Cleveland sports fans are worse for the loss of Chuck Booms.

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NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discussed the Wells report, the draft of the AFC North teams and Chuck Booms exit from 92.3 the Fan.

Local radio is a tough business. When a station is part of the radio network of a team, the pressure on hosts is even worse. Chuck Booms was a Cleveland sports fan as well as an analyst. The station will likely bring in someone from another market to fill his job. People that have not lived and died with the local teams will not get the respect of the local fans. It takes a lot to be a fan of a city’s teams that have not won a title in over 50 years.

Chuck understood that and won the respect of the fans that knew he suffered along with them.

I have no idea what caused the issue to remove Chuck but I know that the fan base will be worse off because of it. He brought not only a great knowledge but a wit that Cleveland fans needed to survive the losses that our teams seem to accumulate.

While I did not always agree with his analysis, he could always justify his positions. He spoke the truth as he saw it. That is something rather rare on the radio today. He will be missed.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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