Dick Enberg’s accidental lesson will help you


Last week I was going through some old stories I had kept from the newspaper. I came across a wonderful piece of advice for TV play-by-play broadcasters from Jim Nantz. It is from John Maffei’s column in the February 1, 2013 edition of U-T San Diego.

TV play-by-play captions

Nantz said longtime network announcer and current Padres TV voice Dick Enberg taught him a valuable lesson.

“Dick and Merlin Olson were calling the Super Bowl in 1983,” Nantz said. “The entire first quarter, they had feedback in their headsets. So they talked in short sentences. After the game, Dick said people came up to him and said he had never been better. Dick told me he used that was a learning tool. He learned less is better.

Remember that in radio, you are describing the pictures — creating images on a blank canvas.

In TV, you are simply providing captions to the pictures.