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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John Laws you are a disgrace


John Laws won’t read this. Even if he did he wouldn’t care.

And that’s fine.

Because he is John Laws and he obviously knows best.

At 2SM he clearly runs the show. He calls the shots. He sets the agenda for his show. He is the final arbiter of what is, or isn’t, suitable content. He's the boss.

He is also a disgrace.

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Wanna be a Rock Star?

There is a book that I have read numerous times in the past year or so, and have talked up to many people. It is an absolute ripper.

The book is called 'Brand Like a Rock Star', and is written by a Canadian called Steve Jones.

Last week Steve sent out the below email called 'The Rock Star Business Manifesto', which I will make a couple of comments on.

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Situational Ethics

Ethics are only genuine if they are consistent.

The problem is that, by definition, ethics can’t be applied on a situational basis. You either believe in something or you don’t.

People are lining up to attack Mel Greig, Michael Christian and Southern Cross Austereo over this weeks prank call.

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C91.3 FM has a vacancy for a Sales Manager.Details.

 

 

SCA are looking for a Network On Air Announcer/ Producer based in Townsville.Details.

 

 

 

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C91.3 FM has a vacancy for a Sales Executive. Details.

 

 

SCA are looking for a Breakfast Announcer for HOT FM Central Queensland.  Details.

 

 

Grant Broadcasters are looking for a Sales Executive in Darwin for Hot 100 and Mix 104.9.  Details.

Hope 103.2 Sydney have a role for a Breakfast co-host. Details.

 

Grant Broadcasters are looking for a Program and Content Director for 7AD, 7BU and Sea FM based on the North West Coast of Tasmania.  Details.

KIIS Melbourne has a vacancy for a Drive Image Producer. Details.

 

 

ARN are looking for Account Managers based In CanberraDetails.

 

Recent Comments

Rob Kidd is moving from 4CC Gladstone to Zinc FM Mackay.

Toni Pipicelli has joined Foxtel as Group Program Manager for Smooth and Max.

Dan King, formerly of Nova, SCA and MCM, will join Foxtel in May as Sound Designer for Fox 8 and Arena.

 

"Dangerous” Dave Williams is moving to be anchor of The Rush Hour with James Brayshaw & Billy Brownless on Triple M Melbourne.

Beth Rep is moving from Zinc FM Mackay to Zinc Cairns.

Waleed Aly has rejoined Radio National to host a new program called 'The Minefield'

Jake Chapman has moved from Hot Tomato Gold Coast to Rebel FM.

 

Stephanie Hobbs is moving from SCA Townsville to the ARN Melbourne newsroom replacing Kiara Parker.

 
 

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Brisbane Advertisers

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Central Coast Advertisers

1. Domayne Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Dan Murphy's Woolworths Ltd
4. Outdoor Elegance Outdoor Elegance
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Gold Coast Advertisers

1. Domayne Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
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Melbourne Advertisers

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2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Radio, It's A Love Thing Campaign Commercial Radio Australia Ltd
4. Coles Coles Group Ltd (Wesfarmers Ltd)
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Newcastle Advertisers

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Sydney Advertisers

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3. Mortgage House Mortgage House Of Australia
4. Radio, It's A Love Thing Campaign Commercial Radio Australia Ltd
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Wollongong Ratings

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

Adelaide Ratings

1 Mix 102.3 13.8 (15.5) ARN
2ABC89112.5(10.0) ABC
3Nova 91.911.3(11.2)NE
4FIVEaa 10.4(11.4)NE
5Triple M 9.7(10.8)NE
6Cruise 13239.2(8.1)ARN
7triple j8.3(6.6) ABC
8hit1075.9(8.1) SCA
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015 (GfK)
  • hit107 on-air Oct 2014, was SAFM

Sydney Ratings

1 2GB 13.0 (12.1) MRN
2ABC 7029.5(8.5)ABC
3KIIS 10658.7(8.6) ARN
4WSFM 7.9(8.9)ARN
5Nova 96.9 7.6(7.5)NE
6smoothfm 95.3 7.3(6.6)NE
7triple j6.5(6.5) ABC
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015

Brisbane Ratings

197.3FM14.6(12.3)ARN
2Nova 106.9 10.8(13.5)NE
3ABC61210.7(8.5) ABC
4triple j 9.4(9.0) ABC
5B105 9.3(9.7) SCA
6Triple M 8.7(8.8) SCA
7 4KQ 8.6 (7.1) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015

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+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2014
  • * Xtra Research/ ** Nielsen 

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

Newcastle Ratings

1 KOFM 15.3 (15.3) SCA
2 ABC1233 11.9 (11.1) ABC
3NXFM 11.6(9.7) SCA
4New FM10.0(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+ Share Mon-Sun, Survey 3/2014

 

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

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+ Share Mon-Sun, Survey 3/2014

 

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

Melbourne Ratings

1 3AW 13.6 (12.8) Fairfax
2 ABC 774 10.7 (10.0) ABC
3 Fox FM 7.6 (8.5) SCA
4 Triple M 7.4 (6.8) SCA
5Nova 100 7.3(7.8)NE
6smoothfm 91.5 7.2(7.4)NE
7 KIIS 101.1 7.1 (6.3) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015
  • Mix101.1 now KIIS 101.1 

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) NE
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

Perth Ratings

1 Mix 94.5 14.9 (13.8) SCA
296FM11.5(10.2)ARN
3 Nova 93.711.4 (12.6) NE
4ABC72010.3(9.6)ABC
5triple j 9.0(11.0) ABC
6 6PR 8.4(7.3)Fairfax
792.9 6.4(8.2) SCA
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015
  • 96FM now owned by ARN

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+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 2/2014

 

CompanyStock IDPriceChange
Southern Cross Media
SXL
1.15
0.88%
APN News & Media
APN
0.995
2.05%
Fairfax Media
FXJ
0.955
2.14%
Macquarie Radio
MRN
1.10
0.00%
Pacific Star Network
PNW
0.285
0.00%
Oceania Capital
OCP
1.34
0.00%
Ten Network
TEN
0.205
-2.38%
Seven West Media
SWM
1.34
-4.29%
Seven Group Holdings
SVW
7.21
1.26%
Nine Entertainment
NEC
2.11
2.43%
Prime Media
PRT
0.885
4.73%

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