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Tailing the Komets

While Bob is away

The Komets announced Friday that legendary broadcaster Bob Chase, voice of the Komets since 1953, will be visiting his native Upper Peninsula of Michigan for the weekend to be inducted into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.  Due to the induction ceremony to be held Saturday night in Escanaba, Michigan, Chase will miss two Komet playoff games this weekend.  Chase, a native of the U.P., was born in Negaunee and raised in Marquette.

Substituting for Chase will be 35-year broadcast veteran Ed Hammond.  Hammond will be on WOWO Radio AM 1190 radio-rinkside for Komet playoff games Friday night in Fort Wayne and Saturday at Kalamazoo, games five and six of the IHL best-of-seven semi-final series, between Fort Wayne and Kalamazoo.

Hammond is currently a news and sports reporter for WMBD-AM Radio in Peoria, Illinois, and has been a radio broadcaster in the Peoria area since 1974.  The Chillicothe, Illinois native has also served as full-time play-by-play announcer for the IHL's Bloomington PrairieThunder for two seasons and has filled in for a few PrairieThunder broadcasts this season as well.  Hammond was the play-by-play announcer for Peoria for the 1993-94 IHL season and broadcast the Rivermen's Turner Cup Championship playoffs in 1985.

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Fri, 04/24/2009 - 2:37pm

Some mighty big shoes for Ed to fill. I wish him all the best. My only beef is that I won't be around or have internet to be able to listen to him and see how he does.

Cardinal rules:
1) At least one usage of "...and what do we got?"
2) At least one usage of "SC-AVE!"
3) At least 4,235 usages of "and on WOWO...Komet Hockey."

Fri, 04/24/2009 - 3:38pm

One BIG huge congrats to Chaser. What a Honor for a very deserving man. Since Bob hand picked Ed Hammond that is good enough for me. I wonder just how many times he says "This is WMBD oops WOWO 1190 this is Komet's Hockey" I'd be willing to bet he says at least one time Peoria Rivermen or Prairie Thunder Hockey. I know I would say it a whole bunch. I guess that is why they don't let be broadcast. I would end up in the Commish's office. Umm that might be one way to talk to him about his officials. Sorry, I digress. Go Komets!!!!