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Former WSB-TV sportscaster Chuck Dowdle finds a new gig working with the Braves

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Former WSB-TV sportscaster Chuck Dowdle has quickly landed a new job helping host the post-game Atlanta Braves shows on the Atlanta Braves radio network.

Dowdle retired from WSB in December 2009 after 24 years.

He will join Don Sutton, Tom Glavine and Mark Lemke as the only person who had never played Major League baseball in the booth. Dowdle will host. Sutton, Glavine and Lemke will rotate.

He said Glavine called a few days ago and joked, “How’s retirement going?”

“I’m really excited about this opportunity,” Dowdle said by phone today. “Ever since I worked the grounds crew with the Braves in the late 1960s, I’ve always had a love for the franchise. It’s a new challenge for me.”

He won’t pretend he knows more about baseball than Glavine, Sutton or Lemke. “As much as I’ve been around the game, I think this is going to be a great educational experience. My job will be to draw analysis out of them, what went right or wrong.”

His agent Jim Heilman said he will continue to host the Mark Richt show for UGA on 750/WSB-AM. Dowdle said he may have to miss some baseball games starting in September for University of Georgia football on weekends.

The Braves will be heard locally on 680/The Fan and Rock 100.5 after several years on 640/WGST-AM and various FM stations, most recently Project 9-6-1.

The Fan’s head honcho David Dickey said Dowdle will also do some commentary on Matt Chernoff and Chuck Oliver’s show Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. That show is on from noon to 3 p.m. weekdays.

At age 61, Dowdle said he left WSB-TV with no intention of disappearing.

“I’m too young to sit on a porch,” he said. “After you fully retire, as Bobby Bowden says, there’s only one thing left.”

61 comments Add your comment

Darth Hater

February 25th, 2010
11:09 am

Thank goodness this slack-jawed yokel will be mispronouncing the names of Latin American BASEBALL players instead of working on the THRASHERS broadcasts and butchering the names of HOCKEY players from ALL OVER THE WORLD.

Gary

February 25th, 2010
11:55 am

Awesome move! I was very critical of 680 when they received the Braves broadcast rights, but since then them and the Braves have made some very good business moves and right now they are the only station that is talking Braves baseball.

790 – as much as I like their station and some of the hosts – continues to talk football. I know its king in the south, but even football has an off-season and the Braves/baseball are very popular in this state. Seems they would spending a little more time like 680 is as the season is drawing near.

Congrats to Chuck and even though I love him, please 680 don’t let Buck Belue host the pregame show. They are plenty of people who would do a better job.

Paula

February 25th, 2010
12:22 pm

Yuck – Chuck Dowdle – really? All he knows is UGA football.

Sportsfan

February 25th, 2010
12:41 pm

Bad enough hearing Goober Pyle doing 2 minutes on wsb. How about 2 hours of Ole’ Chuck.

Wayne stuck in AL

February 25th, 2010
12:49 pm

And 680 couldn’t find room for Mitch Evans…

UGA football Glory

February 25th, 2010
1:06 pm

great video of Dowdle on youtube……this might be his best ever sports coverage from a great UGA alumni.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iEsw9SNft8

lanier

February 25th, 2010
1:22 pm

great news . i’ve followed the big guy since he carried UGA to new heights on the hardwood. or was that new lows lol

Dawg Fan in Grayson

February 25th, 2010
1:24 pm

Happy for Chuck….Happy for Braves fans….Happy for everyone that 680 has decided to keep that Phillie fanatic away from the Braves broadcast.

Say it ain't so

February 25th, 2010
1:27 pm

This is TERRIBLE news! Chuck Dowdle is a big mouth who loves nothing more than the sound of his own voice. He talks and talks and talks but never says anything substantive. He thinks The Mark Richt Show should be renamed The Chuck Dowdle Show. His questions are more wordy than Richt’s responses and he continually interrupts the coach. I keep waiting for CMR to punch Dowdle in the nose for some of his stupid questions/comments but CMR is too nice a guy to do that. I, for one, will NOT be listening to any Braves post-game shows and, in time, no one else will either.

pete

February 25th, 2010
1:32 pm

Love Chuck, he will do an awesome job.

puppydawg

February 25th, 2010
1:35 pm

Chuck makes me upchuck.

Justin

February 25th, 2010
1:38 pm

The only problem Darth Hater is that your the only one watching the Thrashers.

Ken Griffey Jr.

February 25th, 2010
1:38 pm

Evil Chuck Dowdle?

Say it ain't so

February 25th, 2010
1:44 pm

Hey Junior, he’s not evil but he is stupid.

Diamond Dave

February 25th, 2010
1:45 pm

One of the nicest guys on the planet. Congrats Chuck!

Scott

February 25th, 2010
1:53 pm

Not familiar with the new FM station for the Braves radio broadcasts. How is the signal strength for Rock 100.5 in the evenings – anyone know? Can it be easily heard OTP? Forget about tuning into 680 after the sun sets.

Derek

February 25th, 2010
2:08 pm

I am in Marietta many times after dark and have no trouble getting 680…where do you live?

Buck Belue's beer belly

February 25th, 2010
2:08 pm

Bring back the Kimmer, Pete “The Snake” Davis and Wayne ‘No Offense” !!!!!

Cantonian

February 25th, 2010
2:08 pm

I reside in Canton and barely get 100.5 FM in the evenings; forget about 680AM after sundown. Not a good PR move for the Braves.

sugarfoot

February 25th, 2010
2:09 pm

It makes me wonder if he was forced into retirement from WSBTV. And to think the crap they have doing sports on there, now, except for Anthony AMey, who is good.

how2fish

February 25th, 2010
2:14 pm

Chuck will be great always has been always will be ! Glad to see this I agree with Diamond Dave one of the nicest guys on the planet I met him many years ago and have seen him in public a good bit he is always a stand up guy no matter if he is confronted by drunks or Tech fans a class act!

Clyde the Glide

February 25th, 2010
2:14 pm

The problem with Chuck is that he is nothing but a cheerleader. He kept his job all those years by shaking everyone’s hands and saying nothing but nice things about the local teams. We already have enough people like that covering the Braves. There is never a dissenting or critical view on what’s going on. Oh well, it’s an easy paycheck for him but I for one wish he’d just “sit on the porch.”

Richard Alpert

February 25th, 2010
2:19 pm

I’d rather get punched in the ear than listen to Mark Lemke

Matt

February 25th, 2010
2:25 pm

Like it. A lot. Another reason why Dickey Brothers is kicking the crap out of Clear Channel and other regular radio stations.

Chief Wiggum

February 25th, 2010
2:25 pm

Agree with Richard. Lemke is an assault on my ears. At least Stu Klitenic, or Stu Climactic, or whatever his name is…is gone.

I assume they ran the older folks off at WSB-TV? Bill Hartman went to Fox 5, right? Dowdle is gone, too, of course.

NANA

February 25th, 2010
2:26 pm

the new sports guy on channel 2 doesn’t know how to talk. I don’t care for him at all. Congrats Chuck, but miss you on 2.

Chuck-is-Cheese

February 25th, 2010
2:30 pm

I saw Chuck in Buckhead wearing a Georgia letterjacket. Isn’t that a little strange? 61 years old and a graduate of Georgia State. Why the fakery “my brother” I graduated from GSU too. The dude has total arrested behavior.

how2fish

February 25th, 2010
2:32 pm

Clyde the Glide always wondered why folks can’t separate what Chuck will be doing which is work “for” the Braves from what say Jeff S or Mark B do which is “cover” the Braves…Chuck works for the Braves and hence has some loyalty to the team as far as benefit of the doubt, not creating trouble or generally running off at the mouth to sell papers or get blog hits as Jeff and Mark both employed by the AJC do..

James B

February 25th, 2010
2:49 pm

On a scale of 1-10 I would rate this talent pickup as about a 4. At least they didn’t get Fred Kalil. Geez.

no conflict of interest here

February 25th, 2010
2:54 pm

Nothing like working as an “unbiased” sportscaster, while promoting your future, huh chuck?

cbolds

February 25th, 2010
2:56 pm

I think Chuck with do a great job as he did for many years at WSB. Congrats!!! Chuck.

ChippersLoveChild

February 25th, 2010
2:59 pm

680 The Fan is the biggest hee-haw station we have, he should fit right in.

ChippersLoveChild

February 25th, 2010
3:02 pm

“The only problem Darth Hater is that your the only one watching the Thrashers.”

Oh Justin, such a funny hillbilly. Please return to the Nascar or college football forum now.

Pete

February 25th, 2010
3:15 pm

I’ve always liked this guy.
Good luck Chuck !!!

Mike Bell

February 25th, 2010
3:15 pm

Anybody want to hear another one of my lame impersonations? I do a great Chuck Dowdle.

firechuckdowdlenow.com

February 25th, 2010
3:28 pm

Please visit my website soon.

LizDawg

February 25th, 2010
3:47 pm

Chuck, most of DawgNation loves you – especially your post game interview with CMR after UGA beat tech 30-24!

Charles Dowdle

February 25th, 2010
3:48 pm

He is pure Corinthian Leather.

Peachtree John

February 25th, 2010
4:07 pm

Some assistance please on the 680 The Fan after sundown (no reception) and the 100.5 reception. Will there be other stations carrying the games for those of us who live outside I 285?
Chuck? God bless him. He is not a difference maker, but the broadcast team, overall, looks interesting.

tim

February 25th, 2010
4:21 pm

Dowdle retired from WSB? Who cares! The guy seemed to think that sports were played only in Georgia.

old Atlanta

February 25th, 2010
5:03 pm

OMG, what is happening? Between Belue and Dowdle Braves fans will tune in during the 4th inning and turn off after the game! Those 2 just like to hear themselves talk. The only thing 680 has going is Chuck Oliver and Kincade. they are great and know their info!

JSS

February 25th, 2010
6:50 pm

Old Atlanta…
Kincade is a BUFFOON! He doesn’t know the difference between something as simple as the University of Toledo “Rockets” and the Toledo “Mud Hens” minor league baseball team! Nevertheless, he’s a perfect mouthpiece for his myopic and racist listening audience… Kincade has never let a fiber of truth get in the way of leveling a piece of falsehood on the air!

JSS

February 25th, 2010
6:57 pm

Still it could have been worse, they could have hired that arrogant Kincade wannabe: Bill Shanks!

xm in the a.m. and sports in the afternoon

February 25th, 2010
8:13 pm

After sundown listen to them on the computer! Dowdle is horrible, talks too much and loves his own voice. But, at least ‘Boog’ is gone. What a no talent bum! If we could run Bob Rathbun out of town, it’d be a huge improvement.

NoLion

February 25th, 2010
8:43 pm

Darth Hater, do you really call it hockey, what the Trashers’ play?

Max Sizemore

February 25th, 2010
9:36 pm

Chuck never played major-league baseball, but he was a mean power forward at Briarcliff High School.

gcs

February 25th, 2010
9:45 pm

Dowdle? Really? That is the best you could do?
BLeh…

The 678

February 25th, 2010
10:11 pm

I hope 100.5 has a good signal. I can’t pick up 680 after sundown in Gwinnett either!!! I wish Chuck well!! He is a good local guy. Thank goodness they didn’t place Klancaid on the Braves pregame show!!!!

stone

February 25th, 2010
10:41 pm

B&K are awesome. C&C are very good as well.

Buck Belue eats, breathes, & lives Braves baseball. he knows his stuff

Not familiar with dowdle,… I will miss Chip Caray on the postgame & rain delay show (who’s gonna do that nearly impossible-to-be-listenable task?) BUt it’s the postgame. not that important.

and I’m listening on the network in Chattanooga,… so it’s flagship coverage in atl. is not my problem

love all these moves

Beau Bock

February 25th, 2010
11:08 pm

Chuck Dowdle could not hold my jock.