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Dare to host HIT Gippsland breakfast

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Anna Dare (photo credit: radioinfo)HIT Gippsland’s breakfast show will now be under Anna Dare’s aegis, starting 20 January.

Well-known for her interests in pop culture, sports and news, she came to Warragul after spending time up in Brisbane hosting at Hot Tomato and 7HO in Hobart before that.

“I'm absolutely stoked to be joining the SCA team in Warragul, starting a new adventure and getting to know the community,” said Dare.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Anna to SCA. She’s an incredible talent whose passion and experience makes her the perfect fit for the breakfast show in Warragul,” added Southern Cross Austereo acting Victoria/SA regional content director Ben Erbsland.

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Zagon in action at Nine News Melbourne

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Chanel Zagon has taken on duties at Nine News Melbourne as digital reporter and producer.

She joined the team following an announcement of her exit from the Geelong Advertiser before the holiday season. 

Zagon had been a print reporter even before graduating with a Journalism degree from RMIT, writing for Tempo Media. She would later spend over a year each at Leader Community Newspapers, the Melbourne Herald Sun, and the Geelong Advertiser.

Follow Zagon on Twitter @ChanelZagon.

Macquarie Sports Radio rebranded

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Nine Radio has officially discontinued the Macquarie Sports Radio brand.

The company announced today that much of the sports-focused programming will be changed to music from the 1970s to 1990s, starting 2 February. As such, heritage stations 2UE 954AM, Magic 1278AM, and 4BH 882AM will be reactivated, and the DAB channel in Perth is rebranded as Magic DAB+ Perth. 

However, Nine Radio will keep Macquarie Sports Radio’s commitments to the AFL, NRL, and Cricket Australia.

“We’re very proud to be bringing back great radio brands like 2UE, Magic and 4BH with a music format that we know will resonate with audiences in each city. Until recently Magic and 4BH were successful music stations and our research clearly shows there is a gap in the market for this music format, built around the best of the 70s, 80s and 90s,” said Nine Radio managing director Tom Malone.

Stanton takes up office at Corus

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Ronnie Stanton has moved to Canada to take up a new programming job with Corus.

He will be in charge of programming for Corus’ stations such as CFOX 99.3 in Vancouver and Calgary stations Country 105 and Q107.

This is Stanton’s second run with Corus. He worked with the company from May 2013 to late 2016, starting as national morning show coach to VP for national brands and programming. He had recently finished nine months as Grant Broadcasters’ regional content director for the northern areas.

Stay tuned with Stanton on Twitter @RonnieStanton.

Classic 97.3FM breakfast trio reunited

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ARN’s 97.3FM in Brisbane is bringing back the old breakfast crew of Robin Bailey, Terry Hansen, and Bob Gallagher on 28 January.

ARN national content director Duncan Campbell said reassembling the triumvirate was a coup in itself, considering all that happened before. 

ARN didn’t renew Bailey’s contract in 2017 and she went to Triple M until leaving last September to tend to husband Sean Pickwell’s bout with illness. Gallagher left the show last year for personal reasons. Their respective replacements, Bianca Dye and Mike van Acker, worked well with Hansen.    

Ruth de Glas is back for another run as executive producer.

“It’s wonderful to be back at 97.3FM, it’s where I’m meant to be. I’ve missed the connection, the conversations and our listeners. It’s a new year and a new time in my life and it feels so right to bring the old band back together with Tez and Bob. Our focus is to bring the best of

Grant Goldman dies following cancer battle

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Seasoned broadcaster Grant Goldman has passed on at 69 years old.

A former station he worked in, 2GB, tweeted that he died after a long battle with cancer, which was revealed to be terminal in 2017. 

Goldman was one of the Australian media’s best-known voices, lending his talent to multiple stations including 2UE, 3UZ, and 5AD. He also hosted the first edition of ABC’s Countdown, and was popular amongst Sydneysiders as the voice of the city’s bus and tram network through the 1990s and 2000s.

He had been the ground announcer of Manly Sea Eagles games at Brookvale Oval from 1983 to 2016, and became the voice of automated tour guides for the Blue Mountains, the SCG, and Stadium Australia. 

HIT 106.9 adds brekky show host

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HIT 106.9 FM in Newcastle is adding a third co-host to the Nick and Jess breakfast show

The HIT Network announced that Nick “Ducko” Allen-Ducat is joining Jess Farchione and Nick Gill today, as the Nick, Jess and Ducko show (pictured). 

Southern Cross Austereo NSW/ACT group content director Jase Allen said Allen-Ducat earned the post as test sessions with Farchione and Gill brought out chemistry among them.

Allen-Ducat moved to Newcastle after a successful announcing/producing stint with NOVA Entertainment in Sydney and Brisbane, plus finishing tapings for 9GO! kids show Smashdown.

“I’m so excited to be joining the Hit Newcastle family for 2020, Nick Gill and Jess Farchione are loads of fun and I can’t wait to see what we get up to together! Newcastle are in for one hell of a ride! Newy is an incredible city, I am pinching myself that I get to call it home and work on a breakfast show with such amazing people every day, even if there are two Nicks

New Drive show set for SEA FM

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Sunshine Coast station 91.9 SEA FM is debuting a brand new show, Elly and Becks, on 3 February.

The show will bring together Luke “Becks” Toohey and Elly Chaney.

Chaney settled in the Sunshine Coast after two years at Hit96.9 Shepparton’s breakfast show. Toohey recently stepped down as Southern Cross Austereo’s VIC/SA Group content director, and is now SEA FM’s new content boss.

“I love sunshine and I love the coast so accepting this job and joining the SEA FM family was a no brainer! I can’t wait to jump on the air with Becks and prove once and for all that I’m funnier than him,” said Chaney.

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