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Mi Profesor Jaime Jarrin

Job hunting is a slow process.    This year is slower than ever.

We dream of having lots of time on our hands during times we’re working only to suddenly find we have too much.

The job search might take me a while, but I can assure you my ability to speak Spanish is going to be greatly improved.

I’ve tried for years to become fluent.    Little kids do it all the time, so why not me?

Baseball is my summer (fall, spring and winter too) passion.  So I decided to combine the two, baseball and Spanish to   see if it helps.

My teacher is Jaime Jarrin.

He is a Hall Of Famer yet most baseball fans outside of Los Angeles have never heard of him.

Many Los Angeles Fans don’t know him either.  Jaime broadcasts the Dodgers in Spanish.  It’s something he’s done since 1959.

The Dodger broadcast booth must be a great place to work. Vin Scully started when they were still  the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Learning Spanish should be simple.   I’m using Rosetta Stone, Learn Spanish Like Crazy and Spanish broadcasts of LA Dodger games.

Each night I record the game then listen later in evening.  Jaime, Pepe Yniguez and Fernando Valenzuela make up the broadcast team.

It helps when the game is televised.   I can see the action and listen to the commentary.

Little by little I can tell the improvement.   Now it is easy to understand almost all of the play by play.   Occasionally the comments are difficult to get but I can always stop the ‘tape’ and listen again.

Jarrin is good.  Real good.  No wonder he’s is a Baseball Hall Of Famer.

The Dodgers should consider using him on the English broadcasts too, certainly on television.  He knows the game and tells interesting stories.

Adding him to television would help the Dodgers broaden the appeal for the telecasts and bring a new audience to their games.

Most of all, it would allow Dodger fans to hear a great broadcaster.

Pepe and Fernando deserve a shot at TV too.  The whole team is that good.

Gracias Jaime.

Oh, and my scouting report on the Dodgers?  Watch out.  This team can play.

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Posted by on July 8, 2009 in Radio programming


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“Tell Me A Story Daddy”

We love stories.

“Tell me a story daddy” is one of the first sentences a child says to the parent.

We want stories from the beginning and we never loose that desire as adults.

Radio is stories.

Bob Prince the longtime Pittsburgh Pirate broadcaster was a great story teller.

Prince would be in the middle of a story, you’d hear the crack of the bat, crowd roar, and Bob would finish his story and casually mention “Stargell hit a three run homer to right”.

The stories were often more interesting than the game.

Story telling has helped baseball survive on radio when every game is available on television.

All of the great radio baseball broadcasters are story tellers. Phil Rizzuto was one, Ernie Harwell, and the forever young Vin Scully are others.

Baseball broadcast teams are much like great morning teams. Two characters playing off each other’s stories and weaving the game commentary into the broadcast.

Take a hard look at the ratings in your market. My bet is NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ and ‘All Things Considered’ do extremely well. They are all about story telling.

Think about your morning show. What kind of stories are they telling?

When you interview for morning talent are you listening to how they tell a story? Do they engage your attention with the simplest things?

KDKA’s Jack Bogut featured his ‘Home Movies’ segment. He told simple five minute lifestyle stories, and had a great way of painting the picture.

Bogut would keep you in the car until he finished.

Is your morning show doing ‘driveway stories’, the kind that hold you in the car until the end?

Sometimes listeners are better story tellers than your talent. Find people who can contribute to the show and engage an audience with their tales.

Great stories turn into great ratings stories.

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Posted by on May 24, 2008 in Radio programming


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