SEN unveils new Drive show with former Bulldog & sports journo
Melbourne sports station 1116 SEN has named former Western Bulldogs champion Bob Murphy and sports journalist Andy Maher as the hosts of its new Drive show.
It follows the confirmed departure of Kevin Bartlett two weeks ago.
Pacific Star Network and Crocmedia boss Craig Hutchison confirmed that the station reached a mutual agreement earlier this year that Bartlett and co-host John Rothfield would not return to Drive in 2020.
New hosts Murphy and Maher will debut Monday, July 29 at 3pm on 1116 SEN and 1377 SEN+ and via the SEN App.
“All footy fans love Bob – he is a great conversationalist, has tremendous wit and observes the world a little differently,” said Hutchison.
“Andy’s star has never shone brighter and audiences of all platforms are realising what a wonderful host and selfless performer he is.
“He is interesting, and interested and has a great connection with Bob.
“This show seeks to entertain and also broaden its approach to the day in sport and modern-day life.”
The show sees Maher, a long-time SEN favourite and host of television’s Front Bar, vacate his afternoon seat to join forces with Murphy.
Former Western Bulldogs captain and 312-game player, Murphy has been a hit with SEN audiences since beginning with the station in 2016.
He has appeared on Breakfast with Garry & Tim, Mornings with Whateley, Crunch Time and SEN footy in that time.
He steps up to the co-host chair after signing a longer-term deal with the station.
Jack Heverin will replace Maher in the afternoon seat for much of the remainder of 2019.
SEN has also revealed that Breakfast hosts Garry Lyon and Tim Watson have extended their deals.