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Columbus football announers Jimmy Crum and Dave Collins were supposed to report the 1951 OSU vs Michigan game "live" from the Big House over WRFD radio. A problem developed however when the radio station , at the last minute,could not obtain a broadcasting booth at the stadium. WRFD and radio crew had to scramble at the last minute "to bring coverage" to their beloived Buckeye fans.
To solve the dielema, Crum and Collins called the game IN COLUMBUS at the WRFD studios, while watching the game on a closed circuit black and white TV, and made the broadcast sound like they were LIVE in the Michigan stadium. No one ever knew the difference.Years later Crum admitted that if this had been know, WRFD might have lost its broadcasting license.
I guess we will go any lengths to hear our Buckeye football...ha ha... and thats the way it was some 60 years ago....
(Source-Ohio State Football Encyclopdia-Jack Park)
Well it is no worse than the Kevin Costner movie where the announcer hit a stick to sound like a hit ball.
The old Columbus Jets(Prior to the Clippers) radio broadcaszt of "away" games were done from a teletype, in Columbus, and a guy name Joe Hill(who I knew) made them sound as if he was there to call the games live. As a Columbus baseball fan back then, I held onto every word! ha ha
Many younger guys and gals on this board may not have heard of Jimmie Crum, one of the participants in the radio rouse above. He was a long time Columbus "Channel 4" sports director and commentator and ball game announcer..he was famous for calling a ball game a "barnburner".
Crum had many rin-ins with Woody. Diminuative size but not mouth. Crum called Woody out many times, and even got Woody to throw a punch or two at him. He was not afraid to "call it as he sees it". This often got Woody's aire up and they went at it. I liked Crum becasue you could not "buy" him like so many of todays TV sports guys...if the team stunk..he said 'It stunk"....apparantly Woody took offense to that many times..ha ha..
This post was edited by Bigjimmie on 3/13/2012 at 12:52 PM
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