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He’s back!

Rex Hunt is returning to 3AW.

“It’s a bit corny to say, I suppose, but I’m coming home,” the much-loved 3AW personality revealed on Friday.

He won’t be calling the football, but will be hosting a post-match show Hunt himself described as a “nightline for footy.”

“I’m just absolutely delighted to be coming back,” he said.

Rex returns to 3AW

Brisbane’s 4BC had their website hacked this morning.

One person on Twitter wrote the website “has been hacked & goes straight to porn”.

Iconic Melbourne news identity Jo Hall is set to launch a new project, Great Australian Lives, to be broadcast on radio station 3AW from this Sunday.

After more than 38 years as a prominent face in the loungerooms of millions of Melburnians, Hall will get behind the microphone to uncover the stories of prominent Australians, in a new hour-long chat program partnered by Tobin Brothers Funerals – Celebrating Lives.

With her love of human interest stories, Hall will celebrate the lives of some of Australia’s most influential and prolific personalities from a diverse range of backgrounds - entertainers, humanitarians and those with untold stories.

The weekly program, airing Sunday nights at 8pm on 3AW, will kick off this weekend with revered Australian television, film and stage actor, Michael Caton.

Hall said it was an honour to be starting her own venture on Melbourne’s #1 radio station.

“I’m thrilled to be joining 3AW, as it’s a station that’s been dear to me for as long as I can remember.

“The program represents a fantastic opportunity to explore in-depth the stories of some of our most amazing people. They’re also often our busiest people, so it’s a real privilege to hear them talk so candidly and give honest insights into their remarkable journeys.”

3AW Operations Director, Stephen Beers, welcomed Jo and the program to the 3AW lineup.

“Jo is a highly-respected journalist and newsreader. With years of experience in television, it is exciting to hear her expand into radio. 3AW is the perfect home for Great Australian Lives, with the fascinating guests and inspiring stories.”

Ray Hadley will take on extra broadcasting responsibilities to help ease the burden of Alan Jones’ lengthy recovery from back surgery, broadcasting from 5.30am until 11am.

Ray bolts for more airtime

The Parrot will continue to squawk on 2GB, coming back from major surgeries in the next few weeks.

“I do feel embarrassed, we’ve had so many false starts,” Jones joked to Ray Hadley.

Macquarie Media Limited (MRN) have confirmed its immediate plans to bring 2UE’s Talking Lifestyle format to Melbourne and Brisbane on 27 February.

“This format, launched on Sydney 2UE in September 2016, is already generating earnings growth to the network, and will be launched in the Brisbane and Melbourne markets in late February 2016,” MRN Chairman Russell Tate said in a statement to the ASX.


This evening, Macquarie Media announced the launch of exciting new radio format Talking Lifestyle in Melbourne to begin broadcasting on Monday 27 February, 2017.

Talking Lifestyle radio personalities Ed Phillips, Nick Bennett, Dee Dee Dunleavy and Sabina Read along with 3AW presenters Ross Stevenson, Neil Mitchell, Denis Walter and Tom Elliott joined Macquarie Media’s Executive Chairman Russell Tate and Chief Operating Officer Adam Lang at a VIP event to celebrate the company’s new Australian radio format.

The launch of Talking Lifestyle into the Melbourne market follows 18 months of development by Macquarie Media and a soft launch in the Sydney market from September last year.

Held at Queen Victoria Night Market in Melbourne, Macquarie Media Executive Chairman, Russell Tate said: “It’s new, it’s different, it’s never been done before on radio. We’re pretty excited about it and I think our listeners and their peers in the 45+ demographic will be too.”

Talking Lifestyle will be heard on 1278AM in Melbourne. People right across Australia can also listen online via streaming, podcasts and can watch live via

and you wonder why radio ratings are down… this is just damone for radio



Rex Hunt returns to 3AW next month seeking redemption.

Speaking exclusively to the Herald Sun, a rejuvenated Hunt, 67, said his life both professionally and personally had come full circle, as he prepares to host a new program, Footy Nightline.

Yibbity Yibbita he’s back

Veteran radio announcer Alan Jones will return to the airwaves on Monday after more than four months off-air due to ill health, reports AAP.

Jones, 75, initially went on leave in mid-November for back surgery but then had to undergo several neck operations in January.

Fellow 2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley, who’s been filling in for his longtime colleague, told listeners on Thursday that Jones would be back on Monday.

well that’s a pity.

2GB drive host Ben Fordham responds to The AFR about speculation he could be joining Sky News:

“I’ve been called in by Sky a few times to do bits and pieces but I owe it to Russell [Tate] to run any decisions on that front by him. He’s not overly keen on me taking on extra responsibilities.

“And I’m not about to do anything that interferes with my Channel 9 duties.”

Outspoken Sydney radio host Ray Hadley has banned Treasurer Scott Morrison from future appearances on his popular morning timeslot.

The Drinks Review is a new bespoke radio program by Crocmedia for Dan Murphy’s. The program can be heard Fridays from 7-7.30pm on Macquarie Media’s new radio network Talking Lifestyle (Sydney 954AM, Melbourne 1278AM, Brisbane 882AM).

The half-hour show is designed to educate and inform people about the world of wine and craft beer, in an entertaining, easy-to-listen to style.

Hosted by Talking Lifestyle’s Nick Bennett, Dan Murphy’s national fine wine manager Peter Nixon and the beer diva Kirrily Waldhorn, the team brings a wealth of personality, knowledge and experience as they showcase various wine and craft beer styles, giving listeners confidence when choosing something for the weekend or something for the cellar.

Crocmedia CEO Craig Hutchison said the show was an example of a growing stable of brand-funded programs produced from its new state of the art studios in Melbourne.

“While there’s been a huge focus on brand-funded digital content for social media, increasingly, savvy marketers are taking advantage of radio and podcasts as powerful native content platforms,” Hutchison said.

As well as The Drinks Review for Dan Murphy’s, Crocmedia also produces the popular Great Australian Lives hosted by Jo Hall Sunday nights on 3AW and Great Sporting Lives hosted by Peter Donegan Sunday mornings on SEN – both produced exclusively for Tobin Brothers.

The Drinks Review is a 10-week series and is also available on podcast.



After meeting yesterday about his ongoing involvement on the Sunday Morning program, John-Michael Howson and management agreed to part ways starting this week.

We thank John-Michael for his work on the popular Sunday Morning program for the past 10 years. From social commentary to theatre reviews, his style wasn’t always everyone’s cup of tea, but it was always compelling radio.

We have offered John-Michael the opportunity to talk to the Sunday Morning audience at the start of this week’s program.

The program will continue to be hosted by Darren James and Nick McCallum.

An announcement about a third co-host will be made in the new year.