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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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Published on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 06:00 Category: Dan Bradley

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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Published on Sunday, 15 December 2013 08:00 Category: Dan Bradley

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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Published on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 06:00 Category: Dan Bradley

Radio Companies: ASX update

It is the time of the year when publicly listed companies release their financial reports to the market, and importantly for those of us who have a couple of shares, they reveal their final dividend. 

There are a number of companies listed on the ASX for whom radio is their core business, or is a significant part of their business, and we have had a look at how each is performing on the market, and outlined the dividends available.

I should note that this article is not intended to be, and should not be taken as, any recommendation to invest or otherwise in the respective companies. 

Firstly to the companies for whom radio is the core of their business; Southern Cross Media (SCA), Macquarie Radio and Pacific Star.

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Published on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 06:00 Category: Dan Bradley

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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Published on Monday, 24 June 2013 09:00 Category: Dan Bradley

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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Published on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 08:50 Category: Dan Bradley

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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Published on Saturday, 23 March 2013 08:00 Category: Dan Bradley

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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Published on Saturday, 08 December 2012 18:32 Category: Dan Bradley

It's not a 100% game

Successful brands know that they are not in the 100% game. They know that they do not need everyone to be passionate about them, in fact it's critical that they don't try and achieve that outcome.

However, successful brands know that it is vital that people feel 'something’ about them. That people disliking your brand is something to be welcomed, as long as you have a core of people who are passionate supporters or consumers of it.

This means you stand for something. That you have an 'est'. It is invisibility, and ambivalence, that brands must avoid.

Alan Jones and Kyle Sandilands are examples of brands who understand that they are not in the 100% game.

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Published on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 06:00 Category: Dan Bradley

1+1+1 = ?

Why do listeners choose to listen to a particular radio station?

It’s a slightly misleading question, as it can't be answered accurately without clarifying what daypart or format the question refers to. The shows on talk stations are, or at least should be, 'destinations' in their own right. And dayparts on music stations have different 'motivations' for choice.

On a music station, listeners choose a station at breakfast and afternoon drive because of the on-air talent. Whilst the music must ‘fit’, and be in the slot for the target, it is not the primary reason for choosing a station at breakfast. 

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Published on Monday, 27 August 2012 08:00 Category: Dan Bradley

 

2EC and Power FM based in Bega has a vacancy for a Radio Jounalist. Details.

 

SCA has a vacancy for a Technology Engineer based in Perth. Details

 

92.9 Voice Fm in Toowoomba has a vacancy for a Content Director / Announcer.Details.

 

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Email Radio Today's Editor Halesy anytime here.

 

ARN has a vacancy for a Sound Designer based in Canberra. Details.

 

Light FM are looking for Casual Weekend Announcers based in Melbourne. Details.

 

 

Mushroom Promotions has a vacancy for a Senior National Radio Manager. Details.

 

Star 104.5 on the Central Coast has a role for a Sales Manager. Details.

 

Nova Entertainment has a vacancy for a Casual Journalist / Newsreader for Nova 100 and Smooth 91.5 based in Melbourne.. Details.

 

 

C91.3 FM in Campbelltown has a vacancy for a Commercial Producer. Details.

 

ARN are looking for a Sales Manager for 104.7  in Canberra. Details.

 

Nova 93.7 Perth are looking for a Music Director.  Details.

 

Nova 100 in Melbourne has a vacancy for a Breakfast Show Audio Producer. Details.

 

The Capital Radio Network has a role for an Announcer in the Snowy Mountains. Details.

 


Grant Broadcasters has a vacancy for an Imaging Producer based in Geelong. Details.

 

Christian Hull from SAFM is joining national drive show Dan and Maz as their Digital Producer. More.

 

The Edge's Emily Goddard is moving to co-host breakfast on Snow FM in the Snowy Mountains. More.

 

Adam Richardson is returning to 3AW and Magic 1278 as the Melbourne Sales Director. More.

 

Nova Entertainment has promoted Simon Joyce to the new role of Group Sales Manager. More.

 

Ryan Nicholls has joined Radio Goulburn as Eagle FM’s new breakfast host. More.

 

2GN breakfast host Craig Pritchard is now Program/Content Director for 2GN and Eagle FM. More.

 

Darren Pike is now FIVEaa Direct Group Sales Manager after moving from Fresh 927. More.

 

Katie Bridges has been appointed Nova Entertainment's Adelaide Sales Director. More.

 

Andy Robertson is now a Sales Account Director at Nova Entertainment. More.

 

Company Stock ID Price Change
Southern Cross Media
SXL
1.38
4.17%
Fairfax Media Group
FXJ
0.980
1.55%
Macquarie Radio Network
MRN
1.07
-2.28%
Pacific Star Network
PNW
0.330
0.00%
APN News & Media
APN
0.680
1.49%
Oceania Capital
OCP
1.46
0.00%
Ten Network
TEN
0.260
-1.89%
Seven West Media
SWM
1.90
1.33%
Seven Group Holdings
SVW
8.28
1.97%
Nine Entertainment
NEC
2.36
0.85%
Prime Media Group
PRT
0.990
0.00%