3AW’s Denis Walter leaves afternoon show after 11 years to host Nights

Denis Walter is leaving Nine-owned 3AW’s afternoon show after 11 years to take up the post at 3AW Nights.

The move means Melbourne audiences will hear a local voice in the slot, with Sydney-based John Stanley no longer being heard from 8pm in that market from next year. In August, Stanley took up the Nights hosting position across 3AW, Sydney’s 2GB and Brisbane’s 4BC.

Walter will start in the new role on 20 January

The Macquarie Media-owned station (now officially part of Nine) said the switch up will allow Walter to continue connecting with his existing audience, and attract new listeners to the slot.

“I’m looking forward to sharing the night with Melburnians, bringing them news and entertainment. I’m also looking forward to no morning peak-hour traffic,” Walter quipped.

He will commence in the new role from 20 January, with a new host for the afternoon slot to be announced in the coming weeks.

Stephen Beers, 3AW’s station manager who was made redundant in October, only to be re-hired two weeks later, said the decision illustrate’s the station’s local focus.

“Denis is one of Australia’s most respected talents. Today’s announcement that his famous voice will be broadcast on 3AW Nights reinforces our commitment to Melbourne as we continue to provide a strong local presence across all parts of the day,” Beers said.

Last week, John Burns, one half of the Ross and John breakfast program on 3AW, announced his retirement from the station. Along with further staffing changes, the station has recently got a new boss in Nine’s Tom Malone, after CEO Adam Lang exited, and 2GB and Macquarie Sports Radio are undergoing content reviews.


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