By Denny Matthews
Long-time radio announcers Denny Matthews and Fred White of the Kansas urban Royals have been baseball's model of The atypical Couple, with their variations frequently shining via their publicizes. The word "long-time" will not be reasonable, or exact, to explain the tenure for those voices. The 1998 season marked the twenty fifth yr Matthews and White have been at the air jointly, making them, at the moment, the longest-running broadcast group within the American League. within the nationwide League, they have been passed purely via Jack dollar and Mike Shannon (and purely by means of years) of the St. Louis Cardinals. (Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds additionally celebrated their twenty fifth anniversary jointly in 1998.) If a calculator was once positioned to job, it can be stated that Matthews and White did nearly 4,050 video games jointly; or, in keeping with a regular 3 hour video game within the American League (although in recent times they have been extra like three-and-a-half hours), the 2 logged-in approximately 12,150 hours of play-by-play jointly. are you able to think operating with related individual, day-in and day-out in a small workplace for 25 years? now not a lot of us can. The 1998 season additionally marked their ultimate season jointly, as White's handshake agreement was once no longer renewed after the season. the inside track of White's dismissal despatched surprise waves to Royals' lovers, and approximately incited a listener rebellion. To many, the inside track got here as a surprise simply because in a enterprise that has a tendency to breed egos the scale of the Truman activities advanced, White and Matthews have every little thing yet egos. Baseball radio announcers are a distinct model of broadcasters. this present day of cable tv, it takes a distinct individual to turn into a great radio broadcaster, not to mention turn into an outstanding one. To many Royals' fanatics, Denny and Fred (as they have been recognized to their listeners) are nice. For a quarter-century, Denny Matthews and Fred White shaped a distinct bond with their listeners, in part dictated by means of tenure jointly and the size of a typical American League video game, but in addition by means of the pair's laid-back, gentle method of every one broadcast.
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To Charlie Brannan, who drove me to St. Louis to tape a Cardinals-Cubs game for my resume tape. To Glen McCullough, who advised me to market my resume tape. To Jack Brickhouse and Jack Rosenberg of WGN in Chicago, who encouraged me to be a big league announcer. To Bud Blattner, who somehow thought I could be a big league announcer for more than a couple of years. Denny Matthews I would like to thank Dave Divan and Elzer Marx, the two people who got me started at WITY in Danville, Illinois. To John Powell, who hired me at KHAS in Hastings, Nebraska.
He saw one of the announcers eating dinner with some friends and family. As the Royals' announcer was leaving, this friend of mine introduced himself and described how he was a big fan of the Royals broadcasts and told of how much he appreciated the broadcasters. He said the broadcaster stopped and talked to him and his wife and baby for a few minutes, before leaving. That's Fred White. That's Denny Matthews. Away from the microphone Denny and Fred are very similar to Felix and Oscar of Odd Couple fame.
He knows baseball, and he knows engineering. He and Ed - both wizards with wires and electronics. People bring things to them that don't work, and five minutes later they work. Don is always the first to get to the booth, and the last to leave. We depend a ton on these guys. On the rare occasion when one of the two hasn't been around, someone else has filled in, and it's a little bit awkward. We realize then how comfortable we are and how skillful they are. It's one of those things taken for granted because they're always there.