By Tom Stosberg
Foolish us. We dialed up a University of Louisville baseball game in the Big East Tournament on the radio thinking that we would actually be able to hear it.
What a disgrace. U of L fans have one of the best college baseball teams in America and almost no way whatsoever of hearing their games, much less seeing them.
Louisville baseball, you see, is broadcast on a radio station with a signal not quite as powerful as that of a $19.95 walkie-talkie. Maybe if you stand on your roof holding a metal garden rake, wearing tin foil on your head while clasping a long wire thatâ€™s plugged into your radio, you might hear somethingÂ from the pathetic signal of KOOL 1570.
Unless, of course, itâ€™s after dark. Then the sound you mostly will hear is sort of like listening to a combination of someone whistling off key, an old electric razor and a washing machine running with the lid open.
Itâ€™s true that you can subscribe to an Internet streaming version of the game but why should you have to do that? Arenâ€™t the Cardinalsâ€™ sponsors paying enough so that fans donâ€™t have to?Â Isnâ€™t that how commercial radio is supposed to work?
So why canâ€™t Clear Channel Radio, the company that makes a bundle from U of L football and basketball, provide U of L baseball one of their EIGHT stations for baseball broadcasts?
Sean Moth delivers first class play-by-play game after game.Â So the on-air product is outstanding and worthy of a decent radio station with a good signal. And it is absolutely ridiculous that U of L fans canâ€™t listen to the games on a real radio station.
Our Big East baseball champs deserve better than rinky-dink.