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White Sox Radio Announcer Steve Stone Moving To TV Booth
Published September 15, 2008
White Sox radio analyst Steve Stone has signed a six-year deal through 2014 "that includes a club option for 2015" to become the team's main TV analyst, according to Chris De Luca of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. Stone replaces Darrin Jackson, who "officially was notified Friday that the Sox were not picking up his option for 2009." Jackson has "been offered Stone's job in the radio booth but has not replied." De Luca noted the move "has been expected since Stone signed on to be the Sox' radio color analyst before the season" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 9/14). Jackson said he will "wait until after the season to decide" on whether to take the radio job. White Sox TV play-by-play announcer Ken Harrelson said that he "told Sox officials that he hoped to continue the partnership," but added that he is "also loyal to the Sox and said he understood the team's decision." In Chicago, Teddy Greenstein reported White Sox TV ratings have "lagged far behind those of the Cubs, and the team would like to change that." The move also "seems to close the door on the possibility that Stone will be involved in a Cubs ownership group" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/14).