Hughesy & Kate Fill In On NOVA
Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes and Kate Langbroek will return to Nova airways during the September survey break. Hughesy & Kate can be heard from Monday September 22 to Friday September 26 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide while Perth’s listeners will hear Nathan, Nat & Shaun Reheated.
Fairfax Radio Announce Cricket Sponsor
Fairfax Radio Network has announced that Harvey Norman has become exclusive naming rights sponsor of its 2014/15 summer cricket broadcast. The Harvey Norman cricket broadcast partnership will include broadcast integration, cross platform marketing, on air credits, commercials and print ads with naming rights in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. The cricket will be broadcast on Fairfax Radio Network’s News Talk stations 2UE, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR as well as new digital radio station, Fairfax NTS (News Talk Sport).
Artie Off To UK
AIR News director Artie Stevens is heading to the old dart in 2015, specifically to cover the UK General election on May 7th for AIR News. He'll be operating from a newsroom in London from the 1st until the 10th, and advises he'll be available for other radio stations across the country if they're looking for personalised news updates during the election week. He can be contacted on: email@example.com
SCA Donates $500,000 To Family Of Deceased Nurse
Southern Cross Austereo has donated $500,000 to a trust fund for Jacintha Saldanha’s family to help them rebuild their lives. SCA aired a prank on a British nurse who later took her life has repeated its apology, following a coronial inquest in London. “We do not assume, of course, that this donation or any amount of money could relieve the feelings of loss felt by Ms Saldanha’s family. But it is our hope that it may help them,” a spokesperson said in a statement. Full story.
New Voice on Hitz 939
There’s a new voice on air this week at Hitz 939 Bundaberg, with Kenny Williams joining the team as Music Director and Drive Presenter after 3 years with Sea FM Wide Bay. Kenny, who is originally from the Gold Coast, kick started his career with a Diploma in Multimedia at Hervey Bay, where he began to learn how to edit sound and his passion grew to explore the world. He replaces Brendan Egan who took on a Network Producer role for Grant Broadcasters.
4BC and BCC to create 'Floral Welcome Mat' for G20
Fairfax Radio Network’s News Talk 4BC is embarking on a community project with Brisbane City Council to welcome international visitors to Brisbane for the G20 Leaders Summit in November. To be known as the ‘4BC Floral Welcome Mat’, the community project is designed to engender pride in Brisbane and will form the basis of an outdoor floral carpet that will become the centrepiece of Brisbane’s spectacular Roma Street Parkland from 6 November 2014. More Details.
Brisbane Breakfast Legend Passes On
Former 612 ABC Brisbane breakfast announcer Russ Tyson has died aged 94. Russ presented the ABC breakfast session as well as the Hospital Half Hour - between 1948 and 1966 before moving to 4KQ. (Another Brisbane radio legend, Bert Robertson is also reported to be in very poor health. 'Bird Brain' who is now in his 80s spent many of his final years in radio at 4GG Gold Coast.)
Radio industry to launch $25 million Australia wide brand campaign at National Conference
Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) will unveil a $25 million industry-wide radio brand campaign at this year’s National Radio Conference in Melbourne on 17 October. The campaign underpinned by research from Colmar Brunton, will use talent from across networks and feature a song written exclusively for the campaign that will be played across 260 metropolitan and regional commercial radio stations. More details.
Huw Joseph Is Off To UK
Huw Joseph has finished up doing brekky at Star FM Gippsland to pursue comedy and radio opportunities in the UK. He lands in London very shortly. Huw told JJ: " It was an incredibly hard decision to make but I knew I'd regret not seeing what could come of it all over there so for now it's bon voyage but I'll be back for Comedy Fest 2015 so I will see a few faces then." Brad & Mandy take over in late September. Here's a link to a special signing off 'song of the week' that her wrote and performed on his last radio show. YouTube.
Rinehart, Handbury rumoured to have planned bid for Fairfax
Billionaire miner Gina Rinehart has denied any current plan to join with Rupert Murdoch's nephew Matthew Handbury in a partial bid or full takeover of Fairfax Media. There have been persistent rumours for about a year, and it's said Mr Handbury has led the push, seeking funding from wealthy backers for a potential bid. Full story.
Lee Stamps Joins K Rock
Lee Stamps has been appointed as the new drive announcer and Music Director at KRock Geelong. Lee left SEA FM Hobart in May this year. She replaces Aiden Grant.
Ben Wood To Travel
Nova Network late night (10pm-1am) week night announcer Ben Wood has resigned. He says he plans to do some travelling.
Jamie Dunn Tells Of Hate Emails
98.9 Brisbane breakfast announcer Jamie Dunn has told how he became the victim of two years of online abuse culminating in his daughter being targeted and a threat to blow up his car. Dunn said he received thousands of emails to his private email address, including nasty personal messages and offensive derogatory comments about his private life. Full story.
New Job For Josh
Josh Olek is moving on from Snow FM Jindabyne to do nights /production at Wave FM in Wollongong. By the way, Josh’s dad Eddie is an announcer on My Mp and a commercial producer/operator at SEN/My Mp.
Canberra & Darwin digital radio trials extended
Commercial Radio Australia has welcomed the decision by the ACMA to extend the DAB+ digital radio trial licences in Canberra and Darwin until 30 June 2015. The scientific licences have been extended to provide an opportunity for broadcasters to experiment with new features and functionality on DAB+, as well as continue testing a range of planning techniques and equipment types.
Tony Dickinson Thanks Friends and Well Wishers
Tony Dickinson, veteran TV and radio newsman remains in hospital - battling cancer. He's undergone multiple operations and is very weak, but he has made a point to get the message out to all of those who've responded to the recent Jocks’ Journal article about his condition. Tony says he's been absolutely blown away by the support and messages - especially from those who haven't seen him for so long.
Cheryl Leaves Berri For Melbourne
Former 5RM/Magic 931 Berri GM Cheryl Lardner has taken on a new role in Melbourne. The 2011 ACRA winner is now a Sales Manager with ARN station Mix 101.1.
Laws on Brisbane Radio
John Laws will soon be heard 5 days a week on Bay FM - the community station in the Brisbane bayside suburb of Wynnum/Redlands. He will be heard each morning from 8am-11am (Qld time) beginning October 6. In July, former 4BC personality Peter Dick came out of semi-retirement to be heard on the station on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Jocks' Journal Facebook Page Notches 2,000 'Likes'
Yay! We just notched up 2,000 'Likes' on our Jocks' Journal Facebook page. Thanks to everyone who has dropped by.
Brad Made Redundant At ATN
After 7 years with the Australian Traffic Network as Victorian Operations Manager, Brad Arnoldt was made redundant yesterday (Sep 2).
KIIS FM Could Be Liable For Breach of Confidence
Sydney radio station KIIS FM could be liable for breach of confidence or privacy for publishing nude photographs of American actress Jennifer Lawrence. The station pixelated four images when it published them on Monday, but later replaced them with red carpet photographs of the American actress, the media/marketing website Mumbrella reported. "Rather than the naked pics... Feast your eyes on her amazing red carpet style below!" the radio station's website now reads. Mark Pearson, media law expert at Griffith University, said any media outlet that published the material could potentially face a claim for breach of privacy or, more likely, breach of confidence. Full story.
John Cranfield new host of "The Way We Were" on 6PR
The respected radio and music historian was a regular guest and contributor to the show, hosted by Steve Gordon, for 15 years. He also hosted "Sunday Gold" on 6PR, during the 80's and 90's. In the 60's, he was breakfast announcer on 6iX and continued in other time-slots in the 70's. Over the years he has been called on by other media, including television and ABC radio, to provide information on music, radio and the many personalities working in the industry, plus items of interest on the history of Perth and WA. John Cranfield is a director of the Zenith Music Group. "The Way We Were" is heard 6pm- midnight, Sundays on 882 6PR.
Botica Returns To Perth Radio
who was part of 96FM
in the 1980’s when it enjoyed its position as the only FM station in the Perth market, is returning to the station where he began his Perth radio career. Botica, who held the Number One Breakfast show for many years in Perth, has decided he wants to be at the station that’s "keeping real music alive". 96FM Content Director Brad McNally
said: “I have worked with Freddie at the original 96FM. He is a really passionate music guy and will totally fit with the 96FM brand and persona. Fred will be our ‘fill in guy’ and we will see what happens after that.” More details.
Wayne Moving On
Esperance breakfast announcer Wayne Taylor
is moving on. He leaves the SCA station later this month. (See 'Radio Jobs
Crocmedia Airs AFL Grand Final On 230 Stations
syndicated AFL broadcast AFL LIVE will again hit record audiences this year on Grand Final Day, with every state in Australia joining to take the call. The regional syndicated broadcast will hit over 230 stations across the country, led by broadcasting icons Peter Donegan
and Rex Hunt,
with expert comments from Billy Brownless
and Terry Wallace
. More details.
New Role For Brendan
Brendan Egan has left 4BU/Hitz FM Bundaberg. The production manager now has a new role with Grant Broadcasters as a Network Producer in their Hub operations.
Tim Lands Weekend Gig With KiiS
Tim Wong-See, 2013 AFTRS graduate, who was fortunate enough to score a mid dawn gig on the NOVA network fresh from the AFTRS radio course, now has a regular weekend shift. He has moved from NOVA to take up an offer to do weekends on KIIS 1065 in Sydney.
KISS On Way For Melbourne
Australian Radio Network will hurry the move of its KIIS format to Melbourne after a poor fifth radio ratings survey for the city’s Mix101.1. The Melbourne station dropped 0.9 points in this week’s radio ratings and ARN content director Duncan Campbell noted its classic-hits talk format Gold remained solid but Mix “came off a little bit”. (The Australian)
Jodie Joins ZZZ in Lismore
The Central Institute of Technology in Leederville, Perth, is proud to announce another student hire this week. Jodie Williams has been recruited by 100.9 ZZZ FM in Lismore, NSW. Prior to her industry placement Jodie was Boom Radio’s current Program Director & Breakfast Presenter
Mick For Breakfast
4KZ Innisfail Saturday morning presenter Mick Hay has joined the team at NQ Radio's sister station 4AM as Breakfast announcer.
Bridget Joins AIR Team
AIR News has announced that Bridget Judd will be joining the weekend news team whilst Kym Cartwright takes some leave. Bridget has completed a number of internships with the ABC and 4ZZZ, and will be handling Saturday and Sunday News and Sport updates across the national AIR news affiliate network.
'Blocker' Exits 2GB
13-year association with 2GB
is no more after the radio station sacked him over allegations of intimidating behaviour towards a producer. The former Balmain Tigers, NSW State of Origin and Australian front-rower confirmed on Thursday that his contract with the Macquarie Radio Network
had been terminated as a result of a bullying complaint made by a younger male colleague. Full story.
Beth Makes Her Debut At Spirit FM
The Central Institute of Technology
in Leederville, Perth, is proud to announce another student hire for 2014.1st year student Beth Krapljanov
has been recruited by industry partner Redwave Media
to her first full-time job in radio as Breakfast Host at Spirit FM
in Broome, WA. To tune in to Central’s Diploma students check out their online station ‘Boom Radio’. https://www.facebook.com/boomradioau
The Radio Training Institute is delighted with the success of a number of former students getting into the finals at this year’s Australian Commercial Radio Awards. Ten former students have been announced as finalists across nine categories. “The success of our former students comes as no surprise to me. RTI prepares them for the challenging, but always exciting radio industry. I am proud of both RTI and our graduates ACRA success” says RTI General Manager Heidi Everett. More details.
Star Fm's New Content Director
2SM Sydney production guy Peter Samios is moving on. He has taken up a position as content director at Star FM Dubbo.
Cars Drive Digital Radio Figures to 5 Year High
Official data relating to DAB+ digital radio in Australia was released by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) in the 2014 Digital Radio Report, showing nearly 100,000* (97,177) new vehicles have been sold with DAB+ digital radio, and digital radio listening is at an all time high with 21.4% or almost 2.8 million people tuning in each week in the five metropolitan capital cities alone. More details.
Nova Network Now Airing Outros
The Nova Network is now airing the next chapter in branding for music radio stations – Outros, a new service from On The Sly Production. Developed especially for Nova, Outros brand the ends of hit songs to create a seamless platform for jocks while fusing the station’s name into the music. Outros delivers perfect segueways in the style of the biggest hits. More details.
Mel B Leaves 2DAY
Mel B will not be renewing her contract with 2DAY FM. SCA has confirmed that Melanie Brown has left the morning spot she has co-hosted since the beginning of the year alongside Jules Lund, Merrick Watts and Sophie Monk. 'We can confirm Mel B will not be continuing with the breakfast show for the remainder of the year,' said Southern Cross Austereo Sydney General Manager Jeremy Simpson. More details.
Metro Survey #5 results have been released. 3AW
had a strong survey and returned to No 1 in Melbourne. Breakfast (Ross Stevenson and John Burns
) had a 2% increase whilst ABC 774
breakfast (Red Symons
) dropped 2.8%. 2GB
continue their reign at No 1 in Sydney. Despite a slight drop of 1.5%, 97. 3
remained No 1 station in Brisbane. In Adelaide, it was another great result for MIX 102.3
with a 15.9% share. In Perth, MIX 94.5
rated No 1 once again with 14.2%. Full details.
Todd & Sami Debut On 92.7 MIX FM
92.7 MIX FM
Sunshine Coast have welcomed their new local drive show ‘Todd & Sami
For The Drive Home’ to the 3pm – 7pm time slot Monday to Friday. Hear Todd & Sami’s first break here – http://bit.ly/1tAdK2x
In Memoriam: Paul Rowe
Well known country music commentator Paul Rowe
passed away on August 22 from what is believed to be a heart related condition. Paul, who has spent most of his career in the radio industry in both New Zealand and Australia, and more recently over the last 15 years, headed up the iconic Festival FM
at the Tamworth Festival, spent the last days of his life doing what he loved - on air at Australia's largest field days as the AgQuip FM
on site PA voice. Many will also know Paul as the first contact for both the Festival FM radio station and the Official Guide to the Tamworth CM Festival publication. More details.
Dunkerley New PD Role
Andrew Dunkerley is on the move again! He's heading back to the role of PD for Snow FM & 2XL. Andrew told JJ: "The opportunity came up to return to the Snowies and I couldn’t say no! I met my wife there funnily enough from when I previously worked there." He commences on September 12.
The finalists in the 26th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards
(ACRAs) have been announced. Winners will be announced at a gala black tie event, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Entertainment Centre on Saturday, 18 October. The National Radio Conference will be held in Melbourne on Friday 17 October. Full list of finalists.