Listen to Alan Jones’ final break on 2GB Sydney breakfast

Staff Writer

After 35 years atop the Sydney ratings, broadcaster Alan Jones has called time.

On his final show today, Jones thanked his “radio family”, including listeners, station staffers, and the network’s legal team: “I’ve driven them nuts, I’m sure.”

“Let me begin by saying the obvious, the program is about listeners,” Jones said in his final hour 2GB Sydney. “Without them, there is no reason to be here.”

Jones confirmed he would be “retiring from radio” earlier this month, on doctors’ orders, marking the end of a 35-year career behind the microphone.

Shortly after his on-air resignation, Nine confirmed drive host Ben Fordham would replace the shock jock on 2GB, with Fordham labelling the challenge “a huge responsibility”.

Following 226 survey wins, Jones waved goodbye with a poem from Robert Lee Sharpe.

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29 May 2020 - 3:06 pm

226 survey wins, against whom, exactly? ABC propaganda or music stations aimed at the young?

2UE was the last man standing and 2GB bought & butchered it.

All this hoop-la about survey wins is meaningless until there is a decent talk-back station to go up against.

Not likely to happen any time soon, so the Pyrrhic victories and slaps on the back will continue.

Tony Poplett
29 May 2020 - 6:42 pm

In total agreement with Ian’s comments, I could not have put it better.

Steve Symon
30 May 2020 - 10:38 am

Any competition was blown away, they had their chance. Indeed Jones isn’t,/wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea but figures don’t lie over more than 3 decades. Shareholders made a tidy profit during that time and really speaking it’s only been the last few years where advertisers have been scared away because of protest groups. They have tried the same tactic with SKY News but predominantly social media continue to show there’s a relatively silent majority. Despite the bleating about News Limited and their dominance, again figures don’t lie. Yes, the circulation numbers are down but they still dominate the dying print industry. The point that critics of Jones never seem to understand is that their glued-on listeners didn’t always agree with him and on a lot of occasions his dogmatic behaviour would lose a number of listeners but they would inevitably return because the alternative would patronize them. Very similar to the attitude towards One Nation voters I.e. dismissing them as ignorant, racist red-necks when actually most of them just want in day-to-day issues. This is precisely why people like Latham are popular on 2GB and SKY.

31 May 2020 - 4:18 pm

What I don’t get is why there’s no talk-back competition? Either an existing station changing its format to talk-back, or a new boy on the block.

Is it prohibitively expensive to apply for & be granted a new commercial radio licence, or is the government red tape impossible to deal with…or both?

I can think of a few entrepreneurs with deep pockets and proven determination who would be more than capable of giving it a fair whack..

There’s obviously a pot of advertiser money out there (especially aimed at the older demographic) – just look at the wealth of the current top shock-jocks not to mention the behind the scene executives who wouldn’t be far behind.

Radio advertising, in that segment, seems to be a money tree, there for the picking. But no takers.

If I was an advertiser I’d be much happier if given a viable alternative with whom to spend my big advertiser dollars rather than Hobson’s choice which it is at present.

And there’s no shortage of radio talent, back desk to front desk who would love to get back into the game and would probably be prepared to fly lean for a while just to get the show on the road.

I admit to knowing nothing about the internal workings of radio. But as a former (very) small business operator for 30 years, doing my own accounts on a Sunday and dreaming up my marketing & advertising over a beer after work, I reckon stealing some of those big accounts would be like taking candy from the proverbial baby.

So where are these wealthy, talented entrepreneurs, looking for a new opportunity?

1 Jun 2020 - 9:21 am

Jones had no competition. Shows like Kyle and Jackie have 4-5 competitors, GB’s only competitor the ABC Ha !

2 Jun 2020 - 5:48 am

Love Alan Jones or loathe him, the man he is without peer the greatest orator of our time. He is world class. I will never understand as Australians why are we so quick to undermine and trash some of our greatest talent.

Yes I don’t agree with everything he said but that doesn’t detract from the fact that he is one of our greatest Australians. He has faults and said some terrible things which he has apologised for but who hasn’t.

The legion of world wide well wishers from battlers, politicians and celebrities is testament to the mans talent and ability.

Enjoy your semi retirement Mr Jones !!


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