Chris Myers and Mark Schlereth calling Giants-Jags.

We’ve seen audio issues on game broadcasts quite a bit, and even on studio shows as well. What happened Sunday on Fox’s broadcast of the New York GiantsJacksonville Jaguars game stood out for a couple of reasons, though.

For one, the loss of on-site booth audio took place after the game announcers’ preview from Chris Myers and Mark Schlereth (which went fine), but right at the start of the actual game broadcast. For another, the local Fox affiliates in Jacksonville and New York handled it differently. Jacksonville’s WFOX briefly cut to the Tampa Bay BuccaneersCarolina Panthers game (which had fine audio) before coming back, while New York’s WNYW stuck with the Giants-Jags game with stadium audio only (and perhaps some muffled comments from the booth). Here’s how WFOX handled it, in two clips:

And here’s the corresponding first clip from WNYW:

As mentioned above, this came after a perfectly normal preview from the announcers:

The audio seemed to be largely fine after that, with perhaps a few short drops. Then, 13 minutes into the broadcast, Myers apologized for the early audio issues, and Schlereth had quite the line about how his unbroadcast audio was great: “It was my best work by far in all the years I’ve been doing this. You really missed out.”

It’s certainly interesting to see an outage like this at the start of a broadcast, and to see how a couple of different affiliates handled it. As per JP Kirby’s maps, this broadcast was going to New York City, much of the surrounding area, Philadelphia, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Jacksonville, and Miami. So these audio issues affected quite a few viewers. But at least they didn’t last too long.

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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.