Ready for a great quartet of playoff football? Superb matchups; Voices expected to sparkle

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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.
Info below courtesy of Eye on Sky and Air Sports  –  Here’s the TV and radio detail for the weekend:
Saturday, January 22
4:30 PM- Cincinnati Bengals at Tennessee Titans  
CBS, PARA+: Ian Eagle, Trent Green, Evan Washburn 
CBS SAP: Benny Ricardo 
Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Tony Boselli, Laura Okmin 
Hispanic – Entravision: Ricardo Celis, Tony Nuñez
8:15 PM- San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers
FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi
FXDEP: Jorge Pérez-Navarro, Rolando Cantú
FOX SAP: Pepe Mantilla 
Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, James Lofton, Ben Leber 
Entravision: Ricardo Celis, Tony Nuñez
Sunday, January 23

3 PM- Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NBC, Peacock: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, Kathryn Tappen 
UNVSO: Carlos Mauricio Ramírez, Jorge Andrés
NBC SAP: Edgar López, René Giraldo
Westwood One: Dave Pasch, Ross Tucker, Mike Golic 
Entravision: Ricardo Celis, Tony Nuñez
6:30 PM- Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Chiefs
CBS, PARA+: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson, Jay Feely 
CBS SAP: Armando Quintero 
Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Trent Green, Olivia Dekker 
Entravision: Ricardo Celis, Tony Nuñez
David J. Halberstam

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.

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Michael Green
2 years ago

I think of Red Barber saying he tried to avoid swearing off the air for fear of doing it on the air. I think of Duane Kuiper saying one of Jon Miller’s funniest things was “Obscene Vin,” which he obviously didn’t do publicly, and Kuiper saying that he’s never heard Vin swear, and it’s the only time he ever heard Miller swear. Not that people can’t cuss. But if you are an announcer, for heaven’s sake, you really ought to have enough words in your vocabulary to get by without it.