ABC Radio Grandstand
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ABC Radio Grandstand is a live radio sports focused commentary and talk-back program which runs on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation local radio network across Australia and on one digital-only station. The program runs on Saturdays and Sundays, typically from noon or an hour before, until 6 pm. Sports that are covered by ABC Radio under the Grandstand banner include Test and One Day International cricket, Rugby League (mostly in Queensland and New South Wales), the Summer Olympics, Australian Football League games, Australian Open tennis and soccer matches, including games involving the Socceroos and the A-League competition. However, when there are major football, cricket or tennis matches in progress, or the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, the coverage is often continued for the entirety of the relevant time frame if Grandstand is broadcasting the competition, as opposed to simply reporting the results. This can result in broadcasts in the early hours of the morning if Australia is playing in a cricket Test on another side of the world.
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.
- Charlie King (NT)
- Gerard Whateley (Vic)
- Andrew Moore (NSW)
- Dan Lonergan (Vic)
- Deb Spillane (NSW)
- Quentin Hull (QLD)
- Karen Tighe (WA)
- Peter Walsh (SA)
- Clint Wheeldon (WA)
- Jim Maxwell (NSW)
- Drew Morphett (VIC)
- Alistair Nicholson (QLD)
- Corbin Middlemas (WA)
- Matt Clinch (SA)
- Peter Newlinds (Tas)
- Zane Bojack (QLD)
- Shannon Byrne (NSW)
During the summer months, when cricket is predominant, National Grandstand is run across the country. Whenever an international cricket match is in progress, full commentary of the match is provided, and other sports are fitted in during breaks in play, or rain delays and so forth. Day-night matches continue into the night, and some night-time basketball or soccer matches are provided to certain states outside the usual timeslot if a team from the state is in action. When there is no international cricket in progress, the time is divided up more evenly among various sports. There are regular phone-ins to reporters at various sports events across the country for score updates as well as short stints of commentary and analysis from the reporter. This is mixed in with in-depth, pre-arranged interviews with sports administrators, coaches, scientists and athletes from a variety of fields. Sometimes there are panel discussions to analyse future or recent events, as well as opportunities for members of the public to partake in discussions or compete in sports quizzes.
During the winter seasons, the show is divided into Northern Grandstand (NSW and QLD) and Southern Grandstand. The northern states are given commentary of rugby league and rugby union matches, and the southern states receive coverage of Australian rules football. Matches are also held on Friday and Saturday nights. Unlike in Summer Grandstand, the winter coverage is almost entirely focused on Australian rules football and rugby at the exclusion of all other sports. While the cricket matches are often bookended by analysis by commentators for around 15 minutes before and after the start of play, football matches often have 90 minutes of preview and post-match discussion and interviews, while analysis will go on throughout the half-time break, whereas the longer breaks during the cricket season are usually used to go through other sports. Treatment of other sports is restricted to a perfunctory reading of scores, and there are no interview segments or reports on other sports, except for a 20-minute Grandstand Wrap at the end of Sunday afternoon. On Saturdays, the typical format is to 2–3 hours of football talk before the afternoon match, followed by the match itself and another 2–3 hours of post-match talk and a preview of the night match, before the evening match and another hour of analysis. As many matches occur at the same time, different states will received different games depending, with priority given to matches involving a team from the state in question.
Grandstand Rugby League
Grandstand Rugby League is the ABC's flagship NRL programme nationally. The programme calls every game live each week of the season including the State of Origin series and Finals with in depth previews and reviews, analysis, extensive talkback and interviews, and live score updates of other matches.
Grandstand AFL is ABC's flagship sports programme in the southern states. The programme calls six AFL games live a week with further match preview, analysis and talkback of the game. An introduction in 2008 was 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 is determined by the match with the highest appeal.
Commentators: Dan Lonergan, Drew Morphett, Gerard Whateley, Quentin Hull, Rob Cross, Peter Walsh, Clint Wheeldon, Corbin Middlemas, Adam White, Jarrod Molloy, Matt Clinch, David Parkin, Ken Judge, Jon Dorotich, Kelli Underwood, Stan Alves
Beginning in the 2013/14 season, ABC Grandstand began covering every match of the A-League live on either Local Radio, Digital Radio or via a dedicated mobile app. The ABC have secured the radio rights for the A-League until the end of the 2016/17 season
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. Alderman 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 - Former coach of Pakistan. He has played over 120 Test and One Day cricket matches for Australia and has a Test bowling average of 30.56.
- Jim Maxwell - Highly experienced and highly regarded cricket commentator, Maxwell has covered many Australian One-Day, Test and World Cup matches. He also has broadcast many Rugby Union, Rugby League, golf, hockey and many Olympic Games.