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Mariners broadcasts in 2012: It’ll take a village

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Dec. 1, 2011 at 8:00 am with 6 Comments »
December 1, 2011 8:00 am
Rick Rizzs

One of the questions this off-season for Seattle Mariners fans – aside from what kind of team they’ll see in 2012 – is how the team plans to handle its broadcasting team in the coming year.

Turns out, just like last year.

After losing icon Dave Niehaus a bit more than one year ago, the Mariners decided not to name a successor but to stay with the team in place – Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims, Mike Blowers – and blend in other familiar voices throughout the year.

Those three will be back in ’12, and so will broadcasters like Ken Wilson, Ron Fairly, Ken Levine Dan Wilson, Dave Valle, Dave Henderson and Jay Buhner.

That broadcasting plan will take care of next season, after which the Mariners will re-evaluate.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. Just say no to Ron Fairly (aka Mr Obvious. Or is it Mr. Oblivious?). I’m not overly fond of Levine’s broadcast style either.

  2. To add to my last post, I wish they would officially appoint Rizzs as lead broadcaster on a permanent basis. He deserves it, & imo any less is an insult to his many years of quality work for the M’s.

  3. stevenrey says:

    Gotta disagree with you Moo. While I like Rizzs, his delivery seems weirdly cheerleader-like. It irritates me sometimes when he is so over the top about an athlete you’d think he was blind to the mistakes a guy makes. He’s okay but not “lead” material.
    Niehaus was great because he genuinely called a play the way you saw it. That’s all I’m asking. And for that reason I did like Levine and even Ron Fairly. Fairly first-hand experience is sometimes surprisingly insightful.
    Dave Sims banter is a little excessive, filling my ears with noise, repetition and little content. Thank God for Blowers or I would blowers my head off.
    Out of the bunch, I was very pleasantly surprised by Ken Wilson. I liked everything about his broadcasts, both delivery and content. He also had the right emotion for the moment it seemed.
    Different strokes I guess…

  4. jonathan says:

    I’m very happy with the group of braodcasters they have now. Made another rough season listenable, which is quite a feat.

  5. jonathan says:

    I’m very happy with the group of broadcasters they have now. Made another rough season listenable, which is quite a feat. (Spelling corrected for Lucy’s sake)

  6. Look4wrd says:

    Disappointed! It is time to bring Mike Curto up to the Show. he is all ready better than anyone on the big league broadcasting roster and still has his prime years in front of him.

    Rizz sounds like he is reading from press releases. Stevenrey had it right – “weirdly cheerleader-like”. Fairly talks at you, all absolutes, with no differentiation between fact and opinion. Sims would rather be calling football and his lack of preparation shows in his blathering. Blowers spouts worn out cliches like a magic 8 ball. Ken Wilson was enjoyable but is well past his “best used before” date. Ken Levine was at least funny, but only in limited doses.

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