A lot of Raiders fan grew up with Greg Papa calling games. He was called the Godfather as the voice of the Raiders for over two decades. That run came to an end prior to last season as Papa was unceremoniously removed and replaced by the lackluster voice of former longtime color commentator Brent Musburger.
Raiders radio broadcasts last season went from knowledgable and energetic to drab and lethargic. Fans who were known to turn the sound off on the TV and turn on the local broadcast now more often just go with the national broadcasters.
Adding salt to the wounds, this offseason Papa immediately began calling pre- and postgame for 49ers games last season. And as soon as the season was over, it was announced he would become the 49ers play-by-play voice. Which is just weird.
While Papa was calling games for the Raiders, he also hosted an incredibly popular show on 95.7 The Game with Bonta Hill. That show continued after Papa was replaced for games. Until now.
Papa is completing his clean break from the Raiders and his former gig by leaving 95.7 The Game altogether and joining the 49ers flagship station, KNBR 680, The Athletic is reporting.
With the Raiders leaving for Las Vegas following the 2019 season, 95.7 cut back considerably on their Silver & Black talk. The team calls 740 AM “The Home of the Raiders” while select games will be heard in the Bay Area on 95.7 as well as 106.9 KFRC-FM.
Papa no longer calling Raiders games was the end of an era that began in 1997. He landed on his feet with the 49ers scooping him up. Leaving 95.7 leaves no remnants of him associated with the Raiders which is pretty sad. Raiders fans can be angry at him for making the most of his situation or wish him well. I’d suggest the latter.
Regardless of who you feel like blaming for this, the play-by-play work of the 80-year-old Brent Musburger won’t help you feel better about it. Hopefully the team will find a more suitable replacement soon.