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Tue Jul 24 2:51 pm  #1


Do The Buffalo Sabres Radio Broadcasts Consist Of Just The TV Audio?

Is this true? According to a report on a sports media website, the Carolina Hurricanes have fired their radio broadcaster of 39 years and will just use the audio from the TV side this coming season instead. The site indicates two other teams already do this – Dallas and Buffalo.
 
If that’s true, I’m a little confused as to how that works. They must do replays of controversial moments during the game – how do you manage to “see” that on radio? I can’t imagine, for example, how if the Jays were to fire their radio crew, the Sportsnet TV audio would work without listeners being able to see the visuals.

There is a great deal of difference between radio and TV coverage as far as sports are concerned. Those with pictures often have to say far less because the viewer can see what just happened. Whereas radio people have to paint a picture with words, so the listener can envision it. And never the twain shall meet. 
 
I certainly hope this isn’t the beginning of yet another ill advised cost cutting trend. But if it works for three teams, how long can it be before it spreads elsewhere? Ted Darling must be turning over in his grave.

 

Tue Jul 24 3:27 pm  #2


Re: Do The Buffalo Sabres Radio Broadcasts Consist Of Just The TV Audio?

It wouldn't surprise me.  How many times (especially back in the analogue TV days when this was quite doable without much of a delay between them) have you heard of folks watching the baseball game on TV but turning the sound down and using the radio feed instead?

I'm kind of surprised this isn't more widespread.  As long as the announcers are mindful that some of their audience may not have benefit of the visuals,  (so no, "as you can see on the bottom right of your screen") it should work out just fine.

 

 

Tue Jul 24 4:49 pm  #3


Re: Do The Buffalo Sabres Radio Broadcasts Consist Of Just The TV Audio?

RA -- don't you remember when Leapin' Lou was going to kick Joe Bowen and Jim Ralph off the team plane? That was 3 short years ago. Bowen & Ralph were slated to do Leaf away radio broadcasts while sitting in a studio in Toronto. There was outrage and rightly so but the story goes that neither Bell nor Rogers were willing to pick up the 2 hundred thousand dollar travel tab for the pair. Eventually saner heads prevailed. 

So what Buffalo & the others are doing here is likely to become more common and I'm betting just about every team "wishes" they could do likewise or at least a reasonable facsimilie of same.

Bottom line -- penny pinching bastards...











 

Last edited by unclefester (Tue Jul 24 4:53 pm)


"I'll kick your ass down Yonge Street"... CFTR's Robert Holiday circa 1979...
 

Tue Jul 24 7:32 pm  #4


Re: Do The Buffalo Sabres Radio Broadcasts Consist Of Just The TV Audio?

The Sabres have been simulcasting their games on radio and TV for nearly 20 years.  When Rick Jeanneret calls the games, you notice the pace of the play by play is slower compared to when he called the games exclusively for radio.  Using the same cadence for a simulcast that you used for radio would translate poorly to TV. 

The color commentary is similar on the simulcast as it was on radio.  I am not sure how it translates to TV since the Sabres regional telecasts are not available in Canada.

 

Wed Jul 25 5:30 am  #5


Re: Do The Buffalo Sabres Radio Broadcasts Consist Of Just The TV Audio?

Chuck99 wrote:

 
I am not sure how it translates to TV since the Sabres regional telecasts are not available in Canada.

https://www.nhl.com/sabres/news/southern-ontario-is-now-sabres-country/c-685981
 

 

Wed Jul 25 2:43 pm  #6


Re: Do The Buffalo Sabres Radio Broadcasts Consist Of Just The TV Audio?

Thanks for the link, but I think I will decline the offer, because the Sabres are not a very good hockey team

 

Wed Jul 25 3:10 pm  #7


Re: Do The Buffalo Sabres Radio Broadcasts Consist Of Just The TV Audio?

But you can oinly get those games if you live between Niagara Falls/Fort Erie and Stoney Creek.  It's not available outside that area.
 

 

Wed Jul 25 5:46 pm  #8


Re: Do The Buffalo Sabres Radio Broadcasts Consist Of Just The TV Audio?

I live in the Niagara Peninsula, so I could purchase the package, if the team ever becomes watchable.