SEN announces Bob Murphy and Andy Maher for new drive show

After disagreements between Kevin Bartlett and management caused the ex-AFL star to walk away from SEN earlier this month, the Victorian radio station has announced its replacement drive show lineup.

Western Bulldogs champion Bob Murphy and Seven’s The Front Bar’s Andy Maher will be taking the spot which was previously held by Bartlett and John Rothfield.

Murphy and Maher will debut their new show on July 29 from 3-6pm. Both Maher and Murphy have been involved with SEN for many years, and the station believes they are already hits with audiences.

Maher will move from his afternoon seat, which will now be held by Jack Heverin until the end of 2019, while Murphy will join the station in a full-time capacity after being a regular guest since 2016 on Breakfast with Garry & Tim, Mornings with Whateley, Crunch Time, and SEN footy.

SEN has also announced breakfast hosts Garry Lyon and Tim Watson have both extended their contracts with the station.

Pacific Star Network managing director Craig Hutchison said he was thrilled that Murphy and Maher had accepted the challenge of keeping sports and entertainment fans company each afternoon on their journey home.

“All footy fans love Bob – he is a great conversationalist, has tremendous wit and observes the world a little differently,” Hutchison said.

“Andy’s star has never shone brighter and audiences of all platforms are realising what a wonderful host and selfless performer he is.

“He is interesting, and interested and has a great connection with Bob.

“This show seeks to entertain and also broaden its approach to the day in sport and modern-day life.”

Murphy said he was thrilled to get the call up, and looks forward to taking the mic with long-time friend Maher.

“I’ve done a two-year apprenticeship with SEN so when the opportunity came up to join Andy on drive, I jumped at it. I’ve known Andy for a long time, and I love his style. The show, like the game itself, will be filled with lots of light and shade and I’m looking forward to sharing that with listeners,” Murphy said.

Maher said he was excited to be working with someone he had long admired.

“What a cracking opportunity this is – to hang out with a player I always admired and a bloke I really like. We’ll come in here every day knowing what needs to be kicked around, but I’m certain there’ll be times the conversation takes a turn neither of us could’ve predicted,” said Maher.

“It’s going to be fun yakking away with Bob and this incredibly engaged SEN community in Drive. I can’t wait.”


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