Dwayne Russell joins SEN Arvos, Crocmedia extends Aus Open deal
Dwayne Russell is joining SEN for a new Afternoons show in 2020.
Crocmedia announced his new show ‘Dwayne’s World’ will be heard from 12pm-3pm Weekdays on 1116 SEN and SEN SA, with an extra 30 minutes tacked on exclusively for SA listeners.
Russell has inked a multiple-year deal, which also sees him join the AFL Nation call team, and form part of United Live basketball and Big Bash Nation cricket commentary.
His previous gigs included a top-rating show Sportsday syndicated across 3AW and regional radio in Victoria and Tasmania, co-hosted with Gerard Healy.
“Dwayne is considered one of the most recognisable voices in Australian sport and securing his services exclusively from a radio broadcast perspective is a major coup for our station,” said Pacific Star Network CEO Craig Hutchison.
“Listeners to Dwayne’s World can expect Dwayne to be not only typically forthright and opinionated each afternoon and advancing the day’s agenda, but also a great sporting conversationalist.”
Russell added; “It’s the dream job. Talking sport for three hours every weekday on SEN, plus the opportunity to call live sport when it fits around my Fox Footy and Fox Basketball roles.
“I feel extremely lucky to be joining a brilliant SEN on-air team, and excited to be with an organisation that is always doing new and innovative things.”
Russell will also join SEN’s Australian Open coverage, following the news that Crocmedia has signed a new three-year deal with Tennis Australia to call the action courtside at the Open.
As the official domestic radio partner, Crocmedia has secured the exclusive AM rights until 2020 to produce live ball-by-ball commentary of all main draw matches. The partnership also includes rights to syndicate to approved additional FM broadcast partners across regional Australia while the tennis action will also be heard across Crocmedia’s SEN network of station, the SEN app and sen.com.au
Crocmedia will also work with AO Major Partner Kia to amplify its own call and AO’s internal commentary, AO Radio, with a dedicated tennis channel KIA Presents AO Live. Craig Hutchison says tennis fans will be well ‘served’ with the coverage over summer.
“We are thrilled to renew our partnerships with Tennis Australia and AO Major Partner Kia for the iconic Australian Open. We’ll ensure that tennis fans can access all the action across their choice of platforms – including our own and partner networks to make sure it’s the best covered Open on radio ever.”
Kia Motors Australia’s COO Damien Meredith says they’re delighted to be part of the broadcast offering again this year.“Tennis fans of all levels will appreciate having access to a dedicated tennis channel via Kia Presents AO Live.
“As always, Kia is excited by any opportunity to further enhance our association with this great event. ”
The tennis action from Melbourne Park kicks off Monday, January 20 with world number one Ash Barty and Alex De Minaur leading the Aussie charge.