Captain Dago wrote:
stj, I listened to those "Fridays with Red," too. I can only assume that you are not from the South. What McGinlehy did was a weird combination of generic southern with some Brooklyn dipthongs. Here's a video of the Ol' Redhead himself recalling Jackie's entry to the Big Leagues: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJNNH2Rizt8
Accents are an aspect of linguistics, about which I know very little. Maybe you know more than I do. I certainly have no idea what a generic southern accent might be. Also, in real life I have had problems hearing. But to my not-so-good linguistically untutored ears, McGinley sounded very much like the voice in the video. The voice in the newsreel clip within the video didn't sound like Barber at all, so I presume that was someone else?
Interesting to know that McGinley was terrible.