Triple M ditches Ray Hadley Morning Show from regional NSW stations

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Triple M in the NSW regional towns of Coffs Harbour, Griffith, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga will no longer broadcast Nine Radio’s Ray Hadley Morning Show from June 30.

The show was broadcast at the same time it went out on Nine’s 2GB from 9am to 12pm weekdays.

A Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) spokesperson told Radio Today that “further announcements on replacements will be made in due course”.

This had led some to speculate the three-hour slot will be filled by Steve Price, whose Australia Today streamed radio program is broadcast on SCA’s LiSTNR platform between 7am and 10am on weekdays.

Hadley told The Daily Telegraph he thought the decision to ditch him was “brave”.

“I fully respect what they broadcast on their networks. It is a brave decision given over the past number of years we have had between 30 and 40% of the available audience,” he said.

“In some cases more than 40% on the network stations. I wish them all the best.”

Price himself is a former employee of 2GB, however as Nine Radio began assuming full ownership and control of the network, he was replaced by Deb Knight in the Afternoons slot.

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Mr. C. rackpot
31 May 2021 - 4:19 pm

SCA is swinging some massive nuts around with this move…

Not really a fan of Ray anymore, but there’s no denying he makes an effort to localise his content to the markets he is in.

Let’s hope those big ol’ nut-aroonies they are swinging are full of gooey, local substance, and not hot, Listnr air. I jest, of course, there’s no way they’d kill off more local content. Again.

Also, I am not a crack-pot.


A person who is not a crack-pot.

31 May 2021 - 4:22 pm

Ray Hadley listeners who currently listen to him via the Triple M stations across Regional NSW will have to either listen via the 2GB live stream or the full show podcast to continue to listen to his morning show once SCA dumps the program.

This move follows a similar decision by SCA in 2019 to Remove Ray Hadley’s program on the Maryborough, Toowoomba & Mt Gambier Triple M stations.

Why are they doing it?
A lot of Hadley’s listeners will not be happy with this decision by SCA.

31 May 2021 - 4:28 pm

Footnote to the last comment: Ray Hadley mentioned about it on air this morning
Audio Here:

Craig Wilson
31 May 2021 - 7:05 pm

Surely there has to be a new generation of talk radio hosts who aren’t right wing nut jobs or mad lefties.

31 May 2021 - 10:47 pm

I love Steve Price, so will others when they listen to him. He just makes sense without you having to question him. Unlike others who made you question yourself.

1 Jun 2021 - 1:33 am

Is it possible Triple M have a view of rolling out a nationwide talkback shift?

They already do this overnight with the Luke Bona program. Like Nine’s stations, they also call the footy (AFL and NRL)

I earlier wondered if Steve Price might be a match for breakfast on 2Day (but then, i also figured Mix 94.5 would surely rebrand to Triple M eventually!)

So, Steve Price covering national affairs in a morning slot on Triple M?

Reasonable rumour?

They employ the guy yet test him over a phone app. Then they cut Hadley who has turned that shift into talk for two decades on the stations concerned.

Am I on the right track?

1 Jun 2021 - 11:39 am

Ray Hadley’s programme is stale, so much self indulgent talk about his family, family history & old acquaintances, which are of little interest to the listener. He is also repetitive, often repeating words more than twice. Time for him to move on.

Jake Metcalfe
1 Jun 2021 - 12:39 pm

As a commercial driver in Coffs Harbour I usually listen to music in my car from a USB unless Ray Hadley, the Danny Lakey are on the air or when the ABC plays its hourly news bulletins.
I tolerate the commercial advertising just to listen to these shows. Triple M is the only station I still listen to. Talk about a brave move forcing regional people to ditch radio altogether.

1 Jun 2021 - 12:43 pm

They have research departments that test the market, so if they’re getting rid of Hadley, it’s because he’s irrelevant and the addvertisers aren’t getting bang for their buck…, Think about it, no accounts department would want to get rid of a success, his dwindling to around under 30% of the market ….., And that’s why they want a replacement

Brian Young
1 Jun 2021 - 2:40 pm

“Think about it, no accounts department would want to get rid of a success, his dwindling to around under 30% of the market ….., And that’s why they want a replacement”

1 Jun 2021 – 12:43 pm

This is SCA we are taking about…

1 Jun 2021 - 2:45 pm

The 2GB format is so repetitive ,it’s grounding day every. Talk back doesn’t exist if you don’t agree with their views ,you don’t get through .I listen to ABC 702 or smooth

1 Jun 2021 - 3:12 pm

Regional listeners can continue to listen to Ray simply by downloading the 2GB app and listen on that.

1 Jun 2021 - 4:08 pm

If MMMcan sign Steve Price for the morning slot it will be a bonus for listeners.
Listening to Hadley talk about Hadley, the family Hadley, the Hadley time spent on the continuous call team and the name dropping of everyone Hadley knows from his time reporting sport, is becoming a little bit too much.
Danny Lakey is intelligent, a little irreverent and very entertaining. He reminds me of a younger Uncle Doug.
Luke Bona is intelligent, empathetic and entertaining and a pleasure to listen and talk to.
Add Steve Price to the mix and MMM will once again be the radio station I was listening to 40 years ago.

Matthew Barlin
1 Jun 2021 - 6:53 pm

Wrong move guy’s
If you want to go in another direction you still need Honest Comment while listening to good music
Bad Idea
The woks are winning by insulting everyone but Claiming Abuse while stopping everyone else’s Comments.
Thank God we live in a Democracy where the Majority (i mean minority) Rules
Shame Shame Shame

Sandra Keating
2 Jun 2021 - 8:46 am

Please, please, please just play the fantastic music that Triple M is renowned for!
As soon as any talk back comes on, or even the signature music, I am straight away searching for another station with good music. No other station plays music as good as Triple M but any other station is better than talk back!

2 Jun 2021 - 11:02 am

Southern Cross also thought it could do without Kyle Sandilands. How did that work out for them?

Annette Richards
2 Jun 2021 - 5:57 pm

My family who live on the Macleay won’t be listening to Steve Price so they will be streaming it on the web. Your loss especially as Ray has a lot of family up that way.

2 Jun 2021 - 9:02 pm

I came up with this theory today as well when l heard Steve Price reading an ad on 2MC (now MMM mid north coast) He’s already on the network with that Listener app: One thing about Triple M is they aren’t scared to have a crack – they’ve taken on the footy and doing a really good job, already dipped their toe in to the talkback scene with Luke Bowna… This is a bold move getting rid of a ratings winner (45% or something up here) but this could be a stroke of genius with Steve Price. I like it.

2 Jun 2021 - 10:44 pm

bye bye mmm lost me as hadley was only show i listened to .

5 Jun 2021 - 1:17 pm

Ray Hadley is a self serving big mouth. If you don’t agree with him he name calls. Comments such as “you’re a pelican” really cut to the bone. What a dickhead he is. Craps on about his friends and family the whole time, who cares! The sooner 2gb ditch him all together the better.

Jack Smythe
5 Jun 2021 - 7:44 pm

Glad to hear Steve price on rural instead of Hadley
I am fed up with hearing about whatever needs policing on a radio program, we can all go to police media site and read that if we desire Hadley vis not police media , we listen to radio as driving for entertainment and news not local police reports

12 Jun 2021 - 10:39 am

I think MMM can see the writing on the wall. The 2GB ratings are heading south.

30 Jun 2021 - 9:34 am

You get rid of non rating announcers not the top rating.

Jenny Webster
30 Jun 2021 - 12:03 pm

not happy about taking of Ray Hadley morning programe the only reason we listen to your station

Gloria Hickey
1 Jul 2021 - 1:42 pm

For goodness sake Ray is the only thing worth listening to on radio. Driving today and I heard all about mental health. I want to know what is going on in this country and overseas, Ray Hadley keeps us up to date. Can’t believe someone decides that we have to listen to a lot of rubbish . We will all need help with mental health at this rate.


2 Jul 2021 - 6:48 am

I’m not sure if part of Hadley’s ratings were partly based on his regional broadcast , but if they are it would be questionable as there are very few to none talkback shows in regional areas besides the Ray Hadley show . I work thru out southern NSW and often would switch to Melbourne talk back .

2 Jul 2021 - 11:56 am

Bye Bye MMM, already downloaded the 2GB app so your local MMM Mid North Coast advertisers are the ones losing in all this. Its about knowing your target market and obviously you don’t understand the Mid North Coast. We listen to Strawny up til 9 then Hadley after.

8 Jul 2021 - 8:14 pm

Ive stopped listening to MMM Port Macquarie now and have downloaded the 2 GB app instead.

Ive listened to Steve Price but I find him BOOOOORING!

12 Jul 2021 - 4:51 pm

Steve Price has commenced . Boring as Bat Shit
All done to save money
Does the advertisers get cheaper rates due to lack of audiences
Commercial decision that will be a flop

Bevan Hudson
13 Aug 2021 - 9:08 am

Very stupid move. I will not be listening to Steve Price I will now go back to listening to Lawsy.

1 Sep 2021 - 12:22 pm

Ray is slowly losing his true audience. He’s just keeping the suck up sheep.

1 Sep 2021 - 2:52 pm

I was hoping they’d get rid of old men going blah blah blah all morning and just play music instead, but I admit Steve Price is a slight improvement on Ray Hadley

Howard Shaw
22 Sep 2021 - 11:15 am

I used to listen to either Ray Hadlee or John Laws as I liked talk back radio. BUT both of them ridicule and belittle anyone with an opinion that does not align with their globalist masters scripts, that are constantly programming gullible peoples minds, with their propaganda.

I now Listen to my Local 2 Way FM station. I wish I had made the change many years ago.
I’m loving the very broad variety of music and show presenters. It’s a breath of fresh air.

areya shore
21 Jan 2022 - 5:11 pm

Ray Hadley is a know it all bully. Good riddance to such an unimportant little. He’ll never be an Alan Jones or John Laws.

The sheer level of fear he’s drumming into our older generation currently is sickening at frustrating. A very poor quality human being.

Sue Hoskins
13 May 2022 - 9:14 am

Miss Ray Hadley. Don’t listen anymore.

Bob Mack
27 Jul 2022 - 9:18 am

Bring back ray hes better than this Turkey Steve price

Jayme Doran
16 Dec 2022 - 5:15 pm

Ray Hadley will return on the Toowoomba, Wagga Wagga & Griffith Triple M Stations in January 2023, meanwhile Listeners in Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie & Orange will still have to stream via the 2GB Website/App if they want to listen to Ray.


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