Sunday, January 03, 2010

Sports broadcasting's King and saviour

Or as they spell it south of the border, "Savior."

Tyler King is knocking people out with his exuberance, his raw power — and his punctuality.

Calling an AHL game on short notice, well, I guess that's more than most 22-year-olds can handle, but our friend Kinger literally pulled it off with aplomb on Saturday. Tyler did play-by-play of pro hockey for the first time, calling the Syracuse Crunch's 6-3 win over Albany for SportsRadio 620 WHEN. You may take aplomb as a fancy way of saying he slipped his patented "holds it ... holds it" into the broadcast at least once.

Granted, Bob Costas also called minor-league hockey in Syracuse when he was roughly the same age and look what happened to him.

Calling it a professional debut is technically right but seems like a misnomer. Tyler was born professional. Seriously, someone is not doing her/his job if Hockey Night in Canada does not have him on their radar screen.

As an added bonus, former Belleville Bulls star Mike Murphy was in goal for Albany, so Tyler finally got to cover a team which Murphy did not dominate. It's well-deserved reward after a couple frustrating seasons of following the Kingston Frontenacs.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

whats that sucking sound I hear, Sager?

sager said...

Me hoping Tyler will get you a job someday!

Jordie Dwyer said...

Great to see Kinger. Here's hoping you don't get stuck doing Sens games....And I really wish I could get back into radio

eyebleaf said...

That's crazy. Congrats out to Tyler, and way to give your boy props, Neate.

Dennis Prouse said...

Can they PLEASE bring Kinger to Ottawa to do the Sens radio broadcasts? Like, yesterday? It's good to see some young talent coming up the pipeline, because there are any number of aging boomers in the broadcasting world who could use the gold watch any time now. Jim Hughson does a terrific job, but the list starts getting pretty short after that.

Duane Rollins said...

"...aging boomers in the journalism world who could use the gold watch any time now..."

FYP

sager said...

@Dennis: Doing play-by-play in Ottawa means having to do Paul Allen impression ("Noooooooo! Nooooooo!") every time the Sens are called for a minor penalty.

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Ports drinker said...

Does this mean that Kinger has joined the hated main-stream media (whatever the hell that is)?

Does this ruin his blogger "cred"?

Will Dinosaur BBQ ever be the same now that he has broken cornbread there?

P.S. Nice drinking with you lads after Queen's/Laval.