He grew up in Karori and went to school at Wellington College. His father was the public address announcer at the Basin Reserve, while his mother did the catering. After working for the ANZ Bank he joined the Wellington radio station 2ZB as a sports broadcaster.
In New Zealand he is best known for his cricket commentaries on Radio Sport; he has also appeared on the BBC's cricket commentaries on Test Match Special and as a guest commentator in Australia on the ABC's cricket coverage.
Although primarily a radio commentator, Waddle appeared on television as co-host (with Jeremy Coney) of The Dilmah Tea Party, a 15-minute celebrity interview conducted on-field during the tea interval of Test matches played in New Zealand. With Coney and John Parker he wrote the cricket book The Wonderful Days of Summer (Moa Beckett, Auckland, 1993).
He and his wife Clare have a son and a daughter.
- http://www.abc.net.au/profiles/content/s2060194.htm?site=grandstand/cricket ABC Grandstand
- Romanos, Joseph. "View from the commentary box". The Wellingtonian. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
- Geenty, Mark. "Bryan Waddle calls 200th cricket test". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
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