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Tim Webster replaces Bob Rogers and Chris Kearns goes live at nights on 2CH

Monday 21 January, 2019
Tim Webster and Bob Rogers

Sydney's 2CH have announced that Tim Webster will take over Mornings from Bob Rogers who informed listeners of his retirement in November last year on 'doctor’s orders' following a stroke.

Rogers, who turned 92 in December is 25 years Webster’s senior which makes the latter young enough to give him a shot at breaking Rogers’ world record of 74 years on air.

Tim’s show will be stacked with musical showcases such as the “60’s and 70’s Lunch Breaks, Soundtrack of Your Life and CD Spotlight and well as featuring music that has shaped a generation of Baby Boomers with the Classic Hits from the 60’s and 70’s.

Tim says, “Well, the first thing to say is how honoured I am to be filling the shoes and sitting in the chair occupied by iconic radio legend Bob Rogers. He was a very big part of my life growing up, his voice filled our house every morning.
I grew up with and love the music played on 2CH and with the help of my new boss, Cherie Romaro, we’ll keep Sydney entertained with Classic Hits, and we’ll engage the people of Sydney, but most importantly, we’ll have fun! It’s very exciting to be doing something I love for the City I love."

Sydney’s 2CH and Digital Channels General Manager Cherie Romaro, says, “When Bob Rogers announced his retirement from Mornings, it presented us with a challenge as to who would be the best person to fill his shoes. That person is Tim Webster, he has a long successful history on radio in Sydney and he is passionate about our music and the city he loves. I am excited Tim accepted the challenge and I know he will be welcomed by our listeners.”
Webster began broadcasting at 2BS Bathurst in 1973. From 1981 he spent more than 30 years at Channel 10 Sydney. He was on talk radio for more than 15 years at 2GB, 2UE, the ill-fated Talking Lifestyle and resigned recently from the even less feted Macquarie Sports Radio.

His new show will begin on 11th February.

Rogers is still be presenting his familiar “Reminiscing” program 6pm to Midnight on Saturdays.

2CH will also launch 'Sydney’s Tonight Live' weeknights from 8pm to 1am hosted by Chris Kearns, going against the trend of music stations pre-recording their night time programs.

Chris says, “This is my dream job, to be able to talk to listeners, listen to their stories happy, sad, loves lost, love found and play some great music. I will be there for our listeners, to have a laugh, be a shoulder to lean on, and listen to whatever they want to chat about, it’s a great privilege to be given this job and I’m so excited to be joining a such a great team”.

Cherie Romaro says, “Sydney is a big city and there is a need for people to be able to “reach out” and know someone is there for them. Chris Kearns is the perfect communicator for this role. He will read listener emails, take calls, and play some great Classic Hits from the 60’s and 70’s”.

Sydney Live Tonight launches on February 11th at 8PM.


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21 January 2019 - 8:17am
Such a logical fit and replacement for Bob Rogers on 2CH. Well done Cherie Romaro and Tim Webster and enjoy retirement, Bob. Listening to Tim on DAB+ will be like the 2Day FM of old.
Steve Owens
21 January 2019 - 11:13am
Good on the suits (and skirts) at 2CH for realising what a great fit Tim would be in Bob's chair. Onya Tim.
21 January 2019 - 5:53pm
I’m very pleased to hear that Tim Webster is joining 2CH I think he will be a great part of 2CH.
Tim Williams
21 January 2019 - 9:08pm
If 2CH is really serious about ratings success in 2019, they need a stronger Breakfast than they currently have. Ronnie Sparkes (or however he is currently spelling his name) would be a huge addition to their lineup, with Trevor Sinclair moving to afternoons (without Indira Naidoo).
With the signings already announced (Tim Webster in Mornings and Chris Kearns on Evenings), that would give them their strongest on air lineup in decades.
Anthony The Koala
30 January 2019 - 4:00am
On DAB+, compared to other stations (Smooth @ 64kbs, 2WS @ 48kbs, Zoo @ 48kbs, Easy Hits @ 48kbs) , 2CH has the best signal quality at 128kbs.

While full-bandwidth +-15kHz (from carrier frequency) AM-stereo worked and was comparable in quality to FM, AM-stereo is passe because of a lack of high-bandwidth radios for sale.

Thus on signal quality alone, DAB trumps AM and FM.

On a ratings aspect, people typically say "....AM is no good for a music station..." When 2MMM (Sydney) and 2Day-fm were rating highly in the mid-1980s, 2CH was the top rating music station. Even today, "Classic Hits" 4KQ while not the top rating station, is earning respectable ratings at 8.9% (source Gfk survey, 8, 2018).

Nevertheless, there is a niggling feeling that Sydney is saturated with "classic hits"/"golden oldies" type formats. However, on signal quality alone on DAB, 2CH is the best.

In addition, 2CH should look at its voiceover and jingles. Search on the net for example the late Paul Ricketts' announcements for 2CH and jingles with a'capella/harmonic singing the callsign (2CH). That may well make 2CH 'stick out' as the station to relax and remember.

Anthony of exciting Belfield
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