Radio Sports Broadcasts on CD

Long before the invasion of television and computer, radio was one of the stars among home appliances. There were non-stop music, news, and dramas. But the most thrilling and exciting item was sports commentary. The commentators used to let loose their imagination and hunt down words in a matter of seconds to describe the high voltage action sporting fields. But with the advent of television, everything has changed. Radio set had become one of the most neglected entities in a home. With the arrival of computers, nobody appeared to listen even the music in radio. Sports commentaries in radios almost became one of the endangered species in live media communication. But thanks to the advancement made in storage devices and electronic recording and restoring facilities, the famous old radio commentaries are still available in CDs.


Live radio broadcasts (or running commentaries as it is known) of sports events have a history of several decades. The first live radio broadcast of a sporting event in United States was on August 5, 1921. It was the running commentary of the baseball game between Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies. Pat Wheelz was the history-making commentator of that match, which was broadcasted from Washington station KDKA. From then onwards, there were numerous matches in many sports, baseball, basketball, American football, football, hockey and boxing, which were broadcasted live on radio. Also, the running commentaries of most of the matches were followed keenly. Some of the commentaries are still available on CDs and in Internet. These commentaries have great nostalgic and historic value, especially for the older generation who had enthusiastically listened to the commentaries live.

The oldest surviving radio broadcast item is said to be the commentary of a major baseball league game between Yankees and Tigers, held on September 20, 1934 in Detroit. Ty Tyson and Walter Johnson were the commentators of that broadcast. Several books have been published about the history of sports broadcasting. Some of the best-selling books in the category are And the Fans Roared, written by Joe Garner, Bob Costas, and George Foreman and And the Crowd Goes Wild, written by Joe Garner and Bob Costas. CDs provided along with these books contain original commentaries of famous sporting events in history.

There is another kind of sports broadcasting CDs available in the market. Such CDs are intended for the children who are avid sports buff. Those CDs contain real time commentaries of any game, be it baseball, basketball, football, hockey or car racing, for simulated match situation. Such CDs can be personalized. That means the user can select a particular team of his liking and even select a match situation. In short, the user can hear the commentary of the match in which his or her favorite team wins the match from the jaws of defeat.

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