Radio Today

Glenn Shorrock returns to breakfast radio

Glenn, thanks for taking the time to chat with Radio Today and I want to congratulate you on your new breakfast radio gig. But before we get to that, let's briefly recap your long and illustrious career.

You were in The Twilights, Axiom, and of course Little River Band (LRB) and had numerous hits with all of them. You’ve done theatre and cabaret, hosted TV shows like Rock Arena and have been entered into the ARIA Hall of Fame twice – once for yourself in 1991 and once for LRB in 2004.

But in the mid-80s, while you were in between two stints out the front of Little River Band, some may not be aware that you were on breakfast radio in Sydney.


Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 06:00 Category: Mark Hales

Dan & Maz 'the new generation of radio stars'


Yesterday the final major puzzle piece for the Today network was put in place as Dan & Maz were announced as the new national drive show to replace Fifi & Jules (see the announcement here).

I caught up with Dave Cameron, Head of Today Network, to find out what happened behind the scenes when choosing the show, what this means for The Bump (nights) in 2014 and he compares the appointment of Dan & Maz to that of Hamish & Andy 8 years ago.


Published on Thursday, 19 December 2013 05:30 Category: Mark Hales

Craig Bruce: "our most aggressive marketing in years in 2014"

With today's announcement of the new 2Day Breakfast show, I caught up with Craig Bruce for a bit of a chat about the show, here's what he had to say;

Mark: Congrats on what looks like a strong lineup, with the four members now revealed, can I ask how hard was the decision in the end between the various options you had?

Craig: It wasn’t all that difficult, it became pretty obvious through the process that we had some great chemistry and a strong connection happening with the eventual line-up.


Published on Friday, 13 December 2013 14:30 Category: Mark Hales

Hot Tomato PD on their Survey 3 result

After today's Survey 3 result for the Gold Coast, I caught up with Program Director of Hot Tomato, David Rymer :-

Mark: With Hot Tomato being the only station of the top 3 to increase share (up 1.1 to 13.4%), you’d be happy with that result ?

David: Yes we are very happy. We have worked hard on the product and there are early signs it has been well received by our listeners.

Mark: How have you managed to close that gap to Sea FM and Gold FM ?


Published on Friday, 08 November 2013 17:30 Category: Mark Hales

What will 2014 look like ?

(UPDATED Oct 15)

The last month has seen plenty of major radio changes across the country.

Nova 100's Hughesy & Kate announced they would finish up after 12 years on breakfast (here).

Then Fox FM's Matt & Jo pulled the pin after 10 years on the Melbourne breakfast show (here).

In the past week, two-thirds of the 92.9 breakfast show in Perth, Lisa Fernandez (here) and Paul Hogan (here), announced their departures.

Then the news came through that Triple M's drive show Merrick & The Highway Patrol won't be continuing into 2014 (here).

This has led to lots of talk about who could be doing what next year. Let's run through some of the possibilities of what 2014 could look like in these key shifts and then you can have your say.


Published on Monday, 14 October 2013 08:00 Category: Mark Hales

Ron Camplin: 65 years & still going strong

Last month, 2BS and B-Rock owner Ron Camplin celebrated 65 years in radio. The two Bathurst stations also have cause for celebration as they are finalists for 14 ACRA's this year.

Ron was awarded an OAM Order of Australia for services to Commercial Broadcasting and the Local Community in 1995 and was inducted into the Commercial Radio Australia Hall Of Fame in 2002.

I recently spoke with Ron to find out the secret to his success & longevity. He also reminisces about some of the people he's worked with over the years, and we find out what other jobs he did before radio. You'll be amazed at how many different jobs he had before he was 16 !


Published on Monday, 30 September 2013 14:30 Category: Mark Hales

The Washup of Survey 2 on the Gold Coast: SCA

After today's survey 2 result for the Gold Coast, I caught up with SCA's Content Director for Sea FM and Gold FM, Andrew Very :-

Mark: Gold FM’s result would have to be the highlight for you today. What stat impressed you the most when looking at the Gold numbers ?

Andrew: To be honest, it’s a terrific result for the duopoly. Gold owns over 40’s and Sea dominates the under 40 demographic. The highlight for Gold is growth 40-54 and in breakfast. Sea holding no.1 breakfast position on the Gold Coast and further growth across the workday is pleasing.


Published on Thursday, 01 August 2013 17:00 Category: Mark Hales

How has Triple M found its place ?

In last weeks post survey 3 chat with SCA's Head of Content Craig Bruce (here), he was pumped for the results Triple M had around the country.

"The Triple M strategy is really exciting for all of us, it’s a hard format to work but we feel it’s starting to find its place in the game."

I caught up with Triple M Operations Manager / Triple M Melbourne CD, Mike 'Fitzy' Fitzpatrick, to find out what has been driving their growth and if he believes Triple M can return to being an icon.


Published on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 06:00 Category: Mark Hales

WSFM goes #1FM - how Charlie got his revenge

2Day FM have held the #1FM spot in Sydney since 2006. 7 years on and WSFM have today overtaken them to be the #1FM station in Sydney, but only by a whisker.

This win for WSFM is the result of much time and effort, as their Content Director Charlie Fox explains to Radio Today.


Published on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 14:30 Category: Mark Hales

The 'funemployed' Will & Woody

Will & Woody have been heard on the Today network since mid 2011 doing various shifts, from late nights, to weekends, to national fill-in gigs.

At the moment they are no longer on the radio and are “funemployed”, as Woody describes it.

Today we find out more about the duo - how they were discovered, their approach to prep, what they learnt while at SCA and what's next for them.


Published on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 06:00 Category: Mark Hales



Mushroom Promotions has a vacancy for a Senior National Radio Manager. Details.


92.9 Voice Fm in Toowoomba has a vacancy for a Content Director / Announcer.Details.


SCA has a vacancy for a Technology Engineer based in Perth. Details


ARN are looking for a Sales Manager for 104.7  in Canberra. Details.


ARN has a vacancy for a Sound Designer based in Canberra. Details.


2EC and Power FM based in Bega has a vacancy for a Radio Jounalist. Details.


Star 104.5 on the Central Coast has a role for a Sales Manager. Details.


Nova Entertainment has a vacancy for a Casual Journalist / Newsreader for Nova 100 and Smooth 91.5 based in Melbourne.. Details.



Grant Broadcasters has a vacancy for an Imaging Producer based in Geelong. Details.


C91.3 FM in Campbelltown has a vacancy for a Commercial Producer. Details.


Nova 100 in Melbourne has a vacancy for a Breakfast Show Audio Producer. Details.


The Capital Radio Network has a role for an Announcer in the Snowy Mountains. Details.


Got a question? Got a suggestion?

Email Radio Today's Editor Halesy anytime here.


Nova 93.7 Perth are looking for a Music Director.  Details.


Light FM are looking for Casual Weekend Announcers based in Melbourne. Details.


Nova Entertainment has promoted Simon Joyce to the new role of Group Sales Manager. More.


2GN breakfast host Craig Pritchard is now Program/Content Director for 2GN and Eagle FM. More.


Adam Richardson is returning to 3AW and Magic 1278 as the Melbourne Sales Director. More.


The Edge's Emily Goddard is moving to co-host breakfast on Snow FM in the Snowy Mountains. More.


Katie Bridges has been appointed Nova Entertainment's Adelaide Sales Director. More.


Andy Robertson is now a Sales Account Director at Nova Entertainment. More.


Christian Hull from SAFM is joining national drive show Dan and Maz as their Digital Producer. More.


Darren Pike is now FIVEaa Direct Group Sales Manager after moving from Fresh 927. More.


Ryan Nicholls has joined Radio Goulburn as Eagle FM’s new breakfast host. More.