News / Leading sport broadcaster Gerard Whateley wins new fans

Leading sport broadcaster Gerard Whateley wins new fans

With the perfect blend of sport and Melbourne, Whateley turns up the dial for 1116 SEN.

Gerard Whateley – one of Australia’s most emotive and knowledgeable sport broadcasters – has made a seamless transition from the ABC to Melbourne-based radio station 1116 SEN.

Since beginning his new role as host of Whateley (9am – 12noon, Monday to Thursday), Gerard has eloquently blended sport and Melbourne with his authoritative sport journalism and sharp-eyed analysis.

Some of the most interesting and influential people in sport have been Gerard’s guests including tennis champion Roger Federer, Australian F1 racing driver Daniel Ricciardo, outgoing Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland and AFL boss Gillon McLachlan.

Whateley first aired on January 29, 2018 and has also taken Gerard to the Super Bowl 52 where he called the Philadelphia Eagles win over the New England Patriots in Minneapolis.

He then travelled to South Africa to broadcast the beginning of the highly-anticipated test series between Australia and South Africa.

When the Australian ball tampering news broke, a special edition of Whateley went to air featuring industry greats Simon Katich and Robert Craddock. The show provided an enthralling dissecting of events as the Australian cricket landscape changed forever.

Since taking the chair as the station’s Chief Sports Caller, Whateley has gained 12,000 listeners and achieved a 0.5 per cent increase in share from 3.2 to 3.7 per cent, according to the GfK Survey 3, 2018 released in June.

On making his move to SEN from the ABC where Gerard spent 13 years the chief sport commentator, the 43-year-old, said, the vision of the new ownership and direction SEN was taking in 2018 and beyond was irresistible.

“Particularly the opportunity to create a program truly reflective of the way I believe Melbourne engages with sport from its fans to its participants,” he said.

More recently, the AFL Hall of Fame – the purists’ night of football celebrations – was in safe hands, when Gerard hosted the ceremony including the induction of six greats of the game.

The responsibility of bringing out the stories of the inductees including Kevin Sheedy, Matthew Scarlett and Terry Wallace was accomplished with pose.

Gerard also continues to co-host Fox Sports’ AFL 360 with Herald Sun chief football writer

Mark Robinson. The show was named Most Outstanding Program at the 2016 Australian Football Media Association Awards.