Is network golf coverage giving us the bird?

i-bird-pic1Yesterday in early coverage of the U.S. Open (prior to the monsoon conditions) I happened to notice that the lovely bird sounds that you ordinarily hear in the background of any normal golf tournament seemed extremely amplified.  This got me thinking about how one of the major T.V. networks was busted a few years ago during the Masters for “importing” bird sounds into the broadcast.   If you didn’t hear that story, apparently the bird noises they were using were from birds not native to the Augusta, Georgia region.  A bird enthusiast viewer phoned in and outed the network for piping in bird chirping to enhance the experience.  Why do I have a feeling someone sued the T.V. network for false advertising so they could cash in?

Not sure if there were any FCC imposed fines or penalties involved in that particular incident, but for a miserable, rainy New York day, there sure was a lot of loud birds braving the elements, chirping at the top of their lungs during yesterday’s rounds at Bethpage.   I don’t imagine I’m the only one who noticed this.  Or am I?


4 Replies to “Is network golf coverage giving us the bird?”
  • Bradley Barrett
    June 20, 2009 at 1:30 am

    I actually did notice all of the chirping, mainly because it was so loud. I thought for sure they had their microphones up in the trees or something. I never thought of the fact that birds tend not to chirp in rainy weather. I wonder who thinks up these bizarre props.

    • Christian • Post Author •
      June 20, 2009 at 12:20 pm

      Ok good. Glad I’m not the only one who noticed. Very strange birds there in NY.

  • Golfing News
    June 23, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I Have also noticed that.

    And it’s strange they were still being heard when the rain was pooring down. I’m sure it’s not just me but when the weather gets bad I hardly hear a single bird noise.

    Is there really any need to do this?

    June 28, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    I sure bet they do and I understand why. It add’s to the whole feel and effect. I dont feel mislead at all.

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