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Broadcaster Nick Heath sits down with well known sports commentators to discuss how and why they do what they do, from the big moments to the ones they might like to do again.

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Broadcaster Nick Heath sits down with well known sports commentators to discuss how and why they do what they do, from the big moments to the ones they might like to do again.

    Nigel Yalden

    Nigel Yalden

    From Commonwealth games, Olympics, three Rugby World Cups and countless netball seasons, Nigel Yalden has been the voice of Radio Sport in New Zealand. As a first overseas guest on the pod, he talks to Nick about how he found his way into radio, the pressure of commentating on the All Blacks to an All Blacks nation and why he'll always have a nip of brandy on standby. There's also a discussion on unconscious bias and the culture of commentating in different parts of the world.


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ian Darke

    Ian Darke

    From boxing and athletics to football, Ian Darke is another iconic voice of sport across the generations. From bringing us classic boxing bouts on radio and TV to straddling the pond and covering football in both the UK and America, Ian soared to the top as a commentator and has remained there. Enjoy this entertaining listen as he tells Nick Heath about how he started out, how he continues to learn and what advice he would give to those wishing to follow his path - with plenty of laughs along the way.


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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Steve Cram

    Steve Cram

    A decorated athlete turned adept, if not accomplished commentator, Steve Cram joins Nick Heath to talk about how he traded his running shoes for a commentator's mic. From learning from David Coleman after the deepest of deep-end starts to the assumption that as a track and field athlete, he should have known about every event, this is a fascinating chat. Steve has become a voice so synonymous with British sporting triumph in the athletics stadium, not to mention the feats of international athletes too. In an extended chat, we hear all about how he does what he does.


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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Russell Fuller

    Russell Fuller

    Known predominantly for his work as the BBC's tennis correspondent and commentator, Russell Fuller sits with Nick Heath to discuss what he thinks makes a good commentary. They cover how to cover those rallies for radio, the pressure of working with big-time summarisers and how a hungover wet morning in Exeter could have scuppered Russell's career entirely.


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Jacqui Oatley

    Jacqui Oatley

    A trailblazing, hard working commentator, Jacqui Oatley joins Nick Heath to talk about her switch from the office chair to the broadcasting hotseat. Jacqui discusses her experiences as the first female football commentator on British radio and subsequently on Match of the Day. The conversation also includes discussions on imposter syndrome, avoiding clichés, spending too much time on your prep and working with your summariser.


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Jon Champion

    Jon Champion

    From the BBC to ITV, Setanta to ESPN, Jon Champion has been one of the leading voices of his generation. Known to most for his commentaries on football, he talks to Nick Heath in this episode about the various 'accidents' that led him to his successful career, he gives some sage advice to new commentators and mentions how some of his audience only know him from his work on the video game Pro Evolution Soccer.


    A true master of his craft, this is another beautifully warm conversation as Jon talks for over an hour on how and why he does what he does so well.


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    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

89lochj ,

Great Podcast

Fantastic podcast. Some great stories from some iconic commentators. Well worth a listen!

Cris Bellamy ,

Cue Commentator

A delicious insight into the psyche of the sports commentator, from the ex-pro sportsman/woman transitioning to a new career, to the “born to be” wordsmith who found themselves practicing their match review for BBC Sports Report at the age of 14, whilst leaving the ground with their father.

The warmth of Nick’s style excretes open and honest responses from the interviewee, who are put at ease to discuss amongst many things, their influences, strengths and weaknesses, yet the overwhelming tone throughout all episodes reveals no bigger critic of their individual skills than the commentator themselves.

MarkOmeara ,

Fascinating storytelling

The relatively untapped world of the sports commentator is brought to life through the best of the best in broadcasting. They have wonderful stories to share of the sports but from a different angle. The likes of Clive Tyldesley, Miles Harrison, Jon Champion and Ian Darke highlight the dedication, preparation and humanity that goes into commentary, aided by a fantastically engaging and witty host in Nick Heath. Top podcast

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