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edersen has partnered with many play-by-play announcers during his long tenure as the PBA Tour’s


color commentator. So many, in fact, he jokes that “if you want to have a short ca- reer, just work with Randy.” Pedersen may presume himself a career killer, but his favorite broadcast partners from his time in the booth are doing just fi ne. Dave Ryan currently works for CBS Sports, Rob Stone currently covers soccer for Fox Sports, and Lon McEachern, in addition to his more recent PBA work, continues to be synony- mous with the game of poker as the face of ESPN’s World Series of Poker shows.


Rob Stone Above all, Pedersen’s favorite broadcast part- ner was the maestro of hambones and Yahtzees, Rob Stone. Stone may have elicited his share of disdain from purist fans,


admiration from touring players who saw the passion and eff ort he invested in his time with the PBA, and lots of crotch chops from Pete Weber; but Randy Pedersen’s own experience with Stone was all about one simple thing: gratitude. “I really miss Rob,” Pedersen says. “He was so much fun to work with, and so


funny. And he brought so much to the show with ideas. And his genuine enthusiasm for the bowl- ing — he loved the tour, he loved the guys, and we did a lot of stuff together. We played golf together; we had dinner just about every night we worked to- gether. He was just a lot of fun to be around.”


Lon McEachern PBA fans may think Peder- sen’s relationship with Lon McEachern began in 2012, when McEachern came on board with the PBA as play- by-play announcer for the 2012 PBA Summer Shootout Series. In fact, that relationship began 27 years ago. Pedersen had just won his fi rst PBA


Tour title at the 1986 AC-Delco Classic in Union City, Calif., when a local TV station where McEachern was serv- ing as Sports Director (KCOY in Pedersen’s then-hometown of Santa Maria, Calif.), con- tacted Pedersen to do


BJI INTERVIEW WITH RANDY PEDERSEN


Pedersen’s Favorite Broadcast Partners IT’S SHOWTIME


I looked like a freak show. No doubt about it.”


A perfect pair: In his 11-plus years as bowling’s lead TV analyst, Ped- ersen says former partner Rob Stone (above, left) is his favorite.


a story about the hometown kid who had made good. “I go to the studio, and who’s the sports


anchor? Lon McEachern,” Pedersen recalls. “So when we teamed up last summer for the summer series in Chicago, he said he had that video somewhere at home. I said ‘You gotta fi nd that.’ “I was wearing some really bad, ugly


sweater, and I hadn’t had braces yet so my teeth were looking pretty horrifi c, and I had some ‘70s porn mustache going, so, yeah,


Dave Ryan The GEICO PBA Summer Swing Series, current airing on CBS Sports Network every Tues- day evening through July 9, provided Pedersen the oppor- tunity to reunite with his former broadcast cohort, Dave Ryan, with whom he spent some of his earliest years as a color com- mentator. During his tenure with ESPN, Ryan, who is known


by friends as “Ryno,” worked as PBA play-by- play commentator from 2002 to 2007. He began working for CBS in 2009. “I’m obviously looking forward to work- ing with Dave Ryan,” Pedersen said shortly before the PBA began taping the Summer Swing shows at AMF Bowlero Lanes in Wauwatosa, Wis. “He’s a good friend of mine, and I miss him. When he went from ESPN to CBS we all missed Ryno. We did a lot of shows together. He is a great guy, and he’s a great play-by-play announcer.”


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