A new year is a good time for new traditions. So here’s one for you. From the publication that brought sports media news into the mainstream — thanks to the work of legendary columnist Rudy Martzke – comes a much less regular and much more subjective look at the broadcasting business. Welcome to USA TODAY’s first-ever, non-regular and mostly subjective Sports Announcer Power Rankings.

While we’ll strive to provide many interesting nuggets of information, the idea of objectively comparing broadcasters in different sports and different media is a fool’s errand. (Which explains a lot right off the bat.)

Whether you love him or hate him, Buck deserves to start the new year at the top of the announcer heap. In addition to his duties as Fox’s No. 1 NFL voice, he recently called his 21st consecutive World Series (and 23rd overall). And he’s still at the top of his game, as his description of the wacky ending to Rays-Dodgers Game 4 shows.

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