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The Life & Times of Rod Brice

Rod Brice has had a remarkable career in radio as a programmer & researcher. When you look at what he has achieved, there’s a lot of sixes in there.                                                                                      

Rod spent 16 years with the Southern Cross Media / RG Capital Radio Group.  He managed all the programming operations for the 66 regional radio stations across Australia, including on-air talent recruitment, placement and development. He successfully merged the regional base into the main capital city radio-broadcasting network efficiently achieving the integration within a 6 month period. He built 6 entirely new commercial stations in fresh markets and 6 sister stations in existing markets.

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Published on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 06:00 Category: Greg Smith

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

 

Grant Broadcasters has a vacancy for a Program/Content Manager in Bundaberg. Details.

 

NZME in New Zealand has a vacancy for a Head of Digital Editorial. Details.

 

SCA has a vacancy for a Breakfast Announcer for 103.5 HOT FM Cairns. Details

 

Star 104.5 Central Coast have a role for a Workday Announcer/Operations Person. Details.

 

Nova Entertainment has a vacancy for a Network Nights Imaging Producer based in Sydney. Details.

 

 

Star FM on the Central Coast has a vacancy for a Production Manager. Details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power FM and 3BA in Ballarat has a vacancy for a Creative Director. Details.

 

Hot Tomato are looking for Announcers to join their Talent Bank. Details.

 

Star 104.5 Central Coast are looking for an Announcer/Music Director. Details.

 

Grant Broadcasters are looking for talent for their Talent Bank - Digital & New Media. Details.

 

Hitz FM in Bundaberg are looking for a Breakfast Announcer. Details.

 

Nova 96.9 in Sydney has a vacancy for an Integration and Marketing Manager.Details.

 

2BH and HILL FM in Broken Hill are looking for a Production Whiz / Announcer. Details.

 

 

ARN has a vacancy for a Producer for KIIS 1065 Breakfast in Sydney. Details.

 

Australia's Hottest Country Networks are looking for a Radio Gun based in Bundaberg. Details.

 

SCA has a vacancy for an Agency Sales Manager based in Sydney. Details.

 

SCA has a vacancy for a Breakfast Anchor in Shepparton. Details.

 

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

 

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

 

SCA has a vacancy for a Radio Journalist for B105 Breakfast. Details.

 

NZME has a vacancy for a News Reader working across their music brands in Auckland.Details.

 

 

Grant Broadcasters has a vacancy for a Breakfast Personality for Mix 104.9 in Darwin. Details.

 

5RM/Magic 931 FM in Berri has a vacancy for a Creative Production Manager. Details.

 

Nova Entertainment’s Chief Operating Officer, Lou Higgins is heading to Melbourne to manage both NOVA 100 and Smooth FM for 2015.

 

Jason “Labby” Hawkins leaves Brisbane’s B105 for New Zealand for network on drive on ZM.

 

Mickey Maher has been appointed the Head of Content – SCA Regional Radio.

 

Greg "Hinksy" Hinks, from Brisbane’s 973 is heading to Adelaide to be part of the Mix 102.3 breakfast team in 2015.

92.9 Perth' Ross Wallman will be joining Breakfast line-up for 2015 with SEA FM on the Gold Coast..

Sarah Maree Cameron joins Nova 100 weekday line-up on afternoons for 2015.

 

Music programmer Bill Riner will be taking a redundancy and leaving the ABC.

 

Tommy Jackett from Star FM Shepparton's  Tommy & Stace Breakfast show is departing the show December 19. 

 

Kathleen Jessop from AFTRS secures her first radio gig at WAVE FM as afternoon journalist and newsreader.

Tim Cox returns to Brisbane in 2015. Tim left 612 ABC's Drive program in August to head home to Tassie. He will present weekends on the station.

 

Adelaide Advertisers

1. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. Puratap Puratap Pty Ltd
3. Coles Coles Group Ltd (Wesfarmers Ltd)
4. Digital Radio Plus Commercial Radio Australia Ltd
5. HQ Complex Newmarket Hotel

Brisbane Advertisers

1. National Tiles National Tiles Co Pty Ltd
2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Coles Coles Group Ltd (Wesfarmers Ltd)
4. Queensland's Renewal Program Dept Of The Premier & Cabinet (Queensland Govt)
5. Queensland University Of Technology (QUT) Queensland University Of Technology

Central Coast Advertisers

1. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. Domayne Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. The Good Guys The Good Guys Discount Warehouses (Aust) Pty Ltd
4. Ettalong Diggers Ettalong Diggers
5. Singo's Wholesale Meats Singo's Wholesale Meats

Gold Coast Advertisers

1. Domayne Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Inspirations Paint Inspirations Paint Store (Holdings) Ltd
4. Microsoft Office 365 Microsoft Pty Ltd
5. Griffith University Griffith University

Melbourne Advertisers

1. Bertocchi Bertocchi Smallgoods Pty Ltd
2. National Tiles National Tiles Co Pty Ltd
3. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
4. Digital Radio Plus Commercial Radio Australia Ltd
5. Australian Pork Australian Pork Ltd

Newcastle Advertisers

1. Domayne Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
3. Joyce Mayne Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
4. Nobby Kitchens Nobby Kitchens
5. Nelson Bay Cinemas Nelson Bay Cinemas

Perth Advertisers

1. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. Universal Seafoods Unitrade International Pty Ltd
3. Coles Coles Group Ltd (Wesfarmers Ltd)
4. Water Corporation Government Of Western Australia
5. Saturday Lotto Lotterywest

Sydney Advertisers

1. Harvey Norman Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd
2. Coles Coles Group Ltd (Wesfarmers Ltd)
3. Peter's Of Kensington Peter's Of Kensington
4. Digital Radio Plus Commercial Radio Australia Ltd
5. Paul's Warehouse Paul's Retail Pty Ltd

The Gifted Man

 

The Gifted Man

Flowers for Everyone

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

1Nova 106.9 13.512.9)NovaEnt
2 97.3FM 12.3 (13.0) ARN
3B105 9.7(9.0) SCA
4Triple M 8.8(8.7) SCA
5triple j 9.0(8.0) ABC
6 ABC612 8.5 (9,4) ABC
7 4KQ 7.1 (7.5) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 8/2014 (GfK)

Perth Ratings

1 Mix 94.5 13.8 (14.5) SCA
2 Nova 93.712.6 (13.5) NovaEnt
3triple j 11.0(10.4) ABC
496FM 10.2(9.4)Fairfax
5ABC720 9.6(9.6) ABC
692.9 8.2(8.4) SCA
7 6PR 7.3 (8.5) Fairfax
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 8/2014 (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 15.5 (14.6) ARN
2FIVEaa 11.411.2)NovaEnt
3Nova 91.9 11.2(11.8)NovaEnt
4ABC891 10.0(11.3) ABC
6hit1078.1(8.3) SCA
7 Cruise 1323 8.1 (7.6) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 8/2014 (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 12.8 (12.2) Fairfax
2 ABC 774 10.0 (11.6) ABC
3 Fox FM 8.5 (8.5) SCA
4Gold 8.0(7.2) ARN
5Nova 100 7.8(7.8)NovaEnt
6smoothfm 91.5 7.4(7.2)NovaEnt
7Triple M6.8(6.7) SCA
8 Mix101.1 6.3 (6.0) ARN
  • 10+ share Mon-Sun, Survey 8/2014 (GfK)

CompanyStock IDPriceChange
Southern Cross Media
SXL
1.01
-2.88%
Fairfax Media Group
FXJ
0.830
3.11%
Macquarie Radio Network
MRN
1.32
4.76%
Pacific Star Network
PNW
0.340
0.00%
APN News & Media
APN
0.740
0.00%
Oceania Capital
OCP
1.38
0.00%
Ten Network
TEN
0.215
0.00%
Seven West Media
SWM
1.37
-0.72%
Seven Group Holdings
SVW
5.50
3.58%
Nine Entertainment
NEC
1.87
0.81%
Prime Media Group
PRT
0.890
-0.56%