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TV, R school

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Tom Petty, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    A simple question: Do radio and television sports guys speak passive as hell on purpose or is Yoda like the national chair of every TV and radio school?

    I just watched a replay of yesterday's game in Pitt., and as the winning FG was being kicked, the announcer said, "The kick is up ... good, it is."

    Yoda speak seems to be the standard, not only in that game but in every game I watch or listen to. Why?
  2. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I did all three in school. Never were we told to speak that way. (See what I just did there?)

    It might have been a slip, but I don't know. I wasn't listening. It sounds -- and reads -- stupid, so I don't think any professional broadcaster would make that his or her style.
  3. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    You mean, "Never told to speak that way, we were." :D
  4. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    i was just giving one instance, mike. almost every stinkin' play-by-play guy in the country speaks like yoda. and it seems like national guys aren't any better than local guys when announcing games, either.
  5. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    it's good, like Nedick's
  6. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    Makes them seem wiser, it does.

    ...or so they think. ;)
  7. RedSmithClone

    RedSmithClone Active Member

  8. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    just uttered ... "and with a first-down play, tomlinson."

  9. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    or "open is jackson."
  10. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I think it's time to write your Congressman.
  11. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Perhaps in a situation like this, it's because the first thing you can ID is that a guy is open. It takes a second longer to figure out who he is. So you tell your viewers first that a guy's open or that a guy just picked up a first down or whatever, then you tell them who it is.

    But then, I'm not a broadcaster. I just make fun of them.
  12. DisembodiedOwlHead

    DisembodiedOwlHead Active Member

    Rick Romo prefers the active voice.
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