Friday, April 21, 2006

Construction of Identity: Dick Vitale

ESPN Classic is showing old NBA playoff broadcasts. During a showing of a 1984 game, I thought I recognized the commentator's voice. It was a simple, professional broadcast, featuring solid commentary and analysis on the game, and was fairly critical. Where had I heard the voice before?

And way...I realized...IT'S DICK VITALE!

It was a calm, clear, professional broadcast.

There was no screaming, shouting, or yelling. No catchphrases. No exaggerated praise for players, coaches, or programs.

It was just regular commentary and analysis on a basketball game.

So when did Dick Vitale construct the Identity he is known for now?

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