If you read Rod Pedersen's blog, the secret has been made public. This afternoon at 4 o'clock, Rod and 620 CKRM do Rider fans and Saskatchewan sports fans in general a HUGE favour.
The first edition of "The Sportscage" will launch this afternoon. Rod will have his old pals John Lynch and Joe Hadesbeck with him. Tomorrow, I will step inside the cage with Rod and get back to talking sports on the radio. Its something I'll do a couple of days a week with RP. That's something that I never thought would happen. I have told you once and I will say it again, I do not miss doing my day-to-day thing for CJME. I will just leave it at that.
Rod and I have spent many years over many a beer discussing sports and when he presented A) this show idea to me and B) my involvement, my jaw did hit the floor. As he has told you, I have helped him out by doing a variety of things over the last few weeks. and I will continue to do that. It will be the best sports-talk program in this city and this province. (That's not a shot.) His reputation, his connections and moreso his attitude and personality will make it that way. Your drive home got just more entertaining Regina. Best of luck RP and yeah, I will have my fighting gloves on when I enter the cage tomorrow. ITS GONNA BE FUN!
At the same time, Rod has also announced that his long time affiliation with the Regina Pats is over. While I am happy to see a good friend pursue another opportunity, I must admit it does sadden me knowing that one of the best, and one of the most respected play by play men in the league has called his last game on the radio. I have listened to many of his broadcasts--through the good years and the bad, and it will be different hearing someone else. This rumour has been on the street for a while, and I have had several people ask me if I am the new guy because of the work I have done for the Pats over the years on Access. Let me tell you this right now. It is my guess that the Pats are looking for someone that has a little more experience at play-by-play than yours truly. I have not been approached by the hockey club, nor do I expect to be. Would I be interested? Hell yeah! Do I think I will get a call. If I do, I'd be shocked. It is my guess that Dan Plaster will be Rod's replacement. If the team or if CKRM wishes me to get involved in some fashion, I will be more than happy to do so.
That is all!