Topic archives: radio

Why does every FM radio show sound like it’s hosted by the same five people?

April 16, 2018 11

Comedian + sportsperson + incomprehensible name = profit? We take a look at the seemingly fixed categories of people you'll find on your airwaves.

The intrepid rebels behind Norfolk Island’s go-it-alone radio station

September 4, 2017 1

Radio Norfolk told them they were surplus to requirements. So they formed their own station.

Desperate measuring: an insider’s guide to the weird world of media ratings

January 11, 2017

Ratings are important. But measuring them is far from a perfect science.

iSentia index: Senators and state elections hog the media

iSentia index: Senators and state elections hog the media

March 5, 2014

Senator Stephen Conroy was the most unexpected entry onto this week's lists.

No show in radio business: jocks make way for ‘integration’

No show in radio business: jocks make way for ‘integration’

February 12, 2013 1

It's not the same game for radio announcers any more, writes freelance journalist Alyce Vayle. Broadcasters are more concerned about cross-platform integration -- but is the sector becoming boring?

Wanted: women to infiltrate white male shock jock crew

Wanted: women to infiltrate white male shock jock crew

November 1, 2012 4

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.

Radio chiefs’ error: mistaking social media for traditional media

Radio chiefs’ error: mistaking social media for traditional media

October 10, 2012 6

Mainstream media powerbrokers only understand social media in traditional media terms, undermining their efforts to deal with it.

The regulation revolution of the Convergence
Review

May 1, 2012 2

A single, revolutionary concept forms the basis of many of the recommendations of the Convergence Review.

Talkback radio: the one medium where feminism dare not enter the waves

March 8, 2012 17

When you ask Amanda Blair, the only female radio presenter on commercial AM radio in Australia, if she's encountered sexism in the workplace, her war stories seem to never end.

Essential: trust in commercial media continues to fall

Essential: trust in commercial media continues to fall

December 12, 2011 5

Trust in Australia's commercial media continues to slump despite the industry's insistence all is well.

A digital avenue for Australian musos on the Jays

September 2, 2011 4

Triple J's new digital radio station -- specifically devoted to new and emerging Australian contemporary music -- is a step in the right direction for Australian content.

Broadcast love and audio intercourse on the wireless

Broadcast love and audio intercourse on the wireless

June 3, 2011

In radio, a problem second can feel an eternity -- will someone find their tongue? Has the guest frozen up? Oh god, is it boring? W H Chong discusses his recent spot of audio intercourse on Melbourne's RRR radio station.

It’s time to revisit media diversity laws

December 1, 2010 8

Our national media has been reduced to six dominant groups. In the face of shrinking media diversity and an evolving media environment, it's time to reconsider how and why we regulate media ownership.

Plugging holes at The Fin … latest radio ratings

May 11, 2010

The turmoil inside Fin Review has been plugged by a spate of new appointments inside the paper. Radio ratings: talk leads in Sydney and Melbourne rival emerges, plus other media news of the day.

Vega: a bright star ahead of its time?

March 12, 2010

Vega, that contemporary music for older listeners station, has closed after four years and $158 million dollars in license fees. It's a great concept, it just needed a few more years, says Camille Alarcon.

Are we witnessing the death of the shock jock?

October 27, 2009 3

The position of the shock jock on our airwaves is becoming increasingly precarious, writes Luke Williams. Is radio heading towards a younger, user-generated and more democratic style of broadcast?

Can digital save FM radio?

Can digital save FM radio?

August 10, 2009

Digital radio offers radio with no interference and superior sound quality... but that's about it. Will it be enough to get the iPod generation re-enthused about the wireless and reinvigorate declining FM listener numbers?

The butt of Rush Limbaugh’s jokes

May 22, 2009

Conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh remains fixated on political humiliation -- his, and other people's -- and it's amazing how frequently such humiliation focuses on the hind quarters...

Nova and Vega FM defy GFC

May 22, 2009

DMG Radio Australia increased its profits and grew its underlying revenue by 1%, despite a 4% decline in the radio advertising market in Australia.

The dumbing down of Radio National

October 16, 2008 35

As Fairfax loses its way, Radio National had been cementing its place as one of the very last refuges for civility and fresh inquiry in the media landscape. That's all set to change, writes Andrew Dodd.