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.
Forget baseball. Boxing just might be our national sport. After all, the highest paid athlete in the country is a fighter. And a long awaited superfight between this generation´s best boxers has earned millions in ticket sales. This hour, we explore the popularity and enduring appeal of combat sports. [Broadcast Date: May 6, 2015] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/150506/rt_tbon_150506_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The downhill skiers in Sochi know cold weather, but for real cold -- try diving into freezing water above the Arctic Circle! In this hour, some sports too cold even for the Winter Olympics. [Broadcast Date: February 5, 2014] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Fleming. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/tbon/140207/rt_tbon_140207_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ron Barr interviews Hall of Famer Jennifer Azzi about the transition from playing to retirement, why athletes struggle after they retire and parents who take sports too seriously. This interview took place on April 19th, 2007. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Barr, Jennifer Azzi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/spby/170110/rt_spby_170110_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ron Barr interviews two-time All-Star Reggie Theus about what ´´accountability” means in college sports, how responsible the athletes are and how he relates to the kids he coaches. This interview took place on May 16th, 2005. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Barr, Reggie Theus. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/spby/170113/rt_spby_170113_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.