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Pick your Battles

When I first became a Program Director I had a lot to learn about people management. It was an incredible learning curve, moving from being an on air announcer to an executive position.

Not only did I have to lead the programming staff & help them achieve the ratings goals the station demanded but also deal with other executives who had personal agendas & games to play.

 

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Published on Thursday, 16 October 2014 06:00 Category: Greg Smith

Local versus Networking

Greg Smith is an inductee into the Australian Radio Hall of Fame, and a Director of Radio Today. 

One of the biggest changes to radio in the last decade or so has been the growth of networked programs from Sydney & Melbourne.           

For the regional markets this has been both a blessing & a curse.

On the plus side this has brought stars & celebrities into the smaller markets at a reasonable cost. Also for management it’s one less program to worry about. 

On the downside some markets have felt a backlash & a loss of revenue from local advertisers. Local advertisers love live reads & interaction with the talent. In a lot of cases it was too hard for the talent to deal with so many stations.             

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Published on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 08:00 Category: Greg Smith

How to Win the Ratings - The Breakfast Show Blueprint - Part 12

Greg Smith is a Director of Radio Today.

In this series of articles we have explored the key ingredients of a top rating breakfast show.

I’ve enlisted the help of prominent programmers & researchers, people much smarter than me, to tell you how to win the ratings in radio’s most important daypart.

You can read part 1 with Jon Coleman, part 2 with Todd Wallace, part 3 with Randy Lane, part 4 with Brad March, part 5 with Rad Messick, part 6 with Dave Charles, part 7 with Mark Ramsey part 8 with Tracy Johnson  part 9 with John Parikhal  part 10 with Steve Reynolds and part 11 with Tom Watson.

Today with our final in the series,  we learn about what makes great Breakfast radio from Valerie Geller 

 

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Published on Monday, 04 August 2014 06:00 Category: Greg Smith

How to Win the Ratings - The Breakfast Show Blueprint - Part 11

Greg Smith is a Director of Radio Today.

In this series of articles I wanted to explore the key ingredients of a top rating breakfast show.

I’ve enlisted the help of prominent programmers & researchers, people much smarter than me, to tell you how to win the ratings in radio’s most important daypart.

You can read part 1 with Jon Coleman, part 2 with Todd Wallace, part 3 with Randy Lane, part 4 with Brad March, part 5 with Rad Messick, part 6 with Dave Charles, part 7 with Mark Ramsey part 8 with Tracy Johnson  part 9 with John Parikhal and part 10 with Steve Reynolds.

Today we learn about what makes great Breakfast radio from Tom Watson (pictured).

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Published on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 06:00 Category: Greg Smith

How to Win the Ratings - The Breakfast Show Blueprint - Part 10

Greg Smith is a Director of Radio Today.

In this series of articles I wanted to explore the key ingredients of a top rating breakfast show.

I’ve enlisted the help of prominent programmers & researchers, people much smarter than me, to tell you how to win the ratings in radio’s most important daypart.

You can read part 1 with Jon Coleman, part 2 with Todd Wallace, part 3 with Randy Lane, part 4 with Brad March, part 5 with Rad Messick, part 6 with Dave Charles, part 7 with Mark Ramsey part 8 with Tracy Johnson and part 9 with John Parikhal.

Today we learn about what making great Breakfast radio from Steve Reynolds (pictured).

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Published on Friday, 04 July 2014 09:00 Category: Greg Smith

How to Win the Ratings - The Breakfast Show Blueprint - Part 9

Greg Smith is a Director of Radio Today.

In this series of articles I wanted to explore the key ingredients of a top rating breakfast show.

I’ve enlisted the help of prominent programmers & researchers, people much smarter than me, to tell you how to win the ratings in radio’s most important daypart.

You can read part 1 with Jon Coleman, part 2 with Todd Wallace, part 3 with Randy Lane, part 4 with Brad March, part 5 with Rad Messick, part 6 with Dave Charles, part 7 with Mark Ramsey and part 8 with Tracy Johnson.

Today we learn about what makes up the best radio shows from John Parikhal (left), a media consultant and author who has enviable radio and TV experience.

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Published on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 06:00 Category: Greg Smith

How to Win the Ratings - The Breakfast Show Blueprint - Part 8

Greg Smith is a Director of Radio Today.

In this series of articles I wanted to explore the key ingredients of a top rating breakfast show.

I’ve enlisted the help of prominent programmers & researchers, people much smarter than me, to tell you how to win the ratings in radio’s most important daypart.

You can read part 1 with Jon Coleman, part 2 with Todd Wallace, part 3 with Randy Lane, part 4 with Brad March, part 5 with Rad Messick, part 6 with Dave Charles and part 7 with Mark Ramsey.

Today we learn about the traits of great on air talent from Tracy Johnson (pictured), the President of the Tracy Johnson Media Group.

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Published on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 06:00 Category: Greg Smith

How to Win the Ratings - The Breakfast Show Blueprint - Part 7

Greg Smith is a Director of Radio Today.

In this series of articles I wanted to explore the key ingredients of a top rating breakfast show.

I’ve enlisted the help of prominent programmers & researchers, people much smarter than me, to tell you how to win the ratings in radio’s most important daypart.

You can read part 1 with Jon Coleman, part 2 with Todd Wallace, part 3 with Randy Lane, part 4 with Brad March, part 5 with Rad Messick and part 6 with Dave Charles.

Today we get career advice for on air talent from Mark Ramsey (right), the President of Mark Ramsey Media LLC.

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Published on Friday, 06 June 2014 06:00 Category: Greg Smith

How to Win the Ratings - The Breakfast Show Blueprint - Part 6

Greg Smith is a Director of Radio Today.

In this series of articles I wanted to explore the key ingredients of a top rating breakfast show.

I’ve enlisted the help of prominent programmers & researchers, people much smarter than me, to tell you how to win the ratings in radio’s most important daypart.

You can read part 1 with Jon Coleman, part 2 with Todd Wallace, part 3 with Randy Lane, part 4 with Brad March and part 5 with Rad Messick.

Today we get insights from Dave Charles (left) - President of MRI-Media RESULTS International who shares his secrets of breakfast radio.

Today we get insights from Rad Messick (left) - Regional Programming Manager at Clear Channel Media + Entertainment. - See more at: http://www.radiotoday.com.au/articles/greg-smith/4697-how-to-win-the-ratings-the-breakfast-show-blueprint-part-5.html#sthash.xmoZo0ct.dpuf
Today we get insights from Rad Messick (left) - Regional Programming Manager at Clear Channel Media + Entertainment. - See more at: http://www.radiotoday.com.au/articles/greg-smith/4697-how-to-win-the-ratings-the-breakfast-show-blueprint-part-5.html#sthash.xmoZo0ct.dpuf
Today we get insights from Rad Messick (left) - Regional Programming Manager at Clear Channel Media + Entertainment. - See more at: http://www.radiotoday.com.au/articles/greg-smith/4697-how-to-win-the-ratings-the-breakfast-show-blueprint-part-5.html#sthash.xmoZo0ct.dpuf

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Published on Monday, 26 May 2014 06:00 Category: Greg Smith

How to Win the Ratings - The Breakfast Show Blueprint - Part 5


Greg Smith is a Director of Radio Today.

In this series of articles I wanted to explore the key ingredients of a top rating breakfast show.

I’ve enlisted the help of prominent programmers & researchers, people much smarter than me, to tell you how to win the ratings in radio’s most important daypart.

You can read part 1 with Jon Coleman, part 2 with Todd Wallace, part 3 with Randy Lane and part 4 with Brad March. Today we get insights from Rad Messick (left) - Regional Programming Manager at Clear Channel Media + Entertainment.

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Published on Monday, 19 May 2014 06:00 Category: Greg Smith

Higher Or Lower - the Hamish & Andy Pay Poll

 

3AW Melbourne has a vacancy for an Integration Executive.  Details.

 

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

 

Fairfax Radio Network has a vacancy for a Senior Journalist based in Brisbane. Details.

 

 

Stagetec Media Group has a vacancy for a Level 1 Support Engineer based in Sydney. Details.

 

3CS/Mixx FM in Colac are looking for a new Program Manager. Details.

 

Stagetec Media Group are looking for Casual Engineers based in Sydney. Details.

 

2UE has a vacancy for an Integration Manager.  Details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zinc and 4MK Mackay are looking for a Promotions Administration Superstar. Details.

 

Authentic Entertainment has a role for a Head of Campaign Activations available.  Details

 

Mediaworks New Zealand are looking for a Content Director for The Edge, based in Auckland. Details.

 

3AW Melbourne has a vacancy for a Breakfast Producer. Details.

 

 

3AW and Magic 1278 have a vacancy for a Direct Sales Manager based in Melbourne.Details.

 

Power FM in Nowra has a vacancy for an Announcer. Details.

 

ARN has a vacancy for a Producer for the 3pm Pick Up based in Melbourne. Details.

 

The Rock in New Zealand has a vacancy for a Promotions Manager.Details.

 

Mike Cass is leaving his role as Assistant Group Program Director and Nova 100 Program Director to return to the UK.

Tess Lawley has been appointed SYN General Manager.

 

Shayne Sinclair has been appointed Program Director for Star 104.5 on the Central Coast. He replaces Dan King.

 

After six years presenting Classic Breakfast Emma Ayres is hanging up her headphones with ABC Classic FM.

 

Rohan Brown will move into the role of Program Director for Nova 100 in Melbourne. Replacing Brown at Smooth will be Peter Clay.

She has been part of the Hobart market for over 20 years and as December rolls around, Kim Napier is leaving the Kim & Dave breakfast show on Heart 107.3. 

 

Beth Larsen has moved from Magic FM Port Augusta and is now an announcer at Hot FM Townsville.

Amos & Dani are the new Breakfast team for SCA's re-branded hit107 in Adelaide. .

 

Clive Dickens is leaving Southern Cross Austereo for the position of Chief Digital Officer at Seven West Media in the New Year.

 

Karen Mason has left her role on BayFM's The Morning Crew  in  Geelong

 

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 15.0 (17.1)* SCA
2 Hot Tomato 13.9 (12.3)* HT
3 Sea FM 8.8 (10.9)* SCA
4 triple j 7.6 (8.0)* ABC
5 ABC 91.7 FM 6.6 (5.6)* ABC
6 ABC612 4.2 (4.7)* ABC
7 4RN 2.7 (3.0)* ABC
  • 10+ Overall Share Mon-Sun, Survey 2/2014
  • * previous survey

 

Brisbane Ratings

1 97.3FM 13.0 (13.8) ARN
2 Nova 106.9 11.5 (11.7) NovaEnt
3 ABC612 11.5 (10.8) ABC
4Triple M9.6(9.1) SCA
5 B105 8.6 (9.4) SCA
6triple j8.4(7,5) ABC
7 4KQ 7.6 (8.0) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 6/2014 (GfK)

Perth Ratings

1 Mix 94.5 13.6 (14.2) SCA
2 Nova 93.713.6 (12.4) NovaEnt
3 96FM 10.7 (10.7) Fairfax
4ABC72010.1(10.0) ABC
5 triple j 9.7 (10.3) ABC
6 6PR 9.6 (10.2) Fairfax
7 92.9 7.4 (8.0) SCA
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 6/2014 (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 (16.1)* SCA
2 ABC1233 11.1 (12.0)* ABC
3 triple j 10.8 (11.2)* ABC
4 2HD 10.3 (8.8)* BOG
5 NXFM 9.7 (10.3)* SCA
6 New FM 9.3 (8.4)* BOG
7 Classic FM 4.7 (5.1)* ABC
  • 10+ Overall Share Mon-Sun, Survey 2/2014
  • * GfK  Survey 1/2014

 

Adelaide Ratings

1 Mix 102.3 15.2 (15.9) ARN
2ABC891 12.2(10.9) ABC
3Nova 91.9 11,8(10.4)NovaEnt
4 FIVEaa 11.1 (11.4) NovaEnt
5 Triple M 9.1 (9.2) SCA
6SAFM8.5(8.0) SCA
7 Cruise 1323 7.8 (8.7) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 6/2014 (GfK)

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 

Melbourne Ratings

1 3AW 13.6 (13.9) Fairfax
2 ABC 774 11.0 (11.7) ABC
3 Fox FM 7.8 (7,8) SCA
4Gold 7.6(7.2)ARN
5Nova 100 7.3(6.8)NovaEnt
6Triple M7.1(7.6) SCA
7 smoothfm 91.5 6.4 (6.6) NovaEnt
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 6/2014 (GfK)

CompanyStock IDPriceChange
Southern Cross Media
SXL
0.980
6.52%
Fairfax Media Group
FXJ
0.815
3.16%
Macquarie Radio Network
MRN
1.15
0.00%
Pacific Star Network
PNW
0.250
0.00%
APN News & Media
APN
0.750
-1.32%
Oceania Capital
OCP
1.38
0.00%
Ten Network
TEN
0.220
2.33%
Seven West Media
SWM
1.72
0.88%
Seven Group Holdings
SVW
6.82
0.74%
Nine Entertainment
NEC
2.06
-0.48%
Prime Media Group
PRT
0.860
2.38%