Watching the B1G TV broadcast for the PSU @ Purdue match last night, I found myself consistently enjoying the team of Connor Onion (wow, what a name) and Emily Ehman. What I enjoy about them is that both are knowledgeable -- particularly Emily, given her pedigree as a former libero/ds for Northwestern, and both are entertaining. They don't take themselves too seriously, and they are (at least to me) funny. There's room for that in a broadcast.
But they also add insight -- Emily, in particular, breaks down the plays and explains what happened, and why. A great example to me was when Zoe had back-to-back attempts at cross-court shots. The first went out, wide. The second was in for the kill. Emily compared the two, making the point that they were very similar in intent, but the result was different. First rate stuff, IMHO.
Finally, they don't make the mistake -- so common among student broadcasters -- of thinking they are on radio. They don't try to tell us every single thing that is happening. They understand that it's TV! We can see it for ourselves!!
So, student broadcasters, here's hoping you watched last night's broadcast. And learned.
DigNittany posters, feel free to add to, or disagree with, this take. I'm interested in your thoughts.
Post by elliotberton on Nov 13, 2022 11:23:23 GMT -5
Agree that the announcers were good and added to the experience. I do appreciate color commentators who insert technical information when there is time.
My number 1 issue for evaluating this question-the B1G broadcasters focus mostly on the match we are watching, and don't ignore too many plays while discussing football, basketball, how long it takes to drive from Indiana to Purdue or even the results of other WVB matches. Finding the correct balance between providing perspective and context while evaluating the actual competition we tuned in to see is not so easy. Most of the time the B1G people get it right.