Sports Entertainment Network have added three more members of its weekday on-air lineup for the soon-to-launch SENZ.
The cult hero of the All Blacks’ 2011 Rugby World Cup win, Stephen Donald, will co-host “SENZ Drive” (4-7pm), and he says, “Radio is new to me, but I’ve never been afraid of a challenge and the move to SENZ is a very exciting one for me. I’m really looking forward to helping sports lovers unwind at the end of their workdays and having plenty of fun with them. And we won’t just be talking rugby.”
The experienced Kirstie Stanway, already a very familiar face to viewers of Sky Sport, Stanway fronts rugby coverage, will join Donald on drive.
Kirstie says, “I’m really excited to be joining the SENZ whanau alongside my great mate Izzy and Beaver too. I love radio almost as much as I love sport and I know we’re going to have a lot of fun. Besides, who wouldn’t want to relive ‘that’ kick every afternoon while feasting on a bit of whitebait?”
The program will be produced by Sam ‘Lashes’ Casey, one of the most well-connected and innovative young broadcasters in the country.
In more news, one of the most knowledgeable voices in New Zealand sports broadcasting, Mark Stafford is also joining SENZ, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in the sports and media industries.
Afternoons with Staffy will broadcast weekdays from midday – 4pm, and Mark says, “SENZ is the perfect fit for New Zealand and I’m so excited to be a part of it from day one. I love seeking out the story behind the story and I’m really looking forward to chatting with sporting personalities and our passionate listeners alike.”
A long-time bookmaker with the TAB, Stafford has been a regular on screens over the last decade, becoming well-known as part of Sky Sports’ pre-game shows for rugby, rugby league, cricket, netball, football, and many other codes.
Afternoons with Staffy will be produced by long-time radio producer and media professional Sam Hewat, providing an experienced hand to shape and structure the show.
Acting CEO, Jodie Simm, says, “We are delighted to welcome Stephen, Kirstie and Mark to the SENZ stable. All three are fantastic people who will bring their own unique qualities and add significantly to our on-air line-up. We know our audience will love listening to and talking with them every day!”
CONFIRMED SENZ WEEKDAY LINEUP
6am-9am: Brendon McCullum and Israel Dagg
9am-noon: Ian Smith
Noon – 4pm: Mark Stafford
4pm-7pm: Kirstie Stanway and Stephen