By Stephanie Ciccarelli
May 24, 2006
What do Mac Mcdonald and the Gershwins have in common?
Cruising the Google news once again, I found an article of interest regarding an on-air personality at 1070 WINA Newsradio.
According to their website, Mac Mcdonald's role will change on WINA starting June 1st. At that time, Mac Mcdonald will no longer be on the WINA Morning Show daily, as he has been for the past 10 years.
The University of Virginia has expanded his role as the Voice of the Cavaliers, limiting voice-over activities outside of announcing for the university.
Listeners at the station need not fret for long because Mac will still be heard broadcasting football, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse on WINA. Periodic guest appearances on the show to discuss UVA athletics are also in the works.
Here's a direct quote from the WINA website:
"The WINA morning team will not be the same without Mac's wonderful humor and charm, but we understand the Universities need to fully utilize his talents, and we wish him all the best!"
What a wonderful tribute to a voice that has been with the station for 10 years!
Have any of you enjoyed the thrill of live announcing at sports events and matches?
As the Gershwins would say, it's "Nice work if you can get it!"
Leave a comment sharing your experiences and give a shout out to the teams you announced for, whether they be little league, in the minors, college or professional teams respectively : )
P.S. My personal all-time favourite announcer would have to be Foster Hewitt, legendary voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Foster announced at Maple Leaf Gardens for decades from his famous gondola in the rafters of the Gardens.
He coined the phrase "he shoots, he scores!" and was also well known for his sign-on at the beginning of each broadcast, "Hello, Canada, and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland." - source, Wikipedia.
© Photo: Hockey Hall of Fame