Donald Oliver: The voice of sporting history, creating memories


Guest: Donald Oliver

Sports Producer and Commentator  – Sportsmax

Donald Oliver is a sport producer and commentator and a Senior Producer at SportsMax TV. He has been a sport producer and commentator for nearly twenty years. He co-founded and produced CVM’s popular sports call-in program, Football GPS. He also produced CVM Television’s Coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Donald has done radio commentary for the region during the 2012 West Indies ODI tour of Bangladesh, 2012 Milo Western Relays and Western Champs and schoolboy football seasons.

In this episode, Donald discusses sport journalism and commentary in a changing world. He shares his inspiration for his documentary, “Alia: Darling of the Pool”, the production of the project and his aspiration to produce more documentaries locally. 

Donald also speaks about:

  1. How he got started in sport journalism 
  2. The importance of sport commentary to broadcasting 
  3. Challenges of modern sports journalism and commentating  
  4. How he rebounds from errors made during commentary

Donald discusses working on major projects including the London 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2014 FIFA World Cup and addressing the challenges to constantly improve their products. 

Other topics discussed are:

  1. Advice for young sport journalists 
  2. Tools needed to thrive as a sport journalist 
  3. Sport Commentators that inspires him (Peter Drury, Brian Rickman, Simon Crosskill and Lance Whittaker)
  4. Most memorable moments in sport commentary (from his commentary and other broadcasters)
  5. The importance of wide-ranging research in sport commentary 
  6. Working closely with Ricardo Chambers and their podcast, The Commentators 
  7. Expectations for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics

In our new feature, Donald’s knowledge about Manchester United Football Club is tested in 60 seconds. 

In “Podcast Pick”, Sports Event Management: The Caribbean Experience by Leslie-Ann Jordan, David Truly and Ben Tyson is recommended by Dalton.

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1 comment

  1. L.Carty says:

    This was a great episode….listening to the stories and laughter had me enjoying my day at work …..
    My #1 Motivator….
    Keep on inspiring persons and continue doing the great work…


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