Celebrate the Imperfections

A somewhat famous performer once said:

“All of you, and all of me, all your curves and all your edges, all your perfect imperfections”

And he was spot on. Obviously he wasn’t talking about radio stations or radio shows, but he might as well have been.

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Don't let life get in the way

Lamberts Beach, QueenslandThis is not an article about radio.

Well it kind of is, but only in the loose sense that a radio, or any, career can have an impact on maintaining friendships due to the need (particularly early) to move around the country or in some cases the world.

So whilst there is kind of a tenuous link, this article really isn’t about radio as such.

Let me explain.

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Swan to Fox makes sense

Last week SCA announced that Chrissie Swan would join “Fifi & Dave” on Fox Breakfast in Melbourne each Friday at 8am.

It’s a smart move. For both parties, and for quite different reasons.

I’m not privy to the background behind ARN’s decision to exit Chrissie from Mix last year, however decisions like that are not taken lightly, and it would clearly have been well-considered.

Notwithstanding that, I don’t expect many (even ARN) would disagree that Chrissie is an extremely talented broadcaster who resonates (particularly) with female listeners.

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Haters gonna hate

Successful brands, irrespective of whether they are radio stations, breakfast shows or in any other category, are bold and unapologetic about who and what they are.

They understand that to be successful means, amongst other things, ensuring that you are distinctive enough so that a segment of the audience dislikes  what you do.

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Reality has nothing to do with 'real'

Whenever a new Breakfast show in a metropolitan or major regional market is announced there tends to be one of three reactions. 
 
The first is those who are supportive "these guys are awesome, the show will rock";
 
The second the doubters "never rated these guys and I don't know what XYZ programmer sees in them";

 

The third is the critic of part of the casting "I love X, but surely they could have found someone better than Y".

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Good to Great

Hosting Breakfast radio, irrespective of market size or format, is a tough gig.

As the on-air figureheads of the radio station the talent obviously carry enormous influence over the success, or otherwise, of the station.

Breakfast is a trade-off. On the positive side the talent, certainly in metropolitan markets, are paid exceptionally well and they enjoy the side benefits that the significant boost to their profile brings.

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Heritage airplay is not a gender issue


Commercial Radio is often an easy target for criticism; airplay for Australian music, support for new music, dayparting, online streaming royalties.

Some of that criticism is fair, and some is not. The most recent criticism comes courtesy of Tina Arena, who has a new album out (reset).

Arena has stated that the Australian music industry is biased against females who have to work harder than males to achieve success.

Arena has said; "It is very difficult to be a female in the industry in Australia, yes absolutely.

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Sydney in 2014. Intriguing.


The news that everyone had expected was confirmed last week with ARN announcing that Kyle & Jackie O will join the soon to be renamed, and reformatted, Mix 106.5.

It is clear from the sizzle reel that 106.5, which appears almost certain to be called KIIS, will be a CHR/Pop station occupying a frontal position with 2Day and Nova 96.9.

It’s a powerful move, and one that will be likely to change the landscape of Sydney FM radio.

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Reines criticism unfair

Ros Reines (pictured) has written a piece in the Daily Telegraph criticising female (FM) radio hosts for being 'ditzy' and not 'raising the level of debate'.

Reines has focused primarily on Sophie Monk following her fill-in role for Fifi Box on the Today Network and saying that Monk's departure has now meant FM radio content has intellectually skyrocketed.

In part Reines has said;

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Is The Voice the best way to get airplay


Commercial Radio has always been an easy target for criticism over support for new Australian artists.

It is cyclical. At various points in the cycle the criticism has a slightly different focus. 

In the 90’s, the common criticism was that radio was too focused on playing new music by heritage artists, such as Jimmy Barnes (pictured) and that new artists simply couldn’t get a look in.

In the early 2000’s it went the other way. 

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7HO FM Hobart is looking for a Promotions Manager. Details.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

7XS is looking for a Breakfast Announcer. Details.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nova 106.9 is looking for an Activation Specialist. Details.

Gulf News Broadcasting based in Dubai are looking for a Head of Content. Details.

 

 
 

Wave FM has a vacancy for a Workday Personality / Social Media Manager. .Details

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Radio Africa Group is looking for a Content Director. Details.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

96five has a vacancy for a Casual Producer.  Details

 
 
 
 
 
 

ZM has a vacancy for a Breakfast Producer based in Auckland. Details.

 
 

ARN has a vacancy for a Broadcast Engineer based in Melbourne. .Details.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Nova have a role for an Integration Project Manager for the national Smallzy's Surgery Evening Show.. Details.

 
 
 
 
 

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Rob McCasker will be the new Breakfast Executive Producer/ Anchor for Jodie & Soda on Mix102.3.

 

After a 29 year career with ABC radio, Peter Riley hosted his final program as the breakfast host on ABC Illawarra.
 

 

 

 
 
 

Damon Wise the GM of both SEA and Heart in Hobart will wrap up with the group on April 7th

Greg Tremain will be joining the Australian Radio Network in the newly created position of Partnerships Director.


 

 

 

 

 

Tom Martin the CD of Adelaide community station Fresh 92.7, has landed the Breakfast EP’s gig for Heidi, Will and Woody at hit929 Perth.

 
 
 
 

After 23 years on-air, Hilary Barry has decided to depart MediaWorks in New Zealand.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Kathy Gramp will be stepping down as Non-Executive Director at the SCA June Board meeting.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Toni Street and Sam Wallace will be the hosts of a new entertainment show on NZME’s The Hits

 

Liam Renton has been announced as the new Promotions Manager of Hot91/Zinc FM on the Sunshine Coast

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Former 4BC News Director Scott Mayman joins the Super Radio Network as the new breakfast presenter on Radio 97 Tweed Heads,

 
 
 
 
 

Nicole Bence is joining NOVA Entertainment as thier new Digital Commercial Director 

 

 
 
 

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Wellington Ratings

  NewstalkZB 14.5 (15.3) NZME
  The Breeze 12.5 (13.7) Mediaworks
  The Hits 9.4   NZME
  ZM 6.7 (11.3) NZME
  The Sound 9.8 (7.5) Mediaworks
  The Rock 6.8 (7.4) Mediaworks
  The Edge 7.5 (6.6) Mediaworks
  Coast 4.9 (5.7) NZME
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Warrnambool Ratings

1 Coast FM 37.7 - Ace
2 3YB 21.7 - Ace
3 triple j 7.3 - ABC
4 ABC Local Radio 4.0 - ABC
5 ABC Radio Nat. 2.5 - ABC
6 Classic FM 1.5 - ABC
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Sydney Ratings

 

 

  2GB 12.8 (12.8) MRN
 ABC 702 10.3 (10.3) ABC
  WSFM 6.5 (7.6) ARN
  TRIPLE M 6.1 (6.0) SCA
 KIIS 1065 8.9(7.7) ARN
 smoothfm 95.3 6.9 (7.4) NE
 Nova 96.9 7.1(7.2)NE
 triple j7.0(7.5) ABC
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Perth Ratings

  Mix 94.5 15.0 (150) SCA
  Nova 93.7 13.7 (12.0) NE
  96FM 7.9 (7.7) ARN
  triple j 9.7 (11.3) ABC
 ABC72010.0(9.6)ABC
  hit 929 10.9 (9.8) SCA
  6PR 8.2(7.8)MRN
  6IX 4.3 (4.5) CAP
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Newcastle Ratings

1 KOFM 1563 (15.3) SCA
2 ABC1233 13.6 (11.9) ABC
3NXFM 10.7(11.6) SCA
4 2HD 10.4 (9.8) BOG
5 Triple J 9.9 (9.9) ABC
6New FM8.5(10.0)BOG
7 Classic FM 4.0 (3.) ABC
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Melbourne Ratings

 

  3AW 12.9 (1.3) MRN
  ABC 774 11.1 (10.3) ABC
  Gold 8.9 (8.2) ARN
  Triple M 6.9 (6.7) SCA
  Fox FM 8.6 (9.7) SCA
  smooth935 6.9 (7.1) NE
  KIIS 101.1 6.4 (6.8) ARN
 Nova 100 6.0(6.8)NE
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Gold Coast Ratings

1 Hot Tomato 14.2 (14.1) HT
2 Gold FM 11.9 (14.3) SCA
3 Sea FM 9.6 (9.5) SCA
4 ABC 91.7FM 7.9 (6.7) ABC
5 triple j 7.8 (9.4) ABC
6 ABC612 5.2 (3.3) ABC
7 Radio National 2.5 (2.3) ABC
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Christchurch Ratings

  Newstalk ZB 15.3 (17.0) NZME
  More FM 14.6 (10.7) Mediaworks
  The Breeze 9.9 (10.2) Mediaworks
  The Rock 8.6 (9.0) Mediaworks
  The Edge 6.9 (6.9) Mediaworks
  The Sound 9.0 (6.0) Mediaworks
  The Hits 3.5 (5.7) NZME
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Canberra Ratings

  104.7 17.9 (18.8) SCA
  ABC666 15.9 (15.3) ABC
  Mix 106.3 13.6 (13.9) SCA
  Classic FM 10.0 (8.6) ABC
  triple j 8.2 (8.2) ABC
  2CC 6.8 (6.1) Capital
  2CA 6.0 (5.5) Captial
  Radio National 3.9 (3.6) ABC
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Brisbane Ratings

 

 97.3FM12.1(13.5)ARN
 Nova 106.9 11.0(12.7)NE
 ABC6129.6(12.6) ABC
  4MMM 10.8 (8.4) SCA
 hit105.3 10.3(10.7) SCA
  4KQ 8.2 (8.0) ARN
  TRIPLE J 8.4 (7.3) ABC
  4BC 5.0 (4.6) MRN
 Magic 882 2.8(4.6) MRN
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Auckland Ratings

  Newstalk ZB 13.4 (13.4) TRN
  Coast  7.8 (9.6) TRN
  The Edge 7.7 (78.) Mediaworks
  The Breeze 7.8 (7.0) Mediaworks
  The Hits 5.3 (6.7) TRN
  ZM 4.5 (5.9) TRN
  Mai FM 5.2 (5.2) TRN
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Adelaide Ratings

 

  Mix 102.3 11.4 (13.0) ARN
 Nova 91.9 11.6 (11.2) NE
  FIVEaa 9.6 (10.2) NE
 ABC89112.6(12.4) ABC
  Cruise 7.2 (8.5) ARN
  Triple M 10.2 (8.7) SCA
  hit107 10.1 (8.4) SCA
 triple j 8.1 (6.8) ABC
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CompanyStock IDPriceChange
Southern Cross Media
SXL
1.18
0.00%
APN News & Media
APN
0.640
0.00%
Fairfax Media
FXJ
0.810
0.00%
Macquarie Radio
MRN
0.850
0.00%
Pacific Star Network
PNW
0.200
0.00%
Oceania Capital
OCP
1.50
0.00%
Ten Network
TEN
0.975
0.00%
Seven West Media
SWM
1.12
0.00%
Nine Entertainment
NEC
1.21
0.00%
Prime Media
PRT
0.325
0.00%

 
 
 

 

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