Some old ideas become new again, and some just remain timeless. With the kickoff of #GDRMadness, we take a brief look at how some classic broadcast styles influence the sound of Gameday Radio and how some of the game’s greatest broadcasters, past and present, are our unwitting guides for the memorable, fun, and entertaining baseball stories we create.
At Gameday Radio, we say we are bringing a professional radio play-by-play experience to youth baseball. While this feels new and exciting, knowledgeable baseball fans know that what we're doing is actually not very new at all. The first professional baseball game was broadcast in 1921, and until the 50's many baseball games, especially road games, were done through what is called 're-creation.'
The plight of the Jackie Robinson West team has brought national attention to youth baseball and what winning is and should be all about. Winning is important, but competing, whether you win or lose, is where the real value can be found.
My youth baseball career ended before it began. It was early summer in the late seventies, and I remember my dad driving me to our first practice. I was nervous, and couldn't muster the courage to join my would-be teammates. I'm sure my dad encouraged me to get out there and play and have fun, but in the end we left without ever exiting the car.
Merkle’s Boner, a baserunning gaffe by New York Giant Fred Merkle in a game against the Chicago Cubs in 1908, arguably cost the Giants the NL pennant and almost instantly became one of the most controversial MLB plays of all time. It also occurred more than a decade before the advent of radio, so no audio record of the event exists. Here at Gameday Radio, we took it upon ourselves to bring you that moment in baseball history, and we certainly learned a lot in the process of creating it!
The idea for Gameday Radio was born about four years ago when my IT consulting career demanded significant Midwest travel – I was in the car a lot – and I listened to a lot of baseball on the radio. Vin Scully, Pat Hughes, Bob Uecker, I caught them all...
Welcome to our updated web site which includes an awesome video that illustrates the core mission of Gameday Radio: Giving parents and fans the opportunity to 'Be at the Game', when they can't be at the field. We've got a some audio clips demonstrating what our broadcasts will sound like, a blog where the Gameday Radio team will tell our story, and team bios so you can get to know us better.