The Early Days of Baseball on the Radio – Playmakerjournal


The Early Days of Baseball on the Radio

Graham McNamee

Radio coverage of sporting events was still in its infancy when McNamee, soon to be America's favorite broadcaster, called the series for the New York's WEAF. McNamee was no baseball virtuoso, but as a trained singer with a pleasing voice and an ability to convey vivid detail and atmosphere, he became an influential sportscaster. In 1927, he was featured on the cover of Time magazine, which noted that "Sports experts grumble that he does not know the sport he is describing. Radio executives answer that neither do most of the listeners; that colorful, general reports are more satisfying to the masses than accurate technical descriptions."