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April 22, 2013

Fake sounds or not, ole Waite was the best


When the Reds played on the road, Hoyt didn’t travel with the team. He would broadcast the games from a studio in Cincinnati with a pitch-by-pitch running report from Western Union.

We used to marvel at the sound of the bat striking the ball so loudly on a big hit as the crowd roared its approval – through the magic of recorded sound effects.

To be honest, we boys of summer didn’t know and didn’t care whether or not the game was a live broadcast.


Keith Kappes is a columnist for The Morehead (Ky.) News. Contact him at

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