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SI Interview with Mike "Doc" Emrick

17 June 2014 - 05:42 AM


Sports broadcasters call it "laying out." It's a term used to describe intentional silence from a play-by-play announcer. The best practitioners -- usually ones who are ego free on-air -- understand instinctively the importance and value of natural sound following an iconic moment. Mike Emrick, the voice of hockey for NBC and NBCSN, is one of those announcers.

Emrick stopped talking for 1 minute and 50 seconds on Friday night following his call of Alec Martinez's Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Los Angeles Kings. Viewers heard crowd horns blaring, Kings players' whooping it up on the ice, and the winning goal announcement from the public address announcer. What they did not hear was Emrick, which was perfect.


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