Long-time Novocastrian Jim Callinan will return to the Newcastle airwaves in 2021.
From humble beginnings in the Hunter Valley to years on the screens across NBN, Fox Sports and Sky News, the award-winning journalist is set to join the 102.9 Triple M NRL Call Team this season.
Callinan, who’s called numerous sporting events across his many years, will take a seat alongside commentary stalwarts and Newcastle Knights legends Michael “Hages” Hagan and Marc “MG” Glanville.
So, if you’re a Knights fan, you are in for a treat.
They’ll bring you all the action from every Newcastle fixture whether it’s at McDonald Jones Stadium or on the road.
Having delivered NBN’s nightly sport report into homes across the region for more than a decade, Callinan is no stranger to the Hunter landscape or the Triple M Network, being a frequent guest on 102.9’s breakfast show.
He replaces Frank Barrett who, after seven years as lead caller, joined the Knights as a media and communications liaison.
His experience in “live” television, plus his extensive list of sporting contacts throughout the Hunter, will provide a perfect addition alongside Hages and MG.
“It’s a huge thrill to join such a great team at Triple M,” Callinan said.
“It doesn’t get much better than the chance to call your hometown team alongside two of the best.
“It’s a long way from cheering for Hages and MG on the hill as a schoolboy.
“I can’t wait to be part of it all.”
SCA Newcastle content director Jase Allen said the station was delighted to welcome Jim into the fold.
“Having an expert panel of Novocastrians who can deliver an informative and entertaining call will continue to make it the number one destination for local rugby league in 2021,” he stated.
“Jim has hosted and called many sporting events across all codes for years during his time at Fox Sports.
“So, we’re honoured to have him as part of the Triple M Newcastle family.”
Catch Newcastle’s 102.9 Triple M NRL Call Team with Jim, Hages and MG for every Newcastle Knights match from Thursday 11 March.