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Andrew Denton Star of Radio, Television and Conference!

Andrew Denton was easily the highlight of the recent National Radio Conference in Melbourne. Andrew’s presentation was on his 7 Tips for Success (here).

In case you missed it, the key points Andrew made were:

  • Be hungry & work harder than the next guy,
  • Look left when searching for ideas,
  • Embrace Roadblocks,
  • Shut up and listen,
  • Shut Down and Daydream
  • Test Yourself  
  • Fail Better.


And Andrew knows how to succeed, having one of the most successful careers in Australian media – radio and television, presenting, writing and producing.


Published on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:00 Category: Brad March

There isn’t room for 3 CHR’s in Sydney…. Something has got to give in the mother of all radio battles!

The 3 way CHR / Top 40 battle in Sydney can’t last forever. Only two stations will survive. The battle between 2day, Kiis and Nova for the hit music position has been underway now for 9 months since Kyle & Jackie defected and ARN re-branded Mix to Kiis.

Kiis having the most powerful, strongest and “heritage” breakfast show in the market will continue to do well.

The real contest is between 2day v Nova. We can probably expect further changes both on air and off air following next week's Survey 6 ratings result.



Published on Monday, 22 September 2014 06:00 Category: Brad March

Clear Channel radio is no more!

In one of the most significant moves in worldwide radio, Clear Channel, until recently 50% owners of the Australian Radio Network, have announced that they have rebranded to iHeartMedia.


This is a clear message from Clear Channel that this is where they see the future of their radio / content business.



Published on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 07:30 Category: Brad March

Is this the end of Radio as we know it? Or is it just no longer a zero sum game?

Do online platforms like Pandora and Spotify mean the death of radio as we know it?

It would seem not, and as the saying goes “the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”




Published on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 16:30 Category: Brad March

Fitzy & Wippa, Can They Go From Good to Great?

I like Fitzy & Wippa. Their breakfast show on Nova is good. They are great guys.

They work hard, and are considered ‘ good blokes ‘ by most in the radio industry. 

So why is their Sydney breakfast show only rating 5.8%?



Published on Friday, 05 September 2014 06:00 Category: Brad March

Which of the big radio groups is really performing the best. We compare apples to apples.

What you produce out of your actions(results), will always speak louder than words.

And this week two of the countries biggest radio groups released their profit results.

ARN released half yearly and SCM released full year.

Nova Entertainment, being a privately owned company ( ie not publicly listed and trading on the ASX ) ,does not have to disclose it's results.



Published on Friday, 22 August 2014 07:00 Category: Brad March

Who is Australia's Best Breakfast Personality?

There are some outstanding breakfast personalities on radio – Amanda Keller, Eddie McGuire, Kyle Sandilands, Fi Fi Box, Fitzy (congrats on 10 years), Jackie O, Alan Jones, Mick Molloy, Chrissie Swan, Mart Sheargold, Matty Johns, Robyn Bailey and countless others. 

But when, (we) radio types step outside the box (or the radio), we find there are other sources of entertainment, information and personalities first thing in the morning.

Radio competes with the entire media landscape offering at breakfast time – online, TV, newspapers etc.  Personalities, of course, are critical to radio. Especially at breakfast.

Researcher Mark Kassof recently published a summary of findings on the importance of personalities on radio. It showed how much difference personalities made. 47% of all respondents said they make it a lot better to listen to. Another 39%, said a little better. That’s a total of 86% say that personalities, make the radio better. And the same goes for TV, especially breakfast TV shows.

So, who is the best breakfast personality in Australia…. ( drum roll please)


Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 07:00 Category: Brad March

Tears of a clown – Thanks for the memories Robin Williams

Like everyone in the entire world I was shocked and saddened to hear the news about Robin Williams.

Every single one of us have a favourite movie or memory of Robin who had an extraordinary life and career. He was not only a successful movie star but one of the world's very best stand-up comics.



Published on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 16:00 Category: Brad March

Who will you be working for in the future ?

The future of radio companies like Southern Cross Media, Australian Radio Network and Nova Entertainment is now in the hands of media owners. The proposed media law changes will change radio ownership in Australia significantly.



Published on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 08:00 Category: Brad March

What can Breakfast Talent learn from the City2Surf ?

After a few years watching from the sidelines, this year it was time again to have another go at the City2Surf. 

This years City2Surf in Sydney attracted more than 80,000 participants. They ran, jogged and walked the 14 km’s from Sydney's Hyde Park, finishing at Bondi Beach. 

City2Surf is the largest run of its kind in the world,  it's a "fun run" as well as a race for professional athletes.

So what can breakfast talent learn from the City2Surf?



Published on Monday, 11 August 2014 11:00 Category: Brad March

Higher Or Lower - the Hamish & Andy Pay Poll


3CS/Mixx FM in Colac are looking for a new Program Manager. Details.


Got a question? Got a suggestion?

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Email Blair anytime here.


Zinc and 4MK Mackay are looking for a Promotions Administration Superstar. Details.


Stagetec Media Group are looking for Casual Engineers based in Sydney. Details.


ARN has a vacancy for a Producer for the 3pm Pick Up based in Melbourne. Details.


Authentic Entertainment has a role for a Head of Campaign Activations available.  Details



Stagetec Media Group has a vacancy for a Level 1 Support Engineer based in Sydney. Details.


C91.3FM has a vacancy for a Journalist. Details.


3AW Melbourne has a vacancy for a Breakfast Producer. Details.



The Rock in New Zealand has a vacancy for a Promotions Manager.Details.


2UE has a vacancy for an Integration Manager.  Details.








3AW and Magic 1278 have a vacancy for a Direct Sales Manager based in Melbourne.Details.


Power FM in Nowra has a vacancy for an Announcer. Details.


Mediaworks New Zealand are looking for a Content Director for The Edge, based in Auckland. Details.


3AW Melbourne has a vacancy for an Integration Executive.  Details.


Fairfax Radio Network has a vacancy for a Senior Journalist based in Brisbane. Details.


Sunshine Coast Hot 91.1 and Zinc 96.1 has a vacancy for a Content Director and Announcer  Details.


Karen Mason has left her role on BayFM's The Morning Crew  in  Geelong


Clive Dickens is leaving Southern Cross Austereo for the position of Chief Digital Officer at Seven West Media in the New Year.


Rohan Brown will move into the role of Program Director for Nova 100 in Melbourne. Replacing Brown at Smooth will be Peter Clay.

Shayne Sinclair has been appointed Program Director for Star 104.5 on the Central Coast. He replaces Dan King.


Amos & Dani are the new Breakfast team for SCA's re-branded hit107 in Adelaide. .


After six years presenting Classic Breakfast Emma Ayres is hanging up her headphones with ABC Classic FM.


Beth Larsen has moved from Magic FM Port Augusta and is now an announcer at Hot FM Townsville.

Tess Lawley has been appointed SYN General Manager.


She has been part of the Hobart market for over 20 years and as December rolls around, Kim Napier is leaving the Kim & Dave breakfast show on Heart 107.3. 


Mike Cass is leaving his role as Assistant Group Program Director and Nova 100 Program Director to return to the UK.

Canberra Ratings

1 104.7 17.3 (17.5) SCA
2 Mix 106.3 16.8 (15.9) SCA
3 ABC666 16.4 (15.6) ABC
4 triple j 10.0 (10.3) ABC
5 Classic FM 8.2 (10.2) ABC
6 Radio National 7.6 (6.9) ABC
7 2CC 7.0 (6.6) Capital
  • 10+ overall share Mon-Sun, Survey 2/2014
  • GFK

Gold Coast Ratings

1 Gold FM 15.0 (17.1)* SCA
2 Hot Tomato 13.9 (12.3)* HT
3 Sea FM 8.8 (10.9)* SCA
4 triple j 7.6 (8.0)* ABC
5 ABC 91.7 FM 6.6 (5.6)* ABC
6 ABC612 4.2 (4.7)* ABC
7 4RN 2.7 (3.0)* ABC
  • 10+ Overall Share Mon-Sun, Survey 2/2014
  • * previous survey


Brisbane Ratings

1 97.3FM 13.0 (13.8) ARN
2 Nova 106.9 11.5 (11.7) NovaEnt
3 ABC612 11.5 (10.8) ABC
4Triple M9.6(9.1) SCA
5 B105 8.6 (9.4) SCA
6triple j8.4(7,5) ABC
7 4KQ 7.6 (8.0) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 6/2014 (GfK)

Perth Ratings

1 Mix 94.5 13.6 (14.2) SCA
2 Nova 93.713.6 (12.4) NovaEnt
3 96FM 10.7 (10.7) Fairfax
4ABC72010.1(10.0) ABC
5 triple j 9.7 (10.3) ABC
6 6PR 9.6 (10.2) Fairfax
7 92.9 7.4 (8.0) SCA
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 6/2014 (GfK)

Auckland Ratings

1 Newstalk ZB 13.4 (13.0) TRN
2 Coast  9.6 (8.1) TRN
3 The Edge 7.8 (6.0) Mediaworks
4 The Breeze 7.0 (6.5) Mediaworks
5 Classic Hits 6.7 (5.9) TRN
6 ZM 5.9 (5.6) TRN
7 Mai FM 5.2 (4.3) TRN
  • 10+ share, Survey 1/2014

Christchurch Ratings

1 Newstalk ZB 17.0 (16.1) TRN
2 More FM 10.7 (11.8) Mediaworks
3 The Breeze 10.2 (8.8) Mediaworks
4 The Rock 9.0 (10.3) Mediaworks
5 The Edge 6.9 (6.5) Mediaworks
6 The Sound 6.0 (6.4) Mediaworks
7 Classic Hits 5.7 (5.7) TRN
  • 10+ share, Survey 1/2014

Wellington Ratings

1 NewstalkZB 15.3 (10.5) TRN
2 The Breeze 13.7 (14.6) Mediaworks
3 ZM 11.3 (12.4) TRN
4 The Sound 7.5 (7.1) Mediaworks
5 The Rock 7.4 (8.3) Mediaworks
6 The Edge 6.6 (8.3) Mediaworks
7 Coast 5.7 (4.6) TRN
  • 10+ share, Survey 1/2014

Newcastle Ratings

1 KOFM 15.3 (16.1)* SCA
2 ABC1233 11.1 (12.0)* ABC
3 triple j 10.8 (11.2)* ABC
4 2HD 10.3 (8.8)* BOG
5 NXFM 9.7 (10.3)* SCA
6 New FM 9.3 (8.4)* BOG
7 Classic FM 4.7 (5.1)* ABC
  • 10+ Overall Share Mon-Sun, Survey 2/2014
  • * GfK  Survey 1/2014


Adelaide Ratings

1 Mix 102.3 15.2 (15.9) ARN
2ABC891 12.2(10.9) ABC
3Nova 91.9 11,8(10.4)NovaEnt
4 FIVEaa 11.1 (11.4) NovaEnt
5 Triple M 9.1 (9.2) SCA
6SAFM8.5(8.0) SCA
7 Cruise 1323 7.8 (8.7) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 6/2014 (GfK)

Wollongong Ratings

1 I98 23.8 (28.5) WIN
2 Wave FM 16.0 (17.3) GRANT
  • 10+ Overall Share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2014
  • IRIS Research

Central Coast Ratings

1 Sea FM 17.7 (12.4) SCA
2 2GO FM 13.2 (17.5) SCA
3 Star 104.5 11.4 (14.3) NovaEnt
4 ABC 92.5 10.7 (9.9) ABC
5 2GB 9.8 (8.9) MRN
6 Triple J 5.8 (5.2) ABC
7 WSFM 2.8 (0.7) ARN
  • 10+ overall share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2012
  • Nielsen Media Research

Albury Ratings

1 Star FM 22.9* (22.7)** SCA
2 The River 20.7* (27.0)** SCA
3 2AY 16.6* (11.9)** ACE
4 ABC Local Radio 14.0* (11.2)** ABC
5 Triple J 9.9* (4.2)** ABC
6 Radio National 2.2* (1.6)** ABC
  • 10+ overall share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2014
  • * Xtra Research/ ** Nielsen 

Melbourne Ratings

1 3AW 13.6 (13.9) Fairfax
2 ABC 774 11.0 (11.7) ABC
3 Fox FM 7.8 (7,8) SCA
4Gold 7.6(7.2)ARN
5Nova 100 7.3(6.8)NovaEnt
6Triple M7.1(7.6) SCA
7 smoothfm 91.5 6.4 (6.6) NovaEnt
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 6/2014 (GfK)

CompanyStock IDPriceChange
Southern Cross Media
Fairfax Media Group
Macquarie Radio Network
Pacific Star Network
APN News & Media
Oceania Capital
Ten Network
Seven West Media
Seven Group Holdings
Nine Entertainment
Prime Media Group