CBS mic sharing

Michigan’s 92-91 win over Oklahoma State Friday went right down to the wire, but broadcaster CBS had to make as many late-game adjustments as the teams. Inside the final minute, announcers Jim Nantz, Grant Hill and Bill Raftery suddenly went quiet before a commercial break. At first, it seemed like they might just be letting the crowd noise tell the story:

But when they came back, there was only the court audio:

Reporter Tracy Wolfson then came on and announced “We’re having some audio issues right now.”

She briefly filled in on play-by-play until the next spot for a commercial:

When they came back, Nantz, Hill and Raftery were on the air again, with Nantz explaining “We’ve taken a little bit of a power hit here courtside.”

Nantz then talked about how they were huddled around one handheld mic (presumably Wolfson’s):

And the broadcast then showed that, with Hill dropping a “I feel like one of the Temptations.”

Look for the next album from Nantz, Hill and Raftery to drop soon. With their mic-sharing skills, they might be able to challenge Manfred Mann:


About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.