Bob Murphy, Andy Maher and Dwayne Russell are three of many options being named to potentially replace SEN legend Kevin Bartlett, as Craig Hutchison looks to land a high profile name following the station’s recent departure.
Bartlett’s illustrious 15-year career with SEN came to an abrupt end as the Richmond legend revealed he had a falling out with the station, leaving Hutchison to desperately add a big fish back onto the drivetime slot, with RSN Breakfast’s Daniel Harford also in the mix.
Harford also works with fellow radio powerhouse 3AW, meaning the highly-rated personality would have to drop two positions for the one.
A majority of the possible combinations for the drivetime program are believed to be already on SEN’s books, with Hutchison’s Crocmedia family tree shadowing a large portion of the media industry.
A favoured partnership between former Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy and current afternoon host Andy Maher is believed to be gaining momentum as Bartlett’s replacement.
Murphy is an integral part of the station’s football department and regularly features on both the station’s breakfast show and with Gerard Whateley in the morning.
Maher has been a long-serving host for SEN, but may find the slot change difficult, as he continues to balance radio commitments with his time at Channel 7 on The Front Bar and the station’s cricket coverage.
Russell has a big fan in Hutchison, with the vibrant commentator hosting his own SEN SA show Dwayne, as well as Sportsday with Gerard Healy on 3AW, which is produced by Crocmedia.
Former St Kilda and North Melbourne player Nick Dal Santo, who is also currently a member of the SEN family, is believed to be in the running for the program, while fellow contributors Nick Riewoldt and David King have both ruled themselves out.
One suggestion for Bartlett’s replacement is the combination of Brownlow medalists Shane Crawford and James Hird, who both partnered for a podcast last year, although they are believed to be asking for a price outside of SEN’s budget.
Current breakfast hosts Garry Lyon and Tim Watson may join Bartlett as big names to depart the station, as both find themselves out of contract with SEN at the end of the year.