Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Radio Daze

42,346.8-time Emmy Winner Jim Williams reports that the Nats are close to signing a multi-year deal to stay on 1500 AM. Under the deal, the Nats would buy airtime, but retain the right to sell advertising. It's similar to the arrangement they've had the last few years. Hopefully next time, their ad sales dept will do a better job selling commercials so we don't have to listen to those same three stupid Nats ads over and over and over and over again.

One interesting note from the column... he points out that the Nats will receive around $50 million from TV broadcasts (local and national) alone. Keep that in mind when they're putting a $70 million payroll out there next year.

Meister Williams also laments the loss of Bob Carpenter:
In the ironic category, Dave Maffei of the San Diego-based daily North County Times recently ranked the best local broadcasting teams in baseball. Coming in second behind Los Angeles Dodgers legend Vin Scully? The Nats' team of Bob Carpenter and Don Sutton, whom he called “outstanding.” Shame they won't be together in 2008, as it was announced Carpenter will not be back.

One catch. Here's that article by the esteemed Dr. Melfi. Although the Nationals are listed second, there's no indication that they're ranked second on the list, as Williams contends. While Dr. Melfi does use the superlatives Williams describes, read through the entire list. In Melfi's world, all TV announcers are from Lake Wobegon, and nobody's below average. So take that for what it's worth (not much).

He also drops a bomb, intimating that Chip Caray is being connected with the Nats job.

Ordinarily, this would have me worried, but since it's Jim Williams reporting it, I fully expect that the next time I hear from Chip, it'll be through the speaker at the drive-in window.


  • apropos of nothing:

    Does anyone share my view that the new lineup of broadcasters for Monday night football on ESPN is the pits?

    Kornheiser is the worst, IMHO, and the other two are merely bush.

    Au contraire, Sunday night is in good hands with Michaels and Madden.

    I am tired of Miller and Morgan on Sunday night BB. New blood would be appreciated.

    Don't discount the Chip Caray report.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/26/2007 1:26 PM  

  • Ladies and Gentlemen, Larry King comments on my blog!

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 9/26/2007 1:28 PM  

  • Perhaps we are seeing the division of territory in the Nats' front office more clearly defined: Bowden gets to bring along all his former Reds players and Kasten gets to bring in his former Braves broadcasters.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/26/2007 2:24 PM  

  • JohnR-
    Definitely agree with you about Kornheiser. He is a good columnist but has no business doing color during live games.
    I have no problem with Miller and Morgan, though. They are both professional and extemely knowledgable about the game.

    By Blogger Rob B, at 9/26/2007 4:58 PM  

  • Rob:

    No dispute about the professionalism of Miller and Morgan. I just would like to hear some new voices. Actually, I'd love to have Joe Angel join Miller. They were quite a pair in Balto.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/26/2007 6:46 PM  

  • Does anyone know why Carpener was fired? I thought he was a pretty good companion to Sutton. A bit too much of a 'homer' for me, and often a bit dull, flat; but he could also make some honest, astute, and even critical observations.

    The Evil Angelos fired Miller, I understand, for being too critical of the Os. I would hate to see anything like that down here. What are the criteria?

    I love Sutton, glad he's staying. He's knowledgeable yet funny. Serious about what should be serious, but unlike, say McCarver, doesn't take himself, or the game too seriously, and doesn't talk too much. Best of all, I learn something from him nearly every game.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 9/26/2007 10:08 PM  

  • Well, he wasn't fired. His contract ran out, and they didn't renew. Same difference, in effect.

    I don't know the exact reasons, but I can guess. First, they didn't hire him in the first place. Second, there were lots of fans who didn't like him and sounded off on blogs and messageboards. Third, he knocked up Debi Taylor.

    OK, I made one of those up.

    By Blogger Chris Needham, at 9/26/2007 10:10 PM  

  • For what its worth, I lived in chicago about 10 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed Chip Caray and Steve Stone in the booth. If Chip is coming, I've got no issues with it.

    now if it was Skip Caray, that'd be another story...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/27/2007 8:29 AM  

  • In regard to the 50 million from the TV contract, add that to the 30-50 million they will pull from the gate next year, and the 50+ million they will get from the luxury tax (not to mention the 30 million rainy day fund). 130-180 million in revenue next year and only 70-75 million on payroll? hmm 70-105 million in the pockets of the owners. Not a bad return on a 400 million investment. Same pretty much goes for this year.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/27/2007 10:50 AM  

  • OMG - Monday night football is totally UNWATCHABLE with the current lineup.

    Tony "Let me get back to that point after being distracted by the game" Kornheiser has got to go.

    I only wathed the 'skins game - and won't watch another. Kornheiser is playing it like its purely his show and the game is incidental.

    By Blogger Ray Firsching, at 9/27/2007 11:11 AM  

  • Chris, great point about the same three ads on the radio broadcast. I mean I know that the advertisers like repetitions for radio ads, but if you listened to even 1/2 of the games on radio -- and I'm more like 3/4ths -- you really learn to hate those advertisers. I definitely turned off games in the second half of the season because I couldn't take listening to the same ads anymore.

    Superwindows -- ugh. Heineken keg can -- sigh. "Get medieval on that grass" -- I actually liked that one the first few times out, but can't stand it anymore.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 9/27/2007 4:32 PM  

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