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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 2018-02-13, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Toronto Blue Jays Radio Announcer Jerry Howarth Retires

https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/ml...es-36-seasons/

Summer won't be the same without sitting outside and listening to Jerry. I know I started listening in 1982, so it's been my entire life as a Jay's fan listening to him on the radio.

Being a baseball radio announcer has to be the hardest gig in sports announcing in North America - he covered everything from spring training through any playoff run for years, and appeared on countless talk shows. Not to mention the games drag on for hours with a lot of opportunity for "dead air".

Sad to see he is retiring from health issues - but hope he has a good, long retirement.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 2018-02-13, 02:36 PM
 
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Jerry is leaving some big shoes to fill. Any word on a replacement?
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Please don't say replacement. Yes a new guy or girl may be hired to do a similar job but Jerry Howarth will never be "replaced".

(Aside: I have very fond memories of sitting in the bleachers at old Exhibition Stadium and listening to Tom and Jerry describe the action I was watching on the field. They were like two old friends sitting beside me night after night. For me Jerry and Tom will always be the voices and the heart and soul of Blue Jays broadcasting).
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The only person that they can get to call the games which the fan base will readily accept is Dan Shulman. Considering he has left Sunday Night Baseball and had planned to do several TV dates for the Jays, if they can convince him to move over to the radio at least for one season given the short timeline, it would be a good move for the fans. Plus it solves the three men in the booth problem with both Buck and Dan trying to call the game which is always screwy.

What will get people mad is if they simulcast the TV on the radio but since radio has its own sponsors I do not see that happening.

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The Buffalo Sabres do the TV/Radio simulcast thing occasionally - it is horrible, as they mention what is happening on the TV screen or graphics that you obviously can't see when listening on the radio.
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I'd be shocked if Shulman took the gig considering he left SNB on ESPN to spend less time travelling and that was a once-a-week gig, not an 81-games-a-year gig.
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