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News October 27, 2015

SCA invest in startup; Hadley settles bullying case; Grohl rocks Stern’s 60th

SCA invest in startup to personalise radio 

Southern Cross Austereo have announced their first ever early stage investment in a startup. The startup is called 121 cast and they have developed ’Omny’ (launched late last year in the market).

Omny’s aim is to provide a radio type product, and will be supplying access to content (now from SCA), music (via Spotify, Songl, Rdio or your own iTunes library), weather and news – essentially making your own radio station. It can also tell you whose birthday it is via Facebook, and read emails to you. Think of it as Pandora with radio content.


Stern’s 60th birthday bash – how’s this lineup !

On Friday night in the US, Howard Stern hosted his 60th birthday bash.

SiriusXM enabled anyone in the world to listen to the broadcast live when usually his live shows can only be heard by subscribers to satellite radio in the states. It was a birthday radio show like no other.

Guests included talk show hosts David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon, recorded messages from the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ellen. There were lots of interviews with comedians and movie stars plus the event included musical guests Adam Levine, Train, Jon Bon Jovi, John Mayer, The Black Keys, Steven Tyler from Aerosmith and Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters (whose acoustic version of Everlong was made famous after he played it on Stern’s show in 1998).

The show went for four-and-a-half hours (with a two hour pre-show) with the finale seeing Tyler, Slash, Grohl and Train join to perform Walk This Way. 


Hadley settles with Palmer over alleged bullying

2GB’s Ray Hadley has settled for an undisclosed sum to resolve allegations he bullied the stations digital content manager, Richard Palmer.

“I can confirm that the matter is settled to my client’s satisfaction,” said John Laxon, lawyer for Palmer.


New batch of song intros hit Nova from London

In November we heard how a London-based production company, On The Sly, were supplying some production for the Nova network. They have now supplied a second batch of song intros for Nova.

dmg’s Group Production Director, Matt Dower said: “These unique song intros perfectly complement our current Nova imaging and seamlessly fuse the Nova brand into big playlist tracks.”


Keenan crosses the road

Long-time Brisbane announcer Ian Keenan has officially joined Fairfax Radio’s freshly rebadged Magic 882.

Keenan, who has worked with 4KQ for 20 years, will host mornings on Magic Brisbane, saying: “Magic 882 is a genuine alternative; it is fresh and authentic, with the biggest difference being the music – no one else is playing the style”


i98FM breakfast announcer confused with Bingle

Marty Haynes from the i98FM breakfast show in Wollongong has been confused with Lara Bingle in what is now being called ’Laragate’.

The story was on page three of the Daily Telegraph, it was discussed yesterday on Ray Hadley’s 2GB morning program, and Marty has covered the story on i98FM’s breakfast show with Bianca Dye.


B105 ask Brissy stations to support campaign

B105’s breakfast team, Labby, Stav & Abby, spoke with boxer Danny Green about his ’coward’s punch’ TV campaign to address this current social issue.

The ad is being supported by many of the TV networks but Labby, Stav & Abby want to do the same on radio; they offered to make the radio ad at B105 and SCA Brissy will support the campaign. They are also asking the other main players in Brisbane – 97.3FM, Nova 106.9, the ABC – to play the CSA for free.


Two sales appointments at ARN

ARN have announced two changes to their sales teams in Brisbane and Adelaide. Jamie Wood is leaving Brisbane, where he was most recently Group Sales Manager, and will move to Adelaide to be Mix 102.3/Cruise 1323’s Agency Sales Manager. Replacing Jamie in Brisbane will be Ashley McGallan.


SCA spruik 2014 in annual event

Last week Southern Cross Austereo held their annual ‘SCA Engage’ event at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Foundation Hall in Sydney.

It was a chance for the network to launch their line-up to key stakeholders, clients, and media agencies.

In attendance were Hamish & Andy, Sophie Monk, Jules Lund and Merrick Watts, along with Triple M’s Matty Johns, Mark Geyer and Gus Worland. The 2 new network drive shows were also there – Dan & Maz and The One Percenters duo of Matt Tilley and Joe Hildebrand.


’Listen to a KIIS interview on 2Day FM’ – oops

Last week, international pop star Enrique Iglesias appeared on the Kyle & Jackie O show, now of course on KIIS 1065.

He has a new song out, and a new album soon, so is on the promotional trail. His social media person got a bit confused and tweeted the wrong station to his 6.9 million followers before the interview (it has since been deleted)…



Taylee Jones, a graduate from the Australian Radio School in Adelaide, has scored her first radio gig. Taylee is the new breakfast co-host and news boss at Magic 931 in Berri.

Jamie Wood is leaving ARN Brisbane, where he was most recently Group Sales Manager, and will now be the Agency Sales Manager at ARN Adelaide.

Ashley McGallan is now the new Group Sales Manager at ARN Brisbane.

AFTRS graduate James Weir has scored a gig as the Entertainment Producer for Kyle & Jackie O on KIIS 1065.

Alex Dalrymple will be heard on KIIS 1065 weekends.

Luke James has worked on ARN station The Edge but is now heard doing weekends on KIIS 1065.

Melissa Femia will be heard on KIIS 1065 weekends.

Rodney O would be familiar to many producers as a voice talent, he now hosts a Saturday night urban show called the ’KIIS Block Party’ on KIIS 1065.

Aussie Nick Karkazis, who now works at Ireland’s Spin 1038, is hosting a UK Top 10 show that airs Sunday nights from 6pm and Tuesday nights from 9pm on KIIS 1065.

Sydney DJ/producer, KCB will host Velocity each week on KIIS 1065. He is also the voiceover guy for the station.

Following the departure of Heather Stott from 4BC last week, the station has announced that Clare Blake will join Michael Price on afternoons.



i98FM in Wollongong has a vacancy for a Promotions Manager

Light FM has vacancies for a Business Manager, Operations Manager-Product and Marketing and Audio and Production Engineer – all based in Melbourne

DMG Radio has a vacancy for a Digital Content Producer based in Brisbane

Nova 96.9 has a vacancy for an Integration Project Manager working with Fitzy & Wippa

Fairfax Radio Network has a vacancy for a Direct Sales Co-Ordinator based in Sydney

ARN are looking for Casual Street Crew for 97.3FM and 4KQ in Brisbane

Juice 107.3 based on the Gold Coast has a vacancy for a Director of Connections

Grant Broadcasters has a vacancy for a Sales Rockstar based in Mackay

SCA has a vacancy for a Director of Sales based in Newcastle

Wave FM in Wollongong has a vacancy for an On-Air Personality with Audio Production Skills

SCA are looking for an Announcer with Hot FM in Townsville

SCA are looking for a Creative Producer to be based in Hobart

2CC in Canberra has a vacancy for a Breakfast Producer

Power FM in the Hunter Valley has a vacancy for a Breakfast Personality

6IX in Perth has a vacancy for an Account Manager

2CC/2CA need casual announcers, journalists and full time/casual producers



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