Different class: the great Jimmy Magee
The relationship between the armchair sports fans and the commentator is quite personal.
While the expert former sportspeople in the code come in before, during and after the event to give their analyses, the viewer relies on the commentator to give them an accurate and vivid account of the action.
Jimmy Magee fulfilled this role for nearly 60 years as the voice of Irish sport. Ranging from Australian middle-distance runner Herb Elliott's first race in the northern hemisphere in London's White City in 1958 for Radio Éireann's 'Junior Sports Magazine' programme, to being part of the national broadcaster's Dublin-based commentary team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.