4 weeks of ACRA’s Finalists Fever 2012 #18

Staff Writer

Tonight is the night…..how exciting !!!

Radio Today have been spotlighting many of the finalists over the past 4 weeks. See them all here

Today in #18 we spotlight a best newcomer, a best documentary finalist, Fiveaa's best station produced commercial finalist and many more…



Price's Fresh Bakery
Fiveaa, Adelaide SA, dmg radio australia

Give us a snapshot of your radio backgrounds

John: After travelling the world for many years and living the life of a vagabond I kind of needed to get a real job. Unfortunately most jobs looked pretty boring at the time so I clawed my way into the creative world of Radio.
In the last decade, I haven’t looked back.

Mark: Straight out of school started at FIVEaa doing carting and making music tapes, it was automated back then, with an easy listening format. Worked there for 4 years. Then went to SAFM for about 7 years doing commercials then imaging. Left to do video and location sound for a few years then came back to radio, been at FIVEaa now for nearly 15 years.

Here's their entry…

https://radiotoday.com.au/music/Murph audio.mp3
or hear it here

What’s the best part of your job ?

John: I get to write stuff, work with actors and meet amazing people every day. I also make money for doing it.

Mark: The variety & working with a great creative team.

What are your key achievements over the past 12 months ?

John: I travelled all over Turkey. I won best radio campaign and best radio single in the AADC Awards for Be Active – the musical. I have had the great pleasure of working with a tight knit team of creative souls – the multi award winning  dmg Adelaide Creative Team. Together we’ve been putting a ding in the Radio Universe.

Mark: Surviving another great year in radio !!

You can’t make a speech on the night so here’s a chance to have your moment in the spotlight (don’t forget to thank anyone)….go for it….

John: Don’t be afraid of investing in your Creative Team!!!

Mark: The commercial script for Prices Fresh Bakery was totally different to our end product, the track just evolved as we started recording. Thanks heaps to John Curran, a fantastic boss.



Matthew James, Lee Dixon (pictured), Tullia Connor and Mark Robinson

Sea FM, Devonport TAS, Grant Broadcasters

We speak with one of the people behind this entry, Lee Dixon…tell us about your background...

I started working casually at Bass Radio in Launceston whilst at college in 2000. I would run to the station during my lunch breaks and voice track mid-dawns on SeaFM. I also paneled OB’s and cooked the occasional snag at Bunning’s OBs before landing a full time gig on 7LA, 7BU, 7AD and 7SD as MD and drive announcer. At the moment I co-host Breakfast with Lee and Tullia on SeaFM in Devonport.

Tell us about this ACRA's entry…

Juice on the Loose was a really fun promotion where we celebrated one year on air as ‘The Juice’. We did the show from Banjos stores across the north west coast starting in Burnie, then moving onto Ulverstone, Devonport and finishing in Latrobe. We would set up the OB’s on a very strict time line and in between these mini OB’s would do the show from the cruiser on the main highway.

What’s the best part of your job ?

Each day is different. I love the fact we get to talk with different people with different views and stories each morning and hopefully make people laugh at the same time. I’m also lucky enough to work with other people who also love radio!

Your speech, if you were able to make one…

Hi Mum! Without the ability to be creative on and off the air this award wouldn’t be possible. The trophy can stay at my house first!


The Todd Langley Story
Geire Kami & Jerimiah Busniak (pictured)
Radio West Network, Bunbury WA, Southern Cross Austereo

Give us a snapshot of your radio background..

I was in live sound/lighting working at a theatre, and volunteering at the local radio station. I soon realised radio production didn’t involve lifting heavy things or staying up til 4am, so fast forward 6 years and now I’m at the Fox. I don’t lift heavy things anymore, but I do carry the Matt & Jo Show every morning (someone has to), and now I get up at 4am. Hmm…

Tell us about this ACRA entry…

It’s a mini-documentary I produced as a tribute for Sgt Todd Langley, a Katanning soldier killed in Afghanistan. I’m a WA boy so when I read the news early in 2011, I felt like it’d be nice for the community to reflect it via the radio on remembrance day.

I’m still tight with the RadioWest crew who I used to work for, so we planned to do something around October to give the family time to grieve before we started gathering information to write the piece.

The lovely Geire Kami jumped on board and wrote (then voiced) the original piece, as she was working around that market. We made a version for the RadioWest network in regional WA, and I also edited it slightly for Mickey Maher to playback on Perth’s 92.9.

I think it’s a nice example of how the new SCA can pool it’s resources for the benefit of a small country town, and subsequently a cap city.

The tribute….
or hear it here

What’s the best part of your job ?

Matt & Jo (and our awesome EP Paul Dowsley) have given me creative license to run amuck with their guest intros, so that means I get to be a comedian most mornings. It’s something I don’t take for granted, as I could potentially put a guest offside if I offend them with a tasteless joke. Having a direct input and influence on the show through the intros (and through being involved in meetings/idea generation) make this the ultimate gig for me.

What are your key achievements over the past 12 months ?

I think consistently remembering to set my alarm for 4am is worth celebrating.

Your speech, if you were able to make one…

I’d like to thank old mate Matt Tilley, for consistently being a nightmare to work with before his 9:15am coffee (he’ll dispute this). I’d like to thank Jo Stanley for producing some of the most incredible laughs. I don’t mean through her jokes, I mean her actual laugh… it’s phenomenal. Also I’d like to thank Paul Dowsley for sending me a link. 



104.7 & MIX, Canberra ACT, ARN / Southern Cross Austereo

Give us a quick snapshot of your radio background ?

Uni holidays 1995 painting Mum and Dad’s roof and a phone call from a family friend that changed it all. MORE FM in Christchurch needed a young punk to hand out icy cold cans of Coke and cook snags over Summer.

Within weeks Uni and the BSc was ditched, Media Studies course was booked and I became that kid who never left the radio station and never stopped asking questions.

The following year I scored the gig as Promotions Manager at the sister station in Wellington where I stayed for 8 years before getting itchy feet and jumping the ditch to the Berra. I still ask questions but tend to leave a bit earlier these days.

What’s the best part of your job ?

Seriously, no two days are the same and I get to work with some of the best Programming, Sales and behind the scenes people in the industry on a daily basis which makes walking in the door every morning still an exciting thing. I am challenged every day to ask questions and also challenged to be more creative than the day before with a team that wants nothing more than to be the very best. Plus, if the Brumbies are losing I can always go for the Raiders.

What are your key achievements over the past 12 months ?

It’s been a year of reinforcing the position of MIX 106.3 as a community partner in the ACT so our success in raising over $80K as part of the SCA Give Me 5 for Kids appeal for the sick kids in The Canberra Hospital was a great moment.

Achieving the unachievebale again with the 104.7 breakfast show, Scotty & Nige has been an absolute highlight. Every year they come up with something totally ludicrous that they want to run; like running over 300 listeners laptops in a steam roller, or dropping cars from cranes or jumping cars through burning rings of fire onto a bingo board and this year, like all of the others we somehow managed to pull it off without injury or lawsuit and created some bloody great radio (and Sales results) along the way.

Your speech, if you were able to make one…

Thank you to everyone who I have the absolute pleasure of working with every day, you make my job the very best job to have. Thank you for listening to my ideas and ramblings and most of all thank you for listening to the wireless and keeping this great medium going from strength to strength. Continue to demand more from it and it will continue to entertain you and attain business results for you, just be gentle.



3WM, Horsham VIC, ACE Radio Broadcasters

Give us a snapshot of your radio background..

I was firstly employed as a receptionist with a Traineeship in Business at 3WM two years ago, where I took on a number of different tasks. After I had finished my Traineeship I was offered a job as Sales Support, which I immediately took up and gained a vast knowledge of sales. This lead to me getting a job as an account executive, which is where I am now.

What’s the best part of your job ?

The best part of my job would be creating strong relationships with clients. This means you can gain their trust, and will ensure that all work is done efficiently and effectively.

What are your key achievements over the past 12 months ?

Attaining my Certificate 3 in Business. Promoted from reception to sales support and sales support to Account Executive.

Your speech, if you were able to make one…

I would just like to thank ACE Radio for everything they have done for me over the last two years. The opportunities they have given me and the overall way in which the company is run is fantastic.

All of my friends and family who have encouraged me to take on bigger roles, and to everyone at 3WM & MixxFM, you have all been great to work with and I hope we can continue working together for a long time yet.

Last but certainly not least I would like to thank the Office Manager at 3WM, Jackie Exell, who hired me as receptionist when females had been the preferred choice. I owe my whole career to Jackie, who encouraged the General Manager to promote me to Sales Support once my Traineeship was finished. If it wasn’t for her then I wouldn’t be where I am now, and I don’t have any idea as to what I would be doing for work. Thankyou.


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