BEHIND THE SCENES: 3AW Football Producer Luca Gonano and Technical Director Adam Moloney put a lot of work into the preview programs which received awards.
REPORT: 3AW Football enjoyed a great result at the Australian Football Media Association Awards held on Wednesday night at the MCG, scooping two major awards.
Nathan Buckley won 'Best Special Commentator � Radio' while the 3AW Football preview (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) won 'Best Football Radio Show'.
Sports Today hosts and Fox Sports personalities Gerard Healy and Dwayne Russell also scooped major awards � Healy winning �'Best Special Commentator � Television' and Russell winning 'Best Football Caller � Television'.
Healy's Fox Sports TV show, On The Couch, was also recognised as the best program in that medium.
Herald Sun journalist Damian Barrett won the prestigious Alf Brown award for best performer in Australian footy media.
Channel Nine's John 'Sam' Newman was among four people inducted into the AFMA Hall Of Fame and delivered what some would describe as a bizarre acceptance speech while others labeled it as nothing more than vintage 'Sammy'.
Newman indicated he might have preferred being at Beyonce Knowles' Melbourne gig rather than the AFMA awards and appeared to make light of the media's role in footy.
After a free-wheeling speech where he accused many people in footy media of not being 'themselves' he was light-heartedly told to 'get off' by Channel 7 boss Ian Johnson, sitting in the front table.
Newman proceeded to say into the microphone 'get f----d' before leaving the stage.
AFMA spokesman Mike Sheahan later made it clear he was unimpressed with what he perceived to be Newman's disregard for the Hall Of Fame award, saying: "Sam told me a week or so ago he would be honoured to accept this award. I think he told me a fib."
Other Hall Of Fame inductees Lloyd Brown, Geoff Poulter and Brian Hansen were gracious and thankful to be recognised for their careers in the footy media.
You can hear 3AW Football's Nathan Buckley in his special commentator role during Saturday night's preliminary final between Geelong and Collingwood while Gerard Healy and Dwayne Russell can be heard every weekday from 6pm on Sports Today.