All sportscasting has gotten too chatty. They show "classic" (ie from when I was teen and college
kid) Mets games on cable here. Much better when Kiner and McCarver kept the banter pretty minimal.
And they were considered chatty in their day. Nowadays, it's non-stop, like the audience needs the
game hyped just to stayed tuned. I found a little secret, at least for Mets games -- the Spanish
simulcast is much less talkative. Plus, it's a good way to improve Spanish skills.
I won't even get into the inane "crawlers" all over the screen taking away details and distracting
further from the game being played.
Listening to baseball on the radio has become too annoying to bother. Non-stop onslaught of the same
old words. No time to form a mind-picture due to the incredibly high s/n of the information being
----- Original Message -----
From: "phillip holmes" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2006 9:29 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Classical Radio, was [ARSCLIST] Mercury co-founder Irving Green passes
> To take this one step further... Why is it that the local news will send out some pretty face to
> the police station, court house, accident scene, etc..., late in the evening, to give a live
> report hours and hours after the news is no longer news. And sending out some poor soul to say,
> "yes, there is ice on the overpass and it's really cold out here, back to you John and Gloria".
> But the bane of my sports watching is the pretty face who does sideline reporting. "John, Coach
> Parcells says that if they play better than the other team, and score more points, they might win
> the game. He said that the defense has to stop the other team and the offense has to get on a
> roll. Back to you." Sigh! Eyes rolled back in head! Thank God for my PVR!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "steven c" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2006 8:17 PM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Classical Radio, was [ARSCLIST] Mercury co-founder Irving Green passes
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
>>> My own pet peeve is a news broadcast where they're talking to someone on a
>> satellite phone. The
>>> information is so inaudible as to be not worth hearing live. Why not have
>> a producer get the salient
>>> details and then read them over the air? Videophones are one step worse,
>> but cable news channels are
>>> the bottom dwellers in the brackish pond of broadcast journalism.
>>> Cellphones have introduced a whole new level of inaudibility to phone
>> conversations. I try to avoid
>>> them whenever possible.
>> Well, being about nine days older than dirt (and twice as polluted!) I
>> can recall back when international (usually European) reports were, I
>> always thought, transmitted by short-wave radio...complete with fading,
>> phasing problems and CW or RTTY QRM in the background...
>> Steven C. Barr