After a couple of decades worth of sports talk radio in Dallas-Fort Worth, radio sports talk man Randy Galloway's last show will be Monday on ESPN 103.3 FM. The veteran Star-Telegram columnist told Robert Philpot that Monday is the final show. He was going to wait 'til the end of the year, but Monday is it.
ESPN 103.3 FM will fill the show, obviously, but his absence is unfillable. This is an impossible replacement, if for no other reason he made everyone on his show sound better, and relevant. God knows he did that for me.
There will be a flood of stories from people who worked with Randy this weekend, and in the coming months.
There are so many ... here are a couple:
Brian Estridge, the voice of TCU and co-host of the morning show on 820 AM WBAP, co-hosted with Randy Galloway on ESPN 103.3 for a few years.
He was with Randy the day former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter was in jail, and could not get out.
"An Irving PD guy called Randy and said he couldn't make bail. That no one had come to get him out," Estridge said. "Randy genuinely felt bad for the guy. He really did. He bailed him out because he felt bad for Quincy. This was not a gag."
Estridge said of Randy: "Before I worked with him, I really didn't know how to prepare for a show. He would prepare for three hours for a three hour show. He would write out his opening monologue on a piece of paper that I could not read.
"He was in a meeting one time, and the show was about to start, and I thought I'll just read what he wrote. I looked at it, and I could not make out a single word.
"The other thing I saw that he did was that he would not run from anybody. If he ripped a guy in his column, he wanted to get him on the air the next day."
One of Galloway's long-time producers, Chris "Mother" Garcia, was with him when he did "Sports At Six" on WBAP and then moved over to ESPN.
"He typed out his monologue on an old type writer. Whatever school taught him how to type ought to be closed down. You could not read it. The only person who could read it was him."
"We were in Wichita Falls when Dave Campo was the head coach of the Cowboys and they did their training camp there. He was on the mic', and there were Miller Lite cans on the table. He motioned to Dave if he wanted one, and Dave shook his head. We were on the air. Randy opens the can into the mic' to make sure you could hear it, and throughout the interview you could hear him take a sip."
There are other stories, to be sure, and only a small number of them are not fit to print ... actually, that's a lie. A great many of them are not fit for publications that include the Internet.
More stories are coming.
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