Crack of the Bat: A History of Baseball on the Radio

Crack of the Bat: A History of Baseball on the Radio

Crack of the Bat: A History of Baseball on the Radio

Crack of the Bat: A History of Baseball on the Radio

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Foreword
Pat Hughes

The radio voice of the Chicago Cubs since 1996, Pat Hughes has preserved and
celebrated baseball’s greatest announcers by producing, writing, and narrating
his Baseball Voices series of CDs. Hughes created tributes to legendary announc
ers, including Mel Allen, Red Barber, Marty Brennaman, Jack Buck, Harry
Caray, Milo Hamilton, Russ Hodges and Lon Simmons, Harry Kalas, Dave
Niehaus, Bob Prince, Ron Santo, and Bob Uecker. the series is available at
www.baseballvoices.com.

The 1979 hit single “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles is familiar to tv trivia fans as the first music video on mtv. While music videos have mostly departed mtv, for baseball fans, radio broadcasts remain a daily delight. It seems radio and its baseball “radio stars” were lowered into their graves a bit prematurely. Baseball on the radio is as healthy as ever, despite the televising of nearly every big league game. Millions of baseball fans make sure that one of the buttons on their car radio connects them to their team’s radio voices. As a result, local broadcast rights contribute record revenues to mlb teams, and ratings remain strong despite many competing sound options. in fact, baseball has been a leader in packaging its radio broadcast for the information age media. mlb has been among the first to put games on the Internet and satellite radio. Over the nearly one hundred years of baseball broadcasts, the lure of the game for listeners has been a constant. in a world of unlimited channels, content is king, and baseball provides more than six months of engaging content every year.

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