The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

A reason to keep your transistor radio

Posted by disappointmentzone on 31 August 2006

In the age of iPods and digital media, the Cleveland Cavaliers are doing their part to ensure that relics of the past, such as the transistor radio, are kept not only in circulation, but also in use.

That’s right, Austin Carr will be the game analyst/color commentator/guy who won’t shut up/etc for 30 games this season in a new deal that gives FSN Ohio the broadcast rights to 70 Cavaliers games. Scott Williams will do the remaining 40 games. Detroit Joe Fred McLeod will be the play-by-play man for all the games.

Seriously, why do the Cavs employ Austin Carr? Can anyone stand to listen to him? Last season he was mostly relegated to the WUAB 43 telecasts, with Williams smoothly gritting his way through the FSN Ohio telecasts. That was fine. Most of the games were on FSN Ohio. Most of the games featured Scott Williams. But those WUAB games were a drag to listen to. However many games Austin Carr bumbled his way through last season, it was n+1 more than should have been allowed. I’ve already discussed Carr (a wee amount) before, so I’ll end my brief tirade right now.

Who should rejoicing in the wake of this idiotic news? WTAM 1100. For all that’s annoying about WTAM (I promise not to get all Roger Brown on you now, so I’ll just leave my comments at that) the guys who call Cleveland sports games are fantastic. For the Cavs games, that man is Joe Tait, who, I hope, sees a marked increase in listeners now that Austin Carr is the other option.

3 Responses to “A reason to keep your transistor radio”

  1. Ben said

    Joe Tait is amazing. It’s really too bad that the Cavs have stunk for most of his time, because I don’t think there’s anyoen else I’d rather listen to.

    Also, Roger Brown likes Austin Carr, which should surprise no one. I think Brown takes the opposite view of most Cleveland fans just to piss us off.

    And yes, Carr is awful.

  2. Erik said

    Carr has actually improved from what he was four or five years ago. Back then, he was pretty much relegated to spewing repetitous phrases like “we need to execute better.” In the past few years, I’ve seen a noticeable improvement in his ability to break down game siutations on the fly and offer much better critiques of the game action.

    I credit Michael Reghi for a lot of that. I think he got Carr to loosen up.

  3. Carr has improved, yes, but his signal-to-noise ratio is still low. To each his own.

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