Category Archives: Sportscaster
Ian Eagle (Sportscaster. Born, Miami, FL, Feb. 9, 1969.) Beginning as a sports producer at WFAN Radio (1990-92), Ian Eagle has become a leading N.F.L. television play-by-play man as well as the Nets television voice. Eagle began hosting his own WFAN talk show in 1993 and moved to Nets basketball the next year as the radio play-by-play caller on WFAN. From 1995-2005, he was the television voice of the Nets before the signing of Marv Albert reduced his role. Eagle hosted the Jets’ pre-game and post-game shows on WFAN (1993-96) and then became the Jets’ radio play-by-play man in 1997. The next year, he joined the CBS Network team for N.F.L. telecasts.
Win Elliot (Sportscaster. Born, Chelsea, MA, May 7, 1915; died, Norwalk, CT, Sept. 17, 1998.) From the time he attended the first N.H.L. game played in the U.S. (at Boston, 1924), Irwin Elliot Shalek was hooked on hockey. Elliot played goal for Michigan, called the first televised N.H.L. game, and was the Rangers radio voice for four seasons. A CBS Network announcer for decades, he did horse racing, boxing, and baseball, but hockey was his love and he may been the best at it ever in America.
Mike Emrick (Sportscaster. Born Marion, IN, Aug. 1, 1946.) Considered by many observers the premier hockey announcer in the U.S., Michael (Doc) Emrick has been associated with the Rangers and, most prominently, the Devils. Emrick made his N.H.L. television debut in 1979 in Philadelphia but came to the Devils in 1983 on MSG Network. He started Rangers play-by-play the same year. Emrick handled the Devils television through 1986 on MSG and the Rangers radio through 1988. He returned to the Devils for Cablevision in 1993. Emrick called N.F.L. football for CBS Sports for two years (1992-93) and for FOX starting in 1997. He also has had network calls for the N.H.L. All-Star Game (1990), the Stanley Cup and Olympic hockey. During his career, Emrick has done hockey on virtually every national network, including ABC and ESPN. He earned his nickname after gaining a Ph.D. from Bowling Green (O.) University.
Len Gambino (Sportscaster. Born, Stamford, CT, Apr. 18, 1938.) A local star in southwest Connecticut, Leonard Gambino was a sportscaster for WSTC (AM 1400) for 26 years (1970-96). During that stretch, Gambino broadcast high school football, basketball, baseball, softball, and hockey, as well as conducting a sports news show that by the mid-1970s also included a talk show format. He expanded the station’s coverage to include the Big East and New York area pro sports. Gambino later did Fairfield U. football and basketball, cable television scholastic sports, and MSG Network’s high school game of the week.
Jerry Girard (Sportscaster. Born, Chicago, IL, Aug. 6, 1932; died, Hawthorne, NY, Mar. 25, 2007.) Famed for his deadpan wisecracks, Jerry Girard (born Gerard Alfred Suglia) was sports anchor at WPIX (Ch. 11) for over 20 years (1974-95). Girard was raised in The Bronx and attended Manhattan College before a series of disc jockey jobs took him too Myrtle Beach, S.C., Gary, Ind., and Altoona, Penna. He returned to New York as a record librarian and WNEW Radio (1130 AM) and moved to WPIX as a news writer in 1967. Girard was succeeded by Sal Marchiano and left WPIX after declining the weekend sports anchor role.
Jim Gordon (Sportscaster. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Feb. 15, 1927; died, Putnam Valley, NY, Feb. 16, 2003.) For four decades, the voice of Jim Gordon was heard on New York radio and television sports. Gordon first shared Knicks radio work with Marty Glickman in 1954-55. He later worked three seasons with Les Keiter (1956-59). Gordon had a record-setting run of 18 seasons (1977-94) calling the Football Giants, primarily on WNEW (1130-AM). He also did 12 seasons (1969-70, 1973-84) of Rangers telecasts, most of them with Bill Chadwick, his color man from 1973-81 on the MSG Network. Gordon had earlier worked Rangers broadcasts for three seasons (1959-60, 1961-63). He was a longtime WINS news anchor and the first voice on the air when the station began its all-news format Apr. 19, 1965. During his years with the Garden, he handled some occasional Knicks, college basketball, track meet, and dog show telecasts. Other incidental work included play-by-play for the first national N.H.L. telecasts on CBS (1968), a year of Islanders radio and television (1972-73) and a brief stint with the Nets. Gordon called two Super Bowl victories for the Giants (1987 and 1991). He began his broadcasting career in Syracuse, N.Y., with WNOR in 1948 and called the Syracuse Nationals in the old N.B.L. and minor league hockey.
Ted Husing (Sportscaster. Born, The Bronx, NY, Nov. 27, 1901; died, Pasadena, CA, Aug. 10, 1962.) After becoming an announcer at NBC’s WJZ in 1924, Edward Britt Husing became an unofficial understudy to sportscaster Graham McNamee. In 1927, Husing moved to the new Columbia Broadcasting System as director of sports and chief sportscaster. CBS quickly lined up several important sports events, including the Kentucky Derby and major college football, all featuring Husing at the mike. In later years, he developed a series of daily radio features, including the “Sports Thrills Series” and “Grantland Rice’s Sportlight,” written by the fabled sportswriter. Husing left CBS in 1947, having already started a career as a disc jockey at New York’s WHN (1946-54). When the station was sold to MGM, he moved to California.
Ed Ingles (Sportscaster. Born, The Bronx, NY, Apr. 25, 1932.) A pioneer in radio reporting from clubhouses and locker rooms, Edward H. Ingles was sports director for WCBS Radio for 23 years (1973-96). Ingles, who was also the station’s morning sports news voice, was among the first to venture in the dressing room for post-game comments for radio reports. He also served as an anchor for CBS Radio at the four major golf tournaments, working 34 Masters from 1973-98. Ingles handled a pre-game N.F.L. show for CBS-TV in 1976 and play-by-play of the Super Bowl on CBS Radio in 1976. He also did two stints as radio color commentator for the Jets (1973-77 and 1991-93) for a total of eight seasons and did color on WCBS for St. John’s basketball (1984-91). In addition, Ingles was an adjunct professor at St. John’s for over 25 years starting in 1973 and a professor in residence at Hofstra (1995-97).
Deb Kaufman Placey (Sportscaster. Born, St. Louis, MO, Aug. 17, 1966.) Inspired by pioneer ESPN anchor Gayle Gardner, Deb Kaufman set out to become a sports anchor, joining ESPN as a production assistant in 1988. Starting in 1990, Kaufman moved to four broadcast stations in just over three years, going from Marion, Ill., to WPRI-TV in Providence, R.I. (1991), to WSVN-TV (FOX) in Miami, Fla. (1992). By 1993, she was back at ESPN as a reporter and an anchor on the new ESPN2. In August 1995, Kaufman moved to MSG Network as a pre- and post-game host and anchor on “SportsDesk.” She worked the Knicks, Rangers, and Yankees regularly and, starting in 1998, began filling the same roles on FOX Sports New York. In 2003, Kaufman began as a fill-in sports anchor on WNBC-TV (Ch. 4), backing up Len Berman and Bruce Beck. In 2001, she began covering the Islanders for MSG and in 2011, she became a reporter for Devils games on the MSG Network and MSG Plus.
Michael Kay (Sportscaster. Born, The Bronx, NY, Feb. 2, 1961.) A sportswriter-turned-broadcaster, Michael Kay became an integral part of the Yankees after joining veteran John Sterling as their radio tandem on WABC in 1992. A 1982 graduate of Fordham, Kay joined the New York Post that year as a general news reporter, moving to sports two years later. In 1987, he became the Post’s Yankees beat writer and kept that assignment when he switched to the Daily News in 1989. After five years on the Yankees beat, Kay, a nephew of actor Danny Aiello, became a radio voice. Although Kay and Sterling had critics who disliked their in-game digressions, they were enormously popular with Yankees fans and inspired intense loyalty. In 2002, Kay moved to the YES Network as the lead play-by-play announcer when that network took over Yankees cablecasts. He began a sports talk show on ESPN Radio (AM 1050) in 2003 and a very successful interview show, “Center Stage,” on YES.