Hit announces state-based Brekkie producers & local Workday hosts
Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has announced a series of key producer appointments, following its move to state-based regional Breakfast shows across the Hit Network.
In addition, announcers for regional Workdays have also been revealed, with several hosts appointed for Hit’s local ‘Community’ division stations in the 9am-12pm slot.
Queensland’s Cliffo & Gabi show welcomes producer Carley Whittington, who has been at SCA since 2015 in roles including a state-wide Workdays announcer gig.
In Victoria, Tim & Jess will be joined by Riley Rose-Harper, who has worked as a daytime announcer at Hit104.9 The Border for the past five years.
The Allan & Michelle show in Western Australia will be produced by Jorgia Pisani, former a Hit Squad member and assistant producer at Hit92.9 Perth.
There’ll be no change in producer for Hit’s NSW show, with Gawndy & Maz producer Matt Lucas to continue in his role. Ash Pollard is currently on maternity leave, but will return to the show.
16 local Workday announcers have also been appointed, with SCA drawing heavily on the talent pool of announcers previously on regional Breakfast shows like Hit Coffs Coast’s Ben Stevenson, Hit Cairns’ Carly Porch, and Hit Goulburn Valley’s Josiah Shala.
The full list of Workday announcers is below:
Albury – Tyson Witham
Atherton/Cairns – Mark Littler
Bendigo – Michael Billings
Coffs Harbour – Ben Stevenson
Emerald/Rockhampton – Ryan Bebbington
Griffith/Wagga – Dane McGuirk
Kingaroy/Roma – Emily Crawford
Mackay – Joel Dixon
Mareeba/Mt Isa – Cameron Hilder
Maryborough – Jason Coombes
Mildura – Pat Silcox
Orange – Carly Porch
Port Macquarie – James Preston
Shepparton – Josiah Shala
Toowoomba – Nik Stuart
Townsville – Mark ‘Chooky’ Edwards.
“These appointments will further assist in providing support for our new state breakfast shows and reaffirm our commitment to delivering live and locally based workday shows across the Hit Community division,” Hit Network newly installed assistant head, Adrian Brine, said.
Former Hit Mt Gambier Brekkie hosts will remain with the network, returning to their home state of Western Australia to host Triple M’s remote Bunbury Breakfast show.
Following SCA’s decision to axe 19 regional Hit Network Breakfast shows from around Australia last month, the network made several changes to its leadership structure, in a move that put regional radio in a new ‘Community’ division.
The aforementioned Brine was promoted to assistant head of Hit Network, with his remit including the Hit Network community division.
In addition, several metro assistant content directors became assistant content directors of their respective states.