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.
A guide for sports fans on how to watch and appreciate the game of hockey More and more fans are watching the NHL each week, but many of them don´t know exactly what they should be watching. How does an offense create shooting lanes for its best sniper? When a center breaks through and splits between two defensemen, which defender is to blame? Why does a goalie look like a Hall of Famer one week and a candidate for the minor leagues the next? This guide for sports fans on how to watch and appreciate the game of hockey takes you inside a coach´s mind as he builds a roster or constructs a game plan, to the chaos of the goalie´s crease, and deep into the perpetual chess match between offense and defense. Discussing topics such as what to look for when a team goes on the power play and why playing center might be the most grueling job in sports, Take Your Eye Off the Puck tells fans how to get the most out of watching their favorite sport. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barry Abrams. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012398/bk_tant_012398_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Award-winning journalist Sam Anderson’s long-awaited debut is a brilliant, kaleidoscopic narrative of Oklahoma City - a great American story of civics, basketball, and destiny. Oklahoma City was born from chaos. It was founded in a bizarre but momentous ´´Land Run´´ in 1889, when thousands of people lined up along the borders of Oklahoma Territory and rushed in at noon to stake their claims. Since then, it has been a city torn between the wild energy that drives its outsize ambitions and the forces of order that seek sustainable progress. Nowhere was this dynamic better realized than in the drama of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team’s 2012-13 season, when the Thunder’s brilliant general manager, Sam Presti, ignited a firestorm by trading future superstar James Harden just days before the first game. Presti’s all-in gamble on ´´the Process”- the patient, methodical management style that dictated the trade as the team’s best hope for long-term greatness - kicked off a pivotal year in the city’s history, one that would include pitched battles over urban planning, a series of cataclysmic tornadoes, and the frenzied hope that an NBA championship might finally deliver the glory of which the city had always dreamed. Boom Town announces the arrival of an exciting literary voice. Sam Anderson, former book critic for New York magazine and now a staff writer at the New York Times magazine, unfolds an idiosyncratic mix of American history, sports reporting, urban studies, gonzo memoir, and much more to tell the strange but compelling story of an American city whose unique mix of geography and history make it a fascinating microcosm of the democratic experiment. Filled with characters ranging from NBA superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook; to Flaming Lips oddball front man Wayne Coyne; to legendary Great Plains meteorologist Gary England; to Stanley Draper, Oklahoma City´s would-be Rober... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sam Anderson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006330/bk_rand_006330_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.