[CT Birds] Anyone watching the Masters?

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Sat Apr 7 21:24:21 EDT 2012


Thank you all for this delightful thread!  It's a treasure. 

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On Apr 7, 2012, at 9:11 PM, <jtriana1 at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> I save some wacky stories that I read through the years.  These are from the
> fall of 2000.  Never trust the background bird vocalizations you hear on TV
> as being from birds at the course.
> 
> Thanks,
> JT
> 
> 
> 
> CBS admits to bird-brained scheme
> By Garry Smits
> FloridaTimes-Union sports writer
> It's a beautiful day on the golf course, the sun is shining and birds are
> singing. 
> Well, as CBS has been forced to admit, two out of three isn't bad. 
> The network came clean earlier this week and confessed that it has been
> mixing in taped sounds of birds singing with live golf telecasts, most
> recently at the World Golf Championship NEC Invitational two weeks ago in
> Akron, Ohio. 
> Not only that, but according to bird-call experts asked by the New York Post
> to watch and listen to videotape of CBS broadcasts, the network isn't even
> getting the birds in the correct geographic area. 
> The Post reported that the taped bird calls were used by CBS during the
> playing of the NEC Invitational, the PGA Championship in Louisville, Ky.,
> and the Buick Open in Warwick Hills, Mich. CBS spokeswoman Leslie Ann Wade
> said the bird calls were used to get "ambient sound" for broadcasts, and
> were only a last resort. 
> The first resort: putting dishes of birdfeed near microphones at tournament
> sites. Wade said when that doesn't produce the desired sounds of nature,
> they go to the tape. 
> Bird-watchers interviewed by the Post said the worst part is that someone at
> CBS didn't research which birds were indigenous to Ohio, Kentucky and
> Michigan. One, John Malcolm of Gaithersburg, Md., said he heard a canyon
> wren, which lives only west of Texas, on a Buick Open tape; and a
> white-throated sparrow, found only in the North during the summer, on tapes
> from the PGA and NEC Invitational. 
> "Why not just dub in harp music for certain crucial holes," Malcolm said.
> "It's deceitful." 
> PGA Tour officials didn't view Birdgate as a serious issue. 
> "TV puts sensative mikes all over the course to catch birds, leaves rustling
> . . . things to convey to the viewers the sounds of a golf course,'' said
> Bob Combs, senior vice-president for public relations and communications.
> ''That's really on a subconscious level, and the action is what's carrying
> the day. CBS did a fine job with those three telecasts, with all those
> birdies . . . of every kind."
> 
> 
> 
> CBS ruffles some feathers with misplaced bird calls Last Updated: Sept. 8,
> 2000 My favorite story this week from the world of television sports is for
> the birds.
> Informed and sharp-eared ornithologists - are there any other kind? -
> discovered that ambient bird sounds on a few CBS-TV golf telecasts could not
> have come from real birds, because those birds did not inhabit the places
> where the tournaments were played.
> The birders blew the whistle to the New York Post, which ran a story about
> the canned bird sounds on a few telecasts. CBS admitted that it used taped
> bird sounds to create ambient noise for its golf telecasts.
> A canyon wren, for example, a bird that does not live east of Texas, was
> heard by bird detectives on the telecast of the Buick Open in early August
> at Grand Blanc, Mich., according to the Post.
> Ah, and the dulcet tones of the white-throated sparrow, no bird of summer,
> was chirping away at the PGA Championship the next week in Louisville. Our
> sparrow friend was heard again at the NEC Invitational the last weekend in
> August at Akron, Ohio, even though that bird does not get to Ohio, even for
> vacations.
> A spokeswoman for CBS said the crew put out birdseed near microphones in
> order get a species of bird in that setting to give up a few chirps at
> tournament sites. If that doesn't work, to the taped bird sounds they turn.
> This presents a whole host of issues, some so chilling it makes your blood
> run cold.
> At the very least, there should be the introduction of a new Sports Emmy
> category: Distinguished Achievement in Special Effects Sound in Golf
> Telecasts.
> Jim Nantz could reprise Mutual of Omaha's "Wild Kingdom," or at least turn
> in a brief stint on Animal Planet.
> Or perhaps they might want to go for a hunting motif.
> Gary McCord could do an updated version of "American Sportsman," stalking
> the wily canyon wren at driving ranges in west Texas armed with nothing
> other than a lob wedge.
> And if the bird sounds are fake, well, what else is fake?
> Are all those magnolias at the Masters real or merely computer enhancements?
> Is Tiger Woods a real golfer or the creation of some "Wag the Dog" mass
> manipulator looking for ratings?
> Golf telecasts have at times been accused of not letting viewers know what's
> on tape and what's live. This occasion of feathered fakery raises another
> fundamentally more troubling possibility, that in recent years golf's majors
> might have all been played at a Hollywood sound stage.
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org
> [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Joseph Budrow
> Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2012 8:20 PM
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org; Kfinnan at aol.com
> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Anyone watching the Masters?
> 
> I've been birding by ear for years while watching the masters. Sometimes I
> wonder, tho, if its sometimes a recorded feed. Wood thrushes, veerys,
> carolina wrens and cardinals are big stars during the Masters.
> 
> JB
> 
> --- On Sat, 4/7/12, Kfinnan at aol.com <Kfinnan at aol.com> wrote:
> 
> From: Kfinnan at aol.com <Kfinnan at aol.com>
> Subject: [CT Birds] Anyone watching the Masters?
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Date: Saturday, April 7, 2012, 7:28 PM
> 
> I know it sounds off-subject, at first.  However, for me, this  week's
> Masters golf tournament and another one, next week, in Hilton  Head, SC, now
> known as the RBC Heritage Classic, are the best for hearing bird  songs live
> on TV.  I was just wondering if anyone else is taking  note.  To make it
> more interesting, there seems to be a certain  Mockingbird with an excellent
> repertoire.
> 
> Kevin Finnan
> Goshen
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