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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Who Gets to Call the Game? - The New York Times

Two criteria for being a color person in the booth: 1) share interesting insights; and 2) make the broadcast of the game entertaining. If you can do that, great; if you can’t get out of the booth. For me right now, she’s kind of a mixed bag. She can be entertaining and insightful at times but she’s inconsistent. She still needs to find her niche, her lane, so to speak, in the booth. Hopefully she’ll find it.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, broadcasters

Monday, July 17, 2017

Bob Wolff, Sports Broadcaster for Nearly 80 Years, Dies at 96

In the 1950s, when the original Senators were continuing to finish far from first place, Mr. Wolff knew that their long-suffering fans needed diversions from the team’s habitual losing.

On Memorial Day 1957, the Senators were playing a doubleheader against the Yankees at Griffith Stadium when he picked out an ostensibly typical fan in the stands to interview on the radio between games.

In a memoir, “It’s Not Who Won or Lost the Game — It’s How You Sold the Beer” (1996), Mr. Wolff recalled the moment:

“Are you originally from Washington, sir?”

“No, I’m a Californian. I was and still am.”

“Have you done much traveling around the country?”

“I’ve been in most of the 48 states at one time or another. And I’ve also traveled a bit abroad in the last few years.”

“What sort of work do you do, sir?”

“I work for the government.”

“Oh?”

“My boss is President Eisenhower. I’m the vice president.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, our guest has been Vice President Richard Nixon.”

As Mr. Wolff put it in his memoir, “Politics notwithstanding, good straight men are hard to find.”

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 17, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, general

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Longtime Orioles Radio Broadcaster Fred Manfra Cherishes Memories

No more mistake-a-minute Manfra in Baltimore.

Bote Man Posted: June 06, 2017 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, orioles, radio

Thursday, June 01, 2017

We asked our staff for their favorite baseball broadcasters. Here are their answers

Ian Casselberry: I really like Ron Darling’s work. Maybe we favor play-by-play guys because they do most of the talking and set the tone for a broadcast, and because it’s really difficult to overcome an annoying or poor one. But Darling benefits from a strong play-by-play man setting him up in Gary Cohen, and he’s taken the opportunity to develop into a broadcaster capable of providing insightful analysis, being entertaining at slow points in the action, and also calling a game if needed.

Darling has also been impressive with his versatility. He does regional broadcasts with the Mets, transitions to the national booth with Turner during the postseason and in the offseason, he’s doing national studio analysis for MLB Network. He’s not going to yuk it up or be a bombastic personality, but Darling provides substance to any broadcast he participates in.

Alex Putterman: There’s no one I enjoy listening to more than Cubs play-by-play man Len Kasper, who brings thought and reason to every broadcast. Kasper treats viewers as smart fans, capable of nuance, not mindless homers grasping for simple explanations to every question. Yes, Kasper is open-minded toward advanced stats in a way most of his peers aren’t, but he’s also just exceedingly calm and rational. He knows he doesn’t have all the answers. He also knows baseball isn’t worth getting angry about. And it doesn’t hurt that his partner, Jim Deshaies, is one of the best in the business as well.


 

 

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