I wish I could remember who it was that wrote the blog that inspired this piece, but I want to publicly thank him (her??) for it.
Where to begin?? Aye, there's the eternal question when it comes to sportscasters. Where are those voices from our childhood, those voices that could keep an audience enraptured and glued to their radios (or TVs)??
Anyway...as I was saying, I read a blog the other night that talked about Vin Scully, the (somewhat) ageless voice of the Dodgers for over 50 years. Not many people know that Vin actually began his stint back in Brooklyn, learning at the feet of Red Barber. (Yes, it's been that long.) In reading this blog, it got me to thinking. The voices we all grew up with listening to...gone.
I don't care where you are, you have to admit I have a point here. The storytellers in broadcasting...the Mel Allens, the Ernie Harwells, the Chick Hearns, the Johnny Mosts, even the Ken Squiers of this world...are either dead, fired, pushed out, or marginalized today. What replaces them?? Comedians.
Think about it for a moment: is there one announcer anywhere across the broadcast spectrum, that can keep an audience hanging on their every word?? If the crickets are chirping in your head right now, you've answered my question for me. But, that's why I write on here--to make people think.
Sure, I could rant and rave...but what does it accomplish, really?? If I can get just one person in FanNation to think about what I put up here, then I've accomplished more than I could ever dream of in life. And that's what this group is for: a dropping-off point for an exchange of diverse opinions, DEVOID of propaganda.
But to do that, I have to have members. You can't have diverse opinions on here, if you don't join. Whether anyone cares to admit it or not, the Internet is the last bastion of free speech left in America. Screw this up. folks, and I hate to think where we'll be by the end of this decade.
It's in your hands. (Christ, I went "off-topic" yet again. Focus, dammit, focus...)