Garry Lyon admits he’s nervous about returning to radio but has been buoyed by his new SEN breakfast teammates, who have pledged to have his back, reports News Corp’s Kim Wilson.
Hamish McLachlan, Tim Watson and Sam McClure will join Lyon as he steps back into the media spotlight for the first time, after taking the 2016 season off to deal with mental health issues and the fallout of his relationship with close friend Billy Brownless’s ex-wife Nicky.
Watson and Lyon are reuniting on the new Garry, Tim and Hamish show after working together on the first SEN morning show 11 years ago.
The full team, which will include weekly appearances by legendary former Herald Sun footy writer Mike Sheahan and Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy, met for the first time yesterday to start planning the first show on January 30.
A statement from SEN about the new program said it will broadcast from 6am to 9am weekdays and will feature respected journalist Mike Sheahan, captain of the Western Bulldogs Bob Murphy and AFL analyst Anthony Hudson all on alternating days.
“Being part of the very first breakfast show on SEN was great and it is a privilege to be back on the 1116 airwaves again,” said Garry Lyon.
“SEN is the home of sport and sport is the fabric of Melbourne. We know sport moves and motivates our audience and we want to provide a platform for them to be informed and entertained and to participate in our shared passion.”
Hamish McLachlan said he is thrilled to be part of the lineup.
“They say if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life – it is a dream job for me – I feel very lucky,” said McLachlan.
General manager of 1116 SEN Cathy Thomas said she expects the station to reach even greater heights.
“We have all bases covered for listeners with the new show featuring past and present athletes as well as expert analysts and media commentators,” said Thomas.
“There is a solid mix of personalities with Garry, Hamish, Tim and Sam and all of them have very strong opinions and a goldmine of knowledge which will make for compelling and entertaining listening.”