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Rangers-Kings Overnight Rating Marks NBC's Second-Best Ever For Cup Final Game 1
Published June 5, 2014
VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR: In L.A., Tom Hoffarth notes the Kings' flagship station KTLK-AM "threw a much-needed delay tactic" into last night's game, so the audio coming from broadcasters Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans" could match up better with the lag-time video provided by NBC." It was still "far from a captivating ... experience," as "gaps between the call on radio" and the action on KNBC-NBC "lasted as much as 15 seconds, with radio far ahead." With TV broadcasters Bob Miller and Jim Fox "gone from the Kings’ live broadcasts since the second round of the playoffs," the opportunity for fans to "listen to a more familiar voice like Nickson’s could have made this momentous occasion a more L.A.-centric experience with the action put into some context of the season-long journey" (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 6/5).
CORPORATE SYNERGY: This morning's edition of NBC's "Today" displayed a picture from Bryant Park, with the net's Natalie Morales noting the Rangers hosted "thousands" of fans there to watch Game 1 "on the big-screen." Morales said, "Clearly so much enthusiasm, a lot of people into this Stanley Cup." NBC's Savannah Guthrie said of the Bryant Park picture, "I think I see Matt Lauer crying in that little scene." Lauer said the loss was a "heartbreaker" and there have been a "lot of overtime games in these playoffs" ("Today," NBC, 6/5).