Story: Sports reporting and commentating

First live rugby broadcast

Alan Allardyce is shown broadcasting the first rugby match on New Zealand radio. The station was 3AC and the game was between Christchurch and Old Boys on 29 May 1926.  Play the sound file to hear Allardyce describe the broadcast and how it was received.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Listener, Aug 30-Sept 5 1975, p. 21 (S-L-1245-21)

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Interview with Allan Allardyce/Reference ID35931)

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Keith Quinn, 'Sports reporting and commentating - Radio', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2021)

Story by Keith Quinn, published 5 Sep 2013