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February 25, 2009 - Jim Bartholow
Never mind what the ground hog said back on Feb. 2, I know spring is coming today because I'm listening to spring training baseball on the radio. Because the radio reception in our office is limited, I can't get the Indians games on 100.9-FM. But the Reds always come in strong on WMOA-AM 1490. Listening to baseball on the radio takes me back. I spent lots of nights as a kid tuning in to AM radio coverage of the Indians, Reds, Cubs, Tigers, White Sox, Mets, and Cardinals. My mind fills with the classic sounds of Harry Caray, Jack Buck, Van Patrick, Jack Brickhouse, and Waite Hoyt. Those are some great memories. Growing up in Cleveland, my favorite broadcaster was Jimmy Dudley, who had a homespun way about him. Yankees' legend Mel Allen even spent a year broadcasting Indians' games. I remember Allen was past his prime, though. Later, Herb Score and Joe Tait would follow; Tait later went on to become the voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers and while I'm not a big fan of radio broadcasts of basketball and football, I admit to listening to the Cavs just to hear the comfortable sounds of Joe Tait. I feel were blessed in Marietta to have the Wharff broadcasting family. "Big John" Wharff's zest for life just oozed through the the radio. And his sons, Johnny and Chris, display the same love for sports in the care they take relaying the information.
Oops, I forgot to mention Tom Hamilton, the current voice of the Tribe. I love his home run calls.
What can I say, I like sports on the radio.
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