(Author’s note: I am writing this on my phone, and I have fat thumbs and neither a proofreader nor editor.)
All of your recent Fandom Origin Stories took me for a walk down memory lane, and got me hearing voices.
For our beloved Niners, most of my fandom was narrated by John Madden and Pat Summerall. A fantastic juxtaposition, Summerall could really let a play breathe, and then Madden would punctuate it with his larger-than-life personality. Boom! On the radio, the canvas was painted by Joe Starkey, who "sounds like 49er football" to me. Alas, I am too young to remember Lon Simmons, never really liked Ted Robinson, and I find Greg Papa’s voice to be grating. Also, in my mind, Papa and football equals Raiders. The Raiders take 49er castoffs, not the other way around.
My Giants were voiced by Hank Greenwald in my youth. Baseball on TV started to get eaten up by paid sports channels cleverly named things like SportsChannel, so I spent many a summer evening listening to Hank on the radio. The recent rotating triumvirate of Jon Miller, Mike Krukow, and Duane Kuiper hit all the right notes, but I worry that is coming to an end.
The Warriors are a very distant third in my fandom, but I’m I grew up with Greg Papa on these calls as well Again, he’s a voice I could do without. Tim Roye feels like a bargain bin broadcaster.
Let’s hear about who you hear!