Broadcaster of the Week: Tim Roye
Posted Dec 6 2006 2:02PM
If you ever thought about how an NBA announcer sometimes spends his days on the road, well, here is how I spent one this week when Golden State went to Texas.
SUNDAY--- 1:30 p.m. ---Oakland Airport
Another spectacular day in Northern California brings me here where I board our plane for our flight to San Antonio. The flight will take some three hours and change and we are scheduled to leave at 2 p.m.
Once airborne, I open my computer and begin to work on the Monday night game against the Spurs. As a broadcaster, I prepare my charts which have the information I need during a game. It lists the players from both teams and lists all kinds of information from their vitals (height, weight, age, etc) to maybe some little nuggets of info that the average person does not know. We fly on a chartered aircraft which is great since we travel a lot and the only drawback is that there is way too much food on-board (Chicken Wings and freshly baked cookies are a huge weakness, much to my waistline's demise.)
When all of my work is done on the computer, I will transfer my charts to a PDF format and print them out at the hotel.
I stop for a moment to chat with some of my colleagues and when I check the view from the window, sunset reminds me that we will be on central time when I land in Texas.
SUNDAY 7:35 p.m. (CT) San Antonio, Texas
When we land, our buses are already there to meet us. We get on the bus and head for the hotel in time for a late dinner of Mexican food (Fajitas) and the mariachi band serenades the customers who are willing to tip them and ask for requests. Do you think they know "Rock the Casbah" or "Take the A Train"??
MONDAY—9 a.m. San Antonio
The wake-up call comes at approximately 9 a.m. (7 a.m. Pacific Time) but I had plenty of sleep and was not disturbed by the awakening. I have to have morning coffee so I start the in-room service and get ready to start my day.
Tim's Pet Peeve for hotels!!!
Ok, I am much calmer now. I get on the internet and scour web sites and newspaper articles to get a pulse on the league and the match up tonight. At around 11:30, I head downstairs and try to get a good workout in.
San Antonio's' River walk has holiday lights hanging everywhere and after strolling down it I end up at Boudros' Bistro for lunch and a chance to peruse the USA Today. Boudros has a much more diverse fare than the rest of The River Walk and the Black and White Soup is a must along with the Fried Oysters.
After Lunch, a stroll back to the hotel where I proceed to call my producer RC Davis who is back in Oakland assembling the various sound bites that I will use in our broadcast
We review what interviews and features we will use for our pre-game show and for halftime. We tend to use more sound than most radio broadcasts, in part because we do not use an analyst. As a result, we go into every broadcast with about 30 or so sound bites along with a couple of interviews. The sound bites are edited digitally and then put on a web site where I transfer them to my computer. By using software nicknamed "Cool Edit", I play them during the pre-game show, during free throw attempts, twenty seconds timeouts and wherever it is applicable. All of our sound comes from my lap-top.
My bags are packed and ready when the bellman arrives to gather them and load them onto our luggage truck and that means game time is approaching.
Starbucks serves me some coffee and I head for the first bus which I always take because I like getting to the Arenas early so I can make sure that all is ready.
I do some last minute prep by chatting with players and coaches from the teams, as well as fellow broadcasters and journalists. I then interview Coach Nelson for the pre-game show and tonight, Assistant Coach Keith Smart is our halftime interview and we talk about developing young players, a constant theme on the second youngest team in our league.
The pre-game show is on the air!! Over the next two and a half hours, the Spurs further convince me that they are currently thre best team in the league.
After concluding our post-game Roundtable with the TV broadcasters, I pack up my bags and head for the bus for a flight to Houston and tomorrow nights game with the Rockets. On the bus ride, to the airport, Holiday decorations remind me of the shopping I need to do.
We depart to Houston, where at 12:30 a.m., I start to doze off, already thinking about tomorrow, where I will attempt to do it, all over again.
Tim Roye enters his 12th season of handling all things Warriors on KNBR (680 AM & 1050 AM), the club's flagship, which includes play-by-play duties as well as hosting "Warriors Weekly Roundtable" and the pre and postgame shows. Prior to arriving in Golden State in 1995, Roye spent six seasons with the Sacramento Kings' broadcast team as the pregame, halftime and postgame host and occasional play-by-play man on KHTK AM and KFBK AM. Over his career, Roye has had the good fortune of broadcasting for the NFL, the CFL and the NCAA as well as minor league baseball, and for the past three years has served as the Oakland Athletics part-time play-by-play announcer.