The Score: EON Sports radio struggling with debt as high-profile commentators are owed wages

March 8, 2017 11:00am
Former netballer Bianca Chatfield hasn’t returned to EON Sports radio. Picture: Mark Wilson
Former netballer Bianca Chatfield hasn’t returned to EON Sports radio. Picture: Mark Wilson

REMEMBER EON Sports radio, the national 24-hour digital station that was going to revolutionise our listening habits.

Celebrity manager Glenn Wheatley was the man behind it and he famously declared at last July’s launch that rival SEN was in trouble as “we are going to do it better.”

Well, six months on and the revolution has hit some problems.

The station is barely alive with debts spiralling out of control and staff, including high-profile commentators, owed thousands of dollars.

Former netball star Bianca Chatfield was the key signing to launch the station’s breakfast show but she didn’t return after the Christmas break because of unpaid wages.

EON had planned to broadcast EPL, A-League, NBL and FA Cup matches but haven’t done a live football game since December.

Former netballer Bianca Chatfield hasn’t returned to EON Sports radio. Picture: Mark Wilson

Contributors such as Socceroos star Josh Kennedy and former Melbourne Heart goalkeeper Clint Bolton are understood to be owed money.

Local content is down to a minimum, only Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm with UK talkSport radio filling in the rest of the time.

There was even a suggestion that the all-sports station lost its Foxtel connection recently because of unpaid bills.

Everything hasn’t been rosy at the top either with a falling-out between key parties with co-owner John Wall striking trouble when his business, Acquire Learning, ran into difficulties.

It’s believed Wheatley, who manages John Farnham and instigated Australia’s first FM station 37 years ago, has returned to the fray in recent times and is attempting to salvage the station.

PRIVATE PICK-UP FOR CARACELLA

BLAKE Caracella has clearly made an impact at Richmond.

Such has been his influence that the Tigers players are more than happy to go out of their way to make life easier for the new assistant coach.

Spearhead Jack Riewoldt recently organised a crew to head down to King Island for a bit of golf, fishing and surfing with a small plane from Moorabbin arranged to transport them.

Caracella, a former Geelong assistant, still lives in the Cattery so the plane made a detour to save him a long drive.

Women's Cancer Golf Day at Barwon Heads Golf Course. Geelong assistant coach Blake Caracella

“We picked up Caracella down in Torquay on a grass runway on this 10-seater plane,” Tigers midfielder Nick Vlastuin told The Breakfast Club on RSN.

“It was a private pick-up because he’s still lives down in Geelong.

“After the tragedy that happened at Essendon Airport a week before we left we were all pretty nervous.”

Caracella is a keen golfer with King Island the new destination spot in Australia with two of the country’s best courses, Cape Wickham and Ocean Dunes.

He apparently fared better with the sticks than small forward Ben Lennon who Vlastuin revealed lost 26 balls in his first 18 holes.

YOUNG BRERETON GETS NO.23

A NICE touch by the Sandringham Dragons who had awarded the son of a gun his father’s famous number.

Devlin Brereton, who is draft eligible this season, will wear the No.23 which his father Dermott wore in five premierships for Hawthorn.

While his old man was one of the best key forwards of his generation, Devlin is more a natural small forward/midfielder at 182cm and 67kg.

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