John Rooney News
Friday, September 2, 2005, 9:05 pm
Tonight’s Radio Broadcast News
WSCR Radio and the White Sox announced tonight that Ed Farmer had agreed to move to White Sox radio broadcasts next year on WSCR radio, while long-time partner John Rooney informed the club that he would not be returning to the Sox booth.
It is safe to say we all are disappointed. When the move to WSCR was announced, everyone hoped John and Ed (both of whose contracts were up after this season) would decide to move with the team. It certainly was the goal of the White Sox. It is tough to beat the duo.
Through his agent, who spoke to WSCR, and face-to-face with club employees this week and earlier today, John said he was not returning.
Of course he will be missed personally and professionally. Many people, myself included, believe he is among the very best play-by-play voices in the game. In reading posts on-line tonight, many Sox fans share their appreciation for John’s work at the microphone. He is a very comfortable listen. He also is a personal friend after working together since 1991 (when I joined the team). I have not had a chance to speak with John tonight given the game but do wish him the very best in whatever is next.
The next step is for WSCR and the White Sox to develop a list of possible replacements. Farmer currently does several innings of play-by-play calling each evening, so the early thought was to move him to full-time play-by-play and find a color commentator. It will be a challenge to replace John, but let’s see who all the possible candidates might be and go from there.