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Monday, January 27, 2014

FFF: Prince: Stay Broadcast Team Stay

Just as John Turturro channeled the sentiments of disgruntled Wagner voter R. Cucco twenty years ago, his same I-mean-business tone would suit my sentiments presently where the machinations of WOR and, apparently, the Mets themselves are concerned.

I am a man of sometimes many words but I will come straight to the point. I am a loyal consumer of your product. I WANT HOWIE ROSE AND JOSH LEWIN DESCRIBING IT TO ME ON RADIO. I don’t want any excuses from you or any of your people at Clear Channel. I WANT HOWIE AND JOSH BROADCASTING METS GAMES and you can do it by signing them to contracts for the 2014 season and many seasons beyond. You had better get it done or…

Oh, damn, this is where my 50,000 watts of Turturroan indignation turn to static because I am a consumer of your product and you SOBs (that’s Students of Broadcasting, I hope) probably assume a fan like me might raise a fuss over disagreeable details but will ultimately tune in when I need to hear the Mets on the radio because, well, I need to hear the Mets on the radio. You smugly believe that since I put up with Tom McCarthy for two years and Wayne Hagin for four more that you can, for reasons not at all understood by me, potentially replace an announcer I’ve come to enjoy and not pay a price for it.

The price is my goodwill, but perhaps that’s not dollars-and-sensical enough for you to care.

That’s too bad. If you don’t keep Howie and Josh together, I will view it and hear it as an abuse of my trust. It may not mean a thing to your pocketbook in the short term, because I can’t swear I’d ease my foot off the going-to-games gas pedal in any meaningful way or even resist the temptation of orange-and-blue merchandise if there’s a spiffy new item that catches my eye. Yet I will be genuinely pissed off. And I’ll remember it. And somewhere along the way, you’ll have whittled away at our team-fan relationship.

Thanks to Butch.

Repoz Posted: January 27, 2014 at 06:00 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Elvis Posted: January 27, 2014 at 09:53 AM (#4646677)
I bend over backwards to watch the games on TV in no small part due to GKR. But when I do listen to the radio, I just don't get the love for Josh Lewin. Yeah, he's an upgrade over Wayne Hagin but that wasn't a very high bar to clear.

I don't like his voice and I think he defers too much to Howie. I just don't think they make a great team. It seem they co-exist more then they blend.
   2. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: January 27, 2014 at 01:11 PM (#4646798)
Lewin does Chargers football on the radio using a fake gravely tough guy voice that is impossible not to chuckle at. His catchphrase "Move those chains!" Is equally cringeworthy. I don't get him either.
   3. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: January 27, 2014 at 02:26 PM (#4646847)
Lewin does Chargers football on the radio using a fake gravely tough guy voice that is impossible not to chuckle at. His catchphrase "Move those chains!" Is equally cringeworthy. I don't get him either.


Think he is a decent baseball announcer (at least when he was on Fox). Nothing spectacular, but not terrible either (damning with faint praise, I guess?). I've only heard him a few times on Chargers broadcasts, but man, he needs to tone it down a notch. He calls every 2 yard gain by the RB like it is a touchdown. My wife was in the car with me one day and heard him screaming and asked me if the team did something good and it was seriously a 2 yard gain or something like that.

   4. Dr. Vaux Posted: January 27, 2014 at 04:05 PM (#4646932)
Most local NFL broadcasters are that way. It's what the league cultivates.
   5. JJ1986 Posted: January 27, 2014 at 05:48 PM (#4646982)
I almost never listen to football on the radio, but I caught a random Patriots game this year and the announcers were unbelievably bad. They talked way too fast, called what was happening only when they felt like it and spent most of the time complaining about calls that went against them months earlier. Whenever a call went against the team, they referenced the push on the field goal that was called against the Jets as though it were the worst thing in the world ignoring that it was a correct call.
   6. Bruce Markusen Posted: January 27, 2014 at 06:53 PM (#4647013)
I think most of the support is for Rose, who is an absolute gem on Mets broadcasts. I don't know of anyone who knows Mets history any better than Howie.

His play-by-play is solid and down the middle, too. It would be a crime for the Mets to drop him from their broadcasts.
   7. john_halfz Posted: January 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM (#4647323)
In the case of the Mets, you deal with Josh to get Howie. And if you tune in early, you get Ed Coleman grousing about the weather. Very solid. Not nearly Bob Murphy, but by 2014's standards, pretty darn good.

Over in the Bronx, on the other hand, you've got the best advertisement I can imagine for the value of learning Spanish.

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