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February 27, 2021 3:36 pm  #1


Fans furious after Jays axe radio broadcasts in favour of TV simulcast


"Life without echo is really no life at all." - Dan Ingram
 

February 27, 2021 4:46 pm  #2


Re: Fans furious after Jays axe radio broadcasts in favour of TV simulcast

BlogTO often says people are “furious” or “outraged”. But in this case it’s actually true.

 

February 27, 2021 6:22 pm  #3


Re: Fans furious after Jays axe radio broadcasts in favour of TV simulcast

Disappointed to read that as well. Wonder if there will be enough of a groundswell to make Rogers do a rethink.

 

February 27, 2021 6:44 pm  #4


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I hope I don't tune into the Fan and hear them say "As you can see..."  https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons3/laughing.png
  
 


RadioWiz & RadioQuiz are NOT the same person. 
RadioWiz & THE Wiz are NOT the same person.
 
 

February 27, 2021 7:25 pm  #5


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So much of the style, artistry and nuances of what made radio great have been stripped from the medium. Stand-alone radio baseball broadcasts are the latest victim. You can bet other broadcast outlets will follow suit on this if they haven't already. And once the bar has been lowered, it stays lowered, never to rise to that level again.

I remember when I heard the first "cold-segue" on an AM Top 40 station (two songs in a row without an ID, imaging or DJ talking). Heresy, I thought. Where is radio headed?.This was back in the '60s. Little did I know what was ahead.

There's a discussion on the very subject of "cold-segues" below...

https://www.radiodiscussions.com/threads/cold-segues.695335/

 

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"Life without echo is really no life at all." - Dan Ingram
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February 27, 2021 7:39 pm  #6


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The Oakland A's did ditch radio for streaming only .. but using same folks who did the radio duties.

https://mashable.com/article/oakland-as-local-radio-streaming-tunein/

FEB 18, 2020
Oakland residents hoping to listen to the city's last remaining major pro sports team on the radio this year are in for a rude awakening. 

The Oakland A's announced on Tuesday that they would become the first Major League Baseball team to ditch a local radio broadcast for a streaming-only solution. Fans can listen to games through the TuneIn mobile app for free as long as they live in the A's northern California media market, and the experience will otherwise be identical to before, with the same broadcasters calling games like they always have. 

But if you live in the city of Oakland, you'll no longer be able to turn on the radio in your home or your car and listen to the game, in what feels like something of a tragic development for the beleaguered sports town. In case you hadn't heard, the NBA's Warriors recently moved to San Francisco and the NFL's Raiders officially belong to Las Vegas. 

Oakland Athletics radio broadcaster Ken Korach during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Oakland Coliseum on April 24, 2009 in Oakland, California. Oakland Athletics radio broadcaster Ken Korach during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Oakland Coliseum on April 24, 2009 in Oakland, California. 

Now, the only team left in town won't even be on the radio, at least not locally. Curiously, games will still be on the radio in some cities, the closest of which is Sacramento. The A's positioned the announcement as forward-thinking, but the Mercury News pointed out that the A's just didn't renew their previous local radio deal. Oakland's baseball team has been been incredibly mercenary with local radio, living on more than a dozen different stations since moving to the city in 1968. 

It was only a matter of time before a major North American pro sports franchise made a move like this, as the world seemingly agrees that streaming is the future. But it should be questioned whether or not the future needed to be now, specifically with this sport.  

After all, recent Nielsen Scarbrough data found that pro baseball is most popular with people aged 50 to 69, a demographic one could reasonably assume might prefer to listen on the radio instead of using a mobile app. Separate data from the same research group concluded that baseball is more popular on the radio than other U.S. sports, too.

Maybe the A's will be vindicated for this move years down the line. It's totally possible that younger fans will be more drawn to baseball if the game lives on their phones rather than on the radio. That said, it's worth wondering if the move to TuneIn will only inconvenience some of the A's biggest fans instead.

 

February 28, 2021 1:59 pm  #7


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The Montreal Expos were the first, under the unfortunate ownership of Jeffery Loria, back in 2000.  He demanded an exorbitant amount for broadcast rights.  The end result was that Expos games were not on radio or local TV that year.


- Chris Mayberry
 

March 9, 2021 10:33 pm  #8


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I don't agree with this guy at all, but he's the first one I've found who seems to welcome the TV/radio simulcast. 

Single Voice For Blue Jays Games Is Best Option

 

March 10, 2021 10:36 am  #9


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Blind, partly blind Blue Jays fans upset with call to replace radio broadcasts with TV simulcasts:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/blind-blue-jays-fans-radio-broadcast-1.5941249

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