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D.C. Sports Media Approval Ratings: Charlie Slowes

Is it odd that just about every D.C. sports media personality has an approval rating of between 70 and 80 percent? Yeah, a little. By the way, The Loss Column up in Baltimore has started doing this for Baltimore sports media types, so go and vote there, too.


Charlie Slowes has likely been the most prominent broadcasting voice of the Washington Nationals since they arrived in D.C., and, for better or worse, his "Bang, Zoooooom go the Fireworks!" tagline is the Nats' closest approximation to Steve Buckhantz's "Dagger!!!!" Dave Johnson's "It's in the Net!" or Frank Herzog's "Touchdown Washington Redskins!" Well, that and some variation upon putting "a Curly W in the books!!" Slowes's MLB.com bio hasn't been updated much lately, but it would appear that this is his 11th season in the bigs.

Before arriving at fabled RFK, Slowes served as the play-by-play man for the Tampa Bay Rays and the Tidewater Tides, has called bowling and boxing and the MISL, worked for KMOX Radio in St. Louis and has been a substitute broadcasts for the Mets and Orioles. He has occasionally been criticized for not giving the score frequently enough, a criticism he answered in an interview this spring. More to the point, he also spent years doing play-by-play for the Washington Bullets, which allowed for a bit part in the legendary "You the Man" promotional video. Feel free to also consider his Bullets work in this poll.

Bearing in mind that you have just two options, here's your chance to judge Charlie Slowes. Choose carefully, and offer explanation below.

Past results after the jump.

Chick Hernandez (80 percent approval)

Mike Wise (77 percent approval)

Steve Czaban (75 percent approval)

Tony Kornheiser (74 percent approval)

Dave Feldman (73 percent)

Brett Haber (72 percent)

John Riggins (69 percent approval)

Larry Michael (18 percent approval)

By Dan Steinberg  |  June 16, 2008; 11:20 AM ET
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Comments

The signature voice of what is trying to become a flagship baseball franchise just ought to be better. The score update issue really hasn't improved and both Charlie and Dave could really benefit by not trying to fill up every second of air time with blather. There's a place is baseball for comfortable silence.

Posted by: NTPNate | June 16, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Not only that, but they seem to have a realllly short attention span. Once things go south (which is far too often), they're off making in-jokes and giggling like a schoolgirl in some sort of sick anime fantasy.

Posted by: Chris | June 16, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

His Nationals taglines are just awful.

I liked him way back when on Bullets' games.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 16, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I still don't understand why the Nats feel the need for two pbp guys. It would improve the broadcast if they would replace one of the two with a former player who can add some detail to the broadcasts.

Posted by: Brian | June 16, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"Is it odd that just about every D.C. sports media personality has an approval rating of between 70 and 80 percent? Yeah, a little."

Well, except for Larry Michael.

Charlie's good, love the taglines.

Posted by: WFY | June 16, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The lousy tagline comes from some sort of feeling that he ought to have a tagline. And what results is awful.

Charlie's problem is one that plagues play-by-play callers around the country.....they neglect to call play-by-play or try to paint you a picture.

Though Dave Jageler is a whole lot better and should have a bright future. I'm sort of hoping that he gets packaged in a midseason deal so he can get out from behind Slowes.

Posted by: Kim | June 16, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Why the 70-80 percent approval for almost everyone? Definitely something akin to Stockholm Syndrome. We've been held hostage by the same quality of sports media people for so long--mostly solid but far from spectacular--that we've simply given in and learned to love them, no matter their faults.

Also, Czaban was only hovering around 50 percent for most of the first day, before he started talking about it on the radio and all these commenters from Milwaukee started showing up.

Posted by: Fingerman | June 16, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

He's not a ball of fire, but he doesn't get in the way, either. Approve.

Posted by: TMU | June 16, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm growing quite attached to Both Charlie and Dave's voices.

Charlie has never once irritated or annoyed, which is quite a feat when he's talking non-stop for hours on end.

Posted by: NatsNut | June 27, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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