23 June, 2023
‘2 Bats, 4 Balls’ hits Gilgandra’s airwaves
There’re some new voices on the WARFM airwaves, with two local ‘sporting fanatics’ and self-proclaimed ‘comedians’ talking all things sport.
‘2 Bats 4 Balls’ is hosted by John
Alchin and Matt Zell once a week, where
they talk local, national, and international
sport successes, fails, and even the odd
mediocre tackle. Into their third week,
the duo are enjoying their chats, and look
forward to welcoming new guests every
“The first week we had the captain of
the first grade Panthers in, and we’ll get
him on throughout the season. This week
we have ex-Bronco/Raider/Storm NRL
player Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, for state of
origin night,” Mr Alchin explained.
Each week they will interview a
junior ‘Panther of the Week’ earlier on in
the show, so the kids don’t need to wait
up too late to hear their names. After
talking all things local on the fields, the
show then progresses into state, national,
and international sport.
In July, the show will feature some
guests live from the UK.
“Matt’s going to the UK for his 50th
birthday so, we have plans to get some of
the Aussie players on their Ashes tour.
They’re lined up already, and some are in
the starting 11 so, some big names!”
The show’s origins derive from preliminary conversations together about being back in Gilgandra. “Matt and I were talking about the fact that we were both going home, to Gilgandra, about the same time,” explained Mr Alchin.
“We’re both sport nuffies, really we
are right into our sport, all different types
of sport. So, we were just having a chat
one day on the internet talking about different
things including coming back to
Gilgandra because we’ve both been away
for many years – I’ve been away 32
The duo came up with the name and
proceeded to pitch it to the local community
radio station, where they got their
regular Wednesday night spot.
While taking a little break at the end of July for school holidays, the show will continue throughout the year.