It’s the end (at least for now) of an era for Toronto sports talk radio. The late night vampire, Stormin Norman Rumack, has been let go from the Fan 590. I haven’t had the pleasure of listening to Rumack that much in the past few years (the young squire N8 has made sure that I have many early bed times now) but growing up I would listen the late night vampire all the time.
Whether I couldn’t fall asleep or I was arriving home late from a night out, I would tune into to hear Rumack’s rants. He was at the time a die hard Leaf fan and an even bigger fan of Wendel Clark, so we had quite a lot in common. Times are a changing and another voice of my youth has been silenced (at least for now). He will be missed, I hope he finds his way back onto the airwaves soon.
Here’s a short entry from Howard Berger’s blog about his pal.
I have a heavy heart tonight, as the global recession has finally left its mark on the radio station for which I’ve worked the past 21 years. My pal and colleague, Norm Rumack, was terminated this week after more than a decade-and-a-half as the indomitable “Late-Night Vampire”. I always admired Norm for his ability to handle the graveyard air shift, as he bantered with callers and interviewed hundreds of subjects over the years between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. It’s not a stretch to say that Norm’s fiery persona carried the radio station in the early days of the all-sports format (which began in September, 1992), and he developed an unmistakable presence at THE FAN-590. Times, however, do change, and Norm is now looking for a new venture. I haven’t yet talked to my long-time boss, Nelson Millman, about Norm’s departure, but I can guarantee it was one of the toughest decisions he’s ever made as program director and general manager. I join Nelson and, I’m sure, many of you in wishing Norm a quick bounce-back, and much success in whatever gig he ultimately lands.