Ray Hadley and Bob Fulton make major announcement on radio future
Ray Hadley and Bob Fulton have announced they will step away from the Continuous Call Team, after more than 30 years.
Founded by Ray in 1987, the show has dominated the ratings for three decades, first at 2UE and then switching to 2GB in 2002.
Rugby League immortal Bob Fulton has been with the Ray for 32 of the Continuous Call Team’s 33 years, forming an unbreakable bond on and off the radio.
Following the sudden death of founding CCT member Peter ‘Chippy’ Frilingos in 2004, Ray and Bob made a pact. When one of them walks away, they both will.
And as Bob says to Ray Hadley in a farewell chat on his morning show, “it’s time”.
“But look, what a great ride in the last 30 years to go to work with a few mates,” Bob says. “And we got paid for it!”
Bob is looking forward to spending weekends with his eight grandchildren and with Ray, outside of a radio studio.
“We’re best mates and our friendship is everlasting.”
Ray Hadley paid tribute to his great mate and all his CCT colleagues over the years saying, “it’s hard to put into words” how much the show means to him.
“We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together, we’ve had so much fun over those 33 years.
“I have never, ever met a more loyal friend and colleague than Bob Fulton.”
Click PLAY below to hear Ray and Bob’s full chat
While the announcement marks the end of an era, it by no means marks the end of the Continuous Call Team.
Ray and Bob’s decision will allow the next generation of broadcasters to take the lead, most notably Mark Levy who has been filling Ray’s shoes on a part-time basis for several years now.
From 2020, Ray and Bob will remain in touch with the CCT, acting as consultants and advisors, with Ray continuing to call State of Origin games and the NRL Grand Final.
Further announcements regarding the 2020 Continuous Call Team lineup will be made in the near future.
Full statement from Nine Radio (click to enlarge)