CWSport Radio is the brainchild of budding commentator Chris Walker and has quickly made a stir in steps 5 to 7 of the non-league as well as The FA Women’s National League and even dipped a headphone or two into National League Basketball.
Having a wealth of experience in hospital, community and local radio as well as a stint as a touchline reporter/match commentator with Southampton FC in their first Premier League spell, I got back into radio commentating in 2017 through Kings Langley FC and then also Watford Ladies FC.
Changes in broadcasting strategy led to me just covering Kings Langley away games for the 2018/19 season so I thought why not make a stab at going on my own and see what happens. Utilising those ‘free’ Saturdays and midweeks CWSport Radio has broadcast at many grounds of the Spartan South Midlands League, (famously getting 670 listeners to a step 7 match between Berkhamstead Raiders and Grendon Rangers (that’s step 11 overall in English football), as well as covering several Walthamstow FC matches in the Essex Senior League and at time of writing having been confirmed to cover the second season of FA Women’s National League Div1 South East coverage with Cambridge United Women FC.
The summer of 2018 I gain vital experience commentating on all six of Panjab’s games in the Paddy Power Conifa World Football Cup, and since then I have covered Yorkshire and Surrey games and at the end of May 2019 called live games in the Heritage Atlantic Cup being held in Yorkshire featuring teams from Yorkshire, Parishes of Jersey and the Chagos Islands.
It doesn’t stop there, 16-21st June sees the Inter Games football tournament being held on the Isle of Anglesey where Chris is featuring the campaign of debutants St Helena as well as hoping to cover several other matches in the men’s and women’s cups as well as the finals.
‘It is a hobby but of course if it was to lead to something more I wouldn’t complain, but in the meantime ‘Im enjoying it all and of course spreading the word of non-league football across internet radio and on social media’.
Its a labour of love doing this and to combine my two passions of sport and radio is brilliant but having said that I am looking out for potential sponsors for the broadcasts as the global reach of the internet has seen the commentaries picked up in nearly 100 countries so far. To start helping with the cost of travelling you can now get pens, metal badges and branded mugs to show your support too. With financial backing that means I can cover more and also feature more clubs that wouldn’t normally get coverage and also maintain my objectives in promoting non-league football, and keeping fans connected to their teams when they cannot make matches.