- ABC Radio Grandstand
ABC Radio Grandstand is a live radio sports focussed commentary and talk-back program which runs on the
Australian Broadcasting Corporationlocal radio network across Australia. The program runs on Saturdays and Sundays. Sports that are covered by ABC Radio under the Grandstand banner include Test and One Day International cricket, Rugby League(mostly in Queenslandand New South Wales), the Summer Olympics, Australian Football Leaguegames, Australian Open tennisand occasional soccermatches, including games involving the Socceroosand the A-Leaguegrand final.
Being a national program with significant local content, Grandstand includes live crosses to local ABC radio stations for sporting updates as well as centralised broadcasts of major events.
Past callers include
AFLis ABC's flagship sports programe in the Southern states. The programe calls 6 AFL games live a week with further match preview, analysis and talkback of the game. An introduction this year has been the Sunday Inquisition with Gerard Whateley highlighting the good and the bad of the AFL games for the past week. Coverage preference is given to local teams in their State. National coverage for games outside the home state are determined by the match with the highest appeal.
Commentators: Dan Lonergan, Drew Morphett, Jarrod Molloy, Austinn Jones and Peter Brukner
ABC Grandstand is the only national
Australianradio station to broadcast live Test, One Day and domestic cricket.
The lead ABC cricket commentators are as follows:
Terry Alderman- Former Australian Right Arm Fast-Medium bowler, who has played 41 Tests and 65 One-Dayers for Australia. Terry is most notable for overtaking Jim Laker's 42 Test wickets during the 1981 tour of England. He was chosen to tour England in 1981 and in 1982, his cricketing career was cut short when he had a shoulder injury (received after tackling an English ground-invader) at the WACA Ground.
Geoff Lawson- Current coach of Pakistan. He has played over 120 Test and One Day cricket matches for Australia and has a Test bowling averageof 30.56.
Jim Maxwell- Highly experienced and highly regarded cricket commentator, Jim has covered many Australian One-Day, Test and World Cup matches. He also has broadcast many Rugby Union, Rugby League, Golf, Hockeyand many Olympic Games.
Glenn Mitchell- Joining the ABC Grandstand team in 1990, Glenn is a valuable member who contributes to the domestic cricket coverage and AFL. Glenn has covered the cycling events at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games for the ABC, as well as the cycling at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.
Drew Morphett- He has covered AFL matches, Australian Open Tennis, Golfand broadcasting four Olympics.
Kerry O'Keefe- "The Skull" is arguably the most popular on the ABC Grandstand cricket broadcast team. Noted for his sense of humour (and his infamous laugh), he brings listeners entertainment to any cricket coverage. Playing 24 Tests for Australia between 1971 and 1977, he was also a notable leg breakbowler who has taken 53 wicketsat an average of 38.07.
Damien Fleming- The ABC's resisdent "Bowlologist". He has an outstanding bowling record in Test, One Day Internationaland State cricket for Australia as he matered the art of swing bowling. Fleming also commentates on Ford Ranger CupState cricket matches for Fox Sports Australia. His record for Test matches reads as 20 matches, 75 wickets, 25.85 bowling average, 3 five wicket hauls and has best bowling figures of 5/30. His One-Day record is just as impressive; 88 matches, 134 wickets, 25.38 bowling average, 1 five wicket haul and best bowling of 5/36.
Peter Roebuck- Former Engish county cricket captain for Somersetfrom 1971 to 1981. Battered right-handed and occasionly bowled off-spin. Once captained England to a loss in Holland.
* [http://www.abc.net.au/grandstand/ Grandstand website]
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