Steve Curtis Signs Off
Steve Curtis has hosted his final breakfast show on 1071 4SB Kingaroy. He began his radio career as a panel operator at 3KZ when he was 18. He's also worked at stations including 3MP, 5AD and 6KY. On TV he He was the voiceover for the original Wheel Of Fortune with Ernie Sigley.
WA Agency Wins Sirens Round 3
An ad titled “Women in Engineering” by West Australian agency Marketforce has won the Single category, and is also Overall winner of the third round of the Sirens Awards 2015. “Women In Engineering” was conceived by Marketforce for client Curtin University, with the aim to create an ad that would inspire and empower women to become engineers. The 30 second ad was written by Alida Henson, Megan Riley, Guy Howlett, Neil Martin, Pat Lennox & Ben Green, and directed by Pat Lennox & Ben Green. Listen to Round 3 2015 winning ads at www.sirenawards.com.au
Last Air Shift For Wayne Clark
Wayne Clark is hosting his final air shift, The Cruze with Clarky, today on 2NM Muswellbrook. After more than 30 years at stations including 2DU, 3TR, 6IX, 2LT, he's moving close to Glen Innes where he'll be inseminating cattle. His partner breeds Angus beef cattle at a property 75kms from Glen Innes in the New England region. In other station news, Joel Gosper has returned to 2NM/Power FM as General Manager.
Steve Kyte Appointed 4BC Content Director
Steve Kyte has been appointed as Content Director for News Talk 4BC in Brisbane. Kyte has spent 25 years in the media industry, working in radio, television and online content production. He joins 4BC from London, where he helped transform some of the world’s leading radio brands including LBC 97.3 and the BBC’s news and sports network Radio 5 Live. In Australia, Kyte was Local Content Manager for the ABC in Melbourne, overseeing a network of radio stations and websites. More details.
SCA Shares The Love
Triple M breakfast announcers Eddie McGuire, Luke Darcy and Mick Molloy will have more incentive to keep listeners glued to their stereos after the station’s owner struck a $3 million share distribution deal with its personalities. Southern Cross Austereo said it would distribute about 3.35 million shares across an unspecified number of star’s contracts. The company, which would not comment on individual contracts, said shares issued to certain talents would be worth at least $2 million while others would receive shares worth at least $1.14 million as an “outperformance incentive”. (Source: Herald Sun)
New Today Network Lineup For 2015
The Today Network has announced their new line-up for 2015 with Hamish and Andy returning to the national drive slot from July 2015, where they will drive Australia home from 4-6pm weekdays. Until then, Jules Lund will host the national Drive show from January to July 2015. January 2015 will also see duo Dan and Maz make the leap into the hot seat of 2Day FM Breakfast. Merrick Watts will have a new involvement across the SCA network in 2015. Watch the video here.
Star 104.5 Announce New PD
has announced the appointment of Shayne Sinclair
as Program Director for Star 104.5
on the Central Coast. With 14 years’ experience in radio, working across music, on-air, programming and production, Shayne is currently Nova 96.9
Operations Manager. More details.
Mel Greig Achieves Operation Double Chin
Two years after the notorious prank, Mel Greig has turned her life around. The former 2DayFM announcer has marked a milestone in what she calls Operation Double Chin — she has lost 10 kilograms. Her battle with depression after the infamous 2DayFM royal radio hoax caused her weight to balloon and her life to spiral out of control. Full story.
SKY News Boss To Replace Mark Scott?
Sky News boss Angelos Frangopoulos is being touted as the leading contender to replace Mark Scott as managing director of the ABC. The role of CEO is a board appointment, and the ABC board will more than likely take into account the recent difficult relationship between the ABC and the government under Scott, whose contract expires in 2016. IThe Australian)
Sophie Monk Pulls Plug on 2DAY FM Brekky
Sophie Monk has told bosses at 2DayFM she is pulling the plug on the breakfast show. Three months after Mel B left the show, Monk’s management has confirmed it had given notice on radio newcomer Monk’s behalf on her prime-time spot alongside radio veterans Jules Lund and Merrick Watts. Monk was on a one-year contract with Southern Cross Austereo after joining the breakfast team in January as a replacement for outgoing timeslot-dominating hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie “O” Henderson. More details.
Karen Mason, one half of the Morning Crew with Hayden and Karen on BAY FM Geelong has left. Her final breakfast show was today (October 24).
2GB PD Made Redundant
2GB’s program director David Kidd has been made redundant. Macquarie Radio Network executive chairman Russell Tate confirmed the move to The Australian, but refused to elaborate on the strategy behind making the position of program director redundant. “Redundancy is a redundancy. It’s an internal matter that I won’t be commenting on,’’ he said. Kidd had been at 2GB for three and a half years. Senior sources speculated the redundancy was part of a stripping back of internal roles ahead of a proposed merger with Fairfax Radio.
It appears the site of radio station 2WG/Star FM and Wagga Prime7 television station could be turned into a nursing home. The listing of the 21,008 square-metre studio on Lake Albert Road in Kooringal has attracted much speculation since it was listed for sale by tender last September. Full story.
Bethany Joins Hot FM Townsville
Bethany Larsen is leaving Magic FM Port Augusta. The breakfast announcer/newsreader is joining the on air team at Hot FM Townsville.
Fitzy and Wippa Prank Newsreader
NOVA brekky duo Fitzy and Wippa had fun with their newsreader Matt De Groot this week when they removed all his belongings from his Manly apartment and re-created his home on Manly Wharf. Full story.
Peter Donegan To Celebrate The Lives Of Sporting Greats
Australian sports presenter, Peter Donegan, is embarking on a new project to celebrate the lives of Australia’s best sportspeople. Launched over the weekend Donegan will host a new radio program, This Is Your Sporting Life, airing each Sunday at 7:30am on SEN and partnered by Tobin Brothers. The weekly line up of guests will include some of Australia’s biggest sporting names, and launched with Giaan Rooney.
SCA Braces For Earnings Drop
Southern Cross Austereo has warned first half revenue will fall 7-8 per cent, amid pressure on advertising. Chief executive Rhys Holleran says the media group behind the Triple M and 2DayFM radio networks also expects first half earnings to drop by 18-20 per cent. Full story.
Kyle Blames HImself on KIIS Breakfast Drop
Kyle Sandilands has taken “100 per cent” blame for KIIS 1065 losing the no. 1 spot in the FM radio breakfast ratings, saying he was off sick too often and “relying heavily” on a mixture of medication. Full story.
Fairfax Media Talk With Ten On Merger
Speculation of a possible tie-up between Fairfax Media and Network Ten has boosted the share prices of the media organisations. The share jump follows The Australian’s report that Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood and Ten’s CEO Hamish McLennan have held talks about a merger, as each company battles the financial pressures caused by falling advertising revenue. More details.
Tribute To Bob Cure
Bob Curé, a former breakfast announcer of almost 30 years on 936 ABC Hobart - also known as 7ZR - has died aged 81. He passed away in hospital on October 10. The long-term Tasmanian radio announcer was well-known for his humour and on-air quizzes. Full story.
Southern Cross To Make Summer Changes
Hamish and Andy are expected to be confirmed as returning to Southern Cross Austereo’s national drive slot as FM radio undergoes another summer of upheaval. SCA and ARN have publicly dismissed plans to roll out their new HIT and KIIS brands across capital cities after this week’s rebranding of Adelaide’s SAFM as HIT107 and KIIS1065’s Sydney launch in January. But market expectations have firmed that ARN will relaunch its Melbourne’s Mix station as KIIS in the new year with Kyle and Jackie O networked to Melbourne and Chrissie Swan and Jane Hall moving to drive. Due to a new push to take Sandilands down south, networked drive host Tim Ross’s future at ARN may be under review. (Source: News Limited) More details.
Kyle Cops It At ACRAS
Not being a televised event meant presenters and guests were a little ‘loose’ at the ACRAs reports the Daily Telegraph. There was plenty of sledging and lots of swearing at Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) at the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre. Full story.
Ugly Phil Back To Sydney
Ugly Phil O'Neil has announced that that he will leave Triple M Brisbane and return to Triple M Sydney in December to host mornings. He replaces Anthony Maroon who will be concentrating more on his career as an NRL commentator.
ACRA WINNERS 2014
Amanda Keller and Brendan Jones, better known as WS FM101.7 Sydney breakfast duo, Jonesy & Amanda, have won the Best On-Air Team (Metro FM), at the 26th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRA) announced at a gala black tie event at the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre. Executive producer of the show Laura Viglino won Best Show Producer (Entertainment/Music) and Jonesy and Amanda also took out best Syndicated Program for their national weekly show My Generation. Winner of the Best On-Air Team (Metro AM) was won by 3AW Melbourne’s top rating breakfast team, Ross Stevenson and John Burns. Continuing to dominate their time slot in Melbourne having won more than 100 surveys, this is their third Best On-Air Team (AM) award, having taken out the category in 2011 and 2013. Best Current Affairs Presenter was won by 3AW’s Neil Mitchell. Mitchell, who was inducted into radio’s Hall of Fame in 2007 has won this category for three years running, plus two Best Talk Presenter awards. This year’s Best Talk Presenter was won for the first time by 2GB’s Ben Fordham. Radio’s Best Newcomer on air was won by Smooth FM presenter, Melissa Doyle. Full details. Full list of winners.
(Photos of ACRAS courtesy of andrewjarviephotography.com)
Peter Harvie Inducted Into Radio Hall Of Fame
Director of Southern Cross Austereo and highly respected radio and media industry executive, Peter Harvie was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame at the 26th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards. Harvie was honoured for his outstanding lifetime achievement and contribution to the radio broadcasting industry at a gala ceremony, attended by 1200 of his industry peers at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. More details.
AudienScope Q3 Shows Radio Triggers A Superior Level Of Social Media Interaction
Radio triggers a superior level of social media interaction than other media according to the AudienScope Q3 behavioural insights research, released at the National Radio Conference in by Australia’s radio audience measurement provider, GfK. Radio generates an impressive level of social media interaction with 61% of listeners interacting with social media showing the commercial radio continues to build deep, strong and broad audience engagement. More details.
HIT 107 Coming To Adelaide
Goodbye SAFM Adelaide - hello Hit 107. It launches on Monday with a new brekky show. Amos (Gill) & Dani (Pola) are the new hosts.
Andrew Denton has revealed the Triple M game House from Hell!, which predated Big Brother, was the greatest shame of his career. He said he quickly came to realise the competition that entrapped contestants was “a thoughtless, dangerous exploitation of human beings. In my defence, we never went back there,” he said during a keynote speech at the Commercial Radio Australia Conference. But, he added, “If I’d been smart I would have formatted it!” Denton also revealed radio was his favourite of all his media. “Radio remains my first love,” he said. “The greatest of all media to work in.” Full story.
Adam Lang Appointed Chairman of CRA
A new Board of Directors has been appointed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of industry body Commercial Radio Australia, held in Melbourne before the National Radio Conference. Adam Lang, Managing Director of Fairfax Radio Network was elected as chairman of CRA, replacing outgoing Chairman, Rhys Holleran, CEO of Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) who completed his second term from 2012 – 2013, having also been Chairman from 2001 – 2004 and remains on the Board. More details.
CRA Unveils Radio: I's A Love Thing
Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) unveiled the $25 million industry-wide “Radio. It’s a Love Thing” radio brand campaign at the National Radio Conference in Melbourne today. Chairman of the CRA Brand Committee and Australian Radio Network, chief executive officer, Ciaran Davis and Eardrum creative director, Ralph van Dijk presented the campaign to the nearly 600 attendees and described it as one of the most integrated and impactful brand campaigns that the industry had rolled out. More details including 'Audio' of song.
New Appointments at NOVA
NOVA Entertainment has appointed Rohan Brown (pictured above) as Program Director for Nova 100 Melbourne and Peter Clay (pictured below with team) as Program Director for the smoothfm network. Brown joined NOVA Entertainment in 2008 and has been Program Director for the smoothfm network since the station launched in May 2012. Brown has over 17 years programming experience, both on and off air, across multiple radio stations and networks. Rohan Brown’s appointment follows the resignation of Mike Cass to return to the UK. Brown and Peter Clay will commence in their new roles in December 2014.
Hadley and Carlton in On Air Brawl
2GB presenter Ray Hadley called former Fairfax columnist Mike Carlton a 'dog' and a 'grub' and threatened to 'put one on his chin' during his regular morning segment on Wednesday. It followed a clash of opinions over Woolworths' 'racist' singlets. Full story.
ARN Partners with Fairfax Radio Network
In a new collaboration, music, news and talkback stations from Fairfax Radio Network will soon be added to iHeartRadio, Australian Radio Network’s (ARN) platform as part of a new partnership. Since launching late in 2013, iHeartRadio has exceeded all expectations with live streaming more than doubling across all ARN radio stations along with more than 460,000 app downloads. From late October listeners registered with iHeartRadio will be able to tune in to iHeartRadio to hear news and talk back from 2UE (Sydney), 3AW (Melbourne), 4BC (Brisbane) and 6PR (Perth) and digital station NTS. Fairfax’s music and entertainment stations Magic 1278 in Melbourne, Magic 882 in Brisbane and 96fm in Perth will also be available. More details.
2DAY FM To Change Brand?
Southern Cross Austereo has hosed down rumours that the company will ditch its embattled Sydney flagship radio brand 2Day FM reports The Australian newspaper.
National Radio Conference This Friday
The commercial radio industry’s National Radio Conference will be held in Melbourne at the Grand Hyatt this Friday, 17 October. Nearly 600 delegates including CEOs, station owners, senior executives, station managers, programmers, music directors, sales and marketing executives, creative teams, engineering and human resources from radio stations across Australia will attend. Keynote speaker is Andrew Denton. Full details.
Shane Healy Resigns From Fairfax
Fairfax Radio Network Managing Director Adam Lang today announced that 3AW and Magic 1278 General Manager Shane Healy has resigned and will leave the network after 25 years. Shane Healy joined 3AW in 1989 as Sports Director and also called AFL football with Rex Hunt for six years during the 1990’s. He was appointed General Manager of 3AW in 2003 and has led the station to its dominant Number One position in the Melbourne market, a mantle it has held consistently for more than a decade.
Want to Co-Host The Project?
Following the success of last year’s Your Chair competition, ARN and Roving Enterprises have teamed up to offer everyday Aussies the chance to guest co-host Network Ten’s flagship current affairs program, The Project. A nation-wide talent search is on to find people from all walks of life to join The Project hosting team to discuss the news topics of the day. The Project hosts Carrie Bickmore, Rove McManus and Peter Helliar have a spare seat saved and look forward to see who is going to join them at the desk in November. More details.
Itch, Dami Im and Bonnie Anderson at ACRAS
The entertainment line-up for the 26th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) in Melbourne this Saturday night has been announced, with hit UK artist Itch to perform along with local artists Bonnie Anderson and Dami Im, joined by First Break winners Castlecomer. Itch will perform his smash single “Another Man” from forthcoming debut album The Deep End to be released October 17 in Australia. For the ACRAs, Itch will perform his single with Hollis Wong.
Australian Radio Network (ARN) has announced that Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones and Amanda Keller have renewed their contracts for three more years. Currently in their ninth year on air together, they have been in the top spot for four out of the six 2014 ratings surveys.