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Radio Sport Announces New Line Up For 2017

Media Release For Immediate Release - Wednesday 26 October 2016

Radio Sport Announces New Line Up For 2017

26 October 2016 – Radio Sport announced today an exciting new lineup from 2017, with shows debuting on the station as early as October 31.

A new breakfast show will kick off at the end of this month with hosts Kent Johns, Nathan Rarere, and Marc Peard. The show will be a must for all sports fans, setting the sports agenda for the day with interviews, reactions, previews and asking the big questions weekday mornings from 6am.

Johns is a long time Radio Sport host, having joined the station in 1999, and has hosted the afternoon show,The Sports Vox, since 2012. Rarere is new to the Radio Sport Team, but known in the radio and TV world, having been part of a number of various shows on both mediums. Peard will continue to be a part of the show but will have a bigger role on air than he has had in the past. In addition to being a sports fanatic, his radio experience is vast having worked on the Polly and Grant Show on The Hits for 10 years.

Simon Doull and Andrew Mulligan, the current breakfast hosts, will be entering new roles within the NZME team. The Crowd Goes Wild breakfast show will be renamed as part of the change to Radio Sport Breakfast with Kent Johns, Nathan Rarere and Marc Peard.

Doull will still bring his views on cricket to Radio Sport listeners as a regular weekly correspondent, making room for his TV cricket commentary commitments.

Mulligan will produce an innovative weekly online column which will focus on issues, personalities and other sports matters, that will appear on nzherald.co.nz, along with other new online ventures NZME is developing.

Mulligan says he is excited about the new role.

“It’s great to be an integral part of developing something new with NZME. Their sport content, particularly in digital is growing significantly, I’m thrilled to be part of what will be exciting for sport fans. Plus, the sleep-ins and more normal work hours will go down well with the whole family!”

Daniel McHardy will host the new afternoon show in the 12pm-4pm slot from October 31. McHardy has been with Radio Sport for over 10 years, and will broadcast from the Wellington studio. He will be a familiar voice for Radio Sport listeners, as the former host of Saturday and Sunday morning’s Capital Punishment, and commentating Wellington rugby and cricket games for the station.

Beginning in 2017, listeners will be treated to an extra hour of D’Arcy Waldegrave as the host of Sports Talkfrom 7pm on both Radio Sport and Newstalk ZB. Evenings will see a new show on Radio Sport, Radio Sport Reloaded, featuring the best interviews of the day and the best live sports commentaries such as Black Caps, Super Rugby and the NRL.

The Devlin Radio Show hosted by Martin Devlin stays in its 9am-12pm slot, and Waldergrave and Goran Paladin will continue to drive listeners home from 4pm with The Sauce.

NZME’s Head of Sport Trevor McKewen is excited about the refreshed lineup for the new year.

“The lineup for 2017 is a strong one and will allow listeners to get their sporting fix any time they tune in. Next year’s sporting calendar is a busy one and we’re excited to bring the best sport interviews, commentaries and chat to New Zealand sports fans.”

Full line up from early 2017

6am Breakfast with Kent Johns, Nathan Rarere and Marc Peard

9am The DRS with Martin Devlin

12pm – 1pm The Country with Jamie McKay (everywhere except Auckland)

12pm – 4pm Afternoons with Daniel McHardy (12pm – 1pm Auckland Only)

4pm The Sauce with D'Arcy Waldegrave and Goran Paladin

7pm – 8pm Sportstalk with D'Arcy Waldegrave

8pm Radio Sport Reloaded

ENDS

About NZME
NZME is one of New Zealand’s leading media and entertainment businesses with its brands connecting with over 3 million kiwis[1]. Whether reading, listening, watching or engaging with NZME brands, they can get the content they want - where and when they want it. NZME is listed on the NZX Main Board with a foreign exempt listing on the ASX.
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[1] Nielsen CMI, fused database: February 2016 (based on population 10 years +). Based on unduplicated weekly reach of NZME newspapers, radio stations, and monthly domestic unique audience of NZME’s digital channels

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