After 28 years, Carm Carteri wanted to go out on his own terms.
The long-time colour commentator on Saskatchewan Roughriders radio broadcasts says management at CKRM, who own the rights to Rider games, called him a couple of weeks ago to ask him how he “wanted to pass the baton.” He gave them a exit plan he felt would allow him to depart gracefully.
“I told them I wanted to do one year in the new stadium and then if you want to get rid of me after that, fine,” Carteri said. “Thirty is good number, too.”
But it soon became clear to Carteri that the station had already had plans of their own: to bring in another former Rider, Luc Mullinder, who has been doing analysis for the station and the team’s website.
“They asked me if I’d do the first game and introduce Luc. I didn’t want to do that,” Carteri said. “They asked me if I’d be willing to do the sidelines but I couldn’t do that and feel good about it.”
Carteri says he’s disappointed by the decision.
“I’m not going to say I’m retiring because everybody knows I want to do the games, especially in the new stadium. It’s kind of cheesy how they’re doing it,” he said. “If they wanted to get rid me, they should have done it at the end of last year, then I could have gone out with the old stadium and felt a little better about it.
“To do it two weeks before camp, I’m definitely pissed off about it.”
Carteri says management at the station insisted his departure was their decision but he’s not so sure.
“They said they wanted a change going into the new stadium, that’s the only explanation I got. After all these years, it’s pretty dissapointing,” Carteri said. “I don’t know if it’s the Riders or the radio station but Chris Jones seems to be controlling everything.
“If a team can trade a Darian Durant, then a radio station can get rid of me. It’s not a big deal.”