Gerard Whateley renews contract with SEN

1116 SEN has renewed the contract of Gerard Whateley, its chief sports caller, for another three years, seeing him contracted to the Melbourne station till 2022.

The announcement:


Acclaimed Australian sports broadcaster and 1116 SEN Chief Sports Caller Gerard Whateley has re-signed with Melbourne’s home of sport 1116 SEN for a further three years, taking him through until 2022.

Since joining SEN and Crocmedia in 2018, Gerard has shared his astute sporting insight and opinions, as well as his engaging live sport commentary with listeners, achieving a string of accolades during his time with the station.

Mornings with Whateley won ‘best radio show’ at the 2019 Australian Football Media Awards and recently ranked 4th overall in the Australian Podcast Ranker.

Highly regarded for his immense sporting knowledge, Gerard has been at the forefront of local and international sports coverage – including in South Africa when the Australian cricket scandal broke; calling the Superbowl for SEN in 2018 and 2019; and leading Crocmedia’s AFL Nation football coverage.

Of the re-signing, Gerard said “On my first day on SEN I said this is where I wanted to be.

That sense and commitment has only strengthened since. The Whateley program is precisely what we conceptualised – a daily forum to debate the major issues of sport posing the vital questions to the key figures in positions of responsibility.”

“Our commitment to take fans to the great theatres of sport has stretched from the Super Bowl to the farewell for Winx, from Test Cricket to AFL Grand Finals. And I reckon we’re just getting started,” he said.

Pacific Star Network Managing Director Craig Hutchison said he was thrilled Whateley had re-signed with the station.

“Gerard has built a truly special connection with SEN listeners who love his insightful perspective and commentary. He might well be Australia’s most outstanding sports journalist, commentator and host and we are thrilled that he will continue with SEN for the next three years,” Hutchison said.

Mornings with Whateley has established a strong following, with an average of 143,000 weekly listeners and 4.1% share^^; overall audience across 2019 is up 7.3% for P10+ and up 10.9% for men against the same time in 2018*, and the show’s highest cume over the past two years was 149,000 at Survey 5** this year.

Doncaster BMW and Red Energy have re-signed as presenting partners of Mornings with Whateley, which can be heard Monday – Thursday from 9am on 1116 SEN, 1377 SEN+, SEN SA, SEN 2, SEN 3, at sen.com.au as well as via the SEN App.

* GFK Radio Ratings, Melbourne, Surveys 1-7 2018 and Surveys 1-7 2019, Mon-Fri 0900-1200,
Cume Reach, P10+
^^All People, 10+, GFK Radio Ratings, Melbourne, Survey 7 2019, Mon-Fri 0900-1200
** GFK Radio Ratings, Melbourne, Survey 7 2019, Mon-Fri 0900-1200, Cume Reach, P10+

Source: SEN media release


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