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Sex, Drugs & Meditation

Mary-Lou Stephens is the drive announcer at ABC Sunshine Coast. She has written an explosive tell-all book about her life.                                       

“I didn’t want people cutting heroin on my coffee table. I didn’t want a taste. But Todd was persuasive, he always had been. He was a happy druggy and totally unapologetic about his lifestyle. I said yes. He arrived with two guys clearly eager to taste the fruits of their bounty. They cut the drugs and gave me a foil. Enough for a good taste. I didn’t have a syringe. They gave me one of those too. Me and the drugs and the means to administer them, alone in the house by the river. I didn’t have time to take drugs anymore.

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Published on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 06:00 Category: Greg Smith

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

Higher Or Lower - the Hamish & Andy Pay Poll

 

Nova Entertainment has a vacancy for a Direct Client Executive in Sydney. Details.

 

 

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

 

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Wave FM in Wollongong has a vacancy for a Radio Journalist. Details.

 

AFTRS in Sydney are looking for a Radio Lecturer. Details.

 

 

SCA has a vacancy for a Video Producer based in Melbourne. Details.

 

SCA has a vacancy for a Commercial Scheduler based in Sydney. Details.

 

102.9 Hot Tomato on the Gold Coast has a vacancy for a Breakfast Show Executive Producer on a Maternity Leave Contract. Details.

 

2GB has a vacancy for a Senior Network Support Engineer. Details.

 

NZME has a vacancy for a Head of Digital Media based in Auckland.Details.

 

96Five has a vacancy for a Journalist based in Brisbane.  Details

 

Sunshine Coast Hot 91.1 and Zinc 96.1 has a vacancy for a Content Director and Announcer  Details.

 

Fairfax Radio Network has a vacancy for a News Director for 4BC and Magic 882 in Brisbane. Details.

 

 

The Hits 90.1 in Wellington has a vacancy for a Local Afternoon Annoucer. Details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

NZME has a vacancy for an Assistant Content Director for The Hits Auckland. Details.

 

2GB has a vacancy for a Broadcast Tecnician.Details.

 

SCA are looking for a General Manager in Albany  Details.

 

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

 

AFTRS Graduate Brendan Leggett will be moving to 2EC Bega to work as a  Drive Announcer/Production.

 

Stacey Skaro, 2UE’s Agency Sales Manager for Sydney, has resigned from the Fairfax Radio Network. .

 

Hughesy & Kate will take over the national Drive show on the network ARN Network from January 2015..

 

After 15 years with 2UE, Greg ‘Brandy’ Alexander is finishing up fulltime with the station to focus on his NRL commitments.

 

3AW and Magic 1278 General Manager Shane Healy is leaving the network November 14.

AFTRS Graduate Claire Humphery will be moving to the Snowy Mountains to take on an announcing and production role at Snow Fm. 

 

Karen Halligan is joining SCA for the newly created role of National Commercial and Operations Director

 

Merrick Watts is returning to the Triple M Network to head up a new drive show in 2015.

Sean Craig Murphy is joining Triple M as Assistant CD and Creative Content Specialist.

 

Brian Taylor is returning to Triple M for the 2015 footy season and will head up a revitalised Sunday line-up. 

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 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+ Overall Share Mon-Sun, Survey 3/2014
  • * previous survey

 

Brisbane Ratings

1 97.3FM 13.0 (13.0) ARN
2 Nova 106.9 12.9 (11.5) NovaEnt
3 ABC612 9.4 (11.5) ABC
4B1059.0(8.6)SCA
5Triple M8.7(9.6) SCA
6triple j8.0(8.4) ABC
7 4KQ 7.5 (7.6) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 7/2014 (GfK)

Perth Ratings

1 Mix 94.5 14.5 (13.6) SCA
2 Nova 93.713.5 (13.6) NovaEnt
3triple j 10.4(9.7) ABC
4ABC720 9.6(10.1) ABC
5 96FM 9.4 (10.7) Fairfax
6 6PR 8.5 (9.6) Fairfax
7 92.9 8.4 (7.4) SCA
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 7/2014 (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 (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+ Overall Share Mon-Sun, GfK Survey 3/2014

 

Adelaide Ratings

1 Mix 102.3 14.6 (15.2) ARN
2ABC891 11.3(12.2) ABC
3Nova 91.9 11.8(11.8)NovaEnt
4 FIVEaa 11,2 (11.1) NovaEnt
5 Triple M 9.0 (9.1) SCA
6hit107/SAFM8.3(8.5) SCA
7 Cruise 1323 7.6 (7.8) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 7/2014 (GfK)
  • hit107 on-air Oct 20, was SAFM

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 12.2 (13.6) Fairfax
2 ABC 774 11.6 (11.0) ABC
3 Fox FM 8.5 (7,8) SCA
4Nova 100 7.8(7.3)NovaEnt
5Gold 7.2(7.6)ARN
6smoothfm 91.5 7.2(6.4)NovaEnt
7Triple M6.7(7.1) SCA
8 Mix101.1 6.0 (5.8) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 7/2014 (GfK)

CompanyStock IDPriceChange
Southern Cross Media
SXL
1.00
0.00%
Fairfax Media Group
FXJ
0.755
-1.95%
Macquarie Radio Network
MRN
1.11
0.00%
Pacific Star Network
PNW
0.300
0.00%
APN News & Media
APN
0.740
0.68%
Oceania Capital
OCP
1.33
0.00%
Ten Network
TEN
0.270
0.00%
Seven West Media
SWM
1.65
-2.08%
Seven Group Holdings
SVW
5.92
-0.34%
Nine Entertainment
NEC
2.02
-0.98%
Prime Media Group
PRT
0.860
0.00%