Few voices are as associated with Philadelphia Phillies baseball these days as Larry Anderson. The color commentator on the team’s radio call rolled back his schedule to include only home games beginning in 2018. He announced Thursday that he is ready to roll back again.
Anderson will just call the weekend series played at Citizens Bank Park in 2022. He told Marks & Reese that it works out 40 games.
“I’ll put it this way,” he told the WIP afternoon duo. “If anybody’s watched the news the last couple of years, who knows what’s gonna happen in this crazy world? I don’t know how much time I had left.”
Larry Anderson made it clear that he is healthy and that this was not a decision he was pushed into. He is looking for more free time and intends to spend longer stretches in Florida and with family across the country.
He noted that it was not an easy decision. One thing he worried about was the timing of the announcement. He says he told team brass that he didn’t want anything to take away from the optimism in the front office for 2022.
“A lot of heartbreak, a lot of emotion went into this. And so, it’s not anything I took lightly,” he said. “The Phillies have been very understanding and very, I don’t know what the word is, maybe helpful in getting me to this point and being very accomodating in what I wanted to do. The biggest thing is I didn’t want people to think the Phillies forced me out of this and that I didn’t have a choice. That is not the case at all.”
In 1998, Larry Anderson joined the broadcast team in Philadelphia. He spent six of his seventeen Major League seasons on the Phillies’ roster. He started out doing both TV and radio before moving exclusively to the radio broadcast in 2007. He worked two seasons with Hall of Famer Harry Kalas before Scott Franzke took over as the team’s radio voice.
The Phillies announced the addition of four analysts to its radio crew earlier this year. The 142 games that do not feature Larry Anderson will be split between Michael Bourn, Chad Durbin, Erik Kratz and Kevin Stocker.
ESPN 1400 Coming to KGVL in Greenville, Texas
Greenville, Texas is 50 miles northeast of Dallas.
KGVL in Greenville, Texas is preparing to flip formats from oldies to sports radio with ESPN 1400 set to debut after Christmas.
After it wraps up airing Christmas music, the station will permanently air a sports format with ESPN Radio.
“While we have enjoyed bringing you classic hits for the last few years, we have an opportunity to bring something to Northeast Texas that we can’t pass up!,” a post to the station’s Facebook stage said. “Starting after the Holidays, we will become ESPN 1400! Not only will we bring you non-stop sports, but we will also carry LIVE sports like college football, NFL, NBA, MLB, and even CFP Bowl Games!”
Greenville, Texas is 50 miles northeast of Dallas. KGVL is a Class C, 1,000 watt station owned by E Radio Network. The station covers the majority of Dallas and the eastern portion of the Metroplex. It can also be heard on FM translators on 105.9 FM and 107.7 FM.
The news was first reported by RadioInsight.
Scott Van Pelt: ‘Say Yes Until You Earn the Right to Say No’
“You put as much on your plate; be a good earner for your employer…”
On Monday afternoon, the New York Jets made headlines when Dianna Russini of The Athletic reported that quarterback Zach Wilson was reluctant to reassume the starting role when asked by the team. Shortly after the report was promulgated, ESPN New York afternoon program, The Michael Kay Show, welcomed ESPN SportsCenter and Monday Night Countdown host Scott Van Pelt for his weekly appearance on the show. When he was asked about the Wilson situation, he compared it to how those in the sports media business interact with management and earn credibility and prestige.
“Peter, you wear a lot of hats man,” Van Pelt said, addressing co-host Peter Rosenberg. “Your boss says, ‘Hey, we need you to come in and do this, that or the other.’ I always say to people in any business, ‘Say yes until you earn the right to say no.’ You put as much on your plate; be a good earner for your employer; and then at some point maybe you earn the right to say, ‘Listen, I’d rather not do this, but I’ve got you on all these other things.”
Show co-host Michael Kay hypothesized a scenario in which Van Pelt would tell ESPN management that he did not want to host Monday Night Countdown because of the injury to Cincinnati Bengals starting quarterback Joe Burrow. For Scott Van Pelt though, he understands the position he is in and how there are other people that look at him with a sense of envy.
“This is where you could point out, ‘How many people would kill to do this?,’ and that’s what we hear in our business [is] ‘You know how many people would kill to do this?,’” Van Pelt said. “Of course, and we get all that, and we’re lucky people – all of us – we’re in the get-to job, not got-to.”
Scott Van Pelt brought up how there are likely listeners who work extremely hard and would be aghast and perplexed if they heard someone in sports media talking about how they did not want to go to work. Moreover, he referred to what Wilson reportedly said as “an indefensible position” as the segment concluded.
Earlier in the segment, Kay called it “bizarre” that the discussion was even being had about Wilson not wanting to return to the starting quarterback job after being relegated from the role two weeks ago. Co-host Don La Greca also added his perspective into the situation, addressing Kay about how he goes about his work as the play-by-play voice of the New York Yankees and working in other roles.
“Michael, you know in your life there’s probably lots of times you’d love to tell your boss, ‘Are you kidding me?,’” La Greca said, “but you still say ‘Yes’ because it’s your boss.”
Lucas Glover Joining SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio
“It’s an excellent platform for me to have a voice in the game and reach golf fans all over the country.”
SiriusXM has announced that former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover is joining its PGA TOUR Radio Channel as the host of a new hour-long program, titled The Lucas Glover Show. The special featured presentation makes its debut on the channel on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 8 PM ET, and it will air regularly throughout the year exclusively on SiriusXM.
“Lucas is a terrific player and personality who has seen and accomplished much in his career,” Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM president and chief content officer, said in a statement. “He’s an excellent addition to SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio and we’re excited to give him a platform to share his strong perspectives and opinions on the game with our listeners throughout the year.”
After graduating from Clemson University, Glover began playing professional golf on the Nationwide Tour (currently known as the “Korn Ferry Tour”) and garnered several accolades. Earning a spot on the PGA TOUR card in 2004, he made 17 of 30 cuts during his rookie season, along with recording two top-10 and five top-25 finishes. During his second year on the PGA TOUR, he earned his first victory at the 2005 FUNAI Classic in Orlando, Fla. and took home the U.S. Open championship four years later in Bethpage, N.Y.
Through years of additional victories and top finishes, along with battles with injuries, he has experienced a resurgence that includes a recent victory at the John Deere Classic in July 2021. During the past season, Glover earned three consecutive top-10 finishes during the month of July and earned back-to-back victories at the Wyndham Championship and FedEx St. Jude Championship.
“I’m really excited to join the SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio channel,” Glover said in a statement. “It’s an excellent platform for me to have a voice in the game and reach golf fans all over the country. Having my own show is something I’ve actually thought about doing since I won the U.S. Open. Now, having experienced all I have throughout my career, I’m ready and looking forward to sharing lots of stories, lessons learned and opinions on our game.”
SiriusXM subscribers can tune in to SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio on Channel 92 and by using the SiriusXM app. In addition to Glover’s new program, the outlet also provides live coverage of PGA TOUR events and major championships, along with daily programming that focuses on all aspects of the game of golf.