Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Broadcasters Piss me Off - Part 1

I'm always annoyed by things I hear broadcasters say, especially if it's something stupid that they do over and over. Since I watch a lot of football, this always stands out to me more during football season, and a lot of the things that irritate me are done exclusively or predominantly by football commentators. Anyway, I thought I would share these thngs to see if they piss anyone else off too. This one I was actually reminded of after hearing it on a radio morning show today.

Segue

I'm not going to look up the definition or anything, but as I understand it, it's when you transition from one subject to another. So, when you have a good segue, the conversation will flow smoothly from one topic to another without any noticeable akwardness in changing the subject. So I can understand why doing this well would be an effective tool for broadcasters. What pisses me off about it, though, is that everytime they are able to do this well, they seem to be unable to restrain themselves from pointing it out. They can't stop patting themselves (or their colleagues) on the back long enough to realize that any value the good segue has is completely ruined once they have gone out of their way to let everyone know how great it was. It's like they all take a segue class in broadcasting school where they are required to give each other positive feedback on any good segues, and because of that their minds are trained to be on the lookout for them and not let them pass unnoticed. Why they actually do this, I don't know, but I wish they would stop.

As football season begins, I expect to have many more examples of stupid things broadcasters say to piss me off, so stay tuned.

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3 comments:

somewaterytart said...

The real issue here is:

How many of them think it's spelled 'segway'?

Chris Howard said...

"A year ago" - It's now August. Even though the season only ended 7 months ago, everything from last season is always referred to as "a year ago"

John Howard said...

That was going to be Part 2. What's so hard about saying last year, or last season?