Category Archives: Broadcaster
Todd Ant (Radio reporter. Born, New York, NY, June 12, 1960.) Starting as a reporter and anchor at WCBS (AM 880), Todd I. Ant became both an on-the-scene reporter and administrator in radio sports news. Ant spent seven years with the CBS Radio Network (1989-96) as a reporter and anchor before becoming the sports director for Metro Networks-New York. He moved to the ABC Sports Network in 1999. Ant was extremely active in the formation of the Metro Radio Sports Reporters Association and at the organizational meeting on July 13, 1993, he was elected founding president of the group. Other officers elected then were Andy Denardo, vice president; Rich Coutinho, secretary-treasurer; and Ed Ingles, board member at large. The group’s charter members, aside from officers, were Mike Mancuso, Peter Schwartz, Mike Farrell, Tom Marian, Larry Hardesty, Bob Trainor, Howie Karpin, Scott Wetzel, Bill Schweitzer, Bill Meth, Bob Grochowski, and Brad Oringer. By 2004, additional members had nearly doubled the size of the organization, which worked to manage working facilities at New York sports venues by aiding teams with certification of legitimate radio reporters. Some on-air personalities such as Steve Torre, Suzyn Waldman, Ed Coleman, and Sweeney Murti also became members.
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Red Barber (Broadcaster. Born, Columbus, MS, Feb. 17, 1908; died, Tallahassee, FL, Oct. 22, 1992.) Thanks to 16 seasons behind the microphone on radio and television, Walter Lanier Barber is a warm and pleasant memory in the hearts of Brooklyn Dodgers fans throughout America. Barber, however, began his broadcast career in 1935 with the Cincinnati Reds and did not move to Brooklyn until 1939, one year after Larry MacPhail took over the Dodgers. MacPhail promptly hired Barber and Al Helfer away from the Reds. At that time, there was a “gentleman’s agreement” among the three New York teams not to broadcast their games on radio due to fear that such broadcasts might damage attendance during those Depression years. MacPhail broke the embargo in 1939. Barber stayed with the Dodgers through the 1953 season and, in one of the more startling announcements of the day, moved to the Yankees, long the Dodgers’ bitter post-season rivals. Barber continued with the Yankees through 1966. He was also the sports director of CBS Radio, succeeding the legendary Ted Husing, from 1946-55. Barber worked the radio broadcasts of the Football Giants during World War II and did numerous network sports shows, both on radio and in the formative days of television sports. Barber was behind the mike for the first big-league baseball telecast, Aug. 26, 1939, at Ebbets Field.
Andre Baruch (Broadcaster. Born, Paris, France, Aug. 20, 1908; died, Beverly Hills, CA, Sept. 15, 1991.) A noted radio voice in the 1940s, Andre Baruch worked on “The Shadow,” “Your Hit Parade,” “The Kate Smith Show,” and others during the so-called Golden Age of Radio. Baruch was also the narrator for RKO Sportscopes, the weekly short shown around the country in movie theaters. During their last four seasons in Brooklyn, he was part of the Dodgers’ broadcast crew with Vin Scully (q.v.) and Jerry Doggett. When the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season, Baruch was the only one of the three to remain in New York. A long-time voice of Pathe Newsreels, he did a local radio show with his wife, Bea Wain, that eventually moved to Florida. In his early years, Baruch attended Pratt Institute and worked as a radio studio pianist and a photographer.
Bruce Beck (Broadcasting. Born, Newark, NJ, Sept. 18, 1956.) Starting in 1997, Bruce David Beck, as the weekend sports anchor and sometimes weekday field reporter, formed a formidable team with Len Berman on WNBC-TV (Channel 4) in New York. Simultaneously, the industrious Beck conducted a sports call-in show on New Jersey’s CN8 cable network. He is a veteran of cable television sports, having served as a host, reporter, and play-by-play personality on the MSG Network from 1982-94. During his years at MSG, Beck won five New York City Emmys and three Cable ACE awards. His other assignments have included U.S. Open tennis host (USA Network, 1992-93), Atlantic 10 basketball play-by-play (1994-96), host and blow-by-blow ringside on Showtime Championship boxing (1990-96) and sideline reporter for N.B.A. games on NBC (1999).
Gordon Bridge (Broadcasting. Born, Batavia, NY, June 14, 1928; died, New York, NY, Jan., 14, 2005.) As assistant sports director of Armed Forces Radio and Television (1952-63), John Gordon Bridge was responsible for providing hundreds of sports events, especially New York baseball games, to American service personnel around the world. Bridge later (1966-98) became an executive with Hughes Sports Network and its successor companies as senior vice president, sports.
Don Carney (Broadcaster. Born, Boston, MA, Aug. 31, 1922; died, Coral Springs, FL, Mar. 16, 2002.) For nearly 30 years, Donald Carney was the man in charge of Yankees telecasts. Carney succeeded Jack Murphy as the director of WPIX telecasts and literally called the shots until his retirement in 1987. He did numerous other sports as well, including the National Horse Show, college basketball, the Little League World Series, Notre Dame football, N.B.A., A.B.A., and N.H.L. games, and dog shows. Carney, an amateur musician, did many other events, such as the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade (1954-87), the International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria (1960-69), Christmas Midnight Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (1978-87), ticker-tape parades, funerals (such as Cardinal Cooke’s in 1983), the Tall Ships in 1976 (for the American Bicentennial), and the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium in 1979. He was a self-taught pianist whose father, Joe, was a famed vaudevillian who performed under the name Joe Pierce. Carney started in the television industry after Navy service in World War II.
Don Dunphy (Broadcaster. Born, New York, July 5, 1908; died, Mineola, N.Y., July 22, 1998.) Like many of the sportscasters who came to prominence in the 1920s and 1930s, Don Dunphy began his working career with aspirations to be a newspaper sportswriter, but his hopes were dashed when the New York World folded during his senior year (1931) at Manhattan College. It turned out to be a big break for both Dunphy and generations of boxing fans. After doing many sports for several New York stations, Dunphy began a 50-year career that was to lead him to ringside for over 2,000 fights, including more than 200 championship bouts. Dunphy served as the sports director of WINS from 1937 to 1947 and in 1939 he began doing amateur championship fights from Madison Square Garden (the Diamond Belts and the Golden Gloves). The following year, he began calling professional bouts at the old Queensboro Arena. Shortly, he succeeded the famed Sam Taub as the voice of the Gillette national radio broadcasts of boxing and worked the second Billy Conn-Joe Louis fight from Yankee Stadium in 1946. Dunphy was to do another 50 heavyweight championship fights, including one of the most famous of them all, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier from Madison Square Garden in 1971. He also appeared in six motion pictures as a sports and boxing announcer and wrote an excellent autobiography. At Manhattan College, he was a letterman on the track team that won three mile relay races at the Penn Relays.
Marty Glickman (Broadcaster. Born, The Bronx, NY, Aug. 14, 1917; died, New York, NY, Jan. 3, 2001.) One of the most active and most memorable of all of New York’s sports broadcasting voices over the years was that of Marty Glickman, a consummate professional and among the most versatile announcers. Glickman, a football and track star at Syracuse University, was a member of the 1936 U. S. Olympic track team at the infamous Berlin Games. However, American coaches did not wish to offend the host Nazis by allowing a Jewish sprinter to compete. Incredibly, Marty Glickman was scratched. Rebounding from this unconscionable snub, Glickman soon established himself as a sports broadcaster. In 1942 he joined “Warm-Up Time” and “Sports Extra” before and after Brooklyn Dodgers baseball games on WHN, later WMGM (AM 1050). In 1946, he joined the New York Knicks in their initial season and was the team’s voice for the next 11 years. His phrase “It’s good . . . like Nedicks” when a basket was scored became a part of Big Apple legend. After a hitch in the Marines during World War II, he added football to his chores. In 1949 he started doing Football Giants broadcasts. He did the Giants for 19 years in two segments (1949-55 and 1961-72) before moving to the Jets in 1973. He also tutored aspiring broadcasters, notably former athletes, of which, he could tell his perhaps initially-skeptical charges, he was one.
Russ Hodges (Broadcaster. Born, Covington, KY, June 12, 1911; died, Mill Valley, CA, Apr. 19, 1971.) Russ Hodges will be forever remembered as the announcer whose famous radio call of Bobby Thomson’s epic home run ended, “The Giants win the pennant . . . the Giants win the pennant . . . the Giants win the pennant!!!” While criticized by some as being unprofessional, Hodges’ emotion-packed description was absolutely on target for what is probably baseball’s most improbable moment and it has become indelibly part of every recollection of the New York Giants’ stunning 1951 pennant victory. Hodges’ career as a major-league broadcaster began in 1933 with the Cincinnati Reds when he was just 20. He subsequently moved to Chicago before joining the Washington Senators in 1940. In 1946, he came to New York, working with Mel Allen on the Yankees radio broadcasts. After three seasons with the Yankees, during which time the New York teams all began to televise their games, Hodges moved to the Polo Grounds. From 1949-57, Hodges was the lead announcer for Giants games on WMCA Radio and WPIX-TV, calling the Giants’ pennant drives in 1951 and 1954. Although he also did some football, basketball, and boxing, Hodges’ mellow baritone was most familiar to New Yorkers as the “Voice of the Giants.” He followed the team to San Francisco before retiring in 1970. But Russell Patrick Hodges became part of both broadcasting and baseball history that October afternoon in 1951.
Leon Janney (Broadcasting. Born, Ogden, UT, Apr. 1, 1917; died, Guadalajara, Mex., Oct. 28, 1980.) A child star in the movies (1929-32), Leon Janney appeared in several Hal Roach “Our Gang” comedies and a dozen feature films (notably, Penrod and Sam, 1931). Janney came to the attention of New York sports fans decades later when he hosted a post-game show known as “The Rheingold Rest” after games on Channel 9 during the Mets’ first two seasons (1962-63). In between, he appeared frequently on the stage, television, and, especially, radio, where he became famed for perfecting a wide range of dialects and accents. Janney starred on radio as Richard Parker in a show of the same name (1939-44), later translating the role to television. Among his other credits were the television soap opera, The Edge of Night and the off-Broadway production, The Threepenny Opera.