Television and sport is the ultimate marriage of convenience. The two circled each other warily for a while - sport anxious the sofa-bound might spurn the live product, TV reluctant in a limited channel world to hand over too much screen time to flannelled fools and muddied oafs. But they got together, and stayed together, for the sake of the money, and now you cannot imagine one without the other. They are indivisible, like an old couple sitting in a teashop finishing each other´s sentences, and there is little doubt which is the dominant partner. You have only to think of the recent sports stars who have left their muddy fields to don sequins, grab partners and tango their way across the stage in ultimate Saturday night television style, to see how far the two have come on their journey together. In Sit Down and Cheer, Martin Kelner traces the development of this relationship from its humble origins in the 1960 Olympics, by way of the first-ever Match of the Day in 1964, through to the financial impact of Sky, right up to the high-tech gadgetry of our present-day viewing. Insightful and very funny, this is an entertaining exploration of two major national pastimes and not to be missed. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Martin Kelner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020987/bk_adbl_020987_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For just over 30 years Al Bernstein has been one of the most recognizable and respected sportscasters in America. In those three decades, the ´´voice of boxing” reported the funny, poignant, and bizarre events that helped shape sports television, ESPN, boxing, Las Vegas, and Showtime. With an eclectic cast of characters that includes every big name in boxing, including Marvin Hagler, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, and Manny Pacquiao, as well as such names in the entertainment world as Rodney Dangerfield, Sylvester Stallone, Russell Crowe, Jerry Lewis, and Jack Nicholson, Bernstein´s memoir will have you in stitches. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Al Bernstein. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/010473/bk_adbl_010473_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Clare Balding presents the landmark BBC Radio 4 series which charts how sport has shaped the British and how Britain has shaped sport. In this 30-part narrative history series, with the help of the academic team from the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, Clare looks at the unique and vital role sport has played, and continues to play, in our national life. From the birth of broadcasting, to the way television has changed our relationship with sport forever, this is a historic series about our national passion and how the British took sport to the world. (Due to copyright reasons, this recording contains edited versions of the episodes that were originally broadcast.) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Clare Balding. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/005813/bk_bbcw_005813_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The thrill of victory… the agony of defeat. And the human drama of athletic competition. We love sports. And every 4 years we get the pleasure to watch amateur athletes, at the top of their game, compete in the Olympics. And that got us thinking about competition. Because that’s what it’s about, right? [Broadcast Date: August 15, 2012] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/120815/rt_tbon_120815_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this hour, Aimee Mullins is an athlete, fashion model and activist who uses whichever of her 12 pair of prosthetic legs is appropriate for the task at hand. Next, commentator Erika Monroe-Kane reflects on the appeal of driving really fast.Then, Kate Sekules is the author of The Boxer’s Heart: How I Fell in Love with the Ring, and a former professional boxer. She tells Anne Strainchamps how she got into the sport, why she enjoyed getting really strong, and how she coped with her anger during bouts. She still thinks there’s a lot to admire in women’s boxing.After that, Melissa Joulwan is the author of Rollergirl: Totally True Tales from the Track. And she ought to know. Joulwan plays for a roller derby team under the name ´´Melicious.´´ She tells Anne Strainchamps why the sport´s enjoying a renaissance, and why most of the players are feminists who enjoy playing with the sexual and warrior imagery.Following that, Tina Bertoni provides a commentary on what it was like to hunt a bear.Next, Kim Hiss tells Anne Strainchamps about her first hunt. Kim Hiss is an Associate Editor for Field and Stream Magazine and blogs as Huntress.And finally, Jennifer Shahade is the author of Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport. She tells Anne Strainchamps where the title of her book came from. Obviously the word ´´bitch” occurs throughout this interview but always in reference to the book title. It is never used as profanity. [Broadcast Date: August 3, 2012] 1. Language: English. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/120803/rt_tbon_120803_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ron Barr interviews Pro Bowler Morten Andersen about whether he thought he’d play in the NFL for as long as he did, his initial thoughts about the game of football and how he played for so long. This interview took place on December 2nd, 2005. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Barr, Morten Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/spby/170116/rt_spby_170116_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Colgate Sports Newsreel was a radio program focusing on sports. It has been called ´´one of the most successful and most listened-to shows in radio history´´ and ´´one of radio broadcasting´s most entertaining and engaging programs.´´ However, much of the information reported as fact was actually fiction. The program was first broadcast in October 1939, on NBC Blue. Although Colgate dropped its sponsorship in June 1951, the show continued on NBC as Bill Stern´s Sports Newsreel through September 1953. It then switched to ABC, where it ran until June 1956. During World War II, the Newsreel was among the programs that NBC rebroadcast by transcription to members of the United States armed forces stationed abroad. Bill Stern, the star, made the program memorable with his enthusiastic, dramatized delivery. He was already both the narrator of MGM´s News of the Day newsreels and a sports announcer. Thus the format of this program came naturally. For most of its run, the show was sponsored by Colgate brushless shave cream. The opening theme ´´was sung in barbershop quartet style to the tune of ´Mademoiselle from Armentieres´´´ and mentioned the sponsoring product prominently. Although the singing group was not named in the program, a news brief announcing the show´s launch in 1939 identified it as the Armchair Quartette. The theme´s lyrics varied a bit over the years, but the basic form was as follows: Bill Stern the Colgate shave-cream man is on the air. Bill Stern the Colgate shave-cream man with stories rare. Take his advice, and you´ll look keen. You´ll get a shave that´s smooth and clean. You´ll be a Colgate brushless fan. Celebrity guests include Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Doris Day, Babe Ruth, Joe Lewis, Roddy McDowell, Casey Stengel, Ted Williams, and more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Stern. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/045675/bk_acx0_045675_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The second in the series. Trevor and Sammy are the movers and shakers at agency TS Sports Stars. Yet although friends for 20 years and business partners for nine, they are chalk and cheese: Trevor (Neil Pearson) is a thoughtful, decent, and sensitive ´´new man´´; Sammy is a foul-mouthed, unreconstructed, aggressive dealmaker. Trevor is the worrier, Sammy the warrior. Writer Andy Hamilton´s radio credits include Old Harry´s Game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Neil Pearson, Paul Reynolds. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/001787/rt_bbcw_001787_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to Forbes for February 27th, 2012 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story: ´´Comeback Billionaire: How Adelson Dominates Chinese Gambling and U.S. Politics´´ - Near default three years ago, Sheldon Adelson has made more money than anyone in America since, dominating Chinese gambling - and U.S. politics. A full-access tour of his $25 billion comeback. Also, ´´China´s Other Big Gambler´´ - Steve Wynn is trying to bring his Vegas high-roller magic to Macao. But Adelson, for now, is playing the hot hand. Next, ´´The Teen, The Billionaire and the Revolutionary Search Tool´´ - Li Ka-shing is betting 16-year-old Nick D´Aloisio can build a better Google. We´ll also tell you about, ´´Facebook´s Top Cop: Joe Sullivan´´ - Sullivan hunts down the bad guys drawn to the world´s largest social network. How far will be go to keep the site safe--and still protect your privacy? Then, ´´Knewton is Building the World´s Smartest Tutor - Students learn differently, yet they´re taught the same way. Knewton has technology to adapt courses to kids. Followed by, ´´With Facebook IPO, Know What You´re Buying´´ - There are far cheaper ways to bet on the future of the digital economy. And in our final story, ´´Nascar Gets Back on Track´´ - There is optimism in Nascar´s garages after a multiyear slide that saw fans and sponsors abandon the sport. TV ratings for the season increased 10%, attendance at the tracks stabilized and 18 different drivers found the winner´s circle in 2011. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/120227/pe_forb_120227_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
TV host Tom Arnold and journalist Ellen Ruppel Shell on this edition of Fresh Air. Tom Arnold hosts FOX television´s The Best Damn Sports Show Period. Arnold is probably best known for his marriage to Roseanne Barr. He was a writer, actor and executive producer on Roseanne, and starred in three TV shows of his own including The Jackie Thomas Show. He has a new memoir, How I Lost 5 Pounds in 6 Years. Ellen Ruppel Shell has written a new book, The Hungry Gene: The Science of Fat and the Future of Thin. Shell is a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Discover and other publications. She´s associate professor and co-director of Knight Center for Science Journalism at Boston University. (Broadcast Date: November 25, 2002) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/021125/rt_whyy_021125_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.