Behind the Broadcast: Announcers must do balancing act

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The memories will be flowing Tuesday night on Fox.

The network will be televising the Major League Baseball All-Star game, but it will be more than just a game. The annual battle between the American and National leagues will be played at Yankee Stadium, which is in its final season before a new Yankee Stadium opens next spring.

Not only will the present-day stars be there, some of the game’s greats will be in attendance, too.

It all gets underway at 7 p.m. when Fox televises the “All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade.” At

8 p.m., coverage begins from Yankee Stadium, where several Hall of Famers, like Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson and Willie Mays, will be honored.

There will most likely be plenty of reminiscing about the great games and events that have occurred over the years at Yankee Stadium.

But there is a game to be played, with home-field advantage in the World Series at stake for the winning league. Trying to strike a balance between memories and the game will be difficult.

“During the parade, viewers will get a feel of the history of Yankee Stadium within the very first seconds of the broadcast,” Fox Sports President Ed Goren said during Wednesday’s conference call. “The history will carry through the pregame ceremonies, and then you get into a balancing act. This is a tough broadcast because, at times, you’re chasing to come out of commercial and there’s a new pitcher, there’s a pinch-hitter and there are two or three position changes in the field. It has to be balanced. I can’t think of a better team to balance it and make it a special night than producer Pete Macheska and director Bill Webb in the truck, with Tim [McCarver] and Joe [Buck] in the booth.”

Buck wouldn’t mind being there all night because he would love to be able to tell the stories of not only the players, but those of Yankee Stadium.

“All the different events that have come through there, including NFL games, the Knute Rockne speech that happened in a locker room not far from where we’ll be sitting, all the greats that played there and popes that have celebrated Masses there,” Buck said. “It has meant so much to this country.”

McCarver’s wish is to have Berra in the booth.

“In my view, Yogi Berra will be the most important person and most lovable character in the ballpark on Tuesday night,” McCarver said. “Henry Aaron hit 755 home runs, Willie Mays was the greatest player I’ve ever seen, but the person that America relates to more than anybody because of baseball is Yogi Berra.”

The All-Star game will be tel­evised in the Capital Region by WXXA (Ch. 23) and WXXA HD. ESPN Radio will also cover the game, and it will be on locally on WTMM-FM (104.5) and WENT-AM (1340).

ESPN and ESPN HD will tel­evise the Home Run Derby at 8 p.m. Monday. It will also be on WTMM and WENT.

OlympicS coverage

If you miss any Summer Olympic coverage from Beijing next month, it will be your own fault.

NBC Universal announced Tuesday that it will present an unprecedented 3,600 hours of coverage when the Games commence Aug. 8. A total of 2,900 hours will be live.

It certainly is the most ambitious single media project in history. The 3,600 total hours of coverage on seven NBC Universal networks — NBC, USA, MSNBC, CNBC, Oxygen, Telemundo and Universal HD — as well as NBCOlympics.com, is 1,000 hours more than the combined coverage for every tel­evised Summer Olympics in U.S. history (Rome 1960-Athens 2004, 2,562 hours). NBCOlympics.com will feature approximately 2,200 total hours of live streaming Olympic broadband video coverage, the first live online Olympic coverage in the United States.

“For the first time, the average American will be able to create their own unique Olympic exper­ience whether at home, at the office or on-the-go,” NBC Universal Sports and Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol said in a release.

If you want to see a breakdown of NBCU’s coverage, go to my blog.

Football show returns

“Inside Pro Football” returns to WOFX-AM (980) for a second season starting Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. The one-hour show, hosted by

J.R. Rickert and Ray Brownell, will be on every Friday during the NFL season.

There could be a TV version of the show on MY4 with station sports director Dan Murphy, the original co-host of the show when he hosted an afternoon sports talkshow on WOFX.

NFL TV news

Monday was big day for NFL TV announcements.

NBC is reuniting Dan Patrick with Keith Olbermann on its “Football Night in America” Sunday night pregame show. Olbermann is a co-host on the program.

The former co-anchors of

ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” which became known as “The Big Show,” will give highlights of games played earlier Sunday.

“I will be doing the highlights for the red states, and Keith will be doing the highlights for the blue states,” Patrick joked during a conference call.

Bob Costas is host of the show. Cris Collinsworth is one of the co-hosts. Jerome Bettis and Tiki Barber are the analysts, and Peter King is the reporter.

Also, CBS and Showtime announced that Collinsworth, James Brown and Phil Simms will be the hosts of “Inside the NFL” this fall. The show, canceled by HBO after 31 years, was quickly picked up by Showtime, its cable rival.

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