Replacement for Rich Brenner

Posted by Andy Durham on March 12, 2008 at 2:12 pm under Uncategorized | 9 Comments to Read

We had some good comments about Rich Brenner leaving FOX8 Sports and there is a bit of a disagreement developing over who should Replace Rich.

One of our readers had this comment today and I came back with a counter offer. The Repalcement for Rich really should be Mike Solarte if we are choosing from the local possibilites. We need to start up the Battle Cry and let it fly high from Pilot Mountain to Saxapahaw. “We Like Mike”…”We Like Mike”…”We Like Mike”…”We Like Mike”…”We Like Mike”… You get the idea. Bring Mike Solarte to FOX8 Sports if there still is a FOX8 Sports after Rich hits the ditch.

Connolly is TOO CRANKY!!!!! Bring on Mike Solarte…..Here’s an exchange from the comment box on Rich Brenner is steppig down at FOX8. Maybe some of the rest of you have thoughts on this situation.

Bottom line, Rich Brenner is LEAVING and we need to get to work in a hurry to find his Replacement and please don’t let it be Chris Kelly from ROCK 92. He’s soooo big I can’t even get him completely on my new 52 inch HD TV.

Here’s that exchange with our reader and AD and again we encourage your comments:
on March 12th, 2008 at 10:25 am
Solarte is a likable guy, but isn’t even the best on his own station, let alone the Triad. Brenner is miles ahead of him. I’ve enjoyed Rich’s commentary segments, and applaud WGHP for allowing him to do so — it’s nice to see a sportscaster that’s not afraid to take risks and give you the story behind the story.

As far as replacements, they already have a great one in Kevin Connolly. I don’t think FOX8 misses a beat, but Rich will definitely be missed.

Andy said,
on March 12th, 2008 at 10:45 am
Who is better than Solarte at 14? I tend to agree with Chad that Solarte is the best and he was really good at 850 the BUZZ when he was in Raleigh. Now I believe he is in Charlotte.

I’m taking Solarte and I sort of remember another guy at 14 that used to be at 45. Was his name Jim Conners or something like that? He did not make much of an impact but Mike Solarte sure did.


  • omit alston said,

    A good replacement would be that fat guy that ran the board for Krantz during his last stint on AM in the gatecity.

  • NotJimMelvin said,

    I like Solarte.

    Not sure if Connaly even likes sports – you never see him attending any events.

    I think they should find a sports babe, maybe Jaime Little??

  • keith brown said,

    doesn’t everyone know that Rock 92’s Chris Kelly from 2 guys named chris show wants to get back to Fox 8 since his great weather days at the station it is Chris Kelly’s time to become the on air Sports personna and to show the Piedmont Triad just how handsome he can be on TV.

  • Don said,

    With the way local news budgets are going, I think the safe bet for anybody at News 14 would be to stay PUT. A job is better than one that might get canceled because the parent company had a bad quarter. The New Company that is buying WGHP dropped sports at one of their stations. Who can say what they will do after the realize that they MUST PAY for WGHP and those other stations – you can count on some belt tightening.

    One thing I noticed that the smaller markets do a better job covering local sports. Think about it…. Watch the “local” sports and see how many of their stories are also reported on MASN, Fox Sports, ESPN, CNN, etc.

  • Grizelda Fishfinger said,

    My vote goes for Imelda Marcos. Slightly controversial…but a great sports mind!

  • Andy said,

    NJM brings up an excellent point about KC. Mike Solarte has a great personality and maybe he could bring cameraman Bill Welch along.

    Chris Kelly? Too big of a belly. He belongs on radio with De-rear-dra.

  • Brian said,

    I think Kevin Connolly will do fine. He is the right choice as Rich Brenner’s replacement.

  • ryan perdue said,

    Mike Solarte is really good.
    I’m glad someone mentioned him because he didn’t come to mind for some reason.
    Imelda definitely close second!

  • Timmy said,

    FOX8 can never replace Rich Brenner. They need to shut the sports office down and go on home.

    Seriously, why don’t they give Connolly a chance? What will it hurt?

    He might do a good job. GIve the guy a chance. He’s worked hard and he has been at FOX8 for quite a few years.

    It’s his turn. Give the fellow a try. He might end up being better than Brenner was.