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Broadcasting In The Time Of Pandemic

The Tampa Bay Rays are within a week of heading to Port Charlotte for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week, they re-introduced the community to a familiar face, as pitcher Chris Archer officially returned to Tampa Bay.  Steve Carney discusses the one-year deal he agreed to, plus you hear both Archer and general manager Erik Neander discuss the right-hander’s growth since being traded to Pittsburgh in 2018, coming back from a serious arm injury, and how he can again provide veteran leadership missing since the departure of Blake Snell and Charlie Morton.

Steve then welcomes in Fox Sports Sun TV broadcaster Rich Hollenberg (@RichOnSports), and the two discuss how sports broadcasting may never return to its pre-pandemic form in some aspects, Doug Waechter‘s ability to each a whole Krispy Kreme donut in one single bite, and why you shouldn’t hand the New York Yankees the 2021 AL East championship so quickly.

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Steve Carney is the founder and publisher of St. Pete Nine. One of the people most associated with baseball coverage in Tampa Bay, he spent 13 seasons covering the Rays for flagship radio station WDAE, first as producer of Rays Radio broadcasts, then as beat reporter beginning in 2011. He likes new analytics and aged bourbon, and is the owner of one of the ugliest knuckleballs ever witnessed by baseball scouts.

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