Friday, August 04, 2006

Mike Lange to Return to Penguins on Radio

I was working at PNC Park the day that I heard of Mike Lange being let go by FSN-Pittsburgh. It was insider information then, but I didn't have access to a computer to drop the news here or on one of the other blogs.
The firing of Lange stunned his legion of supporters, to whom he had acquired legendary status as the longtime voice of the Penguins. In the pre-Mario Lemieux days, Lange often was the best thing the team had to offer. He played a large role in educating Pittsburgh fans to the sport.
I'm not sure why it was a large task for Mike Lange to return to Penguins broadcasting. The man has achieved everything he can in broadcasting - and then some. He's a well known and respected play-by-play guy who's now in the Hall of Fame in the broadcaster's wing. He could simply walk away from the game and retire. He deserves it. He could have also chosen to step aside and give another young broadcaster a chance.
"I have to put the headset back on and get in the booth," he said. "I ain't dead yet."
Good for you, Mike. Your legendary voice means a lot to the Pittsburgh community and it won't be the same without you.

[Via: Pittsburgh Post Gazette & Pittsburgh Tribune Review]
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