Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Karraker Could Be Next to Step into Cardinals' Broadcast Booth

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Karraker Could Be Next to Step into Cardinals' Broadcast Booth

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Bob Ramsey made his debut Wednesday night as a regular member of the Cardinals broadcast crew, doing play-by-play of their game in Montreal for the Fox Sports Midwest cable outlet.

It's an assignment Ramsey will have for Fox's telecasts of Redbirds r oad games this season. He said being a Cards announcer is "the only job I ever wanted."

Another native St. Louisan, KMOX's Randy Karraker, also might find himself in a similar dream spot. There will be an opening in the Cards radio broadcast booth periodically this season, as a fill-in is needed for Joe Buck. Karraker is a strong candidate for the job. Buck's dad, longtime Cardinals announcer Jack Buck, had planned to broadcast only home games last year as part of his move into semi-retirement. But his son was hired to do Saturday games on the Fox network, so dad agreed to fill in on road games when son was absent. A Different Approach: Joe Buck continues his Fox duties this year, but Jack Buck, who turns 73 this season, plans to cut back on his road schedule. "Maybe I'll take a trip or two; maybe I'll go to Chicago, but I won't be making most of them," Jack Buck said. "They'll need somebody else." There's a good chance that will be Karraker, at least for some of the games. "Jack was kind enough to let me do some (play-by-play) in spring training," Karraker said. "I'm keeping my fingers crossed." Buck said, "I wanted to get him comfortable; it's just a matter of him finding his pace. He certainly knows baseball. I think the people at Bud S ports (who produce the broadcasts) and (KMOX general manager Rod) Zimmerman like him." The need for a replacement won't come until early June because Fox doesn't show early-season games. Staying Away: Jack Buck says he's finding it easier to pull away with each subsequent season. He's in his third year of broadcasting less than a full load of Cards games. For example, when the Cards opened the season Tuesday afternoon, Buck said he had other things to do than keep up with the game. "I had lunch with (band leader) Russ David, and I caught the end of the game" on radio and TV, he said. "I'm comfortable with my role, and they're letting me pick and choose what I want to do. …

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