Listen: Hockey, Bob Costas And National Hockey League discussed on Overnight America with Ryan Wrecker
"We have a special guest when you think about the mount Rushmore of broadcasters. You always think about people like Scully and Summerall, well, what about Mike Emery documented disease affectionately, call by his friends in the National Hockey League. And hockey circles, he is our guest this evening and dot first of all thank you so much for joining us. And I sincerely mean it when it comes to the mount Rushmore, we've chisel your face into the mountain. My goodness. Well, I appreciate your including me in the same sentence with those guys, and I have to figure that they're probably some workmen that had to do extra special to make that locate. The. I think you're going to be just fine. You've done so many things in your career will get into that just a bid. I mean, you you're in the Hockey Hall of fame broadcaster wing. You won multiple Emmys you've been the voice of the devils. And now, certainly the voice of the National Hockey League, as we know of within BC, you have a lot of fun. So I'll start off with this everybody affectionately calls. You doc? Did the terrible Ted Sator give you that name or how did you come about with the nickname, doc when I saw Ted Sator? He was a left winger at bowling green wearing number twelve and I hadn't earned the doctoral degree yet. I was in the process of of making the long March toward that. But Ted was was a very colorful aggressive winger at the time for bowling Green's hockey team. And he would go on many better things and. It would take me two years of coursework. And then I would go off and start to earn my living in hockey myself before finally finish the dissertation three years after I left campus. And so the nickname didn't really come about until about five years after I met Ted, but never forgot him. And of course, our paths cross after he became a head coach in the NHL. Well, he's insane Lewis, and I'm sure he'll be listening tonight. As he brings you up all the time. Like like, like, many broadcast is coming up, though, you you obviously did a lot of things you continue to pursue your education. And I'm wondering just went did the broadcasting bug biking. Well, for hockey, it was when I was fourteen we have not had great access in rural Indiana to watching hockey. We did have a team in Fort Wayne, Indiana that began in the early fifties. And by the time I had seen them play live for the first time in nineteen sixty they'd been around for quite a while. But we were forty miles away. And there were other things that you know, our family did. And finally, we got an opportunity after I guess, I pastored my parents enough that they took my brother and may to a game and up until then I wasn't going to be a very good athlete. And that was apparent by the time I was fourteen but I was fanatic. It listening to baseball games on the radio. And and that would mean going up and down the dial, my brother, and I created scoreboards out of plywood with nails in them and hanging numbers on them. And so we would listen at night to KOMO ex in Saint Louis, and we would would listen to Pittsburgh and. Chicago during the day because the cubs didn't play at night back then and a tremendous announcer that they had named Jack Quinlan who died at a very young age automobile accident, but was tremendously colorful and the White Sox during the day in the evening, and we were just baseball guys. And so that always seemed to me like the ideal thing to to be was a baseball announcer because you didn't have to pay to get in. And once a year. My parents would take my brother in Mito baseball game, and we'd get general admission seats, and and I'd see they they pay for them. And and and when I see these listen to these baseball announcers, I realized they didn't have to pay that seemed like a great deal. But after I'd seen hockey for the first time in December nineteen sixty that was what I really wanted to do. And it it took a long time. And it took a lot of going to Fort Wayne games on Wednesday when they didn't sell out and sitting in the corner and taping my own broadcast, myself and just. Getting in repetitions before eventually the door opened the nineteen Seventy-three and for one hundred and sixty dollars a week in court here on Michigan. I finally had entry into the field and that was forty six years ago. Well, you had a chance to scratch the baseball issue as a broadcaster recently. I did Bob Costas gave me a gift that few broadcasters ever to give to another broadcaster. He had heard in in eastern. Andrea Kremer down for HBO sports that if I had one ambition. It would be to do one. Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. They were my team since nineteen fifty nine Bob prints their radio announcer back then made me a pirate fan, and that was in rural Indiana, just going up and down the dial. I I became a pirate fan, and they were coming out of the doldrums of the nineteen fifties when they were just awful. And finally, they becoming a pretty good team and Bob called shortly. After that telecast, Brandon learning that what I really would like to do that. I hadn't done to do a pirates baseball game. He called the next day and said we can make that happen for you on MLB. And once our schedule comes out after the. New year begins. I'll call you. And he even at that time. And this was November. He said here's what we'll do. I'll do the first few innings, and we'll get all the business things out of the way. And we'll we'll set it up for you. So you can shine, and he certainly did that and it was a magnificent gift that one person gave to another who knew that it was on there. It's kind of a cool phrase, but it was a bucket list and enabled me to do it. And it was one of I think eighteen games the pirates played against the cups that year, and it was one of only four that they won. But for that reason, it was a magical night for me. And it's something that I'll never repeat because it was just too good. And so I won't do that. Again. I'll sit in with the guys down in Bradenton in spring training and just chat at that. But to actually prepare for a game, and and do it with Bob like I did that time. I won't do that again because it was a lot of work. And I think the one thought that struck me in the car with Bob on the way back to the hotel after the game was over was how do you do another one of these tomorrow? These guys broadcast one hundred sixty two games a year the guys that do the local broadcast. How do they do it? I had pretty much emptied the vote on the stories that I've been preparing for a couple of weeks, and how do these guys do it every day and rain delays, and double headers and all of that. So my hat's off to them that they can continue to sustain an audience and be interesting all that time. But it was a great gift that Bob gave me and I'll never forget him for that. Now, if you want to submit to tape, I'm sure we can find some part time work. No, it's it's it's been done. And it was a great memory. And I've checked it off the list, but the memory is still with me every day. It's a way it's one of those things that you think about almost all the time, you know, and and going to pirates fantasy camp and playing second base at age sixty five some time ago wasn't another thing that crosses my mind. Almost every day. I have times when I think about things better very pleasant and those turned out to be two of them, and they have occurred in the latter years of my life. So I'm I'm very fortunate. Doc Emrick is our guest, we're gonna take our first break. We'll come back. We'll talk a little bit more with the hall of fame broadcaster after we take this time out on Tamil.."