Thursday is the Best Day of the Year
Or at least I have thought it was pretty close to the best day of the year for the last 26 years! If you need me Thursday afternoon I apologize in advance because I will be at "The K" for my 27th consecutive Royals Home Opener. It's amazing how many people I have talked to who are just as excited as I am.
The clock above is something that my family gave me years ago and sits on my desk in my home office. Opening Day of Baseball means so many things! Start of Spring! A clean slate for your favorite team! An amazing atmosphere! The first of many evenings or afternoons listening to the Royals on the Radio.
Baseball on the radio has been growing since the first broadcast on August 5, 1921. KDKA in Pittsburgh aired the Pittsburgh Pirates beating the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5. We have carried every inning of Royals baseball since their first pitch in 1969.
When I started coming of age as a young baseball fan in the late 1970s and early ‘80s I listened to the Royals every night on 580 WIBW with either my Dad or my Grandma. It was easy to fall in love with because on the radio the baseball game invites speculation and conversation because it is characterized as much by silence as it is by action…and of course back then we didn’t have any other option in Herington, Kansas. Still today on radio the announcer connects millions of people to the game beamed directly into your home, on the tractor, at the office, in the car, the porch, lawnmower…wherever you are.
The Royals announcers, or any baseball announcers, have always amazed me. Calling a baseball game on the radio takes skill and intelligence, as well as perfect timing. A baseball play by play announcer on radio must have the ability to use theatre of the mind to paint visual pictures on the fly, to inform, to entertain, and describe what they are seeing as something worth listening to, even in the midst a 10-0 blowout. So even when the games were on TV, I have the picture up, the sound off, and the radio on.”
You see baseball is a game made for Radio. The pace of the game lends itself to fans listening as they do other things. What I love about it is I can listen on the radio and then if something fun happens I have about 7 seconds to go into the other room and watch it live on TV with the delay!
So what's the point of all this...
besides Tim telling you he's taking Thursday off?
Well see below... because it's something any business should strongly consider!