WGN To Delay Cubs Broadcast To Sync With TV
October 4, 2007 at 1:34 PM (PT)
TRIBUNE Talk WGN-A/CHICAGO will delay its audio by several seconds for game 2 of the CUBS-DIAMONDBACKS series TONIGHT from PHOENIX. The delay will match WGN's audio with the video from TBS, allowing fans to listen to the CUBS broadcast crew while watching the pictures from TBS. The sync will be of variable success depending on the source of the video signal (cable vs. satellite, HD vs. standard definition, converter box vs. direct cable connection).
WGN PD BOB SHOMPER said, "Even though we won’t be in perfect sync tonight, we are attempting to better serve our listeners by reducing the lag time between WGN Radio’s real-time broadcast and the cable/satellite delay.... If we are successful, we will also attempt to delay WGN Radio’s audio for the next playoff game at ARIZONA, which would be Game Five (if necessary) on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9th." Games at WRIGLEY FIELD will not be delayed so that fans at the game will be able to listen to the games in real time.
STEVE BARTMAN was unavailable for comment.