I listened to the Westwood One radio broadcast last night. Announcers Ryan Radtke, the play-by-player, and his analyst Mike Golic did a nice job overall. Both men cut their teeth on radio. Radtke needs to pause more frequently, holler a bit less and slow down a bit more.
This past Monday night Westwood didn’t run the American national anthem (unless I missed, it but I don’t think I did). Still, it came back in time to air for the Mexican version. During the period that it was away the network ran spots. It’s these inexplicable priorities during the pre-game commentary was a flaw of the production team. Play the foreign anthem and not ours. Why?
Radtke delivers a rich word-picture but his tenor is a bit too exuberant and exhausting for my taste. His play-by-play, a bit quick, yet he’ll never put you to sleep.
This long holiday weekend, Fox gets the doubleheader and CBS the single game. Thursday, each gets an afternoon matchup.
Thanksgiving Day and evening (distribution at 100 % – ESPN 75 million subscription)
Thanksgiving Early: Buffalo @ Detroit (CBS; Jim Nantz, Tony Romo) 12:30
Thanksgiving Late: NY Giants @ Dallas (FOX; Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen) 4:30
Thanksgiving Night: New England @ Minnesota (NBC; Mike Tirico, Jason Garrett, Tony Dungy, Melissa Stark) 8:20
Sunday Night: Green Bay @ Philadelphia (NBC) 8:20; Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Tony Dungy, Melissa Stark) 8:20
Monday Night: Pittsburgh @ Indianapolis (ESPN) 8:15; Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Suzy Kolber
Games run at 1PM except as noted
FOX EARLY – 1PM
█ LA Rams @ Kansas City – Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen (4:25 PM) (92% – 187 stations)
█ New Orleans @ San Francisco – Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez (4:25 PM) (8% – 52 stations)