Terry Boers, one of Chicago’s most enduring and outspoken sports radio personalities, made it official Tuesday: He’s hanging it up in January after 25 years at CBS Radio sports/talk WSCR AM 670.
“As I write this, I’m 66 years old and I’m going to retire, leaving behind one of the greatest jobs you can have, talking sports or movies or TV or life for five hours a day on a station I couldn’t be prouder of,” Boers wrote in a lengthy blog post titled “It’s Time To Say Goodbye.”
“The day of my final show will be Jan. 5, 2017, which will make my tenure at The Score exactly 25 years and three days,” he wrote.
Although he’s been out much of the year dealing with serious illness and recovering from two surgeries, it was important to Boers and his bosses that he be present to celebrate the station’s 25th anniversary on January 2. As a sports columnist for the Sun-Times in 1992, Boers was one of the original hosts to launch the sports/talk format on a 5,000-watt daytime frequency at 820 AM.
“This is a time to celebrate the 25-plus year career of Terry Boers — a legend, a day one employee and a forefather of The Score,” said program director Mitch Rosen.
Rosen said a search is underway for a successor to Boers alongside Dan Bernstein, his on-air partner since 1999. “The Boers & Bernstein Show,” airing from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, is billed as Chicago’s longest running sports show. “Terry can never be replaced, but I’m confident I will add a host that listeners will love and interact with through all of our platforms,” Rosen said.
In the latest Nielsen Audio survey, The Score ranked fifth in afternoons with a 4.4 percent share and cumulative weekly audience of 647,200.