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(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)   Pittsburgh Penguins broadcaster Mike Lange retires after 50 years in the booth, smiling like a butcher's dog   (post-gazette.com) divider line
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2021-08-09 1:23:54 PM  
Awesome. Your work is appreciated here in Pittsburgh. Thank you for making the Lemieux era more exciting and fun. Hope to see you again in a blues bar in the near future.

Rented mule hacksaw, hunt moose on a Harley, Dancing With Lord Stanley. Jagr says he's Michael, Michael, Motorcycle and he'll smoke you like a bad cigar.

/I had both Bob Prince & Mike Lange in the same lifetime. Never be no mo'.
 
2021-08-09 1:33:23 PM  
Just remind him to call Arnold Slick, and tell his grandmother to GET IN THE FAST LANE.

Thank you Mike.  You WILL be missed.
 
2021-08-09 1:36:47 PM  
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2021-08-09 2:17:08 PM  
Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building.
 
2021-08-09 2:19:27 PM  

geom_00: Just remind him to call Arnold Slick, and tell his grandmother to GET IN THE FAST LANE.

Thank you Mike.  You WILL be missed.


If you weren't here I was damn sure going to summon you. You brought Mike's flavor to hockey threads and I loved it.

Geez, Mike. It had to happen sooner or later I suppose, but it's soooo not ever going to be the same without you. I hope you're in good health, I lost track of many acquaintances I really like like  that I know from being on non-profit boards and hole-in-the-wall amazing blues clubs where the best in the city musicians, and young ones starting out, of all genres showed up to jam together. Probably happened to most of us in the last year and a half...
I met Mike long ago in one of those clubs and had no idea who he was. I came straight from work at midnight still in my chef's attire, he asked me about cooking, respected that I wasn't going to miss a minute of the music by changing.
I asked what he did for a living. He kind of shyly said "I'm a sportscaster."
(Some advice: never guess who somebody is, ask lol) Because the Pirates were still members of The City of Champions (yes, really. I has a sad now) and hot shiat, and it was summer baseball season, I excitedly asked "Are you Lanny Frattare?!" He wasn't offended and told me who he was, I mean, the Pens were also hot shiat. I apologized and he just laughed and we talked hockey.
Good guy, if I have time I'll tell more stories later.

Mike tenure with the Pens was looking, Lanny Frattere's with the Pirates was 33 years. We're loyal to our sportscasters and news anchors, we tend to keep a lot of them forever.
 
2021-08-09 2:20:17 PM  

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SOPHIE MASLOV!!
 
2021-08-09 2:20:44 PM  
Enjoyed listening to him over the years. Hope he gets to have a fun retirement.
 
2021-08-09 2:20:53 PM  

JJRRutgers: Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building.


Now we're going to have to sell his monkey.
:'-(
 
2021-08-09 2:21:49 PM  

lindalouwho: Are you Lanny Frattare


Now THERE is a name I did not expect to hear today.  THERE WAS NOOOOOOOOOO DOUBT ABOUT IT!
 
2021-08-09 2:22:43 PM  
Back when I was into seeking out live blues music, Glen Pavone...Norm Nardini...Moondog's...we'd find ourselves in the same circles.... Chill guy.  I wish him the best.
 
2021-08-09 3:18:56 PM  

rotsky: Back when I was into seeking out live blues music, Glen Pavone...Norm Nardini...Moondog's...we'd find ourselves in the same circles.... Chill guy.  I wish him the best.


Did you ever go to Gene's Blues Bar on 51, more or less across the street from Tambellini's and the Red, White, and Blue store?
Particularly on Monday nights for the jam? The guys you're talking about played there and at Moondog's regularly for years. I bet we know each other, at least to see.
 
2021-08-09 3:20:55 PM  

geom_00: lindalouwho: Are you Lanny Frattare

Now THERE is a name I did not expect to hear today.  THERE WAS NOOOOOOOOOO DOUBT ABOUT IT!


Frattare was mentored by Bob Prince, another blast from the past.
 
2021-08-09 3:30:23 PM  

lindalouwho: rotsky: Back when I was into seeking out live blues music, Glen Pavone...Norm Nardini...Moondog's...we'd find ourselves in the same circles.... Chill guy.  I wish him the best.

Did you ever go to Gene's Blues Bar on 51, more or less across the street from Tambellini's and the Red, White, and Blue store?
Particularly on Monday nights for the jam? The guys you're talking about played there and at Moondog's regularly for years. I bet we know each other, at least to see.


We've prolly met at sometime over the last 45 years. Moondog's was my main blues bar. Always loved it when the performers from the Pittsburgh Blues Festival would stop in and make some noise.

Very friendly cult of humans, blues people are. What is the name of that wonderful joint that used to be a church off of the Parkway West after you go under the train tracks?
 
2021-08-09 4:57:24 PM  

geom_00: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: [Fark user image 600x446]

SOPHIE MASLOVFF!!


I can't see that name without hearing WDVE's Paulson & Krenn's "Sophie Jumps" skit...

/Sophie Vader
 
2021-08-09 5:17:26 PM  

lindalouwho: Mike tenure with the Pens was looking, Lanny Frattere's with the Pirates was 33 years. We're loyal to our sportscasters and news anchors, we tend to keep a lot of them forever


Was gonna say, Tunch just had to retire too. Been a rough year for broadcasters in the 'Burgh.
 
2021-08-09 5:34:05 PM  
Stab me with a fork and call me Sally.
 
2021-08-09 6:07:09 PM  
Now he'll have plenty of time to hang in the blues bars. See ya there Mike.
 
2021-08-09 11:13:41 PM  
When Jack Edwards calls it quits, I'm no snark, looking forward to the 200+ post thread with most people shiatting on him.

Lange was just as annoying to me as you a think Edwards is or Randy Moller is for Panthers games. Lange just somehow survived 50 years.
 
2021-08-09 11:39:11 PM  

FriarReb98: lindalouwho: Mike tenure with the Pens was looking, Lanny Frattere's with the Pirates was 33 years. We're loyal to our sportscasters and news anchors, we tend to keep a lot of them forever

Was gonna say, Tunch just had to retire too. Been a rough year for broadcasters in the 'Burgh.


I miss Lanny and Steve Blass for Pirates games.  They were so awesome.  But it's been quite a few years now since Lanny retired (at least a decade now, I think?)

Bill Hillgrove is 81, so he's bound to retire soon too.  Although, he still does a bajillion things with no signs of slowing down.  So who knows.  He'll probably die before he steps down.

And Doc Emrick retired before this past season.  Between tv and radio, I now have no reason to ever watch or listen to a hockey game.  I'll still kinda pay attention to the Penguins, but no Doc and no Mike... what's the point!?
 
2021-08-10 5:46:25 AM  

fatalvenom: When Jack Edwards calls it quits, I'm no snark, looking forward to the 200+ post thread with most people shiatting on him.


If Jack's getting a 200+ post thread, what the hell would Eck get?

\he's just so stupidly ridiculous with his catch-phrase-a-minute BS
 
2021-08-10 9:34:51 AM  

psilocyberguy: lindalouwho: rotsky: Back when I was into seeking out live blues music, Glen Pavone...Norm Nardini...Moondog's...we'd find ourselves in the same circles.... Chill guy.  I wish him the best.

Did you ever go to Gene's Blues Bar on 51, more or less across the street from Tambellini's and the Red, White, and Blue store?
Particularly on Monday nights for the jam? The guys you're talking about played there and at Moondog's regularly for years. I bet we know each other, at least to see.

We've prolly met at sometime over the last 45 years. Moondog's was my main blues bar. Always loved it when the performers from the Pittsburgh Blues Festival would stop in and make some noise.

Very friendly cult of humans, blues people are. What is the name of that wonderful joint that used to be a church off of the Parkway West after you go under the train tracks?


Ceffalo;s in Carnegie?
 
2021-08-10 9:44:19 AM  

non-racer X: psilocyberguy: lindalouwho: rotsky: Back when I was into seeking out live blues music, Glen Pavone...Norm Nardini...Moondog's...we'd find ourselves in the same circles.... Chill guy.  I wish him the best.

Did you ever go to Gene's Blues Bar on 51, more or less across the street from Tambellini's and the Red, White, and Blue store?
Particularly on Monday nights for the jam? The guys you're talking about played there and at Moondog's regularly for years. I bet we know each other, at least to see.

We've prolly met at sometime over the last 45 years. Moondog's was my main blues bar. Always loved it when the performers from the Pittsburgh Blues Festival would stop in and make some noise.

Very friendly cult of humans, blues people are. What is the name of that wonderful joint that used to be a church off of the Parkway West after you go under the train tracks?

Ceffalo;s in Carnegie?


Must be it.
 
2021-08-10 10:20:52 AM  
So, he finally got that dog off his lawnmower...
 
2021-08-10 12:08:51 PM  
CSB:  Mike Lange came to my town for Community Days.  I didn't get to go, but a friend of mine did.  He was able to get up there and did a spot on impression of Mike saying, "And Elvis has just.  Left.  The building."  The fact my friend also looks like Elvis made it the best call ever.

/we had Franco Harris up here as the parade grand marshal a few years before that, and I was a participant in that parade
 
2021-08-10 2:09:54 PM  

lindalouwho: rotsky: Back when I was into seeking out live blues music, Glen Pavone...Norm Nardini...Moondog's...we'd find ourselves in the same circles.... Chill guy.  I wish him the best.

Did you ever go to Gene's Blues Bar on 51, more or less across the street from Tambellini's and the Red, White, and Blue store?
Particularly on Monday nights for the jam? The guys you're talking about played there and at Moondog's regularly for years. I bet we know each other, at least to see.


Semi CSB....I went to grade school with Gene, relatives of his owned that before and it was called the South Hills Cafe, Had great shish kabobs back in the day.  It was one of my dad's stops on his round of bars during the week..Last place I remember having a wooden phone booth.  The Mr.s and I hung at Gene's a few times while dating.  Shame they tore it down to re-do the 51 / Liberty tubes interchange.
 
2021-08-10 4:44:36 PM  

scooterstrats: non-racer X: psilocyberguy: lindalouwho: rotsky: Back when I was into seeking out live blues music, Glen Pavone...Norm Nardini...Moondog's...we'd find ourselves in the same circles.... Chill guy.  I wish him the best.

Did you ever go to Gene's Blues Bar on 51, more or less across the street from Tambellini's and the Red, White, and Blue store?
Particularly on Monday nights for the jam? The guys you're talking about played there and at Moondog's regularly for years. I bet we know each other, at least to see.

We've prolly met at sometime over the last 45 years. Moondog's was my main blues bar. Always loved it when the performers from the Pittsburgh Blues Festival would stop in and make some noise.

Very friendly cult of humans, blues people are. What is the name of that wonderful joint that used to be a church off of the Parkway West after you go under the train tracks?

Ceffalo;s in Carnegie?

Must be it.


I couldn't think of the name, but this sounds right.
 
2021-08-10 4:46:29 PM  

non-racer X: lindalouwho: rotsky: Back when I was into seeking out live blues music, Glen Pavone...Norm Nardini...Moondog's...we'd find ourselves in the same circles.... Chill guy.  I wish him the best.

Did you ever go to Gene's Blues Bar on 51, more or less across the street from Tambellini's and the Red, White, and Blue store?
Particularly on Monday nights for the jam? The guys you're talking about played there and at Moondog's regularly for years. I bet we know each other, at least to see.

Semi CSB....I went to grade school with Gene, relatives of his owned that before and it was called the South Hills Cafe, Had great shish kabobs back in the day.  It was one of my dad's stops on his round of bars during the week..Last place I remember having a wooden phone booth.  The Mr.s and I hung at Gene's a few times while dating.  Shame they tore it down to re-do the 51 / Liberty tubes interchange.


The going out of business parties at the bar  and at Gene's house, were off the hook.
I interviewed him on my radio show once, it was a blast! WYEP
 
2021-08-10 7:29:17 PM  

lindalouwho: non-racer X: lindalouwho: rotsky: Back when I was into seeking out live blues music, Glen Pavone...Norm Nardini...Moondog's...we'd find ourselves in the same circles.... Chill guy.  I wish him the best.

Did you ever go to Gene's Blues Bar on 51, more or less across the street from Tambellini's and the Red, White, and Blue store?
Particularly on Monday nights for the jam? The guys you're talking about played there and at Moondog's regularly for years. I bet we know each other, at least to see.

Semi CSB....I went to grade school with Gene, relatives of his owned that before and it was called the South Hills Cafe, Had great shish kabobs back in the day.  It was one of my dad's stops on his round of bars during the week..Last place I remember having a wooden phone booth.  The Mr.s and I hung at Gene's a few times while dating.  Shame they tore it down to re-do the 51 / Liberty tubes interchange.

The going out of business parties at the bar  and at Gene's house, were off the hook.
I interviewed him on my radio show once, it was a blast! WYEP


Did not know you were on WYEP....

To bring it back around....guy I know claims he's Sam....used to tie his dog outside the Mt. Lebanon Saloon and have a few with Mike.
 
2021-08-10 8:43:42 PM  

non-racer X: lindalouwho: non-racer X: lindalouwho: rotsky: Back when I was into seeking out live blues music, Glen Pavone...Norm Nardini...Moondog's...we'd find ourselves in the same circles.... Chill guy.  I wish him the best.

Did you ever go to Gene's Blues Bar on 51, more or less across the street from Tambellini's and the Red, White, and Blue store?
Particularly on Monday nights for the jam? The guys you're talking about played there and at Moondog's regularly for years. I bet we know each other, at least to see.

Semi CSB....I went to grade school with Gene, relatives of his owned that before and it was called the South Hills Cafe, Had great shish kabobs back in the day.  It was one of my dad's stops on his round of bars during the week..Last place I remember having a wooden phone booth.  The Mr.s and I hung at Gene's a few times while dating.  Shame they tore it down to re-do the 51 / Liberty tubes interchange.

The going out of business parties at the bar  and at Gene's house, were off the hook.
I interviewed him on my radio show once, it was a blast! WYEP

Did not know you were on WYEP....

To bring it back around....guy I know claims he's Sam....used to tie his dog outside the Mt. Lebanon Saloon and have a few with Mike.


Yeah, WYEP is my saturday evening station! Cool.
 
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