He worked alongside such as famous sporting journos as Rollo Roylance, Tom Moon and Greg Hobbs.
At age 27, he succeeded Rollo as the chief racing writer of the Globe and the Sunday Press.
During those formative years, he also started a long and successful radio career, learning his craft mainly from the doyen, Bill Collins.
Over a long period at 3DB, 3UZ and Sport 927, he eventually hosted every sports show from early breakfast to Sportsnight,
his basketball show on Sport 927 actually naming the Opals and winning an award.
He pioneered the very popular Sunday morning program, Correct Weight.
In 1986, he moved from the Globe and Sunday Press to the Melbourne Herald, where he wrote Australian Rules Football in the winter and racing during the carnivals, winning awards for both AFL and VFA coverage.
He then worked for the Sunday Herald before returning to full time race writing at the Herald Sun where he became chief racing writer and then racing editor.
During that time, he won his second Bert Wolfe Award for excellence in racing journalism.
When TVN began its Victorian coverage, Shane was there, day two of the Warrnambool carnival, tipping the last five winners including the quaddie.