Thursday, January 13, 2011

Chatty Cathys behind the mic

The Wall Street Journal had a story today about the chattiest announcing teams on NFL broadcasts. (Source: The Count.) Not surprisingly, the most talkative twosome was Kansas Citian Kevin Harlan, who was teamed this season with Solomon Wilcotts on CBS. The study found that the duo spoke 189.20 words per minute, based upon their broadcast in week one of the NFL season. The twosome who was least chatty was Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, who do the Sunday night broadcasts on NBC.

These numbers contrast with the spare language employed by former announcer Pat Summerall who, teamed with John Madden, said 118.2 words per minute.

All of these guys can take a lesson from the late Ray Scott, who broadcast NFL games in the 1960s-1974, and called four Super Bowls on CBS. Scott's minimalist style was best portrayed by his classic call, "Starr...Dowler...Touchdown, Green Bay!"

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