With the state of broadcasting linked to state of the economy, cost-cutting of talent is commonplace. So it’s nice to see a good, old-fashioned retirement!
Don Gould did that Sunday, in walking away from his weekend morning sportscasting role on WINS for the next phase of his career in South Florida.
It was earlier this year that Sid Rosenberg, while living in Miami, was dismissed from his weekday morning sports duties on WINS. That coupled with Gould’s move south would indicate WINS and Total Traffic (formerly Shadow/Metro) management’s preference to keep its entire staff in one location.
Nevertheless, Gould, who turned the official retirement age of 65 Sunday, says the hours were wearing thin.
His WINS stint started in 2006, after Gould met with then-executive editor Mark Mason. Even though the talent was paid by Shadow/Metro, Mason cast a big “shadow” over the hiring process. While breaking bread at a diner, Gould, although flattered, told the longtime radio programmer that it may not be the right match.
“I don’t do sports the way everybody else does sports,” Gould recalls.
But Mason informed the storytelling sportscaster that he can have more liberties behind the mic on weekends. Thus, a marriage was born.
“Believe me, if WINS were paying me, I would have been much happier,” Gould admits.
Gould enjoyed his greatest fame during a 10-year stretch at WNBC/Channel 4. From 1982 to 1992, Gould was weekend sports anchor and the main back-up guy weeknights–first for Marv Albert, then for Len Berman.
“Getting to WNBC was the greatest moment of my broadcasting career,” Gould says. “Frank Field sort of took me under his wing.”
The next night he debuted on the weekend newscasts. A week later he filled-in for Albert, putting him next to the future legendary duo of Chuck Scarborough and Sue Simmons.
Now with more time on his hands, Gould assesses his future.
“I would really like to teach,” Gould says. “So many people I know are in the broadcasting fraternity, especially in sports, that teach.”
Gould cites WINS sports anchor Marc Ernay, who teaches at St. John’s University, while retired longtime WCBS 880 morning sports anchor Ed Ingles is the professional-in-residence at Hofstra University.
As for the future of WINS weekend sportscasts, Gould laughs. “I figured, I’ve had enough. It’s time to let a younger person get in. I think it’s [an older] Spencer Ross.”