Sean Brown becomes Hit Network’s Mornings announcer in Newcastle

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Sean Brown is on the move, swapping his Mornings gig at the Hit Network’s Hobart offering for a role in Newcastle.

From Monday, June 28, Brown will take on the newly created role of Mornings announcer and operations assistant at Newcastle’s Hit 106.9.

Radio Today understands Brown’s role in Hobart will be replaced and the recruitment process is currently underway.

SCA’s group content director, Jase Allen, was full of praise for Newcastle’s newest recruit.

“Sean is someone that possesses outstanding music passion, a great turn of phrase and will bring an incredible amount of vibe, talent and good times to Newcastle,” he said.

Brown said he’ excited for the new gig.

“I’ve absolutely loved my time at Hit Hobart, but I am ready for my next challenge,” he said. “Newcastle is such a beautiful place, I’m looking forward to the warmer weather and I’m very excited to call it my new home.”

Mornings on Newcastle’s Hit 106.9 have been hosted by Megan Alexander, and it’s not yet clear what her next move will be. Radio Today has asked SCA for confirmation.

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Seriously?
28 May 2021 - 8:10 am

SCA really does not care about localism. Meg is a bonafide local. She was the perfect person for the job. Been there for years and knows the market.

Oh by the way, here is the list of workday jocks for SCA Metro:

Sydney – 1 woman who floats
Melbourne – no women
Brisbane – no women
Perth – 1 woman
Adelaide – no women
And now Newcastle: no women

SCA like to claim women are the focus of the network. I don’t think so. It is a boys club.

Concerned listener
28 May 2021 - 8:38 am

Will there still be the Pez in Newie? I’m hoping so and assuming so, as it says “newly created role”.

Seriously?
28 May 2021 - 9:52 am

Clarification: I should have said Hit Metro rather than SCA Metro.

Although, Triple M would be a boys club too.

Classic SCA
28 May 2021 - 11:15 am

That should have been Megan’s role. With all due respect to Sean, that is a brutal management decision.

They picked the wrong person.

Jessica
28 May 2021 - 11:54 am

I really hope to still hear meg, I thought she was great at her role, I loved listening to her throughout the day, I am a long time listener of the hit network, have been listening daily since I was around 12 or so years old and ugly Phil was on. so many announcers have annoyed me but Meg was not one of them.

Same old story
28 May 2021 - 12:34 pm

It makes absolutely ZERO sense that they wouldn’t offer this role to Meg. Not only is she a Newy local who has already been in the time slot for years but she’s bloody fantastic! “Fiercely Local”? What a joke! No wonder this network is in the shape it’s in.

HIT and a miss
28 May 2021 - 12:38 pm

Are they kidding?? They are willing to let go someone who’s passion for radio shines through every time they are air. A brilliant host and a true talent. Megan brings such joy and brightness to our radio and HIT have just lost out big time. Hopefully she will find somewhere who appreciates everything she has to offer. I won’t be tuning in again

Craig
28 May 2021 - 1:57 pm

@seriously? – a fact check on Triple M.

both Melbourne daytime announcers are female.
1 of 2 in Adelaide is female
1 of 2 in Perth is female
in Sydney both are male
in Brisbane both are male

So of 10 daytime announcers in the cap cities on Triple M, 4 of the 10 are female. On a male targeted brand that doesn’t sound like a boys club.

Rob
28 May 2021 - 4:28 pm

Sean, mate, why would you wanna leave Hobart under the beautiful Mt Wellington just as it’s winter?? Missing the sun already?

Tony Upjjohn
28 May 2021 - 4:28 pm

Hey “Serioulsy ” you’ll find the women are too busy hosting Footy Shows

Perko
28 May 2021 - 4:39 pm

In the late 80’s, I experimented using female voices on air and in production – in both commercials and station promo’s.
We really wanted to lead the industry and promote female announcers.
We spent a lot of money doing intensive research and focus groups in Newcastle’s Newfm and the results always came back the same – of all of our listeners researched, both male and female, preferred strong male voices.
There was a strong dislike to female voices by a majority of female listeners 18-24 and 25-39.
We made Newfm No1 in Newcastle giving the audience what it wanted.
Nothing has changed.
It may not be what the ladies in radio want to hear, but ratings count.

Blown away
28 May 2021 - 7:43 pm

Sean is a pretty talented bloke and deserves a cap city job, but Meg didn’t need to lose this. This is absolutely unfair from SCA.

???
28 May 2021 - 8:41 pm

People apply for a job, the strongest person gets it.. crazy hey. Never heard of it being done before??!!

The Pipeline is alive
29 May 2021 - 11:59 am

At first I agreed with most of these comments here about Meg. But thinking about it more (without knowing Sean or his On Air style) Im beginning to think this actually was a good move.

As someone who’s slogged it out in the regionals in the past. There’s nothing more disheartening than moving away from friends and family with the hopeful promise of climbing up the ranks in the company only to miss out for almost every role by the casual who’s conveniently ready to go, cost nothing to relocate and more often then not still living at home and never moved outside of their comfort zone for a role. They know they don’t need to go rural anymore. Not saying this is true of Meg but more a generic overall attitude that alot of casuals have. Drive the thunder and I’ll be on air eventually.

It’s no wonder they struggle to fill regional positions these days.

I think this in some ways could restore (a little) faith in the poor suckers still out there feeling abandoned wondering why they left their previous retail gig that pays double to live in the middle of nowhere on no money

In the know
30 May 2021 - 7:53 am

It’s clear Sean is being pushed up the talent pipeline and has friends in the right places. I also get the idea that this move will help his personal life as well. His partner who was working in Hobart with him, recently moved back to Sydney and I’m sure they’ll be happy to be living close to each other again.

Sean is a great talent and I can see him being pushed into Metro within the next few years, but I also feel sorry for Megz as I get the vibe she was maybe forced out of the way a little. But who knows. Maybe she left for reasons unknown.

Good luck to both of them!

Kath
31 May 2021 - 2:07 pm

SCA your decision making yet again is more of a miss than a Hit.

Another reason not to listen to Hit in Newy. Meg is a local and a wonderful announcer. It was refreshing to have a female in a day time announcing role. I wish her all the best. Hopefully we can hear her on a rival network.

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