juelz Jarry to the team as Heidi Anderson heads off on maternity leave at the end of the week. Juelz joins Hit92.9 from Hit Southwest where she has been part of the Jesse & Juelz breakfast show. Juelz officially joins the show on Monday August 19. Heidi’s final show for the year will be Friday August 16, and she will return at the start of 2020.

Luke and Carley take over the workday shift
Luke Lum and Carley Whittington have taken over the Hit Network’s Workdays across 27 regional markets. Luke is heard from 9am-10am, and for the next three months Carley Whittington will be heard 10am-3pm weekdays. From November, Maddy Rowe will take over the 10am - 3pm shift.

Rory Hession - Hit92.9’s New Workday Announcer
Rory Hession from Nova 106.9 Brisbane will join Hit92.9 Perth as the station’s new Workday Announcer. Rory previously hosted breakfast at Power100 in Townsville and New FM Newcastle. Hession will commence with Hit92.9 on September 4.

Dubbo Regional Survey 2019

Hit 93.5 was No 1 in latest Xtra Insights Dubbo survey.  They had a share of 23.9% (-1.0).  Next came 2DU with 22.2% (+1.6), then sister station ZOO FM with 17.3% (+0.2). ABC Western had a share of 9.9% (-0.7). Full details.

Orange Regional Survey 2019

Hit 105.9 Central West was No 1 in the latest Xtra Insights Orange Survey.  They had a share of 28.9% (-3.6). Next came Triple M 105.1 Central West with 27.4 (+2.6) and then ABC Central West with 11.4% (-0.5). Full details.

Nights With John Stanley Launches August 12

Nights with John Stanley will broadcast from 8 pm Monday to Thursday on 2GB, 3AW, 4BC and network stations. It will also air on Friday nights following the AFL and NRL seasons. John Stanley will be joined nightly between 8-9pm by Jane Marwick. More information.

Vale Malcolm T Elliott

Well known Victorian-born Sydney announcer Malcolm T Elliott passed away overnight in a hotel room. Elliott, aged 73, had been living in Lismore in Northern NSW since 2004.  Malcolm T (born Malcolm Allan Elliott) worked on many stations including 2UW, 2TM, 2SM, 2GB, 2KY, 2KO, 2HD, 4BK and 3AK.  He was also a regular on the TV program Celebrity Squares. 

Sarah Griggs Joins ACE Radio

Sarah Griggs has started at 3SH Mixx FM as their Creative Writer and Announcer. She was previously at Flow FM in Adelaide.

Dave Ferrier Joins The Rush Hour
Dave Ferrier has been appointed mix94.5’s new host of The Rush Hour. Dave was previously with 101.9 Fox FM in Melbourne where he worked as anchor of Carrie & Tommy, plus producing  a number of nationally syndicated shows.

Macquarie Radio Slumps In Difficult Ad Market

Macquarie Media chief executive Adam Lang has acknowledged shareholders will find the company's double-digit profit and earnings drop "disappointing" but has doubled down on the radio network's strategy for Sydney's 2GB and Melbourne's 3AW. The AM radio station owner posted a 33 per cent drop in underlying net profit after tax to $14.4 million in the past financial year, and a 16 per cent slump in earnings (before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) to $27.1 million. (Source: Sydney Morning Herald)

Triple M Melbourne’s New Morning Announcer

Sarah Maree Cameron will join Triple M Melbourne as the station’s new Mornings Announcer. Born and raised in Melbourne, she returns to her hometown to join Triple M. Currently she co-hosts the Breakfast show on K-Rock Geelong, and prior to that was on-air at Fox and Nova. Sarah Maree says: “To be joining the legendary Triple M, the station I grew up listening to, feels surreal. I can’t wait to be closer to family and friends and my beloved Richmond Tigers.” Sarah Maree will commence with Triple M in early September.

Tammii Caught Celebrates 25 years with FIVEaa.

Tammii Caught started with FIVEaa Adelaide in July 1994 and the first program she worked on at FIVEaa was the Psychic Saturday night show. When Tammii started at FIVEaa, the on-air line up featured announcers such as Bazz & Pilko, Ken Dicken & Sonya Feldhoff, Ken Cunningham & David Hookes as well as Bob Francis. Today Tammii is Leon Byner’s Morning Show Executive Producer, a role she has held for the past 20 years.

Howard Sattler opens up about wanting to die

Terminally ill Perth radio veteran Howard Sattler has opened up about wanting to end his life, in a push to legalise voluntary euthanasia. The former 6PR announcer has been battling a degenerative brain disease and recently revealed he has months to live. Full story.

Canberra Radio Centre – The New Home of 2CA and 2CC

Radio Canberra Pty is proud to announce that Canberra’s original commercial radio stations, 2CA and 2CC have moved into the new state-of-the-art Canberra Radio Centre in Crace. The Canberra Radio Centre is a purpose built, multi-million-dollar investment in radio broadcasting for the Canberra region, boasting eight radio studios equipped with the very latest digital broadcasting technology.  Full details.

Gold FM No 1 in Gold Coast Tweed Survey

Despite a slight drop in overall ratings, 92.5 Gold FM has claimed No 1 spot in the latest GfK Gold Coast-Tweed survey.  They had a share of 13.9 % (-0.9).  Hot Tomato -  No 1 in previous survey dropped 2.0% to 13.4%.  triple j is now in third position with 10% (+0.4) followed by SEA FM (now hit 90.9) with 9.4% (-1.7). It wasn't a memorable survey for the major three commercial stations as each one dropped in share movement for every session from breakfast to nights. Full details.

Chris Smith ‘excited’ to start penning tell-all book

Outgoing 2GB host Chris Smith says the network has done him a “huge favour” by showing him the door and he will start work on a book about his career. Guests including former prime minister Tony Abbott, 2GB hosts Ben Fordham and Erin Molan, and 40 former staff rallied around the radio announcer of 19 years at his farewell bash at a Pyrmont pub on Wednesday night. Smith said as he left the venue: “In the end, it was all amicable. It was the first farewell drinks I’ve ever had — I’ve been sacked from all my other jobs.” He added: “I knew from my early talks with 2GB this would likely be the result. I’m excited about the future."

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Allan Goes Back to Back at Regional WA Awards

SCA hosted the WA regional awards again on 30th of August at Edith Valley in Roelands. The night brought the whole of regional WA stations together to celebrate those who achieved at an exemplary level. Allan Aldworth from the breakfast show on Triple M Southwest won First in Content for the second year in a row. Full story.

Ray Hadley Voted Radio's Hottest Hunk

Ray Hadley, 64, is officially Australia’s 'hottest hunk.' The 2GB morning host pipped Hit Network funnyman Dave Hughes into second place in the nationwide contest organised by Take 5 magazine. Reigning champ Brendan Jones came sixth this year, one place below ARN stablemate Kyle Sandilands. Full details.

Two Years on Air for Red FM’s

Alana and Robbie!

Alana and Robbie have broken all the radio rules. For nearly 18 months, the breakfast duo have had a real life partnership as well as a professional one. About six months after coming together as a show, it became apparent that there was more to the relationship than just on-air chemistry! Full story.

'Cosi' Costello shares touching

first message to daughter

Andrew “Cosi” Costello — who hosts Adelaide’s Hit 101.7FM breakfast show and Channel 9’s South Aussie with Cosi — shared a screenshot of the message to his more than 116,000 followers on Facebook, alongside a caption describing his sadness that his 11-year-old had officially joined “the world of device addiction”. Full story.

Steve Barker Wins At New York Festival

Radio 'all-rounder' Steve Barker, arrived back in Australia recently with a big trophy and bigger smile. He was one of a handful of Aussies who scored a trophy at the 'New York Festivals' - the international awards recognising the World's Best Work in Radio. 35 countries were in contention this year. Steve collected a bronze art deco replica microphone for his coverage of last year's Sydney to Hobart Yacht race, an event he passionately covers every year. "To present the Blue Water classic (IN NON-YACHTIE speak), the longest and last on the Aussie sporting calendar, over the four days is always a thrill and geez I'm happy the judges in Manhattan felt the same!"

Radio stays strong as Podcast listening and Smart Speaker use grows

Radio has retained its place as the most used audio platform, while awareness and use of podcasts has increased steadily over the past year, and ownership of smart speakers has doubled, according to the findings of the 2019 Infinite Dial Australia Study released today. The comprehensive study of audio and digital media behaviour by global firm Edison Research found that 83% of Australians are now aware of podcasts, up from 78% a year ago. Full story.

Podcasts have overtaken the popularity of music streaming playlists

Australians are listening more to podcasts than to streaming playlists, confirms a new report. UK-based MIDIA Research’s State of the Streaming Nation used Australian data as well as that from the US, UK, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Japan and Sweden. 18% of music streamers listen to podcasts, while only 15% use curated playlists. Full story.

2KM-2MC Staff Reunion

A 2KM-2MC Staff Reunion will be held on September 20 2019 in Kempsey. Organiser Ian Wright from 5MU/POWER FM started his radio career with 2KM in 1971 and has promoted the event through Facebook. Staff can register to attend the Reunion via the Facebook link  or by emailing Ian at  The Facebook page is packed with photos, stories, comment and audio as a lead up to the September event.