I Feel Bad For Jim Hall (2008 Yankees PA Announcer)

Mets PoliceSenior Analyst IApril 3, 2009
Mr. Hall, who has been the Yankees’ backup announcer since the mid-1960s, channels Mr. Sheppard’s elegant, careful enunciation when he is behind the microphone. “When I started,” he said on Wednesday, sounding less formal on the telephone, “Bob’s one requirement was that he didn’t want the fans to hear anything markedly different from what they were used to. People think I try to imitate Bob. There’s no way I could imitate that voice, but I do use that same style.”
That confuses people. “They think, ‘He’s trying to mimic’ — some people in the press or on television will use that word,” Mr. Hall said. “There’s no intention on my part to do that.” Certainly not: He and Mr. Sheppard both taught public speaking, “and we believe that you should pronounce each word carefully and not rush it the way many radio people do.”
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