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Fenway
10-06-2005, 11:20 AM
WSCR is taking a hard look at someone who wants back in Chicago

former Cubs announcer Dewayne Staats

http://tampabay.devilrays.mlb.com/images/team/broadcasters/dewayne_staats.jpg

Dewayne Staats anchors the Emmy-Award winning telecast in this, his 29th season broadcasting major league baseball and his eighth with the Devil Rays. In 2003 he celebrated 4,000 major league broadcasts. Before joining the Rays, he spent three years calling play-by-play for ESPN in a variety of sports, including major league baseball and NCAA baseball, basketball and football. He began his major league play-by-play career as the radio and TV voice of the Houston Astros from 1977-84, then called radio and TV action for the Chicago Cubs from 1985-89. He was the lead play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees carried by the MSG-TV network from 1990-94, and spent the 1994 and 1995 seasons calling the action for The Baseball Network (ABC/NBC). Staats began his career as a sports reporter for WSIE Radio while a student at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and began his baseball career as the radio voice of the Oklahoma City 89ers (1973-74). In 1975 and '76 he was sports director at KPLR-TV in St. Louis and received an Emmy nomination. A 1975 graduate of SIU-Edwardsville, Dewayne earned Distinguished Alumnus-of-the-Year honors in 1987. He and his wife, Demetra (Dee), recently deceased, have two daughters, Stephanie Wheeler (1-11-78) and Alexandra (1-11-84),and a grandson Gabriel Michael (11/19/04).

PatK
10-06-2005, 11:22 AM
From what I remember, he wasn't bad.

Although he did have the fake announcers voice, which I'm not partial to.

eriqjaffe
10-06-2005, 11:22 AM
Dewayne Staats? Hold me down before I jump out of my chair from excitement.

Not the Rays announcer I was hoping for.

Hangar18
10-06-2005, 11:23 AM
Nothing against Staats ......but if were looking to Tampa for an announcer, why isnt Dave Wills being given a 2nd look? I think he'd do fine, and hes got a distinct radio voice

SouthSide_HitMen
10-06-2005, 11:26 AM
Lip -

Is that considered a demotion - from Tampa Bay (low market, poor team) television to the White Sox (very good market, great team) radio? usually guys in TV stay on TV unless they are forced out. I wouldn't mind Staats and Wills coming over.

Erik The Red
10-06-2005, 11:59 AM
Wills, please! Quick, someone e-mail Brooks about it.

LuvSox
10-06-2005, 12:39 PM
WSCR is taking a hard look at someone who wants back in Chicago

former Cubs announcer Dewayne Staats

http://tampabay.devilrays.mlb.com/images/team/broadcasters/dewayne_staats.jpg




:chunks

Stroker Ace
10-06-2005, 01:20 PM
You had me excited for a second. Wrong Rays announcer.

longshot7
10-06-2005, 01:24 PM
They should just pay to hire Rooney. Why trifle with pretenders?

CluelessJoe1919
10-07-2005, 04:52 AM
Staats is a brilliant announcer. Even though he was with the hated Cubs in the 80s, I always thought he was the best of them all. You guys will love him.

WillyDSoxFan
10-07-2005, 10:09 AM
Check out this story in the Cubune about the possibility of Mike North joining Farmer in the radio booth. I for one hope to God this isn't true, then I wouldn't be able to listen to the broadcast anymore, I can't stand the Hot Dog Boy.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-0509130252sep13,1,5290027.story

JUribe1989
10-07-2005, 10:28 AM
I like that Rays announcer a lot. I hope he gets the job. He's a good play-by-play guy.

JorgeFabregas
10-07-2005, 10:33 AM
So are they looking for a color guy or a play-by-play guy? The word was, originally, that Farmer would move to play-by-play. The guys that they have been auditioning in the post-game shows are surely for color roles.