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Top 30 FM stars of all time (30-21)

A few weeks ago I wrote about how great talent matters.

So I decided to put my list together of the Top 30 FM Radio Stars since the start of Commercial FM radio in 1980. 

Over the past 3 decades in Australia there’s been some great world standard talent. Most are still powering on radio, some in TV, film and other media. Some we have never heard from again!

The list includes individuals and teams who consistently deliver (or delivered) great radio content, have or had longevity on the air, have achieved high ratings and are unique and innovative. I've taken into account market size, shift, format and national coverage.

So here is my Top 30 FM Radio Stars of all time on commercial radio, starting today with numbers 30 to 21:

30 Robyn Bailey
29 Club Veg
28 Adam Hills
27 The Cage
26 Brigette Duclos
25 Grubby and Dee Dee
24 Fifi Box
23 Jamie Dunn
22 Tracy Bartram
21 Ugly Phil

On Wednesday Radio Today will list the next 10 stars from 20 to 11. And feel free to let me know your list, or anyone you feel I should have included.

And soon on Radio Today I’ll list the most promising newcomers on FM radio in Australia.

Brad.

Published on Published on Monday, 12 March 2012 06:00



bianca (7:26am 12 Mar 2012)
great list - so many inpspiring chicks on there :) love it!!
Anonymous (9:51am 12 Mar 2012)
Great list guys! So glad Ugly Phil is back on the airwaves on Star...even if you have to webstream it.
Anonymous (12:08pm 12 Mar 2012)
Great list so far!

cant wait until next week..... good TSL
Brett Debritz (13:13pm 12 Mar 2012)
Great to see Robin Bailey there, but Jamie Dunn only 23rd? How many other programs have topped the ratings scored by the B105 Morning Crew in the late 1980s and early 90s?

And how about the longevity factor?

Also, I believe Jamie was FM's first million-dollar man. He may not have set the world on fire in Sydney, but his Brisbane results at his decade-long peak are hard to beat on any scale. (I also think Jamie's long-time co-host Ian Skippen should rate a mention. Maybe he's higher up the ladder?)
Adrian (18:56pm 12 Mar 2012)
Going back a few years but what about Mobbs & Fletch? Barry Bisell all those years of take 40 Aus. Also Spoonman.
Grant Spatchcock (22:11pm 13 Mar 2012)
Hoping Get This makes the list.
Matt (22:47pm 13 Mar 2012)
Get This team at number one! Or at least Tony Martin, even if the fools at Triple M (Dobo I'm looking ight at you) could not realise this
Randy Velvet (8:02am 22 Mar 2012)
clearly Brads not thinking clearly.
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Adelaide Advertisers

1. Coles Coles Group Ltd (Wesfarmers Ltd)
2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Puratap Puratap Pty Ltd
4. Ford Ford Motor Company Of Australia Ltd
5. The Block Nine Network (PBL Media)

Brisbane Advertisers

1. National Tiles National Tiles Co Pty Ltd
2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Coles Coles Group Ltd (Wesfarmers Ltd)
4. Ford Ford Motor Company Of Australia Ltd
5. Seasons Private Aged Care Seasons Care Group

Central Coast Advertisers

1. Domayne Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. beyondblue Anxiety & Depression Awareness (ADA) Beyond Blue Ltd
4. Central Coast Holden Central Coast Holden
5. Ettalong Diggers Ettalong Diggers

Gold Coast Advertisers

1. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. Domayne Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Inspirations Paint Inspirations Paint Store (Holdings) Ltd
4. iSelect Gold Coast Titans iSelect Gold Coast Titans
5. The Strand At Coolangatta Surfrider Investments Pty Ltd/Vinta Group Pty Ltd

Melbourne Advertisers

1. National Tiles National Tiles Co Pty Ltd
2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Coles Coles Group Ltd (Wesfarmers Ltd)
4. Ford Ford Motor Company Of Australia Ltd
5. McDonald's Big Mac McDonald's Australia Ltd

Newcastle Advertisers

1. Domayne Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Joyce Mayne Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
4. Finance Ezi Finance Ezi Pty Ltd
5. Schnitzel Boss Schnitzel Boss

Perth Advertisers

1. Coles Coles Group Ltd (Wesfarmers Ltd)
2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Ford Ford Motor Company Of Australia Ltd
4. Perth HIA Home Show Exhibitions & Events Australia Pty Ltd
5. Telstra Thanks Telstra Corporation Ltd

Sydney Advertisers

1. Coles Coles Group Ltd (Wesfarmers Ltd)
2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Brydens Brydens
4. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Cricket Australia / New Zealand Cricket / ICC
5. Masterton Homes Masterton Homes Pty Ltd

 

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 14.3 (15.0)* SCA
2 Hot Tomato 14.1 (13.9)* HT
3 Sea FM 9.5 (8.8)* SCA
4 triple j 9.4 (7.6)* ABC
5 ABC 91.7 FM 6.7 (6.6)* ABC
6 ABC612 3.3 (4.2)* ABC
7 ABC FM 2.9 (2.2)* ABC
  • 10+ Overall Share Mon-Sun, Survey 3/2014
  • * previous survey

 

Brisbane Ratings

1 Nova 106.9 13.5 12.9) NovaEnt
2 97.3FM 12.3 (13.0) ARN
3 B105 9.7 (9.0) SCA
4 Triple M 8.8 (8.7) SCA
5 triple j 9.0 (8.0) ABC
6 ABC612 8.5 (9,4) ABC
7 4KQ 7.1 (7.5) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 8/2014 (GfK)

Perth Ratings

1 Mix 94.5 13.8 (14.5) SCA
2 Nova 93.7 12.6 (13.5) NovaEnt
3 triple j 11.0 (10.4) ABC
4 96FM 10.2 (9.4) Fairfax
5 ABC720 9.6 (9.6) ABC
6 92.9 8.2 (8.4) SCA
7 6PR 7.3 (8.5) Fairfax
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 8/2014 (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 (15.3)* SCA
2 ABC1233 11.9 (11.1)* ABC
3 NXFM 11.6 (9.7)* SCA
4 New FM 10.0 (9.3)* BOG
5 triple j 9.9 (10.8)* ABC
6 2HD 9.8 (10.3)* BOG
7 Classic FM 3.9 (4.7)* ABC
  • 10+ Overall Share Mon-Sun, GfK Survey 3/2014

 

Adelaide Ratings

1 Mix 102.3 15.5 (14.6) ARN
2 FIVEaa 11.4 11.2) NovaEnt
3 Nova 91.9 11.2 (11.8) NovaEnt
4 ABC891 10.0 (11.3) ABC
6 hit107 8.1 (8.3) SCA
7 Cruise 1323 8.1 (7.6) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 8/2014 (GfK)
  • hit107 on-air Oct 20, was SAFM

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 

Company Stock ID Price Change
Southern Cross Media
SXL
1.10
1.86%
Fairfax Media Group
FXJ
0.980
3.16%
Macquarie Radio Network
MRN
0.965
0.00%
Pacific Star Network
PNW
0.310
0.00%
APN News & Media
APN
0.965
2.12%
Oceania Capital
OCP
1.25
0.00%
Ten Network
TEN
0.230
-2.13%
Seven West Media
SWM
1.48
0.00%
Seven Group Holdings
SVW
7.02
1.01%
Nine Entertainment
NEC
2.05
0.99%
Prime Media Group
PRT
0.860
3.61%