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18 May 2020 - 1:42pm
St John, thanks for your comment/question.

CRA has advised that "car and device numbers are national figures."

DAB+ proves to be a winner in Canberra
18 May 2020 - 7:43am
John Stanley. The most stable and liked announcer 2GB/2UE has had over the years. Put John into Drive and give nights to Michael McLaren. Makes sense to give 2GB listeners people they know and relate to. Who is going to Drive GB's afternoon audience?
Tim Williams
16 May 2020 - 2:00pm
Since his appointment as boss of Nine Radio, Tom Malone has almost invariably gone with "Nine" people to fill vacant positions.
Steve Jacobs as the Breakfast host on 2UE/4BH/Magic in Melbourne/Perth digital (despite the fact that multi-capital city Breakfast music shows have never worked), now Neil Breen for 4BC Breakfast in Brisbane. Neither Steve Jacobs nor Neil Breen is an established capital city radio professional.
So, it's highly likely that the new host of 2GB Drive will come from the Nine stable, even if they're not established radio people.
Steve Price would seem (to me, anyway) unlikely because of his sacking by Tom Malone, although you would have thought a few months ago that he might have been an ideal fit. He also works for the opposition Ten network on "The Project".
Chris Smith has been welcomed back to the 2GB fold by Tom Malone, despite his sacking by previous management to accommodate Steve Price on afternoons. And, he's been a proven ratings winner on 2GB for a long time, so he seemingly would fit the bill.
Alan Jones, definitely no. There's a very real sense of "pushed" rather than "retired" about him, and why risk losing more revenue if advertisers then desert Drive as they have Breakfast because of him.
Mark Levy, a distinct possibility, and it would add to the generational chance evident in Ben Fordham's move to Breakfast. It would also enhance Mark Levy's prospects of eventually replacing Ray Hadley on Mornings.
One name that was missing from your commentary was John Stanley, currently rating well on Nights. He's done everything asked of him since moving to 2GB from 2UE, although he wouldn't fit the generational change aspect.
As for Luke Grant (see "Anon" comment), another loyal fill-in, but not for any permanent role.
Who is going to Drive GB's afternoon audience?
16 May 2020 - 11:50am
How about promoting Michael McLaren finally into a day shift finally?
He has earned his stripes at GB and is an excellent communicator.
Rates his head off in overnights and would handle Drive beautifully!
Please not S Price ...
Who is going to Drive GB's afternoon audience?
Anthony The Koala
16 May 2020 - 9:09am
This is an observation on the kinds of media jobs advertised and those which are not advertised. If I'm wrong then I'm wrong.

When I applied for a traineeship in broadcasting, I responded to an advertisement in the SMH.

If one was working for a statutory authority or large business, the positions would normally be advertised internally and sometimes externally. Internally-advertised positions were not available to the public.

Sometimes if one was working in organization X, a person from organization Y would ring up and say "....does anyone want a job at organization Y in a 'particular division' ?" Such positions generally were not publicly advertised. Though one broadcasting organisation ('Y') advertised that job in a 'particular division' for several months in the SMH.

I stand corrected for this. Most of the jobs advertised were generally for engineering, production, clerical and miscellaneous positions. This may be in the newspapers and digital job placement sites such as seek.

In these days of job reduction or cutting hours, it may well be that recruiting of staff may well be 'internal' rather than externally-advertised jobs once the business picks up - this does not only apply to media jobs, it could well be coffee shops where the 'boss' calls a redudant worker "....hey our business is picking up....would you like your job back......"

HOWEVER, my observation is that presenter jobs on radio and tv have never been advertised to the public in a the "jobs vacant" section in the newspapers, Seek or even the Centrelink/Job agency computers. This is regardless of whether the positions were for the ABC/SBS or commercial media.

Maybe some positions are advertised on this website or "Jock's Journal".

But generally it seems that for presenters positions are not obtained by well-worn paths of the journal, newspaper, Seek and Centrelink/Job Club.

It may well be that other kinds of positions in the media may well come from non-conventional paths based on people working within a particular media organization.

For example, while listening to 2GB's Ben Fordham's afternoon program, he'd often talk about new appointments such as production assistants who were invited and recommended by someone within 9Media/2GB. Even for Ben himself being appointed to the breakfast program, it was a personal recommendation not from responding to newspaper advertisements, Seek, media journals or the Centrelink/Job Club computers.

As the economy improves, unless there is no need to employ or there is no destructive technologies, it may well be that former employees or new employees will get a media position or any kind of job through personal recommendation in which the statistics are not reflected in the "job advertisement" statistics obtained from newspapers, job agencies and Seek.

Thank you,
Anthony from thinking Belfield
Where are all the jobs in radio?
15 May 2020 - 5:22pm
Luke Grant has been loyal and has done drive in the past on MTR Who is going to Drive GB's afternoon audience?
15 May 2020 - 12:28am
Nearly 6 million Device sales.
What does "Gfk's Point of Sale DAB+ Fusion Report inclusive of market coverage estimation extrapolation to represent 100 % sales coverage. The report includes the following product categories..... mean?
The 2016 census shows the coverage area only has 432,369 people living in 179,010 dwellings and 152,190 private vehicles.
So if each person had a personal radio, one in the house and one in the car you still only get 770,000 radios.
DAB+ proves to be a winner in Canberra
14 May 2020 - 2:50pm
Tony, the simple answer is broadcast media organisations ARE saying this a a matter of fact, because it's the TRUTH. Advertising revenue for both TV & Radio has been whacked. What you're hearing and seeing are ad breaks made up of existing contract advertisers who haven't bailed out in the short term, "special short term, reduced rate" advertisers, "bonus spots" for loyal clients and the usual 'no-charge' Community Service spots. Hence, the ad breaks sound and look as if nothing much has changed in the world of broadcast advertising. Hope this helps. Ace Radio makes some cuts as COVID19 cuts deep into revenue
Anthony The Koala
14 May 2020 - 1:12am
I will address the programming and technical aspects of AM "still a thing" and how this early 20th century technology is still being applied.

First, AM radio receivers are ubiqutous and cheap to make. AM radio stations can still rate highly whether as a talk station such as 2GB or music station such as 4KQ. If you are in Canberra, RN rates 15%. In the 1980s the top rating music station was AM, radio 2CH several years after the establishment of 2DAY, 2MMM and 2JJJ (1980) and even 2ABC-fm (1976) , 2MBS (1974) and 2CBA (1979) (Oh I miss Klaus Wunderlich, Eric Jupp and Scottish accordion music)

Regretably AM has had a reputation of being low-fidelity when they have been broadcasting a wider bandwidth than the channel spacing and the receiver's frequency response. I have explained the concept elsewhere on this site.

Second, AM is old technology, but this modulation technique continues to be applied elsewhere. In the old analogue tv system, vestigial AM for video and QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) for the chroma signals (R-Y and B-Y). The later QAM system is used for conveying digital signals at high bit rates.

So AM technology and its derivatives is still used even in today's modern digital modulation system. Therefore "AM" is still a thing.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting Belfield
Why Ray Hadley won't be doing Breakfast on 2GB
13 May 2020 - 4:48pm
Is Amplitude Modulation (AM) still a thing ?

In Brisbane there is only Radio 4KQ and a Sydney relay station, and some niche community stations still using 1920's Amplitude Modulation technology.

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