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Vale John Thompson
Well known Sydney dj John Thompson has passed away. He was on air at 2KO, 2SM, 2UW and 3DB in the ‘60s and ‘70s. In 1965 he was one of the first 2SM Good Guys in 1965 and one of the on air guys at the New 2UW. He also spent time in the 2UE newsroom. For several years he was joined by journalist Robert 'Buzz' Kennedy on his 2UW morning program. He then travelled to the UK and worked with the BBC World Service.
ZM's Jase and PJ Leaving New Zealand radio
New Zealand drive time radio hosts Jase Hawkins
(known on Brisbane radio as ‘Labby
’) and PJ Harding
have announced they will be leaving ZM
at the end of the year, to pursue a new opportunity overseas. The pair, who first joined forces on air in 2015, have not said where they are going or whether they will continue as a broadcasting duo. Full story.
A new start to the day on ABC Radio Adelaide
ABC Radio Adelaide
audiences will wake to a new morning line up from Monday 7 August. On Thursday, July 27, David Bevan
announced after 6 years in Breakfast with co-presenter Matthew Abraham,
including finishing off with 14 consecutive surveys as #1 Breakfast show, the time is right for a change. From Monday 7 August, Ali Clarke
will present Breakfast from 6am and will be joined by David Bevan from 8.30am for Adelaide’s key agenda-setting half hour. David Bevan will then present Mornings from 9am through to 11am. More details.
Red Symons has 'significant' brain injury
ABC Radio Melbourne
broadcaster Red Symons
has suffered a "significant injury to his brain" but no loss of function after a serious fall earlier this month, colleague Jon Faine
says. The 68-year-old ABC Radio Melbourne presenter hit the back of his head "very hard" after falling while walking home from the supermarket on July 5. Faine said Symons was "bored out of his brain". He hasn't lost any function. He's as sharp as ever,
" Faine said. Full story.
Hot 91.1’s Sunshine Coast Survivor - Boss Edition
At 6.30am this morning (July 27), Hot 91.1’s Dave, Sam and Ash
put their jobs on the line to perform one of the biggest stunts in Sunshine Coast radio history. Full details.
RTI FM Back On Air
will be transformed this weekend with the student run pop-up station returning to Australia’s airwaves. RTI FM will operate from Friday to Sunday; breakfast will start with the Kat
creators and founders of The Pound, will be driving listeners home. Full details.
New Radio Program For Pre-Schoolers
Kinderling Kids Radio
has partnered with ASX-listed G8 Education to roll out its newest program, Play & Learn, to early education centres across Australia, in a move that could see the broadcaster double its market share. Full story.
Bundaberg Broadcasters GM Moving On
Trish Mears has tendered her resignation, as General Manager of Bundaberg Broadcasters (4BU, Hitz FM, KIX). She says: “The past 5 years have been a wonderful time of personal growth and, I hope you would agree, success for our wonderful radio stations here in Bundaberg.” She has been offered an opportunity as Manager – Marketing, Communications and Events – for Best Practice Software, a local company that is making big strides both in Australia and New Zealand.
Tony Bartlett Off On Safari
Gold Coast has announced: “With our incumbent News Director departing in late 2017 to spend his retirement on a never ending summer surfing safari, we are in need of a replacement.”
See ‘Radio Jobs
.’ Tony Bartlett
says he began his radio career - “in a galaxy far, far away at 4SB Kingaroy in 1972.”
NOVA’s Surprise Elevator
How did your arrival to work go this morning? Any opera singers in the elevator? Have to navigate a jumping castle and farm animals to get to your desk?
That’s what faced General Manager of Nova 106.9FM
Brisbane, Jay Walkerden,
when he arrived back at the Nova Brisbane office after holidays. Jay told Nova 106.9 FM Integration Director, Dee Curtis
a few weeks back that they should “do something weird to the brekkie guys when they arrived to work one day!”
Check out the video for #SurpriseElevator here.
Sallese Gibson Joins The Project
Sallese Gibson, ABC Northern Tasmania, radio and online reporter, is off to Melbourne to work on The Project TV program.
Fairlie Hamilton Off to ABC
Fairlie Hamilton, i98 FM Wollongong announcer, is joining ABC Illawarra as a producer for Mornings with Nick Reinberger. Her last day on air at i98 was July 13.
Vale Steve O’Shea
Long-time 2VM Moree GM Steve O'Shea has passed away in Newcastle. He was 87. Steve began his long radio career in 1953 at 2WG Wagga. During his career he also worked with 3HA, 3NE, 2GF, 2NM, 2VM and other stations. In 1997 he retired from radio after 44 years in the industry. At that stage he was GM at 2VM Moree and 2NZ Inverell. His grandson Steve McPherson now works at 2VM and NOW FM Moree.
Libby Price Hosts Country Today
radio is pleased to announce that Libby Price will join their network as presenter of their rural program, Country Today
heard on 3CS, 3YB, 3HA, 3WM
in September. Libby has worked as the editor of the Benalla Ensign newspaper in north east Victoria for the past three years but is best known for her 30 years working for the ABC
. More details.
Sandra Moon Joins ABC
breakfast host Sandra Moon
is moving to “her preferred listening station” ABC
Goulburn Murray. The Deniliquin native had anchored the early morning shift on the Albury commercial station since 2011. Moon will host the 10am to 11am weekday mornings show on the ABC. More details.
2017 Kalgoorlie Ratings
was the tyop rating station in the latest Xtra Insights
Kalgoorlie Survey. Their share (people 10+) was 35.8%. Next came Triple M Goldfields
with 30.8. ABC Goldfields
had a 12.3% share followed by triple j
with 10.2. Hit 97.9 was No 1 in all sessions except mornings. Triple M rated No 1 in morning (+4.6). Full details.
GfK Radio Ratings Survey 4 2017 DAB+
was once again the No 1 station in Sydney (+8.0) as well as in Brisbane. In Melbourne, Double J
overtook Aussie (-23) to be No 1. In Adelaide, '90s iheart Radio
was again No 1 and in Perth the No 1 DAB station was Smooth
(+7.0). Full details.
Kristie Sullivan On The Move
is leaving 2EC/Power FM
Bega. The station is now seeking another journalist. See 'Radio Jobs.
Em & Harley Hit Network Nights
breakfast show, Em Rusciano
with Harley Breen
, has taken over the 7-8pm weeknight’s timeslot across the Hit Network with an hour of the best from the morning’s program. It will also be heard on 43 metro and regional stations across Australia. Audio.
Red Symons Injury
ABC Melbourne breakfast announcer, Red Symons, is on sick leave. He explains why in this statement. “Hello everybody! Just over a week ago, on Wed 5 July, when walking home from the supermarket I experienced a sudden lack of consciousness. This resulted in a fall, with my head hitting the pavement. I am currently in hospital, thankful to be receiving the best of medical attention and working on a speedy recovery. I’m sorry for this unexpected absence, but do look forward to getting back to work as soon as possible”
ARN and KISS Partner With AFTRS
and Sydney’s KIIS 1065
have launched a new internship program in partnership with AFTRS
that will give selected top-performing students hands-on experience working alongside some of the best in the radio industry. Full details.
Albany Survey Results
ABC Great Southern
rated No 1 in the latest Albany Xtra Insights survey with 29.8 % share (+2.7). They were followed by hit Albany
with 20.7, then triple j
with 13.8 and Triple M
9.7% (+2.4). Full details.
Sir Richard Branson Joins Smooth
Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin Group, is the latest high profile personality to join the smoothfm all-star weekend line-up from Saturday 15 July. He can be heard on smoothfm 95.3 Sydney, smoothfm 91.5 Melbourne and on smoothfm DAB+ from Saturday 15 July from 4pm.
Community Radio Listening Reaches New Heights
The latest listener survey for Australia’s community radio sector shows the highest national listenership on record – 5.362m listeners per week. The survey also shows an increase in people listening to community radio exclusively each week, now up to 5%. Full details.
Benny's Big News
Benny Hope is stepping back from the Breakfast Host role and also Music Director of 99.3 B-Rock FM Bathurst. Benny has accepted a new role with NSW Government. Daniel King (Deek) will be stepping into the Breakfast role and Dominic Ingersole will take on the role of Music Director. Benny will be a station floater and still present the Most Wanted Countdown on weekends.
Crocmedia’s Driving Ambition
Former touring car driver turned high-performance driver trainer, Matt MacKelden
, and touring car driver and one-time V8 Supercar driver, Steve Johnson,
have traded the race track for the airwaves to host Crocmedia’s brand new program The Driver’s Seat. The weekly motorsport show can be heard between 11am and midday on Sunday mornings across the Super Radio & Resonate Networks as well as 2QN
Wangaratta & 2AY
GfK Radio Ratings - NOVA No 1 in Perth
remained at No 1 in latest GfK Metro survey. They were 11.9% (+0.5). smooth
who were close to knocking off GB last survey dropped 2.2% - now 9.1%. In Perth, NOVA 93.7
has jumped to No 1 in Perth overtaking MIX 94.5
. In Melbourne, 3AW
were once again No 1 with 14.4%. Nova 106.9
remained No 1 in Brisbane with 14.1%. Mix 102.3
returned to the No 1 spot in Adelaide with 12.8%. Full details.
Ryan Khay’s New Gig
Ryan Khay has been appointed as the Radio Coordinator/Trainer at NG Media in remote Western Australia. (The position was advertised recently in Jocks’ Journal.) He was previously Program Director and Operations Manager of 99.5 Rait FM in PNG. From 2013-2015 he was Content Director at 92.7 Mix FM/91.9 Sea FM Sunshine Coast.
New Drive Announcer On River
Ilija Dugandzic, former 96Five Brisbane morning announcer, is now on drive at River 949 Ipswich. He’d been with 96Five since 2010.
6PR New Studios
6PR Perth’s new Studios switched on at 12 noon on Friday July 7. The first on air presenter was John Nicholls (news) and first panel operator was James Keys. First show was Afternoons with Simon Beaumont. Last audio (News Theme) from old studio was played by Adam Pacan. Final News Bulletin (11am) was read by Philippa Meagher. (Pictured Chris Ilsley in studio.)
Radio Ad Revenue For Financial Year
Radio revenue for metropolitan markets was flat for the financial year ended June 2017, according to figures released by Commercial Radio Australia
. According to the June 2017 Metropolitan Commercial Radio Advertising Revenue, as sourced by Deloitte
, advertising revenue for the twelve months ending June for the five metropolitan markets was slightly down 0.21% to a total of $773.849 million, compared to FY16. More details
Alan Hickey Back On FIVEaa
is returning to the FIVAaa
Adelaide afternoon program on July 24. For the past six months Jade Robran
has been filling in whilst Alan has been on a sabbatical battling cancer. More details.
RSN Farewells John Browne
Dave Wallen on 101 FMDave Wallen,
Rockhampton and 3MP
Melbourne announcer, has joined Logan’s 101 FM
. He’ll be heard on various shifts.
Melbourne has honoured the radio career of racing host John Browne
, who has retired after fifty years behind the microphone. For the last 28 years John has been the RSN927 studio host, co-ordinating the live presentation of up to a dozen race meetings at a time. More details.
Pippa & Jimi on Hit 93.5
Hit 93.5 Dubbo has a new breakfast team. Pippa Moore is returning to radio and will join Jimi Love. Jimi, former Light FM Melbourne host, left Australia in 2015 to do some travelling. They commence on Monday July 11.
Canberra GFK Radio Ratings 2017 Mix 106.3
is again the top rating station for the latest Canberra GFK Survey
with 19.5% (-0.7%). They were followed by Hit 104.7
with 16.8% (-1.6) and then ABC Canberra
with 13.6% (+1.3). 2CA
achieved a 2.4% increase (people 10+). More details. Press Release.
Sam Frost SCA Contract Finishes
Sam Frost's contract with SCA has come to an end. The national night show that she co-hosted with Rove McManus has been axed. The pair began on breakfast but after poor ratings were moved to a national night program. Rove is now working on a new project.
James Speed Joins K Rock Geelong
James Speed will replace Content Director Leigh Kuhlmann at K Rock from August 14th. 'Speedy' is leaving his role as hit92.9 Perth Assistant Content Director and Announcer.
Peter Barr’s New ABC Role
Peter Barr, breakfast announcer, talks producer and PD at RTRFM Perth has been appointed as a presenter and producer of ABC's South West Mornings. He commences on July 25th.
Bundaberg Xtra Insights Survey 2017
Hitz 93.9 FM
was the top rating station in the latest Bundaberg radio survey with 28.6% (+5.3). They were followed by Sea 93.1
with 18.3% (-3.7), then 4BU
with 16.5% (+1.7) and ABC Wide Bay
on 14.3% (-3.1). More details. Press Release.
Historic Day For 3YB and Coast FM
When breakfast announcers at 3YB
and Coast FM
turn on their microphoneson July 4, listeners might not hear much of a difference immediately. But both Jon and Kate
) and Monkey and the Big Fella
) will be broadcasting from a state of the art media centre that is designed to deliver services to a local community that is rapidly demanding more from its media outlets. Video
of opening and more details.
Radio most trusted media, survey shows
leads the way as the most trusted media
in Australia and is seen as the most credible source of news, according to a new survey by global research firm GfK
. The GfK Radio Insights
study found 42% of respondents surveyed consider radio trustworthy, with a wide gap to TV (24%), online (18%) and newspapers/magazines (15%). Full Story.
Random Radio News
Waringarri Radio Marks 30 years
Kununurra’s community radio station has come a ways since its days as a caravan across the road from the Waringarri Aboriginal Corporation office in the 1980s. On December 9, 1987, an air-conditioned caravan worth $40,000 was set up in the community with help from the ABC to be used for broadcasting. Thirty years on and a party was held at the Kununurra Picture Gardens last Thursday to celebrate three decades of Waringarri Radio
. Full story
Vin Dawes Hangs Up The Mike
As the voice of commercial regional radio for more than four decades, Vin Dawes’
dulcet tones have been welcomed into homes, cars, tractors and utes since his early days of broadcasting football matches in the 1970s. Nowadays, Dawes is more recognisable as the host of Triple M’s Rural Focus
program, but this month he will be stepping away from the microphone and radio for good, to enjoy a well-earned retirement. Full story.
Dave, Sam & Ash Embrace New Media
This Sunday night at 7.30pm, Hot 91.1’s Dave, Sam & Ash will launch their brand new interactive show on Facebook Live called, “Dave, Sam & Ash 100% LIVE.” This week on the show it will consist of a special guest, Caitlyn Shadbolt, a house band called “Next Level,” playing live from the Hot 91.1 elevator. Interactive games with the Facebook live audience and essentially a live radio show that runs for 30 minutes. “As we move towards a new digital world we embrace new media. There is a new space for us to communicate to our audience, plus this sounds crazy and fun!”- Dave, Sam & Ash
Andy Lee confronts breakfast radio announcer
Breakfast team Nick and Sophie
at Hit 106.9
Newcastle spoke to Andy Lee
of Hamish and Andy, ahead of their latest TV show ‘True Story
’ on Nine last night. During the interview Andy revealed that Nick kissed his sister. Full details.
A Day in the Life of Deborah Clay
As one of the most powerful women in broadcast journalism, National News Director for the ARN, Deborah Clay,
shared her tips for success with Stellar in the Daily Telegraph. Full story.
Ugly Phil O’Neil and the Hot30 Countdown
At the height of the Hot30’s
popularity, Ugly Phil
quit the show and moved overseas, and now he’s revealed why. Speaking to Rachel Corbett
on her podcast You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere, the 54-year-old said he had no idea how popular the Hot30 was when he was hosting it. Full story.
both celebrate their 50th Anniversary in September this year. The station would like to hear from any former staff members with your contact details. Do you have any old photos or memorabilia that you could loan to the station for the celebration? Check out this special Facebook page
for more details.