Real Radio’s former Legends are to re-appear on FM radio in the North-East, via Star Radio.
A new nightly phone-in show will start on Monday with Bernie Slaven until the others can join him after contractual issues with Real Radio can be addressed.
Bernie has apparently breached his contract which prevented him from working for another station for three months following his redundancy – by speaking out in his newspaper column. “They can cut my money but they can’t cut my opinions,” he said.
The other Legends – former Newcastle star Malcolm Macdonald and Sunderland’s FA Cup winner Micky Horswill will join at a later date.
Until Bernie can be joined by his two traditional radio team-mates, he will have a number of stand-in guests to represent the region’s teams, as the show continues with its format of debating team performances and transfer speculation, while taking calls from listeners.
The Middlesbrough striker Bernie continues: “This is a great move for us, and one I’m really looking forward to getting started with on Monday. I know Malcolm and Micky will be counting the days until they can join me, and I am sure the many fantastic football fans we’ve spoken to so many times over the years will come with us too,” he said.
“We know for ourselves how massive football is in North East communities, so it’s important to us that we’ve joined a radio station that has a real community focus.”
Mark Reason, Managing Director of Star Radio, said it is important to involve the community in a show which has the reputation of the Three Legends.
“This is an iconic and hugely successful regional radio show, which has built up a huge fan following over the many years it has been broadcasting. We are delighted to be able to bring it back to FM in the North East,” he said.
“We are committed to giving it to as wide an audience as possible, as we understand how important football is to the communities in this region. For that reason, we will look to build up a network of local community stations to work with.
“At a time when other broadcasters are becoming national concerns, we want to confirm our place as being a North East radio station serving the region’s communities and bringing them the regional content they want to hear.”