10 Questions for the Dean of D.C. Hockey, Ron Weber

Part of what we want to do at OFB is remind people that there is a rich legacy to the Capitals’ organization and a sizable spirit for hockey in this region, and if you want to chronicle this you have to reach out to the people who laid the groundwork for it and ask them to share their stories. And today we begin our chronicle by sitting down with the Dean of D.C. Hockey, Ron Weber, a Washington Hall of Fame broadcast talent who for many veteran Caps’ fans was no less than their access point to pro hockey in D.C.
OFB was granted a great privilege this past Monday evening when, an hour before the Caps-Senators’ game at Verizon Center, we were invited to sit down with Mr. Weber and address any and all questions about his remarkable radio career and his general thoughts on pucks in D.C.
Today Mr. Weber and his wife, Mary Jane, reside in Montgomery County, Maryland, and attend every Caps’ home game. In the course of this memorable visit it became clear to us that while Mr. Weber is removed from a career in hockey by nearly 10 years, his love affair with both the Caps and hockey is as vibrant as ever. It’s virtually certain that we won’t again see the likes of his run behind a microphone at any rink or home field for a Washington professional sports team.

[Off-tape chat related to the good old days of Washington’s mainstream media. Ron Weber: “You miss Fachet? [the late Robert Fachet, beat reporter without peer at the Washington Post in the 1980s] I worked with Bob. Bob was a great writer. Of the [local] broadcast outlets, which would you say is the best [at covering the Caps]? pucksandbooks: You’re asking me to identify the least of about a half dozen evils. Ron Weber: What they don’t seem to realize is that, sure the Redskins play on Sunday, but they don’t play again until the following Sunday. Those days in between, that’s called dead space, and it could and should be filled . . . pucksandbooks: “proportionality — it’s an alien concept on 15th St.”]
pucksandbooks: Would you share with OFB readers a bit of your broadcast background, in particular with respect to where your career broadcasting the Caps fits into it?
Ron Weber: I worked in radio and TV for 42 years. Starting at American University broadcasting basketball games over the campus radio station for three years while earning my bachelors degree, from 1951-54. I worked for CBS Sports, I covered the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City for United Press International’s audio division. Roughly the first half of my career I spent, from my point of view, too much time doing daily sports shows, and not enough time doing play-by-play, and I wanted to be a play-by-play man.
The second half of my career, after doing 200-300 basketball games, I finally got a chance to do a hockey game when, while in Baltimore as the backup guy for the Bullets, the play-by-play guy for the Baltimore Clippers of the American Hockey League, a guy named Jim West, took the job with the Chicago Blackhawks, and I jumped in. I started doing the Clippers full time in 1970. I did the Clippers for two years, left for a better job in Philadelphia, but again I was doing sports daily shows. We were the station, WCAU, that carried both the Flyers and the Phillies, my two favorite sports. I did do one game as color [guy] when Gene Hart, the announcer for the Flyers, had a bad throat and he was afraid he couldn’t get through the game, so he hired me to sit there and do color.
Unfortunately, from my point of view, Gene toughed it out, so I never did play-by-play for the Flyers or the Phillies, but I was so close I could taste it.
pucksandbooks — Sounds like Philly’s loss was Washington’s gain.
Ron Weber: But then the station cleaned house, fired me and every one of the newsmen, and I ended up doing Mutual Network radio stuff here in Washington in the summer of 1974. Meanwhile, I had been told that WTOP was going to carry the Capitals’ games in their first year, and I went up there and somehow against 250 others I got the job. So I started doing the Capitals on October 9, 1974, a 6-3 loss to the Rangers in New York.
pucksandbooks: You own an unrivaled record of commitment as it relates to your tenure with the Caps. Please tell our readers what that is.
Ron Weber: One thousand nine hundred and thirty six games [without missing one], from 1974 to 1997. My last game was April 13, 1997, the game in Buffalo.
pucksandbooks — That was the Yogi Svejkovsky game!
Ron Weber: Yep. By the way, Yogi Svejkovsky just signed on as an assistant coach [OFB note: The WHL’s Vancouver Giants added Svejkovsky to their coaching staff on October 10, 2006.] Yogi scored four goals in that game. That was my last game. I have not done any hockey or any play-by-play since.
pucksandbooks — Almost 2,000 games, regular season and playoffs, and you didn’t miss one.
Ron Weber: Nineteen hundred and thirty six. Now, 118 of the games weren’t broadcast fully, on election nights and such. But I was on site working the games, filing reports. Now one night, nothing came through the night of the Persian Gulf War story breaking. I sent in reports every 20 minutes, but that night, they didn’t put anything on until the game was over.
pucksandbooks: There was so much futility associated with the Caps in their early years — they failed to qualify for the postseason in each of their first eight seasons — and there was the additional challenge of being a new entertainment option in a historically non-hockey region. Did you view your role as broadcaster to any degree as one of being a salesman of sorts for the team and the sport, particularly in the first 10 years of your tenure, which included the ‘Save the Caps’ campaign?
Ron Weber: Yes, that’s fair to say. Let’s put it this way. If somebody said, “We’re not interested in that, don’t do that, don’t call the game that way, I wouldn’t know how not to do it. When you’re showing enthusiasm for the game, which in my case was genuine, and describing the game . . . I hope I tweaked people’s interest. I think any broadcaster ought to do that.
pucksandbooks: From a fan’s perspective, hockey seems like perhaps the most difficult sport for a broadcaster to call — its speed, its rapid change of direction, its odd bounces and tightly packed scrums in corners and the crease. Is it in your view the toughest sport to call, and what was the most challenging aspect of it for you?
Ron Weber: Of the major team sports, it’s the hardest, period. You’re sitting in many arenas in what amounts to the 9th floor of a hotel, asked to describe a 3-inch black disc all the way down below you, traveling 100 miles an hour. And you have players running around who are padded and helmeted so it’s hard to distinguish one from another, and they won’t even put numbers on the front of the uniforms. So it’s a challenge.
The introduction of the helmets a very sensible thing made it tougher for the broadcasters. Two things made it tougher as the years went along the helmets, and every time they built a new arena or renovated an old one they moved the broadcast booth further up. I mean sometimes we’re farther away than any fan in many arenas, we’re up in the girders.
Ticket Stub from Ron Weber's 1934th Gamepucksandbooks: I remember viewing Dale Hunter’s overtime winner in Game 7 against the Flyers in April of ’88 from my college apartment. The game was broadcast on ESPN, and watching the sea of Capital Centre white that night, I wanted nothing so much as to be able to hear your call for that moment, but especially your post-game, signature sign-off, “It’s been a 2-point night, Caps’ fans.” I’d love to know if there is one moment that stands out as a favorite for you from your career with the Caps.
Ron Weber: That was it, and I paused and let the fans yell . . . and then I said and it just came to me, it wasn’t anything I’d planned I said, “Washington lives to play again.” That to me was my most dramatic statement in 23 years with the Capitals.
pucksandbooks — Folks often forget, the Caps were down 3-0 in that game, in a Game 7, and they battled back.
Ron Weber: They were down three games to one in the series and 3-0 in the final game, and still won. Gary Galley came through, sparked the team, and I can still see Larry Murphy’s pass up to Hunter, skating in, and then Hextall just falling right back when he saw the puck was in the net.
One other thing, in addition to my statement, the other statement I remember was when the late Marv Brooks, the PA announcer at the Cap Centre, he was saying the things about the final score and the game’s three stars and such, and then he said, “We will see you Monday,” because we’d qualified for the next round of the playoffs, and we were to host the first game two days later.
“We will see you Monday.”
pucksandbooks: My father was a Caps’ season-ticket holder for some years, and when he and I would attend games we’d rush out of the Cap Centre the moment the game ended and into the parking lot not just to get a jump on the brutal congestion but also to hear your post-game sign-off. I suspect we weren’t alone in our regard for your affection for the team. Another story for you: when I initially went away to college I was terrifically homesick, and I used to afix a soda can to my dorm radio’s antenna to try and improve my reception for WTOP and pick up your calls. It actually worked on clear nights. I bet you heard similar stories over the years from other young Caps’ fans.
Ron Weber: I got letters from up and down the East Coast. The signal from WTOP is oriented north-south, because it must protect KSTP in St. Paul, also at 1500 on the dial. They carried the North Stars’ games.
pucksandbooks — I heard the claim that at times TOP could be picked up as far north as Montreal.
Ron Weber: Oh farther than that, way farther than that. Way up in Quebec. Gordon Barnes remember him, he did weather his father lived in Bermuda and used to listen to the games, regularly. I’ve heard TOP myself on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach and in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I got a postcard once from Japan, saying, “I heard the game,” even mentioned certain things I said during the broadcast, so I knew it wasn’t a hoax. Guy was a transplanted American. Where in college were you?
pucksandbooks — Ohio, University of Dayton
Ron Weber: Well, you were a Flyer I liked! (laughing)
pucksandbooks: What’s the biggest change as you see it in the NHL today versus the league you nightly observed over the course of 20-plus years?
Ron Weber: I’d say the biggest change and what I dislike is they’ve fiddled around and ruined the historical comparison with points by awarding points for an overtime loss, and the shootout win. It just galls me. Last year the Capitals got to the 70-point mark, but seven [were] of the shootout win, and seven overtime losses. Back in Bryan Murray’s day, that would have only been 56 points. That to me . . . they’ve complicated and messed up the standings. Now it’s possible for a team that never wins to beat out a team that wins 40 games. That to me is the biggest change and it’s an awful one. It fouls up the comparisons in the standings.
pucksandbooks: You have the unique vantage of observing Washington’s reception to professional hockey over nearly 35 years. Outside of Washington, there’s a fairly common perception I think that residents here just aren’t all that “into hockey.” Do you share that perception, and if not, do you think there exists a savviness and sophistication about hockey among some of the region’s faithful that is generally unrecognized?
Ron Weber: Washington is a good hockey town. It’ll never be a great one because it isn’t in the northern tier where you play it. I still think, you get everybody if you get all those people out there to four games and sit a person that knows hockey right next to them, the vast amount of them would be hooked, way to the point over going to basketball games or other sports. It would become one of their favorite sports, if not the favorite sport.
But watching on television . . . it’s too bad you can’t require everybody to see their first handful of games in person before they’re allowed to watch it on TV. Looking at it on television, it can become confusing and so forth and they don’t really get it.
pucksandbooks: This next question isn’t so much a question but rather a reflection, and you’re welcome to comment on it. The first 10 years of your career occurred prior to blanket television coverage of the Caps, and so there are no small number of area Caps’ fans over the age of 30 who today acknowledge getting hooked on the team and hockey by virtue of your radio broadcast work. In my judgment that’s a lasting gift from broadcaster to community, every bit as formative as a father taking his son to the rink for the first time. My father gave me the lasting gift of an introduction to hockey, and my suspicion is that you, in the pre-television days of the Caps, did this for perhaps thousands of Washingtonians.
Ron Weber: You know, sometimes you get the feeling that “Gee, what I do is I’m paid to talk a game played by grownup kids.” Hey, it’s not only not a cure for cancer but it probably isn’t as worthwhile as your average conscientious government worker or certainly not as important as a good elementary school teacher.
On the other hand, when you get notes from shut-ins and people that say “Man, listening to you gets me away from my troubles, I have all these problems with my mortgage, my wife, my job and I just sit back and relax and for three hours, I forget it all,” well, that makes you feel good. You feel like you are doing something worthwhile.
pucksandbooks — I mean, there was literally no TV, this was pre- Home Team Sports, so you were the gatekeeper between what was going on at the Cap Centre on the the ice and —
Ron Weber: And I had the continuity, too. They went through more than a half-dozen TV guys in my 23 years. Luckily thankfully, too the general managers of radio stations and TV cause I did do TV from ’75-’77 for WTOP TV and later when the Caps became my boss, gave me that continuity, I had that continuity.
pucksandbooks: This last question is my most important one. I’m a believer that Alexander Ovechkin is an organization-altering performer and presence, and that his career in Washington will include at least one Stanley Cup. When that night arrives, will you meet me at a D.C. tavern so that we can share a Stanley Cup victory beer together?
Ron Weber: (Laughing) Well I don’t like beer, but I’ll have a Coke or a Tom Collins.
pucksandbooks: Mr. Weber, on behalf of the OFB team, I want to thank you for taking the time to sit down and speak with us, and I speak for all four of us at OFB when I say yours was a 2-point career.

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34 Responses to 10 Questions for the Dean of D.C. Hockey, Ron Weber

  1. JP says:

    Great, great stuff. I remember going to games out at the Capital Centre and my dad would always listen to Weber on his little walkman.
    In retrospect, perhaps he could’ve been a little more attentive to me, but knowing what a joy it was to listen to RW call a game, I can’t blame him.

  2. Chris says:

    Great job OFB Team, I bet MSM won’t do interviews like that. Takes up to much dead space.

  3. Matthew says:

    Great stuff. I am way to young (22) to have known him but this is a great piece. Thanks

  4. TG says:

    And one of the saddest things was it wasn’t until the season following his “retirement” that the Caps made it to the Stanley Cup finals. All those games called, and he never got to call the ultimate one(s).

  5. Mellyville9 says:

    YES! What a great interview! I loooved Ron Weber. I used to listen to him after the games too. Now u cant listen to anyone cause of the metro 😦 he will definitly be The Voice of the Capitals forever. Next Interview suggestion: KEN BEATRICE, another legendary Washington radio personality!

  6. Mike says:

    Thanks for the memories. Ron taught this newbie all he knows about hockey, all whilst I lay in bed at night, unable to doze off because of his excitement and passion.
    Ron is one-third of a trio of local greats I truly miss: Ron doing the Caps, Frank doing the ‘Skins, and jon Miller doing the O’s. Ah, those were the days!

  7. Dez says:

    Great write-up.. Had forgotten about the old RW and staying up late to listen to his broadcasts. And I’m loving the suggestion for Ken Beatrice next… After that, OFB needs to catalogue the JR. Fan Packs from back in the day..

  8. DCCapsChick says:

    What a great interview…you can tell how much he loves the Caps and how much he is beloved by Caps fans. Ron is up there in my earliest memories of the team, as is Ken Beatrice – I used to fall asleep listening to that oh-so-soothing (ha!) voice in the Caps Centre parking lot gridlock.

  9. sean hall says:

    I’ve known Ron Weber for more than thirty years–going back to his summer of 1974 days at Mutual when he was doing the sports weekend shows. I, for a time, was one of his tape editors that summer. Ron had no peer when it came to “show prep” and statistics. He did his homework tenfold, which may explain why he had statistics like “this is the third night since 1976 the Caps haven’t worn laces in their skates.” Abe Pollin’s sports teams have a bad habit of treating pivotal people like crap–and Ron was one of them. Nearly 2-thousand consecutive games called and then summarily bounced before the team made the Finals. Guy Charron, Dennis Maruk, Rod Langway, Michael Jordan–all also treated shabbily in the end. Nevertheless; Ron handled it like the pro he is–and I hope there is a day when he can call a Stanley Cup Final game for the Caps. If and when that happens; I hope they pipe it throughout Verizon Center and offer it as a podcast afterwards, with proceeds going directly to Ron for his years of pain and suffering (lol!). Ron–glad to know you’re doing okay! Great interview, OFB!

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  11. Marc says:

    I grew up listening to Ron Weber and falling asleep to his calls many a night. My best memory is also Game 7 of the 1988 Caps-Flyers series. I was in college in Boston and couldn’t see or hear the game anywhere. I had to listen to sports talk shows to get the score. When it was over, my father called me and let me listen long distance to Ron doing the replay of the Dale Hunter goal. Since my roommate was a Flyers fan, I’ll never forget that night! Thanks Ron. We miss you!

  12. Chuck says:

    “Oh Miss Twiddle!!!” Ron Weber is a classy man. I learned about the game, and, how to enjoy Caps Hockey listening to him when I was a kid. His name should somehow be hanging in the Arena right now!!!

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  14. burt says:

    To me Ron Weber was THE Capitals. Listening to the game either when I lived on the eastern shore at the time or later when I moved to the Bowie area, Ron Weber kept me interested in hockey. Since he left I have not listened to the games near as much, but I think of Ron Weber often. Besides my work as a substitute teacher, I also am a scorekeeper for an adult hockey league in Easton.

  15. pepper says:

    Great piece guys. My face lit up when I saw the subject line and the promise of getting to read an interview with the man who ignited my tragic passion for Caps hockey.
    Sometimes it’s hard to remember the days of minimal TV game coverage (let alone Center Ice) but Ron Weber painted the picture for me during those frequent no TV games. I can picture the radio in my bedroom as a teenager, tuned into Ron’s excellent coverage and his generous servings of statistical tidbits. And he did all those games himself.
    I loved the “Capitals mailbag” feature Ron did between between periods as well, where he would explain nuances of rules and strategies, or maybe just little known facts about the players in the pre-internet age.
    I couldn’t agree more with his assessment of the 1 pt for a OT/SO loss. Not only does it affect records (see Buffalo and Anaheim this season) but it seems mathematically flawed – games that end in OT or SO distribute 3 points to the teams, whereas games ending in regulation are worth 2 points.
    Further, if the league really wants shootouts to be exciting, make the loser a real loser, i.e. no points. And awarding 1 pt for an OT loss was, I believe, intended to prevent teams from playing for the tie. Since there now are no ties, so why still allow an OT-loser to claim 1 point?
    I agree that Ron should be honored in some fashion at MCI. Its still a shame that the first season post-Weber, the team goes to the Finals. That would have been such a treat for him to call the games through that run, and a treat for all of us as well.

  16. Andrew says:

    I had tried to suggest that there be a “Ms Twiddle” banner hanging over Olie in the rafters at MCI. Ted wouldn’t have any of it. It s too bad, because he is the reason I am a Caps fan.
    I too was bummed at the irony of the Cup run the year after he retired.
    Thanks for the memories, and Ron, thank you for painting a picture of a beautiful game.

  17. Bill-DC says:

    Outstanding interview. I was hooked on the Caps and Ron’s broadcasts from day one when my Dad got season tickets. Ron’s booth was close to section 106 at the ol’ Potato Chip (Cap Centre) where our seats were and Ron would always take time to chat with us and others. Super friendly and as classy as they come.
    A true Hockey Hall of Famer in my opinion. I hope that honor comes to Mr. Weber soon.

  18. Sam-VA says:

    So nice to hear from Ron Weber. He is the consummate journalist who brought us the Caps games back when television coverage was the exception. I miss him so much and the nights when the games could be picked up out here in Prince William County on WTOP or WMAL. How unfortunate it is now that the nighttime signal of the radio station they’re on now cannot be heard out here and the radio play-by-play announcer today must insert dramatic and exaggerated excitement to artificially pump-up enthusiasm, much like the telescreen at the Verizon Center. That is not journalism and it is not needed.

  19. sean hall says:

    One more thing on Ron: I think the 1988 game 7 with the Flyers where Hunts won it on the breakaway might be the best Caps game ever. I was standing just inside the north goal concourse entrance and never saw anything like it before or since at the Capital Centre/US Air Arena. It is sad how good some of Bryan Murray’s teams were during the regular season–but couldn’t finish off teams in the playoffs. I stopped going to home games when they moved to MCI and, thus, lost touch with a lot of the aura. Still; I was there from the beginning and it will always be a great overall memory.

  20. just sayin says:

    The first time I heard RW do a Caps came was early in my freshman year at GW in ’76 – the opening game of the third season in the teams’ history. It was an opening night game and the Caps started earlier than anyone else in the division, so after the (rare in those days) victory, RW could announce that the Caps were alone in first place for the first time ever. What a great introduction to a announcer and his characteristic enthusiasm and love for the quirky statistic. In the pre-internet and electronic database days, that was a lot more unusual than it is today.
    Thanks for reminder of some wonderful memories. I’m glad RW is enjoying his retirement.

  21. Axel Foley says:

    I used to fall asleep to Rone Weber’s call of the games listening to the caps in the ’70s. He was the voice of the Caps. Excellent article and I hope you do one next on Ken Beatrice.

  22. BringBackRon says:

    I miss Ron Weber. The broadcast isn’t the same without him. In fact, its really bad. I can’t listen to it anymore its so bad. If you going to force a legend to retire, at least bring someone with similar level in talent. Steve Kolbe is the worst.
    Ron Weber brought excitement and tension to the game. His added emphasis and inflection on simple comments like “He shoots” brings you out of your seat and directs your attention to the game (much to the detriment of passing cars nearby).
    Kolbe doesn’t bring that to the broadcast. His voice quality is weak. He’s completely monotone until a goal is scored. The goal comes as a complete surprise cause Kolbe failed to give any hint via voice inflection that a scoring opportunity was present.

  23. Richard Sheffler says:

    Ron Weber truely one of the great radio play by play guys. I remember when he first started doing the Baltimore Clippers on WBAL after Jim West went to Chicago. Broadcasting hockey from the top of the old Baltimore Civic Center.

  24. dave says:

    Yeah, Ron Weber IS the Caps. I’ll always remember his statistics (“the Capitals are 3-5-2 when playing on February 4”), his sense of history and his enthusiasm.
    I was a fan from day 1. My favorite memories are from seasons 3-5 (approximately) when they were always fighting for that last playoff spot (they never got it). Standings points were so hard to come by that I couldn’t wait to check the sports page the morning after a win, to see they’d gained 2 points on Pittsburgh!
    Funny that so many talked about trying to hear games after going to college. I was at West Virginia University doing the same thing. On some nights I could pull Ron Weber in and follow the game.
    I live near Philadelphia now. In the arenas here, the broadcasters are in the local “hall of fame” and have a banner hanging in the arena. How could there not be a Ron Weber banner wherever the Caps play?
    One more thing. Is that Yvan Labre jersey hanging from the rafters? My friends and I always thought it was the curse of Yvan Labre that thwarted them in the eighties, when they had outstanding teams that never really won anything.

  25. Carl says:

    What I’d give to hear just one Caps game broadcast to begin with the line, “it’s time for the world’s fastest sport.” Ron Weber helped make me a lifetime Caps fan. He was a singular talent, and his obvious knowledge of and love for hockey helped cement the Caps’ position in a sometimes hockey-resistant DC.
    I have no problem with Steve Kolbe, but wouldn’t it be great to have RW join him in the booth for just one game?

  26. Adam says:

    I would give anything to hear Ron call just one more game and hear “It’s been a two-point night” one more time. I am only 22, but Ron Weber was the man back in the early to mid 90’s that kindled my passion for the Capitals more than a decade ago. I would love to know where Ron sits at the games so I could go up and tell him how much I enjoyed listening to him back then. I used to pretend to go to bed and then turn my radio on low and listen to him call caps games when I was supposed to be sleeping. Not good for my school, but I wouldn’t trade those memories for the world. Thanks Ron for everything!

  27. Marv Farrel says:

    I live in Pa. but would always love hearing Ron Weber’s voice on the Caps broadcasts. I was at the game 7 in ’88 when Hunter scored in ot. I thought I was in heaven. It was great hearing Weber’s call of the game winner on replay in car in the parking lot. You are greatly missed, Ron and wish you the best. Thanks again, Ron.

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  29. Ray says:

    Ron Weber IS fantastic, but so is Steve Kolbe. Clearly I disagree with BringBackRon, though I admit to being a bit biased. To wit, I had the pleasure of working with Steve at WTEM around the time he started his tenure as Caps announcer. Kolbe’s passion, knowledge, interest in the game of hockey cannot be questioned, nor can the professionalism he brings to his game by game broadcasts–no WONDER he’s still at it after all these years, and may one day even challenge Mr. Webers Gehrig-like tenure. BringBackRon is entitled to his opinion, but I would suggest to that gentleman he learn the difference between being criticising and critiquing.

  30. Gabe says:

    Ron is great. As a kid I used to fall asleep at night with his broadcast playing under my pillow so my parents would not hear I was still up. I remember the game that the caps lost to the isles in the 4th OT. There was a huge storm and a blackout that night. My whole family was wrapped around the battery powered radio listening until that awful moment at 2:05 am. Ron is also a great guy, I had the pleasure of meeting him a a bunch of times and was even a mailbag winner on multiple occasions as a kid.

  31. essex03 says:

    I really miss Ron Weber and feel his delivery and preparation was second to none. Its not every day that we get to listen to an announcer of his caliber.
    I listened religiously to Ron every game and loved all of his facts and figures. Who can forget that he called the Montreal squad “Canadians” instead of “THE Canadians”? He told us that was because there were two teams in Montreal with the nickname “Canadians” and they used “The” in only one name to tell them apart. The team in the NHL was not that team. Classic.
    I have no idea what the higher-ups were thinking when they got rid of him. I talked to Susan O’Malley once about that and she said the franchise needed, “a new voice for the new arena”. Ridiculous.
    Bring back Ron Weber!!! I havent listened to a Caps game on the radio since Kolbe started. It cant be the same.

  32. katzistan says:

    Got linked to this from the Caps’ message board. Great interview. Will chime in how much I miss Ron too – his calls will always occupy a special part of my memory. One year I even taped all the goal calls…”after 5:57 of Overtime, a Dale Hunter breakaway…Washington lives to play again!” What great memories. Caps – please bring back Ron Weber!!

  33. vic stark says:

    I grew up in Baltimore as a fan of the Baltimore Clippers, and Caps. I really miss Ron’s play by play. I can appreciate the difficulty in trying to call a game in Baltimore, because I used to sit in the last row of the Civic Center with the drunks, it really was very difficult to see players numbers. He deserves a special tribute in Washington; he was part of the Caps history and growth.

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