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From “Pye in the Sky” to “Frame in the Plane”

April 22nd, 2006 at 04:22pm

Mike Frame’s business card just keeps on growing, he’s already 2CC’s Classic Aussie & unofficial Lawn Bowls correspondent, as well as Southern Cross Ten’s colourful racing personality/racing commentator, and even New South Wales Lotteries’ ACT Promotions Person. Now he gets to add “Frame in the Plane” to it (if it fits).

Mike Frame is the new 2CC/2CA traffic reporter, as Andrew “Pye in the Sky” Pye is the new copywriter at 2ST Wollongong, after their previous copywriter left for the UK.

This is where things start to get a little bit convoluted. 2CC/2CA use the services of The Australian Traffic Network for their traffic reports, as do many other stations around the country. ATN provide traffic reporters to radio stations, and do so in a very transparent way, which makes the traffic reporters appear to work for the radio stations in the minds of listeners. Andrew Pye did work for 2CC on occasion as a panel operator and “around the grounds reporter” during Canberra Raiders matches. Mike Frame continues to work for 2CC as an announcer.

Andrew’s position with ATN was advertised on radioinfo a couple weeks ago, and I applied for it, although with the speed at which things I post seem to be moving of late, I wouldn’t be surprised if my application hasn’t left the post office yet.

The question that I am having trouble with at the moment is working out whether or not Mike Frame (who called himself “Frame in the Plane” this morning on Weekend Magazine…if they are still calling it that) is the permanent replacement for Andrew Pye, or just filling in? I suppose time will tell.


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  • 1. John B1_B5  |  April 22nd, 2006 at 4:38 pm

    So 2CC don’t actually have a plane in Canberra that flies over the traffic ?

  • 2. Samuel  |  April 22nd, 2006 at 5:09 pm

    Technically no, as they don’t own or operate it. They do however get live reports from somebody (Andrew Pye, Mike Frame or somebody else) employed by ATN who is in a plane over Canberra.

    As far as anybody listening is concerned, both 2CC & 2CA share the same person in a plane over Canberra…which is true enough.

  • 3. Samuel  |  April 22nd, 2006 at 5:10 pm

    Incidentally, many radio stations around the nation operate this way…ATN have built a good business on it.

  • 4. John B1_B5  |  April 22nd, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    Ok, so there actually IS a plane flying over Canberra around 5pm when Andrew Pye used to give his traffic reports ?
    Strange I’ve never actually HEARD it flying around at that time .

  • 5. zeht  |  April 22nd, 2006 at 5:50 pm

    Sam, have you ever considered applying for CSU’s Commercial Radio course? Andy Pye is a recent graduate, a long with a lot of other young people who are now breaking in to the industry. If you’re thinking about a career in radio, it would really help.

  • 6. Samuel  |  April 22nd, 2006 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve considered it, and I’m still considering it…I have a few too many things to consider at the moment, but it is certainly on the list.

  • 7. Samuel  |  April 22nd, 2006 at 6:31 pm

    Ok, so there actually IS a plane flying over Canberra around 5pm when Andrew Pye used to give his traffic reports ?
    Strange I’ve never actually HEARD it flying around at that time .

    I’ve certainly seen light planes flying over Canberra during Andrew’s reports, and the job advert does make mention of it:

    Flying in ATN’s aircraft will also be a part of this role.

    I suppose if I was keen I could sit somewhere near the airport where I would have a good view of the runway and watch the planes taking off and landing, and take note of their markings, and then work out which light aircraft is the ATN aircraft, but that would be bordering on stalking, and as previously stated, I am not a stalker. It would probably also result in the police or ASIO being called to find out why I am recording aircraft movements.

  • 8. John B1_B5  |  April 22nd, 2006 at 6:37 pm

    Yeah, don’t bother Samuel . I’m prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt .

  • 9. Samuel  |  April 22nd, 2006 at 6:45 pm

    Good…it’s too cold to be sitting still near airports anyway.

  • 10. heatseeker  |  April 23rd, 2006 at 6:35 am

    Due to your links with him and plethora of positive praise, he would now be a VERY handy associate when it came to dropping a big rock on someone’s head, or perhaps the Big Brother House!

    This could be a development which will keep the critics in line!


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