Encouraging the next generation of sports broadcasters

The Community Radio Partner of the Western Sydney Wanderers has broadcast rights to cover all Wanderers teams in the A-League, W-League, Youth League and NSW Premier League competitions, encouraging the next generation of sports broadcasters.

Their first broadcast was on July 23rd at Blacktown when the Wanderers NSWPL team played Fraser Park. In the time since they have picked up a steady stream of followers and listeners.
“We have a young team of the next generation of sports broadcasters. Opportunities to call top level sport on radio are very hard to come by and that’s what I have loved about the Wanderers Live journey so far, It’s given all of us a chance to make a mark in the industry and make our own break so to speak. Already opportunities have come along for some of our team elsewhere and that’s been great to see. It’s been about creating an opportunity for all of us,” says EP Julian Daw.
But that opportunity doesn’t come cheap.
“We are doing this out of our own pocket, we don’t have sponsors and away travel comes from our own income. But we are all football fans and we have a deep connection to the Wanderers (All of the commentary team are based in Sydney’s West) and we love calling the games each week.”
Julian has been a sideline commentator for ABC Grandstand NRL since 2014 and also worked as a commentator for Grandstand’s A-League coverage which he continues to do.

He has also appeared with Triple M’s AFL coverage as a boundary rider and I graduated AFTRS in 2013.

Nicholas Kutnjak, the sports director for Hawkesbury Radio and leading the station’s Rugby League coverage,  is also an AFTRS graduate (2014).
Other staff include Will Gotsis the current ground announcer for APIA Leichhardt who is also is making appearances on EON Sports Radio as an A-League analyst.
Tony Tannous, a football writer for over 20 years both locally and internationally, most recently writing for the Roar website.
Keyan Kramer,  worked for 2GB, Fox Sports and ABC throughout his career and has been a part of Hawkesbury’s Rugby League call team for three years and Scott Jackson is a sports anchor for Sky News on Weekend Sportsnight and Sportsline as well as a current player in the Blacktown District Premier League competition, Captaining the Downside Hawks.

Any Wanderers match broadcast is under the title of “Wanderers Live on Hawkesbury Radio”

The next broadcast is Saturday night when the Wanderers host the Central Coast Mariners at the Sydney Showground. –  on air from 7pm on 89.9FM in Sydney and online live.com
“We are trying things that haven’t been done as far as radio coverage for the A-League before. An example at the Sydney Derby a few weeks ago we stayed on air for over an hour post game and broadcast both the coaches press conferences live. We want to have the most in-depth coverage of each match available on radio, that’s our point of difference,” says Julian.

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