Hadley started at 2GB on Christmas Eve 2001, after
19 years with rival broadcaster 2UE.
was contracted to provide his Continuous Call Team
coverage every Saturday and Sunday on 2GB, from midday
to 6pm throughout the football season. When it was
announced in February of 2002 that Alan Jones would
be joining 2GB, Station CEO George Buschman and Network
owner John Singleton convinced Ray to take on the
9 til midday morning show.
his Continuous Call Team colleagues Peter Frilingos,
Bob Fulton, Steve Roach and Tony Megahey already agreeing
to join Ray at 2GB, he accepted the challenge of doing
the Monday to Friday Morning show from Buschman and
Singleton on the proviso he could continue to do his
rugby league program during the winter.
just 12 months of hosting the Morning program, Ray
eclipsed the King of Morning Talkback John Laws, in
the first radio ratings of 2003. Ray had 11% of the
audience to John's 8.5%. In that same survey, 2GB
registered its first win in almost 17 years to become
the Number 1 rated radio station in Sydney.
a remarkable performance, Ray and his team immediately
won the rugby league ratings in the first survey of
2002, and dominated the rest of the ratings throughout
the season. It's the first time a rugby league audience
has transferred from one station to another.
success on weekends was reflected in his Monday to
Friday morning show ratings culminating in the win
over John Laws in the first radio ratings survey of
at 2GB has been buoyed by our success through 2002,
Alan Jones at breakfast has led the charge with his
dominance in that shift" Ray said. "Alan
gives us a tremendous lead-in and without his input,
we wouldn't be where we are today".
Continuous Call Team continues to be a source of fun
and entertainment for us, and hopefully for our listeners,
and I'm committed to continuing in that role, as well
as the Monday to Friday program".
back over his career, Ray considers the 2000 Olympics
as his highlight.
sees himself as being privileged. Some of Australia's
greatest sports broadcasters haven't had the opportunity
of calling events in their 'home' country, let along
their 'home' city.
Hadley was born on 27th September 1954. He grew up
in the western suburbs of Sydney but spent a great
deal of time with his grandparents in a small village
called Eungai Rail, on the mid-north coast of New
at a relatively young age that he wanted to pursue
a career in sports broadcasting, Ray says that he
received some strange looks from family and friends
whenever he mentioned his ambition.
completed his Higher School Certificate in 1972 and
tried unsuccessfully to find employment in sports
broadcasting. He later found work in another type
of broadcasting - he became a trainee Auctioneer and
after gaining his Auctioneers license, stayed with
that profession for 8 years.
bugged by his desire to enter into the world of sports
broadcasting, Ray gave up auctioneering and started
driving taxis so he could spend his weekends seeking
out casual work as a race broadcaster.
started calling the greyhound races at Appin, Bulli
and Nowra in 1980 when fate intervened.
was driving a taxi one Tuesday evening when he picked
up a fare at the front of Radio 2UE. That meeting
with 2UE News Director Mark Collier was to change
a month of that meeting, Ray was working casually
at 2UE and took on any job that was thrown to him.
He presented traffic reports in Gary O'Callaghan's
top rating breakfast show, was involved with 'on-air'
promotions for various programs and eventually found
himself understudy race caller to Des Hoysted and
biggest break came in 1987 when he was offered the
job of heading up the 2UE Rugby League coverage. For
10 of the next 13 years, Ray led the Continuous Call
Team to ratings victory after ratings victory. Just
before the ARL Super League War in 1994, Ray became
the first League broadcaster since Frank Hyde to gain
almost 200,000 listeners per quarter hour.
1999, 2UE lost the broadcast rights to Rugby League.
Ray faced the most difficult time in his broadcasting
career. 2UE asked him to continue to present a Rugby
League program for 6 hours on Saturdays and Sundays
without access to the actual game and with his reporters
unable to speak to him from inside the ground.
these hurdles Ray and the Talking League Team won
every ratings period in 2000 and 2001, a feat that
left industry insiders scratching their heads. It
simply hadn't been done before.
remarkable performance also attracted the attention
of the management of rival station 2GB and network
owner John Singleton convinced Ray to bring his team
across to the Macquarie Network from 2002.
highlights include toppling John Laws in the radio
ratings in February 2003, along with his commentary
on the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney, the 1992
and 1996 Olympics, 13 successive Rugby League grand
finals including the last game at the SCG and the
first game at Stadium Australia, in particular the
1989 Balmain-Canberra thriller and the 1997 Newcastle-Manly
Hadley has been named Australia's best Radio Sports
Broadcaster for 5 of the past 10 years. The radio
industry awards are known as the "Rawards"
and Ray's most recent win came for his coverage of
the Sydney Olympics.
was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
in the Queen's Birthday 2002 Honours List for service
to Rugby League Football as a broadcaster, and to
the community, particularly through fundraising for
for Ray Hadley is the north-west of Sydney on a 2.5
hectare property where he lives with his wife Suzanne
and four children Daniel, Laura, Emma and Sarah.