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Buzz Bidstrup Heads 'Saturday Night Rock'
Buzz Bidstrup formally of The Angels, The Party Boys and Ganggajang is the new host of Saturday Night Rock on 1041 Territory FM. Content Manager of 1041 Territory FM Matt Bern says “Buzz was a fan of our radio station and visits the Northern Territory on regular basis, to secure is energy, drive and knowledge on all things rock was a win for our radio station. We are really enjoying his rock and roll war stories”. He’s been on air for a few weeks now and the listeners are loving the Buzz. We are getting people tuning in everywhere”
2018 GfK Metro Results - Survey 2
The latest GfK metro survey was released today. 3AW
is still the No 1 station in Melbourne with 13.7%. 2GB
also continues their reign at No 1 in Sydney with 11.5%. In Brisbane, 97.3 FM
returned to No 1 as the top station with 12.9%. In Adelaide, Mix 102.3
again made No 1 with 15.7%, In Perth, Mix 94.5
continued their dominance with 15.6% Full results.
DAB+ Survey 2 Ratings
The latest GfK DAB+ digital ratings were also released on April 24. The following stations made No 1: Edge Digital
(Sydney), Coles Radio
(Brisbane), '90s iHeart Radio
(Adelaide) and Buddha Hits Radio
(Perth). Full details.
Sydney’s 2CH launches brand new Breakfast Show
Journalist, Author and TV personality Indira Naidoo
and 2CH’s Trevor Sinclair
will be the new hosts for Sydney's 2CH
breakfast show, "Breakfast with Indira & Trevor." 2CH’s current breakfast announcer Gareth McCray
will be taking a break and then will be coming back for a new role at 2CH. The new Breakfast Show commences from Monday 30th April. Full story
Judith Chapman's Farewell
It's an end of an era for Spirit Radio Karratha
and Seven West Media
. Judith Chapman
has been with the company 13 years and 8 years as their station boss in Karratha. She read out a very heartfelt letter this morning to their listeners, clients and colleagues: Listen here
. After 13 years in the media she intends on travelling around Australia with her husband Ian and working on her business www.mymemorylane.com.au
Is John Burns Set To Retire from 3AW breakfast?
The Herald-Sun reports: 3AW is looking at a succession plan for their enormously successful breakfast radio show, Ross and John. The talk titans are out of contract at the end of this year, with Ross Stevenson expected to stay on and John Burns to slide gracefully into retirement. Burnso was a barrister before he became Stevenson’s sidekick in 2001, helping to rack up more than 100 number one rating spots. Some say comedian Glenn Robbins is already auditioning through his regular spot on the show.
Vale Darrell Eastlake (1942-2018)
Legendary sports commentator Darrell Eastlake
has died after a battle with Alzheimers disease. He was 75.His media career began on radio when he began providing surf reports on Sydney station 2UW
in the 1960s before moving to Queensland and working full-time for Gold Coast station 4GG.
He returned to NSW in the '70s and signed on with Channel 9
in 1982. Full story.
Dave Shearer now Fresh 92.7 GM
Dave Shearer, former Nova 919 and FIVEaa Adelaide PD has been appointed as the General Manager at Fresh 92.7 Adelaide. He replaces Troy Sincock.
Elle Beattie Joins Kinderling Kids Radio
Elle Beattie (nee Conwell) has been appointed as Executive Producer for the Early Learning Programs at Kinderling Kids Radio. She was formerly the Executive Producer of Nova’s Drive Show ‘Kate, Tim & Marty’
Gary Roberts Announcement
has announced that Gary Roberts,
Managing Director of Nova 93.7
Perth, has tendered his resignation effective from 2 July. He's had nearly 50 years’ experience in broadcast media, including 16 years as Managing Director for Nova 93.7. More details.
RTIFM Back With All Hits, All Day
is back promising ‘all hits, all day’ Commencing on the 18th of April 2018 RTI is launching Its brand new station and rejuvenated format. Newly appointed Content Director Lisa Watson
will steer the ship, alongside Dani Amaya
. New shows include Tim, Jess and Ben in the mornings. Followed up later in the day by Nate, Dani and Rob. Full details.
Tess Connery on 2SER Breakfast Radio
2SER has announced that Tess Connery will be the new presenter of 2SER Breakfast. Tess currently hosts the Tuesday Daily, and has been volunteering at 2SER for three years. She is a graduate of Macquarie University. Outgoing presenter Nic Healey will be moving on to present Breakfast for ABC North West, based in Karratha.
Gemma Joins Hit 104.7
Gemma Maddox has moved from HIT 96.9 in Shepparton commenced at Canberra FM as the Hit 104.7 afternoon announcer 12 – 3. She is also covering social media.
Carmen Braidwood moves on after 96FM axing
After 96 FM'
s breakfast show was yanked, former Perth co-host, Carmen Braidwood
is now focusing her energies into a bright career as an MC, business consultant, lecturing at TAFE. Carmen Braidwood and Brad 'Fitzi' Fitzgerald
were notified in late October last year that their contracts would not be renewed. Full Story
SEA FM No 1 in Gold Coast/Tweed Ratings
In the first survey for 2018, SEA FM
was the top rating station on the Gold Coast with 13.3%. Former No 1 station Hot Tomato
dropped 4.8 to 12.1%. Hot Tomato also recorded huge drops in all sessions. Gold FM
came third with 11.2%. Full details.
Vale Graeme Gilsenan (aka Graeme Gill)
Former Australian announcer Graeme Gilsenan
has died aged 82. He started his radio career in the early 50s as a record boy in the music library at 3UZ
for around 12 months before moving to 3KZ
where he worked as a panel operator for Alan Freeman,
eventually becoming a presenter. In the mid '50s Graeme moved to 2RG
Griffith. More details.
GFK Canberra Radio Ratings - Survey 1
The first GFK
Canberra radio ratings were released today April 11. Mix 106.3
is the No 1 station at 18.1%. 2JJJ
(9.5%) had the highest increase in ratings at 3.1%, whilst ABC Canberra
dropped down to 12.9% (-4.0%). They also lost 10.3 in evening and 5.6 in breakfast. Talk station 2CC
increased their share from 5.9 to 7.1% Full Details Press Releases.
Radio Alive campaign grabs marketers by the ears
Commercial radio has recently launched the next phase of its “Radio Alive
” campaign, using rapid-fire audio effects to bring to life success stories about marketing managers and business owners who have used radio to drive sales results. Full Story
Nick Backstrom On Brekky
Nick Backstrom, a recent graduate of the Radio Training Institute in Melbourne, will make his radio debut as breakfast announcer at 4LG Longreach. Nick was based for many years in Brisbane where he performed as an actor in many local productions.
Blackers Is Back
6iX Perth welcomes back Ian "Blackers" Blackley. He joins their line up from this weekend. He'll also be doing some fill in shifts from next week.
Gazza Sands Says Farewell
Gary 'Gazza' Sands has announced on social media: "Well the day has finally come after 37 years in Community and Commercial broadcasting that I have packed up the headphones and finished my on air career, there have been some very big highs and a couple of lows, have met some wonderful people and will miss the listeners interaction. Hopefully a new full time career in Emergency Services comes to fruition."
2DAY FM Ditch The Ads
This week 2DayFM announced that they would play zero ads from 9am until 4pm daily. A station Tweet reads: “Commercial free until after 4pm on 104.1 2DayFM." In January the station moved from a ‘Hits and Old School’ format to ‘More Music More Variety’.
Vale Stuart Matchett
Stuart Matchett, former Triple J PD, has died. He commenced at 4ZZZ and was more recently in charge of ABC DiG on DAB.
Macquarie Sports Radio Launches April 4
has announced the launch of a new sports radio network Macquarie Sports Radio
. The station will launch on Wednesday April 4 to tie in with the beginning of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. The new network will replace the broadcaster’s Talking Lifestyle
stations. In Sydney and Brisbane, weekday breakfast will be hosted by John Stanley
and Beau Ryan,
whilst Melbourne breakfast will be headed by Tony Leonard, Tony Shaw
and Jimmy Bartel.
Former SEN radio hosts David Schwartz
and Mark Allen
will lead national drive. Full details.
Spirit Radio No 1 in Geraldton
The first ever radio survey for the coastal city of Geraldton in Western Australia’s mid-west region was released today and kicks off the regional radio ratings schedule for 2018. Spirit Radio (No 1 in survey) and Red FM (No 2) are the commercial radio stations serving the region. ABC Mid West and Wheat Belt rated No 3. Full details.
Cricket Australia Cuts Ties with ARN
Cricket Australia has pulled its advertising with the ARN radio network after taking issue with a question one of the network's producers asked at Steve Smith's emotional press conference. Peter Deppeler (pictured), a producer from breakfast show The Kyle and Jackie O Show, attended the conference last Thursday. When Deppeler, who is better known as 'Intern Pete', was called on to ask a question, he said he wanted to take a "change of tack". "To see you upset tonight is very sad. We asked our listeners what we thought about this and we have opened up to them," he said. "Mate I've got to tell you... hold your head high for what you have done because what's actually been worse is what Davina and Dean did on Married At First Sight."
Vale Maurie Service
, a well known 4GG
salesman/newsman and sport presenter, has died on the Gold Coast. He passed away on Saturday March 31 after a battle with cancer. Born in Melbourne, Maurie was with 4GG for 24 years. He joined the station when it opened in 1967. After leaving 4GG he joined community station 4CRB FM
and remained at 4CRB as a newsman until early in 2018. More details.
Peter Graham's Final Program
This weekend Peter Graham hosted his final 'Saturday Night With Peter Graham' program on Sydney's Lifestyle Radio
which is about to relaunch as a sport station. Pete says: "At 66 years of age and proud to have been on "Air" in Sydney for the past 31 years it is now my time to say " No Thanks"
. Full story.
Nova 100 Celebrates 13 Year Partnership with MICF
Nova 100 and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival will celebrate a 13 year partnership from Wednesday 28 March to 22 April. Nova 100’s Chrissie, Sam & Browny will hold a live outside broadcast on Wednesday 28 March from 6am at the Melbourne Town Hall (Lower Town Hall), thanks to TAC. Showcasing many of the comedy shows, Chrissie, Sam & Browny will also chat to some of the comedians each weekday throughout the Festival.
New Podcast Categories Announced for Radio Awards
Three new podcast categories have been introduced for the 2018 Australian Commercial Radio Awards
to celebrate the best original podcasts produced in Australia. Four awards will be presented - Best Original Podcast
(Branded); Best Original Podcast
(Unbranded) and Best Radio Show Podcast
(Metro and Non-Metro). Full details.
Ronnie Stanton Returns to Australia
has announced the appointment of Ronnie Stanton
as Regional Content Director for Queensland and Northern Territory. Ronnie will be based on the Sunshine Coast at the Hot 91.1
studios where he was previously before leaving Australia in 2008. Full Story
Celeb HQ Show Launches on KISS FM
ARN has announced a new night entertainment show called 'Celeb HQ' with Zoe Marshall and John 'JC' Caldwell. Celeb HQ, features all the latest gossip from Hollywood and home and will air nationally every weeknight from 7pm – 8pm, right after Kyle & Jackie O’s Hour of Power.
Cei Saunders Joins Power FM
Cei Saunders is leaving WAVE FM and has accepted a move within the Grant Broadcasters group to sister station POWER FM Bega/Batemans Bay in a permanent workday shift. He will also assist with Promotions and some Image Production.
'Huttsey' Off To WAVE FM
Patrick 'Huttsey' Hutley will join Wave FM Wollongong as Breakfast Show producer. Huttsey moves from 2EC Bega where's he's been hosting drive and looking after music duties for over a year now.
New Look 1116 SEN Footy
Melbourne’s home of footy, 1116 SEN
, will launch its 2018 Toyota AFL Premiership Season coverage this weekend with an all-new call team – headed by Gerard Whateley.
Gerard will be joined by Peter Donegan, Kevin Bartlett, Tristan Foenander
and Anthony Hudson
along with expert commentators Nick Dal Santo, Daisy Pearce, Danny Frawley, Adam Cooney, Terry Wallace
and Bob Murphy.
The new team will call the top rating Saturday and Sunday afternoon time slots throughout the home and away season and finals including the 2018 Toyota AFL Grand Final. Full details.
Vale David Frazer
David Frazer (who was on Facebook as David Sundownroundup) has passed away on the NSW Central Coast. David started at 6AM in Northam in 1979 and also worked at 6MD and 7AD. In recent years he's been part of Coast 96.3 FM in Gosford. David was also the father of 2GO and WS-FM newsreader Sean Frazer. (Courtesy: The Radio Green Room)
Allan Aldwoth Stays at Triple M South West
After two months of filling in for Triple M South West's breakfast show, Triple M has made Allan Aldworth a permanent announcer. Previous to working for SCA, Allan completed an Advanced Diploma at North Metropolitan Tafe and worked at Spirit radio in Broome and then for the Network for 3 years.
Tonia Makes Bega Home
Tonia Liosatos has made the Bega Valley her home. She has joined 2EC/Power FM as their new journalist. Tonia began her broadcast career at ABC 666 in Canberra.
Ray Hadley: ABC Radio did me a huge favour
2GB/4BC radio host Ray Hadley says ABC Brisbane did him a favour by reshuffling their program line-up. ABC’s Steve Austin was moved to a new Drive program. Hadley said. “We started about 8 points behind the ABC nearly two years ago. I’m now consistently about 8 per cent. The ABC gave me a huge favour with their program changes; their previous host was a proven performer."
Sian Signs On At ABC
Sian Johnson is leaving the Warrnambool Standard newspaper. She is joining the team at ABC Ballarat.
Jo Hall loses out on radio hosting gig
Channel 9 newsreader Jo Hall has been dropped as the host of the radio show Great Australian Lives following her drink-driving bust. The program, produced by Crocmedia and heard on 3AW as well as available as a podcast, saw Hall interview significant Australians. Hall was breath-tested by police as she drove from her East Hawthorn home to Box Hill in February and was found to have had one too many drinks. Last month she admitted her deep regret at her poor decision to get behind the wheel after a few drinks.
Gambling Ads Banned on Commercial Radio
New rules banning gambling ads during live sports coverage on commercial radio
come into effect on March 30
. The new provisions to ban gambling ads during the broadcast of live sporting events between 5am and 8.30pm have been included in the Commercial Radio Code of Practice following a period of community consultation. Full Story
Random Radio News
Jon & Kate's Excellent UK Adventure
This May, the ACE Radio Network is giving away a massive prize on their network breakfast program The Morning Rush. Thanks to Trafalgar they are giving away a guided holiday to see Britain, including flights and accommodation, to two lucky listeners. Breakfast hosts Jon and Kate will also be travelling to the UK with Trafalgar, broadcasting a week’s worth of shows. The promotion, titled “Jon and Kate’s Excellent UK Adventure”, is one of ACE Radio’s most ambitious yet and will air across ACE stations 3YB, 3WM, 3SH, 3HA, 3CS, 3NE, 2QN and Gippsland’s GOLD.
‘Taking Care of Tathra’ Radiothon
East Coast Radio’s Taking Care of Tathra Radiothon, held over the weekend, raised a record-breaking $106,000 dollars for the Tathra Bushfire Mayoral Appeal Fund. In its 34th year, general manager of East Coast Radio, Jane Edwards, moved the Radiothon forward to help the stricken NSW South Coast town of Tathra, which was devastated by a fast-moving bushfire on Sunday, March 18. Full story.
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
Exhibition: 80 Years of ABC Radio Hobart
Celebrate 80 years of Hobart’s most listened to radio station, ABC Radio Hobart, with an interactive exhibition at the Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens. The Director of Regional and Local, Michael Mason said, “the story of ABC Radio Hobart is the story of Hobart itself over the past 80 years. The station has been there for every milestone in the city’s history since we began broadcasting just prior to the start of the second World War." More details.
iHeartMedia Preparing Bankruptcy Filing
iHeartMedia Inc. is preparing to file for bankruptcy as soon as this weekend after months of negotiations with creditors who hold over $15 billion of the company’s debt, according to people familiar with the matter. Full story.
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.