AFL great Gerard Healy and his Sportsday show are on the move to a former rival network, in a major shake-up of the Melbourne evening radio landscape.
Sportsday is heading to SEN, with Healy getting a new co-host in Port Adelaide champion Kane Cornes, replacing Sam McClure.
The move begins from November 1, with Sportsday becoming a two-hour program from 5.30pm.
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“It has been a real privilege to host Sportsday for 25 years, and I couldn’t be more excited for the program to find a new home at SEN,” Healy said.
“I’m looking forward to working with Kane, someone I have huge respect for, as we cover all the big issues across the AFL and sport in general throughout the SEN airwaves.”
In total Healy has spent 28 years at 3AW, including his time on Sportsday, and the exit comes following a chance to the Nine radio landscape.
The 3AW show will be rebranded as Wide World of Sports, fitting into the national brand of one-host, hour-long shows — going against the two-host format Healy prefers.
McClure will now host the Melbourne version of the show.
“Having Sportsday formally join the SEN platform is such a natural fit,” SEN chief Craig Hutchison said.
“There would be no more respected voice in the radio drive timeslot than Gerard. He has helped pioneer and lead the way on sports radio coverage in Australia as a top rating fixture every night since the early 1990s.
“To have the show and Gerard moving to 1116 SEN and our broader SEN network is an honour.”
Healy is no stranger to the AFL community as a former player with Melbourne and the Sydney Swans in the ‘80s.
He won the Brownlow Medal in 1988 and is a three-time All Australian, a member of the Sydney Swans Team of the Century and a Leigh Matthews Trophy winner as the VFLPA MVP.
After retiring from the game in 1990, Healy turned to commentating and first joined Fox Footy back in 2004.
Originally published as AFL media shake-up as Gerard Healy’s long-time show jumps to new network