Born in Geelong and educated at Geelong Grammar School John “Sam” Newman began his football career at Geelong Football Club in 1963 where he played 303 games over 18 years.
Sam captained Geelong and was a State representative and All-Australian Representative, playing the ruck and centre half forward.
In 1981 he joined 3AW where he still works as a football commentator.
He appeared on “World of Sport” on Channel 7, for seven years and joined the Nine Network in 1992 on “Melbourne Extra” as a reporter.
In 1992, Sam joined “Wide World of Sports Sunday Edition” with Simon O’Donnell and Dermott Brereton reviewing the weekend’s football matches.
In 1993 Sam, Simon and Dermott were joined by Ted Whitten, Simon Madden, Lou Richards, Max Walker and Mal Brown and “The Footy Show” premiered.
Following the popularity of “The Footy Show” on Sundays, a new “Footy Show” was created and premiered at 9.30pm on Thursday March 1994.
Sam co-hosts the programme and has been joined by various panelists such as Doug Hawkins, Jason Dunstall, Wayne Carey, Tim Watson, Paul Roos as well as the top players from the various clubs on a regular basis such as Matthew Lloyd, Shane Crawford, Glenn Manton and Nathan Buckley.
He also has great interaction with the resident comedian, Trevor Marmalade.
As well as appearing in both “Footy Shows” on Channel Nine, Sam has been a reporter for “The Today Show”.
Sam is active on the speaking circuit, receiving many requests to appear at functions.
He enjoys playing golf, tennis and windsurfing.