Triple M Sydney launches NRL show The Offload

Southern Cross Austereo has launched a new Saturday afternoon NRL radio show on Triple M Sydney called the Offload. The hosts, Gordon Tallis, Ryan Girdler, Adam MacDougall and Anthony Maroon are all former football players except for Maroon.

The announcement:

Triple M Sydney has added three high profile NRL stars to its sporting line up for 2012 with the introduction of a new Saturday afternoon NRL Show ‘The Offload’ from this Saturday 19 May.

Triple M has recruited Gorden Tallis, Ryan Girdler & Adam ‘Mad Dog’ MacDougall. The trio will be joined by former Triple M Monday Night Football Radio Commentator Anthony Maroon.

Tallis, MacDougall and Girdler have all played for Australia, State of Origin and won NRL premierships for the Broncos, Penrith and Newcastle. Unbelievably, the trio all played together in the 2000 Rugby League World Cup. In one game against Russia, all three scored tries and Girdler freakishly kicked 17 goals.

‘The Offload’ will air Saturday’s (12noon– 3pm) live on Triple M 104.9 in Sydney throughout the NRL season and feature some of the game’s best known larrikins delivering the latest NRL news, stories, interviews & game previews.  The show will follow one Sydney’s most popular and longest running sports shows- Dead Set Legends (9am-12noon.)

Triple M’s line up of NRL greats each week now includes Matty Johns, Mark Geyer, Andrew Johns, Peter Sterling, Ray Warren, Ben Ikin, Gorden Tallis, Ryan Girdler, NRL Commentators Dan Ginnane, Anthony Maroon and sport host Tony Squires, making it one of the biggest NRL line ups in radio.

Triple M Content Director Jamie Angel said, “Triple M loves its sport, and what we love even more is creating sports shows with the best possible talent. ‘The Offload’ will deliver the most coveted content in a league fans’ week and add to the M’s success with  The Grill Team, Dead Set Legends, Rush Hour, The Friday Footy Panel and Monday Night Football.”

‘The Offload’ makes its debut this Saturday May 19th ahead of one of the most anticipated State of Origin Series in years.

THE OFFLOAD HOSTS:
Gorden Tallis
Gorden Tallis played professional rugby league from 1992 to 2004. He captained Australia, Queensland and the Brisbane Broncos, where he won three premierships and one Clive Churchill Medal. Nicknamed the “Raging Bull” for his on-field aggression, at the peak of his career Tallis was considered as the best second-row forward in the world.

Ryan Girdler
Ryan Girdler played professional rugby league from 1991 to 2004. He played centre and was a highly successful goal-kicker. Girdler played for the Illawarra Steelers in 1991 and then moved to the Penrith Panthers in 1993 where he stayed for the rest of his career playing his last game in 2004. In 2000 Ryan set one of his many records at Penrith, kicking 78 goals in the season. In the 2000 State of Origin series he set records for most points in a game (32 in game 3) and most points in a series. Girdler played for Australia, NSW and the premiership winning 2003 Panthers side. Girdler was also a regular on The Footy Show.

Adam MacDougall
Adam “Mad Dog” MacDougall played professional rugby league from 1995 to 2011. A New South Wales State of Origin and Australian international representative, he has spent the majority of his career at the Newcastle Knights, winning the 1997 and 2001 Premierships.

Anthony Maroon
Anthony Maroon is a Sydney radio personality who has worked for Triple M and most recently Classic Rock. He has held Breakfast and Drive roles was commentator of Triple M’s Monday Night Football alongside Phil Gould and Jimmy Smith. Maroon calls North Queensland Cowboys rugby league games on the weekend for 4TO in Townsville and SEAFM in Cairns.

source: Southern Cross Austereo press release

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