NY’s Second Baseball Voice

19 Jun

Gary Cohen, the magnificent voice of the New York Mets, called his 2,000th game on Tuesday, spanning 31 years in the booth–TV and radio–for the Metropolitans.

In a Q&A in today’s The Athletic, he explains how he had to adjust from one medium to the other.

Well, even 14 years later, I’m still a radio guy doing TV. I mean, there’s no question about that. The radio is what I grew up with, it’s what I aspire to do, it’s who I am, and I probably do TV more like radio than most TV guys do. And I have to be constantly conscious of not talking too much and not over-describing and doing the thing that you naturally do on radio. Other than that, it’s just dressing better and playing with others. In radio you’re the whole show, and in television you’re a piece of a very large team and dependent on others and have to work well with others in order to be successful.

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