RID­ERS’ VOICE QUITS

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Rod Ped­er­sen, the voice of the CFL’S Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers, an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion on Wed­nes­day to pur­sue an undis­closed op­por­tu­nity.Ped­er­sen, 46, had served as the Rid­ers’ play-by-play man for 20 years. He also han­dled the same role with the WHL’S Regina Pats for 15 sea­sons and two sea­sons with the Prince Al­bert Raiders.“I have an­other op­por­tu­nity that I can’t di­vulge at this time,” Ped­er­sen said Wed­nes­day. “I thought it was best for ev­ery­body that we all move on. Maybe the next per­son can com­mit 100 per cent to it.”Ped­er­sen, who has an in­ter­est in Famoso Neapoli­tan Pizza, has be­come in­volved in other busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.He’s a so­bri­ety coach, as­sist­ing peo­ple in their re­cov­ery from drug and al­co­hol is­sues. He also re­cently pub­lished a book on the his­tory of the SJHL.Ped­er­sen has done that while jug­gling his play-by-play role with the Rid­ers and serv­ing as the host of CKRM’S Sports Cage for eight years. “As you can see, I’m into a lot of things and it was just time for a change af­ter 20 years,” Ped­er­sen said.Ja­son Huschi, CKRM’S gen­eral man­ager, said they will now be­gin a search for Ped­er­sen’s re­place­ment.“I have no clue (who that will be),” Huschi said. “As you can un­der­stand, this only came to us in the last day or two. He asked for us to help him out and let him go. We felt dur­ing our dis­cus­sions that he has earned the op­por­tu­nity to see what he’s go­ing to do.”Ped­er­sen said a high­light of his ten­ure with the Rid­ers was hav­ing a “front-row seat to all of the ups and downs with the fran­chise over 20 years,” in­clud­ing Grey Cup vic­to­ries by the Green and White in 2007 and 2013.“I don’t think there is any­body that has seen ev­ery sin­gle snap for 20 years and that’s pretty cool,” Ped­er­sen said.

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