Thank You Channel 4, and Farewell!

Baseball 26 Sep 2011

They say all good things must come to an end. I guess that must hold true for great things as well, since a great thing in my life is reaching its final days. This Wednesday will be the last day of the Padres 2011 season, and the final day of Channel 4 San Diego’s reign of being the home of Padres baseball.

 

For Channel 4, it has been a great and amazingly successful run since their first Padres broadcast back in 1997, with well over 2000 Padres regular season, post season, and special features being aired since its inception. For me, it has been a life changing experience to be a part of the CH4 broadcast team for the past 5-plus years. Talking baseball and Padres on the Pregame and Postgame show broadcasts has not only been fun, but transforming for me in my outlook on the game, my understanding of the connection that fans have with baseball and their team, and the role the media can play in nurturing that connection.

Each night I made it my goal to try to bring to our viewers entertaining, informative, and honest analysis of that night’s game, as well as the players and plays that were influential in the outcome. I hope that for those of you who joined us before or after the games that this was the experience you had, that you enjoyed it, and that you felt just a little more knowledgeable and therefore passionate about the game than when you first tuned in.

As I reflect on the incredible experience of the past 5 years sharing baseball with you, I can’t help but to feel a great sense of gratitude that extends in many directions. First to Channel 4, and it’s leadership for inviting me to be a part of the CH4 team. Dan Novak (thank you, Fr. Joe Masar, for the introduction!), Bill Geppert, and Craig Nichols were all part of the Cox Communications and CH4 leadership team that brought me on board, and I thank them for their trust. Also an integral part that leadership group was Dennis Morgigno, one of the original founders of Channel 4, and the person most directly responsible for bringing me into the Channel 4 family. Without Dennis’ support and mentoring, my channel 4 career never would have happened and I am eternally grateful to him for the chance he took in bringing me on board.

Part of what made the Channel 4 Padres’ broadcasts so excellent in my opinion, regardless of the win loss record of the team, was the quality of the people who brought it to life. I can’t say enough about the respect, admiration, and gratitude I have for everyone involved (and it is more people than I can possibly list) in the production and presentation of each broadcast. Behind the scenes of the game broadcasts and pregame shows it has been Tom Ceterski, Ed Barnes, Chyron Bob, J.T., and others in the truck, along with Dave, and Jim to at the pregame desk.

Every night on Pregame and Postgame our dedicated producers Jason Bott and Missy Moore were tremendous in keeping all the pieces moving in the same direction (sorry guys for all the late Scan’s Keys To The Game!), along with Ginger, Melinda, Knute, Matt G., Matt H., Justin, and Shane keeping us on air.

Two people that deserve a special thank you from me include Big John Spriet, who worked more hours and wore more hats than any stage director in television history, and associate producer Lorien Markuszka who was vital in bringing Scanalysis and Heyscan to life each night with her perfect video editing. Her ability to make video sense of all my baseball jargon directions, and last second game dictating changes allowed me the vehicle to be able to describe, explain, and teach the game every night – thanks!

Of course, I was not alone on either the pregame or post game desks and my co-hosts John Weisbarth, with whom I first cut my teeth with at the Pregame desk 7 years ago, Jenny Cavnar, and previously Steve Quis have not been just co-workers but close friends. Thanks to Johnny for always keeping me laughing and ready for anything, to Jenny for always sharing her great smile and supportive can do spirit with me everyday, and Steve during his time with us for exemplifying media professionalism and versatility no matter what the assignment.

To Mark “Mud” Grant (who first told me in an airport I should look into doing some broadcasting), Matt Vasgersian (who directed me to my first media gig doing Postgame on XX1090), Tony Gwynn, Mark Neely, and the iconic Dick Enberg, thanks to all of you for always being so helpful and supportive – all of you are exceptional broadcasters, and to quote Mud all “Good eggs”.

Thanks to the entire support staff at Channel 4 and Cox Communications in the production and sales departments, and to all the other on air personalities who I was fortunate to call co-workers and learn from over the years.

A sincere thank you must also go out to the Padres’ players, coaches, and front office members, who have always done everything possible to be available, answer questions, and support our broadcasts in every way.

Of course, none of what Channel 4 created over the past 15 years would mean anything if it weren’t for you the viewers! THANK YOU so much to all of you for joining us each night for the broadcasts, and for the great interaction you shared at public events, through the tens of thousands of Heyscan emails, and just simple hellos as we passed each other at games or randomly throughout this great city of San Diego. Thank you for your words of encouragement, the challenging questions that expanded my baseball knowledge, and yes even the sometimes contentious challenges that helped hold my feet to the fire.

Finally I want to thank my family. To my wife, Elisa, my daughter Ally, and my son Caden, thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to continue to pursue my dream of being around the game of baseball that has been a part of my life for so many years. Thank you for all your love, support, and understanding during the long seasons, late nights, and missed events, that allows me to still go to work focused every day. You are the greatest blessings in my life.

Who knows where the next landing spot is for my Channel 4 compadres and me? In my perfect world we all continue to be a part of Padres baseball with the new broadcast entity that is taking over, but the reality will likely be much different. Wherever the winds of fate may scatter us to, I know those destinations will be better off with the addition of the spirit and commitment to excellence that was forged through our time together at Channel 4.

Thank you, and God speed to all…now GO PADS!

Scan

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  3. Jennifer Clancy via Facebook
    September 27, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Scan u truly are a treasure to the city of San Diego. Hope that whatever the future has in store for u that ur as happy as u were covering Padres pregame and postgame!!


  4. Bob Scanlan via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you all for such kind sentiments, and for being a part of my amazing experience covering Padres baseball on Channel 4 these past 5 years!


  5. Andy Man via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks Scan for doing a great job with the post game shows this year, me & my wife became big fans of you & Jenny, I hope they bring you guys back next year some how some way. But if not good luck to what ever you guys do in the future:)


  6. Jennifer Clancy via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Whatever the future has in store for u Scan, i just wanna say that it’s been an honor having u read my emails on the postgame shows


  7. Bob Scanlan via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Dean -hope you are right!


  8. Dean Whitney via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Something tells me we’ll be seeing you in some capacity next year.


  9. Judy Whitney via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    You’ve been a great member of the Channel 4 team — I look forward to your future ventures — hope the Padres use you in some capacity.


  10. Bruce1622
    September 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Bob, Thanks for all the great insights that you’ve provided to me and the rest of the Channel 4 viewers. As the team has been less exciting recently, I’ve ALWAYS DVR’d the games and allowed 2 hours extra time to be able to see the Postgame show. I really enjoy the information that your professional perspective allows. I’ve LEARNED so much from watching your Scans’ Keys to the Game segments and the HeyScan responses. I might skip the game, but I ALWAYS watch the Postgame show. I’m VERY confident that you will have attractive employment options available to you in the coming months. God Bless. BRUCE in RSD


  11. Dean Barness via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Wow, Bob-O! It looks like you’ve got a really loyal fan base. I hope that the Padres realize what they’ve got with you, and give you the opportunity to stay with the team. Best of luck to you, my friend!


  12. Jennifer Clancy via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I have ur email address Scan. I will keep in touch with u through email =) <3


  13. Byron Lovelace via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Im not gonna lie, i’ve had to go to lengths to get the padres at all under current contracts. Glad to see any change. Bob, i give you tons of crap and you’ve always had a great response. Hope you can stay on.


  14. Bob Scanlan via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 11:42 am

    THANK YOU so much to all of you for your kind words here. If I am not back next year I will certainly miss the nightly exchanges with all of you as well…but I will still be reachable through Facebook and Heyscan, and I am not out of San Diego yet!


  15. Patricia Bush via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Channel 4 Padres has become an important part of life in San Diego and I can’t quite imagine a future w/out it. My goal as the season progressed was to “Beat L. A.” but alas, I’m afraid we’re in the “wait ’til next year” mode.


  16. Patricia Bush via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 11:23 am

    I’ll miss you and the entire Channel 4 broadcast team.


  17. William Bibaeff via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 10:58 am

    It was a bit of a struggle at first when you and the other guys became part of the Padres broadcast, and I thought, “who are these guys? Where’s Bob Chandler, Jerry Coleman, and Ted Leitner and the others who’ve been with the Padres for so long.” But I grew to enjoy the pre & post game broadcasts and all the interesting stories and features that came with them and the after game analysis became as much a thing to watch as the actual game, so thanks to you Bob and the rest of the Channel 4 crew. Sure hope to see you guys continue to be a part of Padres baseball!


  18. Hector Gastelum via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Thank you Scan, for the great analysis. They would be making a huge mistake if they don’t bring you back


  19. Jennifer Clancy via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 10:22 am

    U will be a great loss to this team if u don’t stay with them next year. We will miss a huge piece with u not around and I hope u do stick around Scan!! I sure love u Scan!!!


  20. Michael Jenkins via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Bob, I have really enjoyed your insight, analyst like yourself are rare. Your a relatively young guy, your future is very bright. I have appreciated your insight and for allowing the Padre fan to discuss baseball topics. Good luck too you sir.


  21. Toby Todd via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I hope so too Scan, y’all’ve done a great job! ☺☺


  22. Bob Scanlan via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Thanks for the kind words. Again, I think I am not speaking out of turn in saying that most of us at Ch4 hope to remain a part of Padres baseball moving forward.


  23. Bob Scanlan
    September 26, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Todd – Thanks for those kind words, and good luck to you and your son in your respective coaching and playing careers!

    Delrey – Thanks for watching the shows, and hopefully the hair just stays on top of my head for a few more years ;)


  24. Dennis Belanger via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I for one will miss the channel 4 team. Hopefully most of you remain part of the new broadcast team.


  25. delrey24
    September 26, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Thank You Bob and the entire broadcasting team for making it very enjoyable throughout a tough Padre season, i wish you nothing but the best!! P.S. Take care of that hair!!


  26. Tom Wellman via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Bob, I’ve always enjoyed your insight to the games throughout the years. While I never agreed with Cox’s position of keeping 4SD exclusive to just Cox & Time Warner, 4SD’s telecasts have always been top notch. Hopefully the new Padres tv broadcast partner hires all the great 4SD staff for years to come including yourself Bob.


  27. rtoddmendoza
    September 26, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Bob – Good luck with your future endeavors, I know you’ll stay in broadcasting and remain close to the game. I wish I was able to get to know you a bit better when I was part of the Cox Media team on the 5th floor (or being on the same cruise to Mexico). I learned a ton about baseball watching you and Mud over the years. As a dad and baseball coach, I share that information with my boys and their teammates. All-in-all, it’s made me love being a student and teacher of the game.

    Take Care,

    Todd Mendoza


  28. Toby Todd via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Agreed!! ☺


  29. Josephine Adamo via Facebook
    September 26, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Thank you Bob ! Good luck whatever is next for you this next year. Hopefully it’ll be with the new Padres broadcast.


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