Welcome to week five of this twelve week series of Featured Sportscasters. We reached the ¼ mark last monday, which means we don’t have another milestone to break until we get to next week! This week’s focus is all on Mr. George Allison. He was not alive in my time considering I am only 20 years old, but without him and the people before him my dream would not be able to become a reality of being a sportscaster!
Allison was born in 1883 and became a journalist for his first career choice in 1905 and continued to do so for a few years. He was 22 years old when getting his first job, WOW he didn’t waste any time getting into his career!
In 1927 BBC Broadcast approached him with a job opportunity to cover club football, and of course he accepted the position. Later in 1927, he got to broadcast the Football Cup as a youngster and thrived. By 1931, Allison became BBC’s main football analyst and was broadcasting over 100 games a year and he stayed with BBC until he took his last breath. I guess he loved the atmosphere so much he never wanted to leave, but hey that’s what it is all about!! Change is good, but when you have found the job for you there’s no need to switch:)
In this time period, tv was not a huge thing so George’s commentary was on the radio station. However, not many people had money to buy radio’s so people would crowd in homes to listen to the passionate man. At this time, only about 25% of people owned radios. Man, wouldn’t it be awesome for families to have a get together just to listen to your favorite broadcaster on the radio or tv.
Other than that, that is a quick life story of Mr. Allison. After researching him, one thing I can take away from him is that life is about finding the career that fits you best and when you find it take it and run with it as long and as far as you can.
Ps: The answer to last week’s question is “because someone touched the dial”
This week’s question: What did the announcer say to the Britain’s Got Talent Contest?