02:30AM, Thursday 10 April 2014
Two teenage sports fans are due to begin live commentaries of Maidenhead United FC matches.
Fraser White, 15 and Jake Middleton, 14, will broadcast their first live Magpies commentary at the crunch encounter with Concord Rangers tonight.
The duo will stream their commentary live from York Road through their own internet radio page, Maidenhead FM.
Fraser, a year 10 pupil at Claires Court Senior Boys in Ray Mill Road East, and Jake, who attends Furze Platt Senior School in Furze Platt Road, contacted club director Steve Jinman two months ago with their idea.
They recorded a trial commentary, which impressed the club enough to give them their chance.
Reading FC fan Fraser - who often works as a ball-boy at Royals games - says the pair have been doing their homework and swotting up on team stats.
Fraser, who lives in Cookham Dean, said: "We've been doing research on each of the players. We've looked on the Concord Rangers website and found a bit of information about them. I'll have that on a piece of paper in front of me."
They use a laptop, microphones and a mixing desk to record the action, and stream it live over their internet.
Eventually they want Maidenhead FM to grow and include other shows from aspiring broadcasters.
Magpies director Steve Jinman was impressed with the boys' trial commentary.
He said:"It went really well. He [Fraser] did some great interviews with the players. I just said ‘next time you want to do it, please get in touch'."
He explained that clubs like Maidenhead United can be a platform for volunteers wanting to get exposure for their talents and sharpen their skills.
Steve added that the duo can fill a gap left by a lack of coverage on established radio stations.
Visit mixlr.com/maidenhead-fm/ to hear the live commentary.
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