The 2020 Game Changers Talent Survey, the results are in!

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Game Changers Talent Survey

Conducted over 2 weeks and with a sample size of 226 – the Game Changers 2020 Talent Survey is the largest study of its kind in Australian radio.

So, WHO was part of the Game Changers 2020 Talent Survey?


With a solid representation of both large Metro versus large and small Regional Talent, this Snapshot of the Game Changers 2020 Talent Survey divides into a couple of sections.

1: Your Content Director Relationship

2: Feedback and Career Drivers – Air-checking, what you want from your Content Director and your Career Progression.

3: We will round it off with an overview of the Social Media Space and how your personal brand fits in.

Your Content Director Relationship is where we explore your relationship with your Content Director and how this is impacting your career progression and improvement on the air.

Shared on the 2020 Talent Survey: “I’ve had it both ways, so I know at the moment I’m getting some of the best support, trust and empowerment I’ve ever had in radio.”

What Stands out from that one comment?




While there is not a huge divide between large Metro and small & large Regional, it is clear that Encouragement and Support dovetail into our thirst for FEEDBACK.

Most rate their Relationship with their Content Director as POSITIVE.


We in the Radio business are a unique bunch, always looking to better ourselves.

“I only get mediocre praise. “Yeah that was good” when he hears something. Never negative which is really tough to grow and improve.”

Where the opportunity sits though, is making OnAir Talent feel CHALLENGED and critically securing REGULAR FEEDBACK.

“When a CD goes out of their way to let you know you did a break. Whether that be verbally, email or text. As a workday announcer I felt left out of the mould of getting feedback, but it is getting better.”

The FEEDBACK Loop: Air-checking

“Honest. Positive. Constructive.”

The bookend dayparts are represented and spread almost evenly between large Metro and small & large Regional markets.

Most leaned in with Regular Detailed Feedback!

So how useful is being AIR-CHECKED by your CURRENT Content Director?

The FEEDBACK Loop: What do Breakfast & Drive OnAir Talent Want?

Looking on at this group, when asked: Would you rather your Content Director provide Regular Detailed Feedback on the show or would you prefer a more Hands-off Approach?

Three CLEAR CUT Images – I will DRIVE the Content, but I want my Content Director to give me CONSTRUCTIVE and REGULAR Feedback.

“We need the occasional cheer when we’re doing it right as much as we need to hear when we’re doing it not quite right. Not big ego cheers, just some small pats of encouragement on the back when we are getting it right. The assumption that you must be doing it right when you don’t hear anything for 6 or more months isn’t doing anyone favours. For me, keep the feedback as constructive as possible. Help me strive for that next moment of perfection because I do like to be challenged.”

The FEEDBACK Loop: Career Progression

From your Open-Ended comments there is a clear thread of the real passion each has for their OnAir craft, but how does that translate with CAREER progression?

46% of large & small REGIONAL Talent feel SOMEWHAT Supported, with 1 in 5 VERY Supported. However, 1 in 3 feel NOT AT ALL Supported.

From our large METRO team, 1 in 4 feel either VERY or NOT AT ALL Supported, leaving HALF saying SOMEWHAT Supported.

Your PERSONAL Social Media Brand

Each Network broadly carves up their slice of the social media pie to leverage their brand reach. Chances are your PERSONAL Social Media Brand should be no different. It’s something most of you agree on.

It is clear Facebook’s heritage in the space shines, with Instagram not that far off.

In the social context, while flavour of the month externally is TikTok, it is clear visually driven content will continue to build. That sees established players also attempting to block competition.

Instagram Reels for example taking on TikTok.

What’s NEXT….

Now you’ve seen the raw numbers, over coming days Craig Bruce will be sharing his insights on the verbatim comments.

And coming soon a special edition of the Game Changers podcast featuring more conversation on the 2020 Talent Survey.

The Game Changers Talent Survey was created by Craig Bruce in partnership with former Radio Today editor Blair Sullivan from Create Consult Research.

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