The EUROVISION Sport Radio Podcast is dedicated to the common topics that unite all radio sport broadcasters around the world.
Episode 26 - A Glorious Italian Summer
Something strange happened In Italy this summer. Seen from a football perspective, the Italian team taking home the Euro2020 trophy was already something special. But seen from a wider lens, with successes in athletics, swimming, tennis, cycling, volleyball, and American football, Italy enjoyed an outstanding year. Add in the Nobel Prize in physics and winning the Eurovision Song Contest, and you have an astonishing year for the country.
In this episode of the Eurovision Sport Radio Podcast, we hand the mic to Andrea Pistorio, a sports producer at RAI Radio 1 in Italy. Andrea took part in a recent Eurovision Sport and EBU Academy workshop dedicated to live sports commentary, and what a year to be an Italian sports commentator.
Andrea meets Riccardo Cucchi, one of the most prominent sports journalists at RAI, Sandro Fioravanti, a man whose name is synonymous with Olympic and Paralympic commentary, and Alessandra Sensini, the first Italian athlete to win gold in sailing.
Episode 25 - Spring Classics
In this episode of the Eurovision Sport Radio Podcast, host David Naert from VRT speaks to 6 sports journalists about their experience reporting on The Spring Classics this year. Despite the pandemic, audiences this year could rely on public radio, listening to famous classics like the Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
Episode 24 - Life is Live
What's it like to be a sports reporter living inside the beating heart of winter sports? The Grisons region of Switzerland hosts countless Ski and Biathlon competitions, and it's impossible to grow-up in the area without developing a love for winter sports. In this episode of the EUROVISION Sport Radio Podcast, we meet Andreas Wieland, a reporter and commentator for the Romansch-speaking Swiss broadcaster RTR. From the age of 10, Andreas knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life. To be in a commentary position is a dream-come-true for him, especially at a time when fans are restricted at sports events.
In this episode we meet Andreas and two of his colleagues from France and Slovakia, as they cover the conclusion of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup season in Lenzerheide.
Episode 23 - A Winter Wonderland
Pokljuka in Slovenia, a winter wonderland, has been hosting the IBU Biathlon World Championships for most of February. Sweden enjoyed their best World Championships ever, taking home six medals. Each medal was watched, reported-on and analysed by Isabell Gradin and her colleagues from Swedish Radio.
Another area of success for Sweden, is the national broadcaster's commitment to ensuring female commentators and reporters are given an equal footing in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field of journalism. Eurovision Sport has just published a report, "Reimagining Sport, Pathways to Gender-Balanced Media Coverage" which is available for download from ebu.ch.
On the back of the report, and given the success of Sweden in the IBU Biathlon World Championships, we're delighted to dedicate this episode to Isabell Gradin and the work of her fellow sports journalists who battled covid restrictions and freezing temperatures to report from the shores of Lake Bled.
Episode 22 - Inside The Egyptian Bubble
Take a trip behind the scenes at the 27th IHF World Men's Handball Championship in Egypt. Find out how Public Service radio commentators are dealing with conditions like never before due to COVID-19. In this episode we speak in detail with Uros Volk from Val202 in Slovenia. We hear about life inside a bubble, what hotel confinement can do to a sport broadcaster and what sporting prospects 2021 holds for him and his colleagues.
Episode 21 - Putting 2020 behind us
After long months on the bench, learn how public radio sports journalists have adapted as major sporting events have carefully resumed with strict new sanitary measures
Your public service broadcasters have found innovative ways of adapting and bringing you sport despite the pandemic.
We wish you very Happy Holidays ❄️and look forward to seeing you next year for episode 22!