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.
December 02, 2021
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.
April 30, 2021
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.
March 26, 2021
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.
February 23, 2021
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.
January 29, 2021
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!
December 18, 2020
Episode 20 – The Podcast Rebellion
Podcasting is a booming market. You should know because you’re looking for one to listen-to right now. Anyone can make a podcast – from an enthusiast in their bedroom, to multinational brands. If there’s one group of people that know how to make great audio better than anybody else, it’s public service radio broadcasters. With decades of experience in making compelling, high-quality documentaries, dramas and discussions, radio broadcasters are now having to explore and experiment in the world of podcasting. As a collective of these broadcasters, we at the EBU wanted to explore how we could work together to combine the best of our talents. Over a series of lunchtime sessions, dubbed The Podcast Rebellion, we initiated what we hope will become a long-running exchange of ideas and collaboration between our members. In this episode of the Eurovision Sport Radio Podcast, we meet three of The Rebels: Mark Shardlow from the BBC, Marina Schweizer from Deutschlandfunk and Christophe Mallet from SBS in Australia.
September 28, 2020
Episode 19 - You Can't Stop Football
Football's coming back. In this episode of the EUROVISION Sport Radio Podcast, we talk to three radio sport journalists about the return of everyone's favourite sport. What's it like to broadcast without crowds, are you still comfortable shouting "gggoooaaalll" in an empty stadium?
August 06, 2020
Episode 18 - Radio Sport in a time of crisis
In the sports history books, 2020 will be remembered as the year that the Olympics, Paralympics, Euro2020 and countless other events were put on hold. For all of us though, the Covid-19 crisis will be remembered for the bravery and sacrifice of our doctors, nurses, shop workers and delivery drivers. Public Service Media always manages to demonstrate its value in times of crisis, but what role does the radio sports journalist play in this scenario. In this episode of the EUROVISION Sport Radio Podcast, we’ll hear how resilient and adaptable sports broadcasters are being used for news coverage. We’ll learn how sports programmes are being created to entertain, but also to report on the many serious issues surrounding sport. We’ll discuss the changing sporting calendar and look at the real value of sport in our temporary, but altogether different society.
April 15, 2020
Episode 17 - Esprit Sport
Sports reporting is about more than just results: "this team won" or "that person took gold". Behind every great sportsperson is a great story. That's why Radio France has created a segment in their morning shows dedicated to the "spirit of sport". In this episode, we visit the host of "Esprit Sport", Laëtitia Bernard, to hear the very personal story behind this great sportsperson. The majority of this podcast was recorded binaural, so if you can please enjoy this episode with your headphones.
March 07, 2020
Episode 16 - Celebrating 80 years of the Streif
Kitzbühel is home to the Streif, the most dangerous of downhill ski courses. The mission is to fight against the Hahnenkamm mountain and to survive. The President of the Kitzbühel Ski Club grew up listening to radio announcers broadcasting live from this 80-year-old ski competition. Today, he still believes in the power of radio commentary and the ability to paint pictures in the heads of listeners around the world. In this episode, we go behind the scenes to meet radio broadcasters and officials, all passionate about this highlight in the winter sporting calendar.
January 31, 2020
Episode 15 - Sharing Knowledge
Swedish Radio operates out of a huge building in Stockholm and is home to some of the greatest audio innovations happening in Europe today - especially on digital platforms. In this episode, we follow Filipe Ligeiro from RTP in Portugal, who traveled to Stockholm on a pilgrimage of sorts, to see what knowledge he could take back to his radio sport colleagues.
December 04, 2019
Episode 14 - The Plenary
How can you help to shape the future of sport on the radio? Every year broadcasters from across Europe meet to discuss trends, challenges, and innovations that can help them deliver a better service to their audience. In this episode of the EUROVISION Sport Radio Podcast, we meet this powerful group of broadcasters and learn how you can play your part.
October 24, 2019
Episode 13 - The FIFA Women's World Cup
The FIFA Women’s World Cup in France has just concluded with a win for the USA over the Netherlands. It has been a record-breaking championship - with outstanding audience figures for television. EBU’s radio members have embraced the tournament like never before, marking a hopeful change in attitude towards women’s sports from both the media and audiences alike. Will women’s football manage to draw crowds and media coverage now the FIFA circus has left town for another 4 years? With EBU championing gender equality in sport, alongside UNESCO’s #ChangeTheGame initiative, we meet three journalists who are helping to drive change in the radio industry. Elaine Buckley is the presenter of a brand-new podcast focussing on women’s sport from Irish broadcaster RTE. Susanna Andrén has been in France covering the Women’s World Cup for Swedish Radio and Karoline Zobernig is a sports reporter for ORF who was championed as part of the EBU’s Young Reporter scheme and has just been awarded the overall prize for journalism from Sports Media Austria – the first woman to do so since the awards launched in 2004.
July 07, 2019
Episode 12 - Getting Creative with Commentary
EBU members produce thousands of hours of live sports coverage every week. We gave just a small sample to two production mavericks to see how they get CREATIVE WITH COMMENTARY. Cee-Roo is a Swiss producer who compiles sounds and video from around the World to create audio/visual masterpieces. His work is shown on Swiss broadcaster RTS and he's now touring with his own live show. French Fuse is the brainchild of Benjamin and Jerry who have taken their classical music education and applied it to finding harmony and rhythm in everyday sounds: from seat-belt warning alarms to TV commercials. They worked with French broadcaster RMC to produce a track to celebrate France's success in last summer's FIFA World Cup. In this podcast we look at the production of sporting highlights, using the pure emotion of great commentary to tell a story that crosses language barriers.
June 09, 2019
Episode 11 - The World Broadcaster Meeting
UEFA EURO 2020 will start in just over a year from now. Before the commentary of the opening match can reach our radios, an immense amount of planning has to take place. World Broadcaster Meetings (WBMs) are held before every major sporting event - but how useful are they and what do broadcasters hope to achieve by attending? In this episode we meet with five major European broadcasters before the first of two EURO 2020 WBMs.
April 05, 2019
Episode 10 - Thinking about STORIES not PLATFORMS
"We're not looking at TV, radio or online. We're just looking at, what is the story?" In this episode we'll take you behind the scenes at VRT in Belgium to meet the sports journalists who are now serving TV, radio and online from one newsroom. We learn how this way of working demands a different and sometimes creative approach to planning, newsgathering and storytelling.
March 03, 2019
Episode 9 - Celebrating Handball
The first EBU Radio Sport Podcast of 2019 looks at the hugely popular sport of Handball. In this episode we talk to Patrick Rowlands from NRK Sport and Lars Brøndum Nielsen from DR to see how they cover this sport both on the radio and on social media. We ask if social media is the right tool to penetrate global audiences where particular sports are less popular? Handball has struggled to find a following in the UK, so to test our latest recruit from England, we asked Joe Mason to conduct the interview for this podcast.
January 23, 2019
Episode 8 - Radio Romania at 90
As Radio Romania celebrates 90 years of serving its country, we visit the sports department to meet 2 generations of broadcaster - both dedicated to delivering passionate sports coverage.
November 30, 2018
Episode 7 - Reaching Young Audiences
What can we do to appeal to the next generation of radio sport listener? Is it about the tone of voice and the age of the presenter? Do we need to create a more dynamic sound and should we be better at promoting ourselves on social media? In this episode of the EBU Radio Sport Podcast, we're joined by experts from Italy's RAI, Belgium's VRT and RTBF, Austria's ORF and Radio France.
October 22, 2018
Episode 6 - The European Championships
In the latest EBU Radio Sport Podcast, we look at the first edition of the European Championships held in Berlin and Glasgow in August. How did radio broadcasters across Europe feel about this brand-new multi-sport event? Did the audience get behind the competition? We hear from broadcasters in the two host cities, to find out if the event was a success and if it can be improved ahead of the next staging in 4 years time.
September 19, 2018
Episode 5 - World Cup Special
There’s no denying that the World Cup in Russia was a huge success with sensational football and ecstatic crowds. But radio was also a winner - with many discovering that you could hear a goal on the radio before it reached TV sets. Relaying the excitement of a World Cup match is the job of a talented group of individuals - all hanging on every single move a player makes on the pitch. In this podcast we hear from the two finalists - France and Croatia - with representatives from Radio France, RMC and HRT. We also meet one Russian journalist who found herself watching her home team in the company of BBC presenters in their Red Square studio.
September 19, 2018
Episode 4 - Audio over IP
How do broadcasters manage to send live audio from big sporting events? Mobile phones never work in huge crowds, so how do radio stations continue broadcasting live commentary without any dropouts or glitches. You'll hear about tools like Viprinet, Peplink, Comrex, Discord, Source-Connect and Cleanfeed.net.
September 19, 2018
Episode 3 - World Cup Warm-up
“You should always plan for the un-expected”. How do radio broadcasters prepare for big sporting events like the World Cup? What happens when your national team fails to qualify and what’s the worst thing that can happen to a presenter that’s scared of flying and dogs?
September 19, 2018
Episode 2 - The Winter Olympics
As journalists around the world recover from the gruelling schedule of the Winter Olympics - we meet some of them who have survived to tell their tales.
September 19, 2018
Episode 1 - World Radio Day Special
As UNESCO helps us celebrate World Radio Day, we look at what makes sport on the radio so powerful.
February 23, 2018