Ready for a great quartet of playoff football? Superb matchups; Voices expected to sparkle
By David J. Halberstam   01/21/2022   1
On a short drive this morning, I figuratively hopped across the over-the-air radio dial and a dozen or so SiriusXM channels. Invariably, the topic of conversation was this weekend’s quadrupleheader of NFL games. It took a New York second for the topic of the playoffs to be raised.
Locally, here in South Florida, rabble-rousing, morning-drive, sports host might appeal to some, not me. Joe Rose is also very superficial, so I stuck with Adam Schein who knows his football and brings more depth and warmth than Joe.
Later, I got back in the car on a warm Fort Lauderdale day and picked the absolute wrong time to have SiriusXM on-air. What I got was, hit over the air with The Pat McAfee Show which runs during the day and brims with sickening profanity. So I put on commercial-free music. SirusXM doesn’t need the dough and the marred reputation that goes with those filth speakers.
I always loved Chris Russo and his eponymous Mad Dog Channel. I can say that on-air or off, I’ve ever heard him curse. So now the talented and well followed Mad Dog is preceded the repulsive McAfee.
The radio play-by-play broadcasters this weekend are generally solid. Kevin Harlan is indisputably the best od the four. The best of the national radio play-by-players this weekend are 1) Kevin Harlan 2) Dave Pasch 3) Ryan Radtke and 4) Kevin Kugler. The issue with Westwood is it’s unnecessarily overproduced and too many voices.
David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.