ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network announces ‘No Merger’ AFL podcast
ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network Australia has teamed up with Podular Media and launch a new AFL podcast called No Merger.
The podcast will explore the story of AFL‘s failed merger in 1996 between Melbourne and Hawthorn, going back through conversations with those who were there at the time.
No Merger will feature perspectives from former AFL CEO Ross Oakley, acclaimed AFL journalist Mike Sheahan, former Hawthorn premiership captain and ‘Operation Payback’ frontman, Don Scott, former players Jason Dunstall, Alastair Clarkson, Andrew Leoncelli and more.
One of AFL’s most controversial moments will be explored across the four-part series, and will feature Home & Away cast member Ditch Davey as the voice of former Melbourne president, Ian Ridley, who passed away in 2008.
“No Merger was an opportunity for people to set the record straight, including a number of different misconceptions about the failed merger,” said Podular founder & CEO Adrian Houghton.
“We document how Operation Payback and the Demon Alternative fought to save their clubs under significant scrutiny and forces beyond their control. It captures the emotion and the backdoor dealings leading in that toxic and remarkable vote night.”
“No Merger further strengthens ARN‘s iHeartPodcast Network‘s local content offering and explores a truly unique and fascinating time in the AFL‘s history,” added ARN head of commercial audio & podcasts, Corey Layton.
“As a leader in the podcast space, we are proud to share such important Australian stories with our listeners.”
No Merger is now available to listen to on iHeartRadio.