All chaos broke loose in Saskatchewan during my time in Las Vegas last week. Just a day after coach/GM Chris Jones quit the Saskatchewan Roughriders to go to the Cleveland Browns, it was Rod Pedersen who resigned from Riders flagship 620 CKRM, leaving as the play-by-play “Voice of the Riders” on radio and also leaving his daily SportsCage radio show.
So that came as a surprise. Pedersen is saying he is pursuing another professional opportunity. Anyway, things are sure different on the SportsCage show now. It’s as if the people on the air there are still “filling in for Rod Pedersen.” Getting used to the “new normal” on CKRM will take a while.
Right now, I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Pedersen for including me on his book project about the history of the SJHL. It’s called “Heart and Soul of the SJHL,” commemorating the hockey league’s 50th Anniversary. There are chapters on the history of all the teams, including a special section on the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy victims from last April.
My contribution was the chapter on the Battlefords North Stars; I spent endless hours looking through newspaper archives and old SJHL programs trying to find out as much information as I could. The other chapters feature contributions from other writers from throughout the league.
You can buy your copy at SJHL arenas or order it online at shop.sjhl.ca. Proceeds go to the league, its member teams and to the SJHL Assistance Fund. That is all I am going to say today on that.
It is not just Pedersen leaving his gig. Last week was a big week for sports broadcasters quitting or departing:
Marty Brennaman, longtime baseball Voice of the Reds, is retiring after this season.
Longtime Pirates announcer Steve Blass is also retiring.
Also announced: Bob Costas has left NBC Sports.