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John H
09-22-2015, 11:07 PM
Seems like the little bit I heard wasn't as bad as before ? The old guy is off the mic now right ?

GRNDP51
09-23-2015, 01:59 AM
Seems like the little bit I heard wasn't as bad as before ? The old guy is off the mic now right ?

I think it was the same old guys as before, but I do think it was better. Danny Clisham had times where he didn't sound too well but he knows his information correctly. All of the specific class announcers did very well, especially the sport announcer (he's one of my favorites as he Really knows what he is talking about). Steve Stavrakakis was still there. He was who everyone complained about last year and even though he still says some of the annoying things as usual, he did seem to do a little better with facts (engine size, etc.) and that was the problem before.

mayday51
09-23-2015, 06:55 AM
I think it was the same old guys as before, but I do think it was better. Danny Clisham had times where he didn't sound too well but he knows his information correctly. All of the specific class announcers did very well, especially the sport announcer (he's one of my favorites as he Really knows what he is talking about). Steve Stavrakakis was still there. He was who everyone complained about last year and even though he still says some of the annoying things as usual, he did seem to do a little better with facts (engine size, etc.) and that was the problem before.

...no more of the "giddy girl" stuff ???

....it is a good line (type) (for a circle track).....

Sneauxman
09-23-2015, 09:47 AM
Ok, so we survived "R A Bob Hover, The Prince of Pilots". But really, "The Bad Boys of Air Racing"? These are some of the best and most professional pilots in the world risking their (and our) skins to run this race. The announcer should know each pilot, a/c, machine, power plant and history.

If the racers are challenged each year with new rules and more stringent interpretations without the treatment they deserve from RARA and it's announcers, why the hell should they come back? Give them the respect they deserve - in all classes.

Remember, this is the only game in town (world) and it is anything but bush league.

Ron Snow since 1969

flyingjibus
09-23-2015, 01:09 PM
same terrible stuff as always

"Stewie Dawson" was my favorite

hm66sk
09-23-2015, 03:21 PM
We found the Breitling jet teams announcers over the top french accent quite humorous. "Ze sea is a zmphony of culor." The japanese lady that voiced over the business jets routine was really hard to listen to and understand. Aaahhh. Aaahhh.
Stewie Dawson? These guys aren't kids people, they are professionals.

ignomini
09-23-2015, 03:26 PM
How about the Yak in Silver with the smallest engine. Guess those Mustangs were all Griffon powered. Then there was the CT-144 pace plane. Apparently the Bristol Centaurus is an Australian engine. We were laughing over the constant inaccuracies.

Sitting in the boxes, you don't need ear plugs for the planes, you need them for the sheer volume and inanity of the PA system. Having said that, some of the race class announcers were terrific. Rather than just babble on relentlessly, when time "needs" to be filled, why not do some interviews? They just don't have enough to say to fill every minute from dawn till dusk.

Desertdawg
09-23-2015, 04:24 PM
Well its a catch 22 for RARA. I know in section 3 early in the day the sound system/speakers are too loud. But once our rowdy group gets going, you don't even hear them.

I can see the issue with the people in the front tarmac boxes, pay all that money and have to endure the constant chatter/noise.

In reality, all RARA is doing is entertaining the crowd, people that never have been there/or kids enjoy that. Its entertaining the masses. Just like NASCAR, ever listen to the two Waltrip gubbers, two hours of them talking is too much too handle!

There are some solutions, get a pit pass and enjoy the event from there. Maybe RARA should consider moving the boxes west towards the pits. Starting at the first reserved bleachers and going west from there. Less speakers and more pit action - thats a "Win Win"

Just a thought.

:beerchug::beerchug::beerchug:

FuryFan
09-23-2015, 08:29 PM
I never heard "Stewie Dawson" this year..........and thankfully never heard "Little Stevie Hinton."

Kevin

GRNDP51
09-23-2015, 08:32 PM
I never heard "Stewie Dawson" this year..........and thankfully never heard "Little Stevie Hinton."

Kevin

I didn't hear them either...? That's why I thought announcing was somewhat of an improvement. It's still very annoying but it was better than the tragedy that was announcing 2014 Reno style

88SC
09-23-2015, 09:05 PM
I joked to my box mates that, instead of using air show announcers, they should hire pro golf commentators, give them a thorough education in the history of air racing - and give them the microphone.

John H
09-23-2015, 10:12 PM
There was a good post on FB about that awful Stu thing those guys have come up with. I posted , calling a grown man a kid's name is just wrong .

RandyGoss75
09-24-2015, 06:01 AM
I've had the pleasure of announcing the t-6 class races several times... my buddy Kenny price took over when I was busy with my t-6 racing association board of directors duties... it's really a challenge and I have MUCH respect for the job the GREAT Sandy Sanders did for so many years...

ignomini
09-24-2015, 08:19 AM
I joked to my box mates that, instead of using air show announcers, they should hire pro golf commentators, give them a thorough education in the history of air racing - and give them the microphone.

Said in hushed tones:

"What happened to Voodoo?"

"I believe a Kraken got him."

Sky Critter
09-27-2015, 06:30 PM
I too believe the announcing was better this year. Was FKS even there this year? I think Mike Mangold is a fantastic announcer for the Jet Class.

Bill@Interstell
09-27-2015, 09:40 PM
There are some solutions, get a pit pass and enjoy the event from there. Maybe RARA should consider moving the boxes west towards the pits. Starting at the first reserved bleachers and going west from there. Less speakers and more pit action - thats a "Win Win"
:beerchug::beerchug::beerchug:

NOOOOOoooooo! Don'y move the boxes into the pits, they'll bring the speakers/announcers with them.

FlyKidChris
09-28-2015, 11:41 AM
There were still many errors, especially by Steve S. He referred to Hoot Gibson as "Hoot Wilson" at least once.

I do like having the race class participants or members doing the announcing during their races.

GRNDP51
09-28-2015, 11:50 AM
There were still many errors, especially by Steve S. He referred to Hoot Gibson as "Hoot Wilson" at least once.

I do like having the race class participants or members doing the announcing during their races.

Smoot should announce Unlimiteds!!! Or like we said Skip Holm before :thumbsup:

Race5
09-28-2015, 12:19 PM
NOOOOOoooooo! Don'y move the boxes into the pits, they'll bring the speakers/announcers with them.

No joke! That's one of the best parts of watching from the pits. All you here are scanners broadcasting race control and the sound of engines.

Big_Jim
09-28-2015, 12:55 PM
So take 5 minutes and write RARA expressing your displeasure. I did.

The sport deserves better than Stewie and the Bad Boys of Air Racing.

http://airrace.org/contact/

Lon Moer
09-28-2015, 05:53 PM
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... and I have MUCH respect for the job the GREAT Sandy Sanders did for so many years...

Sandy Sanders was legendary! :thumbsup:

GRNDP51
09-28-2015, 07:26 PM
So take 5 minutes and write RARA expressing your displeasure. I did.

The sport deserves better than Stewie and the Bad Boys of Air Racing.

http://airrace.org/contact/

Do you know of anyone who's received a response from RARA? No probably not

CJAM427
09-28-2015, 07:39 PM
I too believe the announcing was better this year. Was FKS even there this year? I think Mike Mangold is a fantastic announcer for the Jet Class.

I've been saying that about Mike Mangold since 2013. I'm one of the few who also watches the Red Bull Air Races (ducking). Which he announces for as well.

There's something to be said for someone who knows the technicalities of the racing and is well-spoken as well.