Michael Abrahamson is one of South Africa’s foremost sports broadcasters. His greatest asset is his experience in the industry since 1991, as well as his diversity in covering numerous major and minor sporting codes in various capacities on both TV and radio.
Initially employed as a radio cricket commentator, Michael’s reputation and commitment to excellence grew rapidly and he soon became involved in covering rugby, soccer, tennis, gymnastics, athletics and many other sports at the highest level. His voice has been heard internationally on many different broadcasts.
• Michael was the SABC’s main English radio commentator at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, commentating on 19 games in full, including the opening game and the final, on SA’s official World Cup radio station - Radio 2000.
• Michael was the SABC’s main English radio commentator at the Athens Olympics in 2004, covering and reporting on most of the sporting codes for the SABC’s various radio services. He also commentated on soccer, athletics, and beach volleyball for SABC TV and New Zealand TV in a dual broadcast arrangement. A major highlight was commentating on the Men’s 100m sprint final.
• He was the main English radio commentator at the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, covering over 20 matches on the national and international feed, including both semi-finals and the final.
• Michael was the English TV soccer commentator on SA’s inaugural tour to the Caribbean in 1999, and also went to Italy for an international in 2001.
• In 2004, Michael toured the UK and Ireland with the Springbok rugby team, commentating on all the tests for national radio.
• Michael was on the radio commentary team that covered SA’s success at the Rugby World Cup in 1995 and the African Cup of Nations in 1996.
• He covered 8 consecutive Comrades Marathons, working non-stop throughout the day as the anchor presenter on Radio 2000.
• Sadly, Michael was also the commentator on duty during the Ellis Park disaster in 2001 when over 40 Chiefs and Pirates fans lost their lives in a stampede.
• Michael has also covered numerous major domestic finals, test matches, internationals and big events for both TV and radio.
Michael has also presented sports shows on SAfm and Radio 2000, as well as on SABC TV, and has worked as a freelance soccer, tennis and gymnastics commentator for SuperSport. He is a sought-after voice-over artist, and has voiced the MTN cricket campaigns and many Castle Lager soccer advertisements. He is also an MC and public address announcer, and has worked in this capacity at numerous gymnastics and aquatic events, as well as at cricket stadiums around the country.
Until recently, Michael worked as a senior contracted sports commentator on SABC TV, covering major events in all the big sporting codes for, among others, soccer, rugby and cricket. He returned to Radio 2000 in December 2009 for a second stint at the station, having presented his own sports show, SAfm Sports Special, every Saturday afternoon on national radio for 14 months prior to this. He now presents his own sports, drama and mentalism show, Just Michael, on Bakgat Internet Radio every Wednesday evening between 6 and 7pm.
Broadcasting Awards and Achievements
As testimony to his professionalism and high standards of broadcasting excellence, Michael has been recognised in the industry on numerous occasions and has won prestigious awards. He is the first broadcaster in the country to win the prestigious SAB Radio Commentator of the Year 3 times, with a total of 6 awards in this category.
Most recently, Michael won the SAB Radio Sports Broadcaster of the Year award for being the top commentator in the country at the 2010 FIFA World Cup - his commentary receiving praise from many top soccer personalities both locally and abroad. Michael has also won the Coca Cola Cup Soccer Commentator of the Season 3 times, and the Castle Premiership TV Commentator of the Year award. Michael received a Service Award in 2002 from the South African Gymnastics Federation.
Listen to clips of Michael’s Soccer World Cup commentary here.