Wednesday, July 16th, 1997
Beamer Goes on Sportstalk With John Hale ... and Says Nothing Important
There's a sports radio call-in show on 710 A.M. here in the New River Valley every weekday from 5:00 to 7:00. The show is called Sportstalk with John Hale, and it's fun to listen to for one main reason: it's anti-UVa and pro-Tech. That's right, you heard me - I've discovered a mainstream media outlet, albeit a small one, that likes the Hokies and dislikes the Hoos.
Mostly, that's John Hale's doing. John is a local boy - I believe he grew up in Christiansburg and then went to ETSU before returning to the NRV, although my "facts," as usual, might be a little off. So he's got a built-in anti-Wahoo bias, referring to them derisively as "Charlottesville High School."
As a sidebar (and actually, this whole piece has been a sidebar so far), I first heard Bill Roth's famous call of the Druck to Holmes TD on John's show. He put together a little audio tape that started out playing "Eye of the Tiger" from one of the Rocky movies, with an overlay of that country singer singing "I like it!" from that song, "I like it, I love it, I want some more of it!"
The music would fade into Bill calling the Druck to Holmes TD, followed by the Banks INT for a touchdown. Then John would follow that up with "Tech Triumph." Talk about chills going up your spine! John Hale would play this tape at the same time every day on his show, at one of the half-hours (either 5:30 or 6:30, I can't remember which). And every day, I would tune in at that time and get goosebumps.
So anyway, what was I talking about? Oh, yeah....
Frank Beamer did a phone interview with John yesterday, so I tuned in and caught that part of the show. As usual, Frank said a lot without saying anything, which is a talent he has. I listened to the whole interview, and here are the, uh, highlights:
So, as you can see, he didn't say anything earthshaking. But I thought you folks would appreciate it hearing what he did say.