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Robbo gone, Gibson stopping by, but who will take the reins?

March 28th, 2006 at 10:50pm

According to Radioinfo, Greg “Robbo” Robson is leaving 2CA’s breakfast show at the end of the week, and taking up a full time position with Motto Media and Robbo, who has been a stalwart of Canberra media over the last three decades, took over the breakfast show when Daniel Gibson left it for his full time weatherman position on Prime, shortly after Prime and Ten Capital closed their local news services.

Interestingly, Daniel Gibson, who was doing night-shift for 2CA last time I checked, will be hosting the breakfast show until 2CA find a permanent replacement. Whether he will take time off from Prime to do this remains a mystery, as does the length of his temporary breakfast assignment.

I suppose the really big question here is, who will take over the breakfast show permanently? George Gibson loves playing music, maybe he would be willing to move to Canberra for a few years…although with the “New sound of Canberra’s 1053 2CA” in force, they might be looking for somebody a bit younger.

I spent a morning with Robbo while on Work Experience last year, and whilst I can’t say much for confidentiality reasons, I believe that I can tell you that he seemed fairly pleased with the progress of, and also seemed to be enjoying the breakfast shift. I am not in the least bit surprised that now requires him on a full time basis, considering the sheer volume of ads that they seem to have on both television and radio for their Fyshwick based clients.

2CA is quite clearly a different station to what it was in 2000, with practically the entire lineup of on-air talent being different. If I remember rightly, they even used Macquarie National News back then, and didn’t have a traffic reporter, which is a very big difference to the current situation where they share traffic reporters and news resources with 2CC.

Anyway, I wish Robbo the best of luck, and will have to remember to give him a call later in the week to convey that message, I also easgerly await Daniel Gibson’s temporary return to Breakfast, as I have fond memories of the last time he was on the breakfast shift. Perhaps I should track down my recording of the time I won a vegemite T-Shirt by singing the Vegemite song. I might do that and share it with you in the next couple of days.

Radioinfo also reported that Canberra radio will be in survey mode again soon, which poses two questions:

  1. Will ABC Local Radio waste taxpayers money on pointless giveaways and ads on Commercial Television?
  2. Will the changes at 2CA make a difference to their ratings results?

For the former I would have to say “probably”, and for the latter, well, only if they advertise the changes. There have probably been some people who have converted from one of the FM music stations through word-of-mouth recommendation, but I don’t think anybody will really know or care unless 2CA actually advertise the fact that they have a new sound and new presenters.

None the less, Canberra radio is looking pretty exciting for the next few weeks!


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  • 1. heatseeker  |  March 29th, 2006 at 12:29 am

    Ummm, Sam, that’s “reins” … unless you’re referring to the King of Radio ( as in “reigns”), he behind the Golden Microphone, but Robbo and Gibson aren’t quite batting in that league …

  • 2. Chuck A. Spear  |  March 29th, 2006 at 12:37 am

    Good luck Gibbo which ever one you are. You will be sorely missed Robbo. I am sure Samuel will keep us updated on your every move.

    Why don’t you apply for the Job Samuel?

    It’s so typical of the ABC wasting taxpayers money by informing them of and changes to the station and giveaways. Bring Jonathan Shire back I say. Then he can waste taxpayers money on his exuberant meal and car allowance.

    There has been some action down in Melbourne. 1278 3AW is moving to 693 on the dial. Just next to 774 ABC. Confusion will reign. More so than all the Gibbo’s and Robbo’s on this site.

    I am sure Aunty Jack will be confused by this move.

  • 3. Samuel  |  March 29th, 2006 at 1:11 am

    Duly noted and corrected heatseeker…I thought it looked wrong.

    I have noticed that move in Melbourne Chuck. Considering that the Southern Cross owned 3AW is Melbourne’s top rating station, imagine how high they can fly on a clearer frequency.

    Magic 693, another Southern Cross station, shouldn’t have too much trouble on 1278, I think the main concern was 774 ABC Melbourne (Melbourne’s 2nd highest rating station) stealing the talk market in office buildings with a clearer signal than 3AW.

    I am looking forward to the ratings movements after the change.

  • 4. Aunty_Jack  |  March 29th, 2006 at 9:59 am

    I wish the abc would just leave things the way they were and always have been, not since Derrin “outed” that child enjoying priest has the wireless world been so topsy turvy!!! and now i have to re-tune my wireless to 693, this is one tired old aussie battler that just wont stand for this any longer!!!!!!! IM WRITING A LETTER!!!!

  • 5. Chuck A. Spear  |  March 29th, 2006 at 10:40 pm

    I thought you may be confused by the topsy turvy wireless world Aunty Jack. 1278 3AW is swapping frequencies with Magic 693. 774 ABC is staying where it is.

    Derrin ‘The Human (moron)Headline’ Hinch works for 3AW not ABC. You will have to change your dial if you listen to Hinch. Leave it where it is if you listen to Lindy Burns.

    The girls in the office listen to Magic 693 and I am sure their wigs are going to flip when I tell them that Magic is moving and it is unlikely they will get Magic on 1278. Our office building is located in a virtual ‘dead zone’, surrounded by a concrete jungle entwined with tram wire.

    I hope you do write a letter Aunty Jack. All this frequency swapping, Robbie Waterhouse’s filly swapping, Joe Korp’s wife swapping and all the Gibbo and Robbo swapping, has baffled my delicate faculties to no end.

    I do hope heetseeker’s head is not spinning.

  • 6. wonko the sane  |  March 30th, 2006 at 3:30 am

    I’m interested in learning the nature of business Robbo’s ‘Fyshwick-based clients’ are involved in. Or is that too obvious a joke?

  • 7. Samuel  |  March 30th, 2006 at 7:10 am

    I think we probably all get the joke Wonko, but is there to advertise the retailers. Go and check it out!


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