Artie Stevens retired today following the sale of his radio news company, AIR News to Terry Daniel in July last year.
“Yes, it’s been hard work for me, but I couldn’t have done it without my loyal team that we have built ip over the years.
“It’s retirement of sorts, as you can’t just stop dead, and I will be in the background assisting at times with technical and support services. Listeners will still hear me present The World on Monday and Tuesday, and the odd report for our services out of Melbourne.
“Looking forward to where my good friend Terry Daniel can take Air News in the future. I anticipate big things.”
On Facebook Terry Daniel posted: “At 11.30am, via a Team Zoom Meeting, the Air News Team presented Artie with a keepsake gift plaque and card to celebrate his 15 ½ years of service to the radio industry via Air News. His contribution has been invaluable – providing a much needed service to community stations around Australia.”
AIR News began in 2004 as a simple supplement news service on a trial period to guage the requirements of the Community Radio media, with 3 bulletins a day 6am, midday and 6pm. A decision was taken in March 2005 to take the service up a further gear and go fulltime from the 1st April that year providing news services from 6am-6pm Mon-Fri, with 7am-5pm Sat & Sun added shortly afterwards.
The service had 4 Community station outlets, but in April 2005, Flow FM, then known as Freshstream FM took up the service for their Commercial network.
In June 2005 AIR was contacted by Feature Story News in the USA to propose adding their news services to AIR and in return become the Australasia bureau home for Feature Story News. Since then AIR News has delivered major stories from home to the FSN worldwide network which includes Vatican Radio, South African Broadcasting Corporation and Voice of America. The association with FSN gives AIR News facilities in the USA (Washington, New York, Orlando & San Francisco), Canada, London, Brussels, Moscow & Beirut.
From that point on the service has grew steadily and now has established radio outlets in every state and territory of Australia.
In late 2014, AIR News began providing breakfast news services for the commercial radio network RadioTAB. The RadioTAB service originating in Brisbane is relayed to major outlets in Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin, and also out to each of their regional areas. AIR also delivers to all Sky Sports Radio outlets in NSW at the weekend.
Currently AIR News is delivering 144 National News/Sport bulletins, 35 State/Territory bulletins, 10 editions of News headlines, 10 editions of AIR Sport Australia and 5 editions of The World. The bulletins are delivered via the internet via special download software provided to clients.