You're lucky you've never accidentally stumbled onto a "peenther" broadcast. Nauseating in a Zabel sort of way.
Nauseating is right. And he really does a poor job of helping the listener visualize the game, which I think is the measure of a good radio guy.
Believe it or not, I think one of the best "local" radio guys in terms of helping you see a basketball game in your mind is... Marty Tirrell. I remember being shocked the first time I heard him doing pxp. Very smooth and descriptive.
Rima's coverage of this team he loves is indeed painful. Your most famous call in what was at the time one of the most exciting games of the tournament should not sound - not only scripted - but literally read off of cue cards. It was as if a dog show announcer accidentally walked in on a basketball game.
He's the most unspontaneous announcer I've ever had to listen to (once, while driving).
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