Radio community to come together for Danny ‘Spud’ Frawley
It’s a rarity for radio stations to put aside rivalries and ratings and join forces on-air.
But following the tragic death of the much-loved Danny Frawley, Triple M Melbourne and 1116 SEN are doing just that.
The 56-year-old former AFL legend spent ten years as part of the ultra-successful Saturday Rub on Triple M before moving across to SEN to be a key player in the station’s football coverage.
It’s a sign of the deep regard with which he’s held that the stations have decided to collaborate on a tribute to the man they called ‘Spud’.
This Saturday, they’re teaming up for a special edition of The Rub, which will be simulcast on both stations from midday.
Head of Triple M Mike Fitzpatrick says it will be a fitting, but emotional show.
“This idea, dreamt up by Garry Lyon, James Brayshaw, Damien ‘Damo’ Barrett and producer Luke Tunnecliffe to honour their dear friend, is a fitting tribute to a beautiful man who was larger than life.
“All rivalries are put aside so we can celebrate a great man. There won’t be a dry eye.”
Pacific Star Network Managing Director Craig Hutchison believes Frawley would have loved the idea.
“No-one told a yarn better than Danny so the idea of getting his mates together to reflect and share some of Spud’s great moments and stories will be really moving and promises plenty of laughs.
“Spud was everyone’s mate and news of his passing has had a huge impact on us all. We look forward to honouring him in this way.”
The simulcast will be heard in Melbourne on 105.1 Triple M and 1116 SEN, 104.7 Triple M and 1629 SEN SA in Adelaide, as well as Triple M Hobart, Albury, Bendigo, Shepparton, Mildura, Mt Gambier and Griffith.
Grant Broadcaster-owned station 5RM 3BA Ballarat and ACE stations Gold 1242, 3CS, 3HA, 2QN and 3SH will also simulcast.
The football community is also planning to show its support for the Frawley family during this weekend’s finals matches.
A minute’s silence will be observed before the games, while all players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect for the former St Kilda captain.