Sending best regards to @stormradioguy as he begins his final broadcast at @1460CJOY 30 mins from now before retiring from full time duty. ⚡⚡#PlatersPlayback 1988-09-21: Larry Mellott calling the Guelph Platers final season opener at Guelph Memorial Gardens vs Toronto Marlies. pic.twitter.com/Cm7Z75kRS9
— PlatersHockeyHistory (@PlatersHockey) June 28, 2019
That’s some old audio of Larry Mellott, who somehow sounds both a little younger and exactly the same, calling a Guelph Platers game in 1988. He is, as it says in the tweet, retiring from full-time radio after nearly 50 years in the business. He’s going to keep on doing Storm games though, which is great news since I can’t imagine them without his voice.
After almost 50 years, renowned Guelph broadcaster Larry Mellott is calling it a career and heading into retirement — sort of.
Hockey fans need not worry, as he still plans on calling Guelph Storm hockey games on 1460 CJOY.
Mellott’s career began in St. Thomas, Ont., which he followed with jobs out west before settling in Guelph in 1974 and calling hockey games with Norm Jary, whom Mellott calls his mentor.
“A really good play-by-play man who took me under his wing,” Mellott said of Jary.
Mellott took over the duties full time when Jary retired in the early 1990s.
“Lots of good people to work with over the years, the listeners, the interviews — Gordie Howe and Terry Fox were at the top of that list — just lots of neat stuff,” he said.
A little bit of travelling and spending time with family are in the cards for Mellott this summer.
Storm fans will hear the familiar voice back on the airwaves when the team returns to action on Sept. 22 for the 2019-20 season.