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Neil Docherty
19 November 2020 - 5:02pm
My money would be on the following changes .....Tommy and Carrie with Marty Sheargold on 2 Day FM.....the Triple J female breakfast team t o replace Tommy and Carrie on 2 Day in the afternoon.
Second option would be ARN drive duo to 2 Day on breakfast and the Triple J breakfast team on ARN drive.
Failing that bring back Doug Mulray - Andrew Denton....:)
It's the silly season of revolving breakfast chair speculation
18 November 2020 - 5:47pm
Deano and Dave,

Thanks for your comments. We will get some views from Marcus at 2SM for a follow up report.
Friendly Jordies: friend or foe to media journalism?
Anthony The Koala
17 November 2020 - 2:27pm
Dear Deano,
You had a great program when your were on 2SM. You too accepted speakers whose views may or may not necessarily agree with you. You complied with the law in not defaming or hurting anyone, but management were unwise take you off the air because of a particular narrative.

By saying this It does not mean I agree with everything you said. Whatever your views, you stimulated discussion. It's a pity that the weekend afternoons on 2SM was inconsistent (I've said this elsewhere) with sports one week or two weeks then one or two weeks of talk.

It is unfortunate that commentators whether they are Alan Jones, Eric Baume, Ormsby Wilkins, John Tingle and you and the 'wisdom' of the talkback callers have not been able to influence the major policy decisions such as major infrastructure projects as coal-fired power stations and directing the waters from Northern Queensland. On top of that, even when NSW had the 3x3 petrol levy in the late 1980s until the introduction of the GST in 2000 no freeways were built with the 3x3 levy except tollways: answer 3491, page 20, https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/la/papers/Documents/2008/5-august-2008-questions-and-answers/082-QA-S.pdf No freeways were built with the 3x3.

I hope Deano that you make a return to the air,

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting Belfield
Friendly Jordies: friend or foe to media journalism?
17 November 2020 - 12:48am
I commend your efforts and articles. In this case however, I believe there to be a major omission and that in relation to the efforts of Marcus Paul in relation to this story. Whilst 2GB is mentioned several times, the one fellow who has Friendly Jordies on his innovative breakfast programme seems to have not received a mention. Not sure if you were unaware of this or simply chose to leave it out and, if so, for what reason? In any case I commend Marcus for inviting a wide range of guests, with multiple views and from a wide range of platforms onto this programs. I find it invigorating that a younger audience is finding talk back radio and is being exposed to multiple points of view (which is increasingly rare in the media) and that some are making this happen. Well done, Marcus.
Dean Mackin
Friendly Jordies: friend or foe to media journalism?
Anthony The Koala
16 November 2020 - 3:16pm
Two points:
First, the hyperlink in the above article to the Tesla Memorial Society of NY, may correctly attribute Tesla's 1898 invention of a remote-control boat. Marconi has also been attributed as the inventor of radio.

Rather, Tesla and Marconi may have applied the principles of Prof. Heinrich Hertz who demonstrated between 1887-1888 that ".... electrical energy travels in waves with a frequency that can be calculated...." https://www.fgm.it/en/marconi-en/profiles/heinrich-hertz.html. A schematic of Hertz's transmitter and receiver is at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invention_of_radio#/media/File:Hertz_schematic0.PNG .
Alexander Popov, published a paper on “On the Relation of Metallic Powders to Electrical Oscillations,” and his demonstration of a radio-wave detecting apparatus at St. Petersburg University on 7 May 1895" and further developed a device to transmit and receive Morse code in 1896, https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-history/dawn-of-electronics/who-invented-radio-guglielmo-marconi-or-aleksandr-popov.

The question is who invented the radio? Hertz, Popov, Marconi or Tesla? Based on detecting the presence of an electromagnetic signal that can be measured, Hertz's demonstration could be inventor. If based on the radio to distinguish between dots and dashes, then Popov wins. If based on using a radio apparatus to control a boat, that goes to Tesla. If based on applying the knowledge of Hertz with entrepreneurial flair and and public relations, that goes to Marconi, https://www.fgm.it/en/marconi-en/profiles/nikola-tesla.html by Francesco Paresce.

Second, the idea of Tesla blocking access to the radio then asking its customers to pay $800 to allow the radio to operate reminds me of the Warner Brothers 1995 "Looney Tunes" cartoon "Dime To Retire". In this cartoon, Porky Pig is looking for hotel accommodation. He ends up at a hotel run by Daffy Duck. Daffy made extra money by charging the customer extras for pest extermination starting with Daffy placing a mouse inside Porky's room. Extra charges accumulated for each unsuccessful removal of the pests: mouse, cat, dog and elephant.

In Tesla's blocking of the radio alone, then charging a fee to unlock a radio that should never been locked is unethical.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting Belfield
Tesla cars fix radio fault
Anthony The Koala
16 November 2020 - 12:39pm
Three points.

First, social media may well be a way to build a network of loyal listeners to a main terrestrial broadcast such as Marcus Paul's breakfast program on 2SM. From the comments, the podcaster builds a network on social media, but is also heard on broadcast radio. There may well be other intelligent speakers who develop a social media profile and end up being heard on broadcast radio.

Social media may well be a less expensive way to promote the main broadcasting station.

Unfortunately for 2SM there is no reliable measure in the ratings system since 2SM's statistics may be convoluted with the "other radio" which is currently 16%.

Two, why do all the commentators have to be male? I'm not talking about the "serious" female broadcasters such as PK or Fran or Amanda on RN, or Cassie (1000) or Susan (1900) on 2BL (702ABC) or Deborah on 2GB. Why isn't there a space for a female presenter with her own program in the style of a Stan Zemanek or Alan Jones who takes on a particular political narrative with her forthright views?

Third, on the other hand, commentators in general are neither investigative reporters and have had little influence in major national infrastructure even if the commentator has the 'ear' of the major decision makers. For example despite Alan Jones' crusade for more coal-fired power stations and an implementation of Dr Bradfield's re-direction of water from Northern Queensland, none have been implemented, despite the PM Scott Morrison appearing on Alan's program.

In sum, social media may well be a less expensive way of building a broadcaster's profile compared to advertising. Unfortunately, 2SM does not participate in the ratings, and counts amongst the 16% of the audience listening to 'other stations'. While we have 'serious' broadcasters such as Fran, PK, Amanda, Susan and Deborah, we need to hear more opinionated female broadcasters in the style of Stan Zemanek or Alan Jones.

On the other hand, commentators are not investigative reporters, and unfortunately, despite the good intentions of the broadcaster even crusading for major infrastructure programs, have not been able to realise their vision.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting Belfield
Friendly Jordies: friend or foe to media journalism?
16 November 2020 - 9:53am
Friendly Jordies 'Gatekeeper' posted this on twitter today:

I am quitting Friendlyjordies

It is with sadness, but also frustration and relief, that I am resigning from my position at Friendlyjordies. I have been a part of the Friendlyjordies team since the beginning of 2019 and since then I feel I have contributed much to the growth and success that we have had on our podcast as well as helped build a community of people who all stand behind the common goal of bringing Australia away from the direction we are heading.

However the continual and ongoing handling of controversies; both past and present, internally and externally, has driven me to part ways with the team and the show. I feel I cannot continue to work on and support Friendlyjordies in good conscious. Somewhere along the way the channel and the show that I once loved lost it's way and I cannot continue to help spread a message that I no longer wholeheartedly believe in. I joined this team as a way of feeling like I was helping to contribute positively to society in someway; unfortunately I question whether or not that is the case anymore.

I wish the boys the best of luck with their future endeavors and hope that the work of Friendlyjordies ends up being a net positive in the long run.
Friendly Jordies: friend or foe to media journalism?
15 November 2020 - 10:17pm
Several mistakes and you
didn't talk to Jordan or Marcus Paul
from 2SM .
Jordan regularly appears on Marcus Paul
In The Morning Show.

Many Friendlyjordies fans have become
ardent Marcus Paul supporters.
Many 2SM social media postings have Friendlyjordies
fans using the #KingPrawn to show support
Marcus Paul .
Friendly Jordies: friend or foe to media journalism?
13 November 2020 - 1:45am
Invented radio? Ummm... what does Mr Marconi have to say.... Tesla cars fix radio fault
Anthony The Koala
10 November 2020 - 8:36am
In another article on this site, https://radioinfo.com.au/news/how-be-shock-jock-secret-revealed I made the distinction between the different types of 'shock jock' that were in Australia compared to those in the US. In Australia, the 'shock element' came from addressing, or as the article said the host "dressing down" the comment whose policies or views did not accord with the presenter. For example Ray Hadley appropriately attacking the advertising slogan "getting routed" for a a road directory when a component of Ray's listeners are stay-at-home parents looking after infants. Another example is Stan Zemanek's (RIP) dressing down of callers including Bruce The Goose (RIP). An extreme example are the vulgar insults to a journalist on his 2DAY-fm breakfast program (now on KIIS formerly MIX formerly 2UW). Even apologies by the radio station not condoning the presenter's actions did not deter the employer to dismiss or even being employed later to present the breakfast program on KIIS).

While I wouldn't call the exchange or the dressing down of a person by Mr Hadley as shocking. Generally, the 'dressing down' of a person whether a marketing director or CEO or government minister occurs if the policy is wrong. The late Stan Zemanek's insults included "numbnut", "you moron" and "socialist criminal" to callers including regulars as Bruce The Goose (RIP) who did not agree with Stan's view of the world. I also mentioned the inconsistent employment policies of dismissing Arch Tambakis (RIP) for calling the then Federal Opposition Leader Mr Howard a liar compared to Alan Jones calling former PM Julia Gillard "Juliar".

To answer the question is whether current US President, Mr Trump could present himself as a shock jock? The US shock jocks are shocking not only in dressing down people but also disseminating conspiracy theories. Mr Trump could easily do it well.

I shall not appraise the pros and cons of Mr Trump's policies while in office. Rather illustrate an example of his pre-2016 campaign shocks particularly the wrong assertion that Mr Obama was not an American citizen and that the late Senator John McCain was not a hero by virtue of being a POW during the Vietnam war.

First, could Mr Trump be a shock jock? He may well be. He and US shock jocks tried to portray presidential candidate Mr Obama as being ineligible because he was not an American citizen when in fact he was by dint of being born in Hawaii in 1963 long after Hawaii became a state in 1959.

The issue in US constitutional law of what is a "natural born citizen" is a topic beyond the scope of this essay. A natural born citizen can be born outside the USA to US citizens. Clearly Mr Obama is a "natural born citizen" because he was born in Hawaii in 1963 long after Hawaii became a state in 1959.

Mr Trump and his shock jock friends have constantly the MISREPRESENTED THE FACT that because the villagers of Mr Obama's father's village uttering "...he's one of us..." as being evidence of not being a US citizen. The repetition of the misrepresentation went for months. Reference of "...he's one of us..."

One can only speculate at this time (10th November 2020) whether these shock jocks will do the same to VP Kamala Harris because her mother's Indian village celebrated Kamala's promotion to VC given that she was born in Oakland California. I hope not.

Finally, I will illustrate with another example of when Mr Trump addressed the late Senator John McCain as not being a war hero because Senator McCain was a POW. Definitely shock jock material, sources, https://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/trump-attacks-mccain-i-like-people-who-werent-captured-120317 and https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-33602916.

Whether you agree or disagree with the politics of the late Senator McCain is irrelevant. You don't mix what happened to someone in war and a person's current job. Moreover, Mr Trump's remarks are an insult to all those veterans who were POWs in any war in the course of defending their country. Mr Trump would also be insulting other POWs such as Admiral James Stockdale who was a POW from 1964 to 1973. Mr Trump would also be insulting Weary Dunlop and POWs of Changi. Mr Trump also would be insulting my mother's first cousin who was a POW for three years during WWII who returned home requiring treatment at Concord RGH for the rest of his life until passing away in 1965. My mother's first cousin grave has the "Rising Star" (1947 style) emblem embossed on his grave.

Apart from a radio station being able to afford any costs arising from defamation, Mr Trump could well be a shock jock. His controversial remarks could well attract an audience.

However, like social media networks who produce unverified and unreliable news, Mr Trump as a shock jock should not be relied as a source of news.

By saying what I am saying does not infer that I support or not support a particular political party.

Thank you,
Anthony of critical Belfield
Would you hire this man as a talk presenter for your station?


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