Chicago Sun-Times

NEW VOICE IN BOOTH

Ma­sur, a Chicago-area na­tive, takes over for leg­endary Sox ra­dio play-by-play an­nouncer Farmer, who died April 1

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“I AM TRULY HON­ORED AND HUM­BLED TO JOIN MY FRIEND DAR­RIN JACK­SON IN THE WHITE SOX RA­DIO BOOTH THIS SEA­SON. MANY PEO­PLE BE­FORE ME HAVE SAID LEG­ENDS CAN­NOT BE RE­PLACED, AND THE GREAT ED FARMER IS TRULY IR­RE­PLACE­ABLE.” ANDY MA­SUR

The White Sox and WGN Ra­dio named Andy Ma­sur to re­place Ed Farmer as the team’s ra­dio play-by-play voice for the 2020 sea­son Tues­day.

Ma­sur will join an­a­lyst Dar­rin Jack­son in the booth for broad­casts on 720-AM and the White Sox Ra­dio Net­work dur­ing the shortened sea­son. Farmer died April 1 at 70 af­ter bat­tling kid­ney dis­ease for most of his life.

A grad­u­ate of Maine East High School in Park Ridge and Bradley University in Peo­ria, Ma­sur was pregame host the last two sea­sons and called an in­ning of play-by-play for Sox home games. He also filled in for both Farmer and Jack­son.

Af­ter work­ing about 30 games as the playby-play voice last sea­son, Ma­sur seemed the nat­u­ral choice to suc­ceed Farmer, who of­ten missed time with health is­sues in 2019. So the an­nounce­ment was no sur­prise.

“I am truly hon­ored and hum­bled to join my friend Dar­rin Jack­son in the White Sox ra­dio booth this sea­son,” Ma­sur said. “Many peo­ple be­fore me have said leg­ends can­not be re­placed, and the great Ed Farmer is truly ir­re­place­able. As a fel­low Chicagoan, I hope my passion for the city and the game of base­ball con­nects with White Sox fans in a way that Ed

would be proud. I want to thank the White Sox and WGN Ra­dio for this fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity.”

Ma­sur also has done select playby-play and pre- and postgame work for the Black­hawks, Cubs and North­west­ern. Be­fore re­join­ing WGN Ra­dio in 2014, he spent seven sea­sons (2007-13) with the Padres as part of their ra­dio broad­cast team and worked games on FOX Sports San Diego. He also did playby-play for University of San Diego men’s bas­ket­ball for eight sea­sons.

From 1999 to 2007, Ma­sur worked for WGN as part of the Cubs Ra­dio Net­work.

Jack­son en­ters his 21st sea­son as a Sox broad­caster in the ra­dio and TV booths.

“Af­ter the loss of my best friend and part­ner Ed Farmer, I look for­ward to work­ing with an­other friend, Andy Ma­sur,” Jack­son said via text mes­sage.

“I am for­tu­nate enough to have al­ready sat next to Andy on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions. Tune in for a fun sea­son!”

Be­cause of the coro­n­avirus, broad­cast­ers are ex­pected to work home games from their teams’ ball­parks and road games re­motely.

Farmer, like Ma­sur a “Chicago guy,” pitched for his home­town Sox dur­ing his play­ing ca­reer and spent 30 years as a Sox ra­dio broad­caster.

 ?? ANDY-MA­SUR.COM ?? Andy Ma­sur has been the Sox’ pregame host and fill-in play-by-play voice the last two sea­sons.
ANDY-MA­SUR.COM Andy Ma­sur has been the Sox’ pregame host and fill-in play-by-play voice the last two sea­sons.
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 ?? ANDY-MA­SUR.COM ?? Andy Ma­sur, with Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn in 2012, also worked on WGN Ra­dio with the Cubs from 1999-2007.
ANDY-MA­SUR.COM Andy Ma­sur, with Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn in 2012, also worked on WGN Ra­dio with the Cubs from 1999-2007.

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