In two weeks 95.7 The Game will add a deeper, slightly raspier voice to their morning show.
Starting Monday, March 31st, two-time World Series Champion and former San Francisco Giant Aubrey Huff joins the morning team of Ric Bucher and Chris Townsend. Huff, who retired from baseball in 2013, previously played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, and San Francisco Giants.
“Last week, we announced a new lineup for The GAME; since then, we’ve been fortunate enough to add one of the most entertaining sports personalities in the Bay Area to our team. It’s hard to improve on the ‘perfect team in the perfect time slot,’ but adding Aubrey Huff does just that,” said Jason Barrett, Program Director for 95.7 The Game. “Make no mistake—this morning show will be different, more informed, and more colorful than any other in the market. Steve DiNardo and I couldn’t be more excited about this unique team going forward for listeners and advertisers alike.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to join 95.7 The Game. I had an incredible experience in San Francisco, being a part of two World Championship Giants teams, and now I’m looking forward to joining my brand new team in the Bay Area,” said Huff.
“It’s an absolute honor to add a two-time World Series champion to our show. If you think he was funny with the press after games, just wait until you hear what he has to offer daily on 95.7 The GAME! Most professional athletes never envision themselves being a part of the media, but on March 31st, we welcome Aubrey to the dark side. I just hope he doesn’t expect Bucher and I to wear a thong during the show,” said new co-host Chris Townsend.
This move doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, since Huff recently served as a guest host for 95.7 in what was probably a tryout of sorts. The press release doesn’t mention whether Huff will be an in-studio host or do the show from some other part of the country.
In case you’re wondering, The Game is still the flagship station for the Oakland Athletics. A’s fans have been complaining for months/years about The Game mimicking KNBR with their San Francisco Giants and 49ers coverage, and adding Damon Bruce and Huff won’t do anything to quiet those concerns.
In Bruce’s case, those concerns are probably overblown. Bruce is a Cubs fan who had an axe to grind when it came to the Giants throughout most of his tenure on KNBR 680/1050, where he often made sure to mention how much he respected the A’s and their fans.
As for Huff, two World Series rings late in his career make his Giants connection seem quite strong (and for Giants fans who watched him limp around in 2011-12, it seemed like he was around much longer than three years). But Huff spent 10 years in the American League (seven seasons with Tampa Bay, three with Baltimore, one with Detroit), and hasn’t been seen around AT&T Park or Scottsdale Stadium much (if at all) since the 2012 World Series parade.
As for 95.7′s morning show, the Huff move could’ve been made in the hopes of ensuring there are at least two hosts each morning. With Ric Bucher handling sideline duties for a Warriors squad that should make it to the postseason, hosting a show starting at 6 am could be difficult some mornings. However, since The Game seems to hire and fire hosts every few months, this could mean either Bucher’s or Townsend’s spots aren’t necessarily safe.
Speaking of Townsend, his comment about Huff being “funny with the press after games” is pretty amusing, since Huff rarely spoke to reporters over his last two seasons. Sort of like Randy Moss, it appears Huff didn’t have much use for the media until his playing days were over.