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Continuous Call Team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Continuous Call Team is an Australian radio sports program, covering the news and live games of the National Rugby League. It is produced and broadcast by 2GB Sydney, and is relayed to stations in New South Wales, the ACT, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and Papua New Guinea. The team have exclusive commercial radio rights to the National Rugby League (apart from Monday Night matches) until the end of the games are broadcast on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays, with a talkback/humour programme broadcast on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Team members

Current team members

  • Ray Hadley (football commentator, and 2GB's morning show presenter). Has finally retired from the show which has allowed his son Mark Levy to take over as the captain.
  • Darryl "The Big Marn" Brohman Former NRL and representative player who was ousted from a coaching role at the Brisbane Broncos for being a genuine threat to Wayne Bennett's career. Weirdly obsessed with Thirsty Morrow and Peter Psaltas, Brohman is the backbone of the show and a favourite of all the listeners
  • Chris Warren (Play By Play Caller on Saturday Night and fill-in sideline eye, former player for Western Suburbs and Western Reds. Son of legendary football commentator Ray Warren ) Chris is the captain of the 'B team' with an overexuberant calling style which irritates just about every listener.
  • Jamie Soward former rugby league premiership winning player for St. George, Also famous for his famous line "Are you from India?. well that get into-ya"
  • Mark Levy (Friday and Saturday night Commentator) Also known as Ray Hadley's clone, Levy inherited the captaincy of the CCT from his father Ray Hadley as other applicants Peter Psaltis, Shane with a 'Y' and Phil Rothfield never stood a chance.
  • Mark 'Piggy' Riddell (fill-in sideline-eye, former player for Sydney Roosters, St. George Illawarra Dragons, Parramatta and Wigan Warriors. Riddell is the vice captain of the show who with he exception of David thirsty Morrow is the smartest bloke on the team. Riddell was clearly scarred of his former captain Ray Hadley but now that Mark Levy has taken the reigns, Piggy has asserted his dominance.
  • David Morrow Former chief rugby league caller for ABC Grandstand Morrow came out of retirement to join 2GB for the 2015 season replacing Andrew Moore who had crossed to the ABC. Thirsty is a wealth of knowledge that puts Google to shame. Being the chief game caller for the team, Thirsty often gets side-tracked by Darryl Brohman during games which affects his performance.
  • Erin Molan - Gone.
  • David Riccio, Award-winning reporter who works for Sydney's Daily Telegraph. Best Journo in the business that puts Phil Rothfield to shame.

Former team members

Coverage

Stations that carry the broadcasts include those owned by Capital Radio Network, Grant Broadcasters and some independently owned stations (such as 2BS Bathurst and 2LT Lithgow), as well as MRN's owned and operated stations in regional Queensland.

The show, also known as Weekend Detention, is transmitted on Fridays from 7 pm to 9:45 pm, Saturdays from 12 pm through to around 8 pm, and on Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm. Some stations carry all days, some carry only one or two of the three days.

In 2006, the program lost major coverage with the Broadcast Operations Group failing to come to terms with Macquarie and the NRL to broadcast games, which lead to 2SM's own Talking Sport program being relayed in its place.

In 2008 and 2009, the network carrying 2GB's coverage has grown, with stations in Northern Queensland, Northern Territory and the Central Coast carrying the program.

Following the acquisition of FM radio rights by Southern Cross Austereo's Triple M Network in early 2013, regional stations that had carried the show in previous years will drop 2GB's coverage in favour of Triple M's coverage, as those stations are part of that network via the Localworks division. It is unknown if stations owned by rival companies such as BOG or community stations will take up the program in their place. This will not affect those stations' carriage of Hadley's weekday program.

Network stations

New South Wales

Australian Capital Territory

Queensland

CAAMA FM Central Australia

Sport FM Perth

New Zealand

  • New Zealand - Radio Sport NZ

Papua New Guinea

Format

Fridays

The Continuous Call Team broadcasts Friday Night Football from 7.00pm (with the kick-off at 7.30pm) till 9.45pm. David Morrow calls the selected scheduled game that's on the Nine Network in Sydney with Darryl Brohman and Mark Riddell on the sidelines.

Saturdays

Between 12pm and 5pm, the programme is broadcast from the 2GB studio in Pyrmont with Mark Levy, Hadley, Fulton, Brohman, Mark Riddell, Erin Molan and David Morrow. The program consists of reviews of the previous night's match, short reports on the night's upcoming match, combined with large amounts of comedy, including stories of the team member's private lives, humorous songs about the team members and issues in rugby league, as well as discussion on unrelated issues. However, much of the program is focused on the open line calls of the program's listeners.

From 5pm – 7:30pm the program moves to a live broadcast from either the ground or the 2GB 873 Interactive Studio, depending on where the game it located. The program is hosted by Mark Levy, with David Morrow, Riddell and Brohman.

As of 2012, 2GB hosts a live broadcast of the 7:30pm NRL game with Mark Levy and Chris Warren as commentators. After the game, there are player interviews plus the broadcast team analyse the night's games with callers and emailers.

Sundays

The programme airs from 12 Noon- 6pm and is broadcast live from the ground of a selected Sunday match. Progress scores from other matches are provided by reporters live at those grounds. The team review the Saturday night match, and discuss the upcoming matches for that day. There is less of a focus on comedy on Sundays, however it is still evident. From 2pm or 3pm, Mark Levy with Mark Riddell and Darryl Brohman broadcast the selected match. After the game, players and coaches are interviewed, listeners give their opinions on the day's matches, and the premiership ladder is updated.

History

The program began in 1987 when Ray Hadley and Ray Price took over the commentary duties on 2UE. When 2UE lost the rights to broadcast NRL games in 1999 to 2GB, the station asked commentator Ray Hadley to present a six-hour rugby league program, without having the rights to the actual games, nor having access to their reporters inside the ground. Several 2UE commentators, including John Gibbs and Darryl Brohman, joined 2GB.

The program was renamed The Talking League Team. The team consisting of Ray Hadley, Peter Frilingos, Bob Fulton, Steve Roach, Tony Megahey and Greg Alexander astounded industry insiders when they beat 2GB and ABC Radio, both of whom had the actual rights to NRL games in 2000 and 2001. Many network stations dropped 2GB coverage and switched to 2UE's coverage. At one stage, rival 2GB campaigned for Foxtel to cut off 2UE's access to the service, as they were calling games off their coverage. The team stopped the practice soon after the threat was made.

In 2002, when Ray Hadley moved to 2GB, he brought his team over with him (with the exception of Alexander) to bring their coverage of live NRL games, and continued to win the ratings since then.

In 2004, the team lost longtime member Peter Frilingos to a heart attack, and his spot was not filled for the rest of the season, to be eventually replaced by Darryl Brohman in 2005.

In 2011, Hadley gave up commentating games with Moore calling all three weekend games.

In 2012, Hadley would take over commentating Nine Network's second Friday night game.

Songs

Throughout the history of The Continuous Call Team, music has been an integral part of the program with send ups of popular songs of any era and genre. Lyrically, these songs have been directed at anyone or anything related to rugby league (be it referees, clubs, players, coaches and the like). The songs are written and many are also performed by The Robertson Brothers who are exclusively commissioned by and to The Continuous Call Team, as well as other aspiring performers.

CCT TV

In 2008, a 30-minute program known as CCT TV – Weekend Detention, featuring video of the team in the studio of a Saturday afternoon was produced for the RugbyLeagueLive.com website.

References

External links

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