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JimEdmonds15
11-11-2005, 11:23 AM
John Rooney New Cardinals Radio guy (http://forums.stltoday.com/viewtopic.php?t=310843)

Hagin apparently out... but not 100 percent confirmed...

But Rooney on way...


--B

http://images.radcity.net/5176/958890.jpg

John Rooney (http://espnradio1000.com/showdj.asp?DJID=5812) has spent 17 seasons as a Sox broadcaster, the last 16 as play-by-play radio announcer, and is signed to broadcast all the Sox games on ESPN 1000 through the 2005 season. He is a nationally recognized broadcaster, having worked a number of division series, league championship series, All-Star games and World Series. For three years, Rooney called Fox's Game of the Week on Saturday afternoons. He has also been a college football, college basketball and NFL broadcaster. In the past, he worked for the Minnesota Twins, the University of Missouri and as a sports reporter in St. Louis. Rooney is from Richmond, Missouri, and he and his family reside in Palatine, Illinois.

Bernie is very reliable and always let's the Cards fans know things before they are announced.

MUsoxfan
11-11-2005, 11:24 AM
As much as it sucks that he's gone, there are worse teams he could've gone to

miker
11-11-2005, 11:29 AM
Hey John, good luck in your new location...and hope I get a chance to listen to you for a Sox-Cards World Series next year!

Law11
11-11-2005, 11:47 AM
Per a friend of mine in St. Louis.

kevin57
11-11-2005, 11:49 AM
I wish we had him, and I wish him the best of luck, whatever may happen. To go out of Chicago with a WS to crown his time here, is wonderful.

Chez
11-11-2005, 11:49 AM
St. Louis plays at the Cell this season. It would be nice if the Sox did something for him when he comes to town. Maybe a World Series ring?

Meixner007
11-11-2005, 11:53 AM
Here's the link

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/cardinals/story/97E27F323C1F1599862570B6005E7C35?OpenDocument

RallyBowl
11-11-2005, 11:53 AM
Is this official? He was on North this morning and I heard nothing mentioned.

JimEdmonds15
11-11-2005, 11:55 AM
Hagin out, Rooney in on Cards broadcasts
BY DAN CAESAR
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
11/11/2005

http://images.stltoday.com/stltoday/resources/johnrooneybig1110.jpg

The shakeups continue with the Cardinals radio broadcasts.

Wayne Hagin, who was hired two seasons ago to replace Jack Buck after the legendary Cards broadcaster died, has been fired.

He’ll be replaced by John Rooney, a former St. Louis sportscaster who has spent the last 18 years broadcasting the Chicago White Sox on radio. Rooney will work with Mike Shannon, who will be back for his 35th season on the air.

[More in URL] (http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/cardinals/story/97E27F323C1F1599862570B6005E7C35?OpenDocument)

TomBradley72
11-11-2005, 11:56 AM
Is this the real reason he left? Not that he couldn't come to terms with WSCR....but that he PREFERRED to go the Cardinals?

Steelrod
11-11-2005, 11:58 AM
Good Luck John, we'll miss you!

Sad
11-11-2005, 12:03 PM
see ya June 20 John!

Stoky44
11-11-2005, 12:04 PM
This sucks. I hate the Score. **** them! This is total BS. We lose the best play-by-play man in the business over probably no more than $200k, a signing bonus for some draft pick. This ticks me off. I wish you the best John, I will never forget the memories. **** the score. If Mike North is the new color man, I may never listen to the White Sox Radio network again. :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry:

It's Time
11-11-2005, 12:04 PM
Is this the real reason he left? Not that he couldn't come to terms with WSCR....but that he PREFERRED to go the Cardinals?

I have a feeling Rooney did not want to be associated with that sorry excuse for a sports radio station (The score).

ChiWhiteSox1337
11-11-2005, 12:04 PM
Best of luck, John! You've been announcing for the White Sox my entire life(17 years) and you were a pleasure to listen to!

Foulke You
11-11-2005, 12:08 PM
Is this the real reason he left? Not that he couldn't come to terms with WSCR....but that he PREFERRED to go the Cardinals?
I think it had to do with WSCR not wanting to pay the man what he is worth. Plain and simple.

doublem23
11-11-2005, 12:11 PM
****.

Stroker Ace
11-11-2005, 12:13 PM
Good luck to him in St. Louis. So now that he's offically gone, who is going to take his place?

nccwsfan
11-11-2005, 12:14 PM
Good luck John! It's been a pleasure listening to you over the years and the Cardinals organization should consider themselves lucky to have you....

One for the road...
:winner

Gammons Peter
11-11-2005, 12:14 PM
I hope he doesn't get gonorrhea (see right side of article) from St Louie.

Corlose 15
11-11-2005, 12:31 PM
John's a Missouri native I believe but I thought he was from the KC area. Well, you wouldn't expect him to leave the Sox to do the Royals.:D:

Well, the Cardinals are getting an outstanding PBP man, I grew up in my White Sox fandom listening to him and Ed and its not gonna be the same without him.

eriqjaffe
11-11-2005, 12:44 PM
Now the move to Naperville makes so much more sense!

stl_sox_fan
11-11-2005, 12:46 PM
I hope he doesn't get gonorrhea (see right side of article) from St Louie.



:D: That's a good one. Thank god that headline is not on the front page anymore.
Kind of mixed emotions on this move. I finally get to hear Rooney's voice again but it's for the wrong team!!!!
Let's hope Rooney gets along better with Mike Shannon than Hagin did.

Jjav829
11-11-2005, 12:48 PM
Good luck to him in St. Louis. So now that he's offically gone, who is going to take his place?

:ass
"Ooohhhhh, they're lit up like Christmas trees! Anything you want to talk about! It'll be Pods, the Japanese second baseman and my guy Paulie due up in the 3rd inning! But also, what's your favorite hot dog condiment?! Me, I'm a yellow mustard guy."

:puking:

Madvora
11-11-2005, 12:51 PM
Terrible. I'm going to miss him like crazy.

Fenway
11-11-2005, 01:03 PM
remember where you heard it first

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=837770&postcount=211


Now I can tell you who told me at Fenway back in September

:hawk

ChiSoxGirl
11-11-2005, 01:05 PM
I'm not the least bit surprised to hear this, but it doesn't lessen the devastation I feel as a Sox fan, knowing he won't be in the booth to call a White Sox Winner anymore. :whiner:

There was speculation a few months ago that this is where Rooney would end up, since, like the Sox, the Cardinals were switching flagship stations. Nonetheless, as someone who doesn't have cable and is forced to listen to 100+ games a season, I'm going to miss Rooney terribly.

JimEdmonds15
11-11-2005, 01:08 PM
remember where you heard it first

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=837770&postcount=211


Now I can tell you who told me at Fenway back in September

:hawk

Lemme guess.. Mr. Gammons? Or someone close to that.. :redface:

Fenway
11-11-2005, 01:09 PM
Lemme guess.. Mr. Gammons? :redface:

Gammons knew that Costas had been offered the job

Sad
11-11-2005, 01:10 PM
Lemme guess.. Mr. Gammons? Or someone close to that.. :redface:

I think he meant The Hawk

HotelWhiteSox
11-11-2005, 01:13 PM
I have a feeling Rooney did not want to be associated with that sorry excuse for a sports radio station (The score).

ESPN 1000 isn't oh so great either, I think it has more to do with him wanting the Cardinals' job.

Sad, disappointing for me, but time to move on, but please get a decent relpacement!

Fenway
11-11-2005, 01:13 PM
KTRS has posted this

Cardinals to Introduce New Radio Broadcast Team Friday

St. Louis Cardinals President Mark Lamping and KTRS President Tim Dorsey have called a 2 o’clock news conference Friday, to introduce the Cardinals new radio broadcast team. We’ll carry the news conference live on the Big 550 KTRS.

http://www.ktrs.com/news/local.html

the station streams from the website if you want to hear Rooney at 2 CST

ChiSoxGirl
11-11-2005, 01:27 PM
the station streams from the website if you want to hear Rooney at 2 CST

No thanks; too depressing for me. :whiner: I guess I'm glad I'm teaching a class from 2-2:30p. I'm sure the local news will have at least a tidbit on this tonight. :(:

JayBeast
11-11-2005, 01:28 PM
This sucks. I hate the Score. **** them! This is total BS. We lose the best play-by-play man in the business over probably no more than $200k, a signing bonus for some draft pick. This ticks me off. I wish you the best John, I will never forget the memories. **** the score. If Mike North is the new color man, I may never listen to the White Sox Radio network again. :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry:


I think you missplaced your anger.
I believe the announcers are employees of the White Sox not the radio station... someone correct me if I'm wrong.

TomBradley72
11-11-2005, 01:30 PM
I think you missplaced your anger.
I believe the announcers are employees of the White Sox not the radio station... someone correct me if I'm wrong.

You're wrong. :cool: They are hired/paid by the radio station...WSox then "approve".

JayBeast
11-11-2005, 01:35 PM
You're wrong. :cool: They are hired/paid by the radio station...WSox then "approve".

Ok.... Thats in contrast from the Bulls, Bears & Hawks... who's Radio guys are all employees of the team.
So I'm told by my radio buddie.... but he could be high...idk.

Professor
11-11-2005, 01:35 PM
John is my favorite. Selfishly, since I reside in St. Louis, I am glad that he came here, then. But he will always be the voice of the White Sox that I remember.

saltwater farmer
11-11-2005, 01:52 PM
Best of luck in St Louis to John Rooney, "the cream of the crop"

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/cardinals/story/97E27F323C1F1599862570B6005E7C35?OpenDocument

CubsfansareDRUNK
11-11-2005, 01:53 PM
good luck john!

Jerome
11-11-2005, 02:10 PM
This really sucks. Thanks a lot WSCR, now I have to choose between the Hawk and Ed Farmer's PBP? [Insert Chunks Tag]. John Rooney was the BEST, no offense to the other guys. He was simply a pleasure to listen to. He and Ed were great together.

Why won't the corporate guys who made the decision over a few pennies realize that Rooney is a part of white sox baseball?

Chez
11-11-2005, 02:33 PM
In my opinion, Rooney is the best in the business. That said, we got over Harry leaving for the north side, Jim Durham leaving the Bulls, Lloyd Petitt leaving the Blackhawks and Wayne Larivee leaving the Bears. And we'll get over this too. Good luck, John.

veeter
11-11-2005, 02:38 PM
Weren't Rooney and Hagen partners with the Sox? That's kind of ironic. Anyway, I'm glad he ended up there. He can continue to hate the cubs, now more than ever.

JimEdmonds15
11-11-2005, 02:41 PM
Not for sure..

Rooney will be on KTRS (http://live.eonstreams.com/ktrsam.asf) in a couple minutes.. Well he's supposed to be..

Fenway
11-11-2005, 03:18 PM
Don't blame WSCR for this....

The Cards according to the Post-Dispatch wanted Rooney 3 years ago after Jack Buck died but he was under contract to the White Sox.

I think there was only one job he would leave the White Sox for and this happens to be it

Frater Perdurabo
11-11-2005, 03:21 PM
If Hagin is out in Saint Louis, I'd like WSCR to scoop him up to partner with Farmer next year for Sox radio broadcasts.

From what I remember, Hagin was good when he was with the Sox. Hagin and Farmer worked together when Rooney would do national games in the early 90s. So, there should be some familiarity and decent chemistry.

It's too bad WSCR wouldn't pay Rooney, but Hagin would be a decent consolation prize.

Chez
11-11-2005, 03:22 PM
Don't blame WSCR for this....

The Cards according to the Post-Dispatch wanted Rooney 3 years ago after Jack Buck died but he was under contract to the White Sox.

I think there was only one job he would leave the White Sox for and this happens to be it

Yeah; St. Louis has so much more to offer as a city than Chicago. C'mon, Fenway; follow the money.

Fenway
11-11-2005, 03:29 PM
Yeah; St. Louis has so much more to offer as a city than Chicago. C'mon, Fenway; follow the money.

the man is in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame......

http://www.mosportshalloffame.com/inducteebio.asp?inducteeid=317

I think going "home" played into it

Huisj
11-11-2005, 03:31 PM
If Hagin is out in Saint Louis, I'd like WSCR to scoop him up to partner with Farmer next year for Sox radio broadcasts.

From what I remember, Hagin was good when he was with the Sox. Hagin and Farmer worked together when Rooney would do national games in the early 90s. So, there should be some familiarity and decent chemistry.

It's too bad WSCR wouldn't pay Rooney, but Hagin would be a decent consolation prize.

And then we can trade for Todd Helton, and everything will work out great! The player-announcer relationship will be just like the Cubs!

CLR01
11-11-2005, 03:31 PM
Yeah; St. Louis has so much more to offer as a city than Chicago. C'mon, Fenway; follow the money.


Why does everything always have to be about money? Do you know for a fact the Rooney left because the score was low balling him? I guess it is just a coincidence that he has a new broadcasting job a few weeks after leaving the last one. With the Cardnials of all teams.



Enjoy hell John.

Chez
11-11-2005, 03:47 PM
the man is in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame......

http://www.mosportshalloffame.com/inducteebio.asp?inducteeid=317

I think going "home" played into it

Maybe. But Rooney is from the Kansas City area not from St. Louis.

SouthSide_HitMen
11-11-2005, 03:50 PM
St. Louis Cardinal press release:

http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20051111&content_id=1267527&vkey=pr_stl&fext=.jsp&c_id=stl

A native of Richmond, Mo., Rooney arrives in St. Louis after describing the dramatic final out of the White Sox' sweep of the Houston Astros in the World Series last month. Rooney was also a member of the Minnesota Twins broadcasting team in 1987 when the Twins triumphed in seven games over Rooney's childhood heroes, the St. Louis Cardinals.


I think Rooney really enjoyed his time here but this was his dream job and I wish him the best. Buck was a legend and I hope Rooney is able to stay as long.

John, thanks for the memories and great work over the years! This Bud's for you.:gulp:

PS - Hope we get a one year replacement and then followup another World Championship by signing up:

:wills

HotelWhiteSox
11-11-2005, 03:55 PM
the man is in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame......

http://www.mosportshalloffame.com/inducteebio.asp?inducteeid=317

I think going "home" played into it

I agree, I remember the story when they had the opening of the White Sox not allowing the two parties to talk, and ESPN Radio is saying Rooney had a connection with the new station that the Cardinals are going to be on. Sounds like he knew this a little bit before it was announced he wouldn't be returning (was it September?), though I don't get why he still kind of kept returning open during interviews, even as recent as the parade (I guess the signing hadn't been official yet).

Mac Jurco and Harry are supposed to have Rooney on soon http://www.am1000.com/listenlive.asp

SouthSide_HitMen
11-11-2005, 04:14 PM
Sounds like he knew this a little bit before it was announced he wouldn't be returning (was it September?), though I don't get why he still kind of kept returning open during interviews, even as recent as the parade (I guess the signing hadn't been official yet).

Mac Jurco and Harry are supposed to have Rooney on soon http://www.am1000.com/listenlive.asp

I am sure both sides wanted to keep it low key - The White Sox / Rooney because there was a season and World Series to finish and the Cardinals / KTRS also had a season and postseason to finish and Wayne Hagin was under contract through 2006 (which the Cardinals will honor his contract - so a team CAN pay for the announcers if they wish though based on previous threads the radio station pays for the announcer) and they didn't want to fire him until after the post season.

I hope we hire someone for a 1 and done and bring in David Wills.

32nd&Wallace
11-11-2005, 05:55 PM
Per ESPN Sports Center. Wayne Hagin gone. Rooney, in.

Taliesinrk
11-11-2005, 05:57 PM
****ing Bush League.. I'm sure glad we switched radio contracts...

knocko94
11-11-2005, 06:01 PM
http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=62155


WOW, where did this three page thread talking already about this come from???

NotSince1917
11-11-2005, 06:03 PM
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/cardinals/story/97E27F323C1F1599862570B6005E7C35?OpenDocument


Wills, Rooney, who's next? If only DJ would be let go.

32nd&Wallace
11-11-2005, 06:09 PM
http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=62155


WOW, where did this three page thread talking already about this come from???C'mon, no need to be a smart aleck. I didn't read the entire NY MEts thread.

knocko94
11-11-2005, 06:22 PM
C'mon, no need to be a smart aleck. I didn't read the entire NY MEts thread.

Aww, But I like it so much! :cool:

jabrch
11-11-2005, 06:29 PM
I think it had to do with WSCR not wanting to pay the man what he is worth. Plain and simple.

That is simply not the case.

veeter
11-11-2005, 06:32 PM
It's very intriguing to me why people are so upset Rooney is gone. I think he's a good announcer, who was superb throughout the post-season. I just don't get attached to the announcers. But I'm sure a two-peat will smooth things over.

jabrch
11-11-2005, 06:32 PM
Why does everything always have to be about money? Do you know for a fact the Rooney left because the score was low balling him? I guess it is just a coincidence that he has a new broadcasting job a few weeks after leaving the last one. With the Cardnials of all teams.



Enjoy hell John.


Come on - that's not Hell. STL is a great baseball town. The Cards are a classy franchise. And they have a good history of great broadcasters. Rooney is from Missouri. Really - this all makes sense to me. I'll miss Rooney, but there are much worse things than this.

Any chance we can get our mits on Dave Wills?

A.T. Money
11-11-2005, 06:38 PM
He's with his hometown team. Good for him...I'm sure it's his dream job.

We got our title....be at peace.

RallyBowl
11-11-2005, 07:03 PM
At least he goes to a good organization. Could be worse. He could have gone to the Cubs or Twins. Good luck, John. I will miss you.


Any leads on his replacement?

duke of dorwood
11-11-2005, 07:07 PM
The dumbing down of anything associated with 670 continues

Lip Man 1
11-11-2005, 07:31 PM
Good luck John...and Dave is under contract for another season in Tampa.

Lip

Chips
11-11-2005, 07:35 PM
http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/sports/stories.nsf/cardinals/story/97E27F323C1F1599862570B6005E7C35?OpenDocument


Wills, Rooney, who's next? If only DJ would be let go.

:DJ

uh-oh

jdm2662
11-11-2005, 07:36 PM
Best of luck John!

HITMEN OF 77
11-11-2005, 07:42 PM
It's very intriguing to me why people are so upset Rooney is gone. I think he's a good announcer, who was superb throughout the post-season. I just don't get attached to the announcers. But I'm sure a two-peat will smooth things over.:?:

buehrle4cy05
11-11-2005, 07:48 PM
Best of luck to one of the better radio announcers in baseball today. I just hope we don't hire Sterling from New York, I couldn't stand to hear this:

"Swing and there's a long drive to center...IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS GONE!"

Viva Medias B's
11-11-2005, 08:39 PM
We are all familiar with "That's a White Sox winner!" I think John Rooney got that from Jack Buck, who used to say "That's a winner!" after every Cardinal victory. I am sure Rooney is very honored to be occupying the seat once held by Buck. I am sorry to see him leave us, but he is a great fit in St. Louis. Now if only the Cardinals didn't leave KMOX, I'd be able to hear him still at night! I can't get KTRS here.

Chips
11-11-2005, 08:43 PM
If Hagin is out in Saint Louis, I'd like WSCR to scoop him up to partner with Farmer next year for Sox radio broadcasts.

From what I remember, Hagin was good when he was with the Sox. Hagin and Farmer worked together when Rooney would do national games in the early 90s. So, there should be some familiarity and decent chemistry.

It's too bad WSCR wouldn't pay Rooney, but Hagin would be a decent consolation prize.

I was thinking the same thing.

slavko
11-11-2005, 09:22 PM
Facts to consider:

1. John was offered a small raise by WSCR, after an appeal to the station by JR.
2. John did trash WSCR with a few remarks during the WS Clincher postgame, so apparently their negotiation style was not pleasant.
3. Fenway's post clued us all in on 9-9-05, so John was negotiating from a position of strength, having a new job waiting.

YOU help me make sense of it. Was John negotiating sincerely after he was offered the new job? How much does the guy make anyway?

Brian26
11-11-2005, 09:36 PM
It's very intriguing to me why people are so upset Rooney is gone. I think he's a good announcer, who was superb throughout the post-season. I just don't get attached to the announcers.

I don't know how you can say that. The announcers, to me, are just as much a part of the fabric of the team as the players, the uniforms, and the stadium, if not more. Just think about how many times you've been in your car over the years listening to the Sox game with Rooney and Farmer calling it. Think about all the players that have worn the Sox uniform during the 18 years he was with the team. Rooney was the best in the business. I'll miss him; he's going to be hard to replace.

ChiSoxRowand
11-11-2005, 10:26 PM
Is Mike Shannon still under contract with St. Louis? I would love to have him here in Chi-town.

StillMissOzzie
11-11-2005, 10:46 PM
I think there was only one job he would leave the White Sox for and this happens to be it

I think you're right on the money with this, fenway. Like Lou Holtz and Notre Dame, Wayne Larivee and the Packers, doing Redbird games was probably Rooney's dream job for God knows how long.

I'm glad the White Sox gave him an exciting conclusion to the White Sox portion of his career. And yes, it is kinda strange - Rooney and Hagin were sorta like co play-by-play men in the radio booth back in the early to mid 1990's, IIRC.

Farewell, John.

SMO
:gulp:

JohnTucker0814
11-11-2005, 11:03 PM
Congratulations to John Rooney for signing with the Cardinals. He will be sorely missed here at the White Sox, but he grew up in Missouri and I'm sure it is a dream come true to be working for the Cardinals. Don't get me wrong, I will miss him dearly, but he's such a great guy, you've got to be happy for him!

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2221264

Brian26
11-12-2005, 12:10 AM
Is Mike Shannon still under contract with St. Louis? I would love to have him here in Chi-town.

Please tell me your joking. He's considered one of the worst in the business.

knocko94
11-12-2005, 12:49 AM
In the trib online story it is reported that Rooney is estimated to double his salary to $500,000. Good for him. I remember hoping that the Sox give him a 100k+ bump in salary in one of the Rooney speculation threads. i wonder if that would have kept him here.

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/cs-051111rooney,1,918928.story?coll=cs-home-headlines

sox84
11-12-2005, 04:05 AM
I was thinking the same thing.
That makes three of us - I'd like to get Wayne Hagin back also.

bahn1225
11-12-2005, 07:19 AM
:whiner: John Rooney will take the place of Wayne Hagin and broadcast games for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Rooney will earn twice what he made with the Chicago White Sox.
:rooney

Wsoxmike59
11-12-2005, 07:50 AM
And to think at one time the Sox had BOTH Wayne Hagin and John Rooney in their radio booth. What a great tandem that was.

Hey at least we still have Farmio!

Fenway
11-12-2005, 08:09 AM
Rooney says he didn't have a job when he walked away from the White Sox but then contacted St. Louis...:?:

But I reread a profile on him by Curt Smith and things leap out. He remembered being with his Dad in the driveway listening to KMOX. He was the Cards AAA announcer in Louisville. His first MLB broadcast was on KMOX with Jack Buck and Shannon in 1983. He bleeds Cards red.

Years ago the popular voice of the Cleveland Browns and Indians owned the city and state. But he was a native Bostonian and when Curt Gowdy left the Red Sox to go to NBC, he jumped at the chance to go home. Art Modell matched what the Red Sox offered but he had to follow his heart. His name was Ken Coleman.

http://www.americansportscasters.com/colemanDeath.html

http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/whats_new/press_releases/images/coleman_ken_web.JPG

Fenway
11-12-2005, 09:04 AM
http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/mlb/images/team_logos/logo_stl_79x76.jpghttp://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/images/news/pr_header.gif
St. Louis Cardinals Media Relations
11/11/2005 3:15 PM CT

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 11, 2005 -- John Rooney, the radio voice of the world champion Chicago White Sox for the past 17 seasons, will return to his broadcasting roots when he joins Mike Shannon to form the new St. Louis Cardinals radio team in 2006 on the ballclub's new flagship station, 550 KTRS.



Rooney, 50, called his first major league game in 1983 with Shannon and Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck during a three-game series between the Cardinals and host Cincinnati Reds. Rooney was then the play-by-play voice of the Cardinals' Triple A affiliate Louisville Redbirds, and the experience would serve as a springboard to an illustrious broadcasting career spanning a host of sports and championship events.

"The thought of joining Mike Shannon in the St. Louis Cardinals radio booth is overwhelming, both to me and my family, and it's hard to believe it is a reality," Rooney said. "This is one of the most prestigious broadcasting positions in all of sports, one that is truly an honor to accept. And the idea of being in the broadcast booth with Mike during this historic period for the Cardinals on KTRS makes this opportunity especially rewarding."

A native of Richmond, Mo., Rooney arrives in St. Louis after describing the dramatic final out of the White Sox' sweep of the Houston Astros in the World Series last month. Rooney was also a member of the Minnesota Twins broadcasting team in 1987 when the Twins triumphed in seven games over Rooney's childhood heroes, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Rooney left after that 1987 championship campaign - his only season with the Twins - to accept the television play-by-play job with the White Sox in 1988. A year later he moved to the White Sox' radio booth, where he's been ever since.

With his partner Ed Farmer, Rooney led a White Sox radio broadcasting team on WMVP in Chicago that was beloved by fans and was ranked by USA Today this summer as the best in the American League and No. 4 in all of baseball. The newspaper wrote that "Rooney is as solid a play-by-play announcer as the game has to offer," and he boasted scores (on a 10 scale) of 9 on technical quality, 9 on information for fans and 8.5 on entertainment value.

Rooney leaves Chicago as the White Sox move to a new radio partner, WSCR. In St. Louis, Rooney will replace Wayne Hagin, who shared the radio booth with Shannon over the past three seasons. The Cardinals are honoring in full the final year (2006) of Hagin's contract.

"Wayne was a class act for the Cardinals, both on the air and in the community," said Mark Lamping, president of the Cardinals. "At the same time, the Cardinals have always had a fondness and respect for John Rooney, but neither the timing nor the circumstances have been right to consider John for a role in our radio booth, until now. Hiring John - and pairing him with Mike Shannon - is another building block for our franchise as we embark on a new era, in a new Busch Stadium and on a new flagship radio station, KTRS."

Rooney will also contribute to a host of Cardinals programming on KTRS during the season as well as during the offseason. Rooney's wide breadth of general sports experience will serve him well on "The Big 550," having been behind the radio microphone to describe 19 men's basketball Final Four tournaments - including 10 national championship games - Monday Night Football games, baseball Games of the Week and Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN, and much more for CBS, ESPN radio and Sports USA.

On television, Rooney has called Big East Conference basketball on ESPN Regional and baseball's Game of the Week on FOX, among various key assignments. Rooney attended the University of Missouri and in the early 1980s called Mizzou sports for Learfield's Missouri Sports Network, where he was director.

Rooney was inducted in 2004 into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, whose Web site at www.mosportshalloffame.com (http://www.mosportshalloffame.com/) features a comprehensive listing of Rooney's broadcasting assignments and accomplishments. Rooney and his wife, Susan, have two daughters, Colleen and Rachel.

"John Rooney is one of our industry's genuine stars, and it is virtually unheard of to have someone of John's stature become available," said KTRS president Tim Dorsey, who worked with Rooney when the two were at KMOX in the early 1980s. "John will play a major role in the personality of KTRS. John's arrival is consistent with our pledge to deliver the best radio product in all of baseball to Cardinals fans here in St. Louis and throughout the network, and we're thrilled to have him."

The Cardinals announced in August that the team intended to purchase a 50 percent share of KTRS, which will become the new, long-term flagship radio station of the baseball team beginning in 2006. The transaction marked a new marketing and broadcasting era for the Cardinals that coincides with the club's move next spring into the new Busch Stadium, now under construction south of the team's former ballpark. Some of the many highlights of the Cardinals-KTRS partnership include:
• The move of the KTRS studios from West Port Plaza to the new Ballpark Village.
• Expanded pregame and postgame programming accompanying all games.
• A heavy schedule of offseason baseball specialty shows featuring Cardinals broadcasters.
• Broadcasts of nearly all Cardinals spring training games.
• Comprehensive team marketing and promotional programs for fans throughout the calendar year.
• A rebranding campaign and renewed emphasis on the Cardinal Radio Network.
• An FM partner in Illinois to enhance local evening coverage. KTRS, "The Big 550" on the AM dial, is also the flagship station of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League and the AM radio partner of the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. KTRS is one of only two radio stations nationwide to hold the broadcasting rights to all professional teams in a three-sport town.

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the first night game in April a lot of fans are not going to be happy....their night signal is suspect.....with a good tuner you *might* be able to catch him doing day games....but WIND is at 560
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RowanDye
11-12-2005, 11:08 AM
Rooney will call games for the Cards?! ***?! I know he may have some sentimental attachment to St.Louis, but if he was just going to get an other radio gig this really sucks! :angry:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2221264

alohafri
11-12-2005, 11:29 AM
Rooney will call games for the Cards?! ***?! I know he may have some sentimental attachment to St.Louis, but if he was just going to get an other radio gig this really sucks! :angry:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2221264

The Score screwed the man over by not paying him what he is worth. Good for John Rooney! I hope we don't have to suffer through the Mike North years!

WestSox
11-12-2005, 11:31 AM
That sucks. Rooney is one of the best play-by-play guys out there, IMO. At least there's some comfort in knowning that Rooney will be rooting against the Cubs again for the foreseeable future. And that he'll be getting paid what he deserves.

Chips
11-12-2005, 11:31 AM
There is a five plus page thread all about this already.

sox84
11-12-2005, 12:35 PM
Is Mike Shannon still under contract with St. Louis? I would love to have him here in Chi-town.
Shannon's mostly resposible for the knife in Hagin's back that gave Rooney the opportunity in St Louis

Brewski
11-12-2005, 06:55 PM
Beloved White Sox broadcaster leaves team, makes phone call and winds up with someone else's job. Why does this remind me of something? I wouldn't mind Wayne Hagin one bit as a replacement. Did he burn any bridges when he left here? He would be taking a pay cut to come here, it seems, but he is getting a year's salary as a payoff from the Cards.


There may be two jobs open if what we suspect about DJ is true, in which case a placeholder could keep the seat warm for Dave Wills in 2007.

slavko
11-13-2005, 11:59 AM
I wouldn't worry about John getting a championship ring. He did a few Bulls games on radio in 90-91 when Jim Durham's call was confined to WGN-TV and to his surprise got a little wooden box from the team with his ring after the season was over. He told this story on a weekend sports show on WMVP after the WS.

That, so far, is his only ring, since he didn't get one from the Twins.

skobabe8
11-14-2005, 12:22 AM
I hate to see him go, but ya gotta admit he went out in style.

Lip Man 1
11-14-2005, 10:34 PM
From Fred Mitchell's column in the Tribune:

"Cardinals President Mark Lamping could hardly believe former White Sox announcer John Rooney was available for St. Louis to sign to a multiyear contract to handle play-by-play on KTRS-AM. "John Rooney being available doesn't happen, or shouldn't happen. But it did," Lamping said."

Lamping's right...it should never have happened.

Lip

Nellie_Fox
11-14-2005, 11:34 PM
From Fred Mitchell's column in the Tribune:

"Cardinals President Mark Lamping could hardly believe former White Sox announcer John Rooney was available for St. Louis to sign to a multiyear contract to handle play-by-play on KTRS-AM. "John Rooney being available doesn't happen, or shouldn't happen. But it did," Lamping said."

Lamping's right...it should never have happened.

LipI don't know, I smell BS all over this whole thing. It's all just too convenient. Ever consider that Rooney had already worked out the jump to St. Louis but didn't want to look like a bad guy to Sox fans, not to mention his old partner Wayne Hagin? You sure don't want it to get out that you negotiated to get Hagin fired so you could have his job.

SouthSide_HitMen
11-14-2005, 11:52 PM
From Fred Mitchell's column in the Tribune:

"Cardinals President Mark Lamping could hardly believe former White Sox announcer John Rooney was available for St. Louis to sign to a multiyear contract to handle play-by-play on KTRS-AM. "John Rooney being available doesn't happen, or shouldn't happen. But it did," Lamping said."

Lamping's right...it should never have happened.

Lip

Tribune bashes White Sox. Shocking.

Pot calls kettle black

Steve Stone's Resignation Letter
Oct. 28, 2004
Dear Cubs fans:

Since I put on a Cubs uniform in 1974, I've seen lots of Cubs history. There has been heartache and joy, agony and ecstasy, not to mention 21 managers and 10 general managers.

Through all of these years and more than a few broadcast partners, I have always felt a strong connection to the greatest, most loyal fans in baseball, Cubs fans.

My love for the city of Chicago and the people who came to beautiful Wrigley Field has been a constant. Over three million of you Cubs fans came to the ball park in 2004 and the TV ratings showed you watched the Cubs broadcasts in staggering numbers.

Unfortunately, the 2004 season did not end as we had hoped. It was devastating for all of us who invested our hearts, our time and in many cases our lives, in the hopes and dreams of the Cubs winning a world championship.

I am sure you have read many things about this past season and my involvement in one or two controversies. However, you have never heard my story or my perspective of the events that have brought us to this point in time.

As has always been my personal policy, it is not my intention to divulge the content of private conversations I've had with others. Likewise, I do not want to be forced into sharing my side of the story.

I came to Chicago on the high road with my credibility and integrity. Thirty years later, I choose to leave the same way.

The phrase I used that angered certain people was "I regret nothing." Well folks, I was wrong about that and want to set the record straight. I regret I won't be calling another Cubs game on WGN-TV for the greatest fans in baseball…the fans of the Chicago Cubs.

It's been a great ride. I will never forget you. Most importantly, I thank you all for every minute of happiness, you, the fans have given me.

Best regards,

Steve Stone

http://wgntv.trb.com/sports/custom/weblog/wgnsports/archives/DSCN0218_001.jpg

Yes we suck. This doesn't happen, or shouldn't happen but it has happened.

http://www.wgnradio.com/sports/photos/patronbooth2001.jpg

Don't forget us.

Steelrod
11-15-2005, 03:44 AM
I don't know, I smell BS all over this whole thing. It's all just too convenient. Ever consider that Rooney had already worked out the jump to St. Louis but didn't want to look like a bad guy to Sox fans, not to mention his old partner Wayne Hagin? You sure don't want it to get out that you negotiated to get Hagin fired so you could have his job.

I guess the high road is cutting the legs out from under another. If you remember, Rooney tried to negotiate before with St. Louis while under contract. JR stopped him.
Now that he turned down the Score offer, he felt it was the high road to contact St. Louis, who already had Wayne Hagan under contract. His friend Shannon probably had something to do with it also. If he was a player, he would have been charged with tampering and St. Louis would have been blocked from dealing with him.
John was a pretty terrific announcer, but I would question his ethics!

SouthSide_HitMen
11-15-2005, 06:59 AM
I don't know, I smell BS all over this whole thing. It's all just too convenient. Ever consider that Rooney had already worked out the jump to St. Louis but didn't want to look like a bad guy to Sox fans, not to mention his old partner Wayne Hagin? You sure don't want it to get out that you negotiated to get Hagin fired so you could have his job.

Rooney was hired by the Cardinals and their new radio station. He had no say over Hagin, who Cardinal management was already down on due to the Helton incident.

Not knowing when this deal was in place (prior to being announced) it may or may not have occurred over the past few months and John Rooney and the Cardinals may have kept quiet on this for several weeks and a few months. That said this is a case of the Cardinals going after someone they have wanted for a long time and pulling the trigger when the window was opened - ditto Rooney's chance to work in his dream job.

I am grateful Rooney was here for 18 years and am sad to see him go but he was not involved in any "unethical" acts to get this job. It was the Cardinals decision to replace Hagin, just as it is a team's decision to replace ballplayers and other personnel. It wouldn't be considered unethical for a free agent who was signed to replace last season's starter even if they were friends prior to the signing.

Lip Man 1
11-15-2005, 12:18 PM
I think it is stretching a lot of items to get to the 'conspiracy' theory proposed by some.

The simplest explanation is usually the best.

John felt he deserved more money....WSCR was to cheap to pay him that....ergo He Gone!

Lip

slavko
11-15-2005, 02:14 PM
Rooney says he didn't have a job when he walked away from the White Sox but then contacted St. Louis...:?:



This seems to contradict Hawk spilling the beans to Fenway about the move (see earlier in this thread) on 9-9-05. There is more going on here than meets the eye.

sox84
11-15-2005, 04:55 PM
That whole sequence smells, but the stink is coming from the Cardinals, and especially from Shannon, not Rooney. There's a knife in Hagins back with Shannon and Mark Lamping's fingerprints on it. Hope for John' sake he continues to get along with Shannon.

flo-B-flo
11-16-2005, 10:26 PM
I hate to see him go, but ya gotta admit he went out in style. Indeed

flo-B-flo
11-16-2005, 10:32 PM
I loved John Ronneys' play by play. Good luck to John in his next endeavor. I am gonna miss him. Radio is weak out here but, he was a huge part of Sox history for 18 years and he deserves all he gets. He sure went out on a high didn't he?

tebman
11-17-2005, 09:48 AM
I think it is stretching a lot of items to get to the 'conspiracy' theory proposed by some.

The simplest explanation is usually the best.

John felt he deserved more money....WSCR was to cheap to pay him that....ergo He Gone!
I agree. I'll miss Rooney too, but this stuff happens. I'm disappointed that I won't be able to hear him even doing Cardinals games because KMOX won't be carrying the games anymore. The Cardinals took a bigger-money offer from a smaller station in St. Louis, which means we won't hear the games at night in Chicago on KMOX's big AM signal.

Buy hey, we got to hear him make that final our call in Game 4 in Houston! :thumbsup:

Medford Bobby
11-17-2005, 11:17 AM
:o: AS soon as that position opened 3 years ago, it was Rooney's as soon as he was free of his White Sox duties. Talk about things written in stone...:mad:

gowhitesox
11-24-2005, 08:26 PM
At least he went out broadcasting a White Sox World Series win.

SOXSINCE'70
11-26-2005, 09:03 AM
At least he went out broadcasting a White Sox World Series win.

He did the same with the Twinkies in 1987 before
coming to the Sox in 1988.

Brian26
11-26-2005, 10:25 AM
Rooney was hired by the Cardinals and their new radio station. He had no say over Hagin, who Cardinal management was already down on due to the Helton incident.

Would you be able to elaborate on that one? I'm not sure I remember hearing that story.

Lip Man 1
11-26-2005, 01:09 PM
Brian:

During a pre game show Wayne said that he knew from sources that Todd Helton used steroids. Helton went nuts, threatened to take legal action and Hagin then apologized on the air admitting his sources couldn't prove anything.

Needless to say the Cardinals weren't happy about the faux paux.

Lip

Hangar18
11-27-2005, 05:04 PM
Is this the real reason he left? Not that he couldn't come to terms with WSCR....but that he PREFERRED to go the Cardinals?

OK, so we just let another hall-of-fame announcer just "walk" away?
Theres more to this story ........... we'll find out this summer

Brewski
11-28-2005, 12:07 PM
His bitterness at WSCR management came out during the WS clincher post-game. It makes me believe that he really wanted to stay.