Big footsteps, less hair

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:32 AM ET

Edmonton Eskimos fans are going to get at least one thing different from their new play-by-play broadcaster:

"Less hair," said Morley Scott, who will be taking over the duties of 630 CHED's Bryan Hall after 44 Hall-of-Fame years as the voice of the team.

Scott returns to Edmonton where he spent 15 years as the Edmonton Oilers colour commentator, from 1993-2008, before spending this season as broadcast director with the WHL's Vancouver Giants.

"I'm happy to be coming back. You always want to think that you can get back and live where you want to live," Scott said. "The Eskimos have such a great tradition and Bryan Hall has been 'the guy' for so many years.

"It's big shoes to fill, that's for sure. It's an honour both to follow Hallsy and to do the Eskimo games."

It will be his first kick at calling professional football.

"When I was volunteering at CJSR at the University of Alberta years ago, I did a little bit of stuff on the football broadcast at that point, but this will be my first crack at calling play-by-play for football," said Scott, who demo-ed a tape for the club during a game in 2008 against the Montreal Alouettes.

"That was kind of my first taste of it. It's going to be something new, that's for sure."

But if there's one thing he knows well, it's sports fans in Edmonton.

"Sports fans in Edmonton are great fans," he said. "They're passionate and they're knowledgeable and you can't fool them. There's no education needed for sports fans in Edmonton."

But Scott will have to go through a crash course once he wraps up with the Giants' playoff run.

Luckily, he will have Hall's colour analyst of five years and former sideline reporter Dave Campbell beside him in the booth.

"I knew Morley since '95, when he was doing Oilers still, I came here as a pimply faced 21-year-old and was producing Oilers hockey," Campbell said.

"I did that for nine seasons and then kind of helped Morley out when he was filling in for Hallsy or whoever was doing the evening show at the time."

Campbell's job will also be a little different this year.

"I'll get to talk more, I think," he said. "So that's a fringe benefit already. It'll be fun."

Hopefully, it will be as much fun for Hall, who gets to enjoy being a fan at games instead of working at them.

"I have no doubt that Morley and Dave will make for a wonderful team," he said in a press release. "Morley's experience and passion for the job will be an excellent fit on the broadcasts.

"It's great to have him back in Edmonton."

Hall is on the Eskimo Cruise 2010 to the tropics and couldn't be reached for further comment.

While he won't be calling the plays -- at least, not with a microphone in front of him -- this season, Hall is staying on as 630 CHED sports director, morning anchor and afternoon talk-show host.

The real question is who will take over singing The Eskimos Fight Song?


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