BLACK Cat hero Micky Horswill and fellow legends are gearing up to hit the airwaves.
Micky, along with Middlesbrough legend Bernie Slaven and Newcastle star Malcolm Macdonald, had gained iconic radio status after their Three Legends show ran on Real Radio for 14 years.
The show was controversially axed last month but will return on Star Radio, which covers Durham, Darlington and North Yorkshire, from Monday.
The show will also be broadcast via Koast Radio, an online community-based station in Northumberland, which announced its own signing of the Legends last week.
Star Radio will also look to form partnerships with other North East community stations, to ensure the Three Legends show is broadcast to as many of the region’s football fans as possible.
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.
He added: “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.”
The football phone-in show will have its traditional daily 6pm to 8pm slot, but initially will only involve Bernie Slaven.
The remaining two legends will join at a later date due to ongoing contractual issues with their former employer.
Until Bernie can be joined by his two 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.
Bernie said: “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.”