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Stephen Warnock: Transitioning from playing to co-commentating

In the NEW episode, number 1397, Kyle Fansler chats with freelance commentator Stephen Warnock about his career.

While he is officially a freelance commentator, Stephen Warnock is a common voice heard on the Premier League world feed. Remarkably, he only retired from his playing career in 2018. This quick turnaround from player into commentator is worth a deeper dive.

In this brief chat, Stephen Warnock and Kyle Fansler talk about a number of different topics:

  • His career path as a player making stops at major clubs
  • Liverpool FC TV and his first exposure to sports media
  • Baby steps in growing his commentary résumé.
  • The biggest games he has had the honor of calling
  • How one specific growing market is where he wants to end up in the long run
  • The benefits of being a former player and commentating
  • And much more

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Also, a video version of this interview is available on the World Soccer Talk YouTube channel.

Launched in 2006, the World Soccer Talk Podcast is the longest running podcast on the planet. Every week, we share the latest news about watching soccer on television and streaming, in addition to discussing what we like and dislike, and featuring your questions and feedback in our Listener Mailbag segment.

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  1. dave

    February 14, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Very good interview. I especially enjoyed Stephen’s discussion of self-improvement as he grows in the industry. What a great idea to watch replays, pause after key events to give commentary, and then see how it compares to the game announcers. A fun and informative listen. Good luck to Stephen.

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