season Glenn Speller (right) Sports Producer and presenter of BBC Essex's Saturday sport programme
did an in depth interview for the site on the station and it's coverage of the
Daggers. The original interview can be found here.
some adverse comments on the Unofficial Forum about coverage of the Daggers on
what is our local
radio station, Glenn has responded. Here's what he had to say.
I commented that there was no report from Morecambe on the station between
half time when the Daggers were leading and late in the game when we were
suddenly 2-1 down and playing with ten.
Glenn explained "We had MAJOR technical problems in
getting things out of Morecambe but we did give the score out. We didn't
have a report until later due to the tech problems. It may sound like an
excuse but unfortunately it's true."
"All I can do is apologise for the problems we experienced at the weekend but
these were beyond our control and just as frustrating to us. We did still
get a final report at 17:05 and an interview with Garry when we sorted everything out."
Once again, of the counties three top sides it is the Daggers who are having by
far the more interesting late season games, yet the station still broadcasts
live commentary from Colchester and Southend games.
Glenn had this to say. "As for the comments about Colchester and Southend coverage, as I've
explained before we have a contract with them, which we've paid for, to do
ALL their games so that's what we'll do, even if they have little to play
for. It's the same with other stations across the country. We sign a
contract and take our chances."
He went on, "There have been a couple of Saturdays this year when Southend haven't been playing and we've put Daggers on the southern frequencies - the Trophy match
with Marlow is one prime example. I realise that was a home match but we
still did it. There have also been Cup games this year where we've split our
frequencies three ways to get the Daggers on as well but technically this is
both time consuming, difficult and very expensive."
On last season he said, "As I'm sure you'll realise, last season, as the campaign reached a crescendo
we gave the Daggers more and more coverage. That will be the case this year as well. If and when Daggers get promoted then of course they'll get equal billing to
Colchester and Southend.
Glenn was indignant about comments on the station's coverage on Saturday
afternoon's. Here's what he had to say.
"I am a bit puzzled about the comment regarding our Saturday coverage - how
is two pieces between 2 and 3, three reports a half plus goals, a
half-time, full-time and considered report plus interviews between 5 and 6
not satisfactory coverage? We also now put the audio interviews after
matches on our website!"
He repeated the best place to find the coverage. " The BEST frequency in
Dagenham is 765MW otherwise there are the two FM freqeuncies of 103.FM and
95.3FM which can be heard in different parts of the Dagenham area - it just
takes a bit of twiddling!"