I consider myself to be a very lucky person. The radio was my main source of professional baseball knowledge for the first 15 years of my adult life. As a Philadelphia Phillies fan, it was a blessing to have grown up listening and learning from Richie Ashburn and Harry Kalas.
I have also heard the voices of Harry Caray and Vin Scully as well as Jack Buck, Jack Buck, Bob Uecker. Through satellite radio, I have been able to listen to every major league broadcast on my XM radio.
What is it that radio broadcasters are better at than others? There are some things that set them apart from the rest and I would like to share them now.
“The pitch to Gonzalez has been made downstairs for a baseball.” This kind of statement is repeated throughout a nine-inning baseball game. Although it is very innocent, it is what follows that that really makes the difference.
Many great broadcasters fill this time with silence. This is key to their success. They know that they don’t have to be a constant harp about their personal opinions or stats. They allow the listener instead to hear the crowd and visualize the scene, anticipating the next pitch.
“We are in the bottom fifth inning with one out, and the Cubs lead the Phillies 5-3.” If you’re a Cubs or Phillies fan, and have just turned on the radio for the first time, you will be thankful for this sentence. This allows you to instantly get up-to-date with the game.
I can recall hearing a broadcaster say a few years back that he used place an hourglass beside him in the booth. He did this because he was curious. He did this because every time the hourglass was empty, it reminded him of his obligation to keep his listeners updated with the inning as well as the score 무료스포츠중계.
I have listened to a lot of baseball games in which announcers spent more time telling stories that discussing the game. It can be frustrating to hear about family life, old stories, and birthday celebrations when you just want to listen to a baseball game.
C. They love their team without dramatizing it
“Longggggggg Drive deep right field, outta there homerun Mike Schmidt”, and “Oh Brother”, respectively.
These are the emotions that I recall from my childhood. They were given to me by Harry and Richie, and they will stay with me forever. These phrases are so important to me that I wonder if they were part of my daily broadcasts.
Richie and Harry saved their most dramatic comments for the right times. They were able to recognize when an important event was occurring and give their emotional reaction. You’ll be able to see the difference if you listen to Brent Musburger on television or radio.
Great announcers love their team. It is evident in their voices when things are going well and when they go sour. Their emotions do not affect the broadcast’s integrity. It actually makes them more relatable to their hometown fans who look forward to that dramatic ninth-inning strikeout call.