The 10 Most Powerful Women on Australian FM Radio in 2020

Here are the Top 10 Most Powerful Women on Australian Radio in 2020. Among Radio Today‘s most popular lists have always been those that celebrate and champion the women of our industry.

These ten remarkable women (and the honourable mentions that follow) have real star power. They are engaging, smart, assertive, driven and brilliant communicators. They deliver the laughs and the ratings five days a week, and are leading the way for other women to succeed in the radio industry.

Radio Today spent considerable time talking to industry experts and factored in the thoughts of leading radio programmers about who they consider being in the Top 10. They also factored in the thoughts of leading radio consultants and took into account market size and the competitive landscape.

There has been some movement on the list compared with 2019’s edition, and a new face in Susie O’Neill, while former Hit Network Drive host Kate Longbroek no longer works in radio full-time, and as a result drops out of the Top 10.

The result is a list of women who are successful, have had great ratings success and longevity, those who have built a strong local and national profile and, most importantly, women who have a strong message. It is a list of which the industry can be proud!

1. Jackie ‘O’ Henderson – KIIS 106.5

Undoubtedly one of the most high-profile and successful media personalities in Australia, and her Breakfast show with Kyle Sandilands remains dominant among FM brands in Sydney. The pair moved from 2DayFM to KIIS in 2013.

In 2019 her media profile went to new heights as she appeared as a judge on newly minted Ten reality show The Masked Singer, having previously appeared on Big Brother, Popstars, Australian Princess, The Nation, Surprise Gotcha, Robots and Ground Zero.

2. Chrissie Swan – Nova 100

Chrissie Swan got started in copywriting before appearing on television in 2003 as a contestant on the reality TV series Big Brother, where she was the runner-up.

She landed a start in Breakfast radio in Queensland in late 2003 where she worked at Hot 91.1 with co-host Ronnie Stanton. Swan also worked on-air at Vega and Mix 101.1 (now KIIS).

3. Amanda Keller – WSFM

A triple threat in Australian showbiz, Keller is a journalist, radio presenter and TV personality.

Starting in radio in Bathurst, she did Breakfast with Andrew Denton on Triple M from 1994 and is in her 15th year at WSFM, currently hosting WSFM Breakfast with Brendan Jones.

Keller has plenty of experience on TV too, racking up appearances on Good News Week, Rove Live, The Glass House, 20 to 1, Spicks and Specks, Have You Been Paying Attention?, Show Me the Movieand Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation.

4. Carrie Bickmore – Hit Network

Carrie Bickmore has been a staple of Australian radio and TV for over a decade, and is a Gold Logie winner.

She currently co-hosts the Carrie & Tommy Drive show across Southern Cross Austereo’s Hit Network with comedian Tommy Little, while appearing on Ten’s daily light news show The Project.

Bickmore has a journalism degree from Curtin University of Technology, and started her career as a newsreader on 92.9FM Perth. In 2001 she became the Afternoons newsreader for Nova 100 in Melbourne, before landing a gig co-hosting Drive with Andy Ross in 2002.

5. Kate Ritchie – Nova Network

Another Gold Logie winner, Kate Ritchie featured on Seven’s iconic soap Home & Away, joining Merrick & Rosso on Nova 96.9 Breakfast in 2007.

Ritchie left Nova in 2009, to return to acting but later came back to radio after the departure of Meshel Laurie.

She has since combined with Marty Sheargold and Tim Blackwell on the hugely successful and national Kate, Tim & Marty Drive show.

Source: Radio Today


W Hotels teams up with Mardi Gras to LOVE OUT LOUD

Whoever you are, wherever you are, you’re welcome at W Hotels. With inclusiveness at the heart of W since it debuted over 20 years ago, the global, trailblazing lifestyle hotel brand is teaming up with Australia’s longest running LGBTQI organisation, the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, to celebrate equality and inspire travellers to love out loud.

For the first time, W Hotels will be a major partner of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras celebration, showcasing its first-ever float in the 2020 Parade taking place on February 29.

Choreographed by Sydney born Ame Delves, 80 guests – including 20 staff from W Brisbane and the soon-to-open W Melbourne, as well as Marriott Bonvoy members – will dance and march alongside W’s LOVE OUT LOUD float, a super-charged fluoro boom box that celebrates celebrates the brand’s bold and playful personality with a colorful, musical homage to individuality and inclusion.

“Since day one, W Hotels has been committed to inclusivity and equality and that sense of acceptance remains at the core of the W DNA,” said. Bruce Ryde, Vice President Luxury Brands & Brand Marketing, Asia Pacific, Marriott International.

“We are excited to take part in this year’s parade for the first time as both organisations aim to be global leaders lead in promoting diversity, inclusion, equality and social justice through culture and creativity, and I cannot wait to see my co-workers, guests and friends of the brand marching, dancing and loving out loud and proud.”

Uniting hundreds of thousands of revelers for Sydney’s biggest night, the iconic march down Oxford Street will feature about 200 dazzling floats. Designed by 160over90, the W Hotels float will feature special guests, international drag superstar Alyssa Edwards (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Dancing Queen) and Australian singer songwriter Vera Blue, joined by local influencers Alfie Arcuri, Megan Dijkman, Brandon Kilgour, musician KYVA and Lola Van Vorst.

Members of Marriott Bonvoy will have access to exclusive Moments including a pre-event glam squad experience, limited-edition W merchandise and entrance to the premium parade viewing spot – W Hotels VIP viewing deck. For a chance to win, members can bid their points at www.moments.marriottbonvoy.com.

Those bold and daring members keen to live it up may wish to Float With Pride and march in the parade before a night of pumping dance beats and electrifying headliners at the official Mardi Gras after party.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, Albert Kruger added: “With engaging LGBTQI initiatives worldwide and new properties opening around Australia, Mardi Gras is delighted to have W Hotels join us as our new hotel partner. Each year travellers come from across the globe to celebrate with us and we know they’ll be welcomed enthusiastically at W Hotels.”

Known for defying expectations and breaking the norms of traditional luxury, W Brisbane opened its doors in June 2019, with W Melbourne to follow suit later this year and W Sydney in 2021.

Source: W Hotels


Oscars: Best & worst dressed - the fashion verdict. . .

I have been happily impressed by the calibre of red carpet Oscar wanderers – especially those who have chosen to reinvent, re-wear or go back in time and wear what they have in previous years.

Yup. Hollywood, and on its biggest awards night, actors, guests and celebrities are keeping their social consciousness in mind.

Many have chosen to re-adapt previous couture gowns – hello Margot Robbie and Penelope Cruz, both in Chanel. That said, what is wrong with wearing something they already have? We all do, so why not some red carpet stars.

 Sustainability, as we know, has become the catchword within the fashion industry. but how refreshing to see some actually practising what many of us preaching.Personally, I love shopping in my own wardrobe!

It fills me great happiness to drag out something from the Hoyer archives. Of course, some of them need a little tuneup here and there but the sentiment is there – at everyone doesn’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars (or be lent a brand new frock) to showcase their fleeting red carpet or presenting moment.

 Your recycled frock may not be totally ‘of-the-moment’ but hey, I loved pieces when I first bought them so why not wear them another time?

So, kudos to this years recyclers wearing their glam gowns another time!! Go the all recyclers!


DISNEY'S MULAN NEW TRAILER - sneak peek...

Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior to life in Disney’s Mulan, in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known.

When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father.

Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.

Mulan features a celebrated international cast that includes: Yifei Liu as Mulan; Donnie Yen as Commander Tung; Jason Scott Lee as Böri Khan; Yoson An as Cheng Honghui; with Gong Li as Xianniang and Jet Li as the Emperor.

The film is directed by Niki Caro from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Lauren Hynek & Elizabeth Martin, suggested by the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.” The producers are Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Jason Reed, with Bill Kong, Barrie M. Osborne, Tim Coddington and Mario Iscovich serving as executive producers.

Source: Walt Disney Studios


Monty Python’s SPAMALOT 2020 National Tour starts NOW

Following its sell-out run at Hayes Theatre Co in March 2019, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT will play tour dates in 2020 through NSW, Canberra and Queensland, culminating in a Melbourne season.

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, SPAMALOT re-tells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Guided by the fabulous belting diva The Lady of the Lake, the knights battle their way past various cows, killer rabbits, and French people in pursuit of claiming the legendary Grail.

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT was a smash hit in both New York and London, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Now comes a production that re-defines the word ‘epic’. Really, really re-defines it.

A diverse, cross-gender cast of heroic/foolish actors (and their assistant stage manager) embrace the satirical, home-made spirit of the original movie and the Monty Python TV series, enlisting the help of some carefully-chosen backdrops, a CD player stuffed with backing tracks, and – when all else fails – a large dose of meta-theatrical humour. Hold on tight, expect the unexpected, and Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!

“I’m really excited to take this new production of Monty Python’s Spamalot out on tour, and share the anarchic, rule-breaking, hilarious world of Python with even more people in 2020”, said director Richard Carroll.

“It’s been a joy to take the raucous meta-theatrical language we created in our production of Calamity Jane, and push it even further in this show. Plus, in today’s world we know that comedy knows no racial or gender barriers, and I’m excited to see a new generation of diverse performers (including some gender-swapped casting) bring new life to this beloved material. Thanks to the audience, it will be different every night – which I believe is what makes theatre so exciting.”

Canberra Theatre Centre from 26 February 2020 https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/monty-python-spamalot/

HOTA – Gold Coast from 5 March 2020 https://hota.com.au/theatre/spamalot/

Riverside Theatre, Parramatta – Sydney from 19 March 2020 https://riversideparramatta.com.au/

The Art House, Wyong – Central Coast from 26 March 2020 http://www.thearthousewyong.com.au

Arts Centre Melbourne from 29 April 2020 https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au

Source: Monty Python’s Spamalot