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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 at 3:06 pm  |  29 responses

Links: My Radio Daze

The Hawks and Knicks…and SLAM?

by Lang Whitaker

It’s been a ridiculous last seven days for me, including flights from NYC to Miami and back and then to Atlanta and back. I went to NBA games on Monday and Wednesday night, then hung out at a hospital in ATL all weekend to visit with my sister, who just gave birth to twins. Got back to NYC on Sunday and have been grinding away in the SLAMdome ever since.

I’ve been meaning to get a post up following my two turns in the broadcast booth last week but haven’t had an opportunity. Then I spent about two hours Sunday night and two hours Monday morning trying to edit the sound files of me on the radio down to little avail — I ended up losing more files than I actually created. So I started over and finally pieced the following clips together.

These clips are from the Hawks/Knicks game last Wednesday night here in NYC, which the Hawks lost 112-104. As you will hear if you click on the flash player below, I just tried to have fun and make the broadcast entertaining (hopefully). I also managed to squeeze in references to everything from Outkast to Clyde Frazier (worked “modus operandi” into the broadcast) to, that’s right, Mr. Ping Ping(!).

Before we run these, I need to thank everyone who took the time to record this for me (I got files from Linkstigators Saif, Raghu and Jake Nelson — that’s right, we global).

I also need to once again thank Hawks play-by-play announcer Steve Holman for giving me the chance to give this announcing stuff a shot and willingly sharing the mic with me. I had a blast and hopefully I’ll get another turn behind the mic one of these days.

Here’s the audio…


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  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    Dope that you put the audio up… I went to 790thezone.com during that game to try to hear y’all and it didn’t work, and I was too far away from the ATL to pick up 790′s weak ass signal.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Love the Borat line.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    “Ping Pinged around the rim” Nice.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Holman: “How does he get free all the time?” Lang: “Because Flip Murray is guarding him”

    Perhaps the best in-game announcing comment I’ve ever heard!

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    This was awesome. Congrats Lang.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    I was listening in my car at the airpot Lang. I laughed when you suggested the Hawks bring in Shaq to help with their free throws. It kept me from crying. It was also amazing that Steve Holman didn’t just say to hell with this. I know I wouldn’t have blamed him.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Lang, do a Laker game next time and watch the comments skyrocket.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    We don’t do this for the comments, Ben, we do it for the love…ah whatever, we do it for the comments. That’s why I’m doing a Dirty 30 tomorrow.

  • http://wherespmac.com Justin Adler

    Somewhere DJ Toney Blair is crying that you left him.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Steve Holman seems to be way cool. Good job, Lang.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    I’ve been waiting on this for a few days now. I think you did a real good job of maintaining a level of professionalism while at the same time injecting some of your own original flavor into it. Great job. And, oh, congrats on the unclehood.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Yeah, what happened to SLAM Radio!? That ish was dope.

  • Jackie Moon

    Making fun of Wilson Chandler’s name – that’s cold hearted! I think a Lang-Omar broadcast team up might be awesome! Lang would move over to play-by-play (where he could still make some commentary) and Omar would go off on the color analysis.

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  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Haha…I missed that Bernie Madoff quip my first time through the recording.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mcnarrative Kieran

    Slam radio? with the really bad freestyles?

  • Jackie Moon

    I meant that Lang could make the same amount of commentary and still do the play-by-play, and Omar would fill in nicely as well … You guys could do this once a week from home when the technology comes (like in 2012) and feed it through the live broadcast, where we could choose to listen to some homer announcers, or Lang and O, hmm, tough choice. Only stipulation is that Ryan Jones would not be allowed to guest on Cavs games.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Great idea, Jackie. And Eboy, I mean that it was a bad idea to have a 6-4 guy guarding Nate Robinson, not that Flip isn’t a competent defender.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Oh……..well, your voice inflection made it sound awesome regardless. Sorry Flip.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Not that Flip is in any way a competent defender.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    i heart Flip Murray. SHAW BEARS!!! Growl.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Do i get credit for the ping ping reference?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Yes. And credit to RV for the idea for the Ping Ping reference.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Props Lang. I’ll get back to you on what I think in….15 hours haha. Stupid computer won’t let me listen to the audio from here.
    Props :D

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Props 2x = mega props. How could I not know I’d said that before… I must be getting old.

  • Staff

    Great stuff Lang, the voice of the fans.

  • Jake

    Yes it worked!

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Ok, so it wasn’t 15 hours, but I still listened and thought it was very good.
    So I ask you: would you rather do TV OR Radio given the opportunity?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Hursty: I have a face for radio and a voice for print…

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