SCA today announced talkback radio heavyweight, Steve Price, will debut a new daily live streamed 7am-10am show, exclusively on the LiSTNR app.
Australia Today with Steve Price will be the country's first truly digital audio live to air conversation, and alongside accomplished journalist Natarsha Belling, the duo will dive into the stories of the day. With an unrivalled network of SCA journalists on the ground in 46 markets, Australia Today with Steve Price will talk live and directly to locals across the nation via the LiSTNR app, from Broome to Bundaberg, Mt Isa down to Mount Gambier and all the capital cities in between, to get to the bottom of what matters most to Australians and cut through corporate and political spin.
Host Steve Price said: “What a privilege to be given the chance to launch a show that will give all Australians the chance to have their say. Our rural neighbours have endured unfathomable hardship with bushfires and floods, the whole country has been impacted by COVID-19 and the issues rolling out of Parliament House right now have sparked a cultural reckoning.
“I know there are so many stories and issues impacting individuals and communities across the country not being told and we want to hear about them. Australia Today will open up national conversations around what’s in the news and happening in the world of politics and current affairs with balanced opinion, shaped by the common sense approach I pride myself on. We won’t be wedded to the left or right side of any issue but we will take a position and argue the case. You won't ever hear us sitting on the fence!”
Co-host and newsreader, Natarsha Belling, added: “I’m so thrilled to be part of this exciting new venture in delivering breaking news, but also dissecting and discussing the major issues that shape and change our lives. Born and raised in country NSW, I’m a passionate advocate for rural Australia. After recent events there are lots of Australians hurting right now from fires, floods and COVID devastated businesses. This program is about giving all Australians a voice.
“I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Steve before, he’s an excellent broadcaster with a great sense of humour. Sometimes we disagree, but we both love a chat! I cannot wait for the many great discussions and laughs ahead!”
SCA Chief Content Officer, Dave Cameron, said: “We are thrilled to have secured a broadcaster and journalist of Steve’s calibre to lead our bold foray in to live streamed, daily news and talkback on LiSTNR. Steve isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade and cuts through so much of the propaganda Australians have to navigate when consuming their daily news; it’s the reason he dominated the AM airwaves for as long as he did.
“Australia Today with Steve Price will give real people from across the country a voice and platform to be heard, unfiltered. Every single Australian can listen and contribute to this show wherever they are across the country exclusively via the LiSTNR app. We are excited to continue to make LiSTNR the ultimate audio destination for both live streaming and podcast premium content in Australia.”
Australia Today with Steve Price will be produced by Thomas Blake who has been a talkback radio producer for 14 years at 2UE and 2GB where he worked closely with Steve for nearly five years.
Australia Today with Steve Price will include a news update from Natarsha Belling on the half hour across the morning and the pair will discuss and debate the issues of the day alongside listener calls. Australia Today with Steve Price kicks off Wednesday 7 April live via the LiSTNR app at 7am. Highlights from the show will be available to podcast after 10am each day.
Steve Price biography
Covering all the major news stories since the 70’s, it’s safe to say no one knows current affairs like Steve. Steve is best known for presenting the number one rating drive program on Melbourne’s 3AW, between 1987 and 2002. Following this, Steve also presented the breakfast, drive and morning shows on Sydney’s 2UE from 2002-2010. For Steve, radio is more than entertainment and information.
“Radio is about letting people talk about the issues and events that shape our day to day lives. I don’t believe it’s about telling people what to think, but asking people to think, question and debate the controversial things that occur daily in their city, state and country,” he says. Unsurprisingly, Steve has also received multiple awards for Program Director of the Year, as well as Australia’s current affairs Commentator and Talk Presenter of the Year on numerous occasions.
Following a successful career with 3AW and 2UE, Steve took up the role of presenter on talkback radio station, Melbourne Talk Radio (3MTR) Breakfast, in 2010.
Then, in April 2012, Steve joined the team at 2GB with a brand-new show, Nights with Steve Price. The show was heard nationally on 56 stations for more than seven years, achieving the extraordinarily rare feat of being number one simultaneously in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Steve also writes a weekly column for the Saturday Herald Sun.
As well as his radio broadcasting role, Steve was a founding panellist of Ten’s The Project, and continues to appear weekly on the show. Steve has also appeared on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, surviving on a restricted diet and taking part in emotionally and physically strenuous challenges that left quite an impact. Post-jungle, Steve has a come out with a new-found appreciation for life, entering the competition as a ‘grumpy old bugger’ and leaving a happier, healthier and totally changed man.
Natarsha Belling biography
Natarsha Belling is one of Australia's most experienced and versatile journalists and news presenters.
With more than twenty five years’ experience breaking the news stories that have changed and shaped our lives, Natarsha's passion, skill and warmth have seen her become a highly skilled and much admired television and radio host.
Natarsha is the presenter and co-producer of the innovative news podcast Your Morning Agenda, covering all the breaking news and hot topics as they happen via the LiSTNR app.
Natarsha’s admirable interviewing style and quick wit have seen the much-admired presenter shine across a number of media platforms. Tarsh regularly appears on Channel Seven’s The Morning Show and has hosted national shows including The Project and Studio 10.
Natarsha was born and raised in country NSW and is a passionate advocate for regional Australia. She started her career at Prime TV in Orange and has also been a journalist and news presenter with the ABC and Channel Ten. During her 20 years with Ten, Natarsha held a key national news presenting role across the network's major bulletins including the morning, 5pm, late night and weekend news.
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