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Angelo Cataldi: I Can’t Believe Norm Hitzges Outlasted Me
“33 years is enough. If I’d have killed someone in the first year (of his radio show), I’d be out on parole!”
The radio career of Angelo Cataldi is winding down, and the legendary host is spending more time reminiscing lately. As a guest of The Hang Zone on The Ticket in Dallas, Cataldi connected with host Norm Hitzges, who he couldn’t believe was still around.
Hitzges countered by saying he couldn’t believe Cataldi was retiring, before the 94WIP host marveled at his Dallas counterpart’s longevity.
“I am, and I can’t believe you outlasted me, Norm,” Cataldi said. “Yes, I’m done. 33 years is enough. If I’d have killed someone in the first year (of his radio show), I’d be out on parole!”
Aftering finding out Cataldi was no longer working on Wednesdays as he approached his retirement, Hitzges said he had an even better situation in Dallas.
“Angelo, listen, I know some of my buddies at the station are only working two or three days a week. We’re on the air five days a week, but we only work two or three of them,” Hitzges joked.
Hitzges also asked Cataldi what he would be doing in retirement, and the Philadelphia legend gave a macabre response.
“I’m gonna write a book about being with these fans for 33 years. That’s the first thing I’m gonna do, ’cause I’m gonna need money. I won’t be getting paid anymore. And by then, Al (Morganti), my co-host who’s still with us, thinks I’ll be dead. He gives me about a year, and then I’ll keel over. So I’ll try to get the book out, and then I’ll be pushing up daisies.”
The pair then discussed how they would simulcast shows back in the day in both Dallas and Philadelphia together when the Eagles would play the Cowboys, taking callers from both fan bases, and how enjoyable the experience was for the both of them.
However, “you probably couldn’t do that today” Cataldi deduced.
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Hans Olsen Joins BYU Radio Crew
“I’m beyond thrilled to now work with Greg, Mitch and Jason to bring my passion for the game to the BYU fans I played for years ago.”
Hans Olsen spent five years in Provo as a member of the BYU football team. He started on the defensive line for his final two seasons and as a senior was named second team all Mountain West. Now, the Cougars are moving into the Big 12 and Olsen is coming along for the ride.
The school announced on Thursday that he will be the new radio analyst. He replaces Riley Nelson, who resigned in January and will work with Greg Wrubell, who has been the voice of the Cougars since 2001.
Calling games runs in the Olsen family. Hans is the nephew of Merlin Olsen, who worked as an analyst for CBS and NBC after a Hall of Fame NFL career.
“I’ve always loved what my Uncle Merlin did in the booth, and I had a dream to see what it was like,” Olsen said. “I’m grateful to Brian Estridge and Bowl Season Radio for giving me the chance to pursue that dream, and I’m beyond thrilled to now work with Greg, Mitch, and Jason to bring my passion for the game to the BYU fans I played for years ago.”
Sports fans in Salt Lake City know Hans Olsen well. He is the co-host of Hans & Scotty G on KSL Sports Zone 97.5. He and Scott Garrard have worked together since 2014.
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Lou Merloni: Sports Talk Radio Was Grinding On Me
“You wake up every day and search for that negative topic and it wears on you and turns you extremely negative.”
Late last year, WEEI afternoon co-host Lou Merloni announced he was leaving Merloni, Fauria, and Mego as part of a larger shakeup of the Boston sports radio station to work as a game analyst for the Boston Red Sox on both WEEI and NESN.
In an interview with The Athletic, Merloni discussed his exit from the program and admitted after a decade and a half, sports radio had become increasingly difficult. But being a game analyst had always been of interest to him.
“It’s what I’ve always wanted to do,” Merloni said. “I’ve done games before and that was my happy place. I liked doing sports talk, but after a while, it was 15 years, it started grinding on you more than I wanted it to.”
Merloni — who spent nine seasons in the big leagues with the Red Sox, Padres, Indians, and Angels — added that the negativity of sports radio grew to be an issue for him.
“You wake up every day and search for that negative topic and it wears on you and turns you extremely negative,” he said. “It’s not manufactured, it’s just, that’s your job. If you just talk about nothing but how great the Bruins are, nobody would ever call in. So it’s ‘Why isn’t (David) Pastrnak signed yet?’
“So those are things that get people interacting with sports radio and those are the discussions you have. But you also want to keep it somewhat positive and balanced, it’s just different. There’s always that search for that sort of angle. And that grinds on you, it really does. It turns you into something you’re not, maybe.”
The soon-to-be 52-year-old said joining the NESN booth came at a great time for him.
“I’ve always wanted to be in the TV booth, I just didn’t know when the right time was, so sometimes things work out for a reason,”
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Michael Kay: MLB Radio Analysts Won’t Have Time to Talk With New Rules
“I think that’s going to be a really different vibe, baseball on the radio this year.”
MLB’s Opening Day is upon us, and with new rules implemented to improve the pace of play, many have questioned how the rules will affect broadcasters. New York Yankees television voice Michael Kay said radio crews are the ones who will be hurt by the new statutes.
During a conference call discussing ESPN’s KayRod Cast, Kay was asked how the new rules would alter not only the usual television broadcast, but also his alternate broadcast with former 14-time All-Star Alex Rodriguez.
“I don’t think it’s going to impact television broadcasts that much. Maybe you won’t be able to see eight replays on a simple ground ball to short because there’s not much time between batters, but I think it’s going to have a big impact on radio broadcasts where the analyst simply is not going to have time to talk. They’re just not,” Kay said.
“There’s no pictures that you can talk over like in baseball. The analysts can talk to a couple of pitches, but in radio that’s just not going to happen. It can’t happen. I think that’s going to be a really different vibe, baseball on the radio this year.”
“I do like the changes, and I think the pace is going to be both better to watch and to announce,” Rodriguez added.
Kay mentioned that while the news rules were an adjustment, he did enjoy the overall speed of the game.
“The pace is so much better. I don’t think there should be a complaint about pitch clock or anything like that. That’s how the game should be played.”