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Friday, July 20, 2018

Baseball Is The Most Listened To Sport On Radio

Just a short blurb from Inside Radio to chew about until real games resume.

Nearly 12% of all adults have listened to a game broadcast on radio in the last year, according to Nielsen Scarborough. Radio trails in park watching of baseball (13.9%) and TV viewing (41.7%). Overall, 28.7% of U.S. adults say they are “very interested” or “somewhat interested” in Major League Baseball, according to Nielsen Scarborough USA+ 2017 Release 2 (June 2016 - November 2017).

Baseball is dying.

Also, who is the current best and worst radio team?

Bote Man Posted: July 20, 2018 at 03:29 PM | 39 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Perry Posted: July 20, 2018 at 04:18 PM (#5713270)
Only one I ever hear is the Rockies, Jack Corrigan and Jerry Schemmel, who are... okay. They're competent, but Corrigan's voice really grates on me for some reason. Schemmel is unusual for a color guy in that he never played pro ball. He's kind of an interesting cat -- survived a major plane crash in the 80s that killed over a hundred people; has a law degree; was a college baseball coach and commissioner of the Continental Basketball Association; and has done several ultra-long-distance bike rides to raise money for various charities. I like his voice a lot more than Corrigan's.
   2. Voodoo Posted: July 20, 2018 at 04:29 PM (#5713277)
I've listened to more games than I've watched this year. I really enjoy listening to a game on the radio, but can really only speak to the Cubs team. Pat Hughes is great in a classic baseball play-by-play guy kind of way, and Ron Coomer has improved to the point where his fuddy-duddy analysis doesn't detract from the experience too much.
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: July 20, 2018 at 04:33 PM (#5713281)
Only one I ever hear is the Rockies, Jack Corrigan and Jerry Schemmel, who are... okay. They're competent, but Corrigan's voice really grates on me for some reason.


I've been listening to them for years, and I still can't tell them apart. I couldn't have told you which one was the play-by-play guy and which one is color. They're not terrible by any means, but they sure are bland.

I will say this, though: Driving around on a summer's day with the windows down and a ballgame on the radio remains one of the greatest simple pleasures life has to offer.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: July 20, 2018 at 06:14 PM (#5713324)
Easily the best radio sport. A few years ago I had a few hours drive here in Aussie, fired up MLB At Bat on my phone and listened to the Cubs game ... just like I would have on a long drive back in the US. (Can't believe I had coverage the whole way, even in rural NSW). Great memories of long drives and you keep spinning the dial until you find some baseball game somewhere.
   5. Man o' Schwar Posted: July 20, 2018 at 06:18 PM (#5713328)
I love baseball on the radio - it's a godsend at work. I think the Cubs' team is top notch - Hughes is a Hall of Famer waiting to happen, and Coomer, well he tries really hard. They don't have the chemistry that Hughes and Santo did, but I thoroughly enjoy the games.

I will say this, though: Driving around on a summer's day with the windows down and a ballgame on the radio remains one of the greatest simple pleasures life has to offer.

Truer words.
   6. -- Posted: July 20, 2018 at 06:30 PM (#5713329)
Baseball on the radio is awesome.

Best team, in a very tough competition, is Miller/Fleming/Kuiper/Krukow. Tremendous in every facet.
   7. Meatwad Posted: July 20, 2018 at 11:34 PM (#5713389)
Yes baseball is the perfect radio sport. It helps when you have a good play by play guy. Radio gave us the famous ron santo "oh no" after all.
   8. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 20, 2018 at 11:34 PM (#5713390)
Working for the Dodgers, Charlie Steiner's still as good as ever.
   9. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: July 21, 2018 at 01:40 AM (#5713429)
I rarely go a day w/o listening to one or more games, and different broadcast teams. It is the best compliment when working in the yard. I like several crews. Jim Powell, Hughes, Denny Matthews, cory provus, mike Wilner, uecker,Jeff Levering, Lewin, Joe Bloch, John Miller and Flemming. I learn more about these teams than by watching.
   10. NattyBoh Posted: July 21, 2018 at 08:43 AM (#5713439)
Also, who is the current best and worst radio team?


John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman of the Yankees make my ears bleed though nothing matched the inanity of the late Phil Rizzuto.
   11. Graham & the 15-win "ARod Vortex of suck" Posted: July 21, 2018 at 09:52 AM (#5713447)
Marty Brennaman and Jeff Brantley are awful.
   12. BDC Posted: July 21, 2018 at 11:49 AM (#5713457)
Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks in Texas are fine. Nadel has had quite a career: 39 years in the booth and still alert and intense.

If I have one complaint about radio baseball in the 2010s (and what would a BBTF comment be without a complaint? :) it's that the proliferation of data has made broadcasts minutiae-heavy. It is so tempting to fill airtime by reading the notes about performance splits and other stats that are next to meaningless. But that's just an era adjustment. Years ago when that stuff was far less available, announcers yakked about other stuff.
   13. Perry Posted: July 21, 2018 at 12:58 PM (#5713467)
Eric Nadel and Matt Hicks in Texas are fine.


I remember liking Nadel when I lived in Austin for a few years long ago. I arrived in the late 70s when he teamed up with none other than Jon Miller. Then he was with Mark Holtz for several years. Very good pairings, both of them, and I regularly listened to Rangers games even though I never became a real fan of the team.

Edited for clarity.
   14. PreservedFish Posted: July 21, 2018 at 01:01 PM (#5713469)
Is Jon Miller, age 66, the youngest great announcer?

   15. dlf Posted: July 21, 2018 at 01:11 PM (#5713473)
Less true this year, but recently I've had to travel a lot for work. Listening to a lot of different teams' radio calls has been one of the few good parts about being on the road. Satellite radio really helps.

The Braves radio booth of Don Sutton and Jim Powell is roughly seveny-eleven billion times better than the least Caray and Joe Simpson. Sutton will occasionally get on a pitch count rant, but otherwise they just seem to enjoy the game as it is played now want the audience to enjoy it too.
   16. BDC Posted: July 21, 2018 at 02:07 PM (#5713491)
he was with Mark Holtz for several years. Very good pairings, both of them

Yes, Holtz and Nadel had a lot to do with winning me over to Ranger fandom when I moved here in the late '80s.

To speak a little to Tom's point about the indistinguishable Rockies announcers – Eric Nadel has a fairly high voice, a little nasal, though pleasant: even today he sounds very young. The late Mark Holtz, and now Matt Hicks too, had/have deep voices. The partners complement each other well. It's a minor detail, perhaps, but when everything depends on sound it can be important.
   17. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: July 21, 2018 at 04:02 PM (#5713518)
Years ago when that stuff was far less available, announcers yakked about other stuff.


This is where I love Uecker and Levering. They do indeed get into data, particularly during Levering's innings, but he weaves talk about players and their personalities, not to mention his endless rolodex of stories so well. He's by no means the best PbP guy, but its never an uninteresting broadcast.

Reds and Yanks are easily my least favorite radio crews. Between the lectures, scoldings and being parodies of themselves, it is painful.
   18. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 21, 2018 at 05:06 PM (#5713527)

I lived in London for a couple of years, and I would often fall asleep at night listening to the Mets broadcasts on MLB At Bat (not to say that they were boring, just given the time difference the games usually started around midnight London time).
   19. BobT Posted: July 21, 2018 at 05:21 PM (#5713531)
With Los Angeles' unfortunate TV deal, I could listen to Dodgers games on the radio, but (despite the opinion of one person above)
1) the Dodgers announcers are uniformly terrible: Charlie Steiner, Rick Monday, and Kevin Kennedy
2) I live in a part of L.A. that is right up against the mountains and AM signals don't reach my house well
3) I'm too cheap to get satellite radio.
   20. BobT Posted: July 21, 2018 at 05:21 PM (#5713532)
?
   21. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: July 21, 2018 at 05:30 PM (#5713533)
Satellite radio really is a wonderful thing if you like radio baseball. Particularly if you hate your home town crew, as half the time you get the other broadcast. It has made some cross-country drives a lot more pleasant for me. And you can negotiate them down to $7 or $8/month.

And yes, the Reds' and Yankees' teams are the worst, by a lot. I'd probably say Sterling and Waldman "win," but that might just be my Yankee hatred speaking.
   22. . . . . . . Posted: July 21, 2018 at 05:58 PM (#5713538)
I adore the Yankees and I can’t imagine worse radio announcers than Waldman and Sterling. Waldman is the exception to the rule that calling a woman “shrill” is inherently misogynist.
   23. Leroy Kincaid Posted: July 21, 2018 at 06:15 PM (#5713541)
I listen far more than watch via mlb.com audio. Broadcast teams I try to avoid...

Rays: Too negative and critical (I'm not a Rays fan). And they're always giving their opinions on what the team should be doing, as if anyone gives a sh!t.

Dodgers: Steiner's voice is annoying. Monday has a good voice but isn't nearly as clever as he thinks he is.

Royals: Can't stand Physioc. The other two are fine.

Cubs: Can't stand Coomer. I dig Hughes, though.

Indians: The idiot that screams about everything. Hamilton, I think.

D-Backs: Announcers are fine...Except for when they refer to the 1st baseman as "goldy". Probably the worst nickname since "huddy". I pretty much can't listen to any team that Goldschmidt might play for.

White Sox: Farmer and the black dude (forget his name). Awful.

Yankees: No explanation needed.

Blue Jays. Got that 3-man booth thing, which has probably never not been annoying.

Padres: Perhaps the worst announcer ever. Total clown. Forget the name.

Braves: Sutton is similar to Monday in that he tries to be clever/funny (and fails) far too often.


   24. Joe Bivens is NOT a clueless numpty Posted: July 21, 2018 at 06:34 PM (#5713545)
The Red Sox have Joe Castiglione and whoever replaced Jerry Trupiano. They're ok but you can drive for miles before they'll give the score. The score should be given once every minute or two.
   25. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Fred Posted: July 21, 2018 at 06:49 PM (#5713553)
The Red Sox no longer have the guy who replaced Jerry Trupiano: Dave O'Brien now does the TV broadcast. It's kindof a shame as he was great on radio and it doesn't look like he'll ever adjust to TV. But, all the more reason to listen instead of watch (the guy they got to replace O'Brien (Tim Neverett?) is fine, score-giving aside).
   26. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: July 21, 2018 at 07:23 PM (#5713570)
White Sox: Farmer and the black dude (forget his name). Awful.

Darren Jackson. He learned how to call games by working alongside Hawk Harrelson. Yeah, damn shame that.
   27. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 21, 2018 at 11:02 PM (#5713692)
If you don’t want to pay for satellite radio, the MLB At Bat app will give you access to both teams’ radio feeds for every game, for $19.99 per season or $2.99 per month. It’s a pretty good deal.
   28. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: July 21, 2018 at 11:10 PM (#5713693)
The MLB app is the way to go. Any broadcast, including foreign language.
   29. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: July 22, 2018 at 07:46 AM (#5713719)
Baseball on the radio be the shiznit.
   30. Tim M Posted: July 22, 2018 at 10:15 AM (#5713739)
Joe Castiglione has been the voice of the Red Sox for as long as I've been a fan. Long car rides hearing the exploits of Boggs, Dewey, Rocket. He's 71 now and still going strong, but radio without him will never be the same.
   31. yo la tengo Posted: July 22, 2018 at 12:45 PM (#5713776)
While they are not as fun as the TV team, I think that the Mets radio team does a fine job even in the midst of another depressing season
   32. greenback slays lewks Posted: July 22, 2018 at 03:22 PM (#5713815)
The MLB app is the way to go. Any broadcast, including foreign language.

At least one of the Spanish broadcasts I periodically listen to -- I think it's the Angels' broadcast -- on the MLB app has unusually bad sound quality. It sounds like an AM station from a thousand miles away that I'm receiving through a freak ion storm.

I suppose I should figure this out and send something to MLBAM.
   33. Leroy Kincaid Posted: July 23, 2018 at 06:04 AM (#5713941)
While they are not as fun as the TV team, I think that the Mets radio team does a fine job even in the midst of another depressing season


One man's "fun" is another's "obnoxious".

The Mets' radio broadcast is fine. They get a bit carried away with the pop-culture references, but that doesn't bother me much. What makes me tune out is Rose's habit of thinking he's still hosting a call-in show and going on and on about something or other. And he likes getting on his moral high-horse from time to time.
   34. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 23, 2018 at 07:22 AM (#5713947)
One man's "fun" is another's "obnoxious".

That's true of all broadcasters. Some people will always love "homers" and some people will always hate them. Some people like over the top enthusiasm and some people want Just The Facts, Ma'am. About the only announcer everyone agrees on (more or less) is Scully, and hell, I've seen people here, though not many, even complain about Jon Miller.

Most people around here hate Sterling, but the great majority of Yankees fans look upon him with either amused affection or as simply being One Of Us, nothing more complicated than that. That's either proof that most Yankees fans are crazy or it's proof that some Yankees haters can get upset about the strangest things.
   35. Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: July 23, 2018 at 07:43 AM (#5713953)
That's either proof that most Yankees fans are crazy or it's proof that some Yankees haters can get upset about the strangest things.


Well, I'm certain that every Yankees fan captured here are Sterling and Waldman fans, make of that what you will, Andy ...
   36. dejarouehg Posted: July 23, 2018 at 08:20 AM (#5713959)
If the Mets were just 1/10 as good as their announcers, be it radio or tv, I might be able to tune in more.

Love Pat Hughes. Coomer's voice is a little grating.

Jon Miller is only 66? For how many years?

Sterling/Waldman are certainly acquired tastes. His HR calls are annoying but I have fond memories of him as a kid when he did a sports talk show in the early 70's on WMCA. I ran into him a couple of times when he'd be walking out of the Garden with Kevin Loughery after a game. Regardless of my personal like/dislike of Waldman's announcing style, I have to give her credit. She is a talented singe, has battled back from cancer and is a pioneer for women broadcasters, none of whom I really know/care for other than Doris Burke, who is great.

(I've grown to become a big fan of Howie Rose, though he still owes me a book for answering a trivia question late one night some time between 1986 and 1988. I was doing my fantasy league's baseball stats - by hand(!)/thank you Sporting News - when he asked, "who retired with a perfect batting average with the most at bats?")
   37. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 23, 2018 at 08:43 AM (#5713964)
That's either proof that most Yankees fans are crazy or it's proof that some Yankees haters can get upset about the strangest things.

Well, I'm certain that every Yankees fan captured here are Sterling and Waldman fans, make of that what you will, Andy ...


What I make of the rant on that link is that either KFC shows minor talent as a parodist or that he gets upset about the strangest things.
   38. Hysterical & Useless Posted: July 26, 2018 at 02:35 PM (#5716425)

I've grown to become a big fan of Howie Rose


I've always liked him simply because he's a guy who decided early in life what his ambition was, was able to achieve it, and still seems genuinely thrilled by it.
   39. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: July 26, 2018 at 03:12 PM (#5716460)
The Braves radio booth of Don Sutton and Jim Powell is roughly seveny-eleven billion times better than the least Caray and Joe Simpson. Sutton will occasionally get on a pitch count rant, but otherwise they just seem to enjoy the game as it is played now want the audience to enjoy it too.


I roll my eyes whenever Powell complains about the umpiring, but overall they are pleasant. They also seem to go out of their way to praise personnel in road ballparks, which I like.

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