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San Francisco sportstalk show host, Schenectady native Bruce at Super Bowl

I caught up with San Francisco sportstalk show host and Schenectady native Damon Bruce earlier this week for my Behind the Broadcast column, which will appear in Saturday's Daily Gazette.

Bruce, whose show airs form 3-6 p.m. Eastern time (noon-3 San Francisco time) on KNBR, is in New Orelans to follow the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

Here are some excerpts from my interview.

On being on radio row, Bruce said, “It’s just a hot-air convention. Everybody who wants to be somebody in this industry is here trying to prove that they are. It’s funny, you go across the tables, you look at everybody and think, ‘Do I sound like this guy? I hope not.’

“What blows me away is just the scope of this whole thing. The size and scope it takes for a city to officially host a Super Bowl is pretty amazing. You can’t look anywhere in this town without seeing the words ‘Super Bowl.’ The whole city has totally embraced it.”

Bruce has covered two World Series championships in the last three years with the San Francisco Giants. But that doesn’t compare to covering a Super Bowl.

“I love baseball,” Bruce said. “The World Series is the equivalent of a local beer league softball to [the Super Bowl]. Nothing is even close to this. Final Fours get dwarfed by this. As the baseball playoffs wind down, interest dwindles because baseball’s so provincial. When you get to the Super Bowl and you wind down to this, interest grows. The whole nation has decided that we might not be a nation of 49ers fans and Ravens fans, but this is the big game we’re watching this week, so we’re going to learn as much about these two teams."

Pick up a copy of Saturday's paper, or read it here online to get more of Bruce's thoughts.

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