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Who listened to nationals on the web?(6 posts)

Who listened to nationals on the web?rrbfun
Dec 15, 2002 8:29 PM
I thought some of the anouncing was lame but over all pretty cool.
I listened, was kinda weirdSwat Dawg
Dec 15, 2002 10:29 PM
I was listening, but it was kinda weird. It is an interesting idea, but it is really hard to wrap your mind around what is going on compared to say a basketball game or something. I don't know cycling seems to have a specific visual nature, maybe because we don't have the ability to explain what is going in on the terrain. I basketball you just talk about court left, right, pass, shot from elbow, stuff like that. Cycling seems just difficult. In any case, it was kinda cool listening to the broadcast. I can't imagine being those announcers cause they were yellin' an awful lot. I would have gone hoarse after 2 minutes. They worked hard, and I can appreciate at least that much. I don't think it would work with anything other than CX or maybe downhill stuff. MTB XC or long road races would be boring. But then again, MTB XC is actually kinda boring to watch on T.V. and I am mainly a MTBers. What can we do? Go ride, that's my vote. Only if my professors didn't give so much damn work.

Swat Dawg
re: Who listened to nationals on the web?Eric Marshall
Dec 16, 2002 5:24 AM
I did too, with the same impressions as already mentioned,
too much yelling, campy cliche sayings. I mean, how many times do we have to hear "Oh the humanity" :-) At least after the race *I* was dry!
Sounded like the same guys...Wayne
Dec 16, 2002 5:25 AM
that announced nationals at Baltimore last year.
Someone needs to tell them that screaming is not the appropriate way to generate excitement amongst listeners, it's just annoying!
Sounds like they didn't have any easy job filling air time since I got the impression that they could only see the race through the S/F area and one of the pits. Ironic when cyclo-cross is the one cycling sport that is amenable to radio announcing without TV coverage if the course is designed with that in mind.
Sounded like the same guys...Ludo
Dec 16, 2002 5:13 PM
well you definitely have to give them credit for trying. I thought it was funny that the same anouncer who was always yelling kept repeating the same phrase over and over. "Wells passed Brown, Wells passed Brown, Wells passed Brown, Wells passed Brown." You know I heard you the first time you said it.
Sounded like the same guys...lvonmoss
Dec 17, 2002 12:20 PM
I listened to it and enjoyed it. I thought it was cool that they just pumped in the live announcers, especially since I recognized the voices from last year in Baltimore. So I almost felt like I was there. Having raced on and off for over 20 years, just to be able to listen to a race LIVE on the internet/radio for the first time seemed like a major leap forward, regardless of what one thought of the announcing.

I was just waiting for some type of technical difficulty, but it never really came. At least on their end it didn't. I lost my internet connection once and had to reboot. Their only problem was Tom Simpson's mike cutting out in the men's race (batteries getting low after the women's race?).

My only criticisms would be that it seemed weird that seconds after the frantic men's start, they cut to some non race-related interview. And they never ran through the top 10 or 20 unofficial placings, even though they seemed to be at a loss for filler material between the race finish and the podium awards.