Yesterday 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?