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Seth Bennett

Seth Bennett

Seth Bennett: Sport

You can hear Seth Bennett most nights of the week during the season, on anything from Football Heaven to Steelers Hockey to Praise or Grumble...

What’s your first memory? 

Probably the snow in Norfolk Park when I was a toddler or the family holiday to Jersey when I was about three. I remember the boat being really bumpy.

First record you bought?

Motor Biking by my all-time hero – Shawn Moran of the Sheffield Tigers.  I loved speedway growing up and when he made that record I had to save up to buy it. I'm not sure it really stood the test of time.

Seth Bennett

Seth Bennett

Your favourite three songs?

Champagne Supernova, Oasis – I just love it
Old Love, Eric Clapton – on the Unplugged album and is an awesome song, great solos.
Saw Doctors – Green and Red of Mayo – my Irish Roots, some of the best concerts I have ever seen and reminds me of my family.

Who’s been your best interviewee & why?

Brendan Ingle, I think he is the most fascinating man I have ever met, I have so much respect for the way he conducts himself and what he has achieved.  

He is very genuine and what he says he does, be that coaching the kids, in corner at a world-title fight or whether it is just him picking up the litter in the morning at Wincobank. 

He is a great talker and sometimes when he talks I find myself just listening to him and forgetting that I am the next question. He is a real Sheffield hero.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve said on-air?

Some would say every time I go on-air, but I think it would be not what I said but what I was doing.  

I was pitchside at Bramall Lane and having done several interviews at half-time I was desperate for the toilet, so I thought great I will just nip to the loo in the first few minutes of the second half. 

So there I am standing in the South Stand toilets when Paul [Walker] says, “well that looks like a nasty injury, lets go pitchside Seth?”.  The sound on the radio was of me trying to disconnect the mic and continue to do my business - not easy. 

But I think the worst bit was five minutes later having to explain what I had been doing!

Andy Giddings, Paul Walker and Seth Bennett

What’s been your career highlight?

Commentating on the Sheffield Steelers' winning their Grand Slam in 2001.  I remember listening to Dave Simms and Bob Ballard commentating on the side's last Grand Slam and I always wanted to get the chance to do that. 

On the final hooter I went down on the ice and Kayle Short poured a full beer over my head. It is a great feeling to be part of the childish antics after a trophy win - a real buzz and for once everyone wants to talk to you. 

A close second was Wednesday at the Millennium Stadium and United at Old Trafford. All great days and all times when I was REALLY proud to be from Sheffield.

How do you spend your time away from the microphone?

I love to travel and spend a lot of time cruising the cheap flights websites to plan a trip.

I have been all over the world from Colombia to Japan and I lived in New Jersey for two years.  So any chance I can get away for the weekend I try my best to.

As my rapidly expanding waistline suggests I am a bit of a foodie; I love to go out for dinner, a nice glass of red wine and a good meal. I am a big fan of Indian, Thai, Italian and Mexican - in fact there are not too many foods I dislike.

I also play guitar and sing not very well, but I enjoy it.  So I spend a lot of time trying to figure out new songs and singing with friends.  A bit of a sad rocker wannabe.

Favourite place in South Yorkshire or North Derbyshire – and why?

Fagans pub in Sheffield, the best pub I have ever been in. The live music in the back room is second to none and Tom and Barbara, the people who run it, are fantastic.  Great atmosphere, great music, great Guinness.

As a 10-year-old child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Either a Speedway rider or a commentator, working on the radio is something I always wanted to do from being young. 

I think it is because I just like talking and when you are on the radio there is no one to shut you up.  I used to sit and commentate in front of the TV, so 17 years on I am delighted to be doing it.

Who would you like to be trapped in a lift with?

The first answer is the New Orleans Saints cheerleaders, the Saint-sations. I interviewed them recently and they were lovely. 

Failing that it would have to be __________ I don’t know, this is a real struggle for me.  All ideas welcome at seth.bennett@bbc.co.uk.

Favourite food & drink?

Home-made chicken fajitas with a good bottle of red wine

What do you never miss on television?

What do I ever see on television would perhaps be a better question! I don’t get much chance to watch it really, but if I am in I like the endless repeats of Friends and I have to admit being a big fan of American Idol.  Sad I know but great TV.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Pay off my debts, buy a house and I think I would take a bit of a holiday.  I would however carry on working; I love what I do and I think I am one of the few people in the world who gets up in the morning and looks forward to work.  

I work with two of my best mates in Luke [Wileman] and Paul [Walker] and we sit around and talk about football; it is like being back at school but without the lessons. 

I would also buy myself a brand new guitar, either a Martin or a Taylor.

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last updated: 30/06/2009 at 16:25
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