The ABC has appointed Joe Gelonesi as the new Content Manager for ABC Classical and ABC Jazz. Gelonesi has been acting in the role since April when his predecessor Toby Chadd was appointed as Australian Chamber Orchestra Director of Artistic Planning. Gelonesi will now lead the only dedicated national Classical and Jazz radio stations, as well as oversee ongoing initiatives and programs run by the ABC.

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Joe Gelonesi. Photo supplied.

Gelonesi is a familiar face at ABC Classic, where he has been a presenter in the past. He presented The Philosopher’s Zone on Radio National and was a member of the RN executive editorial team for almost two decades. He was also part of the team which produced Triple J’s first Hottest 100 in 1989, and developed the ABC Top 5 media residency project for early-career scholars in the arts, sciences, and humanities.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to champion and support their efforts to bring Australians together through the wonderful, shared love of music,” said Gelonesi about his new role, and his work within the ABC.

Gelonesi will oversee the annual Classical 100 and Jazz 100 countdowns, the annual Festival of Female Composers, the ABC Jazz Artist in Residence program, and the recently announced Composer Commissioning Fund for emerging artists.

In recent years, ABC Classic and ABC Jazz have launched numerous programs to attract new committed audiences, including the inaugural Classic Choir in 2020, the monthly ABC Jazz Artist in Residence, as well as coverage of major live performances over the last three years such as Yo-Yo Ma’s Australian debut in 2019.

His appointment comes with the announcement that Chris Scaddan, Head of Music and Creative Development in the ABC’s Entertainment & Specialist division, will lead ABC wide audio projects from 19 July to 2022. Scaddan will now coordinate audio content across all three ABC content divisions, developing new programs for radio, on-demand, and podcast platforms.

Accordingly, Meagan Loader who manages Double J, ABC Country, and Rage, will step into Scaddan’s role for the next 18 months, with Double J’s Executive Producer Ryan Egan stepping into Loader’s role.

“The talent and passion that they each possess is indicative of the whole team’s dedication to our audiences every day,” said Scaddan, welcoming Gelonesi, Loader and Egan into their new roles. “After more than a year of uncertainty due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, listeners have turned to our networks for companionship, joy, inspiration and direction. The ABC’s role as an integral supporter of Australian music is more important than ever, as we plan for further success in the audio space for many years to come.”


More information about the new appointments, as well as ABC ongoing programming, can be found here.

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