ABC Grandstand Digital turns 1

Staff Writer

Tomorrow, ABC Grandstand Breakfast with Francis Leach (left) will have its first birthday.

The program is unusual in a number of ways.

Firstly, because it is one of the few programs on digital radio that is performed live.

Secondly, because as the spearheard Breakfast program for the station, it is heard on the biggest sporting days of the week; a Breakfast show that runs Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday rather than the normal Monday-Friday.

Francis Leach commented;

“When I started out a year ago, I wanted to create a program that would appeal to fans of sports in general rather than being code specific. I wanted to offer interesting and engaging guests and have some fun talking all things sports, use social media to our advantage and somehow incorporate some really good music. I think we’ve managed to do that”.

Craig Norenbergs, ABC Grandstand Manager says;

“In this past year Francis Leach has created an entertaining and credible sports radio program for digital radio and online. ABC Grandstand Breakfast has been a great success for the ABC and our commitment to sports coverage".

"This is evident in the calibre of guests Francis secures for each program, the guests that have become regulars and the audience reaction we see on our social media platforms. It has evolved into a truly multiplatform program.”

ABC Grandstand Digital can be heard on digital radio, the ABC Radio Mobile App or streamed online at



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