Braves Voice Van Wieren Retires
October 21, 2008 at 11:14 AM (PT)
Longtime ATLANTA BRAVES broadcaster PETE VAN WIEREN has announced his retirement. "THE PROFESSOR," known for his banter with longtime broadcasting partner SKIP CARAY (who died earlier this year) on TBS television and the team's radio outlets, has been with the BRAVES since 1975, most recently on CLEAR CHANNEL Country WUBL (94.9 THE BULL), Talk WGST-A, and the BRAVES RADIO NETWORK. He has also broadcast ATLANTA HAWKS basketball, ATLANTA (now CALGARY) FLAMES hockey, and ATLANTA FALCONS football. He joined the BRAVES after serving as the radio voice of minor league baseball's TIDEWATER TIDES.
"This is something my family and I have been thinking about the last couple of years,"said VAN WIEREN in a statement released by the BRAVES. "It's simply a desire to live my life without the restrictions of a baseball schedule. I want to thank the BRAVES, my broadcast partners and especially the fans for their support over the years."
"This is a monumental moment in BRAVES history and a sad one for me personally," said BRAVES Predisnet JOHN SCHUERHOLZ. "PETE has been in our homes and in our lives as one of the great BRAVES voices, and we will sorely miss him. We wish him many years of good health and happiness in his retirement after 33 years as a beloved and admired voice of the ATLANTA BRAVES."