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SEN’s David Schwarz and Mark Allen axed from drive show
presenter David Schwarz says he is “still numb”
after he was axed from the sports broadcaster after 12 years on the airwaves. Schwarz and Mark Allen
, who co-hosted the drive showLink The Run Home
, were told their contracts were not being renewed by the station as they came off air on Friday evening. (Source: Herald Sun) Full story.
Sad News Report Regarding Steve Bedwell
A Facebook post from a close friend of Steve Bedwell writes: "Comedian and former SAFM and Triple M breakfast host Steve Bedwell is currently under care in a private clinic after attempting to take his life last Tuesday". Steve has spoken publicly about his battle with bipolar depression. We wish him the all the best and our thoughts are also with his family during this difficult period.
Jo and Lehmo Depart ARN
Jo Stanley and Anthony Lehmann hosted their final show on Melbourne's Gold 104.3 on December 8. “This will be our last break. We’ll call it our farewell break,” Lehmann said. Stanley added: “On Gold.” They signed of with the Oasis hit ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’. A new local show on GOLD 104.3 will commence in 2018 but probably not until March.
Grant Denyer Joins Em Rusciano
host Grant Denyer
will join Em Rusciano’s
breakfast radio show on 2DAY FM
Sydney in 2018. It was announced today that Denyer will co-host the Sydney radio show next year alongside Rusciano and Ed Kavalee.
The show will commence on January 15. More details.
Sarah D Now On Maternity Leave
Sarah D hosted her final Workday Hits program for 2017 on Power FM Ballarat. She also hosts the national night music show "Oz Made" heard on Grant Broadcasters stations. Sarah is now on maternity leave.
Josh Groban Returns To Smooth FM
Josh Groban, multi-platinum singer and songwriter, will return to smoothfm’s weekend line-up from 9 December. Groban recently re-released his much-loved Christmas album, ‘Noël’ for its 10th anniversary on CD and all digital formats. Josh can be heard on smoothfm 95.3 Sydney, smoothfm 91.5 Melbourne and on smoothfm DAB+ from Saturday 9 December until Saturday 30 December from 4pm to 5pm.
ABC Radio reveals Red Symons Replacements
Melbourne has revealed who will replace Red Symons.
Comedian Sami Shah
and broadcaster Jacinta Parsons
will debut their new breakfast show in late January. The pair filled in for Symons in August while the radio and TV identity was recovering from a fall which left him with a brain injury. Full story.
Robbie Buck and Wendy Harmer to co-host Breakfast
and Wendy Harmer
will be teaming up to co-host Breakfast on weekdays on ABC Sydney Radio
in 2018. Robbie and Wendy will present an extended show in a new shared timeslot from 6.00am to 10.00am. Full Story.
Genevieve Jacobs reluctantly leaves ABC Radio Canberra
ABC Radio Canberra
is losing its now most experienced presenter, with widely-respected announcer Genevieve Jacobs
being made redundant by the broadcaster - against her wishes. Full Story.
ABC Radio Brisbane announces 2018 line-up
and Rebecca Levingston
will team up to present breakfast from 6am to 10am (with a 30-minute break for AM at 8.00am). The new Breakfast program will provide an opportunity to highlight local stories, people, and events along with regular weather and traffic updates. Full Story.
Spirit Turns 40
Hedland turned 40 last week and the radio station celebrated with a reunion of the original team. Original 6NW
radio host Alan Clement
along with Chris Olney
and David Caudwell
joined current announcer David Eckhart
for the birthday celebrations earlier this month (Courtesy of North West Telegraph). Full story.
Mason Rook's New ARN Role
Mason Rook has been appointed Commercial Director at ARN. He will lead the Sydney and Brisbane teams. Most recently, he was Commercial Director at Daily Mail Australia.
Talia Off to Sydney
ABC Radio Tasmania producer Tali Aualiitia tweets: "Big News! I'm moving to Sydney to work at ABC Radio Australia!"
Lee Kernaghan brings a little country to Triple M
Australian country music legend Lee Kernaghan
will join the Triple M
regional network in 2018 sharing his love for the music the artists and stories behind ‘Today’s Best Country’. Kicking off on the Australia Day long weekend, January 28th 2018, “The Range with Lee Kernaghan” will feature ‘Today’s Best Country’ each Sunday from 6am-8am. More details.
ABC's PM and The World Today to be halved in length
From 22 January The World Today,
hosted by Eleanor Hall,
will end at 12.30pm instead of 1pm to make way for a new “entertaining” national program on ABC Local Radio
hosted by the former triple J
presenter Myf Warhurst
. Full story.
Zan Rowe leaving Triple J to take up job at Double J
Today, Triple J
Mornings presenter Zan Rowe
announced that at the end of the year she’ll be finishing up on triple j and taking up a job at Double J
. Zan will be on-air from Monday to Friday in 2018. Full Story
ABC radio broadcaster Red Symons resigns
has announced he is quitting after he was sacked from his breakfast show. The former Skyhooks guitarist made the shock announcement on his ABC
breakfast show this morning. He has been in the role for close to 15 years. "This will be my last year,
" he said. "Why am I going? They haven't said, and I haven't asked.
" Full story.
John Michael Howson and 3AW Part Ways
After meeting yesterday about his ongoing involvement on the Sunday Morning program, John-Michael Howson and management agreed to part ways starting this week. It's believed he was dumped from 3AW following a recent on-air tirade in which he goaded Greens voters to take their own lives. The program will continue to be hosted by Darren James and Nick McCallum. An announcement about a third co-host will be made in the new year. More details.
Pam O'Brien Celebrates 25 Years With ABC
ABC Senior Producer Pam O'Brien has marked 25 yrs with the ABC. Richard Fidler tweeted: "This week we celebrated our talented, treasured, and incredibly modest Senior Producer, Pam O'Brien, as she marked 25 yrs of radio-making with the ABC. Conversations would not be what it is without Pam."
ABC Perth Radio Shuffle
There are changes afoot at ABC 720, if 6PR’s Rumour File with Basil Zempilas and Steve Mills is to be believed. Mornings host Geoff Hutchison is moving to Drive replacing Belinda Varischetti. Other changes include ABC Sydney trainer Paula Kruger partnering with Peter Bell for the breakfast show, before Kruger flies solo from 9am-10am. Nadia Mitsopoulos comes in from 10am-11am before Conversations with Richard Fidler, with Gillian O’Shaughnessy holding onto her Afternoons show. An ABC spokeswoman said the official line-up announcement would be made next week. (Source: The West Australian)
John Watkin - Painter from Bega,
now radio announcer at 2EC
After working as a painter for almost 40 years, John Watkin has landed his dream job as a radio announcer at 2EC
. John will be on air between 9 and 12 weekdays at 2EC. See full story.
The AFTRS 2017 Student Cohort is Making Waves.
Radio students have only just completed their formal studies a few weeks ago but already a large number of students from both the Graduate Diploma Radio and the Advanced Diploma Radio have gained employment in a range of roles at stations around the country. From the Graduate Diploma cohort Alex Dickson
(pictured) is about to take up the position of Content Assistant at KIIS
in Melbourne. See full story.
Jade Leeder takes up on-air role at New FM
Jade Leeder is leaving her post as Announcer/NSW MD at Power FM Nowra to move to NEW FM in Newcastle to take up an on-air role. Jade walked into the radio industry 2 and a half years ago as a greenie and has since hosted a variety of shifts within the Power FM network. Which includes, Drive at 94.9 Power FM and The Power Brekky Show at 98.1 Power FM Muswellbrook. Jade will be finishing up with Grant Broadcasters this Friday, 1st December.
Dave Carter Leaves Crocmedia
Dave Carter has resigned as the Content Director at Crocmedia. His final day will be this Friday December 1. He intends to stay in media and says he has a few projects in the pipeline. He had two stints at Crocmedia and first joined the company in December 2011.
Boom Radio Hires 2017
It's been a rewarding year for the Advanced Diploma students of North Metropolitan TAFE (Leederville)! Many have left to join the ranks of both Metro and Regional radio in 2017. Full Story
Townsville Radio Survey 2017
was No 1 in this year's Xtra Insights Townsville radio survey. 4TOFM rated 22.9% just ahead of hit 103.1
with 21.8%. Next came Star 106.5
with 12.5% and then Power 100
with 10.5%. 4TOFM rated No 1 in all sessions except drive which was won by hit 103.1. Full details.
Mitch Fifield savages 'dumb' triple J decision on Hottest 100
Communications Minister Mitch Fifield
has described triple J's
decision to move the Hottest 100 countdown from Australia Day as "dumb" and told the public broadcaster to reconsider. Full story.
Naomi Woodley Leaves ABC
Naomi Woodley has tweeted: "After 15 incredibly rewarding years I'm finishing up with @abcnews and the AM, World Today, PM team. It feels like the right time for a new challenge for me, so, once I've had a short break, I'll be joining @VicLegalAid's communications team. Exciting times!"
triple j’s Hottest 100 New Date
On Saturday 27 January 2018 triple j will be counting down the Hottest 100 songs of 2017 as voted by triple j’s audience. They will then back it up on Sunday with the songs that just missed out, the Hottest 200. They will call it the Hottest 100 Weekend.
Stephen Cenatiempo Off To Triple M in 2018
morning host Stephen Centiempo
is celebrating today as he has announced he's joining Triple M
in 2018 to host a brand new national night program. Full story.
KIIS FM dumps Hughesy & Kate and Meshel & Matt Early
has dumped four of its biggest personalities early, leaving them without the chance to say goodbye to their fans. Hughesy & Kate
(drive) and Meshel & Matt
(breakfast) were all unceremoniously dropped by the station owned by ARN, earlier than expected. Both teams received the surprising news on Friday November 24 after they went to air. They were meant to finish their respective programs on December 8. (Source news.com.au) Full story.
Newcastle Radio Ratings 3/2017
rated No 1 in the latest GfK radio ratings with 13.6%. Next came ABC 1233
with 13.1%, HIT 106.9
with 12.7%, 2HD -
10.0%, triple j
9.3% and NEW FM
with 8.0. KOFM rated No 1 in breakfast. 2HD was No 1 in morning and evening. Hit 106.9 was the No 1 station in afternoon and drive. Full details.
RTI Students Make Their Radio Debut
It’s been a successful month at Melbourne’s Radio Training Institute
, with four graduates getting their start in the radio industry. Zoe Scutter
will be keeping herself busy – as well as remaining as a Sales Coordinator at ARN in Melbourne, she’s also now a casual announcer at TRFM in Gippsland, and remains hosting JOY 94.9’s daily “JOY 6 at 6” countdown. Xander Speight
has headed to Ballarat, ready to join the team at Power 103.1 Jennifer Rose
has landed a job as a copywriter at ACE Radio, jumping on air as an afternoon announcer at TRFM in Gippsland. Hayden Bleechmore
has accepted a job as an announcer and audio producer at MIXX FM and 3CS in Colac. More details.
Gold Coast/Tweed Survey 3/2017
was once again the top rating station in the latest Gold Coast/Tweed Survey. Hot Tomato rated 16.9% (-0.2), followed by SCA
stations SEA FM
with 14.4 % (+1.0) and GOLD FM
with 10.3% (-0.6). Hot Tomato was No 1 in breakfast, morning and afternoon. SEA FM was No 1 in drive and evening (+6.1). Full details.
Amanda & Jonesy Rumoured To Go National
The bosses at ARN
have moved swiftly to quash rumours that Melbourne radio hosts Jo and Lehmo
were shelved to make way for a nationally syndicated breakfast show. Less than 24-hours later rumours began emerging that the Sydney WS FM
breakfast show hosted by Amanda Keller
and Brendan 'Jonesy' Jones
, would be shared across the Sydney and Melbourne markets. Full story.
GfK Digital Ratings Survey 7, 2017
The latest GfK
digital ratings were released on November 21. The No 1 digital stations were: Sydney - ABC Jazz
, Melbourne - Double J,
Brisbane - MMM Classic Rock
, Adelaide - The '90s i Heart Radio
and Buddha Hits radio
and Perth - Smooth
and OldSkool Hits Radio
(tie). Full details.
Melbourne's No 1 FM Brekky Show Axed
GOLD FM breakfast hosts Jo Stanley and Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann have been axed from the Melbourne station despite their breakfast show’s recent ratings success (#1 FM brekky show and #2 overall in ratings). ARN confirmed the Jo and Lehmo Show would not be returning in 2018. In a statement, ARN National content director Duncan Campbell said Stanley and Lehmann would remain on air until the end of 2017. “Further details of the plans for GOLD 104.3 (will) be announced shortly,” he said.
Scott Haas Moving On
After 14 years at Ultra 106five Hobart, Scott Haas, Music Director and Breakfast announcer, will leave the station in the New Year.
Ross Stevenson: the Don Bradman of the Wireless,
but you wouldn't know it.
3AW's Ross Stevenson
has won the ratings for nearly 25 years (128 surveys), with nearly one in four radios tuned to his breakfast program. First with on-air partner Dean Banks
and later with former barrister John Burns
. Read John Silvester's story
on the man who began his career as the co-host of Lawyers, Guns and Money.
Random Radio News
Brendan 'Jonesy' Jones Reminisces About 6KA
27 years later Brendan 'Jonesy' Jones spoke about his first ever gig in Karratha with 6KA now Spirit Radio. “It’s great to be home.” Jonesey proudly announced in the interview. His first break into radio was the late night shift in Karratha back in 1990. “I would have stayed there forever” he told now breakfast host Pablo Miller who’s been in the seat five years. Audio of Interview.
Tweed's 'Blankety Blanks' Heading for US
In June this year, Tweed Heads radio station Radio 97 launched its own radio version of the popular TV show Blankety Blanks. Locally the game was well received but what was not expected was an email from the US, expressing interest in the segment. 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.
The Adventures on the Glen Huntly Tram
It's the mid-1950s and a group of friends, colleagues and work acquaintances together with a motley collection of others travel daily on the Glen Huntly tram. Produced in the studios of Golden Days Radio, 95.7fm, it’s believed that “The Adventures on the Glen Huntly Tram” is the first radio drama to be produced since the demise of the long-running ABC serial, “Blue Hills” in September 1976. Full details.
New Masts For NQ Radio
NQ Radio completed construction at east Innisfail of the new 105 metre mast for station 4KZ and 4AY. The present 121 metre mast, believed to be the tallest structure in Far North Queensland, will be demolished once the new structure is on the air. Full story.
Neil Mitchell and Jon Faine take stock of their decades-long duel
To tally their years as the dominant forces in Melbourne radio, you come up with a number just north of 50 – 3AW's Mitchell this week on 30, ABC Melbourne's Faine this year on 21 – and yet in that time the powerhouse broadcasters at 3AW and the ABC have rarely met, barely talked and, on the face of it, found little in common as people or as broadcasters. Full story.
Which Media Women Get Paid More Than Men?
When WSFM duo aka Jonesy and Amanda — recently emerged from pay talks with their parent company ARN, Jones made a rare public admission. He said: “Amanda earns more than me,” Jones told The Australian, to which Keller quickly countered: “You don’t know that I earn more than you.” 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.