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News March 7, 2022

Stars of ARN to record special ‘I Am Woman’ video for International Women’s Day

Senior Journalist, B2B
Stars of ARN to record special ‘I Am Woman’ video for International Women’s Day

ARN is gearing up to mark International Women’s Day tomorrow in line with the theme #BreakTheBias.

The radio company said both its KIIS and Pure Gold networks would celebrate incredible female artists, broadcast interviews with inspirational and influential women, and offer up bespoke programming throughout the day.

On-air and off-air talent from across Sydney’s KIIS 1065 and KIIS 101.1 – including Jackie O, Kate Langbroek, Yumi Stynes, Lauren Phillips, Monty Dimond, Laura Byrne and Brittany Hockley – will also record a video of Emmy Mel’s version of I Am Woman. 

In Brisbane, KIIS 97.3’s Breakfast show Robin, Terry & Kip will exclusively play female artists.

Adelaide’s new Breakfast offering, The Ali Clarke Breakfast Show, meanwhile, will speak to local inspirational women, showcase female sports stories and also have an exclusively female playlist. The show is co-hosted by AFLW star Erin Phillips.

In Perth, 96FM will broadcast a 90-minute feature called ‘The Ladies That Rock’ hosted by Lisa Shaw from Breakfast’s The Bunch and Kendall Crake from Nights and Weekends. 

The program will honour musical heroes and feature interviews with prominent Perth women Susannah Carr (co-host of 7News), Dr Fiona Wood (former Australian of the Year), Julie Bishop (former foreign minister) and Monika Kos (9News WA).

KIIS’ national early Drive program 3PM Pick Up, hosted by an all-female team, will also integrate the #BreakTheBias theme into their show. Will & Woody, which follows 3PM Pick Up, will feature Will McMahon reading a letter to his partner Mim as they prepare for the birth of their first child.

On Melbourne’s GOLD 104.3, different women in music will feature every hour across the day, while Sydney’s 101.7 WSFM has created a vignette package featuring Stevie Nicks, Annie Lennox, Deborah Harry, Madonna, Pink and Kylie Minogue. The package will feature the women talking about International Women’s Day and their experiences of being a woman in music.

ARN’s digital offering iHeartRadio will also celebrate women in music with promos on all iHeart stations and artist vignettes on all iHeart and DAB 80s stations, iHeartCountry and iHeartAustralia.

In addition, Aussie music fans can watch a special iHeartMedia and SeeHer celebration which places gender equality centre stage.

The one-hour event will feature Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne and Maren Morris as they follow their girlhood dreams, delve into the mentors who inspired them and showcase who they have become.

See Her Hear Her will be livestreamed and available for Aussies at 12pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, 9 March. It will then be available to view on iHeartRadio’s YouTube for 12 months.

ARN said over the past 12 months it had been evolving its culture and “striving for more than just gender diversity”.

This year, it will be establishing a clear roadmap for achieving equal gender representation in leadership roles. Currently, while 52% of staff are female, 41% of leadership roles are held by women.

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