Martin (Marty) Devlin is the stand-out radio sports brioadcaster in New Zealand. He currently fronts the coveted 9 to midday, weekday sports slot on Radio Sport and is the "go to" guy whenever sporting current affairs is discussed.
He has won the "Sports broadcaster of the year award" so many times he had to buy a new mantle piece.
He left his beloved Taranaki to do sport on Radio Hauraki and then took over the airways in 1999 as the pre-eminent breakfast announcer on Radio Sport. This show won every award and sports radio has never been the same since.
He writes sport for NZ Rugby World and does a sport talkback blog for tvnz.co.nz as well as being a regular weekly contributor for Rugby Centre on Sky TV's Rugby Channel.
A self confessed Man U nut, in 2010, he anchored the 2010 and 2014, FIFA World Cups.
Include "petrol-hea" and when Top Gear came to New Zealand, who did they choose to MC the event - yes one Mr Martin Devlin. Jeremy Clarkson said Marty was a real "surprise". Never too sure what that meant and no one was game to ask, but the live event was a huge success.
In 2011 he anchored the largest sporting event in NZ's history - the 2011 Rugby World Cup. On the opening night in October 2011, over one million viewers tuned in to watch Marty interview rugby legend Jonah Lomu in the minutes before the opening match that featured the All Blacks vs Tonga.
He has had a long association with TV One, he was Matthew Ridge's team mate and side-kick on the high rating and long running show Game of Two Halves up against Marc Ellis and Mike King. He also had a short stint on Dancing with the Stars in 2008 and achieved his goal of not being voted off first. He did an adequate Waltz, an OK Tango, an appalling Rumba before he thanked the ref and waved to the crowd when he was voted off at the end of episode three.
The 25 year radio veteran describes it as a very rare and real privilege to have been part of the broadcast teams that have brought listeners so many memorable and significant sporting moments.
If you're looking for a great after dinner speaker, sports quiz-master or an unbelievable MC. Then you should look no further than Martin Devlin.