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Breaking records is nothing new for Australia’s undisputed King of Radio, Ray Hadley…. in fact, he has been doing it for almost 40 years!


This Sunday October 3, Hadley (pictured, courtesy rayhadley.com) will broadcast a staggering 30th National Rugby League Grand Final - but with this year’s NRL decider being held outside of Sydney for the first time ever, Ray will create yet another slice of broadcasting history.


Hadley and his co-commentators  Darryl ‘The Big Marn’ Brohman and Mark ‘Piggy’ Riddell will call the game – which will kick off at 6:30PM this Sunday - from television monitors in the comfort of the interactive studio of Nine Radio 2GB’s Ultimo headquarters in the inner city.


Because of the current lockdown, this will be the first time that Ray has been unable to broadcast the Grand Final live from the ground but one thing is for certain: it won’t detract from the spectacle and the theatre of his commentary.


The founder of 2GB’s famous Continuous Call Team has been broadcasting major sports since the 1980’s: the Olympic Games; State Of Origins, rugby union World Cups and  world title boxing matches….after ‘cutting his teeth’ calling thoroughbred, harness and greyhound races.


The 67-year old has been forced to cut back on his sporting commentary workload in recent years as his record-breaking weekday radio program The Ray Hadley Morning Show (9:00AM – 12:00 noon, Monday to Friday on Nine Radio’s 2GB 873AM) continues to go from strength to strength.


In the fifth radio ratings survey of 2021 (results were announced at the end of last month), Ray’s morning program attracted a staggering 19.9 percent of Sydney’s radio listening audience.


Even more remarkably, it was Hadley’s 135th consecutive survey win and his highest cumulative audience since 2004, while the Continuous Call Team hasn’t lost a ratings survey since 1992!


Australia has a long history of remarkably talented radio broadcasters both in terms of current affairs and sports, but Ray Hadley stands alone in that he is a master in both categories, being the first broadcaster to win ACRAs (Australian Commercial Radio Awards) as both best current affairs presenter and best sporting commentator.


(He also holds the record for winning the most ACRAs.)


To even further underline his versatility, Ray also hosts The Ray Hadley Country Music Countdown every Saturday at 10:00PM on 2GB.


Hadley was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2002 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to rugby league as a broadcaster and to the community, particular through his fund-raising initiatives for charitable organisations.


For almost 12 months, Yes I Can Renovations, Sydney’s fastest growing and most innovative building company (specialising in bathroom, kitchen and full home renovations) has been a proud sponsor of Nine Radio’s 2GB and particularly The Ray Hadley Morning Show.


We are delighted to be associated with an iconic Australian like Ray Hadley and we congratulate him on a stellar career during which he has entertained literally millions of listeners – and continues to do so.


Sunday night’s NRL Grand Final promises to be a beauty, with the South Sydney Rabbitohs taking on the Penrith Panthers.


This will be the first Grand Final between two Sydney clubs since Souths defeated the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2014.


Souths are hoping to send coach Wayne Bennett and star veterans Adam Reynolds and Benji Marshall out on a winning note but will face stern opposition from last year’s losing Grand Finalists, the Panthers.


In our blog earlier this month titled Yes I Can Renovations End Of Season NRL Report Card, which we posted prior to the commencement of the Semi-final series, we tipped Penrith to go all the way in 2021.


And following their gritty defeat of reigning premiers the Melbourne Storm in last Saturday’s preliminary Final, we are confident that Ivan Cleary’s men will make amends for last year.


  • For the best coverage of NRL Grand Final Day 2021, tune in to the Continuous Call Team on Nine Radio’s 2GB 873AM from 1PM to 10:15PM on Sunday. Mark Levy, David ‘Thirsty’ Morrow, Darryl Brohman and Mark Riddell with keep you entertained in the leadup to the premiership decider, with Ray Hadley’s call of the ‘big one’ at 6:30PM.


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