SEN signs AFL legend Nathan Buckley for its breakfast line-up

Australian Football Hall of Fame player and coach Nathan Buckley will join the SEN Breakfast line-up in 2022.

Buckley, who ended a long-term tenure as head coach at Collingwood Football Club last year, will join SEN on Mondays with Garry Lyon for ‘Breakfast with Garry & Bucks’ and on Whateley on Tuesdays with Gerard Whateley.

“SEN has become the one-stop shop for sporting information and content in sports mad Melbourne and beyond. I’m looking forward to working with the team here to produce content that educates and entertains. Garry and Gerard, who are two of the most established and effective broadcasters of their time,” Buckley said.

“I’m passionate about sport and what constitutes high performance so to provide perspective and context to the weekend’s events and unearth the stories of the combatants as we do is something I hope to achieve for the listeners benefit.”

After years of juggling breakfast radio with TV commitments as well as the impact of Covid-19 on them and their families, Garry Lyon and Tim Watson have made the decision to reduce the number of days on SEN Breakfast in 2022.

On the SEN Breakfast line-up change, Lyon said he is excited for Buckley’s 10 years of coaching experience and football smarts to be on full display on Monday morning breakfast.

“If Tim was not to be available, and I had the choice to sit down on a Monday morning and dissect a massive weekend of football with anyone, then Nathan Buckley would be at the top of every list. He has proven in the past to be one of the smartest and most articulate and incisive analysts in football media,” Lyon said.

“With the added benefit of 10 years of coaching behind him, to get his first thoughts on the biggest issues from the weekend of football will be compulsory listening, and we can’t wait to get started.”

  • ‘Garry & Bucks’ – Garry Lyon & Nathan Buckley will be heard Mondays, 6am- 9am commencing February 28th.
  • ‘Garry & Tim’ – Garry Lyon & Tim Watson will be heard Tuesdays – Thursdays, 6am – 9am commencing March 1.
  • ‘Kane & Kingy’ – Kane Cornes & David King will be heard on Fridays, 6am – 9am from February 4. David King will also join ‘Whateley’ for the Monday Means Test each week.

On the reduction of days and team additions, Tim Watson said, “Garry and l have decided we can only tolerate each other 2 days a week – but after a long negotiation he has agreed to try 3 – I look forward to reuniting with him and hope this new arrangement sees us still together until October.”

“Mondays will be a must listen when Garry and Bucks go head-to-head after a weekend of footy – and with some encouragement Kane and Kingy will have some strong views about the game on Fridays.”

Sports Entertainment Network’s group radio director Sam Thompson said she was proud of the calibre of talent the network will provide the audience for breakfast, and acknowledged Watson and Lyon’s partnership delivering a consistent Top 10 entry in the Australian Top 100 Podcast Ranker, and the number one breakfast show podcast in the Melbourne radio market.

“This is an outstanding breakfast line-up – Garry Lyon, Tim Watson, Nathan Buckley, Kane Cornes and David King. With the combination of years played and coached plus their broadcasting skills, SEN will be the place for expert sport analysis shaping the AFL debate in 2022.”

Speaking of his new Friday breakfast co-host Kane Cornes said: “David King is one of the most brilliant footy brains in the country. He is strong in his convictions and always up for a debate. As knowledgeable as he is fun, I’m looking forward to spending Friday mornings with Kingy, talking sport. I’ll have to be on my toes!”

SEN is the largest syndicator of sports radio content across Australia. The business owns and operates 51 radio stations across Australia and New Zealand, including 1116 SEN Melbourne, 1170 SEN Sydney, 1629 SEN SA in Adelaide, as well as 15 stations under its racing brand SENTrack. It also owns a newspaper, magazine, and talent management business.


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