09/02/2005 7:27 PM ET
Ed Farmer returns as play-by-play voice of the White Sox
WSCR radio and the White Sox begin search for second broadcaster
CHICAGO -- WSCR Radio (670 AM) and the Chicago White Sox announced today that former All-Star pitcher and veteran radio broadcaster Ed Farmer has agreed to terms on a five-year extension and will remain as one of the voices of the White Sox when they move to WSCR in 2006.
John Rooney, who teamed with Farmer for the past 14 seasons, notified WSCR and the White Sox that he will not return to the booth in 2006. A search by WSCR Radio begins immediately for a new partner to join Farmer.
"As a player, Ed was one of the hardest-working guys on the field," said Mitch Rosen, program director for WSCR Radio. "He has shown that same effort in the broadcast booth. The transition he has made as a top-notch broadcaster has been outstanding, and we are excited to have him on our team for the next five years."
"We are thrilled Ed has decided to return as part of our broadcasting team," said Brooks Boyer, White Sox vice president of marketing and broadcasting. "Ed has been a key fixture on our broadcasts for the past 14 seasons, doing both color commentary and play-by-play. He is White Sox to the core, having grown up in Evergreen Park, gone to St. Rita High School and been an All-Star pitcher with the Sox in 1980."
Farmer substituted for Rooney on Sunday broadcasts in 1991 and took over full-time color duties in 1992.
"I am extremely pleased to be contributing to WSCR's coverage of the White Sox next season and to remain a part of the White Sox family," Farmer said. "Moving from the playing field to scouting and then to broadcasting during my career in baseball has been both challenging and fun. I personally want to thank John for all of his professional help over the years, and thank White Sox fans for listening and supporting our broadcasts and their team."
Rooney was with the White Sox for 18 seasons, the last 17 with play-by-play duties on radio.
"We had hoped to come to an agreement with John to continue as one of the voices of White Sox baseball on the radio, but unfortunately, we were not able to do so," Rosen said.
"We certainly are disappointed that John has decided to leave, and we are certain many Sox fans will miss his voice," Boyer said. "When the new rights agreement with WSCR was announced, one of the goals for both the station and the Sox was to retain both members of the broadcast team. Unfortunately, that will not happen. We wish John all the best in whatever he chooses to do in the future."
WSCR Radio and the Chicago White Sox announced a new five-year agreement on June 16, 2005 to have WSCR serve as the team's exclusive flagship radio station beginning in 2006. Under the agreement, WSCR will broadcast 15 spring training and 162 regular-season White Sox games during each of the next five seasons.