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Giants will have a new voice as broadcasts move to Team Radio

By Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun

May 5, 2012

SCENE & HEARD: A long line has already formed to the right for the available play-by-play position with the Vancouver Giants after the announcement Thursday they are returning to Team Radio. The Giants were part of the broadcast lineup at Team 1040 during their first year of existence and have since been radio orphans darting around the dial with a stream of play-by-play announcers that has included Rick Dhaliwal, Jim Mullin, Joey Kenward, Dave Sheldon, Morley Scott and Dan Elliott.

Like the B.C. Lions, the Giants gave in to the process of being bumped from powerful Team 1040 to needy sister 1410 when the Canucks are on the air. And like the Leos, the Giants will capitalize on a hearty promotional schedule under the Team Radio umbrella.

While acknowledging there has been a lot of interest from anxious play-by-play prospects, Team Radio program director Mike Whittingham says the station and Ron Toigo's hockey management group will make the decision jointly at some point this summer.

HERE 'N' THERE: A couple of veteran broadcasters were named Friday as the latest inductees to the Vancouver Canadians Baseball & Journalism Hall of Fame. Bill Stephenson, the former voice of the Lions, Canucks and Mounties with CKWX in the 1950s, wound down his illustrious career with CFRB in Toronto before retiring. Brook Ward, who's been part of the Giants broadcast team on 650 AM for the past several years, remains as the longest-serving play-by-play announcer in the C's franchise history when you combine triple-A with single-A. Ward is a regular contributor to the Dan Russell Sportstalk show on CKNW.

Like a couple of ancient gladiators, the volatile combination David Pratt and Neil Macrae were exchanging personal insults on a daily basis this past week on the Classic Rock 101 Bro Jake Show. With Macrae on the way out (his contract expires in June) and Pratt on the way in, they engaged in a no-holds-barred volley of abuse aimed at each other as Bro Jake sat back and urged them on. As far as anyone knows, the bar-rage will continue until management says otherwise.

SHORT HOPS: SFU men's hockey coach Mark Coletta makes the point that the May 16 breakfast at Vancouver Convention Centre with Olympians Hayley Wickenheiser and Daniel Igali is a fund-raiser for the university athletics program. The hockey team stages its scholarship lunch on September 14 at the Waterfront Hotel.

END ZONE: As the world turns: It was on May 5, 1974, when the Vancouver Whitecaps played their first-ever match against the San Jose Earthquakes in the old North American Soccer League with 19-year-old Bobby Lenarduzzi in the Whitecaps' lineup. This afternoon, 38 years to the day, the San Jose Earthquakes are in town with Lenarduzzi still in the Whitecaps FC lineup, corporately now, as team president.

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