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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3BA and Power FM Ballarat are looking for a Creative Director. Details

 

 
 
 

AFTRS are looking for a Head of Radio. Details

 
 
 
 
 

C91.3 FM has a vacancy for a Radio Journalist.  Details

 
 

7XS has a vacancy for a Breakfast Announcer. Details

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vision Australia Radio has a vacancy for a Coordinator of Volunteers based in Perth.  Details

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hot Tomato on the Gold Coast has a vacancy for a Drive Announcer. Details.

 
 
 
 

ARN has a vacancy for a Radio Broadcast & IT Support Technician based in Adelaide. Details.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2ST Nowra has a vacancy for a Breakfast Personality. .Details.

 
 

Nova Entertainment are looking for Announcers for their Talent Bank. Details.

 
 

EON Broadcasting has a vacancy for an Account Manager. Details.

 
 

West Coast Radio has a vacancy for a Direct Sales Rep. .Details.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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

 
 
 
 
 
 

ABC North & West Port Pirie has a vacancy for a Breakfast Presenter. Details.

 
 
 
 
 

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612 ABC Brisbane has a vacancy for a Producer. Details.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Nova 96.9 has a vacancy for an Integration Project Manager for Drive. Details.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Tasmanian Broadcasters has a vacancy for an Executive Producer for Tasmania Talks. Details

 
 
 
 
 
 

Power FM Nowra has a vacancy for a Breakfast Personality. Details.

 
 

Grant Broadcasters are looking for an Assistant Content Director for the Sunshine Coast. Details.

 

 
 

Triple J are looking for a Hack Radio Producer based in Sydney. Details.

 
 
 
 
 

KIIS 101.1 has a vacancy for a Producer. .Details.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Nova Entertainment has a vacancy for a Campaign Development Manager based in Melbourne. Details.

 
 
 
 
 

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Jocelin Abbey will lead the ABC Radio and Regional Marketing team as the new Head of Radio and Regional Marketing

 

David Salmon is the new GM of Radio TAB. He joins the national racing brand from Seven where he was Brisbane Deputy Director of News. 

 
 
 
 

Chris Sewell is joining Wave FM Wollongong in June as their afternoon announcer/Social Media Guru.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Samantha Rose Spence is the new Executive Producer of Brisbane’s Nova 106.9’s Ash, Kip & Luttsy.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Tony Aldridge has been appointed as Content Director at i98FM Wollongong

 

Brisbane Broncos player Sam Thaiday is now part of a new weekend breakfast show on Nova 106.9.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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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  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2014
  • IRIS Research

Wellington Ratings

 

  NewstalkZB 15.2 (13.5) NZME
  The Breeze 9.3 (12.9) Mediaworks
  The Hits 6.3 (7.6) NZME
  ZM 8.0 (7.8) NZME
  The Sound 7.1 (5.1) Mediaworks
  The Rock 4.8 (6.7) Mediaworks
  The Edge 7.0 (6.5) Mediaworks
  Coast 6.8 (6.3) 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
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015
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Sydney Ratings

 

 

  2GB 11.8 (12.1) MRN
 ABC 702 9.9 (9.7) ABC
  WSFM 6.9 (8.1) ARN
  TRIPLE M 6.0 (6.7) SCA
 KIIS 1065 8.1(9.4) ARN
 smoothfm 95.3 7.7 (6.9) NE
 Nova 96.9 7.0(5.9)NE
 triple j6.7(7.8) ABC
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey  2/2016

 

Perth Ratings

  Mix 94.5 14.5 (13.8) SCA
  Nova 93.7 13.2 (13.7) NE
  96FM 8.6 (8.4) ARN
  triple j 11.0 (10.6) ABC
 ABC7209.7(9.7)ABC
  hit 929 10.2 (10.3) SCA
  6PR 7.0(7.6)MRN
  6IX 3.7 (3.6) CAP
         
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 3/2016
 
 

 

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
  • 10+ Share Mon-Sun, Survey 1/2015

 

Melbourne Ratings

 

  3AW 16.0 (15.2) MRN
  ABC 774 9.5 (10.0) ABC
  Gold 8.1 (9.0) ARN
  Triple M 8.2 (7.2) SCA
  Fox FM 9.0 (8.3) SCA
  smooth935 7.4 (7.8) NE
  KIIS 101.1 5. (6.6) ARN
 Nova 100 6.2(6.2)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 10.7 (11.7) NZME
  More FM 16.8 (14.3) Mediaworks
  The Breeze 10.2 (10.8) Mediaworks
  The Rock 8.3 (11.0) Mediaworks
  The Edge 7.7 (7.4) Mediaworks
  The Sound 10.8 (9.2) Mediaworks
  The Hits 3.7 (4.3) NZME
  • 10+ share, Survey 1/2016 (Brackets Survey 2/2014)

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

 

 97.3FM14.3(13.8)ARN
 Nova 106.9 12.1(11.7)NE
 ABC61210.7(10.1) ABC
  4MMM 8.7 (9.7) SCA
 hit105.3 10.7(11.4) SCA
  4KQ 8.1 (8.0) ARN
  TRIPLE J 7.1 (7.0) ABC
  4BC 4.8 (5.4) MRN
 Magic 882 2.7(2.3) MRN
         
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 3/2016
 
 

 

Auckland Ratings

  Newstalk ZB 13.6 (13.7) TRN
  Coast  8.8 (9.4) TRN
  The Edge 6.6 (6.6) Mediaworks
  The Sound 5.7 (5.7) Mediaworks
  The Breeze 7.1 (7.1) Mediaworks
  The Hits 5.7 (4.3) TRN
  ZM 4.7 (4.7) TRN
  Mai FM 6.8 (5.2) TRN
  • 10+ share, Survey 1/2016 - In Bracket Survey 2/2014

Adelaide Ratings

 

  Mix 102.3 11.48 (11.4) ARN
 Nova 91.9 12.0 (11.5) NE
  FIVEaa 10.6 (9.2) NE
 ABC89111.4(12.3) ABC
  Cruise 7.4 (6.8) ARN
  Triple M 10.5 (11.5) SCA
  hit107 9.7 (10.9) SCA
 triple j 6.3 (6.8) ABC
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 3/2016 (GfK)
 

 

CompanyStock IDPriceChange
Southern Cross Media
SXL
1.22
-4.31%
APN News & Media
APN
4.46
-1.55%
Fairfax Media
FXJ
0.905
-3.72%
Macquarie Radio
MRN
0.940
-1.05%
Pacific Star Network
PNW
0.200
0.00%
Oceania Capital
OCP
1.68
0.00%
Ten Network
TEN
0.940
-3.09%
Seven West Media
SWM
1.08
-6.09%
Nine Entertainment
NEC
1.05
-1.87%
Prime Media
PRT
0.310
1.64%

 
 
 

 

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