It Takes (At Least) Five To Fill Dave Niehaus' Slot On Seattle Mariners Broadcasts
January 19, 2011 at 4:47 PM (PT)
How do you replace a legend? The SEATTLE MARINERS plan to do it by committee, bringing in a rotation of at least five broadcasters to fill the very big shoes of the late DAVE NIEHAUS, the Hall of Fame broadcaster who died after the 2010 season. The five, who will rotate in working alongside RICK RIZZS on the team's network headed by BONNEVILLE Sports KIRO-A (710 ESPN)/SEATTLE, include:
- Former major league player RON FAIRLY, who called MARINERS games in 1993-2008 and previously worked on CALIFORNIA ANGELS and SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS broadcasts;
- CITADEL Talk KABC-A/LOS ANGELES "DODGER TALK" pre- and post-game host and veteran television comedy writer/director/producer KEN LEVINE, who called MARINERS games in 1992-95 after calling BALTIMORE ORIOLES and SAN DIEGO PADRES games;
- KEN WILSON, who with NIEHAUS was part of the original MARINERS broadcasting crew; the former ST. LOUIS BLUES hockey announcer, who has called CINCINNATI REDS, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, CALIFORNIA ANGELS, and OAKLAND A'S games, filled in for NIEHAUS in 2008 when NIEHAUS went to be inducted into the Hall of Fame;
- Former MARINERS catcher DAVE VALLE, who was a MARINERS color commentator on radio and TV in 1997-2006 and most recently has hosted MARINERS post-game shows and worked on MLB NETWORK;
- And another former MARINERS catcher, DAN WILSON.