TGR, I have numerous Islanders fights with Gordon Lightfoot music playing in the background or some other boring pop music and always thought that whoever original taped these fights, someone like Sandy or Mark T, were the ones who added it on.
I'm sure Mark could clear that up. Some of that music is pretty horrible so I'd give those guys better credit than that. I'd picture Sandy or Mark as more Springsteen fans than some of the stuff you heard on there. I forget which one it was but you have some guy singing "You are the joy of my life" over a hockey fight. There are a few where you can hear a DJ or someone talking about upcoming programming.
Not to mention that music/announcing sounds like it is being fed with the broadcast. Not like it is being played in the room. If you watch the Sherbrook 84-87 tape/DVD, you can hear something going on in the room where the fights are being played. You hear someone going "uppercut" and "yes" and some background noise during some of the fights.
I'm trying to rack my memory but I could have sworn years ago I talked with Dan about this subject. At least I thought it was him who told me this. Could be wrong. I thought in the early days of cable and satellite these broadcasts (for non paying subscribers) were scrambled via the audio so you could not hear the announcers. They probably had no idea someone would be out there taping them for the fights.
I'm thinking if this was the case no one could sit through some of that music watching the game and would break down and pay to get the announcing in there.