Ted Robinson, the new radio play-by-play voice of the 49ers, has not been working on his touchdown call.
My suggestion: “Touch-Down San-Fran-Cis-Co!”
No, Robinson takes a great deal of pride in being about the call the spontaneity of a live sporting event. He said he learned many years ago while broadcasting Twins baseball games that having a signature call just doesn’t work for him.
He said no two home runs are alike, so why should every home-run call have the same description on the radio? The same is obviously true for touchdowns.
OK, but if wants, he can still borrow my suggestion.
Robinson said he called one 49ers game during his three-year run with Westwood One radio as a “utility man.” He said Cody Pickett was the quarterback during his one 49ers broadcast.
(My smart-aleck observation: If Pickett was the QB in Robinson’s only other 49ers broadcast, that probably means he has yet to call a 49ers touchdown.)
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Robinson said he has not had a chance yet to speak with Joe Starkey, whose long run as 49ers play-by-play man ended at the conclusion of the season. He said he was driving around listening to Starkey’s final broadcast when he heard the overwhelming response of the fans at Candlestick when Starkey was recognized.
“Obviously, that’s an appreciation for what Joe did, and it’s a validation of radio,” Robinson said.
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Where might former 49ers coach Mike Nolan end up? Connect the dots and it’s pretty easy to see him working as defensive coordinator under coach Mike McCarthy with the Green Bay Packers.
McCarthy fired defensive coordinator Bob Sanders over the weekend, and Nolan definitely wants to coach this year.
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I’m told former Rams coach Scott Linehan is definitely on the list of candidates for the 49ers’ offensive-coordinator position. But no interview has yet been confirmed. To this point, I’ve heard no other names.
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