Former Brave and Cherokee County resident Ron Gant is now a week into his new co host job on Fox 5’s ‘Good Day Atlanta.”
He’s been doing baseball commentating for seven years (most recently for Fox Sports South), but this was an opportunity for Gant to expand his horizons by talking about a broader array of topics before a bigger, more mainstream audience. He is co-anchor with Gurvir Dhindsa from 6 to 8 a.m. and will do some out-in-the-field reporting, too.
One thing I learned while interviewing him is that he isn’t a story teller – at least when a reporter is asking the questions.
Perhaps he had this particular “Bull Durham” clip going through his head, honed from many years in Major League Baseball:
Here are some quotes I gleaned from Gant, which show that specificity isn’t really his thing, but general adjectives such as “fun” and great” are his friends:
On the Fox 5 staff: “They’re such good people. They treat me really well. They’re so lighthearted and fun. It lets your personality show.”
On the show: “It’s a great morning show. It’s just a fun atmosphere. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from everyone. It’s going well.”
On why he is good for the show: “It’s a great fit with my personality, I can add to an already great show. Joanne [Feldman] is really fun. Cheryl [White] is great. Really good personalities.”
Is he in a way replacing Mark Hayes, who spent a decade there before leaving recently for Dallas: “Oh, no. This is all just fun.”
His long-time connections with Atlanta: “I’ve been involved with the community, a good reason why it’s great for me to be on ‘Good Day Atlanta.’ I love the city. I’ve had a lot of good relationships with a lot of different people. I make a lot of appearances for charities. I’m all over the place. People have memories and flashbacks and it’s great to talk to people about that. Anything I can do to help the city or promote the city, that’s what I’m going to do. I really care about the city and the state.”
On sports: “I’m a sports fan. I love all sports. None of that ever goes out of your system.”
Any special topics he enjoys talking about besides sports: “There’s not one topic I’d choose over another… just being in the flow of the show.”