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Radio Appearance #5: The Sports Bar on talkSPORT

In my formative years as a journalist and writer, I experienced a phase of serious addiction to talkSPORT, the word's largest sports radio station. I listened for hours every day, as the wit and wisdom of presenters like Adrian Durham became a soundtrack to my daily work. I even rang in once to participate in a quiz with Andy Goldstein, such was my devotion to the channel.

Well, fast forward seven or eight years, and imagine my excitement when a talkSPORT producer messaged me last week about a possible radio appearance prior to Tranmere’s FA Cup tie against Watford. Alex Zonneveld was keen to find a Rovers expert to share their thoughts with Adam Catterall and former Sunderland defender Micky Gray. I quickly accepted.

My first live radio appearance took place shortly after 22:45 on Friday evening, the night before Tranmere produced a miraculous comeback against their Premier League hosts. I spoke about the chances of an upset and warned people not to write off Rovers. I also traded good-natured barbs with Gray, reminding him of the time Tranmere beat Sunderland 1-0 at Prenton Park.

I’m unsure of the archiving processes at talkSPORT, but Alex informs me that people can listen back through their website or official app. Simply search for The Sports Bar – Northern Quarter and locate the episode from Friday 3rd January 2020. There, you will find my ten minutes of fame, analysing my beloved football club live on a national radio station with more than 1 million social media followers.

Appearing on talkSPORT in a professional capacity was a remarkable thrill for me. More importantly, it ensured a great start to a big year in my development. Building on the momentum from my debut book, I hope to enjoy similar opportunities throughout the course of 2020. My thanks to Alex, Adam, Micky and the talkSPORT team for arranging this. I hope to work with them again soon.


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