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ARN names Ed Kirkwood as EP on Will & Woody’s drive-time show

Australian Radio Network has hired Ed Kirkwood as executive producer for Will & Woody’s national drive-time show, replacing Tia Ucich, who is returning to Perth and will wrap up with the show on Friday 27 November.

Earlier this year, the network extended Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw’s contracts for a further three years.

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In the most recent radio survey – the first since COVID-19 paused the survey collection process for a number of months – the duo slipped behind Nova’s Smooth in the Sydney drive slot’s commercial pile, despite a one percentage point climb. Smooth also pulled ahead of the ABC to remain in the lead across both AM and FM drive time.

The show declined in Melbourne (5.1% share) and Brisbane (9.5%), but grew in Adelaide (12.3%) and Perth (13.2%).

Chief content officer across ARN, Duncan Campbell, farewelled Ucich and welcomed Kirkwood to the role.

“Over the past three years, Tia has been an important part of the Will & Woody team and I thank her for contribution to the show’s success and wish her all the best for the future,” Campbell said.

“I am very pleased to welcome Ed to ARN, he brings exceptional experience to the role and will be a great addition to the Will & Woody team in 2021.”

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Kirkwood was previously a senior producer for Southern Cross Austereo’s Hughesy and Ed show. He started out as an announcer on Triple J, and spent more than four years at the ABC before joining SCA.

He’ll join ARN, and Will & Woody, next year.

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