Community & Business

23 February, 2024

New face to head up radio network

A NEW face is now at the helm of a local radio station network which includes 4AM, KIK FM, 4KZ, and Kool FM.

New face to head up radio network - feature photo

Rod Henshaw (pictured) has been appointed to head up Coastal Broadcasters Pty Ltd’s network of radio stations which stretch from the Gulf of Carpentaria through to Townsville.

Described as a “highly experienced broadcaster”, Mr Henshaw started his new role in late January, combining two executive roles – general manager and sales manager.

In taking on the new role, Mr Henshaw paid tribute to his predecessor Al Kirton, who retired late last year after a 38-year career with the network.

“Al has been an incredible help to me during this transitionary period and he remains a welcome member of the on-air team doing what he loves most,” he said.

Mr Henshaw brings extensive knowledge to the job having had hands-on experience in on-air presentation, production, journalism, programming and administration.

“I’ve been lucky enough to gain long-term experience in most jobs in radio over about five decades,” he said.

“Technically, just don’t ask me to fix anything that breaks.”

Mr Henshaw spent the past nine years in Canberra at Talk Radio 2CC, where he undertook a variety of roles including on-air presenter, newsreader/journalist, program producer and trainee/mentor to young journalists starting off in their careers.

Prior to that, he was director of media in Nauru where he re-established the near-defunct radio and television stations after they fell into disrepair over the years.

He also had 30-plus years involved in Brisbane radio and television with both the ABC and commercial stations.


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