Who is your favorite on-site announcer?

JeffSurdejJeffSurdej Posts: 718 Open or Level 9 Skier
Interested to hear who your favorite announcers are for a pro event?
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  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,643 Mega Baller
    Hands down Tony Lightfoot. He, along with Drew or Matt are waterskiing’s equivalent of Harry Kalas/Richie Ashburn (Phillies), Pat Summerall/John Madden (NFL CBS), and Phil Liggett/Bob Roll (Tour deFrance NBC).
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,982 Mega Baller
    Top two are both named Fred.

    Matt Rini and Corey Vaughan were both promising. Would like to hear more of them.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 840 Crazy Baller
    Very impressed with Cory Vaughn at the recent 38 tourney. Tony is always good
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,492 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Zane N
    Freddie both of them
    Shut up and ski
  • bigtex2011bigtex2011 Posts: 643 Crazy Baller
    tony L for sure. paired with matt, freddie, or freddie or cory.
  • jayskijayski Posts: 1,091 Mega Baller
    Me, from the boat radio...not suitable for all ears B)
  • Cooper_TrelawneyCooper_Trelawney Posts: 289 Solid Baller
    Can't beat Tony Lightfoot for the play by play when paired with Freddy or Freddie for color commentary. Wade is a nice 'on the dock' addition too.
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,764 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I like Tony for his ability to always something "new" even after he's talked for seemingly 36 straight hours. Many announcers get stuck on a phrase and repeat it every couple minutes. Tony typically doesn't. Also his enthusiasm matches what you see 'on screen' most of the time.

    For technical analysis it's tough to beat Freddy Kreuger but others like Corey Vaughn, Freddie Winter, Matt Rini, and Tyler Boyd are a close second.

    I love the idea of the dockside mic. Wade does a good job but I'd like to see that mixed up a bit.

    Now if you really want to have some fun, we need to find a way to incorporate a 'helmet cam/mic' like NASCAR where you can grab a quick word with an athlete between jumps or between passes.
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Chairman of the Board

  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,312 Mega Baller
    I can't listen for Tony for more than 15 min. I usually mute webcasts and just watch. It's so painful.

    @klindy they make it. https://www.bbtalkinusa.com/
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,325 Mega Baller
    Ben Favret for color commentary.

    Tony Lightfoot for overall announcing.

    As mentioned, Tyler Boyd also does well. I thought Corey was good at Lake 38 on the weekend.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
    liquid dski6jonesDaveD
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,764 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @MattP love the waterproof mic kit! That would be cool.
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Chairman of the Board

  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,384 Mega Baller
    Ben Favret is great for actually telling you/showing you the technical aspect of why and how it gets done in slalom...highlighting the little things.
  • CnewbertCnewbert Posts: 377 Crazy Baller
    Love Tony as the anchor, and TWBC always has outstanding co-announcers. Can’t think of a single one who has not been informative, insightful and entertaining. Great that they rotate different experts into the co spot. Keeps it fresh.
  • WishWish Posts: 8,417 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Freddy Krueger is next level. ESPN worthy.

    Freddie Winter

    Corey Vaughn

    Drew Ross

    Ben Favret

    And kinda liked the young promising Rob Hazelwood.

    + 1 for what @Than_Bogan said. Know your role and limitations. Makes for better viewing.

    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • JayG80JayG80 Posts: 177 Baller
    Dave Benzel
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,312 Mega Baller
    @trs1 coming out of retirement? Come brush off the cobwebs this weekend at Whitestone and rag on @Horton over the mic.
  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 679 Crazy Baller
    Freddy Krueger and Tadd Schreiber are hard to beat...
    Andre Broussard | Action Water Sports | SkiBennetts |
  • brodybrody Posts: 348 Solid Baller
    edited June 11
    Not a big fan of Tony, Dano is horrible.
    Freddy, zach, Seth, drew, Matt,Corey
  • MarkTimmMarkTimm Posts: 148 Baller
    @trs01 it would be great to hear you on the Mic again, the Masters is hard to listen to with a wakeboarder on the call.
    Mark Timm
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,903 Mega Baller
    edited June 11
    The Freddies. Both do great!
    Oh, and for local tournaments around south Alabama and NW Florida, Chad Hunter is very entertaining!
  • ETskierETskier Posts: 92 Baller
    Rick McCormick was very good in the old pro tour days.
  • rockdogrockdog Posts: 671 Crazy Baller
  • Cooper_TrelawneyCooper_Trelawney Posts: 289 Solid Baller
    @JayG80 remember Dave Benzel describing slalom as "station wagon turns' or 'sports car turns'?
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