Posts Tagged ‘NBC’

Am experiencing degrees of difficulty

August 20, 2008

Can anyone figure out the accent of NBC’s female diving commentator (or, clearly, her name)? You think South, but then there’s a Plains-y element that sneaks in there. The ultimate effect is Nancy Grace-ian. Wikipedia has Grace hailing from Macon, Ga. But do we really think that’s our answer? I’d put likelihoods at:

1-Northern Arkansas
2-Tulsa, Ok.
3-Kentucky (though actually, I’ve met some more Kentuckians recently and have been surprised by the smoothness of their drawls. Bourbon-esque, you might say… (Or would you rather say… Bourbon-ic? (Na.)))

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“I want to draw your attention to the membrane or scrim…”

August 8, 2008

Thinking about these Olympics here: It’ll be interesting to see how strongly NBC edits their coverage of the events. I’m not too hopeful. Not broadcasting the Opening Ceremony live was a patently strange call. Live sporting events are shown live all the time (granted, this wasn’t exactly “sports,” but that wasn’t NBC’s point). The Aussie Open is on at 3:30am–but not the Olympics? Anecdotally, it sounds like folks in other nations at least got the option of the live show. I mean, they’re going to re-broadcast it 11 times anyway…

The point carries over into the sports. NBC seems to think their job is to pick what’s worth watching. Lots of simultaneous events, sure, we know… how about just outsourcing to MS- and CNBC? Turn cameras on, let us do our thing–that’s the ticket.