Dick Harmon: BYU broadcasting pioneer admires BYUtv's progress

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  • Lightening Lad Austin , TX
    Feb. 10, 2013 7:46 p.m.

    I was attending Dixie College in the early 70's and when traveling back and forth between Provo and St George, you have an extremely limited choice of radio. Cedar City had a staton that was good from Washington to Beaver and Jay seemed to be the only on-air talent. He did the radio want ads where Hilda would call in from Milford wishing to sell her husbands hair dryers, cause he went bald, a little travel size and a bigger one for the bathroom for $10 or trade for a goat, followed by Vern in Patagonia offering firewood. Jay was a natural, in a bland sort of way which was fine the callers were flamboyant.. I did catch the stakehouse broadcasts for years, his team was much better than the Jack and Jill team that did the loss at San Jose for ESPN but for most ESPN sportscasters it's a huge move ahead since those days with national TV doing all the games. I appreciate all Jay Monson did to get the broadcasts out to all points. You might have some competition for the "Voice of the Cougars" it was PJ and only PJ.

  • Long Lost America Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 6:31 p.m.

    There aren't too many Hot Rod Hundley calibre broadcasters in the world anymore, and few have the personality and colorfulness to be that good anyway. So for the rest of the broadcasters I would say here is a good example of a guy that never got in the way of the game. I watch for the quality of the game, not the broadcaster. If someone complains about a broadcaster not being exciting enough or entertaining them enough, I have to ask why they are even watching the game in the first place.

    To the critical posts here, I question whether you are even legitimate sports fans if you remember this sports announcer this way, posting these kinds of remarks long after he is retired. It's interesting that he certainly made a memorable impression on you of some kind, and that he had enough of an influence over your lives that you would take the time to follow him this far into retirment and to bother saying anything at all on a public forum. That, in my opinion, is to Jay Monsen's credit. I just wish the Jazz would employ an announcer of this quality.

  • jemon7 Mt. Pleasant, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 4:31 p.m.

    Just curious why people feel the need to tear others down. Why can't eastcoastcoug and prairiedog see the good that Jay has done for broadcasting at BYU instead of feel the need to be mean and make rude comments?

  • Eddie Would Go FPO, AE
    Feb. 25, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    "Many of us remember the days of never seeing a BYU game on TV."

    jayelynn, quit rubbing it in! I guess things WERE better in the good ol' days!

  • chromedome27 Orem, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 3:51 p.m.

    Certainly he is a throw back to another age, when the broadcasters didn't consider themselves part of the story.

    Most people now seem to prefer an "in your face, smack talking, know-it-all". Not me.

    Give me Vin Scully or Jay, any day. Sorry he couldn't keep you awake, eastcoastcoug. Working in the broadcast industry myself, I certainly heard your complaint from some people. But, no matter what you do in industry, you will hear criticism from people with no understanding of the sport, nor the art of sportscasting.

    Also, I have seen and heard personal attacks on the character or intelligence of lots of these broadcasters and sportswriters, almost all of it unfair.

    I guess if folks were under such scrutiny for their pizza deliveries and convenience store big gulp refills, they might be more sympathetic and less critical.

  • jayelynn Provo, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    So that discounts the fact that he is a groundbreaker in his field? Like I said, to each his own, but he was definitely a ground breaker. Many of us remember the days of never seeing a BYU game on TV - unless it was replayed after the fact. Jay had a vision, and after going after it and helping it to be accomplished, we seem to take it for granted that we will be seeing all of BYU's football and basketball games live on TV. Because of the work he did along with many others, we now have that opportunity. He worked hard for BYU fans all over the world to have this privilege. So if you think he's a poor broadcaster or not - the point of the article is that he paved the way for the current coverage to take place. And by the way - I truly believe you two are in the minority as far as discounting his talent as a sportscaster. You probably have heard very little from him compared to all the years that I and many others have listened to him.

  • Prairie Dog Lubbock, TX
    Feb. 25, 2012 3:26 p.m.

    Sorry jayelynn, I have to agree with eastcoastcoug. monson seemed to forget that he was doing tv and not radio. Couldn't ever figure why he had to describe everything, in detail, that we were seeing.

  • jayelynn Provo, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 3:15 p.m.

    To each his own, I guess. He is not a screamer as many of the newer broadcasters are. But you will not find a man who knows more, does his homework better, and lets you know exactly what is going on in the game. He did break ground. May I ask if you even read the article, or if you figured you already know-it-all?

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Feb. 25, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    Really? Broke ground? He seems like a nice man but he puts me to sleep!!

  • jayelynn Provo, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    Thank you for this article about a wonderful man on many counts. Even as his daughter, I had forgotten about some of the things he had done. He was truly a visionary pioneer in his field.

  • thebig1 SLC, UT
    Feb. 25, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    good story and a good man.