Radio headlines you might have missed over the break

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Myf Warhurst & Tanya Hennessey

We’re a week into 2020 and workers are slowly crawling back to offices, largely empty for the past few weeks.

The team at Radio Today are back online too, and we hope you had a great break (if you were lucky enough to get one).

But there wasn’t complete radio silence over the past couple of weeks, so we’re wrapping up some of radio’s biggest headlines from the break:

Dee Dee Back On Melbourne Radio

Melbourne radio icon Dee Dee Dunleavy has a new gig as the host of 3AW Afternoons for 2020.

Dunleavy takes over from Denis Walter who moves to 3AW Nights in place of Steve Price this year, and will begin the show on January 13.

“A generation of Melburnians has grown up listening to Dee Dee hosting some of the most successful radio programs this city has ever produced. We now invite them to join us in this latest chapter of our afternoon program as we embark on a new journey of entertaining and informing Melbourne,” said 3AW station manager Stephen Beers.

Dunleavy will be joined by her long-time partner Grubby for a weekly catch-up on the show.

“I am beyond excited to take on this new role. It’s my dream job. It’s a big task, taking over from Denis Walter, who has been loved by his audience over the last 11 years, but I’m up for the challenge,” she said

Myf & Tanya Head Into The Jungle

Radio hosts Myf Warhurst and Tanya Hennessey both made their debuts on Aussie reality TV show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

The first episode premiered overnight on Ten, with Warhurst and Hennessey joining a cast including comedians Dilruk Jayasinha and Nikki Osbourne, Ronda Burchmore and reality television stars Erin Barnett and Ryan Gallagher.

It’s Hennessey’s second bite at the show, after she was tapped for the 2019 season but was forced to pull out at the last minute.

“I’m A Celebrity…’ opened with 980,000 viewers overnight, as it kicked off a week earlier than last year.

Warhurst departed her ABC Radio Afternoons show at the end of 2019.

Erin Phillips Joins Mix 102.3

With Jodie Oddy still on maternity leave, Erin Phillips is set to join Mix 102.3 Breakfast when it returns on Monday, January 20.

Phillips joins Mark ‘Soda’ Soderstrom by the former AFLW Adelaide Crows player on Adelaide’s #1 Breakfast show until April 2.

“I am super excited to welcome Erin along for what will be a great ride. Erin has a great knack of succeeding at everything she puts her mind to and I have no doubt radio will be the same,” said Soda.

“I’m incredibly excited to hit the breakfast airwaves and join Soda and the Mix 102.3 Team! I’ve really enjoyed working in radio and this is an area I’d love to work post footy,” said Phillips.

Mix 102.3 Breakfast also welcomes Alexis Kuchel as EP, following the departure of the show’s anchor and content manager John Bleby.

Changes To SCA Adelaide Content Team

The back end of 2019 saw Southern Cross Austereo announce a new content director for Hit SA; Alex Flack.

Flack has spent two years running SCA’s Cairns stations, as well as recently acting as assistant content director at Triple M Adelaide.

His arrival co-incides with the return home of Ben Erbsland, who’ll take Flack’s position at Triple M.

Erbsland most recently worked as acting head of content for Victoria and content director of SCA Shepparton.

Goodbye Macquarie National News

As of January 1, Macquarie Media’s National News service ceased to exist.

News bulletins for stations including 3AW, 2GB, 4BC and 7PR are now badged under the 9News brand, complete with the Nine News theme.

Nine completed its buyout of Fairfax in late 2019, which sees it now own the Macquarie Media radio network.

Collective Noun Finish Up

SCA’s national Late Nights show Collective Noun officially wrapped up after three years in their slot.

Dom Fay, Zach Mander and Michael Parente got started on Hit105 Brisbane, before being rewarded for their strong work and social following with a national show.

“We’ve loved making the show and want to thank you for making it so fun,” the boys said on Instagram when they finished up on December 19.

Ben & Liam Get Underway At Nova

Former triple j Breakfast duo Ben Harvey & Liam Stapleton surprised listeners with a show on Saturday ahead of their official Nova Adelaide debut this week.

The lads have returned to their hometown to take over the Breakfast show on Nova 91.9.

Catch up on their surprise weekend show here.

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6 Jan 2020 - 12:44 pm

“Nine’s television news bulletins are now broadcast in its place”. That’s not strictly true.
They are using Nine’s reporters but it’s not being directly lifted from television bulletins as implied here. Also the Macquarie newsreaders are still reading the bulletins.

6 Jan 2020 - 4:15 pm

@Michael 6 Jan 2020 – 12:44 pm
Who writes the radio news?
Do the Journos at the stations have editorial control??

6 Jan 2020 - 9:16 pm

Curious, all I’m saying is that it’s not a totally direct feed from TV. You won’t hear Peter Overton (or any other 9 TV newsreader) reading it for instance. As I said it’s all 9’s TV reporters but it’s not EXACTLY the same.

Don’t want to have an argument so I’ll leave it there. If you’re unhappy that it’s put former Macquarie News radio reporters out of a job then I totally agree with you.

7 Jan 2020 - 11:23 pm

Will collective noun get another gig in radio? They were a unique show that I will really miss.

8 Jan 2020 - 12:31 pm

Sorry to see Collective Noun got axed. Thought SCA were into talent development? And Tanya Hennesy resorting to reality TV, it’s a shame she’s not on radio anymore.


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