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Announcer/Promotions Assistant - 2MC, News Journalist - 4BC/Magic 882 Brisbane, Program/Content Director - 2ST/Power FM. Breakfast Producer for 6PR Perth and an Announcer at Live 89.5 Phuket, Thailand and more.
GOLD Rediscovered in Bendigo & Central Victoria
After 9 years, Easymix Ten-71AM ceased to exist from midnight July 31 and a new era began in Bendigo, Ballarat & Central Victoria with GOLD being launched! Covering more of Bendigo, Ballarat & Central Victoria, GOLD enjoys the benefit of broadcasting on 98.3FM in Bendigo and 1071AM across Central Victoria. GOLD will continue its focus on relevant, local information and news, including the launch a local Drive Show “The Home Stretch”, the only local drive show on commercial radio in Bendigo. More details.
Ian Maurice Leaves Radio for New General Manager Role
After 14 years at Brisbane’s News Talk 4BC, Evening newsreader Ian Maurice will hang up his headphones to join the theatre. Ian has been appointed General Manager of Brisbane’s Arts Theatre and will take up the position from mid-August. 4BC General Manager Anthony Frangi said: “We are of course sad to lose one of Brisbane’s favourite broadcasters, but we are delighted for Ian that he has accepted the position as General Manager of Brisbane’s longest running theatre. I would like to thank Ian for his dedication and service to 4BC and our audience. He leaves us with our sincere appreciation and gratitude for all that he has achieved.” Maurice joined 4BC in 2000 as weekend presenter and has hosted every shift on the station, before joining the 4BC newsroom in 2013 where he currently reads the evening bulletin. Ian Maurice said: “I’m so lucky to have been involved in two businesses that I love for many years, 4BC and Brisbane’s Arts Theatre. I’ve always loved the media and I hold a passion for the arts. Now I feel blessed to be able to move from one love to another.”
Marc Dawson Retires
Marc Dawson, 666 ABC Canberra morning news reader and cricket book writer, is retiring after 38 years working for the ABC. He commenced his career in the music library and as a fill in presenter, before moving into news in 1986. More details.
Bec Lee New Brekky Co-Host.
Bec Lee, former K Rock Geelong announcer, is the new co-host of HOT FM breakfast in Townsville. She has teamed up Guy 'Cliffo' Clifford.
The second release of GfK’s AudienScope insights has been released. It's a national online survey of radio behaviour, providing context and additional perspective to the Australian radio ratings. Launched in May 2014, this is the second instalment for this behavioural study which is an ongoing part of the radio audience measurement contract, and a new initiative from GfK. While the radio ratings provide data on “who” is listening to “what”, AudienScope looks at the reasons “why” by delving deeper into listening behaviour. Full details.
Real FM Mudgee announcer Nathan Lacey has left the station and moved to Queensland. He is taking a break from the industry.
ACRA tickets are now on sale. The National Radio Conference and the Australian Commercial Radio Awards are being held in Melbourne this year. The Conference will be held on Friday, 17 October at the Grand Hyatt and the ACRAs on the Saturday night 18 October at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. ACRAs presenters and National Radio Conference speakers will be announced over the coming months. Tickets , travel and accommodation can be booked through the Commercial Radio Australia by clicking on the ACRAs and National Radio Conference quick links at the bottom of home page on the new CRA website www.commercialradio.com.au.
Ross Weekes, former 2PK Parkes announcer and copywriter passed away on July 28 at the age of 93. Weekes had worked in radio as an announcer since September 1945 and clocked up a long career of 50 years in broadcasting. Until early this year he would pop in to 2PK Parkes and have a weekly or fortnightly chat with station manager Jacqui Sullivan or staff. Jacqui says: "Whilst we at 2PK sadly mourn his loss, he has lived a remarkable life and he would always say if he had his life to live over again he would not change a thing. He has left a lasting legacy of a long life well lived." (More details in Jocks' Journal.)
AFTRS Open has several upcoming weekend Radio Short Courses coming up. These include 'Voice Over', 'Announcing and Presentation', 'Radio Packages' and 'Advanced Voice Over.' Full details.
Ray Hadley has called for respirators at the 2GB’s Pyrmont studios after saying on air that equipment in the control room “has blown up”. Hadley said smoke has been coming out of the control room and into the Sydney studio. “This will be the most difficult three hours I have gone through apart from having a little bit of a sniffle every now and again,” he told listeners. "When I went off air it was dusty. We might need some respirators in here.” He added that staff have gone through some tough times before. Technical issues appeared to plague Hadley’s show as well as the smoke this morning. Listeners took to Twitter to discuss the quality of this morning’s show. (Daily Telegraph)
David Day is back on Adelaide radio for a short stint. 'Daisy' can be heard from 9am-midday on Triple M over the next 4 weeks. It's a perfect fit for Day with the station now rebranded with a 'Classic Rock' format. He spent 30 years as a jock with SAFM/Triple FM and recalled many of those moments in his autobiography Rock Jock.
Long serving ABC sport reporter and caller David Morrow
is retiring in November. He will join colleague Warren Ryan
in retirement at the end of the football season. Morrow was stood down following an on-air incident during the Roosters-Bulldogs clash on May 23, which was effectively Ryan's last shift with the station. Ryan chose to end his association with the ABC when the investigation was instigated. Full story.
Former 2MC/Star FM radio identity Nick O'Callaghan has been found guilty, of indecently assaulting a child. The 53-year-old former news director faced six charges of possessing child abuse material and one count of aggravated indecent assault of a child and one count of indecent assault of a person under the age of 16 years. O'Callaghan pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child abuse material. While the case has come to Port Macquarie Local Court for mention several times since Mr O’Callaghan’s arrest more than 12 months ago, Friday was the first time he had appeared in court. Full story.
Light FM Melbourne is seeking a new breakfast co-host to fill in for Lucy who is on maternity leave. On their website it reads: "This is a paid position and finishes up at the end of 2014**. To register your interest simply call 9955 8828 with your full name, phone number and why YOU think you'd be perfect for the job. All entries are welcome! We are looking to recruit someone for this position; it is not a competition. All entries are subject to LightFM approval." More details at www.lightfm.com.au
WS FM101.7 will entertain over 700,000 listeners across the Harbour city and surrounds with a mix of Pure Gold hits and engaging talent led by the No. 1 breakfast team of Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones and Amanda Keller who will MC the PURE GOLD LIVE concert event at the Hordern Pavilion on Saturday, 25 October, 2014. PURE GOLD LIVE will be three hours of hits and memories with twelve of Australia’s most well-loved 70s, 80s and 90s hit makers. The lineup will include: Dragon, Eurogliders, Gangajang, Machinations, Mi-Sex, Wendy Matthews, Moving Pictures, 1927, Pseudo Echo, Rose Tattoo, Jon Stevens and Swanee. Full story.
4BC Brisbane is now networking their Saturday and Sunday night programs from 2UE Sydney. Weekend nights were hosted by John Scott who continues on at the station in other on air roles. Also the weekend breakfast programs have been extended to 9am. The 'Big Backyard' hosted by Chris Adams will now be heard from 9am.
Former EAGLE FM and ZOO FM announcer and founder of failed community station RIDGE RADIO has gone to ground a few days shy of his 21st birthday, after his latest scam left small businesses and young DJs thousands of dollars out of pocket. Harry O’Connor, whose real name is believed to be Dene Broadbelt, has incurred debts of more than $120,000 in the past 18 months across Australia by smooth-talking victims then obtaining goods and services with faked credit references and payment receipts. Full story.
The Hot 91.1 Maroochydore breakfast show ‘The Big Brekky’ is in hiatus effective immediately. Management made the announcement on the station’s Facebook page and say they are currently determining the future evolution of its breakfast line-up following the resignation of announcer Lee Carseldine for personal reasons. Station Manager Troy Deighton has wished Lee all the best in his future endeavours, and understands and respects the decision he has made. The show was headed by Doc, Lee, Lynda and Ash.
Dean Buchanan, former DMG Group PD and ABC radio executive, has been appointed Managing Director at The Radio Network New Zealand. Dean returned to NZ in July 2013.
The SAFM Adelaide breakfast show is now hosted by Michael and Hayley, minus Ryan 'Burgo' Burgess. SAFM made the announcement on the station's Facebook page. 'Burgo' has been appearing on the ABC reality show The Daters. Last month he incurred the wrath of comedian Wil Anderson. Will says he 'snapped' during the prerecorded interview when 'Burgo' criticised local South Australian comedians. “It was a prerecord so I don’t think they ever played it but I snapped at the dude,” Anderson said.
A war of words erupted between 3AW's Tom Elliott and FM radio host Fifi Box after she went on air earlier this week saying she had accidentally parked in a disabled car park and then affected a limp to avoid reproach from bystanders. Firing back on his Drive show this afternoon, Elliott felt Box and the Fox FM network had missed the point. “Fifi this morning decided to apologise — I think it was a half baked apology at best,” he said. “Why I said Fox FM should ‘hang its head in shame’ — the station continued to promo this as though it were a funny prank,’’ he said. Full story.
This morning on Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa, newsreader Matt de Groot made a slight error when reading the traffic report. “If you’re in the CBD area … it’s going to be particularly slow in about 15 minutes,” de Groot said. “Thousands of young kiddies there to see 5 Seconds of Summer perform and then they’re going to be dissipating.” However the band was playing in New York … and not in Sydney. Hear the full Audio.
Broadbelt Behind Bars … but so far only shopping trolley bars!
Here's yet another update on the 'Dene Broadbelt' saga. Mick writes: "Just reading your article on the (Dene) and thought you may be also interested to know that under the guise of Harry O'Connor, he was recently also trying to sell some very expensive Canon camera equipment through some Facebook camera buy, swap and sell groups as well as on ebay and Gumtree at ridiculously low prices. When challenged to provide serial numbers and proof of ownership of said items prior to purchase, his ads were rather hastily withdrawn." More details.
Scotty McLaren is moving from Snowy Mountains 2XL & Snow FM to Darwin as the new PD of Mix and Hot 100.
Mike Crothers has been appointed General Manager, RCS Australia Pty Ltd. Mike has been a Technology Manager for over a decade with the last eight years at Southern Cross Austereo in Sydney where he is currently Head of Digital Technology. The role became available after the promotion of Chris Bean to Vice President of IT at RCS HQ in New York and the reset appointment of Keith Williams to RCS Vice President, Asia Pacific. Keith Williams said today, “Mike’s technical qualifications and management skills along with his extensive radio experience working with our products are the perfect match to lead RCS Australia into the future”
Former Eagle FM radio announcer and 'Ridge Radio' founder Dene Broadbelt has apparently been running a Sydney Talent agency under the name of Harrison 'Harry' O'Connor. This had been suspected by many in the radio industry but now that the agency has folded more facts are coming to light. It was only in June this year that the Paramount Agency and Touring company placed an advertisement with Jocks' Journal. This came via an email from 'Harrison O'Connor.' We should state that the ad was paid for in full this month. However many have testified that Broadbelt still owes them money and has accumulated a number of unpaid invoices particularly during his time running 'Ridge Radio' and at Eagle FM. A Facebook page has even been set up where disgruntled acquaintances of Mr Broadbelt have shared their stories and updated on his movements. More details at themusic.com.au
The Central Institute of Technology in Leederville Perth has announced another student hire for 2014. Mathew Wray will join the team at West FM in Longreach as their new breakfast host. Prior to his hire Mathew was Drive Presenter/Assistant PD of the campus station, Boom Radio. To tune in to Central Diploma students check out their online station ‘Boom Radio’.
Commercial Radio Australia has teamed up with Eardrum Australia and Brussels-based Cobra Radio Brewery to create the Sirens EarApp – an iPhone and iPad app that allows users to create their own demo radio advertisements. Created by Cobra founders Christophe Cossement and Raf Debraekeleer, the Sirens EarApp has been optimised for iPhone 5 and allows users to quickly and simply make a demonstration radio ad to bring a concept or script to life. Users can choose the length of their ad, record the script, add sound effects and musical accompaniments and within minutes create a demo radio ad. Watch a short video of how the Siren EarApp works here. The Siren EarApp is available for free via the Apple iTunes App store here.
As Bundaberg Broadcasters farewelled News Journalist of just over a year Eve Sharpe, returning for another stint with WIN News Wide Bay, they welcomed Natasha Dean Jones into the position of Journalist and Presenter at 4BU and Hitz939. Natasha has come to the Bundaberg radio stations on a high recommendation from 4BC in Brisbane after she completed an internship within their news department. Natasha graduated from The University of Queensland this year, after undertaking several work experience terms within various radio newsrooms including one of Grant Broadcasters stations River949.
Fairfax Media chief Greg Hywood has responded to critics by proposing a new book on his company, called "Fairfax Media - Alive! How a 180-year-old newspaper company weathered the storm and confounded them all'. Speaking at a Melbourne Press Club event, the Fairfax boss reaffirmed the company's commitment to radio, and flagged interest in investments in education, travel, health and lifestyle. Full story.
MIX 101.1 Melbourne breakfast duo Chrissie & Jane celebrated their 500th show on Thursday July 17 with a champagne brunch. X-Factor contestant Dean performed and Masterchef's Matt Preston hosted the celebration.
NOVA 96.9 Breakfast radio host Michael ‘Wippa ’Wipfli and his wife Lisa are expecting their first child. Surprising even his co-host Fitzy, along with the rest of the NOVA family Wippa & Lisa revealed their news in a fun, yet elaborate way! Their 12 week ultrasound scan in a traditional Fijian souvenir frame was delivered to Fitzy in a military style operation; with a marching band, in a locked brief case, transported by an armed guard, flown in by a drone across the Sydney skyline. Full details.
Top Downloads and Streams
(w/c Jul 18, 2014)
1. Age of Reason (John Farnham) - (Disc Two) (Sony Music Australia)
2. Pressure Down (John Farnham) (Disc One) (Sony Music Australia)
3. Burn For You (John Farnham) (Disc Two) (Sony Music Australia)
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Random Radio News
World Record Broken for Most People Singing on a Live Radio Broadcast
The world record for most people singing live on a radio broadcast was previous set on July 2011 by 3,885 people from The Biggest Band (UK) at Wembley Arena, London, and broadcast live to air by Resonance FM UK. On Thursday July 3, 2014 this was broken by Hillsong’s Young and Free, when over 4,000 conference delegates sang live from Olympic Park Homebush, and were broadcast live across Sydney on Hope 103.2. The large gathering sangYoung and Free’s hit song ‘Alive’ acapella, and Hope 103.2’s Breakfast Team Aaron and Dan, decked out in their Hope 103.2 Purple Onesies, were there to start the ball rolling and cross live on-air.The entire performance was captured live on video which can be watched here: YOUTUBE. Half of Hope’s breakfast duo, Dan Widdowson said, “it was an amazing experience to see so many young people singing their hearts out, and awesome to hear that broadcast live on the air!”
Sammy Power ditched her 27-year radio career because she was “burnt out” and “over it”. She came back to Brisbane to help her mother, local icon Jan Power, run her famous farmers markets and to live a more peaceful existence. But she also used the time to shed half her body weight, quit smoking and drinking and turn a whole new leaf in her life. On Saturday she turned 50 and to celebrate she married a cardboard cut-out of her old self in an effort to love herself again. Full story and video.
John MacKenzie, who hosts a morning talk back radio show on 4CA, was captured on camera by a member of the public leaving his white sedan in a marked disability space on Abbott St yesterday morning about 7am. Full story.
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