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Hot Tomato No 1 in GfK Gold Coast Tweed Survey
New Grant Broadcasters
station Hot Tomato
rated No 1 in the first 2019 GfK
Gold Coast Tweed survey with a share of 15.4% (+0.1). They were followed by SCA
stations Gold FM
with 14.8 % (+0.7) and SEA FM
with 11.1% (+0.4). Local ABC
station had a share of 5.0 (+1.1). Hot Tomato was No 1 in breakfast, drive and evening (+6.3%). Gold rated No 1 in morning and afternoon. Full results.
Ugly Phil Off To UK
Triple M afternoon and My Generation host Ugly Phil is heading back to the UK. Triple M head of content Mike Fitzpatrick announced he woud take on a 'top secret project'. His replacement will be announced soon.
Greg Burns Leaves Nova And Returns Home
NOVA Entertainment morning host Greg Burns is returning home to the UK to head a weekend show on Bauer’s Hits Radio. Burns, who had formerly worked in the UK began with the Nova Network in 2016. He had been hosting a syndicated Mornings show across the Nova Network, but in June 2018, Brisbane and Adelaide returned to local programming.
Lee Bevington has been appointed Content Director at Hit 101.9/Triple M Fraser Coast. He commences Tuesday May 7. Bevington was formerly Music Director/Morning Announcer at Hot 91.1 Sunshine Coast in 2016 before taking a break from radio.
Finalists and Host Announced for Siren Awards
Finalists for the best radio ad for 2019 have been announced with 11 of Australia’s leading agencies vying for the coveted Gold Siren
to be awarded next month.The winning ad will be announced at the Siren Awards to be held on 9 May at The Rawson in Sydney, hosted by stand-up comedian, breakfast radio star and TV personality Lawrence Mooney. Full story.
Hit 104.7 No 1 in Canberra Ratings
In the first GfK
Canberra Survey for 2019, HIT 104.7
rated No 1 with a share of 17.8% (+3.5). Next came sister station MIX 106.3
with 17.0% (+2.7) and then ABC Canberra
with 12.1% (-3.2). 2CC
had a share of 4.8% (+0.5) with 2CA
on 4.6% (-2.0). Hit 104.7 were No 1 in breakfast. Hit 104.7 were No 1 in morning, afternoon and drive. ABC No 1 in evening. Full results.
Daniel Pizarro Joins 2CC
Daniel Pizarro is the new Producer for 2CC Canberra's Drive program 'Canberra Live'. He has previously worked with the Australian Traffic Network, Super Radio Network, North-East Broadcasters, BLU FM & Network Ten. Daniel told Jocks' Journal: "I'm very excited to be in Canberra as the Federal Election campaign gets underway!"
Tony Aldridge appointed as Content Director
ARN has announced the appointment of Tony Aldridge as Content Director for Melbourne’s KIIS 101.1.Tony joined ARN in 2018 as Content Director for Mix 102.3 and Cruise 1323 in Adelaide, where he built on previous success for the station including the city’s #1 breakfast show hosted by Jodie & Soda. Tony will work shaping the content strategy for KIIS and take on all operational responsibility for the station alongside KIIS 101.1 Assistant Content Director Daniel Bozykowski, and with focus on both the breakfast show and national drive show.
Nova Delivers A New Sound In Mornings
The Nova Network
is making changes across Melbourne and Sydney in workdays, from Monday 29 April. Chrissie, Sam & Browny
in Melbourne will continue with Matt Tilley
from 9am while Sydney listeners will be able to hear Kent ‘Smallzy’ Small
following Fitzy & Wippa.
Matt Tilley will make his return to Melbourne on Nova 100. Complementing Matt during the workday, Troy Ellis
will move to the new time of 12pm to 4pm in the afternoon. Full story.
Bill Caralis makes power play for Alan Jones
Super Radio network owner Bill Caralis rarely shows his hand but this month he made a call from his Tweed Head office and put out a feeler for Alan Jones. Caralis, radio sources have confirmed, reached out to soon-to-be-out-of-contract 2GB breakfast star Alan Jones two weeks ago in the hope of enticing Jones to make the jump to his 2SM Super Network, the largest privately owned radio network in the country. Since 2011 John Laws has hosted a morning show on Caralis’s 2SM. (Source news.com.au)
New Senior Producers for Hit 105's Breakfast Show
Two new Senior Producers have been appointed for hit105’s Breakfast Show, Stav, Abby & Matt. Lead Senior Producer will be Siobhain McDonnell who has been in Dublin, producing Breakfast radio, for the past five years. Toni Kipa, will also join Siobhain as producer. Kipa, who was most recently with Hot Tomato Breakfast show on the Gold Coast. They will replace Executive Producer Abi Benaud, who moves to 2DayFM as Executive Producer of Grant, Ed & Ash and Producer Kaz Simpson will be taking some time away from radio.
Close Survey Result In Mandurah
In the latest 2019 Xtra Insights
Mandurah survey, 97.3 Coast FM
was the top rating station with 21.5% (last survey 34.0) with sister station 91.7 The Wave
experiencing a huge increase and are now 21% (last survey 5.5%). In third place is Hit 92.9
with 7.1% (were 5.1). Full details.
RCS Double Celebration
The company may be celebrating its 40th birthday, but RCS
is demonstrating that it is still at the forefront of broadcast innovation. At the 2019 NAB Show i
n Las Vegas, Nevada, RCS received a Future Best of Show Award, presented by Radio World, for the revolutionary new "Zetta Cloud". Full story.
Gary Roberts Managing Director of 96 FM
announced Gary Roberts
in the newly created position of Managing Director - Perth, providing leadership and management across commercial, content and operations for 96FM. The move marks a return to 96FM for Gary, who launched the station as Programme Director in 1980 and continued as General Manager for twelve years. More Details.
ABC Radio Updated Branding
has commenced roll out of updated branding of its 44 Regional bureaux. The refreshed branding can be heard across broadcast platforms as well as seen across social media, apps, websites and third-party platforms. Audiences are increasingly accessing content via digital platforms, and a consistent identity across broadcast, online and mobile will allow audience to identify us quickly, easily and intuitively on the device of their choice. The Regional bureaux brand refresh follows the ABC’s Capital City local Radio brand update, rolled out two years ago. Full details.
1377 SEN+ To Rebrand As 1377 WINX+
To celebrate Australia’s favourite super horse Winx’s anticipated final race on Saturday, 1377 SEN+ will be rebranded 1377 Winx+ for a special whole-day takeover at The Championships Day 2 - Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse. Full details.
Chiara Kemp joins Central Coast’s 107.7 2GO
Chiara Kemp has been appointed producer of 107.7 2GO’s Breakfast with Mandy & Rob Palmer, commencing on Monday, 8 April. Chiara comes from Melbourne where she has been working at various community radio stations over the past six years.
Commercial Radio Reaches Parents
Almost 2.3 million parents tune into commercial radio across 5 major metropolitan markets each week. 35% of parent listeners don't read newspapers in an average week. Parent listeners spend 12 hrs 36 mins listening to commercial radio each week. Nearly 1 in 4 parent listeners don't watch commercial TV in an average day. More details.
RIch Howells Appointed
National Digital Commercial Director
Rich Howells has been appointed as ARN's National Digital Commercial Director as part of a restructure of its National Commercial Leadership Team. He joins ARN from Amobee where he was Group Operations Director APAC. Rich will commence his role at ARN’s Melbourne office on April 8.
Local to lead SCA in North Queensland
Townsville local Cassandra Cazzulino has been appointed General Manager of Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) in the North Queensland capital. The announcement was made today by Damon Rielly, SCA Executive General Manager - Queensland and will see Ms Cazzulino leading the operations of Townsville’s two leading stations in Hit103.1FM and Triple M 102.3FM, as well as SCA’s Channel 9 sales affiliation.Ms Cazzulino will commence on Monday 29th April.
Toni Tenaglia Joins Gold 104
ARN has announced the return of Toni Tenaglia for a new on-air role. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, the former announcer, programmer and MD has a new gig on Gold FM. Toni will be joining the station as the Afternoons announcer. Toni’s new role on Afternoons at Gold104.3 will kick off on April 29.
Ray Hadley faces fresh bullying allegations
Several former staff at radio station 2GB
have come forward with fresh allegations of bullying against high-profile broadcaster Ray Hadley
. Former colleagues describe Hadley as a man prone to fits of rage who would threaten, bully and intimidate them in the workplace. Full story.
Commercial digital radio services switch on in Hobart
Commercial radio is now broadcasting on DAB+
digital radio in Hobart, offering listeners better sound quality and more choice, with three new DAB+ commercial stations now on air – KIX Country, Easy Hits
and Triple M Classic Rock
. More Info
Wagga Wagga Radio Survey 2019
Riverina's Hit 93.1
is No 1 in the latest Wagga Wagga survey with a share of 31.8% (last survey 32.4). Next came Riverina's 1152 Triple M
with 17.4% (17.3) and then ABC Local
with 13.1% (14.3). Full details.
Vale Bruce Rogerson
Bruce Rogerson, father of former Grant Broadcasters Group PD and longtime JJ columnist David Rogerson, has died in Sydney. Bruce Rogerson’s radio career began at 2PK Parkes in 1949. He also worked at 2GN, 2BS then 2NZ, daily on the breakfast, lunch, and early evening children’s program and Sunday morning. After studying overseas Bruce returned to Australia in 1955 to 2UE in sales and production and later as Sales Manager, winning several awards. In 1972 Bruce introduced 2CH Good Music. He was also responsible for the establishment of the Radio Marketing Bureau in 1978. Bruce was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame in 2002. His funeral will be held on Thursday 10am at St Andrews Anglican Church, Rocky Point Road, Sans Souci. A full tribute will be featured in the next edition of Jocks' Journal.
Lachlan Kitchen Leaves i98
Lachlan Kitchen is leaving i98 FM Illawarra after almost 15 years at the station. The radio presenter and former Content Director announced the news on Instagram. He says he’d turned down the offer of a contract extension.
Katelynn Starr joins Gold 92.5 as Breakfast Producer
Gold Coast’s Gold 92.5 will welcome Katelynn Starr as the new Breakfast Producer for Bridge & Spida, on Monday April 8. Katelynn comes to the Gold Coast from 4KQ in Brisbane where she has gained experience in a variety of roles from the street team to brand activations and most recently producing.
Vale Craig Allen
Craig Allen, a pioneer in the narrowcasting industry, has sadly passed away. He died on Thursday March 28. Craig had been operating LPON radio services for many years including a group of Classic Hits FM stations in NSW. Allen, who lived in Glenmore Park, NSW, had only signed up as a subscriber to Jocks' Journal in 2018. We'd like to express our sincere sympathy and condolences to his family.
Alan Jones guilty of breaching decency requirements
ACMA has found 2GB announcer Alan Jones guilty of using of a racially charged phrase and found its use offended against generally accepted standards of decency. On 23 August 2018, Jones was discussing the leadership rumblings in Canberra when he turned his attention to outgoing finance minister Mathias Cormann. He stated: “Anyone can stand … but they are mobilising to block Dutton. The n----- in the woodpile here, if one can use that expression — and I’m not going to yield to people who tell us that certain words in the language are forbidden — the person who’s playing hard to get is Mathias Cormann.” 2GB responded to complainants acknowledging that the phrase should not have been broadcast. As a result of the ACMA’s investigation, 2GB management has agreed the phrase will not be used on-air again.
Rob Palmer to join Central Coast’s 2GO
Rob Palmer will be the new voice to officially join Mandy Coolen for breakfast on Central Coast’s 107.7 2GO from Monday, April 1. Known as one of Australia’s favourite handymen, Rob is best recognised for his time on Channel Seven’s Better Homes and Gardens and appearing on Season 10 of Dancing with the Stars.
David Anderson joins Mildura’s Hit 99.5 Breakfast
David Anderson is set to join Mildura’s Hit 99.5 Breakfast show alongside Amy Hegedus from Monday, April 1. Dave comes from within the Hit Network family direct from Gold Coast’s 90.9 Sea FM where he is currently doing the overnight shift. He’s a product of the 2018 SCA Gold Coast Hubble Masterclass, an SCA talent development unit that discovers and develops up and coming on-air talent.
Chris Wisbey announces his retirement from ABC
Hobart's Chris Wisbey
has today announced his retirement following a 38-year career on ABC Radio and television.There will be a special farewell broadcast from 10am to 12pm on Sunday 7 April as Chris reflects on his time with the ABC. Full story.
James Hird to join Triple M Footy
After a 20-year radio hiatus, Essendon champion James Hird
will return to Triple M,
this time as a regular of the footy call team. Hird appeared on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast with Eddie, Wil and Darce
this morning for an in-depth interview, during which he announced he will be joining the Triple M footy team. Listen here.
Vale Voice Artist Amy Longhurst
one of Australia’s most sought-after voiceover artists, a professional singer, and the voice behind a roll call of iconic brands, passed away at home on Sunday evening. With a showreel that includes Telstra, Kellogg’s, the NRL, Milo, Kleenex, Westpac, Napisan, Preen, Campbell’s, NRMA, Vodafone, Uncle Toby’s and the Commonwealth Bank – plus two decades as the female voice of Nick Jr and the Lifestyle Channel – Amy worked with every major advertising agency and radio network in Australia. More details.
Ray Hadley Accused of Bullying
morning host Ray Hadley
has responded to systemic bullying allegations with an apology saying he “never meant any harm”.
revealed Hadley’s former panel operator Chris Bowen
wrote a lengthy Facebook post which he said detailed years of “systematic bullying”.
Mr Bowen said that he suffered mental health problems after the death of his parents and the “inexcusable behaviour” and “out of control sheer rage” that was directed at him weekly by Hadley. Full story.
7AD and 7BU to switch from AM to FM
The Burnie and Devonport stations are set to cease their AM broadcast by the end of the month.The stations, along with North-East brand 7SD, are the last Tasmanian stations owned by Grant Broadcasters to use an AM frequency. "We've been waiting for this for 83 years. Well I have anyway, I don't know about you," Burnie breakfast host Leigh Kenworthy said. 7BU will now broadcast on 100.9FM and 7AD will broadcast on 98.9FM. (Source: The Advocate)
Hope's New Mid Dawn Announcer
David 'Esky' Esquen has been appointed as the new mid-dawn announcer at Hope 103.2 Sydney.
McGuire and Mitchell Fire Up
Triple M’s Eddie McGuire and 3AW’s Neil Mitchell have been taking aim at each other in recent days. Mitchell dismissively referred to McGuire and his Hot Breakfast team, without directly naming them, as disc jockeys. McGuire and his cohorts, Wil Anderson and Luke Darcy, have in turn been referring to Mitchell as “grumpy Neil”. The friendly fire stems from Premier Daniel Andrews’ decision to speak with McGuire’s show while continuing to decline requests to appear on Mitchell’s radio show. McGuire said being called a disc jockey was not a put down. “Neil and I have known each other for years. I started as EJ the DJ when I was 15 years old at St Dominic’s disco in Broadmeadows,” he said. “I was spinning them back them. You can call me anything and I would probably answer to it.” (Source: Herald Sun)
WAVE FM Brekky Changes
At WAVE FM Wollongong, Chris Lee has been moved to the afternoon shift while Travis Winks will be pursuing more of a news role in the prime-time slot, something that was a "mutual decision" according to management. Adam Straney has been resurrected to take the main reigns of the breakfast show alongside Jayde Tonta. General manager Tony Williams said they had many applicants bu Straney was the best fit, especially as he has previously been an announcer on the station.(From Illawarra Mercury)
Griffith Radio Survey 2019
Hit 99.7 Riverina Mia
rated No 1 in the 2019 Xtra Insights
radio survey with a share of 30.8% (they were 35.5). Next came 96.3 Triple M
with 23.4 % (32.3) and then ABC Riverina
with 15.1% (9.7). Hit 99.7 was No 1 in breakfast, afternoon, drive and evening. ABC Riverina was a clear winner in evening with a share of 32.2%. Full details
SEA FM Celebrates 30 Years
On March 20, Gold Coast’s 90.9 Sea FM
celebrate their 30th birthday and have gone back in time to relive some of the most iconic moments! Joining in the celebration were Heather, Dan & Ben
including Fat 30 announcer Renee Peterson, Ugly Phil
and Craig Bruce. Full story and audio highlights.
The Shovel And Bull With Chris Dzelde
South Australia's new afternoon program Shovel & Bull
commenced on March 18 with host Chris Dzelde.
It can be heard from 4pm - 6pm weekdays on 5MU, 5RM, 5AU, 5CS
and 5CC. Full details.
Dom Knight On The Nightshift
Dom Knight from Triple M's "Radio Chaser" will be filling in for Luke Bona on Triple M's "The Nightshift" for the next three weeks.
Karl Stefanovic to Join 2GB?
The Australian reports: "It was an intriguing whisper that was gathering volume around the corridors of 2GB’s Sydney studios last week: Could Karl Stefanovic soon become Australia’s newest radio star? That talk may seem far-fetched but it has gained a certain currency amid uncertainty about whether Australia’s biggest radio name, Alan Jones, will walk away from 2GB in June. Jones is currently receiving $4.5m a year in total, including generous bonuses. One version has it that, if the Jones talks broke down, Stefanovic could slot into the morning shift at 2GB and 4BC, with morning king Ray Hadley moving to breakfast. Another would have him on 2GB drive, with Hadley again moving to breakfast and Ben Fordham to mornings.
Applications open for Brian White Scholarship
The commercial radio industry is calling for aspiring journalism students from across Australia to apply for an eight-week paid internship in Australia’s leading radio newsrooms. The Brian White Scholarship 2019 is now open for applications and offers the winner the opportunity to gain first-hand experience working alongside leading news directors at Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network
and Nova Entertainment.
Applicants can submit their entries online at www.bhwscholarship.com
from today through to Friday, 19 April.
Andrew Bolt Departs Macquarie Media
Andrew Bolt, who was heard on 2GB, 3AW and 4BC, has departed Macquarie Media. It's believed that it was more "financially attractive" for him to walk away from the network than to sign a new contract. because of generous parting terms. When he handed over to Alan Jones at the end of The Bolt Report, he stated: “Alan Jones topped the Sydney ratings for 2GB yet again today, and some in 2GB think they can do that trick without him? What a joke!”
Commercial radio industry
supports modernisation of outdated laws
The commercial radio industry welcomes the bipartisan support by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for the modernisation of broadcasting laws that haven’t kept pace with the current media landscape. The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee headed up by Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald in its recent report on the Freedom of Speech Legislation Amendment
(Censorship) Bill 2018, has called on the Government to consider amendments to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992. Full story.
Barrie Quick Joins EON Broadcasting
EON Broadcasting has announced Barrie Quick as the General Sales Manager of 2CH and 2CH DAB+ & Digital Channels. Barrie will commence his new role April 1st.Prior to his appointment with Classic Hits 2CH, Barrie, held a number of major Sales Management roles at ARN and Triple M Networks. More recently he was the Chief Executive Officer at Raceforce Media, (Pacific Star Network and Crocmedia), General Manager, Commercial Director at 6PR Perth, and Chief Executive Officer at Pacific Star Radio Network Melbourne.
2019 GfK Metro Radio Ratings Survey 1
In the first metro ratings for 2019 - 3AW
in Melbourne remained at No 1 with 14.4% (previously 14.8). 2GB
Sydney continued their No 1 reign with 13.4% (were 13.9). Nova 106.9
returned to No 1 in Brisbane with 12.9% (were 11.3). Mix 102.3
Adelaide continued at the top with 13.3% (were 12.9) and Mix 94.5
Perth were No 1 station with 15.6% (were 14.8). Full details.
2019 GfK Metro DAB+ Ratings Survey 1
The top rating DAB+ stations in survey 1 were: Edge Digital
(Sydney), Double j/Triple M Classic Rock
- a tie
(Melbourne), Coles Radio
(Brisbane), The '90s iheart Radio
(Adelaide) and Buddha Hits
(Perth). Full details.
Entries Open for ACRAS
Entries are now open for the 31st annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards
(ACRAs) to be held in Brisbane at the Royal International Convention Centre on October 19. Information on how to enter the awards, categories and conditions of entry can be found at the website: http://www.acras.com.au More details.
Ray Hadley's NRL Call Team Returns for its 33rd Year
Starting this Friday 15 March, Ray Hadley’s Continuous Call Team will return for their 33rd consecutive year on air , covering the National Rugby League on: 2GB 873AM in Sydney; 4BC 1116AM in Brisbane; Macquarie Sports Radio 1278AM in Melbourne and Macquarie Sports Radio DAB+ in Perth. The 2019 team will be headed up by Ray Hadley and Mark Levy with Bob Fulton , Darryl Brohman , Erin Molan , David Morrow , Mark Riddell , Chris Warren, Joel Caine, David Riccio and Phil Rothfield.
SCA Implements National Content Team Restructure
Southern Cross Austereo
has announced a national content team restructure for its Triple M
and Hit Networks,
in what will be a radio first. The role of Network Heads, Gemma Fordham
(Hit) and Mike Fitzpatrick
(Triple M) will extend to all metro and regional stations. This will include the management of all shows and on-air talent. Gemma and Mike will expand their current remit of five metro stations to 42 Hit and 36 Triple M stations respectively. Irene Hulme
(pictured) and Mickey Maher
(pictured) have been appointed Heads of Music for the Hit and Triple M Networks. Full story.
Alan Jones eyes career switch as contract nears ends
could walk away from his top-rating breakfast program from Wednesday with contract talks appearing stalled over his future. Jones has been approached and has had conversations with several entities, including Sky News, about possible career options if the radio king decides not to continue with 2GB.
He already has a weekly show on Sky. Full story.
Dave Howard Named as CD for Hot 100/Mix FM Darwin.
Dave Howard has been appointed as Content Director of Darwin’s Hot 100 and Mix 104.9. The move sees Dave replace Dave Daily who is making a move to Townsville. Dave was previously with Grant Broadcasters as Content Director in Launceston for LAFM, Chilli FM, Tasmania Talks and 7SD until he suffered a bad fall in 2017 which nearly claimed his life. Dave has been working for Fiveaa, Cruise and Mixfm in Adelaide since his return to Adelaide. He says that he’s very excited to be re-joining the Grant Broadcasting family, and is really pumped and excited to be heading to the Top End to work with the awesome team at Hot 100 and Mix. Dave starts in Darwin Monday March 25th.
Abi Benaud Appointed Executive Producer
of 2DayFM Breakfast
Abi Benaud has been appointed Executive Producer for 2DayFM Breakfast, with Grant, Ed & Ash commencing on Monday April 15. Abi was Executive Producer for Stav, Abby and Matt at Hit105 Brisbane. She has previously worked as Guest, Entertainment and Senior Producer for Kyle & Jackie O and Executive Producer at 4KQ Brisbane.
Josh Olek New Drive Co-Host
Josh Olek has been appointed as the co-host of K Rock 95.5 Drive. Josh, who hosts Oz Made and won the 2018 ACRA for Best Music Presenter (Provincial), will co-host The Departure Lounge with Leanne ‘Stampsy’ Stamps. Josh replaces former co-host Jamie.
Triple M’s Brendan Tacey named as finalist
Head of Production, Brendan Tacey “BT”
has been selected as a finalist in the 8th Annual Iron Imager Contest overnight. Iron Imager is an international radio imaging contest where audio production professionals compete for the title of World’s Best Imager, the only contest of its kind. BT’s entry was a piece that was inspired by a sketch he’d done in the past for Radio Chaser. Full story.
Hit 96.1 No 1 in Mt Gambier Radio Survey 1
, with a share of 35.0% (-2.5) is No 1 in the 2019 Xtra Insights
radio survey. Next came ABC South East
with 21.5% (+1.5) and then 963AM Triple M
(formerly 5SE) with 17.2% ((-0.3). Full details.
New Breakfast Producer for Bogart & Glenn
NOVA Entertainment have secured the services of experienced radio producer, presenter and writer Katie Andersen, in the role of Producer of Bogart & Glenn’s More Music Breakfast Show on smoothfm 95.3 Sydney. Andersen is a regular social contributor for Channel Nine’s Morning Show and the Seven Network’s Weekend Sunrise. Katie also launched a lifestyle and parenting blog “Clickkatie” in 2016, whilst raising her three young children.
'Whippy' New Hot Tomato CD
Brendon ‘Whippy’ Dangar is returning to the Gold Coast as Content Director of 1029 Hot Tomato. He has worked in three capital city networks including roles of Assistant Content Director at NOVA 106.9 in Brisbane and Content Director at KIIS 101.1 in Melbourne. 'Whippy' replaces Dan Bradley who is off to SCA as Content Director of Triple M Melbourne. .
Mel Signs Off
Mel Heldon, who started off at 2PK/ROK FM in 2003, has hosted her final Zoo FM breakfast program with co-host Daniel Hilliard. In the last 15+ years Mel has also worked at Star FM/River in Albury, 2GZ/Star Orange, Star 104.5 Central Coast and Real FM/2MG. The Radio Green Room reports that she is staying in Dubbo to work on the Relay For Life and working with local digital marketing company.
More Trouble Brewing At Albany Community Radio
A 71 year old radio presenter who played hits by Mumford & Sons and Australia’s Eurovision 2019 entrant Kate Miller-Heidke has been sacked for actions “detrimental to the station”.
, 71, was taken off air yesterday as Albany Community Radio, on the south coast of Western Australia, grappled with the fallout of a violent annual general meeting and a failed coup on Tuesday. Full story.
The ABC and Michelle Guthrie settle unfair dismissal claim
and its former Managing Director, Michelle Guthrie,
are pleased to announce a resolution to their Federal Court litigation. The details of the resolution will remain confidential. No further public statement will be made. More details.
Ben Wood New Anchor of Bridge & Spida
Ben “The Wood” Wood will be returning to the Gold Coast to join Gold 92.5’s Bridge & Spida for Breakfast as anchor from Monday March 18. Ben comes from his most recent role as Assistant Content Director with Triple M in Melbourne. He was also was heard anchoring The Rush Hour across Brisbane and the Gold Coast over the past couple of years.
Commercial Radio welcomes changes to regulations
The commercial radio industry has welcomed Special Minister of State the Hon Alex Hawke’s changes to outdated regulations restricting how parliamentarians can use their annual office communications allowances to communicate with their constituents. Full story.
Random Radio News
Our radio stars are living the dream
on the property market
If the homes of Sydney’s top radio stars are anything to go by, then they certainly are making a very decent living from just their voice. With the likes of Alan Jones, Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O taking home around $5 million a year, some of Sydney’s radio presenters are seriously cashed up. Full story.
Jon & Kate's Excellent American Adventure
After the success of their 2018 promotion “Jon and Kate’s Excellent UK Adventure”, the ACE Radio Network is giving away another massive prize this May on their network breakfast program The Morning Rush. Breakfast hosts Jon and Kate will be travelling to the USA with Trafalgar, broadcasting a week’s worth of shows and checking out all that San Francisco and Northern California have to offer." Full details.
Radio Goulburn Proposes FM Switch
The plan, currently before the Australian Media Communications Authority (ACMA), would see the station change from the 1368 AM frequency to 107.7FM. ACMA chair Nerida O'Loughlin said FM radio provided improved audio quality for listeners in regional areas and could be more cost-effective to operate than AM radio. Courtesy of Goulburn Post - Full Story
Sleeping and Honking to help local girl in need!
March 15 is World Sleep Day. On this day, TRFM’s Gabi & Dan wanted to participate in the day by staying in bed, so the bosses at TRFM let them, but with one catch, they do the show from bed… on the side of the Princes Hwy in Traralgon. The team were also fundraising on the morning to help the family of a local girl get the wheelchair adapted car they need with ‘Wheels for Crystal’. Full story and pics.
Red FM's Breakfast Announcers Become Last Australians to Sign Up for Blockbuster Video
It was the end of an era in Australia as the final Blockbuster Store in Australia shut its doors in the Perth suburb of Morley. Breakfast on Red presenters Alana McLean and Robbie Klitzing set themselves to be a part of Australian History and become the final Australian’s to sign up as members of Australia’s Final Blockbuster. Full Story
Air Heads – The Podcast
If you are looking to get into the Radio Industry then you may want to consider downloading “Air Heads – The Podcast” available through Apple podcast, Spotify or head to www.leroybrownradio.com This is a Podcast designed to give people a snap shot into the journey you will take securing your first job in the radio industry. So far in Season 1, Leroy Brown has have talked to Al Shield (Triple M – Gold Coast), Hayden Miller (Bay FM – Geelong), Anthony Maroon (Triple M - Sydney) and Jaban Ryan (2Day – Sydney) just to name a few. Full details.
The Peter Logan Breakfast Show
with Christian O'Connell
An Australian man with terminal cancer has achieved his lifelong dream of hosting a prime-time commercial radio show on Melbourne's GOLD 104.3. Full story.
Mark Soderstrom breaks Ferris Wheel record
Adelaide Mix 102.3 radio host Mark Soderstrom has broken a record and helped to raise money for the Flinders Foundation. He spent 52 hours awake on a Ferris Wheel. Full story.
Jonesy & Amanda
Set The Yum Cha World Record
It was a big day when hundreds of WSFM listeners joined Jonesy and Amanda at Darling Harbour to set a new Guinness World Record for the most people enjoying a yum cha meal simultaneously. Full details.
Sportscaster Fondly Remembered
Broadcaster Darren Madigan was just 49 when he died last year - 12 years after receiving a lung and heart transplant. Full story.
Mother Of Five Wins $100,000 From NOVA
Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty changed the life of the lucky winner of Nova’s Greatest Year Ever competition last night. Chantelle from Port Arlington in Victoria answered her phone to win $100,000 and the chance to live her greatest year. Full story.
A new podcast set to challenge and empower.
3GG announcer Orion Kelly has launched a new podcast, “Intensely Inquisitive”, which searches for answers to life’s big and not so big questions. Orion says: “The focus of Intensely Inquisitive is to empower people with education and growth opportunities through open, honest and inquisitive conversations on big picture topics." More details.
AFTRS Upcoming Radio Courses
AFTRS are offering a number of new industry Certificates in Radio Content, Management & Leadership, as well as short courses in Voice Over, Podcasting and Radio Studio skills. Course content has been approved by AFTRS industry panels and mapped to media industry roles and skills requirements. Full details.
Fred Botica Knocked Off Scooter
Former Perth radio announcer Fred Botica was left bruised and grazed (January 15) after being knocked off his scooter by a van driver in an apparent act of road rage. Botica, 71, was riding home from the gym when, he claims, he was almost run off the road by a grey van on a roundabout. Full story.