talkSPORT’s GameDay sees more football than ever before on Saturdays
Revamped schedule with new Friday night chat show and Sunday quiz format
New presenting talent including Reshmin Chowdhury and former England internationals Darren Bent, Trevor Sinclair and Glen Johnson
talkSPORT has launched GameDay for the new Premier League season, kicking off with West Ham vs Man City on August 10.
The station has the rights to the main Saturday radio broadcasting slots, with live and exclusive games at 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm and over a quarter more Premier League games this season.
GameDay sees talkSPORT ‘owning Saturday football’ and comes as part of a wider schedule revamp for the station. The news follows record RAJAR results for the talkSPORT network, led by The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
A new presenter line up, including Reshmin Chowdhury and Hugh Woozencroft, will be joined by former England internationals Darren Bent, Trevor Sinclair, Martin Keown and Glen Johnson, boasting over 1,400 Premier League caps between them. Leading commentator Clive Tyldesley also joins talkSPORT’s regulars for programming across the schedule and the football live commentary team, which includes Sam Matterface, Jim Proudfoot and the legendary John Motson.
Laura Woods, who has been regularly deputising for Alan Brazil at Breakfast, fronts the first new show - GameDay Countdown with The Friday Night Crew. The new look, Friday night, panel chat show is an interactive social media radio show that will look forward to all of Saturday’s action, with lots of fun and laughter along the way.
On Saturday, following the 12.30pm and 3pm fixtures, Adrian Durham is in the chair for The Full Time Phone-In at 5pm on talkSPORT 2, while Laura Woods and Darren Bent host the live 5:30pm fixture before giving listeners a further chance to have their say on the day's action in Gameday: Your Verdict until 10pm.
The station also launches a new football comedy quiz show format in the Sunday morning slot to find the best footballing brains, at 9:30-11am. Glory Hunters, hosted by stand-up comedian Charlie Baker pits celebrity football fans head to head to discover who can be titled the greatest. Charlie is joined by regular team captains Luke Moore (Football Ramble host) and Natalie Sawyer (talkSPORT mid-morning co-host & presenter of The Game podcast for The Times), alongside football loving panellists.
Meanwhile Jim White is reunited with Natalie Sawyer for the first time since their days at Sky Sports taking the 10am-1pm weekday talkSPORT slot. Former Crystal Palace Chairman, Simon Jordan, also gets a new and expanded role at the station with a titled show, Simon Jordan’s Final Word alongside Danny Kelly, on a Sunday (5pm-8pm) as well as other regular appearances across the schedule. Mark Saggers continues as host of Sunday Exclusives combining a fast around the grounds service with in depth analysis on the stories as they happen.
Plus, talkSPORT launches two new flagship podcasts: talkSPORT Daily and GameDay. talkSPORT Daily wraps up the biggest sporting stories and laughs into one podcast, published first thing each weekday morning. Whilst GameDay is talkSPORT's definitive podcast for Premier League fans, with GameDay preview, reaction and analysis across the weekend, featuring Sam Matterface, Laura Woods and Danny Kelly.
talkSPORT’s new lead presenter, Reshmin Chowdhury said: “Saturday is GameDay and there’s nowhere quite like talkSPORT to capture all the drama. It’s a real honour to front talkSPORT’s GameDay coverage and what a team it is to join. We’ll be on hand with all the build up, the exclusive live action and in-depth post match analysis to make sense of all the day’s action.”
Darren Bent said: “I’m delighted to be joining the fantastic team at talkSPORT for the new season. I’ve always enjoyed a great relationship with all of the team there and have thoroughly enjoyed the guest shows I’ve done with the station. After announcing my retirement with them a couple of weeks ago, I am now excited for the future and a new career in the media with talkSPORT.”
Head of talkSPORT, Lee Clayton said: “talkSPORT is now the GameDay destination for live Premier League action on the radio and the only radio network delivering live coverage from the first kick to the final whistle on Saturdays. This season we have brought in exciting new talent to front our coverage alongside the regulars our listeners have come to love. And by launching fun new show formats and a shake-up of the schedule across the station, we are cementing talkSPORT’s place as the football station.”
Trevor Sinclair said: “I can’t wait to start the season with the West Ham v Man City game, covering two of my old clubs as the first of talkSPORT’s new-look GameDay. When you put these two sides together and you throw this talkSPORT team into the mix, you can expect fireworks!”
Other scheduling changes across the station:
New GameDay Warmup show will be hosted by Max Rushton and Charlie Baker (Saturdays 9am-11am) to preview all of Saturday’s action
Mark Saggers hosts Sunday’s Match Day Live, making sure listeners don’t miss a kick.
New show, Press Box on Monday nights with Danny Kelly, Simon Jordan, Shaun Custis and one of the giants of Fleet Street will give the view from the press pack.
Adrian Durham hosts a new phone-in show. The Saturday Phone In will begin a simulcast across both stations and will then move to talkSPORT 2 for calls, interviews and reaction fromSaturday’s games.
Laura Woods and Darren Bent host Gameday: Your Verdict for all the reaction from all the footballing action until 10pm.
The Weekend Sports Breakfast with Georgie Bingham and Tony Cascarino gets a new slot (6am-9am on Saturdays and 6am-9:30am on Sundays).
Hugh Woozencroft hosts talkSPORT’s Kick Off programme on Tuesdays to Thursdays.
The angler’s favourite, Fisherman’s Blues, moves to a new extended Sunday slot on talkSPORT 2 (6am-8am)
Popular boxing show, Fight Night, changes time to 10pm-12am on Saturdays.