Following the departures of Kevin Bartlett and Dr Turf John Rothfield from SEN, a new drive team has been announced.
Dr Turf, who is also a stakeholder in the station, announced his departure from the station via twitter
Sad to say I won’t be returning to SEN. Loved working with my little mate KB and couldn’t have done it without our fantastic audience, the contributors and the outstanding team behind the scenes. You panel ops and producers know who you are ! Correct weight.
— John Rothfield (@Docturf) July 19, 2019
Western Bulldogs champion Bob Murphy and Andy Maher will host the new drive show, beginning next Monday on 1116 SEN and 1377 SEN+ and will be available at sen.com.au as well as via the SEN App.
Maher, who is a host of televisions Front Bar, will move from his afternoon shift to join forces with the former Western Bulldogs captain.
Murphy has appeared on Breakfast with Garry & Tim, Mornings with Whateley, Crunch Time and SEN footy, and steps up to the co-host chair after signing a longer-term deal with the station.
In a further boost for the station, SEN has confirmed popular breakfast hosts Garry Lyon and Tim Watson have also extended their deals.
Jack Heverin will replace Maher in the afternoon seat for much of the remainder of 2019.
Pacific Star Network Managing Director Craig Hutchison said he was thrilled that Murphy and Maher had accepted the challenge of keeping sports and entertainment fans company each afternoon on their journey home.
“All footy fans love Bob – he is a great conversationalist, has tremendous wit and observes the world a little differently,” Hutchison said. “Andy’s star has never shone brighter and audiences of all platforms are realising what a wonderful host and selfless performer he is.”
“He is interesting, and interested and has a great connection with Bob. This show seeks to entertain and also broaden its approach to the day in sport and modern-day life.”
Hutchison said the move adds to the great ratings momentum of the station, which has built off the strength of Garry & Tim for breakfast and the performance of Whateley in mornings.
Murphy said he was thrilled to be taking to the mic with old mate Maher, “I’ve done a two-year apprenticeship with SEN so when the opportunity came up to join Andy on drive, I jumped at it. I’ve known Andy for a long time, and I love his style. The show, like the game itself, will be filled with lots of light and shade and I’m looking forward to sharing that with listeners.”
Maher said he was pumped to be joining Bob for the show. “What a cracking opportunity this is – to hang out with a player I always admired and a bloke I really like. We’ll come in here every day knowing what needs to be kicked around, but I’m certain there’ll be times the conversation takes a turn neither of us could’ve predicted.”
“It’s going to be fun yakking away with Bob and this incredibly engaged SEN community in Drive. I can’t wait.”