The Atlanta Media: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Scott BirchfieldCorrespondent IApril 29, 2009

ATLANTA - JANUARY 26:  Former NBA player Dominique Wilkins sits at the judges table for the Breakaway Challenge during the Dodge/NHL SuperSkills competition as part of the 2008 NHL All-Star weekend at Philips Arena on January 26, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Every major market has television and radio personalities who shine above the rest. They also have ones who might need another gig. Here is my list of the best and worst radio and television personalities in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Good

Pete Van Wieren: Atlanta Braves

The recently retired Van Wieren was a class act. He covered the Braves for over 30 years. His voice was second to none. He was one of the most knowledgeable announcers I have ever seen. I don't think I have ever heard him call a bad game. He will be sorely missed.

Wes Durham: Atlanta Falcons

He is one of the greats in announcing. Durham has such a smooth delivery. He makes listening to Falcon's games enjoyable.

Bob Rathbun and Dominique Wilkins: Atlanta Hawks

Rathbun and Wilkins do the television coverage for the Atlanta Hawks. They are an up-and-coming pair in broadcasting. Rathbun is an announcing veteran, while Wilkins is an announcing rookie.

Rathbun's excitement makes the Hawks telecast easy to watch, while Wilkins knowledge of the game helps fans understand what's going on. Wilkins still fumbles for words at times, but he is getting better every game.

Skip Caray: Atlanta Braves

The late Skip Caray was an Atlanta announcing legend. His voice would sometimes get on my nerves, but he was still a legend in broadcasting.

Whether the Braves would be up or down by a bunch of runs, Caray would still find ways to entertain the audience.

He and his broadcast partner would talk about where they were going to eat after the game, or the hotel they would be staying at on the road trip. He will be sorely missed.

Joe Simpson and Don Sutton: Atanta Braves

Joe Simpson makes the good list because of his sense of humor. He is really entertaining to watch or listen to. He has some knowledge, but his calling card is his funny one-liners during broadcast.

Don Sutton was wrongfully let go from the Brave's announce team a few years back. Fortunately, he made his return this season. Some fans don't like his announcing style. I think Sutton has tremendous knowledge of the game and has a pretty smooth delivery. His disdain for "the wave" is classic.

The Bad

Brian Jordan and Ron Gant: Atlanta Braves

Jordan and Gant are on the pregame and postgame announcing team. They are both knowledgeable former players, but their delivery comes across dry. They need to work on getting a little more excited when talking about the Braves.

Chip Caray: Atlanta Braves

You would think that Chip Caray would feed off his impressive announcing blood lines. However, I have never enjoyed listening to him announce a ball game. He doesn't bring anything extra to the table. He is boring!

The Ugly

Mark Lemke: Atlanta Braves

Lemke does pregame and postgame shows with Chip Caray. I don't enjoy their show at all. Lemke has some knowledge, but his voice leaves much to be desired.

The only reason he got the job is because he was a Brave's legend based on his 1990s postseason heroics. The Braves desperately need a replacement next season.

Dave Archer: Atlanta Falcons

Archer is a very unimpressive radio personality. He pales in comparison to his broadcast partner, Wes Durham. Archer has a sarcastic tone to his voice. He has a good voice for broadcasting, but his smug attitude outweighs his contributions as an announcer.

Grant Long: Atlanta Hawks

He wears nice suits. That is about the only positive I can say about him as a broadcaster. I love Long as a player, but he lacks the passion and enthusiasm it takes to be a good broadcaster.