TWBC is so good

Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 7,054 Mega Baller
They just keep improving the product. The Lake 38 broadcast is absolutely excellent.

At times, I've been a little critical of Tony, so I wanted to especially call out that he's been great in the last few broadcasts. It's so challenging to be the "MC" role, because you have to balance technical information, general hype, keeping advertisers happy, transitioning between segments, and the needs of the on-shore crowd vs. those of the remote audience. This season, Tony seems perfectly dialed in and able to juggle all of those elements deftly. SO GOOD!

And Wade has really found his groove at the dock. He wasn't my favorite in the booth, but now I really look forward to what's next every time I hear "Wade's World." :)

Figuring out the best possible role for each member of the crew is a testament to how much the entire TWBC team just wants to create the best possible product instead of getting into a battle of egos. MUCH respect for that!!
Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
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  • AndreAndre Posts: 1,824 Mega Baller
    edited June 6
    Except for Wade,at times,he should really prepare his questions in advance.
    But he definetely add color to the webcast!
    It's a british invasion with Tony,Freddie and Rob!
    Great show TWBC!
    My ski finish in 16.95 ...but my ass is out of tolerance!
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,841 Mega Baller
    Agreed getting better with each broadcast. The Lake 38 wrap up they sent out today is top notch!
  • CnewbertCnewbert Posts: 452 Crazy Baller
    I thought Zane was excellent as well. Once Regina and Tony found their rhythm with each other, it was great hearing Regina’s outstanding commentary also.
  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,296 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited June 6
    I mostly agree with all of the comments above. I enjoyed the broadcast and I do think they have improved consistently. My one complaint is that during the portion where Rob Hazelwood and Regina were there with Tony, several times they were all talking at the same time resulting in an audio salad. They each had great things to say, they just need to figure out when each one is going to talk. I'm sur get out soon enough.
  • WishWish Posts: 8,547 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited June 6
    Yep...just gets better and better. Good call on Regina at the mic. I think giving them some slack (pun intended) on all talking at the same time would be fare. That was Regina’s first go I believe. They will find their rhythm.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 7,054 Mega Baller
    Oh yeah, forgot to mention Regina! Sure, you can tell she's a little new to it, but she's gonna be GREAT. To be honest, I was a little surprised. Looking forward to her future commentary!!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • Vernon ReeveVernon Reeve Posts: 114 Baller
    The opening segment for TWBC is awesome as well. Nice blend of danger and excellence with cool graphics and music. That guy skipping across the water really shows just how fast they are going and how dangerous it is.
    Love having the pro's doing commentary as well. Makes me more willing to watch the whole thing to see what tips they might have. Also fun to hear what they are seeing/expecting.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 6,113 Mega Baller
    Excellent overall. Sometimes tho it's like "ok really good one" (I'm like what?) and "oh they go down at 3". Yeah that one-ball was an issue. I realize it's in real time--would be hard for me, too.
    This is meant to be the friendliest of constructive thoughts not a dig--overall great job.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • skierjpskierjp Posts: 1,234 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    It would be interesting to find out what kind of skier Tony actually was? My problem with his commentary is that he is so negative. He rarely ever says anything positive about the skier unless it’s Fred or Robert. He’s definitely bias to UK skiers. It’s comical how some of the pro skiers like Fred, Regina and or coaches like Matt or Kiwi that are in the booth with him set him straight on things he thought went wrong with the pass. I also thought some of his remarks that was busting on the web cast at the Masters was uncalled for. When you’re the best you don’t need to stoop that low.
  • MastercrafterMastercrafter Posts: 390 Crazy Baller
    Tony's constant "well you can see they got around 6 clear as day" etc etc got old after about the 10th time he said it. We get it. Seemed petty.
  • RAWSkiRAWSki Posts: 985 Mega Baller
    Agree the production TWBC value keeps improving each and every webcast and it is very impressive. Audio still needs some attention and I would prefer to not 'check into' "Wade's World" 30 times a broadcast ........
    How about "now to 33 Time ProTour winner Wade Cox" ??
  • BG1BG1 Posts: 240 Baller
    Thank you so much for the broadcast of my favorite sport to watch! I rarely watch any sports broadcast that I don’t have a complaint about a commentator, some of which are paid huge salaries, and they receive tons of professional coaching and training. I personally choose not to publicly complain about the Masters or TWBC broadcasting because they are very well done considering the budgets, they are free, and the workers are working for very little or free. I find it interesting that the one commentator I’ve seen on TWBC that I personally find to be really annoying has never had a single negative comment against them on this forum that I’ve seen. I put up with that commentator just so I can see great video of the best skiers in the world. My only suggestion to anyone that commentates on these broadcasts would be to listen to the playback to self-improve. It couldn’t be any more painful than me watching video of my on skiing! I’ve never commentated at an event of any kind but I doubt I could do any better than any one of these commentators. Again, thank you TWBC!
  • RGilmoreRGilmore Posts: 224 Baller
    Tony Lightfoot certainly seems to have his critics on this board. However, as it has been said, "a critic is someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing." So there's that.
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,841 Mega Baller
    I like ‘… Wade’s World’ has a good ring to it and he along with the rest of the crew does a great job imo.
  • GaryJanzigGaryJanzig Posts: 197 Baller
    Hats off to Tony Lightfoot and everyone else who is in front of the camera, and behind the microphone. When you consider how long a water ski tournament is verses other sports, very tough to keep things going. Very glad we have TWBC. I catch up on all the tournaments during those long Ohio winters.
  • Cooper_TrelawneyCooper_Trelawney Posts: 360 Crazy Baller
    @skierjp Tony was actually a pretty darn good 3 event skier. He came to Louisiana from England and was one of the early skiers in the ULL (USL at the time) collegiate program. That was late 80s or early 90s if I remember correctly. That's when NLU was really dominant and I skied for SWT those years.
    Travis Anderson, Texas waterfront REALTOR
  • skierjpskierjp Posts: 1,234 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Cooper_Trelawney good to know. I wonder what his PB was in slalom? My only complaint is I wish he would not be so negative. It would be better if he talked more about what went right. I’ve been around him as a judge and driver ever since TWBC started. Really nice guy. Super hard job announcing for days.
  • Cooper_TrelawneyCooper_Trelawney Posts: 360 Crazy Baller
    @skierjp maybe something at -35'? Which in today's world would probably be a full pass better?
    Yeah, I think it's a challenge to be on the mic as many hours as he is. As broadcasts continue to evolve I hope to see him stick to the play-by-play guy and let Eade or Rini or whoever do the color commentary/technical analysis. It would reduce his volume of words some and probably help his vocal chords and energy levels too. More Pat Summerall to play off of John Madden....
    Travis Anderson, Texas waterfront REALTOR
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,841 Mega Baller
    Like the long time voices of the Phillies - Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn
  • RogerRoger Posts: 1,618 Mega Baller
    I'm really happy he's doing it. One thing that bugs nearly every time though is when he says "skiers can change ZO settings every pass now which started either this year or last."
    Thinking we've been able for at least 5 years...
    Roger B. Clark - Okeeheelee skier. Senior driver, Senior Judge
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,771 Crazy Baller
    @Roger same here. It's been even longer than 5 years. I know it goes back as far as when Rev R came out. I was skiing with + at that time and had to ski a tournament behind a MC promo that still has Q. So, I tried a couple of settings in my round. I'm thinking more like 10 years.
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
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