Dunleavy takes up 3AW afternoon hosting

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Dee Dee Dunleavy (photo credit: Profile Talent Management)Dee Dee Dunleavy is hitting the afternoon circuit at Nine Radio’s 3AW, starting 13 January. 

She moves into the slot as incumbent host Denis Walter is set up for the 3AW Nights show, which Nine is no longer syndicating from Sydney. 

It will also put her long-time radio partner, Peter “Grubby” Stubbs, on the market for a new co-host on The Weekend Break, but they will do a weekly catchup on the afternoon show. They have been working together since their days at FOX FM mornings back in the 1980s.

"He's my best friend. We talk on the phone every other day. It'll stay that way. He's right behind me and comfortable with everything. Telling him I'd been offered the Afternoons gig was a big deal and it meant a lot to me that he was happy. He was like a mother bird pushing me out the nest," said Dunleavy of Stubbs.

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ARN’s 97.3FM in Brisbane is bringing back the old breakfast crew of Robin Bailey, Terry Hansen, and Bob Gallagher on 28 January.

ARN national content director Duncan Campbell said reassembling the triumvirate was a coup in itself, considering all that happened before. 

ARN didn’t renew Bailey’s contract in 2017 and she went to Triple M until leaving last September to tend to husband Sean Pickwell’s bout with illness. Gallagher left the show last year for personal reasons. Their respective replacements, Bianca Dye and Mike van Acker, worked well with Hansen.    

Ruth de Glas is back for another run as executive producer.

“It’s wonderful to be back at 97.3FM, it’s where I’m meant to be. I’ve missed the connection, the conversations and our listeners. It’s a new year and a new time in my life and it feels so right to bring the old band back together with Tez and Bob. Our focus is to bring the best of

Grant Goldman dies following cancer battle

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Seasoned broadcaster Grant Goldman has passed on at 69 years old.

A former station he worked in, 2GB, tweeted that he died after a long battle with cancer, which was revealed to be terminal in 2017. 

Goldman was one of the Australian media’s best-known voices, lending his talent to multiple stations including 2UE, 3UZ, and 5AD. He also hosted the first edition of ABC’s Countdown, and was popular amongst Sydneysiders as the voice of the city’s bus and tram network through the 1990s and 2000s.

He had been the ground announcer of Manly Sea Eagles games at Brookvale Oval from 1983 to 2016, and became the voice of automated tour guides for the Blue Mountains, the SCG, and Stadium Australia. 

HIT 106.9 adds brekky show host

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HIT 106.9 FM in Newcastle is adding a third co-host to the Nick and Jess breakfast show

The HIT Network announced that Nick “Ducko” Allen-Ducat is joining Jess Farchione and Nick Gill today, as the Nick, Jess and Ducko show (pictured). 

Southern Cross Austereo NSW/ACT group content director Jase Allen said Allen-Ducat earned the post as test sessions with Farchione and Gill brought out chemistry among them.

Allen-Ducat moved to Newcastle after a successful announcing/producing stint with NOVA Entertainment in Sydney and Brisbane, plus finishing tapings for 9GO! kids show Smashdown.

“I’m so excited to be joining the Hit Newcastle family for 2020, Nick Gill and Jess Farchione are loads of fun and I can’t wait to see what we get up to together! Newcastle are in for one hell of a ride! Newy is an incredible city, I am pinching myself that I get to call it home and work on a breakfast show with such amazing people every day, even if there are two Nicks

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Sunshine Coast station 91.9 SEA FM is debuting a brand new show, Elly and Becks, on 3 February.

The show will bring together Luke “Becks” Toohey and Elly Chaney.

Chaney settled in the Sunshine Coast after two years at Hit96.9 Shepparton’s breakfast show. Toohey recently stepped down as Southern Cross Austereo’s VIC/SA Group content director, and is now SEA FM’s new content boss.

“I love sunshine and I love the coast so accepting this job and joining the SEA FM family was a no brainer! I can’t wait to jump on the air with Becks and prove once and for all that I’m funnier than him,” said Chaney.

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She was chosen on account of her 14 years’ experience contributing material for a variety of luxury travel publications, including Vacations and Travel, and speaking on travel tropics.

“It is a real thrill to take the editor’s chair here at Vacations and Travel,” said Taylor.

“I thoroughly look forward to meeting the exceptional standard set by those before me, and am excited by the potential offered by such an outstanding brand.”

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Smith Journal shuts down

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Men’s magazine The Smith Journal is ending its operations. 

Editor Chris Harrigan said in a Pedestrian TV interview that a decline in advertising revenues is affecting the magazine’s bottom line. 

“How you can model your business to provide people with the stories that they want: I mean, that sounds like it should be easy enough to do, but for whatever reason… It’s no surprise to anyone that publishing is not the healthiest it’s ever been, and it hasn’t been in a decade,” he lamented.

As such, Volume 33 (pictured) will be the final issue. The magazine was established in 2011. 

Harrigan himself is exiting parent firm Frankie Press while the staff have been reassigned to other parts of the organisation.

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Nine Radio stations 2GB and 4BC are being earmarked for a new weekend show, starting 18 January.

The network announced that Paul Kidd and John Stanley are going on-air every Saturday and Sunday from 2PM to 6PM, as a follow-on to Chris Smith’s weekend show. The show will be on-air until the 2020 NRL season begins.

Stanley is filling the void left by George Moore, who exited 2GB last year. 

“The show will build on the success of the George and Paul program and include some of their most popular segments and guests,’ said Nine Radio head of content Greg Byrnes.

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