If you listen to Rangers games live in the park, then you’ll want to read this story.
Do you recall that late last season there was a 7 second delay instituted during Rangers radio coverage? If you listened to a game in the park it was fairly annoying. Outside of the park, not so much so, but the die hards who listen while they’re at the game (myself included) got pretty peeved at that. I recall Eric or Victor saying at the time it would be something that was looked at during the off season.
So a couple of days ago I got an email on my site from a visitor by the name of Elaine. She wrote me, asking this:
Say, Joe — do you know anything about the radio time delay broadcast that they had at the end of last year ???? Are they going to be able to do away with it ??? I take my “ears” with me to the game and listen to the broadcasters while watching the game and it is VERY VERY irritating with the delay
I replied back saying that I did not know the answer to the question. I honestly hadn’t thought about it since the season ended. But I decided to go to a good source I figured; I wrote Victor Rojas about it. Passed on Elaine’s question, and he wrote me back with this:
joe, you might have to call krld on this one to get the full explanation…but as far i know, we were told that all cbs radio affiliates will institute a delay on all broadcasts. cbs is concerned with getting fined by the fcc if something inappropriate goes out over the air.
Great. So it’s going to still be there, and it also seems like it’s not going anywhere either. Thanks CBS – you’re running scared of Janet Jackson’s boob again, I see. Sigh. This will suck while listening in the park.
UPDATE Apr 3: Turns out we’re not the only ones with this problem. A’s fans are up in arms about it as well, check out this post over at Athletics Nation about it.
I did call Chuck Morgan about it, as the last time I talked to him he mentioned the possibility of the Rangers broadcasting a live feed inside the stadium. He told me that won’t be happening, but did mention that the delay has been shortened to just two seconds for 2007. That’s not perfect, but two seconds shouldn’t be that bad. We’ll find out on Friday when I’ll be at opening day listening on my radio.