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Radio launches Radio Alive brand
The Australian commercial radio industry today unveiled a new brand positioning and identity to underline radio’s strength as a dynamic, innovative and multiplatform medium. The “Radio Alive
” brand and logo will be used across the industry to reset perceptions about radio and highlight its broad ever-expanding reach and influence across broadcasting, online, social, mobile apps, podcasting and live events. More Details
New Appointments: Chilli FM 90.1
Chilli FM Launceston has added two new announcers to its line-up. Local lad, Matthew Garwood
has joined the on air team weekdays 10am-12pm and also in Promotions “The Tattooed Tenor” found a national profile after teaming up with Ricky Martin on The Voice and being signed to Universal Music. Keeping the progression of local talent as a common theme at Chilli FM, Shannon Dale,
also a Launceston local has been appointed Music Director and Afternoon announcer (12-3pm Weekdays). Full details.
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
2GBRyan Khay’s New Gig
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 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
Alan Hickey Back On FIVEaa
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
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 McManushas 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 Kuhlmannat K Rock from August 14th. 'Speedy' is leaving his role ashit92.9 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.
SCA Extends Digital Radio Stations
Continuing to focus on its commitment to build a totally integrated suite of audio brands, SCA
will align each of its digital radio stations on July 1 to either its Triple M
or Hit Networks
. More details.
2017 National Community Radio Awards Finalists Revealed
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia has revealed the finalists in its 2017 CBAA Community Radio Awards. Full Story
Dave Cameron Appointed Melbourne GM
Southern Cross Austereo
has announced, Melbourne GM, Dave Cameron
will be responsible for the day to day running of SCA’s Melbourne operations. Full Story.
Radio Welcomes Interim Licence Fee Relief
Commercial Radio broadcasters have welcomed the interim licence fee relief provided by the Turnbull Government. This temporary relief will result in around $20 million in cost savings for the 2016- 2017 financial year to commercial radio broadcasters providing live and local radio around the country. Broadcasters will now need to wait another 40 days until Parliament returns to consider the media reform legislation to allow permanent financial relief for the industry.
KOFM and Hit 106.9 Make A Move
Two Newcastle radio stations have moved into modern new premises. For more than 30 years, they’ve called Charlestown home – but on June 27, KOFM
and Hit 106.9
began broadcasting from their new digs at Honeysuckle. Video.
Fate of John Laws' $10,000 Golden Microphone
When the day comes for John Laws
to be laid to rest he has revealed what will happen to his $10,000 golden microphone: Link“I’ll have them put it in my coffin when I go to the big broadcasting studio in the sky,
” Laws said. Until that day, there’s still plenty to be said — and as always, the man dubbed “the golden tonsils” isn’t afraid to say it. Full story
from Daily Telegraph.
Vale Chris Chamberlin (ABC Publicist)
Tributes have been pouring in for ABC publicist Chris Chamberlin who died suddenly while on holidays in India. Chamberlin, 39, was a well-known figure in the arts and entertainment community, having worked as a film publicist before joining the ABC in 2014.
Mick Molloy And Jane Kennedy To Host Drive
Longtime friends and comedy colleagues Mick Molloy
and Jane Kennedy
are joining forces to drive Australia home in 2018 across the Triple M Network
. Triple M’s first completely national drive time offering will commence on air in Melbourne in October, followed by Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and over 30 other markets in January.A new co-host for Triple M’s Hot Breakfast will be announced soon. More details.
Matthew Abraham Leaves ABC AdelaideMatthew Abraham,
half of the “Matt and Dave” duo, has announced he is leaving the Breakfast program on ABC Radio Adelaide. Matthew has co-presented on ABC Radio Adelaide with David Bevan
since 2002, the first 9 years on Mornings then since 2011 on Breakfast. He was also a presenter on the station in the 1990s. Matthew’s departure will mark the end of over 15 years on air with co-host David Bevan.
Fairfax Rejects Singleton’s Macquarie Radio Bid
The plans of John Singleton and long-time adviser Mark Carnegie to take control of Macquarie Media have been left in tatters after Fairfax Media denied the duo access to its data room to assess the publisher’s stake in the radio assets. The pair teamed up late last week to notify Fairfax chief Greg Hywood of their intent to launch a full takeover of Macquarie Media. But in a blow to their ambitions Fairfax has denied the duo access to its data room, saying the publisher was not seeking buyers for its stake in the business. (The Australian)
Ben Latimer To Fill For Georgia Page
NOVA Entertainment has welcomed Ben Latimer as smoothfm’s Program Director for the duration of a maternity role contract. With over 15 years’ experience, Ben has extensive media experience as the Group Program Manager for Max and smoothfm TV and also held various roles with ARN. Ben covers for Georgie Page, who will depart for maternity leave on 21 July. He will commence in the position on 24 July 2017.
Mark Day Calls It A Day
Mark Day has been a journalist for over 50 years, as a reporter, editor and columnist. He has been a newspapers, magazines and radio station proprietor, radio and TV host, author and blogger. He was a founding columnist for Media in 1999. However he announced in The Australian: “After 57 years in journalism it’s time to say goodbye with my last Media column.”
Paddy Dangerfield’s New Baby
AFL superstar Patrick ‘Paddy’ Dangerfield
and good mate and professional fishing guide Aaron ‘Captain Redbeard’ Habgood
are launching their new radio program ‘Reel Adventures’. Arriving by boat at Docklands in Melbourne, on Monday June 26 Patrick and Aaron will talk about their love of fishing and what audiences can expect from their new show.
Sydney Offices of 2GB Evacuated
The Pyrmont offices of radio station 2GB were evacuated for a short period of time this afternoon (June 20). Listeners took to Twitter, reporting an announcement had been read out and classical music was played instead of the usual broadcast. It’s unclear why the building was evacuated. Regular broadcasting resumed a short time later.
Alan Jones Back At Home
is recovering following his recent “near-miss” after going into septic shock. The 76-year-old has been off the airwaves over the past week after being admitted to the intensive care unit of Sydney’s St Vincent’s Private Hospital. More details.
Andy Wells Media Win New York Award Andy Wells Media
picked up the Bronze Award for the music special "Celebrating 30 Years: U2 - The Joshua Tree"
at the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Awards. The special was hosted by Barry Bissell
and written by Jeff Jenkins
with Andy looking after audio production and syndication. Full list of winners .
Air News Update
After a number of exceptional applications for a role with AIR News
following a recent ad in Jocks Journal, news director Arthur Stevens
has announced the successful candidates. The role advertised was for weekday evenings on the national radio news service, and Stevens has opted for a share-role situation with two Melbourne-based presenters, Sarah Patterson
and Steve Visscher
appointed to the role. Stevens says he worked with Sarah many years ago at 3KZ, and always found her work to be at the high end of professional, and Steve, whilst new to the role has demonstrated an incredibly versatile touch whichwill only add to the solid team at AIR News.
Coffs Harbour Radio Survey
Coffs Harbour rated No 1 in the 2017 Xtra Insights
survey with 23.6%. They were closely followed by Triple M 106.3
with 23.3%. triple j
rated third with 13.9% and then ABC
Coffs Coast with 13.1%. More details.
Alana Joins Red FM
Alana McLean has been appointed Red FM Breakfast Announcer. Alana comes to Red via Grant Broadcasters where she worked as breakfast announcer for Star 1063Townsville. Alana has also worked at Hit 929 in Perth. She will co-host breakfast with Robbie Klitzing. The start date for Alana is Thursday July 13th with the aim of launching the new breakfast show on Wednesday July 19th.
Coffee O’Clock Clocks Off
After four and a half years on air at Life FM
Adelaide, the Drive show, Coffee O’Clock,
with Jayne Lochert
(left) and Sharon Smith
(right), has gone into an hiatus. The show was also syndicated throughout regional SA on Lime FM
and Riverland Life FM.
Sharon has left the station after being involved in various roles over the station’s 24 years on air. Jayne will continue on-air in an afternoon slot and pick up a Promotions Role.
New MIX 106.3 Breakfast Show
The Kristen & Wilko
Show is the new MIX 106.3
Breakfast Show waking-up Canberra from Monday 26 June. Neil ‘Wilco’ Wilcock
joins Kristen Henry
weekdays from 5.30am. Full details
John Singleton, Mark Carnegie in takeover bid for Macquarie MediaFairfax Media
has confirmed that John Singleton
and long-time adviser Mark Carnegie
have made formal approaches for a full takeover of Macquarie Media
. Fairfax has confirmed reports in The Weekend Australian that Singleton and Carnegie have teamed up to buy Fairfax Media’s 54 % stake in Macquarie Media. Carnegie and his family speak for 6.8 % of Macquarie Media, while Singleton has a 34 % stake in the company — but the two are eager to control the whole company. (The Australian)
Red Symons' Under Fire Over Controversial Interview
Melbourne has gone into delayed damage control following breakfast presenter Red Symons
' remarks to a fellow broadcaster Beverley Wang
. Full story.
Alan Jones in hospital with 'nasty bug' 2GB/4BC
breakfast host Alan Jones,
is back in hospital just a few months after he returned to the airwaves. He went off the air last Friday and was taken to hospital with an infection this week. More details.
New Journalist For Hitz 939 and 4BU
Bundaberg Broadcasters’ radio stations Hitz 939
and Classic Hits 4BU
welcome new journalist Laura Francis
to the team. She’s bringing her experience from WIN TV
in Townsville to their Newsroom. More details.
Albury Radio Survey
Only 1.2% separated Triple M 105.7
(22.9) and Hit 104.9
in Albury (21.7) in the latest Xtra Insights
radio survey. The first in Albury since 2014. In third position was ABC Goulburn Murray
with 14.4% and then 1494 2AY
with 11.4 They also were the No 1 station in evenings. Hit 104.9 came No 1 in breakfast (21.4) just ahead of Triple M (21.1). Full details. Press Release.
Scotty McLaren Leaves RadioSun 96.9
Alice Springs announcer Scotty McLaren
has announced on Facebook that he's leaving the radio industry. He said: “After giving exactly 20 years of service to radio, today I announce that I am leaving the industry. It's been a hell of a ride and one that I will always look back on with fond memories. I feel as if I have achieved everything that I set out to do as I wide eyed bushy tailed kid from the Northern Beaches of Cairns.”
Tahni Joins hit 107 AdelaideTahni Schaefer
is leaving Adelaide talk station FIVEaa
where she worked as the Producer of Jeremy Cordeaux's
nightime show. She’s taken on a new job at Hit 107
Adelaide as Assistant Producer for Amos, Cat & Angus.
EON Sports Enters Voluntary Administration
and Daniel Juratowitch
of turnaround and restructuring advisory firm Cor Cordis have been appointed as Voluntary Administrators of EON Sports Radio,
effective 13 June 2017. EON was launched in July 2016 as a digital 24-7 sports radio network transmitting on the digital audio broadcasting network and via various applications operating on smart devices and online. More details.
Crystal Vas Joins Power FM BrekkyCrystal Vas,
is the new 949 Power FM
Shoalhaven breakfast co-host with Todd.
At the age of 19 Crystal scored her first commercial gig at 929
in Tamworth as a drive announcer.
Dani Raco Moving On
After 3 years as an Advertising Director at Melbourne's ARN,Dani Raco
has decided to move on and will take on a new role at Macquarie Media
Cairns Radio Survey
Hit 103.5 Cairns was the top rating station in the latest Xtra Insights Cairns radio survey with 22.9 % (-4.9). The last survey was in June 2016. Next came Triple M with 16.9 (+2.1), followed by Star 102.7 with 14.4 (-2.2) and ABC Far North with 14.1 (-0.2). Hit 103.5 was No 1 in all sessions except nights. ABC rated No 1 in evenings despite going down 5%. Full details.
GfK Survey 3 2017 DAB+
The latest DAB+ summary report was released today. Edge Digital
was the No 1 station in Sydney. Aussie
rated No 1 in Melbourne. Coles Radio
is still at No 1 in Brisbane. ‘90s iHeart
radio made No 1 in Adelaide. In Perth, sport was the dominating DAB station with ABC Grandstand
at No 1. Full details.
Former ABC radio host “parachutes” in for state LaborTim Cox
, previous longstanding host of ABC
morning radio in Hobart, who has also worked for the ABC in Queensland, is to be “parachuted” into the Hobart seat of Denison for the Tasmanian ALP at the coming state election, provoking anger from some party members. Full story.
Phoebe Parsons - Winner Of Podquest
NOVA Entertainment has announced that Phoebe Parsonsis the inaugural winner of Podquest. This was an initiative launched by NOVA in April to discover and support new and emerging podcasters from around Australia. Phoebe will have access to NOVA’s production facilities, technical expertise and distribution channels to create a podcast series.
Vale Jill Singer
Australian journalist Jill Singer
has died at the age of 60. She was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder earlier this year. Singer began her career as an ABC
radio cadet in 1984. After a stint in Albury-Wodonga, she progressed through the ranks of the national broadcaster to land a position as a senior reporter for The 7.30 Report
. She was also a regular on ABC 774
in Melbourne. More details.
Rod Cuddihy To Leave Mix 106.3 Breakfast Role
Canberra has announced that Rod Cuddihy
one-half of the Kristen (Henry)
and Rod breakfast team, will come off air and continue in a behind-the-scenes management role. The new breakfast presenter will be announced on Monday, June 19 and will start on-air at MIX 106.3 alongside Kristen a week later. Full story.
Mackay Radio Ratings
rated No 1 in the latest Mackay radio ratings with 24.9%. SCA
sister station Triple M
came second with 22.1%. Next came ABC
Tropical North with 16.8% followed by Grant Broadcaster
station Star 101.9
with 9.9%. Hit were No 1 in breakfast, afternoon and drive. Triple No 1 in mornings (+6.5) and evenings (+7.8). More details.
Jess Sully Joins 2EC/Power FM
Jess Sully is leaving NOW FM Moree and joining 2EC/Power FM in Bega as producer/floater.
Wayne Wesson Moves To Hot FMWayne Wesson,
former Gold 92.5
Gold Coast Breakfast Announcer (Smith & Wesson
in the early 90’s) has joined Sunraysia Community Radio Association station 106.7 HOTFM
Mildura. He’s a music advisor to Station Manager Ivan Behsmann
and is also be heard on air Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Nick O'Connell Leaving ACE Radio
Nick O’Connell is moving on from the ACE Hamilton office. He’s been with ACE for a few years and currently anchors the Country Today program on the ACE Radio Network's 3YB, 3CS, 3HA, 3WM and 3SH.
GfK Metro Radio Ratings 3/2017
It was a close shave for 2GB
in Sydney and Mix 94.5
in Perth - although they both rated No 1 - smooth 95.3
was only 0.1 behind 2GB
and in Perth Nova 93.7
was only 1.0 behind Mix 94.5.
In Adelaide FIVE aa
edged out Mix 102.3
to be No 1. 3AW
was a clear leader in Melbourne with 15.5% with talking lifestyle
unable to grab 1% share in any session. In Brisbane Nova 106.9
was the dominating station (+2.0). Full details.
Em Rusciano Returns To 2DAY Breakfast Program
Em Rusciano h
as made a heartbreaking confession during her first morning back on air, after taking two weeks off to cope with her miscarriage. After thanking the “thousands” of fans who had offered support, the 2DayFM
host revealed that not everyone had been so kind. Full story.
triple j’s New Film & TV Reviewer
Three weeks ago triple j
movie reviewer Marc Fennell
announced he was stepping down from his film and TV review role, opening up a nationwide search for his replacement. In that time triple j amassed 1300 applications. In the end they selected 22 year old Amelia Navascues
as triple j’s new TV & Film Reviewer.
Vale John K Watts (1937-2017)
John K Watts
, Perth radio broadcaster and football legend, died on Saturday June 3 after a battle with cancer. He was 80 years of age. The Watts and (Barry) Martin Breakfast Show
was a huge hit in Perth. More details.
Abi Returns To Radio
Abi Benaud is the new Executive Producer of Brisbane’s Hit105’s Stav, Abby and Matty with Osher Breakfast show. Abi has been working as a PR Executive at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast for the past five months.
Radio CEOs Unite To Send a Message To Parliament
Chief executives from Australia’s major commercial and subscription TV, newspaper and radio companies united in Canberra on may 31 to demonstrate support for the Federal Government’s broadcast and media reform package. The industry is making an unprecedented show of support to send a strong message to Parliament that urgent changes are required to modernise Australia’s outdated media laws. Full details.
Port Macquarie Radio Ratings
Triple M Mid North Coast
came No 1 in the Port Macquarie Xtra Insights radio ratings with 34.6%. They were followed by Hit Mid North Coast
with 24.6% and then the local ABC
with 11.1%. Triple M rated No 1 in all sessions except drive. More details.
Nicole Mitchell Joins Hit 100.9
Hit 100.9 has announced that Nicole Mitchell will join the on air team in Hobart. Nicole has been appointed Music Director and will take over the 12pm-3pm weekday slot. On Air experience includes hosting a variety of shifts at Adelaide’s Fresh 92.7 and Nicole has experience in the air too as part of Jetstar Australia’s Cabin Crew since last year. Nicole commences mid-June and replaces Rosie Panetta who is now heard on 919 Nova in her home town of Adelaide.
ABC Takes Axe To Managers
The ABC again has swung the redundancy axe, making nine radio staff positions redundant, as well as three in television and two in the regional division. Other staff in support divisions have also been told their positions would be made redundant. It’s the next phase in ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie’s
plans to axe up to 200 staff jobs, part of her reshaping of the ABC into a flatter management structure announced on March 7. In Radio National
three content directors will be made redundant. The vacant roll of manager of capital city radio will not be filled, with station managers reporting instead to Ms Whelan. (The Australian)
Sports digital radio station EON closes down
, the digital 24-7 sports radio network once backed by Glenn Wheatley
, closed on Friday (May 26). The network had been under considerable financial strain for some time and despite a change in ownership - Wheatley left the business months ago - it was unable to secure enough sponsorship to survive. Full details.
Update: EON Sports Radio will continue to broadcast online and across its digital radio channels, however, it will no longer have any local announcers.
John Bleby Leaves Hit 107
John Bleby has quit his role as Executive Producer of the hit107 breakfast show in Adelaide. After an 18 year career with SCA/Austereo in many different program and announcing roles and markets he is taking a break from radio.
‘Herbie’ Joins Hit 93.1
Nat 'Herbie' Herbstreit, an AFTRS graduate, is now the breakfast co-host at HIT93.1 Riverina. She co-hosts Whitto & Herbie alongside 2013 AFTRS graduate Michael “Whitto” Whittington. Herbie replaces the former co-host Ash Blucher.
AIR News Update
AIR News evening presenter Natalie Livingstone is swinging into four afternoons a week on the AIR News Virtual Newsdesk, and is relinquishing her evening shift shortly (see ‘Radio Jobs.’) Whilst news director Artie Stevens is in Singapore on business in early June, mornings will be covered by Lesley Yeomans, with Natalie on afternoons and evenings handled by Kym Cartwright, with assistance from the erstwhile Andrew Collins.
RTI FM Newest Radio Station in Melbourne!
Created and run by 11 students (of Radio Training Institute
), RTI FM
is overflowing with hot new personalities, who are ready to wiggle their way into your day. Full details.
Gina Hogan’s New GM Role
Gina Hogan, GM of SCA's Cairns and Tablelands stations, is the new GM of Mix 94.5 and Hit 92.9. Hogan will relocate to the West Australian capital ahead of the July 17 start date.
SNOW FM Appoints Breakfast Co-Host
Matty Harrison, an AFTRS graduate, has been appointed breakfast co-host on Snow FM in Jindabyne. He also takes on the role of managing the social media for the station.
Ballarat Radio Ratings
In today’s Ballarat ratings 103.1 POWER FM
was the No 1 station with 27.4% followed by sister station 3BA 102.3FM
with 22.0%. triple j
came third with 7.5% The Ballarat survey is one of more than 40 regional radio surveys that will be conducted across Australia this year. The research was conducted by Xtra Insights from 24 April – 13 May. Full details. Press release.
RadioApp now on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
The radio industry’s RadioApp is now available via Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto, allowing consumers to stream more than 250 Australian radio stations in the car. The release of the latest version of the popular free app allows users to easily view and play their favourite radio stations through their car’s infotainment system. More details.
Newcastle GfK Survey
is No 1 in the latest Newcastle survey with 14.3%. Next came hit 106.9
with 13.1% and then ABC 1233
with 11.6%. Full details.
4KQ’s Laurel Edwards Celebrates 25 Years On Air
On Thursday May 18, 2017 Laurel Edwards, host of the Laurel, Gary & Mark
show on Brisbane’s 4KQ,
celebrated her 25th anniversary on-air. Commencing her career at 4KQ on May 18, 1992, Laurel has held the same role in the leading breakfast slot this entire time. Full details.
Hot Tomato Clear Winner In Gold Coast Survey
recorded their best ever survey and increased their share (people 10+) by 4.5% to win the latest GfK
Gold Coast survey. Hot Tomato are now on 18.4% whilst Gold FM
(-1.4) is on 12.0% and its sister SCA station SEA FM
is on 11.2 (-1.6). Hot Tomato also was No 1 station in every session with a 4.6 increase in breakfast. Full details. Hot Tomato. Press Release
Merrick Watts To Leave Triple M At Year’s EndMerrick Watts
has announced he will be leaving Triple M
when the year is out. The comedian, who hosts the network's drive program in Sydney, will not attempt to renew his three-year contract when it expires at the end of 2017. Full story.
Radio Industry Invests in Young Journalists
Commercial Radio Australia
has announced the finalists in the Brian White Scholarship
with the eight student finalists to attend a news workshop in Sydney where final judging will take place to award the inaugural scholarship recipient. Finalists and further details.
Chilli FM No 1 in Launceston Radio Ratings
In the latest Xtra Insights
survey it was a close result in Launceston with Chilli FM
rating as the top station with 23.9%. They were followed by sister station LA FM
- 22.5% and thenABC
Northern Tasmania with 21.2%. Chilli was No 1 in breakfast and drive. LA FM was No 1 in morning and afternoon. ABC Northern was No 1 in evenings. Full details.
Changes At Power
Crystal Vas (pictured) is moving from Power FM Bega Bay brekky to Power FM in Nowra to do brekky and continue with promotions. She has been replaced by Annabelle Brett - Network News Journo from the SCA Gold Coast Hub. Apart from news reading this is Annabelle’s first on air announcing role.
Heidi Teams With Brady
Heidi Latcham from Hot 91.1 Sunshine Coast and Brady Ellis from Magic 89.9 Port Lincoln are the new breakfast team on Star 106.3 Townsville.
Maddy Joins Magic
Maddy Kennedy has joined the Magic FM on air team at Port Augusta. Maddy was formerly in an off air role with Melbourne's KIIS 101.1 and Gold 104.3.
Marc Fennell Leaves triple j
After 11 years with triple j, movie reviewer Marc Fennell is leaving the station. He says: "I’ve made roughly 734 reviews over 11 years," he wrote this morning. "I’ve outlived 5 breakfast shows and the entire 'Twilight' franchise. I think now is the time for someone new."
Whooshkaa Partners With Amazon
Whooshkaa has become the first in the world to use technology that allows listeners to hear the news from their favourite news source. Former Macquarie radio boss and Whooshkaa founder Robert Loewenthal, however, sees this new text-to-podcast service as a way not to replace reporters but rather to augment published reports into a new media form that can be monetised. Full story.
Candy Back On Air
Candy Hertz has returned to radio as a weekend presenter onFOX FM Melbourne. She says: “Couldn't be more excited to be back on-air and at the station I've listened to my whole life and only ever dreamed of.”
96Three Geelong has appointed Chris Elliott as station Content Director. After 20 years as an announcer Peter Marsh has moved off air to a programming role. Also Danni Synot (pictured) has replaced Peter as host of the morning program (Wed-Fri).
Vale Mark Colvin
, a respected ABC journalist, PM presenter and former foreign correspondent has died at the age of 65. For the last 20 years he was a familiar voice as the presenter of ABC radio's current affairs program PM
. More details.
Tommy & Joe Win Best Radio Ads of 2017Tommy Medalia
and Joe Hawkins
have won Gold & Silver at the 2017 Gold Siren
awards for a highly amusing series of ads designed to change driver behaviour for the Road Safety Commission called ‘Time with Mum'. More details and audio of winning ads.
Nicole Rutledge Returns To Radio
Nicole Rutledge is returning to radio. She has accepted the position of Announcer and Operations Manager at Mix FM and Sea FM on the Sunshine Coast.
Mark Aiston Departs FIVEaa
Mark Aiston has resigned from his breakfast role at FIVEaa Adelaide. He will be hosting a radio show based on mental health called The Mental Health Show.
Vale Lou Richards (1923-2017)
Melbourne football legend Lou Richards
has died aged 94. Apart from his time as a star Collingwood footballer, TV football commentator and newspaper writer he also worked on radio and would be best known for his time on 3DB.
There are numerous tributes to 'Lou The Lip' but we thought this video and tribute from Triple M's Eddie Maguire
(and Collingwood club president) was worth sharing courtesy of the Collingwood Football Club website. Lou Richards Tribute.
Mark Makes His Return To 4BU
is back on the airwaves where he started his radio career – Classic Hits 4BU
in Bundaberg. Mark said it was great to be back. “I got my big break into radio in 1976 as Evening Announcer at 4BU and I couldn’t have been happier”
Mark said. “To come back over 40 years later to do Breakfast is like a dream come true”
. Full story.
Daniel Pizarro Joins ATN
Daniel Pizarro has been offered a casual traffic reporter position at the Australian Traffic Network. He’s a former journalist with SCA and 1521 QN.
New ACE ACD
Inga Milosic has been appointed as Assistant Content Director at ACE Radio's 3HA and MIXX FM. She’s previously worked for stations including Adelaide's Fresh 92.7 in Adelaide as well as 4SB, 4HI and 4GY.
Removal Of Licence Fees
Commercial radio broadcasters have welcomed the elimination of radio broadcast licence fees by the Turnbull Government which will result in around $20 million in annual cost savings and help counter increasing pressure from unregulated international and online competitors. The cut, together with a small increase in fees for the use of spectrum, is expected to result in a drop of 94% in the total fees commercial radio stations pay to government. Full details.
New Funding For Community Radio Broadcasters
The Turnbull Government has announced new funding of $6.1 million over two years for the community radio sector to support digital radio services and one-off spectrum reorganisation costs for analogue radio services. The funding announced as part of the Federal Government’s Budget 2017-18, is in addition to $15 million per annum already provided through the Community Broadcasting Program. Full details.
GfK Survey 2 2017 DAB+ Market Summaries
in Sydney was the most listened to DAB+ station in the latest GfK ratings. In Melbourne, it was Double J.
In Brisbane, Coles Radio
was well ahead of its competitors. In Adelaide it was a dead heat for number one with Buddha
and The 90s iHeart Radio.
Perth also recorded a tie with My Perth Digital
and ABC Grandstand
sharing honours for number one. Full details.
Nova’s New MD
NOVA Entertainment has appointed Jodie Williams as Music Director for Sydney’s Nova 969. Jodie comes from 949 Power FM in Nowra and replaces Josh McCabe who is now MD for Nova 93.7 in Perth.
Roma Xtra Insights Survey
The first ever radio ratings for Roma in south-east Queensland was released today (May 3) as part of the industry’s regional radio surveys program. HIT95.1
Maranoa (95.1) was the top rating station with 29.7%. 4ZR AM
(1476 AM) came second with 23.9% followed by ABC Southern
with 22.5%. Full details. Resonate Press Release.
Last Chance To Enter National Community Radio Awards
Entries for the 2017 CBAA Community Radio Awards
close on Monday, 8 May and 9:00am AEST – giving broadcasters just a few days to put in their submissions for any of the 20 categories. These national Awards celebrate excellence in community broadcasting. A full list of categories and criteria is available here: www.cbaa.org.au/awards
(Pictured is 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Contribution award winner Rob Stewart
from Gove FM
SCA’s Matt Dickson Off To CannesSCA Matt Dickson
will represent the Australian radio industry in Cannes next month, with his selection as a juror on the Cannes Lions radio jury panel. Matt is currently Head of Creativity for The Studio, SCA’s client creative services unit. Matt will join his fellow Australian jurors for the 64th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, held from 17-24th June in Cannes, France.
Kyle & Jackie O To Make Radio History
KIIS 1065’s Kyle & Jackie O
are gearing up to make radio history with one of their biggest giveaways yet. On Friday, May 19 every single caller who makes it on air on their KIIS
breakfast show will win a brand new award winning Hyundai i30. The station claims the ‘You Get A Car’ giveaway will be like nothing you’ve ever heard before. All listeners need to do to be part of radio history is call into KIIS 1065
on Friday May 19 from 6am and get on air with Kyle & Jackie O. More details with audio.
Jono Coleman On Lifestyle NightsJonathan Coleman
has been doing nights from 9pm -midnight on Talking Lifestyle
radio heard in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Jono told JJ: “It’s fun. But early mornings from 7 am on Studio 10 and late nights on the radiomeans little sleep. Love a challenge! See Dano every day down the hall at 2CH. Very funny.”
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