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News October 27, 2015

On The Dial: CEO Round Table: Ciaran Davis; Twitter gives fans the power; smooth’s Mellow Music; Radio Conference workshops

On The Dial: CEO Round Table: Ciaran Davis; Twitter gives fans the power; smooth’s Mellow Music; Radio Conference workshops

CEO Round Table: Ciaran Davis “ARN the sleeping giant”

Ciaran Davis has taken the reins of one of the region’s biggest media players APN News & Media. Their print, outdoor, online and radio brands span Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

We explore the culture of ARN… what drives it, and what sort of person does he look for? And we get some insight into ARN’s new boss Tony Kendall.

We look at disruption in the online space and what is APN and ARN’s strategy? What's the biggest issue facing radio?And we talk about NZME in New Zealand – Right now they are centralising all their media assets under the one roof – will that also happen in Australia?


Meet the new Communications Minister

With Malcolm Turnbull now PM, he had to resign his post as Communication Minister. So today with the ministerial reshuffle, Malcolm appointed Victorian Senator Mitch Fifield as the new Communications Minister.

Mitch was Assistant Minister for Social Services and also happened to be a key supporter of Malcolm Turnbull challenging Tony Abbott for the Liberal leadership.

Mitch will be facing a few challenges in the new role, including the active push by some players who want the government to remove rules limiting their population reach and the rules limiting media ownership to two out of three forms of media. In addition, the rollout of DAB+ services to regional markets.

Joan Warner, CEO of Commercial Radio Australia said: “CRA congratulates Minister Fifield on his appointment and we look forward to working closely with him.

“Broadcast radio plays a vital role in metropolitan and regional areas with the provision of local news and local emergency services information, the commercial radio industry will work with Minister Fifield to ensure all Australians continue to have access to robust and reliable, free, live and local commercial radio”.


smooth’s Mellow Music

Nova Entertainment has launched their next collaboration with Sony Music and the smooth brand.

smoothfm Presents Mellow Music, takes the music from Cameron Daddo’s nighttime show and puts them on together on cd and digital.

Paul Jackson, NOVA Entertainment Group Program Director said, “Every night Cameron Daddo shares some great tunes that allow listeners to relax into their evenings and escape their busy lives. Listeners are loving Mellow Music so it was a natural progression to partner with Sony to create a CD featuring some of the best tracks from the show.”

This is the seventh partnership between smoothfm and Sony Music with previous collaborations smoothfm All Time Top 50 – Volumes 1 & 2, smoothfm Music for Mum – Volumes 1 & 2, smooth Classics and smoothfm – Christmas.


Twitter gives fans the power

Reece Mastin is back and before you go care factor – zip. His label actually did something unique tied around Twitter and radio, without the station even needing to spin a single track.

Friday morning Reece surfaced on Kyle and Jackie O show, telling fans that they will be able to choose the first official single from his new album Change Colours, which is out in a few weeks.

The tactic is being driven through Twitter from day one. Being Reece's first album in three years, he will be previewing a different song from the album each day exclusively on his own Twitter account. Reece’s label, The Social Family Records are saying it is a world first for an artist.

For ARN’s side of things, it aligns to their dedicated Twitter Green room strategy, which also has the upside of seeing which of Reece’s tracks performs best without giving any song a spin on the station.

Come Friday October 2, Reece will be back on KIIS1065 announcing the first single – it would then get a run On-air. With it then going out to all markets the next day.


Workshops to inspire creativity & innovation

International radio futurologist James Cridland, Gold Siren-winning radio creative Matt Dickson,and a world leader in smartphone apps for radio stations, Jason Malaure will lead a series of workshops designed to inspire creativity, innovation and understanding of new technology at this year’s National Radio Conference on the Gold Coast.

Here’s the lowdown of each session:

James Cridland: The Best Ideas from Radio Across the World

James will explore the newest and most innovative international radio trends. James has worked in radio since 1989 as an award-winning copywriter, presenter, and internet strategist.

Matt Dickson: How Not to Make Wallpaper

Matt is Australian radio industry’s most awarded creative. He will lead a workshop dedicated to bringing out the entertainment value of radio advertising. How Not to Make Wallpaper will lead the audience through strategies and techniques to create campaigns that are brave enough to sound different.

Matt is currently Creative Solutions Director at Southern Cross Austereo Perth. He has won multiple awards at the New York Festivals as well as at Australia’s own ACRAs and Siren Awards

Jason Malaure: App App and Away

Jason is the co-founder of All in Media (AIM), a leading worldwide supplier of Smartphone Apps and Broadcast Systems for the broadcasting industry. Jason works with stations worldwide to design and build bespoke apps that are user-friendly, functional and reliable. His workshop, App App and Awaywill explain the process of developing an app with case studies to explore how to extend on air presence and content on mobile.

Want in?

Get your tickets for the National Radio Conference first up. The workshops will run in the afternoon of the conference and you can reserve a spot by emailing



Gold 104.3 has a vacancy for a Campaign Specialist on a 3 month contract

ARN has a role available for an Account Manager in Canberra

Nova 96.9 has a vacancy for an Integration Project Manager on a 9 Month Contract

ARN is looking for a Breakfast Producer for 97.3 Brisbane on a 9-month contract basis

Triple M Sydney are looking for a Breakfast Producer

An Account Executive Role based in Adelaide is currently available

The River in Albury has a role available for an Announcer/Music Director.

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

7HO FM are looking for a Sales Manager

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

Tasmanian Broadcasters has a vacancy for a Producer based in Launceston



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