There’s a great line in the movie Broadcast News where the handsome but shallow anchor man played by William Hurt is reflecting on his good fortune and says, “What do you do when real life exceeds your dreams?”
And the smart but schlubby reporter played by Albert Brooks responds with, “Keep it to yourself.”
I’m sorry, but I can’t follow that advice.
As you may have heard, I have been hired as the new radio voice of the Cincinnati Bengals beginning this fall. I will finish this season with the PawSox before returning to Cincinnati where I lived from 1996 to 2006.
It’s an unbelievable privilege to be the radio voice of an NFL team and I’m extremely grateful to Mike Brown and the Bengals organization for giving me this opportunity. I follow in a long line of talented play-by-play men who have called Bengals games in their history and I will do my very best to uphold the tradition. I look forward to working with the great Dave Lapham who combines knowledge, humor, and love for the game as well as any analyst in any sport.
(If this news motivates Carson Palmer to return to Cincinnati, I will happily take the credit.)
I can’t adequately express my gratitude to Team President Mike Tamburro and every member of the Pawtucket Red Sox organization for how they’ve treated me and my family for the last six seasons. It is a special place to work and it’s been a privilege to broadcast games to the best fans in minor league baseball. I cherish the fact that I got to work for the late Ben Mondor who is one of kindest, funniest, and most generous people that I have ever known.
One of the best things about coming to Pawtucket was being reunited with my partner and pal Steve Hyder. PawSox General Manager Lou Schwechheimer often says that he wishes he could bottle our on-air chemistry (perhaps the same company that makes “Hyder For Everyone” cologne could do that), and Pawtucket fans are incredibly fortunate to have had Hydes behind the mic for eight seasons. He’s a great broadcaster and a better friend, and I’m looking forward to four more months together in the booth, on the buses, and in every restaurant on the International League circuit that serves unhealthy food after 10 pm. I’m also happy that – unlike Dustin Pedroia – I was fully clothed when I shared my good news with Steve.
Most of all I want to thank my wife Peg. Between PawSox baseball and University of Cincinnati football and basketball, I’ve been broadcasting about 200 live sporting events a year since 2006 and most of them have been on the road. Somehow she’s managed to work full-time, raise a delightful kid, run marathons, and maintain her sanity. I look forward to our newest adventure together…and actually being home for dinner most of the time.
It’s been a hectic week and I apologize for the lack of blog entries. I’ll return to writing about the PawSox on a daily basis following this afternoon’s game at Scranton/WB. Andrew Miller is on the hill for Pawtucket and the first pitch is scheduled for 1:05. I hope you’ll join us for radio coverage beginning with the pre-game show at 12:50 on the PawSox radio network and pawsox.com.
I’d love to hear from you. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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