Liza Altarejos, Executive Producer for Chrissie, Sam & Browny on Nova 100.3 FM
With over 12 years radio experience, Liza has held extensive producing positions with breakfast and drive teams across multiple radio networks. Currently Executive Producer for Chrissie, Sam & Browny, Liza joined NOVA Entertainment in February 2011 as Producer for Sydney’s breakfast show. Liza has spent two and a half years as Producer for Nova’s national drive show before being appointed Senior Producer for Meshel & Tommy in December 2013. In January 2016, Liza became part of the senior producing team that launched Chrissie, Sam & Browny in Melbourne. Her Twitter handle is @LizeyLize.
You have worked in radio for over 12 years. What first drew you to the industry?
When I was in high school my parents banned me from watching TV at night as a way to get me to do my homework, so I would listen to the radio instead. That’s how I got hooked on the Hot30 Countdown with Ugly Phil & Jackie O’. I would listen to the show and call up as a listener almost every night because I wanted to be involved in the fun they were having. This led me to discovering more shows on the radio which later inspired me to host a community radio show. Eventually, I scored a gig in commercial radio as a producer.
What changes or trends have had the biggest impacts on the way you work as a Radio Producer?
When I first started as a radio producer there was no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Now, with the help of social media, producers have instant access to the latest breaking news and celebrity gossip. It also assists us in tracking down potential guests, experts and in some cases celebrities.
How do you use press releases as part of your newsgathering process?
We will assess if the subject and/or guest offered on the press release is the right fit for our show; if it is, then we will discuss with the wider team how we want to cover the content on the show.
Which recent stories have had an impact on you?
The recent terror attacks have made a big impact on me. My heart breaks for the victims’ families and loved ones every time I read one of these tragic stories. For the first time in a while I’ve felt scared for our safety, with the amount of attacks happening in our own backyard.
What’s the wackiest idea you’ve come up with for radio and how did it turn out?
We needed to come up with a stunt for a panel service client. The story arch involved the show using an old beaten-up car for numerous activities like a limo service for listeners and a stunt car for drift racing. Eventually, I drove the car as far north of Melbourne as I could on one tank of petrol, and ended up in Hay, NSW, where I torched the car!
Upcoming Media Events
Red Nose Day (pictured right)
Friday 30th June, National
Now in its 29th year, the special day aims to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Adelaide Boat Show
Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July, Adelaide
The Boating Industry Association will again present the best of recreational boating. There will be boats on display from a variety of manufacturers and boating types, products and accessories, new boating technology and more.
Festival of Voices
Friday 30th June to Sunday 16th July, Hobart
The Festival of Voices returns for another year, in its 13 year run, with artists from around Australia and overseas, including Toni Childs and Sarah Blasko.
Friday 30th June to Sunday 16th July, Sydney
The annual winter festival returns to Parramatta's Prince Alfred Square in Sydney. There will be a large open air ice rink, a 28 metre-long ice slide, and an alpine food village.
Tasmanian Seafood Industry Awards Gala Dinner
Saturday 1st July, Tasmania
The Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council is hosting the 6th Seafood Industry Awards Dinner. The Awards showcase the Tasmanian seafood industry.
Oz Comic-Con Melbourne
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July, Melbourne
Oz Comic-Con hosts pop culture events across Australia, celebrating comic books, graphic novels, film, television, gaming and anime. Fans in Melbourne will have the opportunity to meet a variety of celebrity guests, including Jason Momoa, Alyson Hannigan and Sylvester McCoy.
The Goon Show LIVE! at Yulefest
Saturday 1st to Saturday 29th July, Blue Mountains, NSW
Returning to the Blue Mountains is the 6th consecutive Yulefest Dinner & Show, based on the original cult BBC series. This year’s featured episode will be ‘The Raid of International Christmas Pudding’.
NAIDOC Week (pictured left)
Sunday 2nd July to Sunday 9th July, National
The first full week of July is NAIDOC Week, celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. It recognises the contributions of Indigenous Australians to our country and society.