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ARN taps new Adelaide content director

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

ARN logoThe Australian Radio Network (ARN) has selected Richie Wright as its new content director in Adelaide, effective 19 October.

He will be in charge of Mix102.3 and CRUISE1323, succeeding Barry Keohane.

Wright was assistant CD at KIIS 106.5 in Sydney when the call-up was made. His body of work includes hosting and producing at Floater 91.9 SEA FM, 92.9 Perth, 7HOFM, and 2Day.

“I’m really excited to join the team in Adelaide and bring my love of radio to a new market. Mix is a strong brand, has a heritage Breakfast show and a team full of great people. I can’t wait to help it sparkle even brighter and further grow its market dominance,” said Wright.

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Langbroek returns home to KIIS

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Kate Langbroek has signed up with KIIS FM for the New Year.

The Australian Radio Network announced that she will succeed Bec Judd as partner for Monty Diamond and Yumi Stynes on drive show “3PM Pickup,” which goes on-air on 27 January. 

She had been primarily based in Italy while on remote broadcast for the Hughesy and Kate show, with Ed Kavalee gradually assuming her spot until she stepped down late last year. Hughesy and Kate was originally an ARN show until they went to Hit Network in 2017.

“I can’t wait to join the 3PM Pick Up, I’ve missed eavesdropping on conversations I can actually understand and hanging out with like-minded friends, so naturally I am beyond excited to team up with those two Aperol Spritzes, Monty and Yumi, for some afternoon fun and funniness. Which reminds me, I promise I won’t be one of those infuriating people who returns from a stint abroad with an accent and entirely new vocabulary. See you in 2021. Grazie. And c

2DAY FM to launch new breakfast show

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The new year will bring about a new breakfast show at 2DAY FM.

Scheduled to launch on 18 January, The Morning Crew will have Dave Hughes, Ed Kavalee, and Erin Molan as the hosts. 

Hughes and Kavalee have already relocated to Sydney from Melbourne and gave up their Drive show on Hit Network. Molan is also under contract with Nine.

Kavalee and Hughes are familiar with breakfast radio, while Molan was a regular on 2GB’s Continuous Call Team and is a host of Channel Nine’s National Rugby League coverage.

“In bringing back a headline breakfast show again to 2Day, it was critical for us to deliver the combination of established chemistry, familiarity, existing high passion for our talent, deep breakfast radio experience and, most importantly, a show focussed completely on Sydney every morning. The 2Day FM Morning Crew with Hughesy, Ed and Erin will bring a clever wit with a show that’s already at the top of its game,” said Southern Cross Austereo chief

ABC prevails in Walkleys

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National broadcaster ABC landed a great deal of honors in this year’s Walkley Foundation Awards. 

Sarah Ferguson, Nial Fulton, and Tony Jones landed the Walkley Documentary Award for the ABC and InFilms movie Revelation.

The ABC News and ABC Regional and Local teams’ coverage of last year’s bushfires earned them the Best Coverage of a Major Event/Issue award. 

Robert Jackson was recognised with the Long Feature Writing plum for “The Persecution of Robert Muir.”

For the radio/audio category, Dr Norman Swan, Tegan Taylor, and Will Ockenden’s “Coronacast” series warranted a nod in the news and current affairs section, while the features award went to Rachael Brown, Josie Taylor, Tim Roxburgh, Martin Peralta, and the Trace Team for the Trace episode “The Informer.”

The ABC Investigations-Four Corners crew, meanwhile, shone with the biggest awards of the night.

Led by Mark Willacy, the Four Corners feature on Austra

Taguchi to host Insight

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SBS has appointed Kumi Taguchi as the new host of current affairs show Insight. 

She was considered for the post following Jenny Brockie’s decision to leave the show after almost 20 years before the camera. 

Taguchi had previously logged nine years at ABC, including hosting her own podcast and Sunday-night show Compass. She was with SBS from 2010 to 2011 as a journalist.

“I am beyond excited to be joining SBS for my next adventure. To be entrusted with a high-profile program such as Insight, with such a strong legacy of authentic storytelling, is an absolute honour. Opportunities like this come around once in a career, if you’re lucky,” said Taguchi.

“No matter how much our lives change, how much technology advances, how much we shift direction, one thing always stays the same: the power of our stories. True compassion and understanding comes from hearing about the experiences of others and seeing how they navigate through life.”

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Grahame Lynch talks CommsDay Summit and beyond

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One of the first live events that had to be postponed when the pandemic began to hit was CommsDay Summit. Originally scheduled for April, as one of Australia’s marquee ICT news events it was sorely missed – and not just by its audience.
 
“We’d banked hundreds of thousands from sponsors and delegates,” says Grahame Lynch, Founder of CommsDay. “And while we decided to go online, video clearly wasn’t what we’d promised. So it was always the plan to deliver on that obligation with a physical event as soon as we could.”
 
Jump to October, six months after the initial date, and CommsDay Summit was able to go ahead in a physical format. With a few precautions to keep things COVID safe.
 
Lynch says that the split of speakers in person and on video link was about 50/50, while the attendee mix was one-third in the room and two-thirds online.
 
While between the announcement of the event in August and it taking place

Oddy signs off from MIX 102.3

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Jodie Oddy has stepped down from her MIX 102.3 breakfast show and out of the station altogether.

Australian Radio Network chief content officer Duncan Campbell said that Oddy has been a wonderful voice for the station and Adelaide audiences.

“Jodie is an exceptional broadcaster who has played a key role in the success of the Mix 102.3 Breakfast show over the past 13 years. She is leaving on a high and can be proud of the difference she has made to the lives of so many Adelaide families and we wish Jodie all the best for her next chapter,” he said.

Oddy’s co-host, Mark ‘Soda’ Sodastrom, is being groomed for new plans on the breakfast show in 2021, but no replacements for Oddy have been set.

Ugly Phil to lead WSFM morning show

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Sydney station WSFM has hired Phil O’Neill, AKA Ugly Phil, for a new morning show beginning 23 November, succeeding Mike Hammond. 

O’Neill was considered for the show after having done some substitute hosting for Hammond following his exit last month after two years at the post. 

“When Phil ‘Philled in’ on WSFM recently, the feedback from listeners was incredibly positive. I knew he would make an excellent addition to WSFM’s stellar line up and I am so pleased that he decided to join us,” said WSFM content director Mike Byrne.

O’Neill returned to Australia earlier this year from the UK, where he was with FIX Radio for a year.

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