The AirNews Team
Owner / Managing Director
Afternoons and Evenings
Terry has been involved in the communications industry since leaving school.
He has worked in commercial radio at 8HA Alice Springs, 2GZ Orange and 2CS Coffs Harbour. Terry has worked every shift and was the Programme Manager and Breakfast Announcer at the brand new 2CS in Coffs Harbour in 1985. He was awarded Best Programme Manager in the Australia wide "Rawards" in 1987.
He is currently the owner of Tee Dee Computers, Discovery Apps, You Voice Over and Online Radio 2DD. Terry purchased Air News from Artie Stevens in July 2019.
The Daniel brothers (Terry, Richard and Glenn) have all been involved in the radio industry and remain that way to this day. Glenn currently at Smooth FM, Sydney and Richard working in media throughout South East Asia. They act as consultants to Air News.
Leonie has been a communicator for many years - involved with teaching at TAFE, a board member and Past President of the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce.
In 2018 she joined the On Air team on Radio 2DD and provides voice work for Your Voice Over. Leonie has a clear and concise delivery with a fun personality that shows through everytime.
Leonie covers "live" sports news weeknights on Air News as required and is the organisational anchor behind Air News management.
Sarah Patterson began her radio career at South Gippsland community station 3MFM before moving to Wangaratta to take up a position as newsreader at local station 3NE.
Since then she has established herself as one of Melbourne’s most recognisable newsreaders. For three years she was the news presenter for Eddie McGuire’s Hot Breakfast show on Triple M. She has been heard on a host of stations including Fox FM, Smooth FM, Nova, Gold FM, Kiis, SEN and RSN 927.
Sarah also enjoyed a brief stint in regional TV, where she was bureau chief at WIN Television in Bendigo.
Now married to radio broadcaster Kevin Hillier, mum to a teenage son and host of the popular Food Bytes podcast, Sarah can be heard Afternoons and Evenings on AIR News.
Breakfast News and Sport
Mornings - Mon to Wed
Mornings - Thu to Fri / Sat PM
The World - Wed to Fri
Leigh’s media career spans 40 years. It began as a trainee announcer at 2NZ Inverell, which also gave him his first taste of broadcast journalism.
He later worked in the newsrooms of 3AW and EONFM in Melbourne and was part of the original team at 2CS Coffs Harbour establishing their regional news service.
He’s also held sales and management roles in commercial radio, free-to-air and subscription television.
Radio news has remained Leigh’s first love and he’s thrilled to be back behind the microphone at Air News Media.
Lesley started in radio broadcasting in the 1980’s and has had the good fortune to work in Melbourne, Hobart, Geelong, Sydney and Brisbane.
She started out as an announcer, but became interested in News and has worked with some of the best journalists and broadcasters in the business.
For many years she was the Australian correspondent for Fox News Radio in New York, covering major stories including the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires and the 2011 Brisbane Floods.
Lesley has been with AirNews since 2012.
Shaun came to the Air Newsroom following a 5 year stint covering News and Sport for the National Indigenous Radio Service. He began in radio in 1993 at pioneering First Nations station 989fm/4AAA Brisbane and is still there on Monday night presenting his revered Blues with a Feeling.
Outside of radio, he's plied his trade as a musician and actor, while working behind the scenes in the music industry as a promoter, talent buyer, venue booker, publicist and festival consultant. In downtimes, there's usually a guitar close to hand and he's a fan of the West Brisbane Bulldogs, Reds and Hawthorn.
Afternoons Tue to Fri / Sat AM
Kym has been with Airnews since 2013, A graduate of WA's Academy of Radio, Kym pursued a career adventure that took her across the nation from her first gig with Sun FM Alice Springs, onto Brisbane and the Gold Coast with Triple M, 97.3, Gold FM and the ABC, Even to the skies and on the TV with the Australian Traffic Network.
Now based in the USA as an actor, Kym once performed as a ballet dancer with the Dallas Opera, and now tours the country as Francesca the Pirate in Nature of Mercy - a comedy swordfighting show that appears in New York, Vegas, Dallas and Florida. Kym is married, has 5 rescue dogs, and a burgeoning Tupperware empire. You can also hear Kym's Gourmet Traveller segments on the podcast Foodbytes with Sarah Patterson.
Starting out at Warrnambool's 3YB in the early 1990's grounded Sarah in everything from music, news and sport.
Moving to Wollongong's Wave FM Sarah worked all shifts from mid-dawns to breakfast.
When she was offered the opportunity to work at 92.5 Gold FM on the Gold Coast Sarah quickly moved to breakfast where for 13 years she co-hosted a top rating breakfast show.
Sarah currently does voiceover work and reads Sunday morning news for AIRNews.
Michael remembers that the man who granted him an announcer audition with the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation (NZBC) in 1966 on meeting him some years later said ‘Once a broadcaster, always a broadcaster’ And how true, Michael has discovered that mantra to be.
In 1997, after working as an announcer and then as a broadcast journalist in New Zealand and Australia for 33 years, Michael found himself still behind a microphone, not in a radio studio but at a lectern in a Melbourne funeral director’s chapel. 22 years and some 2,400 funerals later as a funeral celebrant Michael and his wife Kate returned to family in their native New Zealand last September
It was during his tenure with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and subsequently as News Director for eight years at 3KZ, that radio news became Michael’s métier – and so for him, becoming a news presenter with AIR on Sunday afternoons, really is a case of coming home in more ways than one.
The World - Mon to Tue
Reporter - VIC
Reporter - NSW
Artie first stepped into radio as a sports reporter in 1969 in his home town of Shepparton at 3SR, but moved into TV for a number of years developing multi-skilling at GMV-6, ATN-7, GTV-9 and ATV-0.
In the mid-80's radio gave him a recall, working at 3KZ/KZFM/Gold 104 Melbourne, including a stint in the newsroom during the Gulf War.
In late 2004 he set up AIR News and for almost 15 years helped build it to where it is today.
In mid-2020 he retired from the breakfast news grind, but continues to produce The World for AIR News and will remain part of the reporting team for Victoria as well as delivering stories through AIR News media's international associate Feature Story News.
Darren McErlain is the political and crime reporter from Sydney and has been with AIR News since 2018. He started as an intern journalist with ABC Radio News in the mid-90s. He currently presents Classic Hits FM Drive on 87.8FM Newcastle 7 days per week.
Darren is a former reporter for WAMN TV News Perth, and HunterTV Newcastle. He has contributed voiceovers for many community radio and TV projects. He has produced more than 250 history episodes of ‘Remember When’ on radio in Australia and Asia, and on TV Channels 31 Melbourne and 44 Adelaide. Previous roles include playing a newsreader in short films and theatre. Darren is a published poet and a qualified Primary Teacher in Sydney’s west.
Reporter - QLD
Peter is our Queensland correspondent.
He has over 40 years experience in all facets of radio, having worked at 4MK, 4TO, 4GR, 4GG, 4MMM, 4KQ, as well as 7BU, 2MW, 5AU and some fill-in work at 5AD and 5DN.
Reporter - TAS
Josh Agnew is a teenager from Tasmania, Australia’s island state.
He owns and operates an FM radio station in Tasmania called Pulse FM.
Pulse FM is a radio station targeted at young people in Southern Tasmania, specifically between 13 and 25 years old.
He has been involved in radio since he was 7 years old, starting out at a rural community radio station. He started an internet radio station called ‘JNET’ when he was 9 years old, and launched Pulse FM when he was 10.
He currently covers news stories for Ultra 106.5 FM in Hobart and Tassie stories for Air News.
Reporter - WA
Annwen has worked in commercial and community radio since the late 90’s. Having worked on both sides of the country throughout her career, in a range of roles, Annwen decided to settle down on the west coast, and move into teaching radio broadcasting. She is the WA correspondent for Air News.
Reporter - VIC / Sports
Steve is a news presenter, reporter, voice-over guy and audio producer, based in Melbourne. He joined the AIR News team in 2017, having learned the craft from a lifetime of talkback radio listening, eventually leading him into podcastingin 2009.
Combining a love of aviation, Steve produced & co-hosted Australia’s best known podcast in it’s genre, Plane Crazy Down Under until 2018, and more recently, Airwaves by Aviation Trader. He currently produces many other podcasts, including Food Bytes with Sarah Patterson, Ruck ’n Roll & Living Well with Diabetes.
Steve also likes things that move, and is a big fan of basketball. He is a qualified locomotive driver, holds pilots licences in Australia and the USA, and is an accredited basketball referee.
Reporter - QLD / NT / SA
Shannon has worked in TV and Radio broadcasting for close on two decades. He started his radio news journey as the sole Newsreader/Journalist at 2VM/NOW FM in Moree, NSW and has worked for Sky News Australia, WIN Television, Prime7 Television and Olympic Broadcasting Services. He also runs his own production company which has made TV programs for NITV, SBS On Demand and Foxtel and occasionally writes travel articles for several News Limited outlets including Darwin’s ‘Sunday Territorian’ and ‘Gold Coast Sun’. One of his craziest radio moments was playing a Bogan character for a Power FM Hunter Valley, NSW promotion.
Reporter - SA / NT / ACT
Jessica lives on the Gold Coast and is currently studying Journalism and communications at Griffith Uni. She has also worked on 94.1 FM on the Gold Coast (one of our clients).
She is also a Media Training Consultant
Teaching on-camera, public speaking and presenting skills plus script writing and camera operating and lighting techniques.
Jessica will be assisting us with state news reports for ACT, NT and SA plus other stories.
Reporter - Cricket / Football
Reporter - Tennis / Formula 1
Graham has been reporting on cricket and football for AIR News since 2008. He's travelled to all major cricket nations to cover Tests for AIR News more than any other Australian journalist during that time. He's also represented AIR News all over the world covering Socceroos matches including all AFC Asian Cups since 2011, the 2017 Confederation Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia travelling far and wide to such places as Ireland, Jordan, Japan, South Korea and Honduras.
Paul Walsh has been involved in broadcasting, in various capacities, for over 35 years. As a 'hands on' broadcaster, Paul writes, produces and edits all his own material and sends it around the country and across the world! As well as being a (former) active participant in a range of different sports (including 4 marathons....one being London!), Paul's passion is now 'talking sport', which he does most effectively at a number of the world's premier sporting events and can be heard reporting on Tennis and Formula 1 on Air News.
Reporter - USA
Priscilla Huff is a freelance journalist in America's capital city and a long-time contributor to AIR News. She's reported from all over official Washington and all over the United States.
A true multimedia journalist, she's worked in television, radio, digital and text reporting. Priscilla has worked for Fox News, CNN, NPR, New York Times, MediaCorp of Singapore, PBS and many others. She holds degrees from Dartmouth College (and has covered the famous New Hampshire Primaries) and from the Columbia University School of Journalism.