Newcastle Radio

They spun it as an FM conversion, but the licence was brand new and had no relationship to the 4MB licence. The 4MB licence just changed its callsign to 4FC. It wasn’t an “FM conversion” per se like 4GG for example. Just smoke and mirrors. Also they never even ID’d as 4MB-FM, unlike 4MK or 4CA when they did something similar. They might have ID’d as Mix 103.5 4MB for a very short time. Regardless the Sea FM licence was still a supplementary licence to 4MB/4FC, not 4MBB (Mix/now Triple M).

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New Fm have done an imaging rebrand so it seems. Their news intro is a kookaburra laughing. No indication it’s a news bulletin whatsoever. Bit odd and sound terrible.

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Same as Hot Tomato Gold

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Personally you’d think you’d just sell 2HD and 2NM onward to just have a KIIS network station in both markets, rather than having 2HD.

I suppose if 2HD can wrangle an actual FM conversion it might be a different situation.

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Hot Tomato have used it for years. Must have missed that memo?

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Can someone post some highlights here?

Still using the same male VO?

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New female VO, and using two male VOs. One is Dan King I think. I’ve heard him on K Rock Geelong.

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Not a fan personally of the Kookaburra sound effect

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Hopefully they’ve ditched the singing “1053 NEWFM” which would practically play in every break.

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No that’s still there. I know a few announcers opt to ditch it every break because of its repetition.

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new fm frustrates me bring back the old station from the 90s it was a great station would give sydneys triple m a run for its money back in the 90s if it was in the same market

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I’ve said it many times before. NewFM and B-Rock need to share logs and formats. Let the rest of the network do it’s 80’s to Now JackFM rubbish.

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Agree!

“The Original 105 point 3 NEW FM” in the Ray McGregor voiceover is stuck in my head now!

I recall Triple M in Sydney copied that “The Original” tag when 2DAY FM tried to go head to head with them.

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According to instagram, there has been 2 resignations this week from newfm. Casual announcer Brandon Atkins and mornings announcer Jackson Brunner has indicated his off to USA. Seems to have been quite a few resignations there lately. 5 or 6 in the last 6 months IIRC? Toxic work culture? management issues?

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From my understanding it has been a long term goal of Jackson’s to move to the US, so that news comes as no surprise. Not sure about Brandon, I actually can’t recall ever hearing him on air. Maybe he was just a fill in? Only other person I know has left NEWFM this year was Matty from The Novos, and he apparently scored a Network anchor gig with SCA. The audio I heard of his exit, he was actually quite saddened to leave the station. So I don’t see anything sinister @tdenyer1990. To be honest, I just think it’s the industry in general at the moment. Lots of movement.

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Not sure what’s happened or why Brandon has left, he gave up his successful (but unpaid) Friday evening gig on CoastFM Gosford to do NEWFM, after also leaving ARN Sydney (The Edge).
He was on NEWFM weekends, doing most weekends (Sundays mostly I think), I think he also did NEWFM nights through the week, but don’t know if that was live or automated voice tracked?

Wonder if he’s going to come back to CoastFM?

Brandon’s gone off the NEWFM web site now too, but Jackson’s still on there for now.

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IIRC Brandon did Sunday Mornings and roughly every couple of Saturdays too. Dare I say public holidays as well.

i has a look on his linked in page, and he is still at ARN Sydney casually producing on Wsfm.

I’ve heard him a few times. Good talent. Hope he pops up somewhere else.

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