1170 SEN Sydney bolsters lineup with Matt White & Matty Johns

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Matt White, Matty Johns

Crocmedia’s new Sydney-based radio station 1170 SEN continues to grow its lineup, with Matt White and Matty Johns coming on board.

Sports presenter Matt White has been named as the new presenter of Mornings on 1170 SEN, with his show taking place Monday-Thursday from 9am-12pm.

With over 30 years experience in the sports media, White has hosted shows including Sports Tonight and RPM, worked at Network 10 for 16 years including most recently as Head of Sport.

“As a sport lover I’m thrilled that 1170 SEN is coming to Sydney and even more thrilled to be part of the line-up,” White said.

“Radio is a two way conversation and I can’t wait to bring mornings alive with sport, sport and more sport.”

Meanwhile, Matty Johns will make his return to radio for the first time since finishing up on Triple M Sydney at the end of 2018.

Johns will host a Friday Mornings show from 9am-12pm. He’ll also join Andrew Voss each Monday for an hour on Breakfast, and will catch-up with Drive show Joel & Fletch once a week.

“When Hutchy first approached me, he offered me 9am – 12noon Mondays – but I said I wasn’t interested. It’s hard to justify having a beer at that time on a Monday… but Fridays… well that’s different, so I said yes!” Johns said.

“I love radio, but after eight years of breakfast shifts, I needed a break. The lure of a 24/7 sports station with a proven track record, plus the opportunity to join a team of this calibre, was too good to refuse.”

The final new appointment sees nrl.com reporter Katie Brown joining Breakfast with Vossy each day to report on the latest sports news.

Brown made her name as the host of Inside NRL and also debuted for South Sydney as a a player.

“I love to take on new challenges and am excited to bring all the breaking footy news to listeners each morning with Vossy on SEN,” Brown said.

SEN group commercial director – NSW, Simon Dennis welcomed the appointments.

“Matt [White] is a true professional and one of the most versatile sports presenters in the country – there’s not many sports he hasn’t covered, and audiences love him for his insightful yet approachable style,” he said.

“We are thrilled to have Matt and Katie join the team and we can’t wait to kick-off.”

SEN chief executive Craig Hutchison thanked Fox League for their support of Johns returning to radio.

“It’s ‘game on’ for SEN in Sydney – we’re absolutely pumped that Matty will be joining us and rapt that he has chosen our platform for his much awaited return to radio,” Hutchison
said.

“Matty has a rare and rich connection with audiences and is one of the best creative minds in the business.

“He’s a respected former player, media identity, brilliant host and born entertainer – there’s no doubt he’ll bring the ‘E’ for entertainment to SEN and we couldn’t be prouder that he’s now on our team.”

Pacific Star Networ acquired the 2CH 1170 AM radio licence in June, ad will plans to continue Classic Hits 2CH on DAB+ and via live streaming on the app and web.

1170 SEN Sydney will launch during the 2020 NRL Grand Final week in October.

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Rob Sutton
7 Sep 2020 - 2:26 pm

All this expenditure to achieve a 1% audience share?

Makes no sense to me

Brett Cameron
7 Sep 2020 - 3:24 pm

Lets watch another sports radii channel fail to capture ratings and listeners.

thewilfer
10 Sep 2020 - 5:17 pm

I wonder if someone working for Pacific Star/SEN/Crocmedia down in Melbourne took note of an earlier comment I posted about SEN radio launching in Sydney on another news post a few months ago ? I recommended Pacific Star hire Sydney sports identities like Matthew Johns, Matt White who are have multiple years radio experience either in broadcasting to Sydney or to a national audience from Sydney and know the the audience. The ratings won’t be as strong as what 2GB, 2UE and other talk stations get, but Craig Hutchison has given himself the best chance to make a 24/7 sport radio station work in the tough Sydney market IF he sticks to his guns and is in it for the long haul. Good luck Hutchy !

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