Racing Radio

Very rare case of the combined 2KY/4TAB evening service (as it is now) being presented out of Brisbane tonight - definitely sounds like one of the RadioTAB hosts doing it.

Maybe the increase in Covid cases in Sydney has caused issues at Frenchs Forest today. Obviously Tabcorp’s preference is to do it at Sky HQ in Sydney but it at least shows they’re still able to do it out of Brisbane where needed, instead of just defaulting to a Sky 1 simulcast early as they may have in the past.

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According to Herald Sun, former Seven News reporter and Victorian Liberal Party media manager Mark Stevens has joined RSN927, where he will be AFL editor and senior producer of ‘The Breakfast Club’ which is hosted by former AFL star Daniel Harford and experienced broadcaster Adam White. Stevens had previously been a contributor to the radio show.

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His stint with the Liberal Party didn’t last long, did it? Anyway, back to a more natural groove for him in sports media

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Victorian Liberals don’t have much good news to market themselves with.

No headway despite longest, punitive lockdowns. Too busy tearing themselves apart, changing leaders, drink driving and who knows what else.

Bad governments flourish when oppositions are worse.

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Looks like no (or very little) music based programming happening on RadioTAB this Good Friday (compared to previous years). This evenings announcer said they would be back with Racing Coverage from 12pm tomorrow before handing over to the Sky Racing TV simulcast.

Looks like quite a card of racing coming from Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia and ACT tomorrow, along with international racing - so makes sense to covering it, despite many venues like TABs, Casinos and Pubs not being open.

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Yes, i imagine people are just betting on their phones, and relying on Radio TAB and Pay TV for live coverage.

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Former Racing Victoria CEO Bernard Saundry was yesterday appointed the new chief executive of RSN, effective from July 11. During his time at RV, he played a leading role in the establishment of broadcaster racing.com.

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Good move. Love RSN for continuing to invest in their own content. There is real value for an industry owned station rather than a totaliser.

Veteran racing broadcaster Andrew Bensley is switching from SENTrack to RSN.

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According to Herald Sun’s Media Street column, RSN927 is changing its Saturday race broadcast for the next six weeks to focus on Victorian and Sydney races. The station has launched RSN Spring Ticket which will be live from the track and run from 10am to 6pm Melbourne time, starting this Saturday (October 1) with Turnbull Stakes Day from Flemington. Punters who want to hear races from around Australia will need to tune in to digital station RSN Carnival 1.

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I appreciate how RSN tailor their schedule to give more to their audience. I have zero interest, however it’s great for radio.

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Yeah, it’s nice they’re putting effort to shake it up.

You never hear much from Sky Sports Radio.

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I guess the punter who wants to hear more from the yard as opposed to the 3rd at Murtoa will be delighted. Probably could have tried this earlier even shunting all the provincial races outside of the 5 metro meetings (Melb/Syd/Bris/Adel/Perth) onto digital. I mean who is going to care about races from Kembla Grange, Wagga, Murtoa, Gold Coast, Mackay, Toowoomba (to a lesser extent as they’re a twilight program) or Darwin races at all, much less Eagle Farm, Morphettville Parks and Kalgoorlie (the Perth program this week)?

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Anyone know where Adam White is off to? Tomorrow is his last breakfast show.

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RSN 927 has revealed its 2023 line-up. Daniel Harford will host Breakfast with Harf from January 30, with the show produced by Craig Moore, the long-time football boss at 3AW who was made redundant in October last year. Previous producer Mark Stevens will return to delivering sport and footy news across breakfast and other programs. Michael Felgate will continue hosting Racing Pulse in mornings with new producer Matthew Nevett to take the reins from fill-in producer Howard Kotton.

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/confidential/rsn-aiming-to-remodel-the-sound-of-the-station-with-new-hosts/news-story/d98577bc1e7313267864038e1177ca34

UPDATE 25/1

“Remodelling the sound” seems about right, even bothered to put in a new news sounder in, I noticed (which seems a bit out of place, but then so did 2KY which they got rid of their classic one a few years back…)

The social media avatar and banner to promote the new breakfast looks much like a 2SM job, you would’ve thought Racing VIC might’ve put a little more effort into it.

Probably the more important thing on that article though is that RSN’s been refocused mostly on coverage from Victoria for the most part all-week, an extension of that “Spring Ticket” trial mentioned above. They still have some other major races [like Wed evening when I wrote this, they still took the Sydney dogs as that was the main meeting, with no major meets in VIC] but like before, those wanting the wall-to-wall experience need to use Carnival, which has the Sky simulcast. Not sure if it’s the Sky 1 simulcast or the in-agency audio feed that bounces between Sky 1 and 2 (which used to be on the old “TAB Live” DAB channel for RSN).

I suspect that now it’s been subsumed into the Racing Victoria media business, that something like this; a tighter refocusing on Victoria was always going to happen. Also kinda reduces the reliance on Tabcorp to some extent, which may become important next year as the Victorian tote licence that the racing codes are currently a partner in is up for re-awarding [and there was talk of more than one licence - at least, I suspect RV hopes there to be].


On the Tabcorp front, it appears the integration of the 2KY and 4TAB wall-to-wall coverage (ie. after the morning shows) is more or less complete. Hearing more Brisbane personalities in evening slots, which suggests they aren’t being used as much in the afternoon on separate broadcasts up there.

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