It's that time of the year again. Yes, it's the time when we lose our local color commentators, and end up having to listen to Versus and NHL on NBC...or do we?
Like many here, I tend to prefer listening to our local color, and really like Dan Rusanowsky and Jamie Baker, especially as Bakes often talks about the gameplay from the standpoint of a former Shark that's been there.
Well, you could turn on the radio, and listen to it while you watch the TV, but as those of you that have tried this before already know, thanks to the wonderful censors on TV, we get several seconds of delay, so the radio usually leads the TV by a bit, making it at the least, irritating, and at the worst, downright confusing.
So, what can you do? Well, you have four good options after the jump.
Option #1: Use your PC to "Delay" the radio to match the TV. ($10 cable)
While I could go into great detail on how to do this on a PC, there's a fantastic web page devoted to this topic, Bote's Radio Delay Tips. Hit the Jump, and take a read. All you need is a PC, a radio with a headphone jack, and a 1/8" male-to-male stereo headphone patch cable (easily available at Fry's and Radio Shack).
Option #2: the iPod Nano ($150)
Most people know that the iPod Nano has a radio, but did you know that it also supports time shifting? You can actually "pause" a live broadcast, and the nano will store up to 1 hour of media before it starts dropping programming (apple calls the feature "Live Pause"). The best part? If you have an ipod dock with speakers, you can share Dan and Jamie with the rest of the viewers in the room. Keep in mind, you will need to leave the headphones plugged in, even while docked, as they are the antenna for the radio in the iPod.
To sync up, listen live, then pause at a trackable moment (say, start of period, a face off, a goal), then unpause it when the TV hits that moment. Piece of Cake
(Note: the radio is in ALL iPod Nano models, check your manual/Apple website on how to get to it if you're unsure).
Option #3: The Griffin radioSHARK (PC/Mac) - $45
Quite possibly the best (and coolest) option. Think of it as a TiVo for radio. Like the iPod, it supports timeshifting, but unlike the iPod, you can set up recording times, save recordings, and load them into your iPod or MP3 player.
Option #4: Timeshift Apps for your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad/Android phone (free!)
As an iPhone user, and a hockey fan, I often want to listen to other games when the Sharks aren't playing. My favorite is TuneIn Radio, an app that lets you listen to any radio station on the web, and supports time shifting as well. The downside? KFOX streams seem to have a bit of a delay already, which sometimes is actually greater than that on the TV. Your Mileage May Vary. Sync to the TV the same way you would with the iPod Nano: listen live, then pause at a trackable moment (say, start of period, a face off, a goal), then unpause it when the TV hits that moment.
There you go...four ways you can get the local color back in the Sharks games.