Changes at PTV end Turner’s Braves broadcast production

Braves games on Peachtree TV will look and sound more like Braves games on Fox Sports South and SportSouth, and should be available to a wider cable audience.

Peachtree TV is turning over production of its 45 Braves games to Fox Sports South, which will use its own producers, crews and broadcasters. Outside of  Peachtree’s broadcast signal reach, the games will be carried on Fox Sports South or Fox-owned SportSouth — good news for some Braves fans in the South who previously couldn’t get Peachtree games.

Joe Simpson seems likely to continue as broadcast analyst on the 45 games that are switching production to Fox Sports South, but FSS vice president and general manager Jeff Genthner said on-air talent decisions haven’t been made.

Simpson teamed with play-by-play man Chip Caray on Fox Sports South and SportSouth games last season. On Peachtree TV games, Simpson teamed with play-by-play Ernie Johnson Jr., with John Smoltz also serving as frequent guest analyst.

Genthner said, “We certainly will work with Turner and the Braves [to decide on broadcasters]. I have not spoken with Joe Simpson or Chip Caray or anyone else in the mix. It’s just too soon….

“I think Joe is clearly someone who is a common denominator on the Turner telecast and the Fox telecast. That seems like a pretty comfortable fit with all parties. We have not engaged anyone on the play-by-play side yet. That conversation will start pretty soon. I’m not saying it’s going to be open or that there will be a lot of candidates.”

Johnson is under contract with Turner and serves as studio host for its  TNT basketball broadcasts and postseason baseball. Smoltz worked for Turner on its Peachtree games in addition to his TBS duties on national games and postseason coverage.

The outsourcing of Peachtree TV’s Braves game and other sports content was one of the major changes announced Tuesday by the station, which is turning over its management to Meredith Corp. — the company that runs CBS Atlanta.

Before too much longer, the name on Turner Field might be the only remaining link between the Braves and Turner, the man and the broadcasting company that helped make it “America’s Team.”

For the first time 1972, no Braves games will be produced by Turner crews, other than occasional Braves appearances on TBS’ national game of the week.

Ted Turner bought the Braves in 1976, primarily to assure that the team remained in Atlanta and a programming staple on his station WTBS, which later blossomed into Superstation TBS.

Fox Sports Net and SportSouth became primary Braves carriers in 2008, continuing a migration of Braves games from Turner that began nearly a decade ago.

Shortly after he bought the Braves in ‘76, Turner put them on his pioneering Superstation, which bounced its signal off of satellites and beamed Braves broadcasts into homes across the country. The lowly Braves suddenly had more broadcast exposure than any team in professional sports.

It became known as “America’s Team” long before the Braves became a perennial playoff contender. It was a generally bad team for more than a decade on TBS, but some Braves players, along with broadcasters Skip Caray and Pete Van Wieren, became wildly popular in every corner of the United States.

TBS showed about 150 games a year nationally until the early 1990s – except in Atlanta, where area residents got the local feed of those games on WTBS.

The beginning of the end of the Superstation-era Braves came after Turner Broadcasting Systems merged with Time Warner in 1996. Four years later, AOL and Time Warner merged.

By that time, TBS was carrying only about half of the Braves’ schedule, with the rest divided between Fox Sports Net and new regional network Turner South. In 2006, Turner South was sold to Fox Cable Networks, which moved Turner South’s Braves games to newly created SportsSouth.

The Braves were sold by Time Warner to Liberty Media in 2007, and that season was the team’s last on TBS. Also in 2007, WTBS was re-branded to become Peachtree TV

Peachtree TV is contracted to carry about 45 Braves games annually through 2013.

by David O’Brien, Braves blog

(Staff writer Kristi Swartz contributed to this story.)

151 comments Add your comment

flint pierce

January 18th, 2011
12:57 pm

Ted Roof

January 18th, 2011
12:58 pm

Sad…oh the memories this story brings back!

2012 FEAR THE END

January 18th, 2011
1:00 pm

2012 FEAR THE END

January 18th, 2011
1:01 pm

DevilInLaw

January 18th, 2011
1:01 pm

Worst news of the day is learning that Chip “There’s a drive, belted … routine pop fly” Caray is going to go every Braves game on TV in 2011.

UcantCLA

January 18th, 2011
1:02 pm

Hope they let Ernie Johnson call some games. I thought him and Smoltz did a great job.

eskippy

January 18th, 2011
1:03 pm

Skip & Pete Fan

January 18th, 2011
1:09 pm

I’m so sad to learn of Turner and the Braves parting ways. That relationship brings back many memories as a kid. However, living three and a half hours south of Atlanta in the southwest corner of the state, I’m glad we don’t have to wait on DISH Network to decide the day before opening day that they’ll stream the PTV games. Great day!

Creighton

January 18th, 2011
1:11 pm

So, does this mean it will be Chip and Joe all the time? Big fan of Joe. But, frankly, my favorite team was Ernie, Joe and Smoltz.

PC

January 18th, 2011
1:17 pm

Living in Alabama and being a DirecTV customer, we got the PTV games, but only in SD. So if FSS or SS carries the PTV games in HD, I’ll tolerate having to listen to Chip.

Skip's proginy

January 18th, 2011
1:24 pm

DevilInLaw

January 18th, 2011
1:01 pm
Worst news of the day is learning that Chip “There’s a drive, belted … routine pop fly” Caray is going to go every Braves game on TV in 2011.

Yes, it’s wonderful news isn’t it? More of the Chipper in the booth, and the Chipper on the field. Wonder what ever happened to the chipper in Fargo?

ChopperToChipper

January 18th, 2011
1:28 pm

No dobut that Smoltz and Johnson were the best duo last year.

ChillyMutt

January 18th, 2011
1:29 pm

collegeballfan

January 18th, 2011
1:37 pm

As long as they keep Joe Simpson in the booth. He is the best baseball TV announcer I have ever heard.

Simpson is one of the very few broadcasters not in love with the sound of their own voice.

David O'Brien

January 18th, 2011
1:38 pm

Rich, thoughtful response, ChillyMutt. Thanks for sharing with us all.

Sutton's Fro

January 18th, 2011
1:42 pm

I hope Comcast is involved in this. In the Savannah area, the Peachtree games were available via Comcast on an exclusive HD channel (nothing but Peachtree games). Comcast offers FSS in HD, but SportsSouth (the primary carrier of Braves games) is only available in SD. Hopefully Comcast expands its HD offerings, so that all the Braves games are available next season.

Mike

January 18th, 2011
1:48 pm

First, Boog leaves and sticks us with Chip on the Fox games. And now this move gets rid of the 45 times I looked forward to not having to put up with him. Nice guy, but just brutal in the booth.

UGASlobberknocker

January 18th, 2011
1:55 pm

This is a sad day for the Braves. If not for Turner and the Superstation, the Braves would be playing in another city right now. I know Ted has been out of it, but TBS remained. I hope today’s new fans will appreciate the role that TBS played in saving the Braves back in the 70s when they drew 5000 a game on a good night.

Ah tme memories..Chief Noc a Homa had some good blow back then as well. That smoke coming out of the top of his teepee wasnt a campfire.

On the positive side, as someone who traqvels in the SE occassionally, it will be nice to see the Braves ganes on SS that were on Peachtree TV..so out of state fans should be happy.

Fastball

January 18th, 2011
1:55 pm

I like Chip.

UGASlobberknocker

January 18th, 2011
1:56 pm

Hey DOB, whats the newest hot record?

UGASlobberknocker

January 18th, 2011
1:58 pm

Chip never shuts up. EJ Jr’s understated style is the best and when he has Smoltz as his sidekick, that is the best broadcasting team in the biz. IMO

I like Simpson, too, but for someone who hit about 270 in the majors, I think his endless hitting swing analysis is tiresome.

zenman

January 18th, 2011
1:58 pm

DOB-Dave, that may be the brightest word you hear from ChillyMutt. He just may have given you his all. In an other world he could be Mr. Excitement. Come down to Tampa this Sat., and join me at Skippers Smoke House for Del Castillo and Point 6. I’ll buy. If you have never seen Del Castillo, you will find the trip well worth it. Low of 60 Sat night. Join us for a great time.

will36206

January 18th, 2011
2:20 pm

Is this goodbye to JJ?

Somebody's gettin screwed,,say the Blue Jays

January 18th, 2011
2:22 pm

Great news on the Braves front..they signed JJ for 3.5 mill and Prado for 3.1.

at that JJ is a steal and Prado is worth it.

On the other side of the coin, Blue Jays gave Yunel Escobar 2.9 million !!!!
What?? And they wonder why they dont contend. Id rather give $2.9 mil to my daughter and send her to the mall.

ellaguru

January 18th, 2011
2:26 pm

Oh, man, some of us are getting old. Moved here in ‘76 and Ted had so little content he replayed every Braves game starting at, like, midnight. Good friend of mine had a sister who was pregnant and she skipped the games on the first go-around so she could watch the replay while her kid kept her up. She told us not to tell her what happened–as though anything good EVER happened to the late ’70s Braves teams. West coast people got to watch every game in prime-ish time, too. Ted may have been an accidental genius on that deal but a genius nevertheless. Total Braves Immersion was the order of the day. Now for that we have you, Dave.

Anybody but Chip

January 18th, 2011
2:42 pm

We were so close….. If only Boog had stayed with Sports South, Chip would have had no place to go after being fired by TBS. Now we don’t get any relief at all. I may have to resort to watching the games with the sound turned down and listen to the radio broadcast.

Herschel Talker

January 18th, 2011
2:48 pm

FIRE BOBBY COX

Lowcountry Bulldawg

January 18th, 2011
2:49 pm

I miss Skip telling the viewers to tune in after the game to watch some B rated Chuck Norris film. He did it with such humor and sold it well. The Braves of our youth are no more, that is all this article really sums up. Just like all go things, they come to an end. I dare say within 5 years Turner Field will have a new name.

Anybody but Chip

January 18th, 2011
2:49 pm

FIRE CHIP CARAY

ATLfan15

January 18th, 2011
3:18 pm

@Lowcountry Bulldawg: those were the days, the dulcet tones of Skip Caray telling everyone to stay tuned for the next movie and then signing off with ’so long everybody’.

Tyler

January 18th, 2011
3:22 pm

Not a fan of Chip.

Smoltz – Simpson – Ernie Johnson Jr.

or

Place Chip on the radio and bring Sutton in w/ Simpson. I watch more than I listen.

I can’t take Chip. Just annoying. I’d rather listen/watch Gant and Lemke and that’s saying something.

Russ Orr

January 18th, 2011
3:47 pm

I’m a long time Braves fan in Oregon who misses the TBS broadcasts.

sean

January 18th, 2011
3:50 pm

anyones better than brian jordan!!,he cant even speak english.ever hear him talk about jason heyward?he calls him heywood!geez!

scottbravesfan

January 18th, 2011
3:52 pm

This is a good thing. A lot of non Comcast/Charter cable subscribers did not get the games. Time Warner cable here in Alabama put on a special channel just to show the Peachtree TV games but there were always issues with it at the beginning of the seasons. It took them a week or so before they would get the hang of it.

David O'Brien

January 18th, 2011
3:58 pm

zenman, thanks for the offer. But I’ll be flying to N.C. on Saturday, speaking at a hot-stove banquet in Wilson on Monday night. My parents live there.

AWE

January 18th, 2011
3:59 pm

I still want one of those Peachtree TV shirts.

LifeLongBravesfan

January 18th, 2011
4:02 pm

Joe Simpson is the best the Braves have, whether on radio or television. About the best on the National coverage for TBS during the playoffs too. Precise and with great insight as a former player who really knows the ends and outs of the game and doesn’t hold back when someone plays lousy. Don’t know why people have a problem with Chip. I say bring in Ernie SR!

Matt the Brave

January 18th, 2011
4:04 pm

Oh Lordy, could we just have Ernie Johnson Jr. and John Smoltz instead? I mean, Simpson darn near sounds like he is rooting for the other team now! I blame that on that red-headed midget that used to do Braves broadcasts while fully rooting for the Marlins and Mets every chance that he got.

bat hunter

January 18th, 2011
4:06 pm

i miss boog so much…

Tyler

January 18th, 2011
4:07 pm

DOB,

Wiltson? I used to live out that way for awhile while training for the Bank.

Would love to have some Bill’s right now.

David O'Brien

January 18th, 2011
4:13 pm

Matt the Brave, are you referring to Boog Sciambi as the “red-headed midget,” and if so, are you kidding? Dude’s about 6 feet and 230 lbs, give or take 10 lbs (he fluctuated a lot).

NCbravesfan

January 18th, 2011
4:30 pm

DOB,

looks like you will be in my area in NC. IF you have any idea would this make the Braves games televised in Southeastern NC with this new contract? I know in the western part of the state they receive the Braves games but here we have to buy the MLB package which does not make me happy..
Enjoy your trip to Wilson.

WE NEED THE DOB DAILY BLOGS BACK SOOOOON!!! COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS!!

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

January 18th, 2011
4:30 pm

Anybody remember when Ted would host “Friday Night Frights” on TBS?

He’d sit up in a coffin, face painted green, the fangs, the whole nine yards. Then he’d begin to speak.

NOTHING funnier than a vampire speaking fluent hillbilly/redneck English. With lots of errrrrs and dahhhhhs thrown in for effect. First vampire I ever heard say “y’all.” GREAT TV!

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

January 18th, 2011
4:33 pm

DOB “(he fluctuated a lot).”

Don’t we all..

jerry

January 18th, 2011
4:39 pm

A suggestion to Fox. Tell Joe and Chip to occasionally to shut the f— up.

Stuart

January 18th, 2011
4:42 pm

For all of the oddness exhibited by Ted Turner, TBS had great offerings on the tube and did spend a little on the Braves and the Hawks. Now the buraucracy known as Time Warner continues to denigrate and implode TBS. What a horrid joke.

Bob

January 18th, 2011
4:44 pm

I enjoy Chip and Joe. I hope they continue to do all the games!!

Capt. Obvious

January 18th, 2011
4:48 pm

At least Boog is gone!! Man did that guy suck.

ShakeWeightSally

January 18th, 2011
5:01 pm

Oh god! Please don’t tell me I have to hear more of Chip Carey! He is the worst announcer on the planet!

Bring back BOOG!!!!

FirePaulHewitt

January 18th, 2011
5:03 pm

Skip Caray was SO rude, I’m just glad he’s gone. Everyone in my dorm HATED him!

Ernesto

January 18th, 2011
5:07 pm

It is sad to know that the Braves games I am accustomed watching on Peachtree are no longer available to me here in the Mid Easter US. Our cable providers only want to broadcast Yanks, Orioles and Nats games.
Looks like MLB Network is going to take my money

Sarah P.

January 18th, 2011
5:13 pm

how come you guys are bloggin ’bout me?

Nate McLouth

January 18th, 2011
5:17 pm

Prado/JJ get more bucks—Hey, where’s my raise?

JEB

January 18th, 2011
5:20 pm

GREAT NEWS!
Every time a game is on PTV it gets blacked out in my area!
Glad to hear it!
Sad tale of how the Turner days have collapsed on us…. good memories!

James

January 18th, 2011
5:21 pm

In a perfect world Joe would be forced to go to Toronto and call games with Yunell Escobar and berate him so badly to the fans that they run him out of town there and we get our short stop back. Joe’s problem is he is stuck in the barnyard era. If you are not a good ole boy with the classic baseball look then you are a punk. Chip is just awful. Funny note: during one game Tom Glavine actually said he watched a game with the audio turned off! Get anybody else. A homeless guy off the streets could do a better job ;)

The Murf

January 18th, 2011
5:22 pm

Agree with Ted Roof, this story brings back some memories! Simpson is the only link left from Pete, Skip, and Don years

flatFork

January 18th, 2011
5:22 pm

I hope this means games will air in Kentucky. We get FSS up here, but not Braves games. OhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPleaseOhPlease!!!

Dave in Green Bay

January 18th, 2011
5:25 pm

Chip is the best since Ernie Sr.
Chip and Joe get my vote. (But I don’t get a vote)

OldBravesBag

January 18th, 2011
5:32 pm

DOB…does this mean Peachtree games shown by Fox Sports South will be in HD? Because outside of the Atlanta area they were not when they were just Peachtree. Thanks.

Shad

January 18th, 2011
5:35 pm

I wonder why the suits just don’t get it. People have been complaining about Carey for years. The mistakes he makes are unbelievable. I thought once about keeping track of them and writing a book. The best one last year was a road game and the hadn’t scored. Top of the seventh and Carey says “Well, the Braves better get going they only have three more outs”. Geeez

Najeh Davenpoop

January 18th, 2011
5:53 pm

Don’t really care about who owns Peachtree TV, but I’d like to see more EJ and Smoltz and less Chip Caray as much as possible.

Najeh Davenpoop

January 18th, 2011
5:56 pm

Surprised to read the comments and see there are people who don’t like Joe Simpson. I guess there’s nothing special about him, but he does a pretty solid job and doesn’t get in the way… two things at which Chip fails miserably.

And really, if you didn’t like Skip Caray, you have no soul.

Unknown Hinson

January 18th, 2011
5:57 pm

P.S. Joe Simpson is great, as most agree, Chip’s gotta go.

Greene Hornet

January 18th, 2011
6:00 pm

You know there is good and bad with every broadcaster and most in television, radio, etc. If the Braves are winning, I don’t really care who is broadcasting the games. I just hope the changes will soon stop and we can get some broadcasters we can call our own in the seats which the fans and to some extent the country can identify with Braves baseball. I think we had that with Carey, Van Wieren, etc but we don’t have that now. I just would like consistency and someone I can call a true Braves broadcaster no matter who it is.

JEB

January 18th, 2011
6:08 pm

Chip is ok…. they just need to turn his volume back a few notches!

YAD

January 18th, 2011
6:19 pm

I miss Bill Tush and the original late night news.

yogi2

January 18th, 2011
6:31 pm

Boogi and Chpi stink Simpson and Sutton are the best. John Smoltz is pitiful

LTBF

January 18th, 2011
6:42 pm

Thank God this got settled, We will still have almost or all games on TV, however I still miss Boog he was great with Joe.

Goldenglove002

January 18th, 2011
7:08 pm

I’m disappointed. I thought the PTV broadcasts were miles better than the Fox broadcasts. Everything from picture quality to announcers to graphics. I guess it’s a positive for everyone who wasn’t getting the PTV games, but I’d call it a loss for those of us who had it.

MObravesfan

January 18th, 2011
7:09 pm

I just hope those games will be broadcast in HD over Directv now.

Cornelius McGillicuddy

January 18th, 2011
7:20 pm

Perhaps/hopefully the powers that be will take this opportunity to dump Chip. I long for the days of Boog and Joe. No one can ruin a good game faster then that nit-wit Chip. He got raked bad when he was doing national telcasts, i hope the bosses remember this when making their decision. Chip should take his “talents” to South Beach.

ph

January 18th, 2011
8:22 pm

not looking forward to more of Chip, Didn’t TBS drop him from their playoff crew because of how bad he was? He sure is No Skip or Harry.

nelson

January 18th, 2011
8:36 pm

i want TBS BACK !! Live in california follower of the braves and i have to pay nearly 211 $$ for view a swindle in truth, stop defrauding people . this year the F%%$%$ mother for all have monopolized the baseball and the channels do not paid a penny TO watch free .It is a brazen now to qualify for a team one has to pay those amounts .. shameless that they are . the vere free and, i tell to many friends my for stop view and fail to pay these sums of money

TB

January 18th, 2011
10:01 pm

The thing I’m going to miss is the production crews. There was, to my eye, a marked difference between Fox and Turner produced games. The old TBS productions had some of the crispest, best camera work I’ve ever seen on a baseball game. Great, great cameramen, and whomever was in the booth directing the feeds really knew his stuff. Fox games sometimes seemed a slight step down (and ESPN games were local cable quality by comparison.)

I don’t know much about that industry, but from a layman’s perspective, it seemed like a baseball game on a Turner channel had something I can’t quite put my finger on that just made for better television. I hope Fox is going to get that expertise.

EvansAtlanta

January 18th, 2011
10:08 pm

Mr. Turner should never have sold Turner Broadcasting to Time Warner. When he owned the Atlanta Braves, CNN, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, The Atlanta Hawks, WCW, and the MGM Library, the City of Atlanta was an international cultural force. When he sold these assets, falsely believing that he was buying Time Warner, that is the actual expression he has used in interviews, he entered a corporate arrangement in which he gradually lost control and power of these assets, especially when America Online entered the bloated corporate umbrella.

Our Atlanta, the Capital of the New South, was the rest of America’s answer to the duopolic power of New York and Los Angeles over American culture. Now, we are just another large city, fifteen years separated from the Twenty-fifth Olympiad, which does not project the power and influence we once did. Yes, Atlanta still houses these cultural forces, yet none of these entities lead either broadcasting or sports, in case of the Braves, as they once did. We do have our memories, though instead we would rather have our memories and be at the present the cultural force we once could claim to be. Perhaps though, somewhere in the City Too Busy to Hate, there lies someone with an idea that will once again restore Atlanta as a cultural force on the world stage, or perhaps somehow the remains of Mr. Turner’s empire will each in their own right return to their previous form. Such possibilities will play themselves out in time.

Though I do not agree with many of Ted Turner’s opinions, his various companies offered much family friendly entertainment, and as we say goodbye to yet another aspect of the Turner connection, we remember how during its best days, one could watch TBS for the entirety of the day.

Wayne stuck in AL

January 18th, 2011
10:14 pm

Hey…at least Braves fans (or FSN South execs) got rid of Bob Rathbun!

Kentavo

January 18th, 2011
10:15 pm

WELCOME TO THE SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!

Kris

January 18th, 2011
11:15 pm

It just seems to be harder to watch the Braves if you don’t live in Atlanta. I’m from the Midwest, now live in MD and have to get the baseball package from my cable provider to see Braves games. I wonder if we will ever get another owner who cares about the fans and the team!

BringBackBoog

January 18th, 2011
11:25 pm

Bring back Boog!
Bring back Boog!
Bring back Boog!
Bring back Boog!
Bring back Boog!
Bring back Boog!

Goodoleboy58

January 19th, 2011
4:03 am

I just finished reading Pete Van Wieren “Of Mikes and Men”… Good book helped me relieve the 90’s all over again, however he stated that TBS pretty much turned their back on them when all this television changes started happening.

rc35

January 19th, 2011
7:17 am

It’s interesting how people disagree about announcers. My favorite combo was Pete Van Wieren and Don Sutton. Both knew baseball and were full of interesting stories while covering the game. On the other hand, “Clueless Joe” Simpson is a good guy, but his wandering coverage of the game and total ignorance of Southern culture (I still remember the day he couldn’t believe Don bought breakfast biscuits at a local gas station while visiting his family) would make him a much better announcer for the Dodgers or Brewers than a Southern team.

Due to local cable issues, I haven’t heard Chip enough to have an opinion. If you’re ragging him about exaggerating the length of fly balls, I don’t see any way he could outdo Milo Hamilton, the Braves’ play-by-play announcer from the 1960’s. A friend of mine and I used to tease that he’d say, “And there’s a drive…WAAAYYY back…and Niekro hauls it in just behind the mound!”

The truth of the matter is, I’m just looking forward to baseball again, no matter WHO’s calling it.

fred

January 19th, 2011
9:16 am

good move! i like joe . john, and pete… any is ok glad to see this as this will give everybody chance… now we have to beat up on all!! cant wait… good luck to ted also! fred in sc.

JWD

January 19th, 2011
9:24 am

If Chip Carey is retained as one of the Brave’s broadcasters I would hope he makes an attempt to just be natural in his delivery and not try to impress. The announcers make the game comfortable to listen to but are not the main attraction here so just call the game Chip! I really enjoyed listening to Ernie, Jr., John S. and Glavin. D. Sutton and J. Simpson are fine but bottom line I’m not convinced Chip is comfortable in the booth.

Chopper

January 19th, 2011
9:50 am

I wish they would put Don Sutton back on the TV broadcast instead of just radio. With Skip passing away and Pete Van Wieren retired, it would be nice to have at least the other half of that longtime Braves broadcast team on TV. I don’t think they need a traditional “play by play” guy. Joe and Don have done enough of that over the years. Chip doesn’t really add anything and Ernie is not involved enough with baseball to add anything to the mix. Why not have Don and Joe do the telecasts and add Smoltz to the mix from time to time? That’s what I’d like to see.

Lemke's Knuckler

January 19th, 2011
9:53 am

I actually liked the games on PTV. Where I live directv picked up the feed on an extra channel, so they would show the top of stadium camera during commercial time for PTV, so I got to watch the players warm up. Kind of felt like I was at the game.

rc35, I love Joe Simpson…’I've been to 2 rodeos & 3 goat-ropings but never seen anything like that.’ How can you beat that?

JWD, rag on Chip all you want (for the record I think he can be a little overly dramatic as well) but the man nailed the Heyward homer last year and that’ll go down along with Aaron’s 715 and the Bream slide as one of the most famous calls in Braves history.

tbone

January 19th, 2011
11:08 am

i live in southeast louisiana this is braves country always has been always will be and we are forced to watch the stupid houston astros but if i lived 2 hours east inside the mississippi state line i coud get fox sportsouth and sportsouth on my cable but mlb screws people in southeast louisiana were apart of the southeast not southwest ive emailed everyone humanly possible with fox directv no one i mean no one can give me a straight answer why we dont have a choice to watch foxsportsouth i seen recently kentucky added foxsportsouth why we in southeast louisiana not have that option the only option we have is being a slave to directv for three hundred or so dollars which is redicilous i only want to see the braves games i could understand if i lived in texas or california or new york but gosh i live in the southeast why are we not offered that choice its pathetic why cant something get done about this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

704_Brave

January 19th, 2011
11:45 am

Good news is that I don’t lose Braves coverage here in Charlotte. Not being able to go to more Braves games is the biggest thing I miss about living in Atlanta, so it’s good to see that I’ll be on tap for just as many games this year. Not the biggest fan of Chip, but losing Joe would be the worst…especially after seeing Boog with ESPN now.

Looking forward to Disney! Just 49 days until my visit!!

ramblingman

January 19th, 2011
11:47 am

Man, I am getting old.

I, too, miss Bill Tush from the old days. Him reading the late night news followed by the friar reading rock song lyrics as scriptures. Good times.

I miss replays of the Braves games in the wee hours. At the time, I was running a bar in SOWEGA that closed at 4 am. I would get home and be able to catch the replay in the 2nd or 3rd inning usually. Great way to unwind after work every night.

I miss Skip. And Ernie. And Pete. And Don.

I miss America’s Team. But I don’t miss the TBS Braves theme (it’s on my hard drive as an mp3)

Now I will miss those long field shots during the commercial breaks on PTV on my Directv channel. The field mics would pick up all sorts of chatter and you could watch the players warm up as was noted earlier. Also, just before the broadcast began again, when the director would switch to another camera angle, it was mandatory that the camera shot would be closeup on a cute young thing somewhere in the stands which would then pull back quickly just before you saw the score appear and the announcers welcome you back. LOL.

RIP memories.

roseman

January 19th, 2011
11:59 am

DOB-Did not know you were from here, I live in Rocky Mt. Now the key question, are you a Wolf Packer or a Tarheel…be careful how you answer. And does this mean we will actualy get the Braves on Fox Sports South on Directv or still be forced to watch the Nationals regional coverage? (That’s why I have the MLB package)

Glynn Rose, NC State Alumni, Class of 1978, GO PACK!

O-me

January 19th, 2011
12:21 pm

I’m just thankful we still will be able to see the games…………

Hammerin' Hank

January 19th, 2011
12:41 pm

No more MARTA shuttle from 5 Points to Turner Field means we’ll be watching ALL the Braves games on TV this season.

David O'Brien

January 19th, 2011
1:50 pm

roseman: I’m neither a Tar Heel nor a Wolfpacker — I’m a Jayhawk. But growing up in Greenville, I liked the Pirates (East Carolina, where my mom worked in Greenville) and the Wolfpack. David Thompson was my favorite player as a kid, without question.

toby

January 19th, 2011
2:48 pm

Please…. Joe Simpson is great,but Chip Caray,i have never heard anybody that terrible on tv or radio,he’s a joke,,,,,,,,if it werent for his name,he’d be selling insurance some where!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tony

January 19th, 2011
2:59 pm

Bring back Joe and Boog!

That is all.

Chuck

January 19th, 2011
3:05 pm

David Thompson was one of my few favorite college basketball players also, and I was in Alabama! He could “jump out of the gym”.

Chuck

January 19th, 2011
3:11 pm

Great memories of the old TBS broadcasts. I worked second shift one summer, and quite often (the Braves were in the West division then) we could catch the end of the games on the west coast) when we got home. I thought TBS camera crews were excellent, but didn’t realize it till I had to watch ESPN and normal network broadcasts – they looked like it was new to them. As I get older, I realize that I had tons of great stuff around me then, and assumed that was normal. It isn’t, and let me tell you, if you have something great now, you’d best enjoy and appreciate it, because it really doesn’t last forever!

markie mark

January 19th, 2011
3:20 pm

Wow….TBS memories….I remember when I moved to back to Atlanta in 1981….went to a Braves game that had so few people there that I screamed at Bob Horner (3rd base) “Horner, you suck”….and he turned around and looked right at me…

Scared me to death. Thought he was gonna whip my 23 year old butt….

And for those of you complaining of not getting the Braves, I moved to St Augustine, FL in 2000. 70 miles from the GA border; Time Warner owned team, Time Warner owned broadcast station, Time Warner was my local cable provider. And we couldnt get the Braves games. (they didnt have the baseball package, either)

When Peachtree TV came out, they wouldnt partake in the Comcast baseball package, either. So when Braves games were carried by PTV, Comcast in FLA gave us the feed from the OPPOSING team. If you think Chip is bad, try that one on for size.

Finally, I miss Bill Tush and his never ending late night gag of “skylab is falling”, and Skip Carey saying “the ball was caught by a fan from Kennesaw” and being asked by news organizations how he knew that……funny stuff…..

Tommy Boy

January 19th, 2011
4:27 pm

Chip Caray was much better than Ernie Johnson. Ernie had no passion, Chip is one of the best play by play announcers in the league

Chris Jackson

January 19th, 2011
4:52 pm

Chip Caray is a broadcasting legend bound for the Baseball Hall of Fame unlike BOOG THE BOOB Joe Simpson is terriffic and the Braves win the World Series!!!!!

ChicagoBrave

January 19th, 2011
4:57 pm

I have been a fan since 1957. I was in the 2nd grade for you fair weather fans, and the Milwaukee Braves AAA team was the Louisville Colonels right across the river from my Jeffersonville, IN home so the Braves got a lot of press and they were really good, too. Hank Aaron will always be the Man. Once I left the Louisville area, getting Braves news was catch as catch can. Then, while living in Acton, MA, the Braves showed up on TBS, and I thought I’d gone to heaven. It didn’t matter how good they were–it was the BRAVES. Moved back to Louisville, and the Braves followed via TBS no matter where I moved. But, then the roll back came and we Midwesterners were dropped from consideration. Now I watch via MLB.com, but those were the days. BTW, I’ve pretty much liked all the announcers especially during the period where they switched up mid-game. And, for those who don’t like Chip Carey, listen to some of the dough brains that announce nationally or locally (I listen on XM some where the home team announcers are on), and you might start giving the guy a break. At least, he has a knowledge of the game and focuses on the game at hand. Go Braves.

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