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General Discussions => Race Talk => Topic started by: maxcres on March 13, 2004, 05:50:33 PM

Title: Compare and Contrast
Post by: maxcres on March 13, 2004, 05:50:33 PM
Last night I watched two races in my archives.  One was the 1997 Food City 500 won by Jeff Gordon's last corner pass of Rusty Wallace.  The other was last year's Food City 500 won by Kurt Busch.  Espn anounced the 1997 race, while fox announced 2003's race.  As I sat and LISTENED, I realized that back then the sound of the motor was more evident, meaning you could really feel the horsepower in the cars.  Also, the announcers voices never seem to drount out the raw sound of the race.  This is not too bash fox, because I throw NBC in the boat as well.  The sounds of the broadcast were more authentic back then in my view. It was almost as if the announcers mic was turned to just the right volume that would be loud enough for the audience to hear yet still allowing for the true and pure essence of the sport to come through in sound.
I want everybody at NBC, and especially fox to know that maybe if relax your coveraged a bit in it's sound, the true sounds of the race itself will be more enjoyable.  I tune in the for the sights and sounds of the RACE, not the extrraneous things involved. Just a thought, I guess.


Title: Compare and Contrast
Post by: sally on March 13, 2004, 06:33:00 PM
Phillip, I think most things were more authentic back then.  That was still before sponsors picked the drivers, Nascar had zillions of "official sponsors", and TV was trying to recoup 2.4 billion dollars.  In spite of the success of Nascar, TV seems to feel they need LOTS more flash and babble instead of letting the racing "speak" for itself.  That was also before racing was ENTERTAINMENT"!  And all those years I thought I was being entertained by just the racing!  Wow, am I dumb, or what?  I got by without pointers, virtual garages, or a screen full of graphics.  With the TV numbers down for the last 2 races, maybe fans are starting to make their feelings known.  That seems to be the best...or only...way to get anyone's attention.

Title: Compare and Contrast
Post by: Cheryl on March 13, 2004, 10:24:53 PM
Phillip and Sally, you both make excellent points.  I may have to just go back and watch a couple races from my archives as well. I've been wanting to see that spring race from Atlanta where Steve Grissom flipped in the Cartoon Channel (I think) car).  He was okay, but it was a wild wreck.  I'm pretty sure that was an ESPN race, so maybe I check out what Phillip is talking about with the sound too.  I think it was spring 1997.


Title: Compare and Contrast
Post by: John on March 13, 2004, 11:25:06 PM
I have been stopping by this board and this site for a few months now and I enjoy a place to have conversations about our favorite sport.  It has however reminded me that not everyone has the same opinions.  Last week I attempted to have a neutral position on the race and felt the same as Cheryl in her opinion of the race.  Tomorrow I will do the same and then post an opinion in the proper area.  But I have to say this:  I'm a gadget type of person and against the popular opinion here, I love the pointers, the running race ticker and all the other graphics.  And I especially love the "Crank It Up" because I'm one of the people that have a great sound system.  I really feel that these things enhance the coverage especially if you're not paying attention to the announcers, which happens in my case quite often.  

I often found in past ESPN races that I found their sound not as great because they seemed to use the announcer's microphones as the main input and it always sounded like you standing in a glass jar as the traffic went by.  I don't know how else to explain it but you may know what I mean if you ever stood by a glass door near a street, it's just an annoying sound.

While I agree with the opinions of certain "announcers", I'll join in that discussion after tomorrow's race.

Great site and keep the faith.

Title: Compare and Contrast
Post by: Cheryl on March 13, 2004, 11:33:54 PM
Welcome to the forum, John!

Trust me, I wish I could ignore the announcers more!   :)
But some of them make it impossible.

Don't worry that you don't agree with the prevailing opinions here.  We want everybody to voice their opinions in this forum!


Title: Compare and Contrast
Post by: Vivian on March 15, 2004, 09:29:58 PM
WELCOME, John!  Good to have someone with differing opinions and that is what makes this forum great.  We can express our pleasure or displeasure with the broadcasts.  I love the crank it up feature but don't like the pointers as they are distracting to me.  Hope you continue to visit and post with us.   :)