Mike Shean has two great passions: sport and radio.
Now, he’s combined the two in his latest endeavour.
The Bradbury resident has launched Macarthur Sports Radio, turning his passions into his business.
Shean will call Group 6 Rugby League and Campbelltown-Camden Ghosts cricket matches throughout the year, as well as the Campbelltown Blues Australian Rules team.
“I started calling the Group 6 last year and made the decision this year to set up a website and make it a more professional set up,” he said.
“I wanted to have a more serious go at it, that’s why we’ve branched out to the other sports as well.”
Shean had worked in radio broadcasting for several years and was highly familiar with the process.
Using his skills to bring live commentary of local sport to the Macarthur people seemed like a natural progression.
“I’ve always enjoyed calling footy and I think it’s a natural fit to do that,” he said.
“I’m just moving from volunteer to paid work.”
Shean said he grew up listening to football being called on weekends and was always fascinated by broadcasting as a career.
“I always that that it would be such a cool job,” he said.
“There’s just something about it, about describing what you’re seeing in front of you, what’s going on – the energy of calling sport just draws you in.
“It doesn’t get much better than that.”
Shean said there wasn’t much difference between national and state sport broadcasting and local broadcasting.
He said the processes and the quality were the same, the equipment was all that differed.
His main goal behind the microphone is to simply be himself, avoid the temptation to fall into the habits of familiar commentators and bring his own enthusiasm and passion to light.
Shean is currently looking for sponsors to support Macarthur Sports Radio.
To listen to Macarthur Sports Radio visit www.mixlr.com/macarthur-sports-radio on game days.