World News – US – Sid Hartman’s personality was so big the newspaper couldn’t keep it up, so radio and TV came next


An introductory musical theme was played this Sunday morning when Minneapolis Tribune sports columnist and WCCO radio personality Sid Hartman told his new co-host in the Partnership Won’t Work, that ‘he would tell the station to cancel the show

“And then we carried on,” this co-host Dave Mona said last week “It was my pep talk before our first show I thought it was over after the first two minutes That looks weird unless you’re someone who’s worked with the guy and then it looks like him « 

On Mona’s first day, 1981, the show was called simply « Sports Huddle, » a 25-minute show that for its first two years starred Hartman and the longtime manager of the farm. from WCCO, Chuck Lilligren, speaking on sports at 10:05 a.m.m after the Mormon Tabernacle Choir live broadcast each week

What Mona calls a “funny, small” but already profitable show has grown over the years to the go-to three-hour “Sports Huddle with Sid and Dave” “He dominated his time slot with guests who included the most big names in sports and redefined the way station managers programmed sleepy Sunday mornings before there was a thing called sports-talk radio

« Whenever I talked too much, Sid would remind me that it was his show, » Mona said « It only lasted the first 35 years »

The very last show was on Hartman’s 100th birthday, March 15th It was an all-star all-day cavalcade of calls from politicians, sports team owners, executives and star athletes the day before the pandemic closed WCCO Radio studios and the show was suspended indefinitely

Isolated at home in recent months, Hartman died last Sunday surrounded by his family, without having done another show

His signature in the newspaper since the 1940s and his many scoops on the biggest news of the day – sporting or otherwise – for decades made him famous as a journalist and columnist who could attract the most big sports stars on the phone

But it was the medium of radio – and later her place on a longtime sports reporters TV show – that brought to life her strength of personality, flaws and flaws, and made a legend known in the Midwest and beyond

« His personality was so big he needed more than a newspaper, » said Ch Mike Max, presenter and host of WCCO radio, who spent 24 years with him on « The Sports Show ». « And » Sports Huddle «  » In the newspaper you couldn’t hear him You couldn’t laugh with him – nor laugh at him To be able to hear him, it was a game-changer « 

On Mona’s first day, Hartman was 61, opinionated, argumentative, and known for his tireless newspaper reporting and presence since the 1950s in short sports segments – including « Today’s Sports Hero » – on the WCCO

Mona thinks he became her sidekick maybe because he just submitted an audition tape looking for a part-time job while he started his own public relations company

« I remember thinking, ‘How long could this show go on? « Said Mona » He’s 61 He’s an old man Nothing on the radio has that kind of longevity « 

It has reached its fifth decade – and Hartman’s 100th anniversary At its peak, « Sports Huddle » had its star, its own cast of characters which included close friends Bobby Knight, George Steinbrenner and Lou Holtz, and even his own currency: Murray’s Silver Butter Knife Steak certificate given to guests

Raised poor on the north side of Minneapolis, Hartman befriended the sport’s most powerful and often unpopular brokers « People were intrigued that he was friendly with Black Hats, » Eric said Long-time WCCO foil Eskola « He was friends with unpopular people It remains a mystery to me, but it was an intriguing part of who he was »

WCCO Radio’s Content Director Lindsey Peterson called the show the “founding” of a station whose big-name list includes Cedric Adams, Boone and Erickson, Steve Cannon and, yes, Sid Even. in Hartman’s later years, where he couldn’t hear well, no station general manager dared offer a one-year contract longer

“Every athlete in town had to be there at some point,” said Peterson “Listeners needed to be sure they weren’t on time at church, so they heard Tom Kelly with Sid Sunday morning »

Hartman had no voice for radio, but he had the instinct, determination, source and ego of a journalist – and more

« The great thing about radio is that you don’t need the tips, » said WCCO host Dave Lee, who played 31 years with Hartman on the show. morning « What you need is personality, and he had it »

Max and the late Dark Star radio host conceptualized “The Sports Show” from 20-year-old television and featured both Hartman and Patrick Reusse as friends and rivals

« You’re just going to laugh, » said Max « I was laughing from the moment I got there until I came home and told my wife what Sid said »

Maybe he hasn’t laughed like that since the last « Sports Huddle » radio show Max said it was over « as we know, of course » Bud Grant, l lifelong friend of Hartman, and Hartman’s son Chad, a weekday afternoon WCCO radio host, were in the studio to host extended coverage on that final day

« None of us have worked in this studio since, » said Max. « We closed it and that was it »

Dave Mona will host a special three-hour « Sports Huddle with Sid and Dave » starting at 9 am Sunday at the WCCO (8:30 am) with stories from Sid, sports talks and special guests

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