Broadcast in the blood for father-son booth mates

RYAN PYETTE, SUN MEDIA

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As Sarnia Sting forward Jesse Stoughton lugged the puck up the ice, Pete Dalliday leaned into his dad Gary for some classic give-and-take.

"Y'know, Stoughton comes from Bobcaygeon," Pete pointed out. "A lot of good things come out of Bobcaygeon."

"A lot of good pickerel comes out of Bobcaygeon," Gary responded.

Pete: "Exactly what I was thinking. Some great fishing there."

For the past 13 years, these exchanges are routine at Peterborough Petes games. Though it sounds like chatter in the Memorial Centre seats, it's actually coming over the radio airwaves on AM 980 KRUZ, where versatile Pete handles the play-by-play and veteran sportsman and TV personality Gary contributes, in his words, "as the second banana."

"Pete's got this thing," Gary said, "when the puck goes over the glass and he'll say, 'And a fan from Havelock caught it' or "Someone from Romaine Street (in Peterborough) is bringing home a souvenir.' People will call me up and say, 'How does he know that?'

"I have to tell them, 'Well, he's making it all up.' "

The father-son dynamic has always been strong in hockey. It's part of the game's fabric and history.

Remember the Hulls and the Howes? Walter Gretzky is as big a celebrity as son Wayne.

And it's not just on the ice.

Radio and TV pioneer Foster Hewitt gave the torch to his son Bill. Rick Jeanneret does play-by-play for the Buffalo Sabres and his boy Mark does the same for the Erie Otters.

Sometimes it takes years to build up chemistry with a booth mate. The Dallidays didn't have to worry about that.

"That first game we did together, I'll always remember," Gary said. "I got a little bit emotional about it. I'm very proud of the job he's done. It's in his blood. I remember when he was a little kid he'd be in his room doing his own broadcasts and saying, 'This is Gary Dalliday at the Memorial Centre.' "

Pete, now 38, still has those old tapes he made with his friends. He knows he's involved in something unique.

Some parents only see their sons once or twice a year -- not the Dallidays. They ride the bus together for all 34 Petes road games, plus playoffs.

"I probably don't appreciate it now the way I will later on," Pete said. "We see each other every day and we'll usually eat breakfast together on the road, but I like my space, too. We get separate hotel rooms. When Dick (Todd) was the coach, my dad would usually socialize with him because they're closer in age.

Gary called it a thrill to work with his son.

"(Sportnet's) Mike Toth looked it up a couple of years ago and couldn't find another father-son broadcast team," he said.

Pete's dream job would be to call Phoenix Coyotes games -- spend time in the rink and golf year-round.

AROUND THE O

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