Pittsburgh Pirates: Clear The Deck! Interview with Greg Brown

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Finding his style

Greg Brown mentioned his heroes and idols, and it made me think. I was wondering if he modeled his style to his heroes or anyone else that was broadcasting during his youth.

"BROWNS RESPONSE: “Mike Lange gave me a huge break when he was doing cable games for the Pittsburgh Pirates along with Steve Blass. One year I was doing pre and post game, just like what Robbie Incmikoski does now. Lange gave me an incredible opportunity out of the blue one day and let me call a couple of innings of a Pirates and Mets game because it was a doubleheader, and he needed a break. Continued: That act was one of the most unselfish and kind acts I’ve ever been a part of, let alone witnessed. I did two innings in the mid-80s,’ and not long ago, I got the tape of it, and I listened to it, and I swear I sounded like a mini Milo Hamilton. When I was younger, to a fault, I would always try to sound like Milo and Lanny.” Continued: “I also worked in Buffalo for some time, and I think by then, I weened my way off of sounded like others like Milo and Lanny and started forming my own voice. I think every broadcaster will tell you they grab something from everyone. I’ve worked with many great partners, and I would say I’ve taken a part of them with me when I call games.”"