Originally Posted by Blitz Dorsey
It's no secret that Uncle Carl wanted Marty out?
Are we just making stuff up now? Stewart was brought here because the incompetent John Allen thought Joe was washed up.
Please provide links, quotes, or anything else to prove this ridiculous comment that you made.
Its my understanding, talking with several people who had their finger on the pulse of things a couple of years back, that Steve Stewart was brought to the Reds radio team initially as Joe's replacement, to get him some exposure with the fans. The thinking was that once the fans got used to Steve, they would push him over to the regular PBP chair and bring someone else in (presumably an ex-Red) to do color.
That was my information -- you can choose to believe it, or not. Linder and Allen didn't appreciate the disloyalty to the product that Marty showed -- especially some of the direct criticism to the ownership that occurred on game and non-game broadcasts. For that matter, Linder and Allen were usually pretty grumpy about 700 WLW's "candor" regarding the product, though thats nothing new for sports owners in this town.
Its quite irrelevant, at this point, though.