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Queens of the Drone Age hits the airwaves

By Elliott Richardson in Media News on
Four Australian technology journalists have joined forces to launch a new, tech-focused podcast - Queens of the Drone Age, and they hope it will be the feel good hit of the summer.
Helmed by well-known journalists Rae Johnston, Tegan Jones, Angharad Yeo and Amanda Yeo, the show airs weekly and looks at some of the interesting items of tech each journalist has been looking at recently.
Tegan Jones, who is also the editor of Gizmodo, says the podcast came about in the great outdoors with the four journalists regularly hiking together and discussing tech while traversing mountains and crossing streams.
“We're all avid hikers and have spent many weekends escaping the glow of our monitor lights for the great outdoors. But technology always managed to creep in. From the gadgets we brought with us to analysis of the biggest stories of the week, we could never leave technology at the beginning of the trail.
“We quickly realised that some of our favourite tech conversations were happening while we were panting our way up mountains and getting our boots dirty. We didn't see these types of conversations, or ourselves, reflected in other tech podcasts in the space. So we decided to utilise our Type A personalities and make it ourselves,” says Jones.
The genesis of the podcast was even turned into its very own preview trailer as suggested by Angharad Yeo.

“Coming from a TV background, she (Angharad) knew how important it was to tell a visual story about the pod so people would know what we're all about. The response has been fantastic so she was absolutely right!” 

Their first episode includes a discussion on massage guns, a neural mouse interface and memories of CES pre-COVID. As Jones says, the podcast aims to make technology fun and accessible to everyone.

“We cover everything from the latest gadgets we love to play with to the biggest tech issues of the week. Our aim is to create a smart and informative space to talk about tech that's also fun and welcoming. Queens of the Drone Age is a glimpse at the real conversations that four professional tech and gaming journalists have amongst themselves.
“We want listeners to find a home where even the most complicated issues are understandable and approachable. No one has to prove themselves here because tech is for everyone,” she says.
You can keep up to date with Queens of the Drone Age by visiting their website and following them on Twitter.

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Blewett joins Adelaide drive show

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Triple M Adelaide’s The Rush Hour duo of Andrew Jarman and Bernie Vince is now a trifecta with Greg “Blewy” Blewett in the booth, starting 18 January. 

Triple M Adelaide pencilled in the trio based on Blewett’s performance with Jars and Vince on weekend show Dead Set Legends over the past three years.

“I can’t wait to join Bernie and Jars for The Rush Hour this year. I get to talk sport, have a laugh and hang out with a couple of legends,” said Blewett.

He is also a regular commentator on Channel Seven’s cricket coverage during the Australian summer.

Follow Blewett on Twitter @Blewy214.

Jane Kennedy signs off from Triple M

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Triple M’s Kennedy Molloy tandem on drive is history, with Jane Kennedy making her exit.

She stated to Southern Cross Austereo management that her work/life balance had become untenable, especially with the responsibilities of raising five teenagers. The Kennedy Molloy show had been on air for three years.

Co-host Mick Molloy said he is ready to continue the show alone starting next week.

“Jane Kennedy is the funniest, smartest, toughest chick I know. If she says she’s got too much on her plate then that’s the end of the argument. Jane will be missed by me, our team and anyone who enjoys listening to cracking radio. I guess I will have to chalk this up as yet another significant relationship with a woman that didn’t last as long as I would have liked,” he said.

Jess Perkins jumps into weekend arvos

By Elliott Richardson in Media News on
Comedian and radio host Jess Perkins has announced she is the new weekend afternoon host for Triple J.

Perkins replaces Bryce Mills who is moving into Triple J’s Breakfast slot alongside Ebony Boadu who are replacing Sally Coleman and Erica Mallett.

Perkins has a long association with the broadcaster having begun as a presenter in 2017 and filling in on a range of shows.

She stated on Twitter that she begins her new role on 24 January.

She is also a co-host of the Do Go On podcast.
I’m your new Weekend Arvos host on @triplej !

I’m honestly so excited and overwhelmed to be taking over this spot, and to hang out with you every weekend.

I’m beyond proud and can’t wait to get stuck in on the 24th of Jan!
— Jess Perkins (@jess_perkins) January 13, 2021

Kazzi exits Nine

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

Sarah Kazzi has called her time with the Nine Network, after a five-year run.

She stated that she was going to SKY News as a news producer.

Her responsibilities as segment producer with Today Extra will be turned over to Laura Rando and Cosi Toni.

Follow Kazzi on LinkedIn.

O’Connor heads to regional WA

By Jonas Lopez in Media News on

ABC’s Edward “Ted” O’Connor is ready to go back on the reporters’ beat.

He revealed that he is slated to relocate from Melbourne to Kununurra, WA, for a field reporter role, effective 8 February. 

O’Connor had been in Melbourne since rejoining the network in April 2018 after a year with Ten, having worked as APAC reporter/producer and then as associate producer and producer of News Breakfast. 

Follow O’Connor on Twitter @TedOConnor4.

Lipson ending US appointment early

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The ABC's US bureau chief, David Lipson has announced via Twitter that he will not be returning to America for his final stint.

Lipson said the COVID-19 was a concern for him and his family, and with another child due in April it was too much of a risk to return to the United States.

He had taken up the US bureau chief position in late 2019 after spending time as the ABC's Indonesia correspondent.

He has spent the majority of his time in the US covering politics as well as the coronavirus.

Lipson returned to Australia in December 2020 with the intention of heading back to America to finish his posting but will now work in a new role yet to be decided.

Twitter round-up: CES

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CES 2021 has been run and done with the virtual event seeing a marked drop in vendors while Australian journalists have had to make do with covering the event at ungodly hours instead of travelling to Las Vegas.

It seemed some companies were taking care of journos on the caffeine front as Leigh Stark mentioned he'd been gifted caffeine ladened drinks and snacks. He also posted a timely reminder that pitching content unrelated to CES probably isn't the best idea.

Some journalists though enjoyed being able to cover the event from home, safe from the COVID plagued United States.

Meanwhile Adam Turner had to find a substitute for his usual American BBQ joint.

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