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2CC and 2CA Changes
Richard Perno is leaving 2DU Dubbo and will join Talking Canberra 2CC hosting 3-6pm weekdays. He will replace current Canberra Live host Chris Coleman (pictured) who is resigning from his drive role. At Forever Classic 2CA, Cathy Dinn (pictured) has been announced as the new Drive Announcer 2-7pm weekdays. Dinn is returning to her former station to replace Greg Robson who has decided to take a break from radio. Richard and Cathy commence their new roles on Monday February 26.
Ally Joins C91.3
Ally Redondo, an afternoon traffic reporter for KIIS FM has joined C91.3FM Campbelltown. Ally joins Josh Webster for breakfast while regular host Lyndal Koteras is on maternity leave.
Nova Entertainment on Air Line Up Returns in 2018
has recently agreed to new contracts with the network's key talent for 2018. Cathy O’Connor
, NOVA Entertainment’s CEO said, “We are proud of our performance which has been delivered as a result of our consistent on-air line up. We expect to build on our strength in 2018.” Full Details.
SEN shake-up continues
Former Australia Test cricketer Rodney Hogg is the latest pundit to be shown the door a day at SEN a day after it was revealed that evening host Mark Fine and weekend presenter Kevin Hillier were axed. Hogg confirmed the news on Twitter today, thanking listeners for their patronage. Fine had been at SEN for 13 years while Hillier served 11 years.
Rita Panahi joins 3AW's Sunday Morning Show
Outspoken Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi is the newest recruit to 3AW’s Sunday Morning program. Panahi will co-host the morning program alongside Darren James and Nick McCallum, starting on January 21. Panahi will also have regular segments on Nights with Steve Price and a number of other roles on 3AW.
Kevin Hillier Another SEN Casualty
SEN 1116 Melbourne casual presenter Kevin Hillier has also lost his fill in role. He says: "In 45 years of radio I've only been sacked a few times but notched another up today. My time at 1116 SEN is over. Been doing summers and fill ins since 2007, never wanted a full time gig. I love broadcasting, always will and I certainly believe I have a few good shows left in me. Thanks for your support. Another door opens......"
Vale Les Rose
Former radio announcer, Les Rose, passed away on Monday 15 January in Adelaide. Rose, aged 64, died in his sleep following a long illness. He spent 34 years in radio and In the '80s he worked 2CA and 2CC in Canberra. He also worked at 5AU, 2GZ and hosted the 'Hit File' syndicated program.
Frank Vincent sacked from 2CA after harassment complaint
The company that controls Canberra radio station 2CA
sacked breakfast presenter Frank Vincent
on Tuesday after allegations of sexual harassment.Vincent was taken off the air a day after the board of Radio Canberra
said it received a report from an independent investigator who was appointed last year to investigate harassment allegations. Full details.
It's been reported that Rob Duckworth
could be a fill-in replacement.
SEN veteran Mark Fine latest victim in shake-up
has sacked its evenings host, Mark Fine
, as the changes continue at the sports station. The broadcaster’s 15 years at the station came to an end late Monday afternoon when he received a phone call from management. Full Story
WSFM to play all Aussie music on controversial January 26
not the only radio station planning to play all Aussie music on January 26, with WSFM
now announcing they are planning to do something similar. Full story.
FIVEaa New Look Schedule For 2018
‘Conversations with Cornesy’ interviews will now be broadcast daily on FIVEaa
from 12-1pm weekdays.The move is part of the confirmed 2018 station schedule, which includes Malcolm Blight
joining Kane Cornes
for Sportsday SA, 6-7pm weekdays.Full details.
CRA Announces Xtra Insights Contract Extension
The commercial radio industry has announced Xtra Insights
has been appointed to a further two years as the official provider of radio audience measurement surveys in regional Australia. The contract extension is effective immediately, with ratings surveys planned for several major regional centres in 2018, including Hobart, Wollongong, Gosford, Townsville and Bendigo. More details.
Lindsay on Illawarra Drive
Lindsay 'The Doctor' McDougall will host ABC's Illawarra Drive from 3-6pm weekdays in 2018. He's a former triple j host and a rock guitarist. Lindsay's program commences on 97.3FM on Monday 22nd January.
Graham Kemp Loses His Wife Sharon
On Sunday 14th January, Sharon Kemp - wife of former Brisbane radio boss Graham Kemp, passed away in the early hours. Graham and Sharon were together 40 years. Sharon died after a battle with cancer. She was step mum to Tony and Megan. Sharon's funeral will be on Thursday 1pm at Mt Gravatt Crematorium.
Robbo Axed From Melbourne's SEN
After 13 years with SEN 1116 management has axed Mark 'Robbo' Robinson. He was a panelist on many of the 1116 SEN radio station's shows, including The Run Home.
Sacha Moves To Hit Network
Executive Producer Sacha French has moved from KIIS 101.1 to SCA Melbourne to work with Hughesy and Kate. She'll produce their new Hit Network drive show which commences on January 15.
CBAA Dismisses Industry Protest
(Community Broadcasting Association Of Australia) has responded to a protest by Amrap
(Australian Music Radio Airplay Project) after all six members vacated the CBAA offices. Full details.
Whateley Explains ABC Defection
has opened up about why he swapped the ABC
for a much smaller audience on Melbourne radio station SEN.
"I'm 43, I've been there [the ABC] since I was in my 20s," Whateley told Fairfax Media. "It's my moment to go and have a crack at something else." Full Story.
Brad Hardie in Hospital after Suspected Stroke
radio presenter, Brad Hardie
has suffered a suspected stroke and is recovering in a Melbourne hospital. It is yet to be determined how long he will be away from the microphone. Hardie won the Brownlow Medal in 1985 while playing with the Bulldogs in his first season in the VFL. Full Story.
New 96FM Duo Plan To Fire Up Airwaves
new breakfast duo Lisa Fernandez
and Paul Hogan
have promised an “unfiltered” and “politically incorrect” return to the Perth airwaves. Full Story.
Meshel Upset Over Stitch-Up
It seems Meshel Laurie is a bit disgruntled about the use of her image on this mornings first episode of "Jase & PJ". Kiis FMs' new drive show "Will & Woody" made an appearance on the show this morning wearing t-shirts and had coffee mugs with "Matt & Meshel" branding. Laurie took to Instagram with a post about it.
ARN Announces 2018 Changes at WSFM
has announced Scott Muller
has been appointed Content Director for Sydney’s WSFM, and Mike Hammond
and Steven Fitton
will join the WSFM team in 2018 as Morning and Afternoon announcers respectively. Jason Staveley
will continue his role as Music Director and Drive announcer on WSFM. More details.
Former Adelaide Announcer Killed By Lightning
Antony Van Der Meer,
a former presenter on Adelaide community radio station Fresh 92.7,
was struck and killed by lightning in the Northern Territory. The 35-year-old man was hiking the Rim Walk with family members on New Year's Day. Full story.
A Busy Barker
Macquarie National radio's Steve Barker was a busy boy once again covering the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race. This was the fastest Sydney to Hobart race in history! It also resulted in a controversial finish with the race's most successful yacht in its 73 year history, Wild Oats 11 - going from its (unprecedented) 9th line honours win and 3rd race record to (no prizes for) 2nd! Steve says: "Radio won - day, night, people were in the picture and informed. Live, immediate, national, exciting!"
Kirsty Returns To Australia
Kirsty Meyer has been appointed as Content Director for Southern Cross Austereo Cairns stations Hit and Triple M. Kirsty returns from Abu Dhabi where shewas Program Director at Radio 2.
Gerard Whateley Leaves ABC
Sports broadcaster Gerard Whateley
has announced he is leaving the ABC,
to take up a role with Melbourne sports radio station SEN.
He issued a statement on social media on Monday afternoon confirming "circumstances" had conspired to hasten his departure from the national broadcaster. He will join a revamped SEN as host of a morning program called "Whateley" and as the station's chief sports caller. Full story.
Hope Content Director Moves On
Hope 103.2 Sydney Content Director Aaron Ironside has moved on. The station its expected to soon announce his replacement.
Mandy Coolen joins Amal Saleh on 2GO Breakfast
returns to Breakfast radio on The Central Coast, after two years, to join comedian, Akmal Saleh. Mandy & Akmal's breaky show will begin on January 15th from 5:30am – 9am on 107.7 2GO. Full Story
Ash Pollard joining Daniel Gawndy on Sea FM Breakfast
The Hit Network has announced that Ash Pollard
will be joining Daniel ‘Gawndy’ Gawned
on the Central Coast’s 101.3 SEA FM
for Breakfast for 2018. Ash has made many appearances on reality TV shows, such as 'My Kitchen Rules', 'Dancing with the Stars'
and 'I'm a Celebrity, Get me out of Here!' Full Story
Triple M's New Australia Day Feature
has filled the Australia Day
radio countdown slot vacated by triple J’s Hottest 100
. The SCA rock station is planning an “Ozzest 100” on January 26, featuring only Australian songs. An email to Triple M subscribers read “So, the taxpayer funded FM has decided that there’ll be no soundtrack for Australia Day. Let’s face it, that’s usually full of hipsters or kids making music on a Mac. At Triple M, we’re going to give you what you’ve asked for. The perfect Australia Day soundtrack.” Full story
6MM Going FM
6MM in Mandurah will be allowed to convert to FM by ACMA together with an earlier approval where 3YB will swap frequencies with 3RPH's Warrnambool service.
2017 DAB Radio Ratings - Survey 8
The eighth DAB Radio Ratings were released this morning. The top rating DAB stations were Coles Radio
Melbourne (73000), ABC Jazz
Sydney (64000), Coles Radio
Brisbane (29000), Oldskool Hits Radio
Adelaide (18000) and Buddha Hits
Radio and Smooth
both tied in the Perth Survey (24000). Full details
New Hit106.9 Breakfast Show
Hit 106.9 has announced a new Newcastle breakfast show in 2018 – Nick, Jess & Simon. Nick Gill has had a busy first few weeks of summer, making some new friends to join him in waking up Newcastle on Hit106.9 in 2018! Simon Baggs, who has been filling in for Nick during 2017, joins the team full time, while Jess Farchione (pictured) completes the line-up. Jess is no stranger to breakfast radio, joining the team from her current role on the Hit Network in Shepparton.
The Most Played Song in Australia for 2017
‘Something Just Like This’ by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
was the most played song on Australian radio in 2017. AirCheck™ released the figures today showing ‘Something Just Like This’ in the top spot with 21,421 spins. The smash hit, released on 22 February, was spun 21,421 times across 29 stations with Nova 919 Adelaide playing the track the most, accounting for 1,397 spins. Full details.
GfK Metro Survey 8, 2017
The final GfK
survey results for 2017 were released this morning. The top rating stations were once again 3AW
Melbourne (15%), 2GB
Sydney (11.3%), Nova 106.9
Brisbane (13.3%), Mix 102.3
Adelaide (12.3%) and Mix 94.9
Perth (14.6%). Full details.
New 2018 Breakfast team on Hobart's Hit 100.9
and Nathan Roye
will be the new breakfast duo on Hobart's Hit 100.9
in 2018. The boys will make the move from Sydney to Hobart in January to take over Hit 100.9 breakfast from 6am - 9am weekdays. More details.
SEN 2018 Afternoon Line Up Announced
Pacific Star Network
has announced its first phase of programming for 1116 SEN
for 2018, unveiling its line-up between 12 and 6pm. Station general manager Cathy Thomas
confirmed much-loved SEN identities Kevin Bartlett
and Dr Turf
would join forces each afternoon from 3pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday, into the new year. Full story.
Malcolm Blight returns to Adelaide and joins FIVEaa
Malcolm Blight is home after nearly two decades away from Adelaide. He has moved back to SA with wife Patsy and will take up a new radio role alongside Kane Cornes on FIVEaa next month. Blight, 67, has lived in Queensland since 2002 and was previously based in Melbourne.
Dangerous' Dave's New Role
Triple M's Dangerous Dave Williams (not Hobart's 'Dangerous Dave') will have a new role in 2018. He will anchor the new national drive show, hosted by Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy.
K Rock's New Brekky Show
Fresh Daily with Tom (Lewis) and Sarah Maree has been announced as the new K Rock Geelong breakfast show in 2018. The program debuts on January 8.
Jocelyn Nettlefold leaves ABC Radio Hobart
ABC Local Content Manager and journalist Joce Nettlefold is leaving ABC Radio Hobart. Joce was recently awarded a PhD for research into improving citizen engagement. She will be leading a national media literacy project for the ABC in partnership with the University of Tasmania.
Hit FM New Breaky Team
The new Hit WA Breakfast show will consist of Jesse Watkins and Juelz Jarry (pictured). Jesse is the current South West workday announcer. He has worked for Hit FM WA for over two years and started with a stint filling in for Breakfast. Jesse will be joined by Juelz Jarry former Hit FM Dubbo Breakfast Announcer. Juelz has been nominated for 9 ACRA’s and has won 3. The show will commence Monday January 15th.
Hamish & Andy to stay Podcasting with SCA in 2018 & 2019
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) today announced that radio superstars Hamish Blake
and Andy Lee
will be making original podcasts for SCA’s podcast platform, PodcastOne
in 2018 and 2019. Full Story
Craig Huggins On WSFM
With the departure of Ron E Sparks from WSFM, Melbourne based presenter Craig Huggins has been heard on WS FM Sydney. He's also heard on his regular Gold 104.3 Melbourne morning show and Cruise 1323 Adelaide.
It's Summer Breakfast With Sinclair
Trevor Sinclair will be filling in on 2CH Sydney breakfast from Christmas Day for 3 weeks.
Nik James Moves Into Sales
Nik James has taken up the Account Executive role at Port Macquarie's Super Radio Network at Radio 93.5 FM (Port-Hastings Region) and 531 AM (Kempsey-Macleay). He will work alongside John O'Callaghan who has been at the station for over 17 years.
Canberra tuning in to DAB+ digital radio
Two new commercial digital radio stations, Elf Radio
and Coles Radio
, have launched in Canberra as new figures show DAB+ digital radio has gained a strong audience in the national capital, with one in four people listening to DAB+ each week. Full Story
929 Tamworth is Getting a Makeover
After nearly 25 years on air as 929
, the Tamworth radio station is celebrating the quarter century milestone with a complete brand revamp. As of Friday the 1st of December, 929 will instead be known as onefm
. Full Story
Charlie Fox and Ron E Sparks Exit ARN
has announced that Charlie Fox,
Content Director for WSFM
and The Edge
and Ron E Sparks,
Morning Announcer for WSFM
have left ARN
. Full details.
Random Radio News
Australia's favourite country rocker on Territory FM
Lee Kernaghan will join the Charles Darwin University 104.1 Territory FM team in 2018, sharing his love for the music, artists and stories behind today’s best country from 10am, Saturday, 27 January. Station Manager and Content Director Matt Bern said the new Southern Cross Austereo’s Australia-wide show “The Range with Lee Kernaghan” would be broadcast every Saturday showcasing great country music from Australia and the world on Territory FM. The Range will be broadcast on 104.1 Territory FM every Saturday from 10am to 12pm.
KIIS FM host Will McMahon misses show
KIIS FM's new national drive show host, Will McMahon, was hospitalised as a precautionary measure after being involved in a bicycle accident on Tuesday Jan 16. McMahon missed his 4pm radio slot alongside co-host LinkWoody Whitelaw on the Will & Woody show after he was hit by a car while cycling to the Melbourne radio station in Richmond. More details.
Radio Influences Dining Trends
One out of two radio listeners dine out at least once a week, 30% are eating out more frequently than before, and what they hear on radio influences their meal time decisions, according the latest Finding Consumer Trends report released by Commercial Radio Australia and Presslaff Interactive Revenue. The Dining Habits survey, which involved more than 2,750 listeners from across Australia, reveals listeners’ preferences and interests when choosing to eat out and at home. Full story.
World’s Highest Paid Radio Hosts
According to Forbes Magazine Howard Stern leads the list, making $90 million between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017. The SiriusXM host now has a net worth of $450 million. Conservative talk host Rush Limbaugh came in second earning $84 million. Ryan Seacrest rounds out the top three with $58 million. Forbes lists Bill O’Reilly in 4th with $37 million although O’Reilly hasn’t had a radio show in quite some time. 5th was Sean Hannity at $36 million and Glen Beck was 6th with $10 million.