With Josh Lewin Out the Door Friday, Mark Elfenbein's a Solo Act Again (For Now)

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Elf, Lewin and The Bus
Mark Elfenbein's known for a good month that Josh Lewin would be taking a spot in the New York Mets' radio booth this season. His cousin told him. Says the longtime sports-radio fixture known as Elf, he was sitting at a pre-show production meeting 'round the beginning of the year when he got an email from his relative, a Mets diehard, who told him rumor was Lewin was heading north.

Elf handed his phone to Lewin and said, "Is it true?" To which Lewin, the nine-year Rangers TV-booth vet, responded, meekly, "Yeeeeeeah ..."

But, says Elf today, "we've known since Day One this day might come, that if a job came along he'd take it." Because Lewin's good -- one of the best, good enough for national even when the locals didn't want him any longer, a big reasons folks dialed up Rangers broadcasts long before AL titles were in sight. And "once we caught wind of it a month ago," says Elf, "we were all sitting tight."

Lewin's out as of Friday, NYC-bound. Which means "we've gotta go through the whole process" of looking for a replacement," says Elf. "But we're gonna search from all over the country." Till then he'll go it alone, with a possible plus-one here and there. "I carried it by myself at the Ticket for 18 years. But it's so much easier with someone there. What's going to be, I don't know. The Hardline did the same thing: Mike and Corby would bring in someone and see how it would go. And after a while they figured, 'What the hell do we need to spend the money for?' And it worked out well. But WFAN's in the CBS family, so he'll call in and we'll futz around. The search is on. We're gonna win."

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karen in texas
karen in texas

I love Josh.we are Rangers fan and were sick when he left!!!!!Hes the best. We miss him terribly

Mose
Mose

I only listened on occassion when the Ticket is in commercial.  I always liked Elf but Josh was only ok at best.  I am glad he got another baseball gig and wish him luck.  On another note the FAN is one of the worst group of broadcasters I have ever heard (true I don't listen much). 

cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

I gotta admit I have listened to a lot less Elf and Josh since they went on the CBS wagon. Some thread back there we discussed these things. Somebody said "I want to like them. I just can't." or pretty close to it. I felt a lot like that. The only time I ever listened is when there was either something on the Ticket I wasn't interested in or they were in commercial. I really liked Elf on Sundays. I looked forward to it as part of the Sunday Morning Ritual. It amused the Baptist kid in me that on Sunday morning getting ready for church I was listening to the Jewish guy talk about SWEATERS. The dry, almost methodical Studer was a great counterpoint to Elf. Josh never seemed to click with Elf. God knows they tried, but it just didn't work. It was ok, not great. The only thing I can take away from Josh's time at the Fan is Taste the Soup. That is it. Ok, well ok. All that said I wonder why the Rangers let him go or gave him no option but to go or whatever they said back then. I will remember TAG a lot longer than I will Soup. I wish him well up there in NY. I hope he fits in and they like him like we did. I have a feeling the NYer sense of humor will appreciate him more than some of our more conservative and elderly Ranger fans. More than I have said around here in a month or two.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Don't you have to have fans for people to care?  I mean who listens to The Fail?  You have serious sports with ESPN, and shtick with the Ticket......the only reason The Fan exists is because of CBS's deep pockets.  

Let's Examine:-Shah and Choppy couldn't even have a weekend show on The Ticket.-Elf was buried for years on weekends for a reason.-Gregger's been fired form every station in town; where else is he going to go?  Omaha?-Richie-nuff said.-That G Bag Guy-he's like listening to a high school broadcast.

The only host even remotely listenable is Arnie; and they bury him.  What the what?  Maybe they should hire Pete Stein back?  Max Miller is available.  Rocco Pendola?  Chet Ford?  Doogie? The Sports Princess?

And don't even get me started on the callers that call that station!

NotADaveBarnettFan
NotADaveBarnettFan

IMO the Rangers were dunderheads for showing Josh the door, and I really missed his sense of humor and joy for the game during last year's telecasts.

Best wishes to him as he moves to NYC, because if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere - except Arlington, apparently.

gabbahey
gabbahey

Good for Josh! Best of luck to him, the Rangers were stupid to make him walk the plank, but Elf got a solid partner out of the deal, even if it was not permanent. Good luck Josh!

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

And none of this answers my question - the whole point of this school was to be located near the Science Museum, on the other side of downtown.  What happened to that plan?

Being in DE doesn't bother me as much as this apparent mission creep.

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I seriously doubt that anything an announcer says or does during the game can affect the play of the team. 

Steve
Steve

Please "steal" Tom Gribble away from The Ticket. #GribbleIsAHomo  #GribbleMakesMyEarsBleed  #TheDoorsSuck

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

"We're gonna win." Win what?

John C.
John C.

people actually listen to the Fan?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

They should give the hack of a midget the boot, pair up Elf and Greggo and just find some new dipwads for middays. Two time slots improved! My apologies to Omaha or Little Rock or wherever RW would show up trying to big-time.

Tallybo
Tallybo

Well hell. Why were the Rangers so stupid to get rid of him?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Good luck JL.I guess this means his band Curious George will be looking for a new frontman.

Lawng Memree
Lawng Memree

Maybe Elf's ol' KERA co-host Steve Shapiro is available....

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You ever notice how all of the callers are from places where they celebrate the opening of a Walmart?

It's redneck radio, no wonder Josh was itching for baseball.

Shan is okay. Choppy is a Grandpa Urine starter kit--nothing but blowhard, attention-whoring contrarian garbage. I think I like him less than Whitt. And since most of you know my feelings towards that hack, that's rather low praise.

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

And Donovan Lewis while you're at it.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I was going to ask the same questione.  The Fan is winning like the Cowboys are.

G_David
G_David

According to the ratings?  No.

Buck
Buck

Except sometimes late at night, when we're Bi-Curious George.

Independent George, Acoustic Set, Saturday Feb 18 at Tap-In in Grapevine.Saturday Feb 25 at Scorz in Highland Village (with Pepper Theft)!

G_David
G_David

I believe the name of his band is Independent George, after the Seinfeld episode.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

You mean the original potato mouth Steve Shapiro?  Bad choice.  That guy is unlistenable.  How about Mick Mamis (lispy lawyer)? Brad Thomas Acme Brick?  Avery AC GUY?  Let's see, who else is irritating?  The lawyer that fights like a bulldog?

Jedis54
Jedis54

 Lewis just signed a new contract...He is not going anywhere!!!!!!

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