Monday, December 14, 2015

You're Next ... on Sports Call!

Anyone who lived in the DC area in the '80s remembers the distinctive voice and shtick of Ken Beatrice, who hosted the popular "Sports Call" program on WMAL from 1977 to 1995 and who died last week.  At the time, people were generally amazed by the notion of someone being knowledgeable about topics as seemingly esoteric as potential Redskins 7th round draft picks.  I even remember how it was a big deal that he took a leave of absence supposedly due to exhaustion in the early '80s.  It turns out that the real cause of his distress was an article to appear in the Post that pointed out various exaggerations about his background and reporting (among other things, Ken sometimes made up those stats he rattled off about potential draft picks).  The Post story was written by Tony Kornheiser of all people, and Ken's starpower was never quite the same again.

Here's hoping that they serve jamocha shakes from Arby's in heaven for Ken's sake.

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