Triple M to rock rugby league in 2013

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    On New Year’s Day, Triple M Sydney announced they are to be the official home of the NRL on FM commercial radio.

    The Southern Cross Austereo-owned station will cover games across the weekend (how many games was not mentioned) and they will call the finals and State Of Origin for the first time in the station’s history.

    For years Triple M have called themselves the home of rugby league, with various rugby league shows on the station such as ‘Friday Footy Panel’ and ‘The Offload’. There was also loads of rugby league content on other shows on the station like ‘The Dead Set Legends’, ‘The Rush Hour’ and ‘The Grill Team’.

    Since 2007 Triple M have called Monday night football and were the official broadcasters of the 2010 Four Nations.

    With 2GB to likely be named as the official AM commercial broadcaster and calling games at the same time as Triple M, will 2GB’s stranglehold of the ratings on the weekend end?

    I think so, because Triple M’s call of the Monday night football attracts the youth market (from 13 to 45), and not just because the calls sound more exciting.

    It’s because they have a talented team of experts who relate to the fans, their call is more focused on the analysing the game (unlike 2GB), and they are more in touch with the game (unlike the ABC).

    I am a fan of 2GB calls and love listening to the stupidity of the continuous call team, but I think the average fan has had enough of it. People have been screaming for a rugby league program on the weekend with more analyses of the game with just a little bit of stupidity, and ‘The Offload’ produced that.

    With Triple M calling games on the weekend, it will mean we will have more hours of a program like that on radio.

    The only thing that might hurt Triple M’s call is finding a back-up play-by-play caller. There are rumours of John Harker to join the crew but he has not called a game for 11 years and might have lost it.

    Other options are Anthony Maroon, who was the station’s Monday night Football caller until he left the station in 2008 but recently re-joined the M’s, or – and this may be out there – Andrew Voss, as he has left Channel Nine but he he hosts Sports Today on 2UE at the moment.

    Either way it is going to a fantastic 2013 as the radio wars of the old days will resurface, with the fans having more choices of who to listen to.

    And more choices means the call teams will have to be on their A game, which is a big plus for the fans.

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    • Roar Guru

      January 3rd 2013 @ 4:22am
      Cameron Kellett said | January 3rd 2013 @ 4:22am | ! Report

      I really like listening to 2GB, but Monday night footy on triple M is really a lot more amusing and entertaining. Maybe it’s because I fall into that age bracket? Haha. 13-45 that is a lot of age and I didn’t think 45 was youthful, more mature.

    • January 3rd 2013 @ 7:53am
      Brad said | January 3rd 2013 @ 7:53am | ! Report

      I can’t stand the 2gb call with its stupidity and never talking about footy. I still like the ABC but agree its more for the older demographic. Triple M is very entertaining with its RL shows and really puts RL on the FM radio map which is great for the game however everyone I speak to cant stand Anthoney Maroon and he’s non stop bias towards Souths. Flick him and the station will continue to do well.

    • January 3rd 2013 @ 8:20am
      Christo the Daddyo said | January 3rd 2013 @ 8:20am | ! Report

      If it’s going to be anything like their Swans coverage it will be appalling. Barely get any commentary through the constant spruiking of stuff.

      • Roar Guru

        January 3rd 2013 @ 9:45am
        HardcorePrawn said | January 3rd 2013 @ 9:45am | ! Report

        I have to agree; the coverage of AFL in Melbourne on Triple M is terrible too. I stopped listening a few years ago after one match where the constant plugs for Carlton Draught were just too over the top:

        “That is a great goal!
        His teammates will be buying him a beer tonight! And it will be a cold, crisp, frothy Carlton Draught!
        For! He! Is! A! Carlton drinker!
        And he deserves only the best after kicking a goal like that!!”
        *Click* (switches over to the ABC coverage of the same game)

        IIRC there was no mention of who kicked the goal, or how it was scored. It also concerned me that the player involved may not want to have his name associated with a beer in that way: what if he didn’t drink Carlton? Or any beers? Or what if he was a tee-totaller?

    • January 3rd 2013 @ 9:02am
      Anna said | January 3rd 2013 @ 9:02am | ! Report

      A bit harsh on the ABC, at least they provide some analysis of the game

      • January 3rd 2013 @ 10:18am
        liquor box said | January 3rd 2013 @ 10:18am | ! Report

        ABC are streets ahead of the rest of the field. Warren Ryan knows what he is talking about and often notices weaknesses in teams a few weeks before the rest of the media notice and Stirling (when he is on…not often enough) demonstrates his great knowledge of the game.

        Stirling is awesome at analysing a game, it is a shame he is asked to be a “comedian” by his other networks, he is a great resource of knowledge when given a chance to prove himself.

        I think ABC also provides a more complete coverage of the weekend and the lack of ads are a blessing too

        • January 3rd 2013 @ 10:51am
          planko said | January 3rd 2013 @ 10:51am | ! Report

          Liquor box could not agree more and I get surprised every week that Warren does not work part time with at least one team.

        • January 4th 2013 @ 1:28pm
          B.A Sports said | January 4th 2013 @ 1:28pm | ! Report

          Warren Ryan just regurgitates stats and often they are irrelevant, not to mention the “put you to sleep” tone he uses.

          Morrow I like (except when he calls Dragons games). Some of their regional callers though like Gable (who is more a rugby man) and Stephenson (i think it is) up in Newcastle are poor.

          I like the M’s call. Dan Ginaine does a good job. I hope they go with a new young play by play caller, not regurgitate someone old has been. It is bad enough they use Ray Warren during the week for is unintelligent rambling.

        • January 6th 2013 @ 9:35am
          Bigjohn said | January 6th 2013 @ 9:35am | ! Report

          I was going to comment, however ‘ liquor box ‘ has written everything I was thinking. The only thing I would add, is the best thing about the ABC , is that Gus Gould does not work for them.

    • January 3rd 2013 @ 10:57am
      sledgeross said | January 3rd 2013 @ 10:57am | ! Report

      Cant stand 2GB, people bag the Footy Show (especially those on 2GB), but the Continuous Call Team is the AM equivalent. All those stupid ditties and putting sh*t on each other is crap. ABC is informative but not that enertaining. MMM seem to have a nice balance between the two.

    • Columnist

      January 3rd 2013 @ 11:17am
      Kris Swales said | January 3rd 2013 @ 11:17am | ! Report

      Great news. I rate Ginane as a caller, can go a bit overboard at times but then again so does David Morrow and it’s what we love him for. ABC Grandstand will still be first choice for me, but this is a decent back-up option.