Randy Galloway is en route to the press box at Rangers Ballpark after finishing an edition of his radio sports-talk show Galloway and Company that originated from the Captain Morgan Club.
It’s a long walk from the center-field area to roughly behind home plate, and people stop him along the way, high-fiving him, saying hi.
The guy operating the press-box elevator tells Galloway he liked something he wrote that day, and numerous colleagues greet him as he finds a place to settle in for an interview, one in which Galloway, a veteran of nearly 30 years of Dallas-Fort Worth radio and nearly 50 in DFW media, is the subject, not the questioner.
Galloway, a columnist for the Star-Telegram, has given — and taken — a lot of heat over the years, but it’s clear from this walk that he’s developed a lot of fans and friends as one of the area’s longest-running sports media personalities.
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But the broadcasting part of all that is coming to an end. Galloway, 70, is retiring from ESPN Radio after he signs off his show Monday, a couple of months earlier than a previously announced year-end date.
There will be no big fanfare or special on-location party, Galloway said Wednesday night. Sure, he’ll explain why he’s leaving and sign off with a “goodbye.” But otherwise, he said, it’s just another “regular show.”
Although the retirement comes at the same time that Cumulus Media will take over operations of ESPN/103.3 FM , Galloway’s on-air home since 2003, he has said that the timing is a coincidence and that he was willing to work through year-end for Cumulus. (ESPN/Disney still owns the station under the local marketing agreement.)
But his lawyer told him that, because his ESPN contract was non-transferable, he could get full salary and benefits through the end of the year without being on the air, if he chose not to work for Cumulus. Galloway then decided to leave as soon as the Cumulus agreement was finalized.
“So, it just legally fell in my lap,” Galloway said in his familiar gravelly drawl. “It was either, ‘You can do three more months of radio, five days a week, three hours a day, or you don’t have to do radio, and you’ll still be paid by ESPN.’ So there really wasn’t a lot of decision to make.”
Galloway said he has had talks with ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn., about being an occasional contributor to national programming. But as for the regular gig — Galloway and Company currently runs from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays on 103.3 — he’s gettin’ out while the gettin’s good.
“I still like doing it, all these years later, but at some point, you need to retire,” he said. “At some point, you gotta say, ‘It’s best to get out when they want you to stay, not when they want you to leave.’
“Because when they want you to leave, they will tell you, for sure.”