The Fogarty Foundation wishes to welcome Gary Roberts onto our Board of Trustees. With a background in media, radio and business, Gary’s skills are complementary to those of our other Trustees.
Gary is Managing Director of Perth radio station Nova 93.7 having started his radio career in the late 60′s at 3AW in Melbourne. He spent nine years on air with a number of stations including 5AD Adelaide, 2UW Sydney and 6KY Perth before moving into Programming. As a Programme Director, he programmed four stations to No 1 in their respective markets including 96FM in Perth, which he launched as Programme Director in 1980. He was General Manager of 96FM from 1984 to 1992 when he left to take over the same role at 94·5FM in Perth.
In August 1993, 94·5FM purchased PMFM (now 92.9) from Kerry Packer, and Gary Roberts was appointed Managing Director of both stations. Under his guidance, 92.9 and MIX 94·5 dominated the Perth radio market being the No. 1 and No. 2 stations while Gary was at the helm.
Gary was a Director of the peak radio industry body for eight years, including 3 years as Chairman of Commercial Radio Australia.
In 2002, Gary resigned as Managing Director of Austereo Perth and after a brief holiday in Italy, accepted his current role of Managing Director of Perth’s first new commercial FM radio station in 22 years. Nova 93.7 was launched on December 5, 2002 and in its first full year, was No 1 with 18-39 year olds.
The launch of the Nova Network across Australia has been one of the most successful brand launches in Australian radio history and Nova is the most listened to Under 40 brand in Australian radio.