Newstalk ZB continues to shed the regulars

It’s time Deaker went home to lie on his Biomag and called it quits, apparently

Deaker, New Zealand’s pre-eminent radio sports broadcaster, called time this week after a colourful career of more than 20 years.

He will host his final Newstalk ZB/Radio Sport show on December 22.

On his Sky TV Deaker on Sport show on Tuesday, he also announced that that night would be his last presenting the programme.

Deaker has been quite the ZB stalwart of course, like Holmes, and one day Leighton Smith.  I suspect Dallas has his hands full trying to keep ZB on top of the ratings.  

Tony Veitch is the front-runner for Murray Deaker’s job when the veteran sports broadcaster stands down from his popular radio show at the end of the year, an industry insider says.

The general manager of talk programming for The Radio Network, Dallas Gurney, would not comment on who Deaker’s successor would be. He would say only that one would be “announced in due course”.

But an industry insider said former TVNZ sports presenter Veitch was a certainty for the job.

The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Veitch would bring a different style to Deaker, who the source said mentored the younger man through his transition back into work after it was revealed he had physically abused a partner in January 2006.

Ah yes, good old Herald, couldn’t help get that back in.

Former Newstalk ZB boss Bill Francis, who discovered Deaker after reading one of his columns in the North Shore Times-Advertiser, said his successor had “very big shoes to fill”.

He said Deaker had a very good knowledge base and “was a guy who had done it on the field” as a former representative rugby player and cricketer.

Indeed.  Love him or hate him – Deaker has been a paragon in sports broadcasting in this country.  His retirement will be an end of an era, and Veitchy is going to have to shape his own audience as he will not be a drop-in replacement.


Source:  that brilliant James Ihaka at the NZ Herald, with further commentary by Cam Slater.

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