Scott fills void in Esks’ broadcast booth

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:02 PM ET

EDMONTON — The players weren’t the only rookies at the Edmonton Eskimos rookie camp last week.

Former Edmonton Oilers colour analyst Morley Scott now has the daunting task of filling the void in the Edmonton Eskimos broadcast booth that was left behind by long-time play-by-play personality Bryan Hall.

Scott is new to the Eskimos, but he has been around Edmonton long enough to know that love him or hate him, it’s tough to compare to The Hallsy.

“I do know Bryan Hall very well. I don’t have any good stories about him because he’s always talking. He’s always telling the stories,” said Scott, who spent 15 seasons next to longtime Oilers voice Rod Phillips. “When the hockey rights moved from CFCW to CHED, I think it was around ’95 or ’96, the first thing I wanted to do when I became a CHED employee was to go into the broadcast booth at a football game and sit behind Bryan Hall and watch him work.

“It was a treat, I just love the way he carries out his business with his great attitude and love for the game and it was a lot of fun. I remember that day well, I came in and pulled up a stool and sat behind him and just watched him work. And it was fun to watch.

“He’s so good they named the Hall of Fame after him.”

Scott, who spent last season calling games for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants, is now joining veteran Eskimos colour commentator Dave Campbell in the broadcast booth.

“When I was doing hockey games and working at CHED, Dave was a practicum student right out of NAIT,” Scott recalled. “He was working the board and pushing the buttons and keeping us on the air. I’ve seen Dave grow from that point about 15 years ago into a real good broadcaster.

“The thing that I like about it is I worked a lot of things with Dave over the years from hockey games to sports-talk shows and everything, but we’ve always been separated by a pane of glass because he’s been sitting behind the board or at the studio while I’ve been at the rink. I’m going to really enjoy sitting beside Dave now and working with him.”

Campbell is also looking forward to a new season with a new broadcasting teammate.

“If there’s one thing for certain, we will be prepared,” Campbell said in the off-season after learning Scott got the job.

Even combined, the two fall well short of Hall’s experience, but Scott said there is plenty he can learn from Campbell.

“He has done his homework, he’s certainly immersed himself,” Scott said. “And I know from my hockey experience, it’s pretty tough to be a colour guy and not be an ex-player,” Scott said. “I’ve had to work harder at hockey to do it and Dave’s had to work harder at football to do it.”

Anybody would have trouble getting a word in edgewise on Hallsy.

“(Campbell) is going to get to talk more now, that’s for sure,” Scott laughed. “That’s something he’s going to have to get used to.”

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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