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John Forslund On Being In Self-Quarantine

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

At 8 p.m. Sunday, John Forslund was to leave the basement of his Apex home, rejoining his family, symptom-free for the coronavirus, his self-quarantine at an end.

“It’s been an ordeal,” Forslund said Saturday, thankful that a 10-day period filled with uncertainty and mind games would be coming to a close.

Forslund, the Carolina Hurricanes’ longtime broadcaster, also quickly qualified that comment. Others, he said, face grave health challenges from COVID-19 during a global pandemic that has made life as we know it far from the life we once knew. And there are other life-threatening diseases.

“This is something totally different, where you have to sacrifice for the good of yourself and everyone around you, so that’s basically what I did,” Forslund said. “I do have to be honest. It has been harder than I thought it would be.”



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Calling It Straight

from Neil Best of Newsday,

John Forslund has been associated with the Whalers/Hurricanes franchise since 1991, but he said he understands Islanders fans well, having lived the experience in the “Drive For Five” season of 1983-84 while in graduate school at Adelphi.

That is why even though he was surprised by the reaction to one of his calls in Game 2 of the Hurricanes-Islanders playoff series on NBC Sunday, he was not surprised Islanders fans’ enthusiasm led some to misinterpret what he said.

“When I saw this [reaction] after the game, I was taken aback,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it, yet I understand their passion and understand how you could take the word and flip it and use it as if I’m showing bias.”

The word was “we,” which is a no-no on a local sports telecast and a major no-no on national TV, especially when Islanders fans came into the series looking for signs of bias from the Hurricanes’ longtime announcer.


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Carolina Hurricanes Will Honor John Forslund

In my opinion, a very underrated hockey broadcaster.

RALEIGH, NC – Don Waddell, President of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes will honor television broadcaster John Forslund with a special pregame ceremony on Saturday, March 21, in celebration of his 20th year as the television voice of the franchise.


Hurricanes General Manager Ron Francis and the Hurricanes players will recognize Forslund’s milestone during the pregame ceremony, and tributes will be shown on the PNC Arena video board throughout the game. Thanks to Buffalo Brothers, the first 5,000 fans in attendance at the game will receive commemorative t-shirts featuring Forslund’s signature catchphrase, “Hey, Hey, Whaddya Say?!”.

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Behind the Scenes Televising the Hurricanes

From Luke Decock at The News & Observer,

The replays Tracy was so happy to see emerged from a whirlwind of organized chaos confined within a trailer parked outside the arena and attached to the building by a spaghetti bowl of cables of every color and thickness.

It was the result of the coordination of a camera operator, one of seven. And a videotape operator, one of four. And an audio engineer and technical director, each switching between 14 camera feeds and five videotape machines.

All of it coordinated and orchestrated by a director and a producer, both of whom had long moved on to other tasks by the time the replay showed up on the air.

The relatively simple act of watching a hockey game on television offers no hint of the complexity behind the operation that plans, produces and puts the game on the air.


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