790/The Zone is holding the departing Atlanta Thrashers a funeral/wake Friday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at Stats restaurant downtown. The team is leaving for Winnipeg and Atlanta will be bereft of an NHL team yet again.
According to the press release:
Local team mascots will be on-site to say their good-bye’s to Thrash and Thrasher fans that show up in Thrashers gear will receive a free lunch buffet. 790 The Zone will also be collecting Atlanta Thrasher shirts, hats, etc. to donate to the Goodwill of Atlanta. Tim Eccelstone, former Atlanta Flames player/coach and NHL Alumni Representative for Atlanta, will be present to talk about tragically losing another NHL team to Canada and address the fans on how to deal with the loss.
“It’s a mark of distinction for a city to be represented by all four major sports,” said Andrew Saltzman, Zone founder and president. “This is embarrassing. It’s a blemish and black eye on the sports community here.”
“We just felt compelled to do something to acknowledge this,” he added.
He noted that for the Zone was the Thrashers’ flagship its first five years. The Fan has been the flagship since then.
Saltzman said there are many angry Thrashers fans and he’s not sure how many will actually show up tomorrow. The Thrashers Fan Club is helping organize the event, too, so their loyalists will be there.
David Dickey, general manager at the Fan, was bemused that the Zone would hold this event and wondered how much of a turnout they’ll get considering that the station has spent very little time talking about the Thrashers in recent years.
“To do a single event like that is not necessary for us,” Dickey said. “We’ve had an ongoing dialogue with the Thrasher fans for the past six, seven years.”
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog