By: Kurt Snyder
I listen to a lot of Tiger radio broadcasts, and I never thought I would ever say this but I have grown to enjoy, and I can’t stress enough how loosely I use the term … oh never mind, I would rather listen to the radio.
And it surprises me just to hear it coming out of my mouth because I have been so critical of Dickerson and Price in the past. But if I have to choose between the TV and radio, well, radio is taking a slight edge.
I have been especially critical of Jim Price in the past, mainly because every broadcast is the same. He uses the same phrases, tells the same jokes, laughs at all the same things and will never, ever disagree with Dickerson.
Dan Dickerson? Well, he tends to get wrapped up in agonizing conversations with Price, and they are repeated over and over as the game progresses. He also tends to leave listeners hanging with the score, maybe the most important thing a radio broadcaster needs to repeat often. Just give us the darn score!
So, even with all of this, I still prefer the radio. And this is why, and I don’t quite understand it. Jim Price, despite all his faults, gets mad sometimes, and he shows it. He will point out a mental error. He will tell you like it is.
However, on the TV side of the ledger, the boys seem to be muzzled. Nothing critical is allowed to come out of their mouth. No editorializing. No questioning of a managerial decision. All the things we want out of good broadcast analysis, we can never have, because they seem to be restricted by FSD.
But in the end, don’t all these guys “report” to the Tigers? Aren’t they in essence employed by them? Are the rules different from TV to radio? Because it just seems the radio broadcast digs a little deeper, is a little edgier.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Did Kurt just call the radio team, edgy? Good God, I think we are losing the poor guy. But let’s face it; this is what we are saddled with in Detroit. And it could be that in time, you start to find more fault with how a game is broadcast the more you grow accustomed to it. After all, it is true that the longer you look at something or the longer you know someone, eventually you will find more and more to be critical of.
So we have to be fair. We have to accept the fact that FSD has obvious restrictions on the boys in the TV booth. While the guys in the radio booth have a little more freedom. It’s obvious.
But don’t get all crazy thinking I have done an about-face on Dan and Jim. They do drive me nuts. This is mainly just about the lesser of 2 evils.
What we have come to notice about Mario Impemba is that he has very limited knowledge of the game and its history, which surprises me. I believe he leaves it up to the color guys to offer that kind of analysis. He has to, because he doesn’t have it in him.
Dickerson seems to know much more about the game; while still letting Jim be a cornball and genuflect whenever possible at the feet of Al Kaline and Mike Ilitch.
So just as you can find fault in people the longer you are exposed to them, you can also find some value. In this case you really have to dig. But all the value seems to be leaning toward the radio. All in all, though, it’s slim pickings isn’t it?