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Crocmedia AFL Commentary Team

An array of Australian football’s biggest names will form part of Crocmedia’s AFL Nation expert commentary team in 2017. Crocmedia has unveiled its full list of expert commentators, including 13 of Australia’s best and most successful ex-players, coaches and opinion-makers. Peter Donegan and Sandy Roberts return to lead the call team, with Stephen Quartermain making his long-awaited return to the commentary box to call Saturday afternoon football on AFL Nation.  Full details.

Mandurah Radio Ratings   

97.3 Coast FM and 1116 6MM are the commercial radio stations serving the community for Mandurah, the second-largest city in Western Australia. The survey was conducted from 13 February to 4 March by Xtra Insights. Coast FM rated No 1 with 34%. 6MM had a 5.5% share.  Full details.

Behind The Wheel Now on EON Sports Radio

Broadcasting on DAB+ across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, Behind the Wheel will be heard each Thursday evening at 7pm (Syd/Mel time), as well on the EON Sports Radio online service. More details.

Retired ABC Radio Announcer - Canberra Citizen of the Year

Retired ABC Radio Canberra announcer Alex Sloan has been named as the 2017 Canberra Citizen of the Year. She was farewelled from ABC Radio Canberra last year as she retired after a career of 27 years with the ABC.  Sloan moved to Canberra in 1995 from Radio National in Sydney to do the drive program for the then 666 ABC Canberra.  More details.

Graham Webb Notches Up 63 Years In Radio

Graham ‘Spider’ Webb made his radio debut aged just 17 this month on March 28, 1954.  He says he intends to ride the airwaves as long as he can.  Full story.

GfK Radio Ratings (Metro) - Survey 1

The first GfK Metro Radio Ratings were released today, March 14. The top rating stations remained the same. They were: Sydney - 2GB (11.3), Melbourne - 3AW (13.0), Brisbane - 97.3(12.5), Adelaide - Mix 102.3 (12.0) and Perth - Mix 94.5 (14.3). Full details.

Entries Open For ACRAS

Radio presenters and on-air teams from around Australia will head to Melbourne again this year for the 29th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs).  The awards return to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday, October 14 and entries opened on March 13.  Entries for this year’s Awards close on 19 May 2017. Information about entering the Awards, categories and conditions of entry can be found at the website:   http://www.acras.com.au  More details.

Henry James is taking off….again!

The former Grant Broadcasters national host of OZMADE, and two time ACRA winning presenter has his sights set on a year long adventure through North America before returning to Australian radio early 2018.  “This last year has been huge!”Henry exclaims. “Stepping back into my role as Music Director for SeaFM Northern Tasmania I’ve implement some great local tactics that have seen big results for both our clients and listeners.  More details.

Vale John Minson (1927-2017)

Australian country music legend John Minson has passed away in Coffs Harbour.  He was 89.  He is remembered fondly from his time at Radio 2TM where he hosted “Hoedown”beginning in 1967. By the late ‘60s, Hoedown was so popular it was running from 7.30 to 11pm and 2TM became the first station to be playing country music every weeknight.  More details.

2CH New Line Up and Logo

Sydney’s 2CH has announced the next step in the evolution of the brand with the launch of its new on air line up and new logo design. Rod Brice, Group Content Director says, "The Easy Classics positioning will commence on air on Monday 13th March, along with the commencement of our weekday line up of Gareth McCray Breakfast, Bob Rogers Mornings, Kel Richards Afternoons, Ian Rogerson Drive and Johnny Young Nights. Our new logo is about reinforcing the localness of this iconic Sydney radio brand.”  Full details.

Radio Listening Strong Over Summer

A new report released by radio audience measurement company GfK, shows metropolitan and regional radio continues to be the most engaging medium with consumers during the summer months, with nearly nine out of ten (86%) respondents indicating they listen to more radio in summer. Full story.

APN Makes New Executive Appointments

 APN News & Media (APN) has announced new appointments to the Executive Team.  Current CEO of ARN, Tony Kendall, will be elevated to take on a newly created APN Group Role as Chief Revenue Officer.  Rob Atkinson (pictured), current CEO of Adshel, will replace Tony Kendall as the CEO at ARN.  Mike Tyquin will replace Rob Atkinson as CEO of Adshel, after serving as Chief Commercial Officer since May 2014.

New Commercial Radio Industry Code of Practice

 Commercial Radio Australia has welcomed the registration of the new Commercial Radio Industry Code of Practice by ACMA.  Developed by the industry in consultation with ACMA, the code regulates the content of commercial radio and aims to ensure broadcasts meet community standards and attitudes while protecting the right of freedom of speech. Full details.

Kev Poulton Joins Sandra Moon on 2AY

Border AM radio station 2AY has fallen into line with its two commercial FM rivals by switching to two breakfast announcers. After six years of being a solo early morning host, Sandra Moon has welcomed a former rival as co-host. Kev Poulton, who was a breakfast presenter on FM 105.7 The River from 2011 to 2015, joined Moon on-air for the first time on Monday morning.  Full story.

EON Sports Radio Struggling With Debt

Scott Gullan from the Herald Sun reports: “Remember EON Sports radio, the national 24-hour digital station that was going to revolutionise our listening habits. Glenn Wheatley was the man behind it and he famously declared at last July’s launch that rival SEN was in trouble as “we are going to do it better.”  Well, six months on and the revolution has hit some problems."  Full story.

Em Rusciano has quit her 2Day FM breakfast show twice

Em Rusciano has only been hosting the 2Day FM breakfast show for six weeks, but she’s already tried to quit twice. She made the confession on radio to Fifi Box during a National Breakfast Show on The Hit Network for International Women’s Day. Full story.

The ‘G Man’ Leaves CAAMA For 3KND

After three years leading the team at Melbourne’s Indigenous broadcaster 3KND, Indigenous media pioneer im Remedio is moving on. Gerry Terati Lyons has now been appointed to the position of 3KND Manager and commences on Monday March 20. Gerry has been in the broadcasting sector for over 25 years including Radio Manager at CAAMA in Alice Springs, for the past 7 years.  Full story.

Pete Diskon Update

Former 2EC morning show host Pete Diskon has joined theCMTO as a trainer. Disko says he is looking forward to nurturing some of the great talent in Community Radio. In addition to his teaching role Disko is hosting a weekly magazine show on 2EAR-FM South Coast on Monday afternoon and Braidwood FM on Wednesday morning.

Wheatbelt WA Xtra Insights Survey 1/2017

ABC Great Southern WA was the top rating station in the Wheatbelt (WA) Xtra Insights survey with 23.4%.  Next cameSCA stations Triple M with 18.9% and Hit with 17.8%. They were followed by ABC Mid West with 9.2 %.  Full details.

Tanya Has Over 23 Million Views

Canberra based Hit104.7 breakfast radio host, Tanya Hennesssy had had over 23 million views of a video she recorded in her Crace apartment last Sunday on her iPhone tackling the subject the daily make-up routine with her ‘Realistic Make-Up Tutorial’. Rifinery29 based NYC have picked up Tanya’s post and published it on their platforms. The post has received over 90,000 comments and 270,000 reactions and counting. Video clip.

Jason Matthews To Leave Hit 104.7/Mix 106.3

Jason Matthews, Hit 104.7 and Mix 106.3 CD is departing Canberra.   He has accepted a new job as Branding Director for Granite Transformations in Sydney.  He leaves the station on March 21.

Alex and Chris Join Vision

Vision Christian radio network have a new duo for their national afternoon program. Alex Glover, ex-Gem FM Inverell, has teamed up with Chris Gray. They made their debut on March 6.

Geoff Field’s New Role

Geoff Field has been appointed News Director at 2SER FM. He has quit his casual news role at 2SM and joined the University of Technology in Sydney as a full-time mentor to the journalism students.

National Breakfast Show for International Women’s Day

In an Australian radio first, The Hit Network will celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8 March with a national metro breakfast show led by its female talent.  Anchored by Fox FM’s Fifi Box and 2Day FM’s Em Rusciano in Sydney, the show will also feature Abby Coleman, Hit105, Heidi Anderson, Hit92.9, Cat Lynch, Hit107, Hit Network national show hosts Ash London, Carrie Bickmore, Sam Frost and Constance Hall, as well as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman. The breakfast show will air 6-9am across metro Australia and the show will be lived streamed on hit.com.au and via Facebook Live.


New GM For Grant Broadcasters

Grant Broadcasters, the owners of 5RM, Magic931 and KIX Country have appointed aa new General Manager for the local stations based in The Riverland. Greg Bakkercommenced in the role on February 27 and is looking forward to building on the great work of previous managers. More details.

Ellie Moves From Workday Role

Ellie Angel-Mobbs is finishing up as a workday announcer at 2DayFM after 8 years on air.  She will have a new off air content role at 2Day and will still be heard on weekend shifts.

Damon Adams Joins 5MU

5MU have welcomed Damon Adams to the team. Setting aside his teaching career, Damon has been chasing his radio dream and his hard work has paid off!  Having completed his studies at the Australian Radio School with Sean Craig Murphy and working regularly on Adelaide community radio, Damon is looking forward to filling-in for 5MU’s Afternoon Personality Adam Connelly, who’ll be taking some time off to take care of his baby girl on Paternity Leave.  More details.

Deb Clay Promotion

Deb Clay has been promoted to the role of ARN National News Director.  She’s responsible for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth news.

Xavier Joins Weekend Brekky

Former West Coast/Hawthorn player Xavier Ellis will be heard on hit92.9 Perth weekend breakfast. He joins Heidi, from Heidi, Will and Woody for the new weekend show.

Grant Johnstone’s New Role

Grant Johnstone is now the General Manager with ACE Digital. Prior to this appointment he was GM for TRFM and 1242 Gippsland for 11 years.

Buzz Joins FOX

Hit105 Afternoons announcer Chris ‘Buzz’ Bezzina has joinedFOX FM in Melbourne in the role of Announcer & Operations Manager. Buzz got his start in Gosford, before spending 2 years in Brisbane at hit105.

ACE Radio To Launch ACE Digital

The ACE Radio Board has announced the creation of a new business unit within the ACE Radio network.  ACE Digital will be headed up by General Manager Grant Johnstone, and will commence operations on Monday March 6th, 2017.  As well as an internal marketing role, ACE Digital is charged with securing and growing traditional network income. More details.

Sydney’s 2CH First New Appointment For 2017

EON Broadcasters, owners of Sydney’s 2CH, has announced its first new appointment after taking over the station from Macquarie Media in January. Ian Rogerson will be joining the 2CH on-air team from Monday 13th March in “Drive” from 3pm to 7pm Monday to Friday. More details.

New Committee Swept Into Restore Bay FM 100.3

After months of internal disruption, members of the Bay FMhave re-elected President James Harling and Secretary Marcus Fitz-Gerald. Both were forcibly removed from office on a baseless and invalid technicality by a number of committee members aligned to a group called "Friends of Bay FM".   Bay FM is a Queensland community station based in the Redlands region.  More details.

Grant Goldman Faces His Biggest Challenge

Andrew Jaffrey reports that 2SM breakfast announcer Grant Goldman is facing the biggest challenge of his life.   Nearly 10 years ago following a routine check-up Grant was told the news that he had cancer.  Over 5 years a total of 5 separate cancers would invade his chest, liver, bowel and lungs.  Despite several treatments of radiation and chemotherapy the prognosis is grim. Full story.

Thank You For The Music

Magic 1278 Melbourne and Magic 882 Brisbane have now packed away the ‘songs you know and love’ and switched to the Talking Lifestyle format via Sydney.  Magic 1278 was formerly 3EE and before that 3XY.  Magic 882 spent over 80 years as 4BH before the Magic change in 2014.  The last 3 songs played were End of The Line (Traveling Wilburys), Hit The Road Jack (Ray Charles) and concluded with Thankyou For The Music (Abba).  Today marks the 40th anniversary of Abba’s visit down under.

The Luke Bradnam Show with Libby Trickett and Dobbo 

The Luke Bradnam Show with Libby Trickett and Dobbo will be heard live across Brisbane on Triple M and throughout the entire Gold Coast on Gold FM each week day for the drive home, 3pm-6pm. More details.

Advertisers urged to take a fresh look at regional radio
National advertisers are being urged to take a fresh look at regional radio in 2017 as the industry prepares to undertake more than 30 regional radio surveys across Australia this year and rolls out software to provide ad agencies with free access to the data.  Click here to view a video of CRA board members Grant Cameron (director of Grant Broadcasters) and Grant Blackley (CEO of Southern Cross Austereo) commenting on the impact of the regional surveys and what’s coming up for regional radio in 2017. Full details.

ACMA Rules Against Hawkesbury Radio

ACMA has ruled against NSW community station Hawkesbury Radio (2VTR). ACMA stated that “Hawkesbury Radio was preventing the complainants from becoming members of the Co-operative and, by doing so, was not encouraging participation in the operations of the service” which is in breach of a licence condition.

Tony James Battling Cancer

Announcer Tony James who started at 2QN and also worked at 2NM, 2NX, 2CC, 2SM, 2GO and Star 104.5 is currently in hospital on the Central Coast with renal cancer of the left kidney which needs to be removed. Tony is in a witness protection program as Teej Fender. (News and photo courtesy of The Radio Green Room - Facebook.)

Hit Network Adds Collective Noun To Late Nights

Collective Noun will be heard on the Hit Network from 11pm-1am (Monday to Thursday) straight after Ash London Live. Dom Fay, Zach Mander and Michael Parente are Collective Noun and have, over the past 12 months, been regular content providers for news.com.au. They have 60 million views online with their sketch videos and have grown their Facebook following to almost 100,000. Check out Collective Nounon Facebook here

ARN Announces New Commercial Structure

ARN has announced changes to its commercial structure and the appointment of Emma-Jayne Owens to the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer.  Emma-Jayne will join the ARN team on March 20 and will be based in Sydney. The new commercial sales structure at ARN will see Matthew Granger promoted to the role of Commercial Director – NSW and Queensland. More details.

Tom & Olly step into Triple M nights

Tom & Olly have joined Triple M’s night time line up with a three hour show broadcasting into Sydney and Melbourne. Like many before them, Tom Bainbridge & Oliver Morris come to Triple M via comedy; they’ve performed a number of live sketches, including a sold out Melbourne International Comedy Festival show. They have cut their radio teeth doing breakfast in Albury-Wodonga. They can be heard from 7– 10pm each week from Monday through to Wednesday on Triple M Sydney and Melbourne.

Withdrawal From Negotiations With WIN Corporation

 has announced that it has withdrawn from discussions with WIN Corporation for the sale of SCA of its northern NSW assets and operations to WIN and the acquisition of i98FM Wollongong.

Bryce Joins Jones & Amanda

After two years with the station, Bryce Ruthven is leaving the Hitz 939 breakfast show Bryce & Trace. Bryce has taken up an offer to return home to Sydney with ARN to join WS FM as the panel operator and producer for Jonesy & Amanda. More details.

Triple M Launches National Campaign

Rock royalty, Aussie sporting legends and Triple M’s finest head up the brand new campaign for Australia’s home of rock, sport & comedy – Triple M.  The new campaign features Cold Chisel’s iconic track Rising Sun and will run across outdoor, transit, TV, print, digital and social mediums throughout Triple M’s four metro cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and in Perth for mix94.5.  Video. 

Paul Wojtasiak Moves Back To West

Paul Wojtasiak is leaving Chilli FM Launceston and is moving back home to Mandurah in WA. The drive announcer is joining Coast FM to do nights (7pm-12pm) and and also as Assistant Music Director.

Mannix On MIX

Clairsy will co-host a new show with Brian Mannix (Uncanny X-Men) on MIX 94.5 Perth. Generation 80's with Brian Mannix will air Monday to Friday from 12pm to 1pm and feature the best music of the 1980s.

Brad McNamara EP For Triple M NRL & Cricket
Triple M Sydney has appointed Brad McNamara as Executive Producer (EP) – NRL & Cricket.   This newly created role will see Brad take charge of Triple M’s FM NRL & Cricket broadcasts. Brad, who was the EP of Triple M’s first foray into Test Cricket this summer, is an ex-NSW Blues player and a former EP of Channel Nine’s cricket coverage. In 2017, Triple M’s NRL coverage will feature the brand new 6pm Friday night game live, along with Thursday nights, Saturday afternoons and Sunday (match of the round) fixtures.

Faith FM Gets Dedicated Studio 

Australian Seventh-day Adventist radio station Faith FM has a brand-new studio, which was officially dedicated at a special ceremony on February 15. The new facility is housed at the headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia (formally known as the Australian Union Conference, or AUC) in Ringwood. More details.

KOFM rebrands to Bruce FM
After 86 years one of Newcastle’s oldest radio brands has changed. 2KO commenced broadcasting in 1931, only changing its name slightly in 1992 when it became KOFM… but this morning at 9am KOFM’s Tanya and Steve flicked the switch and relaunched the station as 1029 BRUCE FM. Full details.

Tim Collins aka ‘The Bearded Man’ Heading Back West

Tim Collins, former Perth CIT student, joined Burnie’s 101.7 Sea FM in May 2016.  He is now heading back west to take on the role of Announcer/Content Assistant at Hit FM South West in Bunbury (SCA).  Station Content Director Jerry Sheers says:  “We are very proud of what Tim has achieved in Tassie. This industry required passion and dedication, and Tim has that in spades.  Our job is to train and build talent, and we have certainly done that with Tim.  From all the team in Tassie, well done and all the best!”

Saturday Morning with Amelia, James & Haysey on hit107
Amelia, James and Haysey can now be heard on hit107 Adelaide every Saturday morning 7am-9am. Amelia Mulcahy (pictured) is the Seven News and Today Tonight weeknight weather presenter.  Alongside Amelia is James McCann - a regular on the Adelaide comedy scene. Local West Adelaidean Andrew ‘Haysey’ Hayes completes the trio.

Next ‘Magic Trick’ - Turns Into ‘Talking Lifestyle’

Macquarie Media’s COO Adam Lang has confirmed on St Valentines Day that 2UE's Talking Lifestyle radio format to Melbourne and Brisbane will be heard on Magic 1278 Melbourne and Magic 882 in Brisbane from February 27. The lifestyle format debuted on 2UE in September 2016.

Hadley On 2GB Breakfast and Morning

Ray Hadley is now covering the 2GB breakfast slot to temporarily replace Alan Jones while he recovers from a third round of surgery. He is fronting a marathon 5½-hour shift from 5.30am to 11am, covering Jones’ show as well as his own. The new arrangement will be five days a week for at least three weeks. Chris Smith will bring his normal show an hour forward to 11am until 3pm. More details.

Emily Angwin Joins 1116 SEN

Seven News reporter, Emily Angwin, is the newest member of 1116 SEN Melbourne.  She joins the Garry, Tim and Hamish team as breakfast newsreader.  Emily had previously worked in the newsroom at 1116 SEN as well as former sister station, MTR.

Former Radio Boss Back On Air

Peter Verhoeven has joined the on air team at community station 101 FM Logan.  The former Brisbane ARN GM debuted on Monday the 13th of February hosting the 1am to 5am program. Peter was GM of  4KQ as well as 4BH (1997 until 2001) and then acquired and launched 973 FM in 2001.

Adam To Take Paternity Leave

5MU Murray Bridge announcer Adam Connelly will be taking paternity leave.  The station is now seeking an On-Air Personality/Online Support to join 5MU for a 3-4 month period. (See 'Radio Jobs.')

“Better Music And More Of It.”

ARN has announced a new music positioning for Pure Gold Network stations, WSFM in Sydney and GOLD104.3 in Melbourne - “Better Music and More of It”.  The new marketing campaigns mark the next stage in the evolution of the Pure Gold brand positioning launched in 2014.  The ‘Better Music And More Of It’ positioning is part of ARN’s key strategy for the Pure Gold Network to be music-led stations that connect with its core Gen X audience. The station features music from the 80s, along with the best hits of the 90s and 2000s.

Hit 105 Brisbane Appointments

Brad Wood (pictured) is now the operations manager as well as morning host on Hit105 Brisbane.  He was previously filling in a maternity leave contract in Adelaide.  Also Jack Ball is now ACD and Music Director.

Alan Jones Back In Hospital

Alan Jones' bad back is keeping him off air for another two weeks.  The 2GB radio host is expected to be away until February 20.  Full story.

Leigh-Roy Leaves LA

After 5 years of being in the role of Music Director / Drive announcer with LAFM Launceston, Leigh-Roy Martin is leaving LAFM to take on the role of Operations Assistant /On-Air Floater for Triple M Melbourne.

Andrew Page Leaves Darwin

Grant Broadcasters are transferring Andrew Page to the 2ST & Power FM Shoalhaven news room.  His final day at Hot 100/Mix 104.9 Darwin is Friday February 10.

Baggs On Late Nights

Simon Baggs has moved to the NOVA late night shift from 10pm to 1am.  He replaces Jason 'Finn' Smith.

SCA Appoints Digital News Editor

In a commercial radio first, Sarah Michael has been appointed as SCA's National Digital News Editor, a newly created role. Sarah has most recently been the Deputy Editor of the Daily MailAustralia.  She will be responsible for creating a digital news strategy and workflow for SCA’s metro newsrooms around Australia.  Sarah will be based out of the Sydney news hub, commencing in May 2017.

Gabi Joins TR FM Breakfast

Gabi James is the new co-host on ACE Radio's Gippsland stationTR FM. Gabi was most recently at FOX FM as a casual announcer/panel operator. Gabi takes over from Mikkayla Mossopwho is now with 3AW. Gabi joins Dan Robinson & Justin "Kosi" Koschitzke on TR FM's breakfast show "The Morning Crew".

Radio Ad Revenue Up In January

Metropolitan commercial radio stations reported modest growth in advertising revenue of 0.85% in the month of January 2017 to a total of $50.551 million, according to figures sourced by Deloitte.  The figures follow growth of 6.75% in the month of December, for total annual growth of 4.04% to $779.960 million for calendar year 2016. More details.

From Tassie To Tamworth

Former 7XS Breakfast Announcer Andrew Thain is now with 2TMTamworth as the Afternoon Announcer and working in Production.

Ed Sheeran Hits The World Famous Rooftop

Ed Sheeran made his first appearance in Australia on Sunday night (Feb 5) with a performance on the Hit Network’s World Famous Rooftop - with a difference. The secret gig for 80 lucky Hit Network listeners was on top of Victoria’s iconic Hanging Rock in the Macedon Ranges. The threat of storms brewing and rain during the performance didn’t dampen spirits as Ed extended his set time to perform extra songs for appreciative fans.

1116 SEN’s New Sunday Show Dedicated to AFLW

An all-female heads 1116 SEN’s new Sunday morning show – The AFLW Hour of Power - dedicated to the NAB AFL Women’s competition (AFLW). Hosting will be ex-netballer and avid campaigner for women in sport, Bianca Chatfield, and joining her each week will be a rotating panel of experts including sports journalist Sam Lane, the pioneer of NAB AFLW, Chyloe Kurdasand star of Collingwood’s AFLW team, Kate Sheahan. The show airs from 8-9am.

A New Look NOVA in 2017

NOVA Entertainment is launching a refreshed Nova brand, the first in over six years, on Friday 3 February. The brand will have a reinvigorated look and feel to reflect Nova’s passion to provide the freshest music and highlight the power of live entertainment. The refresh will also reflect Nova’s commitment to brightening listener’s lives and staying in touch with the vibe of each local city. (Photo: NOVA Entertainment's CEO Cathy O'Connor, Group Programme Director Paul Jackson and Chief Marketing & Digital Officer Tony Thomas). More details.

'Great Australian Lives' To Air On 3AW

Melbourne news identity Jo Hall is set to launch a new project, Great Australian Lives, to be broadcast on radio station 3AW from this Sunday.  The weekly program, airing Sunday nights at 8pm on 3AW, will kick off this weekend with revered Australian television, film and stage actor, Michael Caton. Full details.

It’s The Dave Noonan Show ... with Alison

Triple M Hobart (previously Heart 107.3) has renamed its breakfast program to The Dave Noonan Show.  Dave's on air partner Kylie Baxter has returned to the station’s newsroom. However he has been joined on air by Alison Plath an announcer and comedian from Brisbane.

Mix 104.9 FM Darwin Locks In New Talent

Taz Eriksen is moving to Darwin from Hot 91 on the Sunshine Coast.  ‘Talented’ Taz will be heard weekdays on Mix 104.9 Darwin between 1-5 pm.

Ilana Moves To Adelaide

Ilana Pender-Rose is leaving WAVE FM Wollongong and relocating to Adelaide due to her partner’s work.  The station is now seeking an 'On-Air Personality/Music Director'.  See ‘Radio Jobs.

4BC Brisbane Website Hacked

The website for Queensland talk station 4BC has been hacked.  The station this morning (Jan 30) confirmed the website was experiencing difficulties.  At 10.30 am the website was “under construction.”  Listeners took to social media to share their experiences. One person tweeted “has been hacked & goes straight to porn”. Another wrote "the 4BC website offered them the chance to win an iPhone."

Grant Denyer Busted and Shamed

Earlier this week, Grant Denyer appeared as a guest on Triple M’sThe Grill Team where host Matty Johns told him a yarn about the boardgame Test Match. An hour later Denyer rolled up to The Kyle & Jackie O Show and used a similar story. Full story.   (Photo features Grant in 96Five studio.)

Bee Gees Top smooth FM Top 500

The Bee Gees 1978 hit How Deep Is Your Love has taken out the No 1 spot on the smooth FM Countdown which ran for 5 days and culminated on Australia Day.  Full details.

 Alex Hehr awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia

Golden Days Radio station manager Alex Hehr has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division of the Australia Day 2017 Honours List for service to the broadcast media, particularly through community radio. More details.

Constance Hall Joins The Hit Network

Best-selling author and Perth based blogger Constance Hall has joined the Hit Network’s weekend line up. Constance will be joined by her bestie Annaliese Dent to bring The Queen Sesh nationally, across 43 metro and regional Hit Network stations on Sunday mornings 7– 9am.

iHeartradio Launches New App

iHeartRadio Australia has announced the launch of its brand new app, powered by Optus. The new app, with ‘My Favourites Radio’feature gives audiences more ways than ever to customise, explore and discover new music, podcasts and entertainment. To start using My Favourites Radio, listeners need to download and switch to the new iHeartRadio app which is available now on iOS and Android. This is not available as an automatic app upgrade.

Glenn Johns Joins KZ Network  

Glenn Johns joins the KZ Network as 5-9 am weekday presenter based at the Innisfail studios.  By the way, sister station KOOL-FM will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in March. Former team members are invited to send their contact details to info@nqradio.com.au

Matt Anderson To Leave 2DAY

After 16 months with 2DAY Sydney, Content Director Matt Anderson is leaving the station.  Prior to joining 2DAY he was The Hits Content Director at NZME in NZ.

Abi Takes Up New Zoo Role

Abi Benaud has left the KISS Kyle and Jackie O Show. She worked in various roles for the duo but was most recently Senior Producer.  She has taken a position as PR Executive of Australia Zoo.

Rebecca Judd & Yumi Stynes Join The 3PM Pick Up

ARN has announced the evolution of The 3PM Pick Up in 2017, welcoming high profile personalities Rebecca Judd and Yumi Stynes to host alongside Katie ‘Monty’ Dimond on the national 3 – 4pm show on the KIIS Network in 2017. Full details.

Triple M Brisbane Welcomes Robin Bailey!
Robin Bailey officially joined Triple M Brisbane’s breakfast show on January 23.  Despite having more than 20 years’ experience on air & sharing much of her life with Brisbane listeners, co-hosts Greg Martin & Ed Kavalee learnt a new thing or two about Robin this morning;  Robin was an exchange student in America with she was 16 and ended up being the high school football team’s Eagle mascot. It was the only way she could become a cheerleader.  Her mum once told off Rupert Murdoch & was later congratulated by Rupert’s mum, Elizabeth, who said more people should do it!  Robin Bailey joins Marto & Ed every weekday morning from 5:30am-9am on 104.5 Triple M.

Gale Warning Issued For The Gold Coast Region.
Paul Gale will join Mal Lees and Moyra Major on the drive show from Wednesday February 1st, 2017.  “Gold Coasters will be blown away” when they hear a familiar voice for their drive home on 1029 Hot Tomato. “Galey, Mal & Moyra” for the drive home will entertain Hot Tomato listeners between 3pm to 7pm weekdays.  Full story.

Carrie Bickmore Joining The Hit Network

Carrie Bickmore is joining the Hit Network in 2017 with a national show, live daily from 3pm. Carrie will be joined by comedian and The Project colleague, Tommy Little.  Carrie & Tommy will be heard across 43 stations nationally on The Hit Network from Monday 13 February.

Nova’s Smallzy presents Apple Music Fresh 40

NOVA Entertainment has announced the launch of the Apple Music Fresh 40 which will be hosted by Nova’s Kent ‘Smallzy’ Small on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm starting 21 January.  ‘Smallzy’ will again host and count down the biggest 40 songs on Apple Music during that week. Smallzy is the host of Smallzy’s Surgery and can be heard weeknights from 7pm – 10pm on the Nova Network.


From this Monday January 23 Triple M Sydney will welcome the Mayor of Merrickville each week day afternoon. Hosted by Merrick Watts, Merrickville puts a spotlight on everything that’s great (and not so great) about Sydney. From 4pm-6pm every day Merrick talks about what Sydney is talking about alongside fellow comedians, footy players and sports legends, journos and probably an ex-convict or two.

GateHouse Media Partners with Social News Desk

GateHouse Media has selected Social News Desk US as its enterprise partner for social media publishing across the company’s 520 newspaper markets which span 35 states. Last September, the company appointed former ARN Brisbane-Sydney Newsreader and Senior News Editor Chris Rieger as its Client Strategy Specialist for Australia and New Zealand. Chris says “The great thing about Social News Desk, is all of us have experience working in a media environment, particularly newsrooms.” Full story.

Perth LIVE with Oliver Peterson

News talk 882 6PR has announced Channel Nine journalist Oliver Peterson as host of the Drive program, 3pm-6pm  Monday to Friday, effective Monday January 23.  Oliver takes over from Adam Shand who has presented the show for the past two years.  Full details.

New Hit Network Breakfast Show

Regional listeners of the Hit Network will wake up with Bree & Gawndy each Saturday morning from next month, with the duo set to bring a national weekend breakfast show - Weekend Breakfast with Bree Tomasel and Daniel Gawned, 7 – 9am Saturdays.  It will be heard across all 38 regional stations from Saturday February 4th.  The duo will  continue to host their #1 weekday breakfast show on the Central Coast’s 101.3 Sea FM.

EON Broadcasting Launches
Facebook Live Broadcasting!

In a Queensland radio first, EON Broadcasting has launched a multi camera Facebook Live solution implemented by Senior Broadcast Engineer and ACRA winner, Dale Sharp, which has pushed the limit of Facebook Live technology to a whole new level for the networks two Sunshine Coast stations 919 SEA FM and 92.7 MIX FM. More details.

Liam Renton and Nic McClure Join 973 Brisbane.

Liam Renton, formerly with Hot 91/Zinc FM Sunshine Coast, has joined 973 Brisbane in the newly created position of Executive Breakfast Producer/ACD. Nic McClure (pictured) who was previously an EP at KIIS 1065’s Kyle and Jackie O Show will be a Consultant.

Jase Allen new CD at 2DayFM.

Jase Allen has been promoted from ACD to the official role of Content Director at Sydney’s 2DAY FM. Prior to joining 2DAY he was CD at SAFM.

Ed Sheehan Performs In Nova’s Red Room
Ed Sheeran will kick off 2017 for NOVA Entertainment with a Nova’s Red Room performance live from the Sydney Opera House, with this special event also broadcast on the Nova Network, on Tuesday 7 February.

Rex Morris Returns To SCA

Rex Morris is rejoining SCA as the new Head of Music Operation with Triple M.  He replaces Vaughan Hobbs who departed in December 2016. Rex will also continue his role as owner and director of Resonate Broadcasting which owns stations in Australia and Hawaii.

New Brekky Show on Border’s HIT104.9

The Border’s Hit104.9 has revealed an all new breakfast line up for 2017.  Riley-Rose Harper will be joined by Seamus Evans for The Border – ‘Riley-Rose & Seamus’.  More details.

ABC Adelaide Welcomes Jules Schiller

Media personality Jules Schiller is ABC Radio’s new Drive presenter in Adelaide. With more than two decades of media experience under his belt, Jules’ presenting and production experience across radio, TV and digital platforms makes him one of Australia’s most unique and original talents. Full story.

New Local Weekend Breakfast Shows Across Hit Metro

The Hit Network will welcome local weekend breakfast shows to each metro city, from 7 - 9am on Saturdays. Ryan Jon and Tanya Hennessy (pictured) will host Sydney’s Saturday breakfast, commencing January 28, in addition to co-hosting their weekday breakfast show on Canberra’s hit104.7.  Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw will cook up Saturday breakfast down south from January 28. They will continue with their Perth based weekday breakfast show -  Heidi, Will & Woody.  Lise Carlaw and Sarah Wills, better known as 'Those Two Girls', will bring a breakfast show to Brisbane each Saturday morning from January 21.  Local weekend breakfast shows coming to Perth and Adelaide will be announced soon! Full details.

Sydney Brekky Show To Be Broadcast In Melbourne

Southern Cross Austereo is under fire again with news its new Sydney breakfast show will be broadcast from Melbourne. Confidential heard from an SCA spokeswoman who confirmed the hosts of The Em Rusciano Radio Show, with Harley Breen, will not be based in the Harbour City. Instead, they will be “commuting” between their home bases in the Victorian capital and Sydney.  (Source: Daily Telegraph).

New Co Host for the Morning Rush.

ACE radio has announced that Kate Meade will join Jon Vertigan in Warrnambool from January 23 on 3YB, 3SH, 3WM, 3CS and 3HA on the networked AM breakfast program 'The Morning Rush'. Kate is a Radio Training Institutegraduate and has studied Media & Communications at Swinburne University.  Meade replaces Maria Foundas, who after 3 years with the network will start in Hobart this January.

FIVEaa Drive Update

'Rowey & Bicks'  (Stephen Rowe and Mark Bickley) will return to FIVEaa Adelaide weekdays to host the Drive Sports Show from 3pm to 6pm. Crocmedia will broadcast an hour program hosted by former Port Adelaide player Kane Cornes and Adelaide Crows star Ben Hart following the Drive Sports Show.  The FIVEaa line up changes will commence on Monday 23 January.

Who’s Now Behind The Wheel?

The syndicated Behind the Wheel Daily Motoring Segments will now be hosted by Channel Nine Melbourne news presenter Peter Hitchener and radio veteran Chris Miller. The change brings the daily segments into line with the popular weekly Behind the Wheel Motoring program which is also hosted by the duo.

Radio ad revenue strong in December 

All metro markets recorded positive growth in radio ad revenue in December 2016 up 6.75% to a total of $58.837 million, according to the metropolitan commercial radio advertising revenue, sourced by Deloitte.  The Sydney market was up 6.5% to $17.792 million, Melbourne also showed strong growth up 6.68% to $17.546 million, Brisbane rose 10.37% to $9.674 million, Perth was up 6.43% to $8.401 million and Adelaide was up 2.23% to $5.424 million.  Full details.

New CEO for Brisbane’s 96five

Dwayne Jeffries has been announced as the new CEO for Brisbane’s 96five. For over 25 years he has been on air and leading radio station teams around Australia, and even worked in Ireland for a period of time. Most recently Dwayne’s roles have included Breakfast Anchor for 2GO Gosford and Content Director for WSFM, and over the last four years, he has been Content Director for Sydney’s Hope Media. More details.

Georgia Makes Commercial Radio Debut

Georgia Holland, formerly of CSU Bathurst, is joining Radio Snowy Mountains as a journalist.  She commences on Monday January 16.

Jade Robran Joins FIVEaa

Jade Robran is returning home and joining FIVEaa Adelaide to host afternoons from Monday 30th January.  Jade has worked in TV for 15 years and was a sports presenter with the Seven Network in Melbourne as has also been a correspondent with Sunrise.

Steve White Moves On

Steve White has left 5RM/Magic Berri.  Steve was the station manager.  His replacement will be announced soon.

Rove And Sam Axed From Brekky

Rove McManus and Sam Frost have been shunted from their 2DAY FM breakfast show after failing to capture an audience in the cut-throat Sydney market. SCA announced the pair will move into a new national evening show from January 30. They will be replaced by comedians Em Rusciano and Harley Breen from January 23.  Full story.

891 ABC Cannot Use 'Radio Adelaide'

891 ABC cannot change to ABC Radio Adelaide on Monday as plane but instead will call themselves ABC Adelaide. The federal court injunction launched by 5UV Radio Adelaide will stand, blocking the national broadcaster to use the name ABC Radio Adelaide. All other ABC stations will change to new names, dropping frequencies, from Monday January 9.

Madelaine’s 2017 Move

Madelaine Burke has left 97.3’Coast FM Mandurah.  She’s accepted a role on 96FM Perth as afternoon news presenter.

Lui Zacher on The Daily Grind

Lui Zacher is joining Mixx FM in Horsham.  He will team with Kaycee Bould to host the Daily Grind breakfast program which is networked to several ACE stations.

Ruth De Glas Made Redundant

973 Brisbane breakfast show executive producer Ruth De Glas was made redundant this week.

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