• September 2017
  • Mid Year Review... 2017

    September 21, 2017 · 0 comments

    So here we are at the half way mark in another ratings year and the 2GB juggernaut continues to jugger along, at no. 1 overall – around 12.6 percent. SMOOTH FM fell victim to the "commentator's curse" – yours truly should have held his tongue in his previous blog. The Smoothies lost over a full point, down to 8%. WSFM is now the big boy in the FM market, with a rating of 9.3%.

  • May 2017
  • Sitting in a doctor's surgery recently and I happened to catch an hour or so of SmoothFM. You might remember my dire warning last time of a return to the 1929 "crash", a sort of economic variation on Dante's "Inferno".

  • April 2017
  • Ah... Welcome to 2017... What will it bring?

    April 4, 2017 · 0 comments

    Well, not much new according to my pals in the industry across the country.

  • January 2017
  • Another Radio Reunion

    January 18, 2017 · 1 comment

    Yes, we've made it to another Radio Reunion. This time an assembly of RATS – Radio and TV Survivors. I'm lucky to be one of the survivors but trust me, there are many others who didn't manage to get safely over the raging river. Sad to hear that we've lost a few on the way.

  • October 2016
  • Spring Arrives in 2016

    October 24, 2016 · 1 comment

    We launched spring this year with another Radio Reunion at our favourite Pymble Hotel with numbers a bit down on normal.

  • August 2016
  • Welcome to hell: welcome to FM programming. Looking at the latest Sydney surveys, we are still playing "snakes and ladders" on the FM band with Smooth FM picking up strongly in recent months as the usual suspects battle it out for the 18-to-45 market.

  • April 2016
  • Annual radio reunion

    April 13, 2016 · 1 comment

    We entered Autumn 2016 with our annual radio reunion at our favourite venue, the Pymble Hotel. Yes folks, another success thanks to our Honorary Organiser Andrew Kilpatrick - the "Keeper of our Radio Treasures".

  • January 2016
  • More from radio and beyond...

    January 12, 2016 · 2 comments

    This is definitely beyond as it relates to my persistent warnings about the impact of modern technology.

  • October 2015
  • Frank Avis loses contact with modern radio

    October 20, 2015 · 0 comments

    Sincere thanks to radio wiz Andrew Kilpatrick for taking the time to explain to me what Smooth FM is and where it came from. Apparently it used to be Vega but has now opted to be Smooth. I had to control my immediate reaction which was to ask Andrew what Vega was and where IT came from. Didn't pursue that line of enquiry: I hate to hear a grown man cry on the other end of the phone.

  • September 2015
  • Frank Avis Memoirs Continue

    September 21, 2015 · 1 comment

    I'm leafing through the latest Sydney radio surveys and finding the trend now seems to be pretty well settled... Well, for the immediate period ahead anyway.

  • July 2015
  • Reunion with Frank

    July 1, 2015 · 4 comments

    Here we go with some more stuff about that most complex of industries... Good old radio.

  • March 2015
  • Top TV Detective Shows

    March 22, 2015 · 0 comments

    Which moves nicely into another BEST EVER list, in this case My TOP TV DETECTIVE SHOWS.

  • January 2015
  • Frank Avis Radio Memoirs (and other stuff) 2014

    January 29, 2015 · 0 comments

    There has indeed been a bit of a delay in the latest update with your author having had to solve a major computer glitch. He agonized over this complex issue for some months until his daughter arrived recently, took one look at the computer, hit + on the zoom and solved the whole saga in 18 seconds.

  • December 2013
  • Frank’s Memoirs 2013

    December 2, 2013 · 0 comments

    Yes, the election is over and Australia has spoken, electing Tony Abbott to the Prime Ministership.

  • August 2013
  • Wow, two chapters in quick succession after such a long interruption... What's going on here?

  • June 2013

    June 3, 2013 · 6 comments

  • April 2010
  • FRANK AVIS continues his post-radio memories

    April 24, 2010 · 0 comments

  • February 2010
  • Frank Avis Post Radio

    February 24, 2010 · 0 comments

  • January 2010
  • Frank Avis Post-Radio

    January 24, 2010 · 0 comments

  • Frank Avis... Post Radio

    January 1, 2010 · 1 comment

  • September 2009
  • June 2009
  • Frank Avis Returns To Sydney - Mid-80's

    June 23, 2009 · 4 comments

    I returned to Sydney, along with Mike Jeffreys, on a Friday afternoon.We got word that we were to start on Breakfast the following Monday, which was a bit of a shock. I had to get into the newsroom to familiarise myself with the panel over the weekend.

  • February 2009
  • Frank Avis at 2 DAY FM

    February 15, 2009 · 9 comments

  • January 2009
  • 2MMM was centred I think it was the 25th floor of this super high-rise building in Bondi Junction.

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Frank Avis This is the history of radio newsman Frank Avis who worked in the Australian electronic media from 1954 to 1996.

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