National Pastime Radio covers the postseason

November 3, 2015

The Brian Lehrer Show conducted this great interview with former Mets pitcher and current TV broadcaster Ron Darling. Despite a number of sports media writers criticizing the way FOX handled its coverage, Darling would not pile on. But I appreciated his honesty as he spoke about the disappointment for himself and his booth-mates Keith Hernandez and Gary Cohen in not getting a chance to carry on their good work before a national stage.

One of my favorite podcasts — Pop Culture Happy Hour — closes the show with a segment called “What’s Making Me Happy” in which the panelists pass along one or two of their favorite things. Last week it was this piece by sports columnist Joe Posnanski and writer Michael Shur on that freaky ALCS game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers that featured some strange goings on, not the least of which was this play:

Finally, taking a little liberty here since this isn’t an NPR product, but Sarah D. Bunting, a regular on my favorite favorite podcast, Extra Hot Great, talked up this two-and-a-half-hour YouTube video of another Mets broadcasting legend, the late Ralph Kiner, who had his share on on-air flubs. You’re welcome. (By the way, look for Down on the Korner: Ralph Kiner and Kiner’s Korner, by Mark Rosenman, next February.)

 

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