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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

 

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

 

ARN has a vacancy for a Journalist based in Canberra. Details.

 

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Fresh 92.7 Adelaide are looking for a Breakfast Show.  Details.

 

Nova 96.9 Sydney has a role available for a Breakfast Audio Producer. Details.

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

ARN has a vacancy for an Assistant Content Director based in Melbourne. Details.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Ali Clarke is back and has joined joined the on-air team at FIVEaa. She is presenting Sunday afternoons on the station.

 

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

After five years as the station’s chief football caller - 3AW Football’s Brian Taylor has called his final game for the station.

 

Star FM Gippsland has launched a new breakfast show, hosted by Brad Guy and Amanda Angiolino

Dr Nikki Goldstein has joined Labby and Stav on b105 while Abby Coleman is on maternity leave.

 

 

SAFM breakfast Hayley Pearson and Michael Beveridge are leaving the station. Michael is staying with SCA, while Hayley focuses on her family.

 

Deborah Leavitt has been appointed to the position of RN Manager at ABC Radio.
Since March she has been acting manager.

 

Sam Coward and Lynda Edmunds are Hot 91's new Breakfast team. 

 

Kenny Williams has joined the team at Hitz 939 Bundaberg as Music Director and Drive Announcer.

 

Ella Hooper has co-hosted her last Australian Top 40 with SCA. She is focussing on her new solo music project

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 M9.69.1) SCA
5 B105 8.6 (9.4) SCA
6triple j8.4(7,5) ABC
7 4KQ 7.6 (8.0) ARN
8 Magic882 5.4 (5.0) Fairfax
9 4BC 4.1 (4.4) Fairfax
  • 10+ overall 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+ overall share Mon-Sun, Survey 5/2014
  • 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
8 triple j 6.2 (7.1) ABC
  • 10+ overall 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

3AW 13.6 (13.9) Fairfax
ABC 774 11.0 (11.7) ABC
Fox FM 7.8 (7,8) SCA
Gold 7.6(7.2)ARN
Nova 100 7.3(6.8)NovaEnt
Triple M7.1(7.6) SCA
smoothfm 91.5 6.4 (6.6) NovaEnt
Mix 101.1 5.8 (6.2) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 6/2014 (GfK)

CompanyStock IDPriceChange
Southern Cross Media
SXL
0.835
-2.91%
Fairfax Media Group
FXJ
0.783
-0.95%
Macquarie Radio Network
MRN
1.12
-0.88%
Pacific Star Network
PNW
0.280
0.00%
APN News & Media
APN
0.770
1.32%
Oceania Capital
OCP
1.42
0.00%
Ten Network
TEN
0.235
2.17%
Seven West Media
SWM
1.61
1.90%
Seven Group Holdings
SVW
6.66
-0.15%
Nine Entertainment
NEC
2.00
-0.50%
Prime Media Group
PRT
0.855
-1.72%