This Mediaweek Industry Award is a little different to the other categories in that we have separate winners from each mainland metro capital.
The results here are how Mediaweek readers voted and are not representative of ratings – although most of the shows on our winners list have been leading the ratings in their respective markets across 2018.
Sydney: Jonesy & Amanda (WSFM)
The breakfast show at ARN Sydney station WSFM has had another good year. The partnership of Amanda Keller and Brendan Jones is entering its 14th year and is one of the most successful partnerships ever on Sydney radio. In 2018 the show was #1 FM as recently as survey five and after a slip in the following survey it has finished the year strongly.
Melbourne: Fifi, Fev & Byron (101.9 Fox FM)
The breakfast show from the SCA Hit Network station slimmed down from three to four when Dave Thornton left the line-up a year ago. The program didn’t miss a beat and has been the FM breakfast ratings champ in every survey of 2018. Fifi Box and Byron Cooke have a long history of working together and former footballer Brendan Fevola is as entertaining on the radio as he was on the football field.
Brisbane: Marto, Robin and the Moonman (104.5 Triple M)
The Brisbane show has had an incredible end to the year with a massive 14.1% share in breakfast, close to 4.0 ahead of its nearest rival which is an unheard of lead in a market that has been marked by its competiveness in recent years. The magic that Triple M Brisbane breakfast veteran Greg Martin brings to the team will be called on again next year as he and colleague Robin Bailey lose Lawrence Mooney to Triple M Sydney. His replacement is comedian Nick Cody.
Adelaide: Jodie & Soda (Mix 102.3)
Mix 102.3’s Jodie and Soda share a trait similar to many successful breakfast radio shows. They aren’t big fans of air checks and they try to get away from work as soon as possible each day after their Adelaide Mix program.
“Quite often we find it is actually nice to live your life so you have things to talk about on air,” Jodie Oddy told Mediaweek earlier this year.
Mark “Soda” Soderstrom told Mediaweek there is not much incentive to stay close to the studio. “It has no windows that look outside. We feel a little like bats in there. To get out and see some sunlight is important to keep us alive.”
The Jodie and Soda partnership has just finished its fifth year, although Jodie Oddy has been with the broadcaster for 11 years.
Perth: Nathan, Nat & Shaun (Nova 93.7)
Nova breakfast with Nathan, Nat and Shaun had a fantastic year with a #1 ranking for the last five consecutive surveys. The most popular Perth breakfast show finished the year on 14.9%, just short of their best of 15.1%.
The breakfast show began with the launch of Nova 93.7 in 2002. At first it was the Nathan and Nat show hosted by Natalie Locke and Nathan Morris. The duo became a trio when co-host and sports news presenter Shaun McManus joined the team in 2009.