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Legendary Sports Broadcaster David ‘Thirsty’ Morrow Retires Due to Brain Cancer Diagnosis

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Legendary Sports Broadcaster David 'thirsty' Morrow Retires Due To Brain Cancer Diagnosis

Legendary sports broadcaster David ‘Thirsty’ Morrow has announced his immediate retirement from his commentary role on the Continuous Call Team (CCT) due to a recent diagnosis of brain cancer. Morrow’s close friend and colleague, Ray Hadley, made the announcement on behalf of Morrow’s family.

Morrow, known as Australia’s most versatile broadcaster, will now focus on his treatment and spending time with his loved ones, after having been an integral part of the CCT and Nine Radio family for the past nine years.

His career in media, spanning over 52 years, includes coverage of various sporting events such as the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and 44 seasons of first-grade NRL. Morrow also started his broadcasting career at the ABC, covering cricket and rugby league.

Hadley, expressing his deep affection for Morrow, stated that he is not only a valued work colleague but a dear friend to everyone at the station. He also praised Morrow’s immense popularity and much-loved status among colleagues and listeners alike.

As a tribute to Morrow’s contributions, Mark Levy will step up as the lead commentator for the Continuous Call Team’s 2024 season. He will be joined by Mathew Thompson and Chris Warren, while Ray Hadley will handle State of Origin, NRL Finals, Grand Final, and several NRL games at the beginning of the season.

Recognized for his services to the community, sport, and sports broadcasting, Morrow was awarded an OAM in 2005 and was recently honored as the 28th inductee into the SCG Media Hall of Honour.

Caitlin Lynch is the Senior Communications Manager at Nine and can be contacted for further information regarding Morrow’s retirement.

Rachel Adams

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