Man Down

Okay, don’t be alarmed. No one was shot or killed … except for the voice of BBC Sports Commentator Paul Bray at the Handball venue.

Paul has been one of the most devoted handball broadcasters of these Olympic Games.  We have 38 commentary positions, which means that at any given time, there could be as many as 38 broadcasters (BBC, ARD/ZDF, FT2/FT3, etc.) in our stands covering the game.  In truth, though, most countries only bother covering the games they’re in leaving the commentary area lacking many occupants much of the time.  But such is NOT the case for the BBC. Paul Bray is a former player and coach for Team GB and dearly loves the sport of Handball.  According to one article I read,

Sweating the Small Stuff

The main part of my job at the 2012 Summer Games in London is to install and test the gear in the Commentary Control Room and at the commentary positions in the Handball venue to make sure everyone is hearing everyone and everything they’re supposed to and seeing everyone and everything they’re supposed to. Once the games begin, there’s less to do on my part other than make sure all systems are keep working properly and to be available when problems do arise. Fortunately,

Opening Ceremonies

Most people in the world probably saw the Opening Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics. Naturally, since I work for Olympic Broadcasting, I had the best seat in the house.

Okay, that was an exaggeration. I had a decent seat in the pub that was showing the Opening Ceremonies on a big-screen TV.

Many people think that because I work for OBS, I can go to any event I wish. Truth be told,

Bombs Bursting in Air

Last Wednesday night in London town was the night of Dress Rehearsal #2 for the Opening Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics. Exciting? Yes. Noisy? Way yes.

  1. They have fireworks after all the rehearsals.
  2. The rehearsals don’t end until about midnight.
  3. I live right next to the Olympic Stadium.

Tonight (Friday) we’ll have the real thing. Seems like a good time to get out of town.

This will not be my first venture out, of course. I finally found some time to get away from Mall City and the crowds and go and enjoy London this past Tuesday. I took a train into Central London (I’m in East London at Stratford) and walked around the Theatre District,

For Your Protection and Convenience

In my last post, I mentioned that I would cover some of the more interesting security issues we are having to deal with here in London. Everything is, of course, being done for my protection and my convenience – if you believe all the signs posted everywhere.

The first thing I’ve noticed is that London security likes everything to be neat and orderly. Case in point, the foot bridge from Stratford Station to the Stratford Westfield Mall. It’s wide enough for Hannibal to cross it in a formation three elephants wide, yet security seems to like to squeeze us into very narrow pedestrian lanes on either side of the bridge, leaving a giant expanse in the middle still wide enough for two elephants. Of course, the only people in that wide expanse are security people who no doubt spend their time laughing at the cattle trying to make their way to the slaughterhouse.

Okay, it’s not quite that bad, but I like the image.

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Here you'll find my thoughts on delivering your important messages using sound. I occasionally hit on other topics, too, including my trip to London where I'm working on the broadcast team for the 2012 Summer Olympics. You'll also find my older posts about my time in Beijing, Vancouver and Whistler where I worked on past Olympic Games. Jump in anywhere you'd like, and be sure to add your comments. Thanks again for stopping by! And if you like what you see...