Last night, the country’s top radio talent ventured to Auckland’s Shed 10 to celebrate the best in the business at the NZ Radio Awards. And the big winners on the night were Mai FM and Mike Hosking, winning Station of the Year – Network and Best Talk Presenter – Breakfast or Drive.
The first results of the GfK Radio Survey of the year are out and it appears the industry has a lot to celebrate as 85 percent of the New Zealand population (10+) tunes into the radio each week. That’s 3.63 million New Zealanders.
RNZ National has maintained its number two spot behind The Edge following, the release of the last radio survey of the year, which reveal a drop in its audience numbers.
Radio might be one of the oldest media channels around, but with over three million New Zealanders still tuning into the airwaves on a weekly basis, it continues to have a strong hold on the attention of today’s listeners. We chat to TRB general manager Peter Richardson about why radio is still grooving despite all the changes in media.
Tomorrow, Bay of Plenty music fans will get a new sound to feast their ears on as The Station goes to air on 105.4FM. Not only is it a new station, it’ll feature new music and is structured around new radio ideology. We speak to Founder Grant Hislop about where it all started, launching artists, local music and reconstructed formats.
The silky voice of Lionel Richie has won over the ears of New Zealanders as well as the latest round of the radio results, with the Breeze overtaking The Edge as the number one station in terms of time spent listening. It was, however, business as usual on the talkback side with Newstalk ZB remaining comfortably on top.
As Cannes wrapped up over the weekend, local agencies Colenso BBDO, DDB and Y&R pulled in their final Lions across the Creative Effectiveness, Integrated, Film and Radio categories.
Last night, New Zealand’s radio royalty moved from behind the microphone to Auckland’s Shed 10 to celebrate the best of a platform that shows no sign of slowing down.
Counting down the music charts has long been a feature of many radio stations, with listeners calling and txting in their favourite. In more recent years we’ve seen that voting adopt social media and now, ZM is taking that to the next level by only taking votes through Snapchat in its new Snapchart show. We talk to host Cam Mansel about connecting with listeners on a one-to-one level and bringing radio into the modern media mix.
In the wake of last week’s commercial radio celebrations, Radio New Zealand has something to cheer about following the release of its survey results by GfK. RNZ National has maintained its spot at number two for audience reach against its commercial competitors and saw growth where other news stations saw a drop.
It’s that time of year again. We look at the winners, the losers and drama of the latest edition of the Radio Survey results.
The finalists for this year’s New Zealand Radio Awards have been announced ahead of the ceremony in May, and MediaWorks and NZME are gearing up to once again battle it out for the most gongs.
With networks financing audience surveys independently, broadcasters selling advertising packages across multiple media channels, streaming services selling video ads and national radio striking commercial partnerships, radio has gone gaga recently. Damien Venuto finds out if there’s method in the madness.
Colenso found itself among the winners at Cannes again overnight, picking up a pair of silvers in the Radio categoy for the ‘Lottery’ and ‘Whack job’ spots produced for Mars.
In the latest edition of the Orca awards, FCB’s Matt Williams and Freddie Coltart picked up the award award for their outrageous 45-second sale radio campaign for AS Colour.
In response to ongoing speculation about the future of The Radio Bureau, NZME and MediaWorks have released a joint statement saying that the future of the industry body “remains solid and secure”. Several sources in the industry have confirmed to StopPress that TRB will not be dissolved and that MediaWorks and NZME are working closely with the independent radio stations to re-shape the organisation to make to ensure it remains relevant in the media landscape. And this restructure has led to some additional staff changes. Update: TRB confirms three new appointments.
In an era where the online realm has allowed marketers and media owners to measure, track and chart everything in real-time, it seems slightly anachronistic to record radio listenership by getting people to fill in a paper diary. And the radio industry seems to agree, because it’s currently reviewing its research methodology and, as a result, it won’t be conducting its regular T1 survey.
The radio survey is generally a competitive affair, which pits the two commercial radio networks against each other and invariably results in the liberal use of superlatives. The latest edition was no different. The releases from the respective networks read like pages torn out of a motivational speaker’s speech, drawing attention to all the positives that the result served up. MediaWorks used its release to draw attention to the fact that it overtook NZME in terms of overall station share in Auckland for the first time. And on the other side of the divide, NZME highlighted the continued dominance of Newstalk ZB, and singled out Mike Hosking for again having the number one breakfast show in New Zealand. PLUS: Matt Heath and Jeremy Wells celebrate Hauraki moving from 13th to 12th.
APN is centralising management of its radio, publishing and digital business interests in New Zealand with the appointment of Jane Hastings in a redefined chief executive officer role. Previously, the Kiwi arm of APN had dual chief executive roles, with Martin Simons being in charge of the publishing and digital side and Hastings holding the reins at TRN. Updated with comments from Hastings.
Radio New Zealand (RNZ) has announced that Simon Mercep will leave the Morning Report in April when Geoff Robinson, the co-host on the show, retires. And according to a Herald report, the empty seats left at the Morning Report by the imminent departure of the two hosts will be filled by Auckland-based Guyon Espiner and, if speculation is to be trusted, Wellington journalist Susie Ferguson, who has previously filled in on the show.
A confused Guy Williams is the punch line of a new TVC that Mediaworks Radio has launched to promote the line-up of The Edge. Shot as a pool party by Daniel Thorn and his team at Rubberneck productions, the 30-second video also features cameo performances by The Edge radio personalities Dominic Harvey, Steph Monks, Sharyn Casey, Jay-Jay Feeney, Clint Roberts, Megan Annear and Mike Puru. Updated with comments from Guy Williams.
The latest radio survey results have just been released, so we’ve decided to republish an edited version of Lynda Brendish’s story on New Zealand’s radio scene that originally featured in the July/August edition of NZ Marketing.
The T2 radio survey results are out. And they present a mostly positive picture for radio year-on-year.
Radio New Zealand isn’t known for being the hippest network on the airwaves, but the public broadcaster is launching a new brand aimed at bringing in the youth.
The unseen but often heard stars of New Zealand’s radio industry took some time to pat themselves on the back last night, celebrating another year of achievements at the New Zealand Radio Awards.