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2010s

The Spring of '17

by Frank Avis | November 17, 2017

I don't think we need to take up too much of your valuable time with the latest Sydney radio ratings. Enough for you to know that 2GB is obliterating everything else in the AM band with Jones and Hadley owning the 5:30 to noon arena — and quite a few other areas to be honest. KIIS is battling it out with WS FM and SMOOTH for control of the FM sector.


2010s

Mid Year Review... 2017

by Frank Avis | September 21, 2017

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%.


Radio (general)

Welcome to another radio/philosophical update from Yours Truly

by Frank Avis | May 25, 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".


2010s

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

by Frank Avis | April 4, 2017

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


2010s

Another Radio Reunion

by Frank Avis | January 18, 2017

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.


2010s

Spring Arrives in 2016

by Frank Avis | October 24, 2016

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


2010s

Frank is Still Going Strong as we Emerge from the Winter of '16

by Frank Avis | August 31, 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.


2010s

Annual radio reunion

by Frank Avis | April 13, 2016

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".


Radio (general)

More from radio and beyond...

by Frank Avis | January 12, 2016

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


2010s Politics

Frank Avis loses contact with modern radio

by Frank Avis | October 20, 2015

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.

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About me

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

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