McElligott to Join Matthews in Radio Booth
Long time Syracuse Crunch play-by-play announcer Bob McElligott will join George Matthews in the radio booth next season the Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Tuesday.
McElligott, who called games for the Crunch for the past ten years, will replace Bill Davidge as color commentator alongside George Matthew beginning next season. Davidge was moved to the television set alongside Jeff Rimer.
The pairing of Matthews and McElligott is an interesting one considering both broadcasters are play-by-play men, but Blue Jackets Vice President of Marketing Marc Gregory expects McElligott to be a good fit for the position, “Bob is an experienced broadcaster who brings great versatility to our on-air team and we are very pleased to welcome him to the Blue Jackets organization,” said Gregory in a press release. “Having spent the past 10 years with the Crunch, he knows our team and league personnel very well and is an ideal fit for this position.”
McElligott is experienced calling Jacket’s games as he has filled in for Matthews several times in the past eight years. In addition, he also produced a regular Crunch feature for the Blue Jackets Radio Network.
As well as serving as color commentator in the booth, McElligott will act as a host on both the radio pre- and post-game shows and be a regular contributor on BlueJackets.com features such as Jackets TV.
In addition to the Crunch, the Pennsylvania native has also served as the radio and television voice of the Syracuse Chiefs, the current International Baseball League affiliate of the Washington Nationals. According to BlueJackets.com, McElligott has “also has been a morning sports anchor on Syracuse radio stations WSEN-FM, WFBL-AM and WOLF-FM since 2004 and has broadcast Syracuse University football and basketball games for ESPN 360, as well as a variety of college and high school sports for Time Warner Cable.”
The Jackets are still looking to fill the broadcasting position left vacant by former pre- and post-game host Jim Day.