(audio courtesy of Altitude Radio)
“For all I know there are hundreds of masterful announcers all over this great land who can keep fans informed and excited and paint a picture of a hockey game as it’s moving at a frenetic pace. But I simply cannot imagine that there’s a single one better than Marc Moser.”
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Forgive me. I’m about to turn into a sports radio fan boy.
You see, I have always loved the medium of radio. As a child I played DJ like most kids played doctor. All I wanted to be was an on-air personality. My heroes sat behind microphones either introducing songs and taking live requests or chatting about the news, weather or sports. Radio has always had a special place in my heart. That’s why I hate to hear it done badly and I love to hear it done well.
I confess. I have never listened to radio play-by-play of a hockey game in any city other than Denver. For all I know there are hundreds of masterful announcers all over this great land who can keep fans informed and excited and paint a picture of a hockey game as it’s moving at a frenetic pace. But I simply cannot imagine that there’s a single one better than Marc Moser.
According to his bio at the Altitude Sports web site: “Moser returned to the Avalanche broadcast team as a television studio host and analyst on Altitude in 2006-07 and left the world of daily sports-talk to move into the Avalanche radio booth in 2007.”
I had listened to Moser for years when he was a sports radio talk show host at the Fan. I remember him chatting away with Sandy Clough and making fun of Mitch Hyder. He was very good at that job and I always admired his voice. But as a play-by-announcer Moser is simply extraordinary.
You can hear the fan in him come out as he calls games. He’s got just the right amount of homer in his call yet he can be critical, too. He makes games so much fun.
I have listened to a lot of Moser this Avalanche season. It has just worked out that the games have been in progress during my nightly chores and so I have tuned him in. I sincerely believe that Moser’s love for the game has been a large part of what has brought me back to it.
There is a world of sports radio talent in Denver. We’re extremely lucky to have Mile High Sports and the Fan and ESPN and KOA and all of the skilled voices that we have covering sports in this town. Jason Kosmicki does a fabulous job for Altitude radio calling the Nuggets games, Sandy Clough is one of the finest radio “essayists” in the country and the names “Big Al and Dmac” ring through radio circles all across America. We have Peter Burns and Nate Kreckman and Tom Nalen and all kinds of fun and clever fellahs to listen to but there is only one Marc Moser.
Moser’s booming voice and insane goal calls bring the excitement of hockey into your living room, your car or your earbuds in a way that no other voice can. He is an absolute master of his craft. We’re lucky to have him.
Special thanks to Ryan Edwards at 104.3 the Fan for preparing this audio compilation of Marc’s radio calls from last night.