Marcus Stead
Marcus Stead

Since 2010, I have frequently been heard as a   contributor on British radio stations,  including  national station and talkSPORT  and  Swansea Sound, usually as an  analyst/commentator for snooker and darts.

From time to time, I discuss wider matters. In   my capacity as author of Kevin Pietersen’s biography, I appeared on Mike Graham’s talkSPORT programme following one of Pietersen’s controversial episodes:

In addition to my work in sport, I make frequent appearances on Radio Sputnik as a political commentator, along with other global English language radio stations.

I have had a passion for radio (particularly speech radio) since childhood. My radio career began when I was at the University at Liverpool, where I set up and headed the news department at the student radio station, Icon Radio. Colleagues at the station included the current presenter of the BBC Radio One breakfast show, Nick Grimshaw, who was the head of music.

We quickly gained a reputation as the most ambitious student radio news team in the country. In addition to hourly news bulletins, we had a nightly half-hour news debate show which developed a strong following among the student community in Liverpool and far beyond via the station’s website. I also presented a lively weekly sports show on Friday nights, along with a number of midweek Champions League specials.

During my time in Liverpool, I also undertook work experience at BBC Radio Merseyside.

In the years following my graduation, I gained work experience at a number of radio outlets, including Red Dragon FM, BBC Radio Wales and Sportsmedia, a company that provided sponsored local sports bulletins to commercial radio stations around the country.

From 2007 to 2009, I worked behind the scenes on the BBC Radio Wales Sportstime programme, where I did everything from cutting clips for broadcast to setting up interviews with leading sports stars.

In addition to my frequent appearances on talkSPORT and Swansea Sound, I have featured as a guest on the Stephen Nolan show on BBC Radio 5 Live, and have contributed to international sports radio stations.

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