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MRN announces cricket commentary team

Monday 02 November, 2015

Macquarie Radio Network (MRN) has revealed its cricket broadcast commentary lineup for this summer.

It features some of the game’s most-recognised names and includes all the biggest local and international cricket matches.

Year three of the network’s landmark five-year broadcast deal is set to be the biggest and best yet. MRN’s world-class cricket commentary team for the 2015/16 season will include Ian Chappell, Glenn McGrath, Damien Fleming, Dean Jones, Greg Matthews, Carl Rackemann, Tom Moody, John Emburey, Mickey Arthur and, new to the team this season, former champion wicket keeper Darren Berry.

Tim Lane, Bruce Eva, Tony Leonard, Karl Langdon and Peter Psaltis will be head commentators for the network and will cover the Tests, One Day Internationals, Big Bash and International T20's.

In addition, legendary cricket commentator Kerry O'Keeffe will also host a summer Saturday Sports Show on 2GB Sydney and 4BC Brisbane and deliver a series of cricket reports that will air across network stations plus more than 50 regional stations. O’Keeffe will also appear in cricket coverage of international matches to provide special comments during lunch, tea and innings breaks

After acquiring the rights to the cricket broadcast for the summer of 2013/2014 and breaking the ABC's long-held stranglehold on the game, cricket will be broadcast on Macquarie Radio Network’s News Talk stations 2UE, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR as well as digital radio station, NTS (News Talk Sport). MRN has a five year broadcast rights agreement for the Australian cricket season that deliver the most comprehensive radio broadcast coverage of live cricket in Australia.

Cricket is undoubtedly Australia’s biggest sport over summer. Macquarie Radio will celebrate all of the tradition and excitement by delivering our cricket audience of 1.3 million* listeners the nation’s best expert commentary team with live calls and insights, making our network a true cricket destination,” Macquarie Radio Network Chief Operating Officer Adam Lang said.

MRN has once again secured Harvey Norman as naming rights partner of the network’s cricket coverage, which will include broadcast integration, on air credits and commercials.

MRN’s cricket coverage will include all Test matches, all One Day Internationals, Big Bash League (BBL) and International T20 matches, providing sports fans with unprecedented access to live cricket.

The following cricket matches will be broadcast across the network:

  • 4BC Brisbane and NTS Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth will broadcast all six Tests starting this week

  • 2UE Sydney will broadcast the three West Indies Tests (Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney)

  • 3AW Melbourne and 6PR Perth will broadcast the Boxing Day and Sydney New Year’s Test

  • Affiliate station FIVEaa will broadcast the Adelaide Test plus the three West Indies Tests (Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney)

  • 2UE, 3AW, 4BC, FIVEaa, 6PR and NTS will broadcast all One Day Internationals and International T20 matches against long time rivals India, whilst the network will adopt a localised approach to the BBL with stations broadcasting all matches that feature their local team.

The network’s cricket coverage will begin on November 5th, with Australia vs New Zealand in the first Test live from the Gabba in Brisbane. 

4BC live 24/7 with new line-up for daylight saving

Monday 05 October, 2015

With the start of daylight saving time News Talk 4BC stays live across the day. Regular 4BC programs will continue to bring live, up-to-date and news about what’s going on in Brisbane along with the Macquarie Radio Network.

4BC’s new run times from today are:


11pm-3am:  Luke Bona

3-4.30am:    Michael McClaren

4.30-8am:    The Alan Jones Breakfast Show

8am-11am:  The Ray Hadley Morning Show

4BC to help honour the Bee Gees

Thursday 10 September, 2015

4BC will host a special live OB from noon to 6pm tomorrow, Friday 11 September, in support of the Redcliffe Festival and the official opening of Bee Gees Way Stage 2.

4B Afternoons presenter Clare Blake will be on air from noon-3pm, and 4BC Drive’s Ben Davis from 3-6pm.

The highlight will be Bee Gee Barry Gibb’s return home to officially open Stage 2 of Bee Gees Way, the popular public walkway that honours the legendary supergroup.

Celebrating 30 years of broadcasting

Monday 07 September, 2015
Queenslander Scott Mayman just enjoyed "30 Years of Broadcasting" taking-in work in Australia and in the United States in both news and on-air presenting.
"From News to Music show presenting - I've pretty much done it all".   
2SM, 2KY, 4BC, 4BH, 4KQ, ABC Radio, SEA FM, MIX FM, GOLD FM,  COAST ROCK FM  - and a string of other regional stations in Australia as well as broadcasters in the United States.

Gardening show reaches milestone

Monday 31 August, 2015

The Garden Clinic, presented by Graham and Sandra Ross and their children Linda and Kent, celebrated 35 years on 2GB last Friday.
The Garden Clinic is on every Saturday and Sunday from 6.00am to 9.00am and on 4BC in Brisbane from 6.00am to 8.00am.

Ray Hadley bites back at Mark Day

Wednesday 26 August, 2015
2GB's Ray Hadley has poured scorn on Mark Day for an article he wrote in May.

Hadley was not happy about being criticised by what he refers to as “a broadcasting failure.”

He said: “Mr Day doesn’t like me very much and it’s reciprocated.

Vale Bill Ali

Monday 24 August, 2015

Tributes are flowing on social media following the death of Bill Ali.
The original face and voice of FMTV in Perth lost his battle with cancer on the weekend.
Bill was on drive through the 80’s on the original 96fm but his career stems back to back to Brisbane’s 4BC and also at Melbourne’s 3XY.
Rod Maldon, Assistant Content Director at NZME had this to say:

Macquarie Radio Network launches new show

Friday 07 August, 2015

Macquarie Radio Network has announced the launch of The Rugby Show to be broadcast on 2GB Sydney, 4BC Brisbane and via NTS Digital into Melbourne and Perth.
Hosted by high profile former Wallaby and Waratah Phil Waugh and Macquarie Radio Sports Presenter James Willis, the show will cover the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championships and then follow the path of the Wallabies in the Rugby World Cup being played in the UK during September through to November 1st.

Scott Mayman enjoying the sunshine

Thursday 16 July, 2015

The former 4BC News Director is back in the country.

Macquarie Radio Network launches ‘The Road Next Travelled’ with Ray Martin

Wednesday 01 July, 2015

Macquarie Radio Network’s (MRN) Content Creation team has launched an innovative content initiative featuring respected journalist Ray Martin as host.

The program is called “The Road Next Travelled” and runs over eight weeks on MRN’s websites including 2GB, 2UE, 3AW, 4BC and 6PR. It follows three listener contestants who start a journey towards the next phase of their lives, retirement and beyond.


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