Macquarie Sports Radio launches two new shows as part of further lineup changes

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Macquarie Sports Radio has made further changes to its host lineup and launched a new video marketing campaign.

Radio Today can reveal that two new shows have been launched as part of the Weekday lineup this week.

Afternoons with Mieke Buchan, Shane McInnes & Sam Stove will no longer be heard.

In its place, Buchan will host a new Afternoons show from 2pm-4pm and is joined by Billy McGee, while James Willis has moved across from 2GB to host a new show called ‘Halftime’ from 12pm-2pm.

There has also been a change to the Melbourne/Perth Breakfast lineup.

Tony Leonard has moved from Breakfast to Mornings with Tiffany Cherry and David Morrow.

He’s been replaced on Breakfast by former Geelong star Jimmy Bartel, who steps into a full-time hosting role after recurring guest slots, and joins Tony Shaw, with Matt Thompson continuing as anchor.

“We launched our new national sports network Macquarie Sports Radio in April, and already we’ve seen a terrific response from listeners on air, online and on demand via podcast,” Macquarie Media national executive producer Michael Thompson told Radio Today.

“The new programs on air this week reflect our commitment to fun, engaging programs focusing on all sports.

“So far this week ‘Halftime’ with James Willis has already seen special guest co-hosts Andrew Gaze and Darren Lehmann, with Darren set to feature prominently in Macquarie Sports Radio’s cricket commentary team this summer.”

Buchan and McGee are also hosting a Saturday Morning show from 7am-12pm.

“Billy and Mieke are a great combination with terrific knowledge across all sports and a real sense of fun,” Thompson said. “They are perfect for Saturday mornings, the biggest day in sport.

Former Arvo hosts Sam Stove and Shan McInness will remain with the network.

“Sam is on holidays and will be back on air later this month; Shane will continue to appear on the station in addition to his primary role on 3AW,” Thompson also revealed.

The new Melbourne Breakfast show hosts feature in one video from the new marketing campaign.

Another clip stars other Macquarie Sports hosts and regular guests, including Gaze, Lehmann, Ian Chappell, Jimmy Bartell, Mark Riddell, David Schwartz, David Ellen, and Glenn Lazarus

The clip also features the tagline ‘All Sports, All The Time’.

The changes following the recent launch of the new Sydney & Brisbane Breakfast show with Mark Levy and Mark Riddell recently.

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Neil Dee
6 Sep 2018 - 4:18 pm

I think the shareholders would not be happy with this lemon.

Whats next, a live cross to the local greyhound track in Dubbo……or a quick whip around at the under 16’s cricket match at Meadowbank. This is riveting radio that puts you to sleep, maybe it could be rebranded as “Macquarie the Meditation Channel”

Either way the punters will vote with their ears and at the moment there is not many left.

Gregory Coller
6 Sep 2018 - 6:43 pm

why dosnt it rate !bring back the original 2UE

Neil McKenna
6 Sep 2018 - 9:45 pm

“…a terrific response from listeners” . What are these people on ? Have they had a look at the latest ratings ? Rock bottom. At least the Magic stations were getting 3 to 5 %. This will end in tears.

Marlin Johnson
7 Sep 2018 - 1:03 am

When will they stopped playing around and just wake up to the fact you can try as many announcers and formats as you like, none of it is working…
Either change the format to something people want like music. Or shut the doors, turn the lights off and go home. Better yet sell the licensees to someone who will do them justice

Hussein K.
7 Sep 2018 - 4:47 am

Ha ha ha… good one Neil!

JASON ANDREW TOPPIN
7 Sep 2018 - 5:53 am

I PREDICT THERE WILBE AN ADVEETISING CAMPAIGN ON CHNANNEL 9 THE MOMENR NINE ENTERTAINMENT AND FAIRFAXMED MERGE IS APPROVED TODAY

nick bartlett
7 Sep 2018 - 9:25 am

It looks like Macquarie radio are able to simultaneously run the most successful and the most pitiful radio stations in both Sydney and Melbourne. That’s quite an achievement.

Thank goodness they can only own two licences in each city or they would probably buy and destroy several other stations.

Matthew Thorn
7 Sep 2018 - 10:36 am

I used to listen to John and Garry of a morning until they change the format I’ve gone over to 2GB

Neil Dee
7 Sep 2018 - 4:35 pm

They say the smart ones have no common sense…..its obvious they are managed by the smart one’s

Wuttikun lerdwichagul
7 Sep 2018 - 5:00 pm

I have gone to 2sm. LAWSY is there

Pete
7 Sep 2018 - 7:36 pm

Moved over from 1116 SEN loving the Melb breaky program.LOVE drive with OX & Marko. Keep up the great work….. Glad you moved Shane McInnis on

missedthepoint
8 Sep 2018 - 7:10 am

Listening to bill and bridget was a great was to start to the weekend and I will miss listening to them on saturdays. According to macquaries poor website they seem to be doing sundays. They shouldve left them alone. I dont like the changes to their afternoon or saturday morning lineup with no melbourne presenters which they had previously. If you listen to the end of the podcast of sam stoves now gone afternoon show he said something along the lines of we will do it all again on monday so it seems an odd thing to say when your going on leave? I made the switch from sens terrible breakfast show to the new melbourne matt thompson breakfast show which is good. So seems I’ll be doing some breakfast sun to fri and podcast the odd drive segment but not bothering with much else after the changes. Melbourne is sport but macquarie have missed the point with the removal of melbourne based presenters.

Narelle Naughton
8 Sep 2018 - 9:06 am

That’s it for me, how sad losing Bridget & Bill on Saturday mornings & due to other commitments can’t listen to them Sunday mornings.
I love sport, especially Richmond but I never thought I could listen to a full on sport station. They made us laugh, they have a great rapport & I learnt so much about other sports. Now listen to Ross & John podcasts.
Will miss you Bill & Bridge !!

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10 Sep 2018 - 5:04 am

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