AFL great Gerard Healy and his show Sportsday are on their way to a former rival network, in a major shake-up of Melbourne’s evening radio landscape.
Sportsday head 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 starting at 5:30 p.m.
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“It has been a real privilege to host Sportsday for 25 years, and I couldn’t be more excited that the program is finding a new home at SEN,” said Healy.
“I look forward to working with Kane, someone I have huge respect for, as we cover all the big issues in the AFL and sport in general on SEN.”
In total, Healy spent 28 years at 3AW, including his time on Sportsday, and the exit comes after a chance in the Nine radio landscape.
The 3AW show will be rebranded as Wide World of Sports, fitting into the national brand of hour-long, single-host shows — going against the two-host format that Healy prefers.
McClure will now host the Melbourne version of the show.
“Having Sportsday officially join the SEN platform is such a natural fit,” said SEN chief Craig Hutchison.
“There would be no more respected voice in the radio player time slot than Gerard. Since the early 1990s, it has helped pioneer and pave the way for sports radio coverage in Australia as the premier nightly fixture.
“For the show and Gerard to move to 1116 SEN and our wider SEN network, it’s an honor.”
Healy is no stranger to the AFL community as a former Melbourne and Sydney Swans player in the 80s.
He won the Brownlow Medal in 1988 and is a three-time All Australian, Sydney Swans Team of the Century member and winner of the Leigh Matthews Trophy as a VFLPA MVP.
After retiring from acting in 1990, Healy turned to commentating and first joined Fox Footy in 2004.
Originally published as AFL media shakeup as longtime Gerard Healy show moves to new network