Wednesday, December 11, 2013
- by B.B. Branton
"Darrell's stability and enthusiasm are the keys to his success. Thirty-nine years is a long time to come into your home on television. Not many sportscasters survive in one place that long. And he always gave it everything he had in front of the camera. As we say in TV, he "sold it." That's not easy, but Darrell did it."
-- Dave Staley, News Channel 9 Sports
It’s not often a hall of famer replaces another hall of famer.
A legend taking over for a legend.
Mickey Mantle replaced Joe DiMaggio in the hallowed grounds of Yankee Stadium’s centerfield, but Mantle would not put up hall of fame numbers for nearly a decade.
Andrew Luck has the pedigree and talent to replace Peyton Manning in Peyton’s Place in Indy, but no mention of hall of fame. Yet.
But at News Channel 9 in Chattanooga, it’s different.
Sports director Darrell Patterson retires after Thursday night’s 11 o’clock newscast and longtime assistant and weekend news anchor Dave Staley will take the reins Friday night.
Both are award winners and members of the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame.
Staley has been with News Channel 9 for nearly 30 years and has won regional and national awards for his sports special titled, Dave’s Diamond Darlings.”
Patterson created and has hosted the first area Friday night football highlight show, Sideline Wrap-up which first aired in 1988.
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