Macquarie Sports Radio is the new player in town.
Following a leaked email from Executive Chairman Russell Tate in March, rumours that Macquarie Media’s Talking Lifestyle was to be replaced with a sports format were confirmed, and the network is set to launch its new sports radio network, Macquarie Sports Radio, on Wednesday April 4.
Newly appointed CEO Adam Lang said: “We are very excited to be launching Australia’s first national commercial sports radio talk network. Australians have a long established obsession with sport and we continue to see growth in a variety of sporting endeavours.
“There are more than 13 million sports fans in Australia. Sport is social, it bonds strangers together and we want to give them a voice and a platform to connect and engage.
“Macquarie Media is #1 for Australian sport with NRL and The Continuous Call Team on 2GB and 4BC, AFL on 3AW and 6PR and our national live cricket in summer amongst our participation in a range of other events.
“Our passion for telling the story flows into our broadcasts of Australia’s top sports. It made sense to extend our expertise into a national format that covers all sports all of the time.”
Monday to Friday in Sydney and Brisbane, Macquarie Sports Radio Breakfast (05:30-09:00 am) will be hosted by John Stanley and Beau Ryan.
The Melbourne breakfast show hosted by Tony Leonard, Tony Shaw and Jimmy Bartel. David Schwartz and Mark Allen will head up a national drive program.
- Mornings will be hosted by David Morrow & Tiffany Cherry
- Afternoons will be hosted by Mieke Buchan, Shane McInnes and Sam Stove
- Evenings with Julian King
- Weekend Mornings with Bill Woods & Brigitte Duclos
- Weekend Afternoons with Craig Willis & Clinton Maynard
- Weekend Evenings with Tim Webster
Macquarie Sports Radio will also feature some of the country’s leading sporting personalities and experts as regular guests and contributors including Leigh Matthews, Des Hasler, Mike Hussey, Mark Riddell and Andrew Gaze.
The new Melbourne breakfast and drive shows will be heard on Macquarie Sports Radio straight after the Commonwealth Games, from Monday 16 April.
Macquarie Sports Radio has also secured exclusive broadcast rights to live English Premier League matches (EPL).
Three EPL games will be broadcast each week, across the weekend overnights program. The network has also signed a partnership with the EPL’s global audio partner talkSPORT, the world’s biggest sports radio station, and will broadcast two of their award winning shows, Hawksbee & Jacobs and Durham & Gough, between midnight and 4am weekdays.
Macquarie Sports Radio will be heard in Sydney on 954 AM, in Melbourne on 1278 AM and in Brisbane on 882 AM and on the respective Digital Radio DAB+ stations.