Walt Gray's time as sports director at Channel 3 (KCRA) is ancient history to many, but as the face of sports for that station from 1988 to 1993 he was on the job when local sports anchors' relevance remained high.
Gray was on the job before 24-hour sports programming proliferated, and therefore he was a recognizable figure and more than a minor local authority.
Gray, who also has been a news anchor and reporter for KCRA, is heading to radio 96.9 FM (KSEG) where I expect he will offer the same solid presence that helped define his television career.
Will it work?
We think so, because one needs to believe that there's room for intelligence and a certain casual dignity in that medium.
That's what Gray offered, especially looking back to his sports career.
The over-the-top, self-promoting screamers were manning sports desks nationwide, making Gray's measured approach a welcome contrast to bombast.
His moderate, somewhat bemused delivery reflected the idea that sports was supposed to be fun, a relaxing diversion, not some hair-on-fire excuse to shout at the camera or force painfully tortured buzzwords and catch-phrases down the audience's throat.
Sacramento has been fortunate in having television sports anchors who treat viewers as adults while bringing obvious enthusiasm to the job of reporting.
Here's hoping Gray makes that approach work in his new radio gig.
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