FOOTBALL phone-in’s ‘three legends’ are set for a summer transfer to a Northumberland community radio station.
The trio of former Newcastle United forward Malcolm MacDonald, Middlesbrough forward Bernie Slaven and Sunderland star Micky Horsewill are planning to broadcast their sports show on Longhirst-based Koast Radio.
The ‘legends’ were axed suddenly by Real Radio last week after more than 14 years.
Their show debated transfer speculation and players, while the hosts shared their footballing memories and took calls from listeners.
Mr Slaven said: “To be told the news the contract was being terminated was a wrench.
“Koast Radio were forthright enough to ask us and we all loved the idea of it. I was personally excited and hopefully down the line, the show will be back on track. Koast Radio has given us a platform to build on it’s helping the community too.
“This is something totally different, it’s a new challenge and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Malcolm MacDonald and Micky Horsewill are still involved in negotiations about their Real Radio contracts, but hope to be able to sign up for Koast soon.
Koast Station Director Vicky Oakley said: “We’re going to start it a week on Monday with Bernie and some guest presenters and we’re going to campaign to get the other two legends released from their contracts as quickly as possible because they’re a threesome and they need to be together.
“It really is a case of if you don’t ask, you don’t get.
“I was listening when it was announced the legends were finishing and I got in touch with Micky and said if you’re interested, get in touch.
“I never thought in a million years we’d pull it off, it’s quite a coup for us and the guys have been good enough to do it for free until we can get some kind of sponsorship deal in place.”
Koast Radio is a community station that broadcasts via the internet from Longhirst Hall.
It’s hoped the trio will be in the studio there, broadcasting on weeknights from 6pm. The Legends are aiming to record their first session before the football season gets under way on August 18.
The Koast team is in the process of obtaining a license to broadcast on FM and believes the three legends will play a big part in making it happen.
Real Radio said that social networking sites had contributed to its decision to end the legends’ show, which has been replaced with music.