Hot Rod's gotta love it: retirement


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  • cary castile
    Nov. 4, 2009 3:58 p.m.

    I have been a jazz fan since 1974, i grew up listening to Rod. A job took me to SLC in 1992 and Rod was still going. Missing him (xm) is an understatment. I have been exposed to david locke in slc and seattle, he has a habit of being around when stations and people get in trouble. Did he kiss-up to management to force Rod out? The worst possible choice was locke. Looking at these comments on this page makes me wonder why, WHY did the jazz make this move.

  • Anonymous
    June 1, 2009 3:52 p.m.

    locke is fantasizing about having the job, word is it's going to a guy from out of ton so we can have a totally fresh start with a guy for 20 years.

  • Anonymous
    April 29, 2009 1:26 a.m.

    they should put bolerjack on radio as well. anything is better than david locke. i can barely stand his halftime segment

  • Congrats, Hot Rod!
    April 28, 2009 11:15 a.m.

    I am sorry to see you go, Hots, but I hope you enjoy your retirement. Thank you so much!

    He will have a-nother...
    The big fella.
    Tattoos the belt-high dribble, southpaw style.
    You could have hung your wash on that one.
    Jason Maxiell--he goes bear hunting with a switch.
    Two seconds left and seven-tenths of another.

    Concerning the replacement, I also shudder at the thought of listening to David Locke for the play-by-play. He has a somewhat obnoxious personality and a shrill voice. I didn't enjoy his contributions to the Jazz radio broadcasts this season, and I eagerly waited for him to stop talking and let Hot Rod get back to work.

    Steve Klauke is excellent, but who would do the Bees broadcasts?!

  • Vote No on Locke
    April 27, 2009 11:39 p.m.

    I agree with the Anti-Locke sentiment here. Is there anything we can do? Do the Jazz brass read this? I have written a letter to Rigby. I urge everyone to do the same.

    Take five minutes, write Rigby. It'll save your 2009-2010 season.

  • Anonymous
    April 27, 2009 1:16 a.m.

    To inside scoop--there is no way you have a 99% sureness about Dave. Just look at the comments--public opinion has a great influence. Besides Hot Rod can NEVER be replaced.

  • todd on hot rod
    April 26, 2009 11:18 a.m.

    Guys remember one of the first gigs he had working with Hot Rod providing great analysis now a superstar in this business: Jim Nantz

  • Rick
    April 26, 2009 11:02 a.m.

    I vote to bring back Brad Stone. Here's a proven, veteran sportscaster with KALL and KFAN. He's great at play by play. Several years ago he did all the Jazz games at the Rocky Mtn. Revue and drew "rave" reviews. Stone and Tom Nissalke were awesome together that summer BY FAR better than "Boler and the Booner". Plus Stone's a "local" product not a transplant like Locke and Klauke. The Jazz brass need to get a clue about Broadcasting. My vote goes to Stone!

  • Klauke???
    April 26, 2009 9:51 a.m.

    When you listen to a Bees game you get way to many long pauses before he says anything. If you turn on your radio you hear the fans in the stands and wonder what you are listening to until after about a minute Klauke actually says something. That doesn't work with basketball.

  • todd from santa ana
    April 26, 2009 12:46 a.m.

    i cannot help but ask something logical. Did ALL THE trials, tribulations, off the court issues, frustrating inconsistency on the court, push Hot Rod to say adios?

  • Carl Arky
    April 25, 2009 11:19 p.m.

    With all due respect for my fellow broadcasters, Steve Klauke is by far the best play by play announcer in Utah who is available to fill (or try to fill) Hot Rod's shoes. If loyalty and dedication mean anything (and they always did to Larry Miller) then no one is more deserving than Mr. Klauke. Let justice prevail...I hope the Voice of Summer also becomes the Voice of Jazz basketball. He's earned it.

  • I Will MISS YOU! You're the BEST
    April 25, 2009 10:01 p.m.

    What a sad day in Utah, even more sad the greed and disrespect from the Jazz to send him to the rafters to call the game. Hot Rod, hope you keep a home in Utah- from all the posts you are loved and will be missed. The Jazz will never be the same without you calling the games.
    Wishing you the best

  • AzJazzFan
    April 25, 2009 9:29 p.m.

    I miss hearing Hot Rod here in AZ. Al McCoy (sp?) is the color guy here and has been doing it also for many years but no one is as good as Hot Rod. He knows the game and how many announcers were actually number 1 picks in the NBA? (why so short of a career?).
    Another NO for Locke. I was happy when he went to Seattle. I remember him sometimes disrespecting Malone and I got tired of hearing him talk about being a grad from Stanford, who cares but him. He made it clear he was an outsider and Hot Rod made it clear he was one of us.

  • todd to above on smith
    April 25, 2009 7:41 p.m.

    I would be elated with that if he wanted to do it. He credits Ralph Lawler basically for making him in this business, he groomed him like a son, I like Mike SMith a lot.. It will never happen, the decision is made-very unfortunately..

  • Silent Majority
    April 25, 2009 7:18 p.m.

    I'm not going to be silent this time... David Locke does have a niche... let him call the Jr. High games.

  • Mike Smith
    April 25, 2009 6:31 p.m.

    I like Locke for analysis, he is a stats geek.
    But I don;t think I would enjoy listening to his voice for three hours.

    What about Mike Smith? He did play-by-play for four years for the Clippers and now calls the games for TV. He is the same that starred at BYU 20 years ago (boy am I getting old, 20 years!!!)

    It will be interesting to see who gets handed the baton.

  • todd from santa ana
    April 25, 2009 5:06 p.m.

    I learned today at lunch through a person who is involved with Kareem in a business venture, how "crappy" your Laker organization is.

    Kareem as many of you know works with Andrew Bynum.

    They will not give Kareem a bigger role in the organization because someone in the upper managment is not all enthralled with him. Jackson likes him. It is I hear possibly Buss.

    What a class organization with what Kareem has done in his life and in his career...

    I am so sick of the "fake show"

  • And with
    April 25, 2009 4:45 p.m.

    the Lakers. He always joked about his name being behind the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar banner in LA.

  • Hots #33
    April 25, 2009 4:25 p.m.

    The Jazz should retire #33 in honor of Hots. That was his basketball number with WV and the Lakers.

  • brian on todd from santa ana
    April 25, 2009 3:56 p.m.

    this guy does a great great job, i am always learning and thinking, todd keep posting, the people that criticize you have no life, they do not like honesty and passion.

  • re: tood from santa ana
    April 25, 2009 3:52 p.m.

    you bore me guess what I am not going anywhere, maybe you are houdini

  • @Anoymous
    April 25, 2009 3:47 p.m.

    'You gotta love it baby' ....I hope Hot Rod Hundley has good health and happiness in his retirement.
    GOOD LUCK!!!!

    April 25, 2009 3:43 p.m.

    Thanks Hots!

    WAH!, WAH!, WAH! to the Locke haters.

    The Silent Majority LOVE David Locke!

    At least he has passion and knows what he's talking about.

    LOCKE ON!!!!!!

  • Jersey
    April 25, 2009 3:19 p.m.

    Hoping to see a Hot Rod jersey in the rafters soon. If this doesn't happen, I will boycott all Miller businesses.

  • Anonymous
    April 25, 2009 3:13 p.m.

    No Locke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • You've got to love him
    April 25, 2009 3:09 p.m.

    "A gentle push and a mild ark and the cowhide globe hits home"

  • Klauke...
    April 25, 2009 1:45 p.m.

    Is the natural choice to replace Hots. His calls of the Bees' games are the only thing that make the Bees relevant in this city.

    Besides it is a natural fit since MiLB ends before the NBA Season begins and it doesn't (on average) interfere with the NBA playoffs.

    Listen to him call a Bees game on 1230 AM sometime and you will see he's the perfect fit.

    Locke is knowledgeable, but he can be VERY annoying too. In my opinion his call of the Jazz vs. Raptors game earlier this year wasn't very good either.

    Thank you Hot Rod and go Jazz! "You gotta love it baby!"

  • Mstq68
    April 25, 2009 1:17 p.m.

    Locke is the pick, it's part of his deal. All the "we'll do a search" quotes in the paper are lip service. The decision has been made. Not the right decision, but ...

  • RE: Tood from Santa Ana
    April 25, 2009 12:53 p.m.

    Nobody cares about your long posts or rants about Jerry. Do you think your opinions are read and valued on these boards? I skip them when I see the "Todd from Santa Ana" in the subject line. If you are such an expert, why don't you work for some NBA team with your wealth of knowledge? The Lakers should be willing to hire you...anyone with a huge ego fits in well there.

  • todd from santa ana
    April 25, 2009 12:41 p.m.

    This I believe makes Ron Boone the longest uninterrupted tenure for Jazz. No Pressure "Boony" Dave Fredman I guess is next, he left for a few years.

  • todd to pale bear
    April 25, 2009 12:32 p.m.

    I would like 35 the number of years doing Jazz games and at same time honors our New Orleans side. I wish you guys listened to games when "Pistol played at New Orleans with ""truck Robinson" i thought if they stayed in New Orleans they were about to be abetter team but Robinson was dealt before they played 1 game in the Salt Palace..

  • Anonymous
    April 25, 2009 12:28 p.m.

    Klakue is great. Bolerjack is so white bread and never met a cliche he couldn't run into the ground, never an original thought. Klakue is my vote. Locke needs to stay where he is that is his strength.

  • todd to scott
    April 25, 2009 12:27 p.m.

    in other words another Ross Porter of the Dodgers. "let us see on Sunday day games vs lefties in 80 degree or better with the wind blowing out and 50k or more the Dodgers were 7-4"

  • todd closing on "hot rod"
    April 25, 2009 12:13 p.m.

    David Locke clearly will be picked. The Jazz really have no choice, or he will be you know "what" and likely bail. He probably expected to be the "one in waiting" due to his Sonics background. He was not like the TV guy that went with them to Oklahoma City. There is nothing on this could be done really. I will avoid these broadcasts.

  • Pale Bear
    April 25, 2009 12:04 p.m.

    Is there a way to retire a number for Hot Rod in a half-time ceremony next season? It could be number 14 for KJZZ or or 1320 or KFan or something else like that. He deserves it.

  • Scott
    April 25, 2009 11:58 a.m.

    Sorry, have to agree with many before me, NO DAVID LOCKE, ridiculous stat geek with crap nobody cares about and a voice like fingernails on a chalkboard!! THANK goodness there is 1280 the Zone to switch to @ 3pm

  • re: proudamerican
    April 25, 2009 11:56 a.m.

    I agree that listening to Hot Rod always made games more exciting than if you listened to the national commentators. I really miss that now that I follow the Jazz from outside of Utah. I really have never heard a more exciting and engaging play-by-play announcer. It is also nice that he is such a homer too. The Jazz have a lot to be proud of.

  • Gretzky
    April 25, 2009 11:53 a.m.

    Great career Hot Rod...can we get Bolerjack to replace you??

  • todd from santa ana
    April 25, 2009 11:31 a.m.

    Rod over the years changed. He may have become a little more "cynical" but I took that as a knowledge and understanding of the game, such as when the Refs would drag game out with excessive foul called or a player would make a silly mistake.

    Rod Hundley is my hero. Because of Him I would never be a Laker fan

    Thank you for your great pregame shows with Nissalke, Layden and yes, even Jerry,

    It was informative and intelligent radio.

  • todd from santa ana
    April 25, 2009 11:24 a.m.

    I see another deleted post.

    ANyway, I would not want David Locke to do the games. This is a person that would not respond to my letter regarding the criticisms the fans have and questions they wanted answered.

    If Rod wanted to do the home games it should have been allowed.

    Harry Caray and Vin Scully were allowed to, and what about Keith Jackson and Pat Summerall being allowed to work in theyr'e home region. Summerall Dallas,and Jackson West COast only?

  • Observation-ist
    April 25, 2009 11:19 a.m.

    Hot Rod will be sorely missed. He is the voice of the Jazz. I'd hate to try and fill his shoes. As for David Locke, I like him. He's no Hot Rod, but who is? Steve Klauke is a great baseball guy but does he know basketball? It's like following in the shoes of a great coach. I'd rather be the guy AFTER the guy after. We'll miss you Hots. You gotta love it ... and we all did. THANKS!

  • The NIT
    April 25, 2009 10:59 a.m.

    Who is this Locke guy that no one likes?

  • Anonymous
    April 25, 2009 10:55 a.m.

    Hot Rod was not let go. I spoke with him about a month ago and he told me at that time he was thinking of hanging it up and moving to Arizona. As far as him being relegated to the back row, Hot Rod chose to do radio over TV. Again, his decision. David Locke, however, is absolutely HORRIBLE. I listened to the Toronto game while I was in the car and I about choked. The guy is NOT an announcer. Im afraid I would not listen in the car anymore if he is made the announcer. I think Thurl Baily would be really good.

  • todd from santa ana
    April 25, 2009 10:50 a.m.

    And many of you have the "audacity" to rip on me for SLoan....To "disrespectful and unprofessional" i could not agree less on Sloan. Maybe if he leaves, "more players will come here".

    This is about "Hot Rod". First I lose my Avengers to a worthless "owner" now one of the "greatest" in history. It was going to happen one day. I had hoped not for 2-5 more years.

    "Rod" I liked better than Chick Hearn. His first job on radio as "chicks colorman with the Lakers". He preceded Al Mccoy in Phoenix some 36 years ago. (MCCOY IS ALSO GREAT).Because of "HOT ROD" i became a Jazz Fan.

    WOAI IN San Antonio (still Spurs station)carried a "NBA game of the week" selected when not interfering with the SPurs. I heard "HOTS" on one of these broadcasts. At the time it was a clear channel 50k watt station. His energy, love for the Jazz and unique calls. SOme copying Chick but in own way. He loved "PISTOL PETE" he loved New Orleans and its people. Same as he would embrace Utah. Rod was a "wild party guy" but became a UTAH man. More "next"

  • Iamsureru
    April 25, 2009 10:40 a.m.

    OK! let's play some golf! Going to miss ya baby! You made the experience exciting.

  • Randall
    April 25, 2009 10:39 a.m.

    Hammer Dunk!

  • John Wicks
    April 25, 2009 10:37 a.m.

    Hot Rod should have hung it up 10 years ago. David Locke would be a great replacement.

  • Jon
    April 25, 2009 10:25 a.m.

    Who would have ever thought Booner would outlast Hot Rod on the air? Crazy world. And what happened to the Jazz talks with Hot Rod to do home games next season? Something stinks in the state of Utah. And it would be really lousy if they don't let Hot Rod sit courtside for his final game. I mean, C'mon!

  • Willie Wonka
    April 25, 2009 10:22 a.m.

    "Oompa, Loompa, diddledeedee... DON'T pick Locke, listen to me!"

  • Ben
    April 25, 2009 10:15 a.m.

    God Bless you Hot Rod. I used to sit in my room when I was little, and listen to your radio broadcasts because we didn't have cable. Hours and hours of you painting a perfect picture of the game and emotions. There will never be anyone who can hold a candle to you.

    I can't thank you enough for what you have meant to the Jazz and me personally.

  • As announcers go
    April 25, 2009 10:11 a.m.

    I think Bolerjack is pretty good. Please don't hire the Utes annoucer Mike Lageshulte, he has got to be the worst basketball announcer in the US. As a Uted fan I won't even listen to Utah basketball broadcasts anymore because of him, you can't even understand what is happening, his fooball broadcasts aren't much better. Clauke it great a baseball, but possibly as boring as it gets with basketball, Locke will alway a loud mouthed ego driven psuedo statistician. Wrubel maybe better than all but Bolerjack. Bill Riley maybe a good pick for the job.

    April 25, 2009 9:53 a.m.

    Bolerjack and Locke as the two voices of the Jazz. UGH!! BUCKLE UP for the emotional crash of the end of an era. Good luck Hot Rod!! This all sorta smells like the Jazz forced you out for money reasons, bad economy, layoffs, cutbacks, etc. I hope not. What an era...Maravich, Dantley, Griffith, Stockton, Malone, Bailey, Eaton, Layden, Sloan and even Ostertag.....your voice brought all of them to us. I hope you are really going out on your terms, and not being forced. You deserve respect and gratitude. THANK YOU and GODSPEED.

  • Disrespected / Unprofessional
    April 25, 2009 9:17 a.m.

    The Lakers never would have done to Chick what the Jazz did to Hot Rod. You don't take the voice of the franchise off TV. Rod should have retired then. I know the media loves Bolerjack, but he is a youngster and not going anywhere. He is the luckiest man on earth to have become a small market favorite. But the right thing to do is to put Rod back on the floor and on TV where he belongs. Legends aren't forced to retire. The Jazz needs to behave like an NBA franchise, not a small market ball club. The only thing keeping them together is Sloan. When he leaves, they will become the Clippers in the mountains because no player will stay. Bye, bye Carlos and DW will follow soon. Time to wake up Miller family and do the right things.

  • Anonymous
    April 25, 2009 9:12 a.m.

    Hot Rod isn't retireing he was let go. If only the truth was known. Thanks for being the best. I will never follow the Jazz again.

  • Hundley Fan
    April 25, 2009 9:08 a.m.

    The worst thing the Jazz did was to drop Hot Rod from the TV games and put Bolerjack in. He just doesn't measure up to Hot Rod. Hot Rod and Booner were the best team ever! Hot Rod, if you are reading this, thank you for so many great years! You will be sorely missed. I can't stand to watch the TV broadcasts with Bolerjack. I hope Greg Miller will chose Hot Rod's replacement more wisely. I always thought Steve Klauke did a nice job when Hot Rod wasn't able to be at the game. Whoever gets the job, they have pretty big shoes to fill. Thanks Hot Rod!! You are the best!

  • Hot Rod and Bill Russell
    April 25, 2009 9:01 a.m.

    Hots and Russell were and awesome NBA broadcast team, WAY back in the day.

  • Locke
    April 25, 2009 9:00 a.m.

    Locke, along with DJ and PK is one of the three best local sports talk broadcasters. Insightful, studious. Knows his stuff.

  • Fan One
    April 25, 2009 8:25 a.m.

    President Rigby, I strongly urge you to please "lock" Locke OUT of consideration for the play by play broadcasting position soon to be vacated by the finest broadcaster around---Hot Rod Hundley! David Locke is the epitomy of arragance and blow hard manerisms. He is discustingly brash and uninformed.You will lose listeners if you choose to hire him for this position---I guarantee!!

  • ELars
    April 25, 2009 8:22 a.m.

    "Kurt Rambis from 18 feet out, he got it! Unbeleivable, he can't even see that far!" Hot Rod you are the best! So creative and fun to listen to. Best of luck. You gotta love it baby!

  • Dh
    April 25, 2009 8:12 a.m.

    I wish Hot Rod the best but I quit listening to him when I got another option. Sorry, but to me he was unbearable.

  • even steven
    April 25, 2009 6:53 a.m.

    Hot Rod is the end of the era that many of us long time fans enjoyed. The only one left is Jerry. Good luck to Hot Rod. One question. Is David Locke that screecher that interrupts Hot Rod's broadcast for the Geico scoreboard update? If so, it would be aggravitating to suffer through that for a whole game. I find myself saying, "Just shut the hell up and get back to Hot Rod".

  • Richard
    April 25, 2009 6:36 a.m.

    Thanks Hot Rod!!! Love the voice, the style, the great phases, and just being a great announcer for radio. Since the change to Boler and Bonner, I've always watch games on TV and listen to Hot Rod. He has been the greatest. Thanks again Hot Rod!!!
    Ya gotta love it baby!!

  • What's up
    April 25, 2009 6:24 a.m.

    It a shame that all good things must end. The Jazz have had more than their share of great things and Hot Rod is one of them. He will be missed by all. You can't help to think that having to work with David Locke made retirement a lot easier for him. Locke is one of the big mistakes that the Jazz have made. There has to be better people than PJ, PK,Locke, Fox and that bunch radio DJs in the SLC market or at least someone that could come to SLC that would make sports radio something that you could listen to for more that five minutes and not think you were with a bunch of 16 year kids in the ally.

  • Jeff
    April 25, 2009 6:22 a.m.

    Nobody wants Locke! Nobody! I have to thank Locke for one thing, XM Radio. I could not take him anymore, so I bought XM. Because nobody likes Locke, and I mean nobody, you know the Jazz will make him the voice. I also heard him in Seattle, he was just not good at play by play. I will give him credit he does a good job with the Jazz pre and post game show. He has passion there, but play by play? Are you kidding me? Klauke is the guy for the job.

    Hot Rod, God Bless you in your retirement. Thank you for all the good memories. I have listened to him since 1980. I remember when he did games for CBS. That is the first time I heard him. It will never be the same without Hot Rod. Dang we were lucky.....

  • Ken, Las Vegas
    April 25, 2009 2:02 a.m.

    One of the happiest days I've had was when we finally got the Jazz broadcasts here in Vegas because I got to hear "Hot's" voice again. Whomever they get to replace him I hope does a good job, but they will never reach the iconic stature Hundley reached with Jazz fans.

  • Dale Newton
    April 25, 2009 1:33 a.m.

    When Hot Rod first moved to town he showed up at the old Deseret Gym in downtown Salt Lake City one day. I happened to be there playing with a couple of friends. Hot Rod asked to play and that started a long relationship of many two on two [and sometimes more] games with Hot Rod, Dennis Peart and Lee Fryatt. Even though Hot Rod was in his late forties or early fifties, or so, he was still very good and very competitive. He still loved that little baby hook shot and was an excellent passer. Everything was fine in the games as long as Hot Rod's team was winning - he hated to lose even in a pick-up game at the gym.

    Hot Rod - you're a great broadcaster, a "one of a kind", and in the same class with legends like Vin Scully. I'm sorry to hear that you're actually retiring and you will be missed. No one will really replace you.

    Best wishes.

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  • Good Luck Hot Rod
    April 25, 2009 12:57 a.m.

    When I was little I used to dream about playing for the Jazz. I would imagine that the game was tied and I had the ball. Of course Hot Rod was announcing the game in my mind. Hot Rod is Jazz basketball. What I loved about listening to Hot Rod was he was so descriptive and I could envision exactly what was happening on the court.
    I remember listening to a Jazz vs. Lakers game at the old forum. I snuck a radio into my room and Karl Malone hit a 3 pointer to win the game at the old forum. This was way before every Jazz game was on TV. Well, when I finally saw the highlights on the news, it was exactly how I envisioned it b/c Hot Rod did such a great job.

  • Anonymous
    April 24, 2009 11:55 p.m.

    Booner, that beats the the the Dallas game. The greatest game I ever heard Hots broadcast, when we came back from a 36 point half time deficet to beat Denver by double digits. Take care Hots!

  • SJ
    April 24, 2009 10:52 p.m.

    Thanks Hot Rod!!!

  • he should have never left tv
    April 24, 2009 10:45 p.m.

    Too bad he's leaving. all of the local radio guys now care more about their egos than the game, i think thats what makes hot rod's commentating so unique and special. i will not be listening to the radio broadcasts now, especially if one of the obvious 3 make it, they are just plain obnoxious to listen to. Hot Rod and Boone should have never split, they should have put boler on the radio, he is terrible. save the best for TV. Never understood why they split those two. We'll all miss hot rod!

  • Dick of the NW
    April 24, 2009 10:41 p.m.

    A BIG THANKS HOTS! You are the best. Having listened to other broadcasters through NBATV, Utah has the best, top to bottom; radio and TV. The GREAT thing about Hot Rod was, he was a true fan of and for the Jazz through good and bad times. Hope he writes another book. Hots had the passion for the game and it came through. He made the Jazz live for everyone. Even Bolerjack and Boone are better than any I've heard through NBATV. Locke is great at his current post. I'm sure the Jazz will pick a good replacement. Change is tough but time marches on. GO JAZZ!

  • MJB
    April 24, 2009 10:26 p.m.

    Many times over the years while tuning into Jazz games, it is obvious by the tone in Hot Rod's voice whether the Jazz are winning or not. He has been such a homer but he is our homer and we will never have another like him.

    I heard Locke attempt to do some of the High School games in the state playoffs and it was brutal. Klauke is always on top of his game and is very underrated as an announcer.

    Locke is a great asset with his daily show. He thrives there and needs to stay put.

    Best wishes Hot Rod

  • jimbo
    April 24, 2009 10:16 p.m.

    Hot rod is such a great play by play announcer. He will be missed. good luck.

  • What up?
    April 24, 2009 10:10 p.m.

    Is there some reason you're not printing my

  • Anonymous
    April 24, 2009 10:05 p.m.

    I will miss him

  • Fine with me...
    April 24, 2009 9:36 p.m.

    I didn't like Hot Rod's style--just my opinion.

  • pirouette
    April 24, 2009 8:55 p.m.

    pronounced "peer wet", the word is pirouette, and it means:

    A full turn of the body on the point of the toe or the ball of the foot in ballet.
    -Webster's Dictionary

  • Steven
    April 24, 2009 8:09 p.m.

    FYI a peer wet with the dribble is a spin move :) and for the record I never had a problem with and actually preferred it when Hots called Kyle Korver Kyle it was unique.
    Just thought I'd clear that up I know someone was unsure what a peer wet with the dribble was. :)

  • Inside Scoop
    April 24, 2009 7:51 p.m.

    I have it on good authority that Locke is about 99 percent cemented as the replacement. It's too bad, I heard him in Seattle a few times - and let's just say there's a reason he got fired. He is VERY hard to listen to and his catch phrases come off as rehearsed... he's just not good. Klauke is a much better choice.

  • So long....
    April 24, 2009 7:41 p.m.

    It will be different not hearing that familiar voice accompanying the Jazz. After 35 years, Hot Rod deserves a nice retirement. Good luck Hot Rod. Utah loves you!

  • No Locke!!!!
    April 24, 2009 7:39 p.m.

    I already switched from listening to KFAN because of Locke, please don't make me switch NBA teams too.

  • ALL OF US!!!
    April 24, 2009 7:29 p.m.


  • Dave H
    April 24, 2009 7:27 p.m.

    Hot Rod Hundley is one of the greats in history!!! When I was young I would listen to Hot Rod and the Jazz and fell asleep to his voice many many times. I remember how pumped Hot Rod was the first time the Jazz ever beat the Celtics, and I remember Ricky Green "the fastest of them all" and AD and The Golden Griff and all the rest of his great calls. I will miss him, THANKS Hot Rod!!!!

  • You're kidding,
    April 24, 2009 7:21 p.m.

    aren't you, Dan? Klauke is as solid as they get when it comes to baseball. There is a reason he's been called on to do some ML games.

  • How
    April 24, 2009 7:17 p.m.

    about Country Joe for a replacement?......LOL!!

    Hot Rod will be missed. The best of luck on his well deserved retirement.

  • 2 for 1
    April 24, 2009 7:06 p.m.

    Soooo sad Hot Rod is leaving. No one will be able to adequately take his place.

    That said, can he please take Booner with him? Maybe losing a GREAT announcer and a horrible one will equal each other out.

  • Steven
    April 24, 2009 7:06 p.m.

    As a kid I was watching the Jazz games and Hot Rod was always there with his very distinctive play by play "Stoctonto Malone, leapin leaner, good if it goes, yo yo dribble up top and of course my favorite with a gentle push and a mild arc the old cowhide globe hit home." I will always hold these moments close to my heart. I don't even watch games anymore because Hots isn't on TV with him gone I will either mute the TV and watch in silence or just not follow the Jazz at all.
    I knew he'd call it quits at sometime but it's still hard to say goodbye to the greatest broadcaster in all of sports. Thank you Hot Rod for all the memories you made Utah Jazz basketball what it is things will never be the same. I hope you get your ring before you sign off the radio for the final time.
    Thank you for all youve done I cannot thank you enough.
    You will be missed by all its been a fun ride for sure you gotta love it baby!

  • Hot Rod Fan
    April 24, 2009 7:00 p.m.

    I've never known the Jazz withouth Hot Rod. It is a sad day to see him go. I even had a hard time adjusting to the Jazz of Bolerjack taking over.

    Hot Rod, we appreciate your years of service! We will never forget you and only wish the best in your future. We'll miss you!!

  • Eric
    April 24, 2009 6:57 p.m.

    No Stockton...No Malone...No Miller........
    NO Hot Rod................No Jazz..........

    "Thompson..Fakes left, walks right they got'im"

    Thanks Hot Rod for letting us have and hear your voice for 35 Thanks....again...

  • Ed
    April 24, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    I will miss hearing the voice of the man he made the Jazz seem so real growing up. Then later moving away from Salt Lake City I missed Hot Rod! Then when the NBA went to Satellite radio I was SOOOOO excited to hear Hot Rod again! He is truly a legend with me and will be missed. No one can replace "With a gentle push and a mild arc, the cow hide globe, it's home."

  • You gotta love it
    April 24, 2009 6:46 p.m.

    Many years ago Hot Rod let my daugter interview him for a paper she had to do in high school. We were big Jazz fans then and even bigger ones after the interview. Thanks Hots for the years and your for your view of the game. You are the John Madden of basketball. Thanks.....

  • Dan
    April 24, 2009 6:35 p.m.

    Klauke? No way. I can't stand him for baseball. He's one of those announcers that stays silent for most of the game. If he's your radio guy, at least give him a partner in the booth.

  • What the Heck......
    April 24, 2009 6:28 p.m.

    is Peer Wetting??? Iget the others, but what does this mean????

    We'll miss all the fdamous Hot Rod quoites! good Luck , and God Bless!

    "With a gentle push, and a mild arc, the old cowhide globe hits home.


    Leapin leaner


    Good if it goes!

    Frozen rope

    Belt-high dribble

    Its in the ol refrigerator.

    Looking down the barrel

    You gotta love it, baby!"

  • Hot Rod=Legend
    April 24, 2009 6:21 p.m.

    Please do not pick David Locke to call the Jazz games, I still remember him calling the Starzz games back in the day and it was painful to listen to. Locke is better in the capacity he is in now than he is with play by play. If you are going to go in house I would pick Steve Klauke, he does a pretty good job with the play by play with the Bees. Don't know if he would be interested in calling the Jazz games or if he wants to stick with baseball and possibly call games for a big league team.

    As for Hot Rod, he did a great job for a long time and it will be sad to see him go. I knew it would have to happen at some point but it still is sad regardless. I wish him the best in his retirement and will listen to the next game on the radio since there won't be many more opportunities to hear him.

  • Love Hot Rod, But......
    April 24, 2009 6:20 p.m.

    The only good thing about his retirement is that I won't have to hear his redundant "The Jazz Radio Basketball Network" when they go to commercials. Yay!!! "The Jazz Radio Network" will suffice, thank you. we already know it's a basketball game!

    Also, I did notice that he started calling Korver by his real name, not Kal Kover, so that's good.

    Just Messin with ya Hot Rod!!.....sort of!

    Other than that...I love everything about Hot Rod's broadcasting. He has a great basketball knowledge. I'll miss him alot. He won't be equalled....ever!!

    "With a gentle push.........................

  • Iloveutahjazz12
    April 24, 2009 6:15 p.m.

    I am sad that hot rod is leaving and I wish him the best no one can call it like him but I will be really sad if Jerry Sloan leaves. He is a really good coach and I know people are upset that he said his team would no beat LA but it looked like at the end of the season they looked like they would not win in the playoffs. Look I am a huge Jazz fan but when you play so bad for a while you can't fault your coach for telling the truth.

  • Jazz Fans
    April 24, 2009 5:58 p.m.



  • Um, close
    April 24, 2009 5:33 p.m.

    I think you meant Tony Parks, and yes, he'd do just fine. Tony Parker plays for the Spurs.

  • Just Me
    April 24, 2009 5:32 p.m.

    Hot Rod Rules!

  • magnus
    April 24, 2009 5:32 p.m.


    It is a descrace that a Jazz Icon like Hot Rod is relegated to walking up 30+ rows in his own building.

    Lets start a movement and get Hot Rod courtside for Saturdays game (after all it may be his last), and keep him there for the rest of the playoffs (however long that may be).

    I'm sending my email to Mr. Miller right now.


  • Sad
    April 24, 2009 5:30 p.m.

    What is sad is how the Jazz have forced Hot Rod to the side in favor of Bolerjack and Booner. Both stink and are not even in Hot Rod's league. Honestly, I do not watch Jazz games on TV anymore. And I mean ever. Bolerjack and Boone are so pathetic, I prefer either the radio or just reading about the game the next day in the paper, and that's how it will always be for me now. Thanks Hot Rod.

  • Skip H
    April 24, 2009 5:29 p.m.

    Major props to Hot Rod for 35 years of excellence. He had his own style and brought much enjoyment to many of us Jazz fans. Rock on Rod!

  • Obvious Choice
    April 24, 2009 5:28 p.m.

    What about Tony Parker from KFAN 1320? He can imitate Hots like no other. Just left Tony make a seamless transition and we'd be none the wiser!

  • magnus
    April 24, 2009 5:25 p.m.

    what a year. If Sloan leaves, as many are inexplicably caliing for, it will truly be the end of an era, and probably Jazz basketball as I have always known it.

    I will miss Hot Rod...

    A gentle push, and a mild ark...and all my Jazz heroes are gone.

  • AZ UTE
    April 24, 2009 5:21 p.m.

    Bring back Matt Thomas

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  • Thanks Hot Rod
    April 24, 2009 5:13 p.m.

    Dude, you are the heart and soul of the Jazz. Back in the day when the Jazz first arrived, I shared season tickets with a buddy, and the games I couldn't make, you were there for all of us. Enjoy your time.

    I lived in So. Cal for twenty years and miss Chick, now I will miss you, but knowing you are with your family just makes me smile.

  • Gottabe Klauke
    April 24, 2009 4:58 p.m.

    I've never heard Locke call a game, he might be great. But I have heard Klauke call baseball, football and basketball, and he is awesome. Great voice, great style, incredibly knowledgeable. I believe that baseball is his first love, but he probably couldn't afford to say no to an NBA gig.

  • OH Please
    April 24, 2009 4:56 p.m.

    Not David Locke!! Then I really couldn't listen to the jazz games on the radio. It would be like listening to the chipmunks sing for 3 and a half hours!! PLEASE, NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • Blackbeard
    April 24, 2009 4:51 p.m.

    I always wished that Hot Rod and Hubie Brown would team up together. Could you imagine all the goofs and mispronounced names.

  • RE: AZ Dave
    April 24, 2009 4:50 p.m.

    It's mentioned on the tail end of the article.

  • Ace
    April 24, 2009 4:40 p.m.

    If Locke calls the Jazz games I'll become a Laker fan.

  • AZ Dave
    April 24, 2009 4:34 p.m.

    You failed to mention Hot Rods stint with Phoenix Suns and his happen hip bar, Court Jester. Old school baby

  • proudamerican
    April 24, 2009 4:33 p.m.

    I'll miss him, and I'll miss hearing "O'Neil on the no-call foul" and other trademark Hot Rod phrases. Hundley's play by play makes listening to Jazz games nearly as engaging and exciting as watching them. The man deserves a nice, relaxing, and fulfilling retirement.

  • Well,
    April 24, 2009 4:32 p.m.

    that's the end of my caring about the Jazz. Hot Rod was the only thing that was still the same from when I watched the Jazz as a kid when they were actually good. Now it's a bunch of people I don't know or care about and Hot Rod was the only part I still liked. Too bad. He was a great announcer. Hope he stays here in Utah some of the time among the people that appreciate his years of broadcasting.

  • a fan
    April 24, 2009 4:28 p.m.

    Great career Hot Rod! You're the best!

  • Steve
    April 24, 2009 4:26 p.m.

    You will be missed Hot Rod. I just pray that whatever the Jazz brass decide, please don't hire Greg Wrubel to announce games.

  • Nephi Guy
    April 24, 2009 4:26 p.m.

    I got on the floor after a game and untaped Hot Rod's notes from his bench. I still have them and I will keep them forever. Hot Rod is and always will be the the "Voice Of The Jazz". About went to jail getting his notes, but it is all worth it now.

  • Annie
    April 24, 2009 4:24 p.m.

    I had a hard time letting go of Stockton and Malone, Larry Miller, now Hot Rod Hundley. The golden olden days are truely gone. But the memories will remain forever. What a time that was to be a huge Jazz fan! It was all a total package. If you really are leaving, Hot Rod, I wish you only the best in your retirement years. Thanks for the passion and great coverage over these many years. It has been a blast. Go Jazzboys!

  • Legend
    April 24, 2009 4:21 p.m.

    There is no replacement for Hot Rod. He is the voice of the Jazz. He'll be missed.

    Speaking of no replacement for Hot Rod, please, PLEASE don't pick David Locke. I can't stand him or his voice.

  • Matt
    April 24, 2009 3:55 p.m.

    Very interesting story. I didn't realize Hot Rod had to call games from so far away from the action now. Not having a TV, I've listened to Hot Rod a lot the past few months and love his style and analysis. No one can replace you Hot Rod. We'll miss you.

  • RH
    April 24, 2009 3:38 p.m.

    Hundley was the voice of the Jazz. Best of luck for his retirement. He has earned it.

  • Hots is the MAN
    April 24, 2009 3:30 p.m.

    We'll miss you, Hot Rod! Thanks for keeping us company for countless nights, and bringing the action right those of us who can't make it to the games. You are a legend of sports broadcasting.

    With a gentle push and a mild arc, the cowhide globe hits home!

  • NOoooo!!
    April 24, 2009 3:24 p.m.

    If Hot Rod goes, then I go! I don't want to listen to David Locke or PK. Don't go Hot Rod