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Royals TV honors White with half-inning of silence

Broadcast goes quiet in top of first inning as tribute to late radio voice

The Royals broadcast on FSKC honored former radio voice Fred White with a half-inning of silence in the top of the first inning during Wednesday's game against the Angels in Anaheim.

White, who called games from 1974-98 and was associated with the club for 40 years, died at the age of 76 on Wednesday due to complications from melanoma.

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"I can almost hear Fred White's voice and he is saying thanks for listening all these years," the Royals broadcast began. "Thank you for all the support. Thank you for all the kind words today about him and his family. And he's probably also saying, 'Hey, let's get to the ballgame.'

"So, as we mourn him, as we honor him, instead of a moment of silence, we will begin -- for Fred White -- a half-inning of silence."

With a picture serving as tribute to White in the bottom right corner of the screen throughout the half-inning, the Royals were held scoreless in the frame.

On Tuesday, the club announced White's retirement as director of broadcast services and Royals Alumni, citing health reasons. He passed away shortly thereafter in hospice care.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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