Super 66 Christmas On The Airwaves

Festively Missing Newsreaders

December 24th, 2006 at 06:43am

It looks like 2CC and 2CA’s weekend newsreaders are missing in a suspected case of festively-induced absences.

Yesterday, weekday morning newsreader Jane Turner was reading the news, and as such her pre-recorded weather forecasts have been playing overnight as per standard procedure, it is unusual to have the weekday morning newsreader reading the Saturday news.

This morning we have had two scheduled local bulletins turn into 2UE feed bulletins. Laura Tunstall and the team at 2UE are doing a great job, but I have to wonder how long it will be until a newsreader takes over at 2CC. As unusual as it is for the weekday morning newsreader to read Saturday news, it is even more unusual for 2CC to not have a local newsreader (either scheduled or fill-in) by the 6:30 bulletin.

I can only hope they have one by 7am, as Jane’s weather is now a tad long in the tooth as it refers to last night as “tonight” and it is now daylight outside.

That being said, all is forgiven as it is the festive season and radio stations do strange things around the festive season!

Update shortly after 7am: Welcome to 2CC’s newest weather reporter, Mike Frame! Still waiting for a newsreader. End Update

Update 7:30: Still a 2UE feed…I’m starting to wonder if this was an unusual Christmas Eve way of handling the news. End Update

Update 9:05am: Regardless of what happened (and I think it was a newsreader not turning up) 2CC have clearly decided to just use the 2UE feed and have Mike Frame do the weather. It will be interesting to see how Mike goes at fitting the weather in the allocated timeslots for the automation this afternoon and tonight. End Update

Update 12:10pm: I nearly fell over when I heard Francis Keany presenting the weather after a 2UE-feed news bulletin. I was looking forward to hearing Mike’s voice reading the pre-recorded weather for the next 18 hours, but alas he has just disappeared on holidays after a sterling effort as the fill-in weatherman, and Francis will be the first local voice on Christmas day at 12:04:40 after the 2CC weather intro. I’ll run through a list of lineup changes on Boxing Day once I get my head around them.End Update


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  • 1. John B1_B5  |  December 26th, 2006 at 8:33 pm

    I heard Murray Olds on the afternoon program today (Boxing Day).

  • 2. Samuel  |  December 26th, 2006 at 8:40 pm

    Yes, I think they had Francis Keany in for the 6am weather and to pre-record the rest this morning. They’ve been running off 2UE news all day, and the only local program was breakfast with the bloke who filled in at some stage last year whose name I’ve forgotten. Murray Olds is doing the summer afternoon/drive show at 2UE (looks like he did get an afternoon show, just not the one he should have got).

  • 3. John B1_B5  |  December 27th, 2006 at 12:27 am

    I know ‘furry’ Murry isn’t one of your favourite presenters, but I think he’s better than that Lee Zagger character, who seems to be a ‘bottom of the barrel’ choice, when they can’t get anybody else.

  • 4. Samuel  |  December 27th, 2006 at 1:22 am

    Yes, Leigh Zaghet, I heard him recently, what show was he doing?

  • 5. John B1_B5  |  December 27th, 2006 at 1:55 am

    He was doing the afternoon show. Not sure if he was in the 2UE or 2CC studios……… Speaking of which, I heard on the grapevine that our mutual friend Mike Welsh was attacked by a Tasmanian Devil for telling ‘porkies’ on the 2CC Drive Show.

    Naturally I’m not giving that story any credence – at this stage.

  • 6. John B1_B5  |  December 27th, 2006 at 12:02 pm

    I’ll keep you updated on the alleged ‘Tasmanian devil attack’

  • 7. John B1_B5  |  December 27th, 2006 at 4:12 pm

    Another rumour going around is that he was attacked and eaten by a Tasmanian Tiger, but I’d be inclined to dismiss that one outright.

  • 8. Samuel  |  December 28th, 2006 at 12:30 am

    Of course, Leigh Zaghet did the Christmas afternoon show from 2UE.

  • 9. John B1_B5  |  December 28th, 2006 at 1:35 am

    And for those readers who didn’t know, 2CC Drive Show presenter Mike Welsh is currently spending his holidays in Tasmania – hence the Tasmanian devil & tiger rumours.


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