A tweet this week asked if a specific baseball radio announcer did anything other than check the out of town scoreboard. I responded that yes, she also contributes by giggling at her broadcast partner.
It's funny how broadcast partners come in all shapes, sizes and variations. Some teams are the best of friends; others merely tolerate each other.
I was once familiar with a duo calling games in the New York Penn League. They both had the same first name, Rick. We referred to one as "Professional Rick," - he showed up to games prepared and dressed for success. His partner, also named Rick, was "Unprofessional Rick," - he appeared just before the first pitch, unshaven in jeans and a t-shirt. Both we good guys, and together they complemented each other nicely.
I've heard stories about ambivalent radiocasters, and one who actually spends his time between innings reading novels. He really couldn't care less about baseball.
Other broadcasters travel the entire season together but can't stand each other. While I've always worked with broadcasters who were good friends, I once had a time where my broadcast partner and I didn't talk for a few days - other than on the air. Makes for a unique dynamic when you spend 3 hours in close quarters, plus time together on the bus.
Broadcast teams come in all flavors and on-air chemistry is ultimately all that matters.
How would you rate the chemistry of your favorite broadcast team?
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