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Another Day, Another Apology (re: My Prediction About 2Day FM beating 2CH)

Scott “Can’t Bat, Can’t Bowl, Can’t Predict the Radio Ratings” Muller  gets it wrong again – this time: the clash of the titans between 2Day FM and 2CHPreviously on RadioToday I apologized for the prediction I made back in June 2012 when I said Smooth would be #1 FM in Sydney within three years .  I got it wrong by two months.  Sorry.

Then Matt responded with this comment: “That’s pretty ****ing accurate!  Can I have next week’s Lotto numbers?”  First, thanks for your comment, Matt.  Second: 6, 9, 14, 15, 32, 36, and for the seventh number just pick whatever springs to mind, Matt.  Because if you win anything with those numbers, Matt, it will be spooky if it is anything better than Division 3.

Third: the brutal truth is this, Matt - not only was I wrong about Smooth, I was also wrong when I predicted that in survey five 2Day would beat 2CH.

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Apology and Retraction re: My Previous Comments About smooth fm

Three years ago I made a bold and rash statement about smooth fm’s chances of being number one.  It turns out I was wrong, unforgivably wrong.

I now have to live with the fact that, for the rest of my life, those rash words cannot be unwritten.

All I can do now is say this.

I apologise.  Unreservedly.  Wholeheartedly.  And with tongue firmly in cheek.   

To try to make amends, here I publicly admit where I went so wrong about smooth fm…

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Why Kyle & Jackie O may force ARN’s Ciaran Davis to buy a camel


ARN has bought Australia’s #1 Breakfast Show.

Its next purchase may be a camel.  Here’s why….

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The Brutal Truth – Part 9

What the Fuck is 7-Second Delay?!?

(And other very handy tips for young players – including insights from Brad March on the inner workings of Martin/Molloy, Denton/Keller and other great on-air teams)


“If only I had a seven second delay surgically implanted in my brain.          
I think I would have been far more successful”.

Akmal Saleh

“It's harder to be funny than it is to be fun”
Chrissie Swan

“Sometimes a comedians brand is significantly stronger than their actual content”
Brad March
 

Frank insights from the most stellar line-up of on-air talent ever assembled in one place
without mediation or the need to negotiate the release of hostages:

Tony Martin      Wendy Harmer      Marty Sheargold      Tom Gleeson      Mick Molloy
Tom Ballard      Amanda Keller      Rosso      Mikey Robins    Matt Tilley  Chrissie Swan
Lehmo       Akmal Saleh      Tim Smith      Jo Stanley     James O'Loghlin      Craig Annis
Dave O’Neil      Tim Blackwell     Robin Bailey      Simon Kennedy      Stav Davidson
Dave Thornton      Julian Schiller     Lisa Fernandez      Jamie Row      Ciel     Joel Creasey
Tommy Little      Natalie Locke     Steve Philp       Paul Hogan      Adam Richard

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The Brutal Truth – Part 8

Who Am I?

(Dealing with self-doubt, anxiety, narcissism, and your on-air persona)
 

“To a certain extent there has to be fakery –
your anxieties, self-doubt and narcissistic tendencies aren’t appealing.
(Even though most broadcasters have those traits in spades.)
So how much do you tell?  What do you hold back?
… How do you craft an air personality that has the broadest audience appeal?”

Wendy Harmer

 

Frank insights from the most stellar line-up of on-air talent ever assembled in one place
without mediation or the need to negotiate the release of hostages:

Tony Martin      Wendy Harmer      Marty Sheargold      Tom Gleeson      Mick Molloy
Tom Ballard      Amanda Keller      Rosso      Mikey Robins    Matt Tilley  Chrissie Swan
Lehmo       Akmal Saleh      Tim Smith      Jo Stanley     James O'Loghlin      Craig Annis
Dave O’Neil      Tim Blackwell     Robin Bailey      Simon Kennedy      Stav Davidson
Dave Thornton      Julian Schiller     Lisa Fernandez      Jamie Row      Ciel     Joel Creasey
Tommy Little      Natalie Locke     Steve Philp       Paul Hogan      Adam Richard

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The Brutal Truth – Part 7

The Joy of Teams … and thai-thai-thai-MING!


“You cannot manufacture chemistry”
Mick Molloy

“Strap yourself in for a lot of compromise”
Tom Gleeson

“A win is a win for the team. Ratings follow”
Wendy Harmer

“(Meshel, Marty and I) now have such a good rhythm going
we don’t have to finitely prepare each break day to day”

Tim Blackwell

“In radio you need the team’s energy, especially doing the breaky shift”
Sarah Levett


Frank insights from the most stellar line-up of on-air talent ever assembled in one place
without mediation or the need to negotiate the release of hostages:

Tony Martin      Wendy Harmer      Marty Sheargold      Tom Gleeson      Mick Molloy
Tom Ballard      Amanda Keller      Rosso      Mikey Robins    Matt Tilley  Chrissie Swan
Lehmo       Akmal Saleh      Tim Smith      Jo Stanley     James O'Loghlin      Craig Annis
Dave O’Neil      Tim Blackwell     Robin Bailey      Simon Kennedy      Stav Davidson
Dave Thornton      Julian Schiller     Lisa Fernandez      Jamie Row      Ciel     Joel Creasey
Tommy Little      Natalie Locke     Steve Philp       Paul Hogan      Adam Richard

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The Brutal Truth – Part 6

Who’s the Boss?

(And who are YOU to tell ME what's funny, puny human?!)


“Radio is run by failed jocks hell bent on making the industry that shunned them pay”

“It was like being held at gunpoint and told
‘The person who is sadly no longer here failed to sound fun,
so enjoy yourselves …or else!’”

“Air-checks … my favourite ever was when a senior (group) manager swooped in …
… gave us a whole lot of direction about how to change our show …
… and then our local PD pulled us aside and said
‘Ignore everything he just said’!”


Frank insights from the most stellar line-up of on-air talent ever assembled in one place
without mediation or the need to negotiate the release of hostages:

Tony Martin      Wendy Harmer      Marty Sheargold      Tom Gleeson      Mick Molloy
Tom Ballard      Amanda Keller      Rosso      Mikey Robins    Matt Tilley  Chrissie Swan
Lehmo       Akmal Saleh      Tim Smith      Jo Stanley     James O'Loghlin      Craig Annis
Dave O’Neil      Tim Blackwell     Robin Bailey      Simon Kennedy      Stav Davidson
Dave Thornton      Julian Schiller     Lisa Fernandez      Jamie Row      Ciel     Joel Creasey
Tommy Little      Natalie Locke     Steve Philp       Paul Hogan      Adam Richard

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The Brutal Truth – Part 5

Ratings – and other forms of Extreme Heckling

 

“A drop in ratings is the equivalent to about a million people saying all at once,
‘Get off, you're not funny’”

“Everyone knows why ratings go up … but only after it happens”

“In radio, a man with tight jeans, cow boy boots and a pony tail
tells you whether or not you’re funny
based on the opinions of a focus group that he spoke to in the early 90’s”

 

Frank insights from the most stellar line-up of on-air talent ever assembled in one place
without mediation or the need to negotiate the release of hostages:

Tony Martin      Wendy Harmer      Marty Sheargold      Tom Gleeson      Mick Molloy
Tom Ballard      Amanda Keller      Rosso      Mikey Robins    Matt Tilley  Chrissie Swan
Lehmo       Akmal Saleh      Tim Smith      Jo Stanley     James O'Loghlin      Craig Annis
Dave O’Neil      Tim Blackwell     Robin Bailey      Simon Kennedy      Stav Davidson
Dave Thornton      Julian Schiller     Lisa Fernandez      Jamie Row      Ciel     Joel Creasey
Tommy Little      Natalie Locke     Steve Philp       Paul Hogan      Adam Richard

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The Brutal Truth – Part 4

Who is the Audience ?

(And why can't I hear them laughing anymore ?)
 

“There is nothing quite so crushing as a silent audience”

“If only half the people in a comedy club think you are funny - a hundred people laugh. 
If only half the people in a radio studio think you are funny - one person laughs”

“It's the neediest profession in the world ...
The only justification you have for your job is other people's reactions”

“With stand-up … if something doesn't work, you know. Trust me, you know”
 

Frank insights from the most stellar line-up of on-air talent ever assembled in one place
without mediation or the need to negotiate the release of hostages:

Tony Martin      Wendy Harmer      Marty Sheargold      Tom Gleeson      Mick Molloy
Tom Ballard      Amanda Keller      Rosso      Mikey Robins    Matt Tilley  Chrissie Swan
Lehmo       Akmal Saleh      Tim Smith      Jo Stanley     James O'Loghlin      Craig Annis
Dave O’Neil      Tim Blackwell     Robin Bailey      Simon Kennedy      Stav Davidson
Dave Thornton      Julian Schiller     Lisa Fernandez      Jamie Row      Ciel     Joel Creasey
Tommy Little      Natalie Locke     Steve Philp       Paul Hogan      Adam Richard

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The Brutal Truth – Part 3

Welcome to the Belly of the Very Hungry Beast

(content-hungry radio)


Frank insights from the most stellar line-up of on-air talent ever assembled in one place
without mediation or the need to negotiate the release of hostages:

Tony Martin      Wendy Harmer      Marty Sheargold      Tom Gleeson      Mick Molloy
Tom Ballard      Amanda Keller      Rosso      Mikey Robins    Matt Tilley  Chrissie Swan
Lehmo       Akmal Saleh      Tim Smith      Jo Stanley     James O'Loghlin      Craig Annis
Dave O’Neil      Tim Blackwell     Robin Bailey      Simon Kennedy      Stav Davidson
Dave Thornton      Julian Schiller     Lisa Fernandez      Jamie Row      Ciel     Joel Creasey
Tommy Little      Natalie Locke     Steve Philp       Paul Hogan      Adam Richard
 

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

 

 

7HO FM are looking for a Sales Manager. Details.

 
 
 
 

NZME has a vacancy for a Content Director - Hokonui  Details

 

 

 

SCA are looking for an Assistant Content Director in Albury across Star FM and The River. Details.

 
 

ARN is looking for a Traffic Executive based in Sydney.. Details.

SCA are looking for an Announcer in Coffs Harbour. Details.

 

7HO has a vacancy for a Promotions Manager. Details

 

Nova 96.9 has a vacancy for a Casual Announcer. Details.

 

 

 

6PR has a vacancy for a Casual Producer. Details.

 

Grant Broadcasters has a vacancy for a Client Manager on the Sunshine Coast. Details.

 

 

2ST and 94.9 Power FM are looking for a Program and Content Director.Details.

 

 

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Nova Entertainment has a vacancy for a Senior Brand Integration Manager.. Details.

 

 

ABC Local Radio are looking for 2 Local Content Managers, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. Details.

 

Tasmanian Broadcasters has a vacancy for a Producer based in Launceston. Details.

 
 
 
 

SCA has a vacancy for a Breakfast Announcer in Rockhampton. Details

 
 
 
 

K-Rock and Bay FM are looking for a Journalist / Newsreader on a 12 month contract. Details.

Grant Broadcasters has a vacancy for a Journalist and Breakfast Co-Host in the Riverland of SA. Details.

 

 

 

 

 

6PR is looking for a Casual Journalist. Details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Grant Broadcasters has a vacancy for a Broadcast Engineer based in Cairns. Details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

2Day FM is looking for an Announcer / Operations Support.  Details.

 
 

Recent Comments

Wayne McClean has been appointed Content Manager/Music Director for 96FM. Wayne will head up the content team at the station.

 

 

Tommy Jackett joins the Melbourne digital team as the Digital Content Producer 

 

 

 
 
 

Geoff Watts at 96FM is moving into a new position as Content and Marketing Specialist.

 

 
 

Perth radio legend Gary Shannon has joined  6IX.

 
 

Alison Donnellan is heading to Triple M Brisbane as their new Operations Manager.

 

Creina Chapmanis joining SCA as Head of Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Communications.

 

 
 
 

Rabbit is making the move to the Central Coast and will be joining Star 104.5’s breakfast show with Craig and Mandy.

 
 
 

96FM Content Director Brad McNally’s position has been made redundant. ARN confirmed his departure after close to a five year stint.

After close to 30 years with the company and five years in charge of Australia’s largest commercial radio group, Craig Bruce has departed Southern Cross Austereo as Group Content Directo

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Oscar Gordon is the new Executive Digital Content Producer for both KIIS 1065 / KIIS 101.1. 

 
 
 
 

Nathan Soulsby has re-joined Nova Entertainment as their new Music and Commercial Partnerships Manager.


 

 

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1 I98 23.8 (28.5) WIN
2 Wave FM 16.0 (17.3) GRANT
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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

Warrnambool Ratings

1 Coast FM 37.7 - Ace
2 3YB 21.7 - Ace
3 triple j 7.3 - ABC
4 ABC Local Radio 4.0 - ABC
5 ABC Radio Nat. 2.5 - ABC
6 Classic FM 1.5 - ABC
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Sydney Ratings

 

1 2GB 12.8 (11.9) MRN
2ABC 702 8.6 (8.0) ABC
3 WSFM 8.2 (8.5) ARN
4 TRIPLE M 7.9 (7.2) SCA
5KIIS 1065 7.6(8.9) ARN
6smoothfm 95.3 7.2 (7.6) NE
7Nova 96.9 6.9(6.8)NE
8triple j6.3(6.5) ABC
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Perth Ratings

1 Mix 94.5 14.3 (13.5) SCA
2 Nova 93.7 12.5 (11.3) NE
3 96FM 10.5 (10/9) ARN
4 triple j 10.3 (12.0) ABC
5ABC72010.1(9.8)ABC
6 hit 929 7.8 (7.2) SCA
7 6PR 6.9(7.2)MRN
8 6IX 6.4 (6.0) CAP
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3NXFM 10.7(11.6) SCA
4 2HD 10.4 (9.8) BOG
5 Triple J 9.9 (9.9) ABC
6New FM8.5(10.0)BOG
7 Classic FM 4.0 (3.) ABC
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Melbourne Ratings

 

1 3AW 12.1 (13.7) MRN
2 ABC 774 10.9 (11.5) ABC
3 Gold 8.7 (7.9) ARN
4 Triple M 8.6 (7.9) SCA
5 Fox FM 7.7 (6.9) SCA
6 smooth935 7.5 (7.4) NE
7 KIIS 101.1 7.3 (6.2) ARN
8Nova 100 6.3(6.3)NE
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Gold Coast Ratings

1 Hot Tomato 14.2 (14.1) HT
2 Gold FM 11.9 (14.3) SCA
3 Sea FM 9.6 (9.5) SCA
4 ABC 91.7FM 7.9 (6.7) ABC
5 triple j 7.8 (9.4) ABC
6 ABC612 5.2 (3.3) ABC
7 Radio National 2.5 (2.3) ABC
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1 Newstalk ZB 17.0 (16.1) TRN
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5 The Edge 6.9 (6.5) Mediaworks
6 The Sound 6.0 (6.4) Mediaworks
7 Classic Hits 5.7 (5.7) TRN
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  Mix 106.3 13.9 (11.6) SCA
  Classic FM 8.6 (9.3) ABC
  triple j 8.2 (8.5) ABC
  2CC 6.1 (6.0) Capital
  2CA 5.5 (7.0) Captial
  Radio National 3.6 (3.0) ABC
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Brisbane Ratings

 

197.3FM14.0(13.7)ARN
2Nova 106.9 13.2(12.3NE
3ABC61210.0(10.8) ABC
4 4MMM 9.8 (9.1) SCA
5hit105.3 8.3(8.0) SCA
5 4KQ 8.3 (7.7) ARN
6 TRIPLE J 7.8 (7.8) ABC
7 4BC 5.0 (4.9) MRN
84BC 4.5(5.0 MRN
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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

Adelaide Ratings

1 Mix 102.3 14.0 (14.3) ARN
2Nova 91.9 12.5 (12.4) NE
3 FIVEaa 12.0 (12.0) NE
4ABC89110.9(12.3) ABC
5 Cruise 10.4 (8.8) ARN
6 Triple M 8.8 (8.5) SCA
7triple j 7.6 (8.7) ABC
8hit1076.7(6.0) SCA
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0.00%
Macquarie Radio
MRN
1.14
0.00%
Pacific Star Network
PNW
0.280
21.74%
Oceania Capital
OCP
1.16
0.00%
Ten Network
TEN
0.195
0.00%
Seven West Media
SWM
0.800
1.91%
Nine Entertainment
NEC
1.65
10.33%
Prime Media
PRT
0.675
3.05%

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