I was listening to the Braves game a few days ago and was enjoying listening to the radio crew do the game. It brought back memories of days when Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubeck and Joe Garigiola did the NBC Baseball Game of the Week. Days when announcers actually announced the games and described the action. Not who they went to dinner with, what they ate and what they talked about. Which sometimes didn't pertain to anything about the game or teams they were broadcasting.
Joe Buck does a good job for both baseball and football. I had my apprehensions when he first came along because I thought who he got the job by who he knew rather than his ability. I now realize he has talent and does an outstanding job for both sports. Buck and Tim McCarver are a good combination and I enjoy the way they describe a game. Marty Brennenam has been with the Cincinnati Reds forever and has continued to do a fantastic job in that capacity. Bill Rosinzki, formerly with the Carolina Panthers, is one of my all time favorites for doing football. He calls the game like I would if I were doing it. He got excited when they did well and you felt his pain when they didn't or had an untimely penalty. While he The same goes for Charlie MacAlexander, formerly of the South Carolina radio network. He did both football and basektball and did the same kind of job that Rosinzki did. I grew up listening to Don Fischer of the Indiana Hoosiers radio network. He is one of the broadcasters I tried to emulate when I started broadcasting games back in the mid '80's. I remember Bob Lamey (now with the Colts) doing Indianapolis Racers games of the old WHA. He is a true professional. All of these broadcasters give a certain slant to the home team (and rightfully so) but when the home team did something wrong, they would criticize also.
I heard an interview this week with Eli Gold of the Crimson Tide and Nascar say that sports radio broadcasting is a lot better medium than TV. The radio guys have to go back to "old school broadcasts" of actually describing the action for you. It seems like most of the TV people these days want to just talk during the game rather than describe the action. If I want conversation, I'll listen to my wife. I want to hear what's going on with the game.
Who are some of your favorite announcers from the past or present.?