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Wanna avoid George Grande?

Sure, we all do! I thought this was interesting:

Reds officials confirmed last week that the club is intentionally delaying the radio broadcast this season in order to synchronize announcers’ radio descriptions with the Fox Sports Net Ohio telecasts on cable or satellite.

In previous seasons, Reds Radio broadcasts have been several seconds ahead of the TV picture.

The move is geared toward Reds fans who like to watch games on TV, but listen to radio announcers Marty and Thom Brennaman and Jeff Brantley.

I don’t know why anyone would want to listen to Brantley — he’s awful — but I would definitely prefer Marty and Thom over George Grande. Truthfully, I’d rather listen to Marty, Thom, and Chris Welsh, but we can’t always get what we want.

And fans who bring radios to Great American Ball Park may experience up to a nine-second delay between what they see and hear.

“It’s not as an enjoyable an experience, if they tell you on radio about the action after it happens. What’s the use of bringing a radio to the game?” says Mary Lynn Knochelman, 47, from Delhi Township.

The delay has been obvious at the ball park during this homestand. On Tuesday night, as Adam Dunn coasted into second base with a double, radio announcer Thom Brennaman was just announcing that Dunn had hit the ball.

In another instance, catcher David Ross was already in the dugout by the time announcer Jeff Brantley called a third strike on the radio.

Marty Brennaman said he suggested the delay several years ago to make Reds Radio more appealing to the vast TV audience. He said Reds officials decided to implement the delay this season, after the club took over Reds Radio network advertising and marketing in its new five-year deal with flagship WLW-AM (700).

“The ball club realizes the importance of doing this,” he said.

And he knows that the 20,000 fans at the ball park won’t hear a timely description of the action.

“This is a small trade-off compared to all the people watching on TV in what we used to call ‘Reds Country.’ It’s the price you have to make to make this work,” Marty Brennaman said.

I took an XM Radio to a game between the Nationals and Mariners a couple of years ago when I was in DC, because the Reds were playing at the same time. During breaks in the Reds game, I turned the radio to the Nationals game and it was difficult to listen to, since there was a delay of several seconds between the action and the description.

Then again, I’ve never been one of those people who take a radio to a game in order to listen to the announcers describe what I’m watching. Lots of people like to do that, though.

Monty Farmer, 52, of Clermont County’s Union Township – who prefers the Brennamans over Reds TV announcer George Grande – said when they happen, radio delays are “annoying, because you already know what has happened.”

Knochelman said Reds Radio was in sync with FSN Ohio on her Dish Network last week.

Reinberger called the audio delay “an experiment,” and invited fans to e-mail comments to him at breinberger@reds.com”>breinberger@reds.com.

“We are monitoring the reaction,” he says. “If we got overwhelming feedback, or a bunch of comments, we might talk about switching it back. But we haven’t.”

Had any of you noticed the delay prior to today?

6 thoughts on “Wanna avoid George Grande?

  1. I had noticed it, but figured it was some FCC nonsense. Plus, having just moved back to the area after over 10 years, I didn’t know it was new.

  2. Yeah, I’ve noticed it since I can’t stand to listen to Grande. Welsh does a fine job, but GG? No.

    Regardless, I’m watching right now, and despite what that article says, the radio broadcast is STILL delayed – about 4 to 5 seconds from what I’m actually seeing on TV.

    VERY irritating (but still better than George).

    😉 😉

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  4. Are the delays different between cable and satellite and over-the-air radio vs. internet (or satellite) radio?

  5. They could do what drive-in movie theaters do…broadcast the game over a close range frequency so people within the park can hear the play-by-play in real time.

  6. Exactly GregD. I also hope a close range frequency could be created within Great American Ballpark so fans there could once again hear the game LIVE! To answer your previous question as to whether the delays are different on cable vs. satellite, I’m pretty sure they are. I have evidence that cable is slower than satellite. My proof. Watching FSNO on Satellite, but talking on the phone during the game to a friend who has Time Warner. I’ve told her home runs were hit, while the batters were still at the plate for her.

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