20 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
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.
17 minutes | Apr 30, 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.
24 minutes | Mar 26, 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.
26 minutes | Feb 23, 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.
30 minutes | Jan 29, 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.
24 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
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!
12 minutes | Sep 28, 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.
26 minutes | Aug 6, 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?
23 minutes | Mar 7, 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.
20 minutes | Jul 7, 2019
Episode 13 - The FIFA Women's World Cup in France
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.
19 minutes | Jun 9, 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.