The Edmonton Eskimos announced today that they have hired Morley Scott to be the main announcer for the teams games on 630 Ched radio. Bryan Hall had been covering the Canadian Football League (CFL) team for the past 40 years.
Scott was the colour commentator for the Edmonton Oilers from 1993 until 2008.
By bringing in Scott the Eskimos passed over colour commentator Dave Campbell who will return in his usual spot.
Scott said, "Living in Edmonton for almost 25 years, I know how important the Eskimos and the CFL are to the community. It's fair to say no one can replace Bryan Hall, but Dave Campbell and I will work hard every game to bring the excitement of Eskimo football to life for our listeners."
The change will certainly seem odd for long time listeners, but others may have felt that there needed to be a change made to give some new energy to the broadcasts.
Bryan Hall felt he was putting the broadcast into safe hands, “I have no doubt that Morley and Dave will make for a wonderful team. Morley’s experience and passion for the job will be an excellent fit on the broadcasts. It’s great to have him back in Edmonton.”
Scott was equally complementary to the former announcer.
On the Eskimos website he said, "As far as the broadcast business goes, he is a Hall of Famer. Hallsy was around when they invented it and then he re-invented it. Love him or hate him…and it is possible to do both, you want to know what he has to say. Eskimo football will miss Bryan Hall."
Listeners familiar with Scott from the Oilers will certainly be happy to see him back as well. Scott was let go by the Oilers with the change of ownership and there was a sentiment in the city that it was unfortunate.
The Oilers loss appears to be the Eskimos gain.
The Eskimos open their season at home against the BC Lions on July 4, 2010.