What do Mac Mcdonald and the Gershwins have in common?

Cruising the Google news once again, I found an article of interest regarding an on-air personality at 1070 WINA Newsradio.
According to their website, Mac Mcdonald’s role will change on WINA starting June 1st. At that time, Mac Mcdonald will no longer be on the WINA Morning Show daily, as he has been for the past 10 years.
The University of Virginia has expanded his role as the Voice of the Cavaliers, limiting voice-over activities outside of announcing for the university.
Listeners at the station need not fret for long because Mac will still be heard broadcasting football, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse on WINA. Periodic guest appearances on the show to discuss UVA athletics are also in the works.
Here’s a direct quote from the WINA website:
“The WINA morning team will not be the same without Mac’s wonderful humor and charm, but we understand the Universities need to fully utilize his talents, and we wish him all the best!”
What a wonderful tribute to a voice that has been with the station for 10 years!
Have any of you enjoyed the thrill of live announcing at sports events and matches?
As the Gershwins would say, it’s “Nice work if you can get it!”
Leave a comment sharing your experiences and give a shout out to the teams you announced for, whether they be little league, in the minors, college or professional teams respectively : )
P.S. My personal all-time favourite announcer would have to be Foster Hewitt, legendary voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Foster announced at Maple Leaf Gardens for decades from his famous gondola in the rafters of the Gardens.
He coined the phrase “he shoots, he scores!” and was also well known for his sign-on at the beginning of each broadcast, “Hello, Canada, and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland.” – source, Wikipedia.
Foster Hewitt.
© Photo: Hockey Hall of Fame

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  1. I am so lucky to be “IN” the game as I read (podcast) Associated Press sports and news stories nightly for Taldia at:
    http://ap.taldia.com and http://www.taldia.com.
    Lovin’ it – even when I have to podcast stories about MY Vancouver Canucks and Seattle Supersonics/Mariners sucking!
    Cool to see one of my former radio colleagues (Rick Ball) doing play-by-play for the BC Lions football team and hosting a midday sports talk show in Vancouver at http://www.team1040.ca
    Ralph Hass

  2. While I couldn’t call a hockey game on radio to save my life, I do enjoy my role as the arena announcer for the Peterborough Petes CHL franchise, which I’ve done for 10 years now. Entirely different scenario from booth announcing, a whole different set of skills are brought to the fore.
    You can’t do an arena like you do a studio – the guy I replaced made that mistake and lasted two games. Interesting too, that people are quick to assume I see all the games, when in actual fact I see very little.
    It’s been neat to follow the careers of players who used to toil for the Petes – Ricci, Domi, Yzerman, and Eric Stall among others. But what is even more astounding is that the longer I do this, I seem to play a greater role in people’s lives – people I have never met.
    Going to a game on Thursday nights is a local ritual here – and for a decade now, and probably for another couple or three, I’ll be the one screaming the goals.
    I’ve been in this market on-air for 30 years….I’ve had people come up to me and say they listened to me as a kid, and now they’re married and have kids of their own. As long as they’ve been alive, I’ve been there….and now something similiar is going to happen at the game.
    It’s one thing to be stuck in a market forever….but turn that around, and you realize that the day you finally hang it up….it will be considered the end of an era.
    Me – an era. Fancy that……