Cafe Calcio Looks To Break The Mould

Anyone that has regularly had to endure the BBC’s “6-0-6” will be more than aware of the uniquely frustrating feeling of listening boors arguing with boors for hours on end about matters that neither party seems to fully understand. Football on the radio has been ghettoised by the formulaic phone-in for more years than can be healthy but there have been a couple of exceptions to this rule, not least of which has been the outstanding broadcasting of Danny Baker over the last couple of decades, which has steadily broken the mould of what we have a right to expect from football on the radio (and old episodes of which are still available here). Baker’s limitless interest in the outer limits of the culture of our game provides us with boundless entertainment, but there remains a dearth of broadcasting about football that treats lovers of the game with anything approaching a degree of intelligence elsewhere. Indeed, every time we may think that bottom of the barrel has been scraped in this respect, somebody manages to locate a new low. It almost feels as if broadcasters have teams of scientists with electron microscopes doing this for them. “Sir, I think we’ve finally found the lowest common denominator – it’s called “The Fanbanta Show”, one group would say, before someone from another company trumps them with “James Corden’s World Cup”. At...

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