Raiders announce Greg Papa’s departure from radio team

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A report earlier this week indicated that Brent Musburger will take over for Greg Papa as the play-by-play voice for Raiders radio broadcasts this season.

The Raiders have yet to confirm that Musburger is coming onboard, but they have confirmed that Papa is leaving the job he’s held since 1993. Team owner Mark Davis released an oddly punctuated statement on Thursday thanking Papa for his efforts.

“The Raiders organization would like to thank Greg Papa for his two decades of service to the Silver and Black.. He wasn’t just given the job.. He earned it.. With intense preparation Greg was always ready for the call.. Just as my generation remembers Bill King and “Holy Toledo”.. The Raider Nation will remember Greg Papa and “Touchdown Raiders”.. We wish Greg and his family the best in whatever the future brings..”

Former Raiders coach Tom Flores announced that he will also be leaving the broadcast booth after 20 years as Papa’s partner. No replacement for Flores has been announced or reported at this point.

39 responses to “Raiders announce Greg Papa’s departure from radio team

  1. Sad day for the Raider Nation. I, for one, grew up listening to Papa – just as my father did listening to Bill King. Hopefully this was Papa’s decision and not Davis’. Either way, I’ll forever remember hearing.. “TOUCHDOOOOOWN… RRRRRAIDERRRRS!” Sorry, Mark, but Las Vegas can’t take away all of our memories.

  2. Papa did not want to go to Vegas. I think the timing for this change is good.

    I like Mark Davis’ ability to stand up and be counted.

    He is not afraid to forge ahead. Much respect…

  3. Thank goodness! As a Chiefs fan, “Touchdown Raaiiiders” blew. Now, someone PLEASE get rid of the Chiefs Mitch Holtus!!! “Touchdown Kansas City” yeeeeesssssshhhhhh……I’d insert a picture of bleeding ears if I could. I’d like a guy to just call the game and let it breathe on it’s own and not turn a NFL broadcast into 3 hours of “look at me” radio.

  4. Vegas is a new market with no past track record of support for any particular NFL team. So regardless of who the announcer is or whatever other publicity moves Son-of-Al makes, the fact remains that attendance at games and sale of PSL’s will depend upon the results on the field.

  5. The Raiders won’t be scoring any touchdowns in Vegas, so there is no need for Papa.

  6. Apart from the “Touch down Raiderssssss” thing, the dude always sounded like he was rooting for the other team, and he was always giving out team info, the dude was more of a spy then anything.

  7. He always leaked inside info, I’m sure wasn’t on purpose it was just the way he did to make it more entertained but other teams were always listening

  8. Greg Papa is one of the best in the business and won’t be unemployed for long. This move by Mark Davis is idiotic.

  9. Touchdown Raiders??? Wow, that’s original. Its funny how some announcers think “their call” is just as important as the actual play. It isn’t.

  10. I liked Papa but… all they have to do is win. Nobody will care about anything else if they win.. Thats a big if..

  11. These dudes are too old to pick up & move to Vegas. Even if they did, there isn’t enough Viagra in the world to make it worth their while. God knows, the Gruden throwback s**tshow won’t be worth it either.

  12. I keep hearing that he didn’t want to relocate to Vegas. What does that have to do with his departure? He couldn’t fly in 8 weeks a year and call games then go back to the Bay Area?

  13. fordbw says:
    July 19, 2018 at 7:48 pm
    Greg Papa is one of the best in the business and won’t be unemployed for long. This move by Mark Davis is idiotic.

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    Who says it was Davis’ call and not Papa’s?

    He just started 2 daily Bay Area shows and he also works for the Warriors, Cal, and occasionally the Giants. He doesn’t want to go to Vegas, and chose 5 gigs and home over 1 and traveling.

  14. I never liked Papa’s broadcasting style anyway, he sounded like a true Faiders homer. All the good broadcasters usually don’t show favoritism as much as Papa did. Maybe Papa John’s will hire him.

  15. The same Brent Musberger who’s schilling for Vegas Betting Services? I guess it fits … that’s a LONG Way from his days on WBBM Chicago then CBS Network TV … does he need the money that bad?

  16. He’s had the job since 1997, Joel Mayers did the radio calling from 1993-1996 taking over for the Great Bill King

  17. LVMF says:
    July 20, 2018 at 10:30 am
    The same Brent Musberger who’s schilling for Vegas Betting Services? I guess it fits … that’s a LONG Way from his days on WBBM Chicago then CBS Network TV … does he need the money that bad?

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    He can call their boring losses and still remain retired.

  18. It seems a rather odd fit for a career racist like Musburger to be the Raiders play-by-play man.

  19. idiedpretty says:
    July 20, 2018 at 6:35 pm
    How old is Mushburger? Wow, Chucky really is reverting back to the 90s. Good luck with that.
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    This guy was a Radio Sportscaster in the early 70’s !!!!

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