If that's true, it's largely because engineer Michael Uchacz has run "pink noise" through the speakers. He plays "really bad ska" and techno music to tune the stadium, testing for "the squawky factor" and fine-tuning the vocals with special software. He also has to contend with finding a radio frequency. "The FCC is auctioning off the white space," he says. "During post-season especially, more people are cramming into the same space. Open frequencies are like a natural resource and we have to consider how they're being allocated."

Tim Lincecum takes one to the knee. The rest is the stuff of narrative.
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
Tim Lincecum takes one to the knee. The rest is the stuff of narrative.

Gargano played baseball all through his childhood in Novato and at Saint Mary's College in Moraga in the late 1980's. With the Giants since 2008, his storytelling days are often double-headers, with a live-stream afternoon show wrapping just one hour before "Big Show" prep commences. Still, nearly 12 hours after his day began, when he charges forward out of his seat after pitcher Tim Lincecum's shin makes an unfortunate meeting with an opposing batter's ground ball, he's not, for a second, thinking about video board side panels or Elvises or Emmy-winning television shows. He's simply a guy who loves the game.

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