“Ronny, wanna do a weekly live stream on Twitch together?” “What’s Twitch?” This is how the conversation with Daniel Schmöltzer took place in April this year. Meanwhile we have been streaming live every week for almost 6 months. But first things first…
At the beginning of the year, Daniel invited me to be interviewed on his podcast “Gains for your Brain”. A few months later he asked me to “twitch” together. Since there are probably other Twitch-uninformed people here besides me… so what is Twitch exactly? Twitch is a livestreaming platform that has been growing mainly due to the gaming scene. Meanwhile, e-sports has also established itself and talk formats are becoming more and more popular. In other words: Twitch is the television of tomorrow, where everyone can have a voice.
We are there every Monday between 20:15 – 22:00 CET live with the format “Red ma drüber” which means as much as “let’s talk about it”. We chat and talk about special events, watch YouTube videos together with our audience or talk about topics like positive mindset or even quite simply about the last event I was part of as a presenter. The beautiful and for me fascinating thing about Twitch is the interaction with our followers. It doesn’t get any closer than that.
How can you participate? Right now our format is only in German… if that doesn’t scare you here are the instructions and if you want to see me streaming in English please let me know in a comment!
2. Click on “Follow” our channel to be notified when we are live.
3. And then it’s simply: Comment and have fun!
Even if you miss a show, you can watch it for up to 14 days afterwards. Have you used Twitch yet? What do you like best about livestream formats? Do you think it is a good addition to traditional television? Do you want to see me stream in English?
The invitation to the start of the Tour de France 2019 in Brussels – le Grand Départ – was one of the highlights of the summer! Maybe you have been there yourself and experienced a stage of this awesome live professional-cycling event live. The Tour de France inspires over 2.5 billion cycling fans throughout the world each year, making it the third-largest sporting event in the world after the World Cup and the Olympic Games.
As a presenter of large sporting events, I am used to a substantial amount of fanfare culminating in a spectacular event. What particularly impresses me about the Tour de France are the top logistical performances that the organizers have to provide. They blow the scope of the logistics and organization that I have experienced so far out of the water. A media and sporting circus of extraordinary proportions circulates around each of the 21 stages.
A particular magic moment last year: In the finish area in front of the Atomium in Brussels, Elizabeth and myself took a photo together with perhaps the best cyclist in history: five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx.
The Tour as a master of organization
Each stage’s start and finish has its own organizing committee. They always work on 3 tours simultaneously: the present year’s “Big Loop” and the one for next year and the year after. At the same time, 5,000 people – riders, teams, organization, media, sponsors – have to be transported from A to B every day, and so 5,000 beds have to be organized in locations around the smallest villages in the Alps and Pyrenees.
Branding is also a challenge, with distances of often well over 200km per day. All routes have to be “dressed up” day after day. For each stage, there are sophisticated advertising plans regarding which banner has to be placed at which place at what time. There are 450 advertising boards in the finish area alone. Nothing is left to chance here.
Tour de France 2019 facts and figures
12,000,000 fans congregated along the track 6,800 hours of transmission worldwide 5,000 people participated in the tour every day TV coverage reached 190 countries 180 trucks moved material every day 176 drivers accepted the challenge 100 members of the organizing committee 34 starting points and destinations 22 cycling teams were at the start 21 stages 1 destination: Paris
Are you also a fan of the Tour of France? If so, why? Have you ever experienced a stage live? Leave your answer in a comment below!
At last! Tennis starts again and the anticipation also gives the opportunity for a short review of the Erste Bank Open 2019. Last year I hosted the traditional tournament in the “Wiener Stadthalle” for the 6th time. It is always one of the best weeks of the year for me, as I get to be part of a tournament where tennis stars like Agassi, Muster, Federer have already played, and also the new generation of players like Thiem and Zverev.
The weekend before the tournament actually starts, when the hosting of the draw and the Rado ProAm tournament at the Colony Club in Vienna takes place, is the prelude for me. Every year, tennis pros like Thomas Muster, Stefan Koubek and Clemens Trimmel have exciting matches with well-known celebrities like Toni Polster or Viktor Gernot. But this is only the beginning…
The best in the world at the Erste Bank Open
Starting Monday, the world’s elite hit Vienna. In 2019, numerous top-10 and top-20 players from around the world were once again in action at the Erste Bank Open. From an Austrian perspective, local hero and tournament number 1 Dominic Thiem is waving the flag. My tasks and highlights look like this: first of all, I get to accompany the players on the center court with my voice. I love events like this, where it is complete dark at the beginning and then the venue is illuminated by lights and a smoke machine billows out fog companies by cool music.
Another big highlight for me is Tom’s Talk, our daily talk show, which I host every day at the Erste Bank Open together with the former world number 1 Thomas Muster. Lively talks and casual guests are the order of the day: soccer icon Toni Polster, ace discus-thrower Lukas Weisshaidinger, skiing ex-world-champion Michaela Kirchgasser, footballer Marc Janko, beach volleyball world-championship runner up Clemens Doppler, Alex Horst and Runtastic founder Florian Gschwandtner. On day 1 of Tom’s Talk, we are traditionally honored by the current number 3 in the tennis world, Dominic Thiem.
left to right: Ronny Leber, Clemens Doppler, Alex Horst, Thomas Muster
Local hero Dominic Thiem takes it all
The sporty icing on the cake of this unforgettable week in 2019 was Dominic Thiem himself winning the tournament in Vienna for the first time! If you want to be there yourself this year then come and visit us at the next Erste Bank Open in the Vienna Stadthalle.
What is the most magical thing about big sports-events for you? Do you find the sport itself or the surroundings more exciting? Have you ever been to the Erste Bank Open? Feel free to leave a comment for me about it.
On 12.06., the time had finally come: after the cancelled event in March in Wuppertal, I was finally allowed to reacquaint myself with the boxing world. It was my first time being the ring announcer for the AGON Box Gala in Berlin. You can see some impressions in the first seconds of the video:
Agon Sports, an up-and-coming German promoter, organized the first European post-corona boxing event in Berlin. Agon was also the first to start training, doing so on 27.04, and so it was no surprise that his ambitious promoter, Ingo Volckmann, did everything to be the first back in the ring. Their efforts were rewarded, and the Berlin Senate gave the green light to the AGON box gala, which took place without an audience under strict hygiene and safety conditions in Havel studios.
3 title fights at the AGON Box Gala
the German BDB title bout
the EBU EU Championship,
and the WBO International Championship.
2-times ex-world-champion Jack “Golden Jack” Culcay defended his WBO International title in the ring against Howard “Gwada Boy” Cospolite. Björn Schicke climbed into the ring to compete for the EBU-EU title.
Altogether, 7 top-class boxing matches were held. As can be expected in the sports world with Agon as promoter, only first-class boxers competed. Thanks to the coronavirus, the AGON Box Gala was brought directly to the screens of millions of people from China to the Ukraine, Denmark to Slovenia. ESPN Latinoamericano served all of Latin America “en vivo” – that is, live – from Mexico to Argentina. The area of DACH was of course well served by Bild TV.
Despite the lack of a live audience, the best boxing-atmosphere with top-notch fights could be transmitted into people’s homes straight to their living rooms. True boxing fans got their money’s worth during these fights.
What do you think about events without a live audience? Are you happy that sport is finally on TV again? Feel free to write me a comment about what you are most looking forward to!
Today, the new format for ÖFB TV is being launched. I am the voice of ÖFB TV. I am totally happy about that. Being the announcer for ÖFB is a great honor for me and another facet of my 10-year cooperation with the Austrian national team. What do you think the term “announcer” entails? What is my role in this? I present the videos with the motto “this video is presented to you by…”.
Every move that the Austrian men’s, women’s and youth football-teams make is accompanied by my voice. I sit literally in the front row, or even better, I am right in the middle instead of just being there, and am very closely involved in everything concerning our national football-team or national teams.
What do you see on ÖFB TV?
You can look forward to these topics on ÖFB TV:
First of all, of course, several matches from the archives of all national teams: men, women and junior players.
Highlights and games from the ÖFB Cup
Interviews with the big and small stars of the football scene
Insights into the training camp of our national heroes
Funny backstage stories
Background information, insights and stories about your football stars
Maybe you can sense my enthusiasm. I love this sport and I’m really looking forward to the whole offer and also to finally standing in a stadium again. Above all, I am looking forward to getting a taste of the stadium atmosphere again. Goose bumps are guaranteed.
Are you also at every game of the national team? How important is football for you? Who is your favorite player? Please let me know here in the comments. I look forward to hearing from you!
This August, I’ve been looking back a little nostalgically at the Intersport Hiking Days from 2019 and 2018, which I was allowed to accompany as a presenter. It was ten wonderful days, each with exciting guests and many enthusiastic hikers that made these events something very special.
One hiking region here is more beautiful than the next: from Kitzbühel to St. Anton, Bad Kleinkirchheim to Hinderstoder and many other mountain pearls of the Austrian Alps. The high expectations of the hiking fans were fulfilled 100%. Hiking enthusiasts from all regions of Austria had the opportunity to climb the peaks with their stars and to be up close to them.
Each of the Intersport Hiking Days started with several guided hiking-groups and afterwards there was not only excellent food, but also an exciting supporting programme, which I led in my role as the host. There was a colourful mix of celebrity guests, delicious food, entertaining music and the latest highlights in outdoor sports. The love for nature and hiking in beautiful landscapes united Olympic champions and part-time mountain enthusiasts and has certainly become a great memory for everyone.
Olympic champions and alpine legend at Intersport Hiking Days
Double Olympic-champion Benjamin Raich is an example of just one of the amazing guests who were at the hiking days. He led several hundred nature lovers up the slope where he was one place away from being the world champion in 2001 in Sankt Anton on the Arlberg. Ski jumping legend Andi Goldberger entertained the hikers with funny anecdotes. Double Olympic-champion Michaela Dorfmeister and downhill Olympic-champion Fritz Strobl also captivated the fans with their wit and enthusiasm.
A very special highlight for me was alpinist Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner the first woman in the world who climbed all the 8,000m peaks of the world without additional oxygen. Her stories inspired and moved me enormously, so much so that even my preparation for the interview gave me goosebumps several times. I took some of the experiences with me into my lectures.
For me, the Intersport Hiking Days were always very special moments, and I have missed them very much this summer. Do you enjoy hiking yourself? Which top sportsman or celebrity would you like to meet while hiking?
In September 2019, I worked as a trainer at Tony Robbins’ Leadership Academy for the second time. For the first time, I was able to give a keynote speech in front of the entire auditorium and inspire and educate over 900 people who came from all over the world.
In Coronado, just outside San Diego, I gave a talk on conditioning together with my trainer colleague, John Philips, on the third day of the Leadership Academy. These were incredible moments to speak in front of an audience of leaders who want to rise above themselves.
The Leadership Academy is a unique leadership training program that teaches participants a variety of methods to help others. Coachees learn basic tools that they can use in their business and personal lives. The topics covered are diverse and include neuro-associative conditioning, neuro-linguistic programming, convincing, non-verbal communication and motivation coaching.
With Tony Robbins, the best learn from the best. For more than 35 years, Tony Robbins has successfully used a specially designed leadership-training system to motivate, strengthen and make sustainable changes in the lives of millions. I am delighted to have been part of Tony Robbins’ selected team of trainers since 2016. It is a goal that I have been working towards for 15 years and that has taken me to many different places around the world – from Hawaii to Bali, the Bahamas, Australia, Singapore and various places in the USA and Europe.
What do you think about personal development? What is important to you when it comes to developing your personality? What do you think about leadership training?
Since 2017, we have been working together with Wien Energie to create an incredibly exciting new event-format: the Wien Energie Business Talk. As an events host, I was provided with the opportunity of being involved in the development of this unique network concept from the very beginning.
The Business Talk is a successful symbiosis of information, entertainment and a sales event. It is a wonderful way to network with entrepreneurs and business partners.
It is a special privilege for every participant to be one of Wien Energie’s invited guests. The Business Talk is always held for a small but exclusive group of top-class guests. There are usually only 30 to 40 guests present. Depending on the topic, these guests may be mayors or entrepreneurs from a specific industry.
At each of the Business Talks so far, which take place four times a year, we have had a short information section after arrival followed by an exciting demonstration of the latest technology and finally a tour of exclusive locations. Of course, I can’t forget networking in between and afterwards with a delicious buffet; a win-win situation for everyone involved.
The selected locations are adapted to the event. They are also very exclusive and unique. This could be a solar power plant, a district cooling power plant or the Allianz Stadium in Vienna, which is converted into an event location without any problems.
The development in the energy industry is reflected in the selected themes. Business talks have already been held on photovoltaics, e-mobility, the residential sector, district heating and waste heat as well as Smart Inspection.
Unfortunately, no Wien Energie Business Talk has taken place in 2020 yet. However, I am confident that we will soon be able to exchange ideas again in an interesting setting.
What do you think of the concept of the Wien Energie Business Talk? Would you be interested in such events? Feel free to leave me a comment or use the contact form.
I have been fascinated by podcasting for some time now. The advantages are obvious: podcasts are extremely flexible, have a top selection of the most diverse topics and I can relax while listening to them.
So far, I haven’t started my own podcast, but have recently been a guest on various podcasts and took part in conversations on them. Here is a small selection of the podcasts I’ve appeared on:
On 26.01.2020, I was Daniel Schmölzer’s interviewee on “Gains for your Brain”. The topic was the way in which I successfully inspire people. We talked about my professional career and there were exclusive tips from me especially for the listeners.
In February, the Business Circle podcast addressed the topic of self-esteem vs. self-confidence. We talked in detail about my time with Tony Robbins, about the power principle and my personal “wow” factor.
At the beginning of June, I appeared with Mike “C-Roc” Ciorrocco on the podcast “What Are You Made Of?”; my first American podcast. Among other things, I talk about what is important when you talk in front of tens of thousands of people.
Before that, I talked with Horst Georg Fuchs at the Champions Club about the way in which the mindset of over-achievers works. It was also about how to get tens of thousands of people in the right mood at events and how to achieve a state of peak performance again and again.
The weekly talk show by Daniel Schmölzer and myself on Twitch shows that great collaborations can also be created in podcasts. Every Monday, you can communicate with us between 8:15 and 10pm on “Red ma drüber””. We are looking forward to meeting you there!
Are you also an enthusiastic podcast-listener? Which topics are at the top of your list? Which podcast do you totally recommend?
One of the most impressive events I’ve ever had the pleasure of working at and one of my personal magic moments was the INEOS 1:59 Challenge last October in Vienna. As the announcer, I was right there when Eliud Kipchoge broke the almost insurmountable 2-hour marathon barrier at 10:14 a.m. and made sporting history.
120,000 people witnessed this epochal event, which began at 8:15 a.m. on the Vienna Reichsbrücke before the race shifted to the Vienna Prater, where the course led the runners around the Lusthaus and the Praterstern. In brilliant weather with the best running conditions, the 2.7-mile-long and completely straight Prater Hauptallee was a true running paradise.
The elite of the running world had come to Vienna to run alongside Eliud Kipchoge and witness him make the impossible possible: Eliud would be the first man to break the two-hour mark in a marathon. News of the event spread around the world, as this limit was considered insurmountable and beyond the possibilities of the human body.
In retrospect, the INEOS 1:59 Challenge was an event similar to the landing of the first man on the moon for sports fans, and also for me. Even today I still get goosebumps when I think of the moment when I, together with my colleagues Michelle Sammet and Lukas Schweighofer, loudly accompanied Eliud Kipchoge to the finish-line.
The motto of the event was very clear: “No human is limited”. The only limits we have are in our heads. For me it was a very special day that changed the world of sports forever… and will remain forever in my memory.
Did you see the INEOS 1:59 Challenge yourself? Were you also there in the Wiener Prater? What goes through your mind when you think that a person can run a marathon in less than 2 hours?
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