GREAT FACE FOR RADIO: The Adventures of a Sports Commentator


GREAT FACE FOR RADIO: The Adventures of a Sports Commentator

JOHN ANDERSON    Book Number: 79663    Product format: Paperback

John Anderson got into commentating by the obvious route: he took a course in journalism at his local college. More surprising is that he was the only person to fail the course; everyone else passed with flying colours, but hardly any of them ended up in broadcasting. After a few jobs on local radio he was hired by Independent Radio News, supplying sports updates on the hour, every hour (slogan: never wrong for long). Fleet Street at last! As no-one else in the office knew anything about athletics, Anderson covered five Olympic Games in 17 years, and whereas the BBC would field a team of reporters larger than Team GB, the IRN sent two. His only knowledge of South Korea was from watching episodes of MASH, actually filmed in Hollywood, but at Seoul he found himself covering the immortal 100 metres in which Ben Johnson snatched the title from Carl Lewis, with Linford Christie close behind, in under ten seconds. Anderson was in the team that broke the Diane Modahl drugs story, and in Atlanta was one of the first on the scene when a bomb exploded. Football was also his bag, and in the box at the Ataturk stadium in Izmir he was hit by a ripe banana, apparently aimed at the VIP area behind him, while in 2010 he covered England's disastrous encounter with Algeria in the World Cup. 274pp, paperback.
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