Home and Away launches official access all areas podcast
Seven has dived into the podcast pool with the official Home and Away podcast. The “access all areas” series is hosted by former cast member Jason Smith (Robbie Hunter, 2003-2006).
Each week, Smith and his guests are promising to discuss the storylines, characters and history of the Australian series, as well as offering behind-the-scenes insight into the making of the show.
The premiere episode explores the importance of family in Summer Bay and features Seven’s head of drama and Home and Away executive producer Julie McGauran and series script executive Louise Bowes.
Episode two continues the family theme with special guests Georgie Parker and Lukas Radovich, who play Roo Stewart and Ryder Jackson, daughter and grandson of Alf Stewart (Ray Meagher).
On the launch of the podcast, Julie McGauran said; “We wanted to extend the Home and Away experience for our audience. By including members of the production team and cast, we’re giving listeners different perspectives about how we make the show and tell stories. Jason’s insight, from working both in front of and behind the camera, has made for some very interesting and entertaining conversations with guests.”
The podcast is a Seven Studios Production in partnership with Acast.
Australia’s finest make comedy podcast pilots
Australia’s top satirists are teaming up to produce and release a pilot week of daily news-based comedy podcasts from September 19 to 22, with the hope of launching the format daily in 2020.
Mark Humphries (The Feed, ABC’s 7.30), Dan Ilic (A Rational Fear), Greta Lee Jackson (Tonightly with Tom Ballard) and special guest The Chaser’s Chris Taylor are among those joining showrunner/producer Dylan Behan (The Chaser, Tonightly) to present a week of daily pilot episodes under the banner of his podcast News Fighters from September 19 – 22, 2019.
“There’s currently four daily news podcasts being made in Australia, but no damn funny ones!” said producer Dylan Behan. “So I thought: let’s do a pilot week of comedy podcasts with different hilarious hosts every day in a shameless attempt to get a benevolent media organisation to fund us next year. Also doing a pilot week worked well for Channel 10… right?”
Behan said expect irreverent analysis, intelligent piss-takes and a heavy dose of who-the-f**k knows what from the team he has assembled.
Podcast Pilot Week schedule:
Thursday September 19: Mark Humphries (ABC’s 7.30, SBS’s The Feed)
Friday September 20: Jake Stone (lead singer of Bluejuice) with special guest Chris Taylor (of The Chaser).
Saturday September 21: Greta Lee Jackson (Tonightly with Tom Ballard, Skit Box)
Sunday September 22: Dan Ilic (A Rational Fear, Hungry Beast, Can of Worms)
The one-off episodes will be released nightly from September 19 to 22on all major podcast apps and at newsfighters.com.
The writing team includes a mix of veterans and newcomers including Michael Chamberlin (The Weekly), Dave Bloustein (Good News Week), Lauren Bonner (Tonightly) and Rodney Todd (Kebab Tonight, Tonightly).
The Healthy Mummy’s Gets Chatty podcast
The global Sydney-based Healthy Mummy empire has released as eight-episode podcast series, Gets Chatty, to keep mums motivated, inspired and on track to live a healthier life.
The episodes cover all areas around mums’ health, well-being and weight loss.
Other discussions include how the Healthy Mummy business started to women’s health issues such as PCOS, how to meal prep, male fertility, how to feed fussy eaters and how busy mums can stay motivated
Founder of The Healthy Mummy Rhian Allen steers the podcasts with the help of The Healthy Mummy nutritionist Cheree Sheldon along with other guests including doctors, fitness trainers, mental health professionals, and real-life stories from mums in The Healthy Mummy community.
Live event special for SMH’s Please Explain
Last week The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age podcast Please Explain recorded a special episode in front of a live audience at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Antidote Festival with guests David Crowe, Shane Wright and Jacqueline Maley who joined host Tory Maguire to dissect the first 100 days of an Scott Morrison government many thought would never exist.
Maguire is the national editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She has held senior roles at a number of major Australian mastheads and was most recently editor-in-chief of HuffPost Australia for two-and-a-half years.
Forbes Street Studios open night
In partnership with podcast studio ILKI, Universal Music is opening its studio facility doors on September 25 to show people the studios, share some tips from a #1 podcaster and talk about ILKI’s new ILKI-CAST podcasting course.
On the night guests will hear from professional podcaster Dan McHugh (Maddie, Mysterious Universe, Next Generation Innovators) about what it takes to make a successful podcast.
There will also be a tour of the podcast facilities, information about the ILKI-CAST course and a Q&A session.
Danny Frawley’s final interview published
Danny Frawley bravely shared the story of his battle with depression after Richmond sacking on the Herald Sun podcast series Sacked: What Happens when an AFL coach loses his job?
Writing in the paper this week, Herald Sun journalists Glenn McFarlane and Jon Ralph said:
We never envisaged the hour-long chat would serve as Danny’s last extended interview about his career and life.
The fact it was special had nothing to do with us and everything to do with him.
He was as engaging and entertaining as ever.
He detailed everything from the car rides home to Ballarat with Tony Lockett and Greg Burns in his St Kilda playing days, to the ingenious way he used the Punt Road chicken-poo incident to cultivate his roses.
It was a privilege to sit and listen to his stories, for he had that natural storytelling gene that can likely be traced back to his Irish ancestry.
Another podcast that is essential listening for people to get an insight into Frawley’s media career is this week’s Sounding Board podcast from Craig Hutchison and Damian Barrett.
Hutchy was Frawley’s employer at Crocmedia while Barrett is a long-time colleague and close friend.