I consider myself a very fortunate human being. Over the course of the first fifteen years of my life I learned most of my professional baseball knowledge over the radio. Being a Philadelphia Phillies fan, I was lucky to have grown up listening to two of the best broadcasters in the game in Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn. 사설토토
I’ve also had the opportunity to hear the voices of Harry Caray, Vin Scully, Jack Buck and Bob Uecker. Recently, through the beauty of satellite radio, I’ve been able to pick up every major league broadcast on my XM radio.
What do the great radio broadcasters do better than everyone else? Well, there are a few things that separate them from the pack and I’d like to share them with you now.
A. Dead Air
“The pitch to Gonzalez is downstairs for a ball.” This type of statement is made constantly throughout the course of a nine inning baseball game. It is quite innocent in and of itself, but it’s what comes after these words that makes the difference.
Your great broadcasters will often fill this time by not saying anything. This is a key element to their success. They understand that they do not have to talk incessantly about what is on their stat sheet or their personal opinions. On the contrary, they allow the listener to hear the crowd, visualize the scene and anticipate the next pitch.
B. When these folks do talk, it’s generally to update you on the game
“We’re in the bottom of the fifth inning, with one out and the Cubs are leading the Phillies 5-3.” Now if you are a Phillies or Cubs fan and you’ve just recently turned the radio on, you’re thankful for a sentence such as this. It gives you an opportunity to instantly become up to date with the game.
A few years ago I remember listening to a broadcaster, whose name I don’t recall, state that he used to place an hourglass right beside him in the booth. Why did he do this? Well, he did so because every time the hourglass emptied it reminded him to update his listeners with the inning and the score.
I’ve listened to more than my fair share of baseball games where the announcers spent more time telling stories than discussing the game. It is extremely frustrating to hear about family lives, old time stories and birthday celebrations, when all you really want to do is listen to a ballgame.
C. They love their teams, without over dramatizing everything
“Longggggggg Drive deep left field, outta here homerun Mike Schmidt”, “Oh Brother”, “Harry, I don’t believe what I just saw.”
As I reflect back on the memories of my childhood, these are some of the emotional phrases that come to mind. Harry and Richie gave them to me and I’ll never forget them. But I often wonder how important these phrases would have been to me if they had been part of the everyday broadcasts.
You see, Harry and Richie saved their most dramatic statements for the right moments. They knew the game well enough to know when something extremely important had happened that needed to be recognized with an emotional voice. Unfortunately, not all sports announcers have this same sense, just spend a few minutes listening to Brent Musburger on radio or television and you’ll know what I mean.
The great announcers love their teams. You can hear it in their voices when things go right and when things go wrong. Yet, their emotion does not ruin the integrity of the broadcast. As a matter of fact, it endears them to the hometown fan who comes to anticipate that dramatic ninth inning base hit/strikeout call that tells them that their squad has emerged victorious.