Fairfax Radio presenter Jason Jordan has apologised for accusing Australia's Next Top Model judge Charlotte Dawson of faking a suicide attempt. On Wednesday, Fairfax confirmed the 6PR announcer had apologised for his offending comments on Twitter on September 12 last year. More details.
Kevin Walton is currently doing a "Radio Love Tour." He is promoting his CD and music, by driving to every possible radio station in Australia. He has just finished the 1st leg of the tour, traveling from Victoria to Queensland inland and returning to Melbourne via the coast! He is visiting many commercial radio stations along the way and is organising to visit more. Check out his Facebook Page " Kevin Walton Songs". There are plenty of well known radio announcers and radio stations listed and photographed !
RCS has announced the appointment of Keith Williams as its new Vice President for the Asia Pacific Region (APAC). Currently Keith is Managing Director of RCS Australia, a post he will continue to hold for the time being. Keith Williams will report to Mike Powell, RCS VP International Operations, who added: “Keith has worked in the Australian radio industry for more than 40 years. Before he joined RCS, for the last 12 years he was on air, he held the number one ratings position for the 3pm to 6pm drive show on 2DayFM Sydney – which was the most listened-to radio station in Australia. So Keith really knows radio – he’s not only been at the sharp end, he’s been at the top of the sharp end!” More details.
Ryan John has moved on from the Star FM Mildura breakfast show and will be starting at CFM Toowoomba in a few weeks time. CFM is also a SCA station. In the meantime his former partner Amber is currently working solo. (See 'Radio Jobs').
After two very intensive weeks with THE SEAFM Apprentice, the Final 3, Kayden of Burnie, Tammy of Turners Beach, and Channie of Scottsdale faced judgment day. One of the final three would win a job as co-host of SEAFM Breakfast with Lee Dixon. Over the past week, voting occurred through the SEAFM website allowing listeners to choose who they think would win, resulting in nearly 8000 votes. This Morning at 8.25am, Kayden Weller (18), of Burnie was announced the winner by “The Boss”, Program Director Steve Segale and will commence as co-host of SEAFM Breakfast from Monday June 24. PD Steve Segale said “The past two weeks of challenges with the 6 Apprentices has been emotionally charged for all concerned. A fantastic group of contenders who gave there all for a fantastic opportunity, and I am very excited to welcome Kayden to the SEAFM team”. See and hear how it all unfolded at: SEA FM Northern Tasmania.
Sacked 6PR drive announcer Howard Sattler believes he shouldn't have been sacked for questioning the sexuality of the prime minister's partner, saying shock jocks like Kyle Sandilands and Alan Jones have said worse and kept their jobs. Full story.
The owner of TV3 and half of New Zealand's commercial radio stations will go into receivership this morning. However MediaWorks Group managing director Sussan Turner said there are no plans to make any of the company's 1400 staff redundant. All contracts will be honoured, suppliers will be paid and it is "business as usual". MediaWorks has around $700 million in debt. That's a result of the sale of the company to Australian private equity firm Ironbridge in 2007, by Canada's CanWest Global Communications. The deal was largely funded by borrowed money, and the broadcaster has been struggling to pay the interest bills ever since. Full story.
It's official, Ruby Slipperz and Dave Greensmith, have left River 94.9 Ipswich. Station manager David Greenwood says: "It was decided not to renew their (Ruby and Dave's) services. And whilst their individual efforts and energies are certainly appreciated, our considerations always focus on River 94.9's future direction and connection with our many listeners." Mr Greenwood said the announcement had been delayed due to legal reasons. He said the station would soon unveil a new breakfast line-up to "take us to the next step". Ms Slipperz said she wanted to thank her Ipswich fans for being so supportive during her years at River 94.9. "Ipswich has become a second home to me," the Toowoomba resident said. "The people have been such a generous bunch".
Beau Mitchem is leaving the Fairfax Brisbane newsroom and joining the news team at Sydney's 2GB.
Howard Sattler has been sacked. Radio 6PR general manager Martin Boylan made the announcement on air about 2.30pm on Friday. On Thursday Sattler queried rumours over the sexuality of Julia Gillard's hairdresser partner after reminding her he was promised "a candid" interview. 6PR made this official announcement. "During an interview on the Drive Program yesterday, presenter Howard Sattler pursued a line of questioning with Prime Minister Julia Gillard that was disrespectful to the office and person of the Prime Minister and was entirely inappropriate. Radio 6PR apologises unreservedly to Ms Gillard and Mr Mathieson for allowing these matters to be raised on the Drive program. In the wake of yesterday’s interview, Radio 6PR suspended Mr Sattler from broadcasting pending a review of the matter today. The station has now decided to terminate Mr Sattler’s engagement." Press article with audio: Full story.
dmg Radio Australia has announced the appointment of Gordon ‘Gordie’ Waters as Music Director for Star 104.5. Dan King, Star 104.5 Program Director said, “We place great importance on growing talent within dmg, Gordie was doing some terrific stuff with the Nova brand in late nights and he is going to be a valued asset to our team.” Gordie said, “This next challenge for me is exciting, can’t wait to hit the ground running and get into the Central Coast culture.” Gordie will join Star 104.5 as Music Director on Monday March 17 2013.
91.9 SEA FM Sunshine Coast breakfast hosts Brad and Sophie have finished up. Their last program was on Thursday June 14. On Facebook they wrote: "Well that's it for us here at Sea FM. Thanks again for all the support guys! Good luck in the future! We'll miss you." The pair received numerous accolades from listeners on the station's Facebook page. SEA FM was purchased by EON Broadcasting Ltd when SCA had to divest their radio licence.
Radio man Phil Barnes who worked at 3SR/SUNFM Shepparton, 3TR Traralgon, and Hardy Audio in Ballarat, died on Thursday June 13. 3YB breakfast man Jon Vertigan advised Jocks' Journal of his passing and says: "Phil was a great producer, who sadly lost his battle with leukemia at the very young age of 41. His wife Tracey wanted me to let everyone who knew him know, that his service will be at the Traralgon Uniting Church at 1.30pm this coming Monday, the 17th June." Add your tribute.
2ST news reader Graham French has clicked 30 years with 2ST today. ‘Frenchie’ began his career in 1971 at 6KG Kalgoorlie, moved onto 7BU Burnie before coming to work at Nowra’s 2ST on June 13 1983. In that time he’s covered floods, bushfires and more but today reminisced on his infamous April Fools Day pranks, including sending the HMAS Melbourne up the Shoalhaven River’. To hear Graham's story. Audio.
Dave Howard has moved on from 1395 FIVEaa fter 2 years with the Adelaide talk station. Prior to that he was was at Triple M Adelaide for about 6 years as Music Director / Morning Announcer. He has now joined his fiance Linda on the Gold Coast. Dave told JJ that he has no new radio gig at present but is keen to secure something asap on the Gold Coast, in Brisbane or surrounds.
891 ABC Adelaide are experiencing transmission problems. This is due to an unexpected result of overnight maintenance work on their AM transmitter, critical infrastructure was damaged and they were unable to go to air on their main transmitter. They have returned to their main transmitter, but are operating on reduced power. More details.
History was made on Melbourne’s 3AW 693 today (Thursday 13 June), with the auction of the first brand new Victorian number plate on the Neil Mitchell program. The first plate made with the slogan STAY ALERT STAY ALIVE – 1AA 1AA will be sold to the highest bidder during a live auction, starting at 0900 on 3AW 693. All funds raised will go towards The Alfred Hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Centre. A very generous, but slightly shy, driver was the winning bidder of the first of Victoria’s new number plates. 3AW 693’s Neil Mitchell launched an auction to raise money for the Alfred Emergency & Trauma Centre. Full details.
Apple has launched itunes radio. The sales pitch goes: "Tune in to iTunes Radio on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, or Apple TV. You’ll have access to featured stations, stations inspired by the music you already listen to, and more than 200 genre-focused stations — including everything from Hard Rock to Doo Wop. Your stations evolve based on the music you play and download. So the more you use iTunes Radio and iTunes, the more iTunes Radio knows what you like to listen to — and the more personalized your experience becomes." More details.
Community station 2SER Sydney have launched a new breakfast show that, for the first time, is hosted by a fulltime, paid presenter. Breakfast is headed by Tim Higgins a Macquarie University graduate. He has been a 2SER volunteer doing a weekly music and talks program and hosting the station's Australian music show: The Band Next Door.
United Christian Broadcaster's 566th Vision Radio Network station 1611AM has launched in Tamworth. It was formerly part of the Goanna Country music network.
Jane Jeffes has been appointed executive producer for Radio National's religion unit. She will oversea four Radio National religious programs - The Religion and Ethics Report, The Spirit of Things, Encounter and The Rhythm Divine, as well as The God Who Sings on ABC Classic FM and Sunday Nights on ABC Local Radio.
3AW on air presenter Mike Brady has been recognised with the Queen's Birthday honours, being made a member of the Order of Australia "for significant service to the community, and to music as a composer and performer". Brady said he was "blown away" to have been recognised among countless volunteers "who raise money and get their hands dirty supporting charities and causes". In his own case, he is a life member of the children's charity Variety, and is involved with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, the Bluearth Foundation and the Yooralla Society. The composer, is best known for the football anthem 'Up There Cazaly' and composing jingles for products such as AAMI and SAO. AW interview with Justin Smith.
The Oasis’ 1995 hit ‘Wonderwall’ has made No 1 on the triple j Hottest 100 poll. It also topped the poll in 1996. More than 940,000 votes were cast, over 20 days. Several artists had multiple entries, including Daft Punk, Silverchair and The Killers with three songs each, followed by Beastie Boys, Gorillaz, Gotye, Jebediah, Jeff Buckley, MGMT, Powderfinger, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead with two songs each. The full list.
Jack Ball has made the move from Fox FM in Melbourne and is now the new Music Director at B105. In addition to her role as Executive Assistant to the Content Directors, Jenni Easterbrook (pictured) is now the new Publicity Manager at SCA Brisbane - Triple M and B105.
The metropolitan commercial radio ad market has recorded the fourth consecutive month of growth up 8.2% in May 2013, compared to the same month last year, to a total of $65.697 million, in figures released today by Commercial Radio Australia. Sydney led the growth with a 13.4% rise to a total of $21.743 million. More details.
smoothfm will count down listeners’ Top 500 smooth favourites from Monday 10 June at 9am. To celebrate smoothfm’s first birthday, the station has asked listeners to help build a count-down of their favourite tracks by nominating the best songs they’ve heard on smoothfm over the past 12 months. Rohan Brown, smoothfm’s Program Director said, “smoothfm listeners have an enormous passion for the music we play. So what better way to celebrate one year than to give them the opportunity to help put together our first ever countdown.” More details.
SEAFM's Breakfast Show in Devonport is seeking a new 'apprentice.' After a very difficult decision by The Boss, Nathan of Burnie was fired.This left the Final 4, Kane, Tammy, Kayden, and Chantelle who face today’s challenge of a public five minute entertainment performance. Apprentices to be judged on audience reaction. On the SEAFM Breakfast on Friday we'll hear who will be fired next and who will still be in the running to win a job as co-host of SEAFM Breakfast with Lee Dixon. More details.
What happened to Ruby and Dave? That is the question River 94.9 Ipswich radio listeners are asking after the duo's breakfast show suddenly disappeared from the airwaves.For the past four years, Ruby Slipperz and Dave Greensmith have been the weekday breakfast duo. They are no longer included on the station website despite the fact that the station manager says they are still on the 'payroll' and were on 'extended leave'. (Source: Queensland Times.)
Kristine Pymont, who has been acting Music Director for Nova 96.9 in Sydney, has been appointed as full time MD. Her previous music roles include stints with XYZ Networks, Stellar Inflight and The Music Network.
Toni Pipicelli is back from maternity leave and returns to dmg Radio in the new role of Group Music Operations Director. She will be based in Melbourne and beside the role of overseeing digital and analogue radio she will also oversee dmg Radio’s new play out systems, including Rdio and Jetstar.