BBC Scotland had been flagging up 40 years of Sportscene - a programme which had brought goals and incidents galore within Scottish football for the past four decades.
Growing up in the 70s and 80s, Sportscene - along with Scotsport on STV - would be your main source of football entertainment.
Sadly you can't say that now.
When the respective shows finished, you at least felt informed more about what you had just seen as both men were consummate professionals who had honed their craft.
Scotsport took a turn for the worse when Montford retired and allowed the lamentable Jim White (the walking-talking Hello magazine audition currently plaguing the screens on Sky Sports News) to take the reins before passing on to Freeman's catalogue model wannabe Jim Delahunt who along with Julyan Sinclair and Sarah O (two work experience High school kids would have done better) drove the final nail in that programme's coffin.
In the early 1990s, some suited wet dream within the corridors of BBC Scotland decided Archie was just 'old hat' and forced him out. Sportscene still continues to waste electricity on the life-support machine that would be best used reviving Lazarus in the hospital mortuary.
Presented by the robotic Jonathan Sutherland with Liam MacLeod as commentator (a man with a voice so high-pitched that dog whistle manufacturers worldwide are closing down), the programme has you squirming inside so much that you're reaching for the mute button and content to watch the goal action in silence.
Not to mention the dimwit pundits that they usually have on.
By all means use ex-players in that role but be sure that they have something to say.
Last night's duo of Billy Dodds and Scott McDonald reminded one of the news spoof show of the 1990's, "The Day Today" where they would do a vox-pop type sketch titled "Speak Your Brains" where any old rubbish could be spoken and passed off as being 'informative comment'.
They added the square root of zilch if you were looking to be fully informed about the game by 'experts'.
The Irish broadcaster RTE employ former players Eamon Dunphy and Johnny Giles as pundits on their football show.
Irish viewers tend to have a 'marmite' opinion of them (love or hate what they say) but one thing is not in doubt, they do have something to say.
Dunphy especially. Regardless of whether or not you agree with him, at least the man has an opinion and is willing to expand on it.
Billy Dodds however, struggles to string two sentences together.
Here's Dunphy a few years ago when Terry Venables was in the running for the Ireland team manager's job.
What would you imagine the likes of Billy Dodds, Derek Ferguson or Allan Preston would have to say?
I'll make a guess (which I'm 99 per cent sure will be spot on).
"Ehmmmm.....aye he'll be a guid appointment like....he'll get the players motivated an' ah hope he diz well fur us etc".
Do you seriously think they would do their homework as Dunphy had done and spark off a new debate about whether or not such a man would be morally fit to take a national team manager's post?
We would get a masterclass in tired old clichés though.
England has the same problem we do. Alan Shearer and Mark Lawrenson do what Dodds and Co do but for larger amounts of money (Shearer's "We don't know much about Slovenia" in the 2010 World Cup showed a man content on being there for an expenses-paid junket instead of doing some homework on his chosen field of football).
It never used to be that way for English TV viewers either. Take Brian Clough who was a pundit on ITV's The Big Match.
Compare that to today's choreographed sideshow designed to cure insomnia sufferers of their ailment.
Even the hosts seemed to bring something to the party back in the day.
Here's BBC Scotland's Sportsreel from 1963.
You see a young Archie MacPherson in that clip.
Last weekend, he was a guest commentator for Sportscene at the Dundee United v Aberdeen match.
Even in his 80s, he was head and shoulders above the likes of Liam MacLeod who seems to think that we need to hear his high-pitched squeal for every second of the game.
Archie of course comes from the school that knows when to talk and knows when to button it.
As former Test cricket player and commentator Richie Benaud once wrote on the art of good commentating: "If you haven't got anything of interest to say then it is better not to talk at all".
MacLeod is not the only one guilty of breaking this golden rule but as he's BBC Scotland's 'main man', you do wish that he above all others eventually heeds it.
Watching football highlights on a Saturday night or Sunday tea-time used to be something to look forward to.
You saw action from your favourite sport and it was presented, commentated on and analysed by people who knew their craft.
Sadly, such experts of the craft are no longer around.
Instead we are served up with cowboys who think that we'll put up with any old rubbish because we're desperate to watch the football anyway.
Sorry BBC, we're not that desperate.