5 live presenter Mark Pougatch, the programme's current presenter, shares his memories of Sports Report, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary in January 2008.
It's 60 years old, it's the oldest sports radio programme in the world and for everyone it means something different.
Even though I've presented the programme for the past 7 years, for me Sports Report will forever conjure up images of my dad cleaning his shoes in our small cloakroom next to the downstairs loo at home, listening to the football and racing results.
He had one of those old, battered, black Roberts radios which was held together by a multitude of elastic bands and which he resolutely refused to throw away or swap for a newer model. He bridled at any suggestion that it had had its day: "It was a wedding present when I married your mother and it still works."
Once he’d cleaned his shoes he’d go and run his bath and, when I was really young, I used to sit on the laundry basket in their bathroom and listen to the voices of my youth: the presenter I remember most Jim Rosenthal (sorry, Jim!); Larry Canning (who I always assumed looked like snooker's Willie Thorne, I don’t know why); Chris Rea, the peerless Peter Jones and Stuart Hall. I think the only difference between Stuart then and now is that in the 70s I don’t suppose he had long, lovely, loquacious, liquid lunches with the Directors and Chairman that he does today.
Sports Report clearly fired my imagination in the 1970s and was one part of the process that led me to decide that watching sport was a much better idea than working for a living. Sadly my father never heard me present the programme; but we are all products of our upbringing and still today, when I say "It’s 5 o'clock and this is Sports Report" and I hear that music ("Out of the Blue"), I hear polish being applied to shoes and water running – and I smile.
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