People & Ideas

Nov 1, 2012

Wanted: women to infiltrate white male shock jock crew

Talkback radio is dominated by male presenters. If we're to have any hope of diversity of opinion we need more women on the radio, says radio producer Kate Leaver.

Walk the corridors of the 2GB building and you’ll pass a line-up of white men smiling from frames along the walls. Alan Jones smiling blithely next to Ray Hadley and Chris Smith. Ben Fordham’s cheeky grin. Ross Greenwood (my boss, in the name of full disclosure, and one of the best people I know) beams down at you on the way to the studio. The studio where, all hours of the day and night, the hosts of Sydney’s top-rating radio station sit, their microphones as loudspeakers to a devout audience.

If you’re listening out for a female host’s voice, you’ll be waiting a while.

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4 thoughts on “Wanted: women to infiltrate white male shock jock crew

  1. Arty

    The best defence against all-male announcers is no-female listeners. So ladies, just do it.

  2. Michael James

    It’s interesting that in the US, the right seems to have a higher percentage of female ‘shock jockettes’, people like Laura Ingraham and others.

    Yes, they have the Becks and the Sterns and the other white males, but equally they have plenty of female talking heads on radio.

    That’s before you get the Gwen Ifill’s and others on the Left at places like PBS.

    It’s much the same at Fox News network, some of their best hosts and interviewers are female.

  3. thteribl

    How lucky we are to be living in the Land of Oz! We don’t have to torture ourselves with brain-dead shock-jocks desperate for notoriety so that hapless listeners can be trapped into suffering the lies and deceptions of commercial advertisers whose only concern is their limitless greed. I tune into Auntie !

  4. The Old Bill

    Does it really matter what 2Gb does?
    The author of the article works there and apparently it’s “top rating”. Trouble is, it’s almost impossible to find anyone that listens to 2GB. If it didn’t get publicity for its on air rubbish, I doubt many people would even know of its existence. ( Outside it’s 500,000 or so claimed listeners of course.)
    Not quite sure about how we get our ratings figures either. We have twice had our home monitored by little black boxes fitted in our roof by ratings agencies, only to have them removed very soon after because our viewing, mainly ABC and SBS, didn’t fit their parameters.

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