The Art of Radio Football Commentary

Time and time again, radio football commentary has engaged me in the game like no other medium. My infatuation with it was actually born from my environment rather than personal interest. I will never forget the long family car journeys as a kid—my brothers and I crammed into the back of our car, fighting for leg space as we endured the hours of motorway to some random holiday destination. More often than not, my dad would tune the radio into whatever football match was being broadcast on local or national radio to pass the time, and to most likely have some relief from the jam-packed, overfilled, and usually too hot or cold family car. Looking back now, I realise that I would also use the football commentary as an escape through the commentator’s words. For a professional daydreamer like me, having someone paint a portrait of a football match through spoken word was the perfect way to transport myself to the ground. I would try to create a personal image in my mind’s eye of watching the players in their positions, hearing the fans roar or groan as the action unfolded.

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What began as passive listening on long car journeys soon developed into a genuine, all-encompassing love for football radio commentary. As I got older, went to more matches, and started playing football, my infatuation with commentary didn’t stop once a broadcast had finished or when our journey had ended. I was so fixated on the commentary that I would narrate when practising my shooting or dribbling skills in the back garden or when playing in the park with friends, leading to remarks that I should take up commentating as a future career. In particular, I developed a rather strange and humorous combination of my love for radio commentary and the 1990s broadcasting of Football Italia—as a result, I had the blend of using English terms and phrases whilst using iconic footballers’ names from Serie A like Alessandro Del Piero, Francesco Totti, and Paolo…

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Author : Alex Waite

Publish date : 2023-11-14 13:30:00

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