By Peter Schwartz
I’ve been pretty lucky in my broadcasting career.
When I think back at almost three decades in the business, there are so many great memories. I’ve had the opportunity to cover some of the greatest sporting events in the world like the Super Bowl, World Series, Stanley Cup Final, and the NBA Finals.
When I’ve anchored updates, I’ve been on the air to report on everything from just an average day in sports to being the one who has informed listeners of historic events like when the Red Sox and Cubs ended their respective World Series droughts, when Magic Johnson had to retire because of the HIV virus, when the Mitchell Report was released, and when Bills kicker Scott Norwood missed wide right in the Super Bowl.
Another moment that I’ll always remember is midnight eastern time on January 2nd, 2013. That’s when I was the first voice heard on CBS Sports Radio as I delivered the first sports update just prior to “Ferrall on the Bench”. That was the start of a more than four year run as the weekday overnight update anchor for the network.
That run will come to an end after the March 31st edition of “After Hours” with Amy Lawrence.
Over the last four years and three months, I’ve had the privilege of informing the overnight listeners, some of the most loyal in all of sports radio, of all the scores and top headlines of the day. I’ve had plenty of fun along the way with the thrill of being involved with two successful overnight shows.
For the first two years, I shared lots of laughs with Damon Amendolara, Shaun Morash, and Kenny Brock on “The DA Show”. There were so many memorable moments including a couple of hot dog eating contests, a 40 yard dash in the hallway, and some good old natured ribbing on everyone’s teams mixed in with covering the world of sports.
But not everything lasts forever.
We said goodbye to Kenny when he left for the CBS Sports Network and then DA’s show moved to evenings for year three of CBS Sports Radio. I was the last man standing as the overnight journey changed in January 2015. That’s when I became part of a new overnight family with Amy, Producer Tom, and Isaac on “After Hours”.
In a lot of ways, I tend to be a creature of habit.
I generally take the same route every day when I drive to and from work. In most cases, I have the same routine during the course of my day which includes getting my kids ready for school, going to the gym, sleep, and for the last three years plus making sure my wife and I having breakfast together on Mondays and lunch together on Wednesdays because we were able to fit that into our schedules.
So when the time came to adjust to a new overnight show, I was just a bit curious to see how things would work out. I can honestly say, as I get ready to bid adieu to overnights, that we developed some amazing chemistry from 2am to 6am eastern time each weekday. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and I know that Amy, Tom, and Isaac will continue to churn out great show after great show.
When I think back on the last couple of years, we had so much fun whether it was all the crazy meals we had, the Chubby Bunny contest, me picking on Isaac, Amy yelling at us for bathroom humor or Tom just trying to be philosophical about everything. I can truly say, it’s been a great ride and I’m going to miss it. Something tells me that if I happen to wake up in the middle of the night, I might just have to listen in for a minute or two!
And don’t be surprised if from time to time, “Peter from Long Island” calls in to see how things are going!
Let me also say a couple of things about two of the best bosses that I’ve ever had in the radio business and they are Mark Chernoff and Eric Spitz. I know a lot of people have been asking why I’m leaving and what happened but just let me say this. I don’t think two people could have handled a difficult situation any better than these two gentlemen and I’m glad I still get to work for them.
So as I depart the overnights at CBS Sports Radio, I’d like to thank everyone I’ve worked with, all the listeners, and especially my family for all the love and support since this network launched in January 2013. I was thinking for a way to close, but I decided to let Billy Joel do that for me with a few lines from his great song “I’ve Loved These Days”.
“So before we end and then begin, we’ll drink a toast to how it’s been. A few more hours to be complete. A few more nights on satin sheets. A few more times that I can say…I’ve loved these days.”