Radio Today

The Benefits of Finding the Right Mentor in Radio

During my 16 years at Austereo, I had the benefit of several great mentors and advisors.  One in particular was Greg Smith, who is now one of the Directors of Radio Today, and is a former Group Program Director of Austereo.

 

During my time at Austereo and, later, at the Australian Radio Network, I in turn had the chance to mentor and advise some great talent and executives.

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Published on Thursday, 24 July 2014 06:00 Category: Brad March

Brad March talks to the Founder of Omny.

Personalised radio platforms are now starting to provide more than just music . They are starting to provide a deeper range of content including talent based shows and information as they attempt to replicate some of broadcast radio’s strengths. Australian based Omny is one of those.  

They call it "personalized radio that listens to you". 

I talked with Ed Hooper
 Co founder and CEO of Omny. 

 

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Published on Thursday, 17 July 2014 06:00 Category: Brad March

Being Gay In The Big Wide World Of Radio !

 

Since the news on the weekend that Ian Thorpe has now publicly stated that he is gay, it got me thinking about what its like being gay as a public figure, in radio, media, sport or any other industry for that matter.

The reaction to the ‘ news ‘ was generally positive and supportive. There was a lot of ‘ who cares ‘ and its not really relevant in this day and age.

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Published on Monday, 14 July 2014 13:30 Category: Brad March

Time for change at 2Day FM now!

 

SCA programmers have done a good job with 2Day, and under extraordinary circumstances.
 
But 2Day's problem is strategy - not execution.
 
"Whomever is calling the shots strategically at SCA needs a re-think"

 

Ratings

2Day FM's further decline in ratings to 4.2% overall, and Breakfast to 3%, is a strong sign that Southern Cross Austereo will make further changes at 2Day FM sooner rather than later.

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Published on Thursday, 10 July 2014 06:00 Category: Brad March

Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men

“Being a woman is a terribly difficult task, since it consists principally in dealing with men.”

Robin Bailey from ARN’s 97.3 in Brisbane is a breakfast superstar.  

She didn't say the above quote, it was actually author Joseph Conrad who said it, but surely it must have crossed her mind once or twice and probably the minds of most other women in radio at some point.

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Published on Monday, 30 June 2014 06:00 Category: Brad March

The Top 12 Hottest Comedians Who Could Be The Future Stars of FM Radio

There’s a huge list of comedians who have successfully made the transition from comedy to radio.

Names like Tony Martin, Wendy Harmer, Mick Molloy, Tim Ross, Marty Sheargold, Tommy Little and Merrick Watts just to name a few.

A comedian’s timing and ad lib ability often translates well to radio. The live comedy circuit is a tough testing ground for comics and has proven to be a consistent source for radio talent.

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Published on Friday, 27 June 2014 06:00 Category: Brad March

People don’t fall in love with distribution channels, they fall in love with content

Media Advisor, Research Analyst and Radio/Digital Media Strategist Mark Ramsey made the above statement at his recent Hivio conference in San Diego and, as obvious as it may seem, this message gets lost at times.

Ramsey’s presentation is a ‘must see’ for everyone in radio or any media.

We are all amazed by new technology and we all look for the newest, coolest, latest distribution platform, but as Ramsey says in his presentation, it's the content powering the technology not the other way around.

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Published on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 16:00 Category: Brad March

The last of the great independent Program Directors - David v Goliath

There are few major market Program Directors who compete successfully with stations that are part of the big radio groups SCA, Nova and ARN.

Two that come to mind are Brad McNally and David Rymer both experienced, successful programmers.

These talented programmers tend not to have as high a profile but make no mistake they are good and they can be dangerous. Just ask their competitors!

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Published on Friday, 20 June 2014 06:00 Category: Brad March

Everything you wanted to know about online radio and streamers but were afraid to ask

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day and he asked: “Does anyone actually listen to the radio anymore, except in the car?”

He’s 34 years old!

Of course they do, and recent research shows the use of radio is as high with millennials as it is with boomers, but online, personalised radio and streamers have firmly been adopted by younger demos.

Now, the over 35s are exploring this exciting world that has taken its place in the radio landscape. Online radio platforms create endless possibilities for both radio companies and listeners. There’s plenty of hype around these services, but it is still early days.

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Published on Thursday, 12 June 2014 06:00 Category: Brad March

Farewell Georgie Gardner

Today, Georgie Gardner signed off from Nine's Today Show after an amazing seven year run on the breakfast show. She has been one of the shining stars at Nine and one of the strongest on air performers at the network.

Georgie originally started in radio, working at NXFM Newcastle and then in 2DayFM’s newsroom in the 90s, at the same time I was 2Day’s Program Director.

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Published on Friday, 06 June 2014 12:30 Category: Brad March

 

SCA has a vacancy for a Social Media Strategist based in Melbourne.  Details

 

Crocmedia has a vacancy for a Commercial Director. Details.

 

2GB has a vacancy for a Broadcast Technician. Details.

 

 

6PR has a vacancy for a Breakfast Producer. Details.

 

4 People Media in Melbourne are looking for a National Sales Account Executive. Details.

 

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2GB has a vacancy for a Senior Network Support Engineer. Details.

 

4BC and Magic 882 in Brisbane has a vacancy for a News Journalist. Details.

 

98five Sonshine FM has a vacancy for a Content Director based in Perth. Details.

 

2UE has a vacancy for an Associate Program Producer. Details.

 

6IX has a vacancy for an Audio Producer. .Details.

 

 

Colin Taylor is set to become the new General Manager of Grant Broadcasters 7HO Hobart.

 

Scotty McLaren is the new CD for Grant Broadcasters Hot 100 and MIX 104.9 in Darwin.

 

SCA CFO Peter Lewis has resigned from his post after one month with the company.

 

Dean Buchanan  has been appointed as Managing Director of TRN New Zealand.

 

 

Former MCM Head Simon Joyce as joined 'Brand New Media' overseeing Australia & New Zealand.

 

Gemma Fordham (formerly O’Neill) has been appointed TRN Chief Content Officer.

 

Mike Crothers from SCA is set to join the ranks at RCS Australia as their new General Manager.

 

4BU and Hitz939 have welcomed Natasha Dean Jones as their new Journalist and Presenter,

 

 

Group CEO of Mediaworks, Sussan Turner, has resigned.

 

Heidi Roberts is the new Assistant Breakfast Producer at 92.9 Perth.

 

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 17.1* (15.1)** SCA
2 Hot Tomato 12.3* (13.4)** HT
3 Sea FM 10.9* (14.5)** SCA
4 triple j 8.0* (9.1)** ABC
5 ABC 91.7 FM 5.6* (5.3)** ABC
6 ABC612 4.7* (3.9)** ABC
7 4RN 3.0* (2.8)** ABC
  • 10+ Overall Share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2014
  • * GfK / ** Nielsen

 

Brisbane Ratings

1 97.3FM 15.3 (13.9) ARN
2 Nova 106.9 11.6 (12.8) NovaEnt
3 B105 10.1 (10.6) SCA
4 Triple M 9.3 (8.6) SCA
5 ABC612 9.2 (9.2) ABC
6 4KQ 7.3 (6.8) ARN
7 triple j 7.2 (8.0) ABC
  • 10+ overall share Mon-Sun, Survey 4/2014
  • GfK

Perth Ratings

1 Mix 94.5 15.1 (14.5) SCA
2 Nova 93.7 11.8 (11.4) NovaEnt
3 96FM 11.1 (10.6) Fairfax
4 ABC720 10.6 (11.0) ABC
5 triple j 9.7 (11.7) ABC
6 92.9 9.3 (8.5) SCA
7 6PR 9.0 (7.9) Fairfax
  • 10+ overall share Mon-Sun, Survey 4/2014
  • 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 16.1* (18.7)** SCA
2 ABC1233 12.0* (10.2)** ABC
3 triple j 11.2* (10.7)** ABC
4 NXFM 10.3* (16.7)** SCA
5 2HD 8.8* (9.9)** BOG
6 New FM 8.4* (9.9)** BOG
7 Classic FM 5.1* (3.0)** ABC
  • 10+ Overall Share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2014
  • * GfK / ** Nielsen

 

Adelaide Ratings

1 Mix 102.3 16.3 (16.7) ARN
=2 Nova 91.9 10.8 (11.7) NovaEnt
=2 ABC891 10.8 (10.7) ABC
3 FIVEaa 10.6 (11.3) NovaEnt
4 Triple M 9.1 (9.4) SCA
5 Cruise 1323 8.5 (7.9) ARN
6 triple j 7.6 (6.8) SCA
  • 10+ overall share Mon-Sun, Survey 4/2014
  • 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 ABC 774 13.1 (12.3) ABC
2 3AW 12.8 (12.5) Fairfax
=3 Gold 7.6 (8.8) ARN
=3 Triple M 7.6 (6.9) SCA
4 Fox FM 7.2 (6.9) SCA
5 Mix 101.1 7.1 (7.1) ARN
=6 Nova 100 6.7 (6.9) NovaEnt
=6 smoothfm 91.5 6.7 (6.9) NovaEnt
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 4/2014 (GfK)

CompanyStock IDPriceChange
Southern Cross Media
SXL
1.21
0.00%
Fairfax Media Group
FXJ
0.895
-0.56%
Macquarie Radio Network
MRN
1.12
0.00%
Pacific Star Network
PNW
0.310
0.00%
APN News & Media
APN
0.755
-0.66%
Oceania Capital
OCP
1.42
0.00%
Ten Network
TEN
0.285
-1.72%
Seven West Media
SWM
1.91
-0.78%
Seven Group Holdings
SVW
7.63
-0.52%
Nine Entertainment
NEC
2.12
0.95%
Prime Media Group
PRT
1.02
0.49%