Brent Musburger was among the many paying tribute to Vin Scully Tuesday night following the announcement that the former voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers had died at the age of 94.
Musburger joined Tim Murray and Adam Burke on VSiN to explain the influence Scully had on the industry and his peers.
“He was a special, special person and there has never been a broadcaster quite like Vin Scully,” said Musburger. “He brought Major League Baseball to Los Angeles and he made Los Angeles a baseball town.”
Musburger says his exposure to Scully’s voice began before he was a professional. When the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, he was able to pick up the California station that carried the team’s games from his home in Montana. It was clear to him immediately that what he was hearing was unique.
“No one could ever describe a baseball game quite like Vin Scully.”
When they first had the chance to meet, Musburger wanted to know more about Scully’s philosophy and broadcasting style. He compared it to his own, which was more animated.
Scully told Musburger that there is nothing wrong with that for other broadcasters. The Dodgers legend had just found that it didn’t work for him.
“I met him once and I said ‘Vinny, I get very excited at times. I jump around and do this. You’re very low key. You’re eloquent. Tell me why you don’t jump up and down like the rest of us do.’ He said ‘Brent, to tell you the truth, when I first started, I got very excited. I screamed and yelled about a winning home run. I went back and listened to the tape and I didn’t like the sound of my voice and I changed it after that.’”
Brent Musburger is one of hundreds in the industry paying tribute to Scully following his death. No plans for a public memorial have been released.
Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance
“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.
On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.
Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.
“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”
She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.
“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’
“This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”
Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.
“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”
WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid
Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.
Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.
The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.
The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.
Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”
“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”
On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.
The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.
The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.
“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”
McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.
“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy