If you’re a longtime TV viewer of Chicago sports, you’ve undoubtedly – and likely unknowingly – seen and heard the work of Marc Brady.
He’s in his 30th year on the production side of game broadcasts. He has produced Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox games. He has helped bring to viewers some of the biggest moments in Chicago sports history. He currently produces Bulls games for NBC Sports Chicago.
Yet, you never hear his voice. You only hear his name in the closing credits.
But that’s not entirely true. Though Brady isn’t actually speaking to you, he’s communicating with you through the announcers. Call him a ghost-speaker, if you will.
Cubs fans of a certain age remember revered producer-director Arne Harris. Today, such accolades belong to Brady, whom colleagues respect, trust and genuinely adore.
“He’s like the Zelig of Chicago sports producers,” Bulls announcer Adam Amin said.
The producer is the boss of the “show.” That’s what producers call the broadcasts. To them, it’s more than a game.
“It’s the original reality television,” said Brady, 51. “It’s a show. And if it’s done right, it’s a full presentation.”
Brady said the game always lends itself to the type of show he does. If it goes down to the wire, it’s a drama. If it turns into a blowout, it’s something else.
“That’s when it’s time to still inform and entertain because it’s a show,” he said. “There’s always somebody out there that cares. There’s people who have been waiting all day for that game. My job is to take you away from the world you were in. Your world is now here. It’s my opportunity to present that to you.”
There’s a distinct difference between the producer and the director, who chooses the images and camera angles you see.
“The director is a now person; the producer is a planning person,” Brady said. “The director must be constantly moving with the action, while I am looking for my spot to get in. I’ll set the tone; he has to make it happen. And if it’s working right, it’s a hand-in-hand thing that’s a perfect dance.”
Brady grew up in Hazel Crest watching the Cubs on WGN. Harry Caray often made Harris the third member of the booth with analyst Steve Stone. Brady didn’t understand Harris’ job at the time, but his fascination with television production led him to learn. At Columbia College, he enjoyed creating shows more than being the focus of them, and his first job out of college was as a stage manager at SportsChannel in 1992.
He worked on White Sox games with “Hawk” Harrelson and Tom Paciorek and Bulls games with Tom Dore and “Red” Kerr. His job was to be the eyes on the field or floor for the production truck, telling the crew what to watch for. He passed papers to the announcers, cued them to talk and helped with whatever they needed.
After producing Bulls pregame shows with Norm Van Lier and Steve Kashul, Brady left in …read more
Source:: Chicago Sun Times
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