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Ed Ingles


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).

Ted Husing


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.

Bob Murphy


Bob Murphy (Sportscaster. Born, Tulsa, OK, Sept. 19, 1924; died, West Palm Beach, FL Aug. 3, 2004.) An icon for generations of Mets fans, Robert A. Murphy started calling play-by-play for the team when it entered the N.L. in 1962. Murphy was one of the three original voices of the Mets, along with Lindsay Nelson and Ralph Kiner, who worked together for the first 17 seasons of the Mets’ existence. Murphy and Kiner continued to do both television and radio with new partners after Nelson departed following the 1978 season. (Steve Albert replaced Nelson.) Another major change occurred at the start of the 1982 season, when Kiner became a television-only voice and Murphy was assigned to radio only (with Steve LaMar as his partner). He retired on Sept. 25, 2003, after 42 seasons, when he worked the final Mets home game of the year and was honored with “Bob Murphy Night” pre-game ceremonies. Through it all, Murphy was heard on a half-dozen New York-area stations that have served as Mets flagships, starting with WABC in 1962. Murphy has been heard on WFAN (now 660 AM) since 1987, when WHN (1050) became WFAN. Murphy was in the U.S. Marines during World War II and then went to the U. of Tulsa. He began his baseball career in Tulsa, doing Texas League games in 1947. He moved to Oklahoma City in 1948 and came to the major leagues with the Boston Red Sox in 1954, where he also began regular television work. He spent six seasons in Boston and two more (1960-61) in Baltimore before joining the Mets. Murphy did college football, as well as the Titans (1962) and Jets (1963) of the A.F.L.

Frank Messer


Frank Messer (Sportscaster. Born, Asheville, NC, Aug. 8, 1925; died, Deerfield Beach, FL, Nov. 13, 2001.) The professional who held together the Yankees radio and television broadcasts for 18 seasons (1968-85), Wallace Frank Messer began his broadcasting career in 1948. Messer became sports director of WSKY in Asheville, N.C., a position he held for six years. Messer moved to Richmond, Va., in 1954, where he was to remain for nearly a decade as sports editor with two leading radio stations (WRNL, 1954-60; WRVA, 1960-63). His major league baseball play-by-play career began with the Baltimore Orioles in 1964 on both radio and television. The same year, Messer began radio play-by-play of the N.F.L. Baltimore Colts. During his Yankees years, he worked occasional Knicks games and other events at the Garden. After leaving the Yankees, Messer broadcast the Chicago White Sox (1986-87) on radio and television and, starting in 1988, spent five years doing baseball play-by-play for CBS Network radio before retiring after the 1992 season. Yankees fans recall him as the voice who mentioned the score and inning once in a while on those occasions that Phil Rizzuto was chatting with a guest in the booth, reading birthday announcements, or telling a story. For several years, Messer also served as the on-field host for the Yankees Old-Timers Day program.

Graham McNamee


Graham McNamee (Sportscaster. Born, Washington, DC, July 10, 1888; died, New York, NY, May 9, 1942.) An aspiring baritone who once sold meat to support his career, Graham McNamee became the first nationally-known sportscaster in the pioneer days of radio in the 1920s. Starting at NBC’s New York outlet, WJY, McNamee worked 12 World Series, beginning in 1923, for the network. In the early years, he often worked with Phillips Carlin, who was succeeded by Bill Stern in 1934. McNamee did all major college football, including the Rose Bowl, which he did three times, including the 1927 game (Alabama 7, Stanford 7) that was the first sports event broadcast nationwide. Although the first boxing broadcasts were done by Major J. Andrew White and J.O. Smith on NBC from Boyle’s 30 Acres in Jersey City, N.J., in 1921, McNamee did eight heavyweight championships, including both Dempsey-Tunney bouts.

Tom McDonald


Tom McDonald (Sportscaster. Born, Allentown, PA, Dec. 14, 1944.) Host for over a decade of the Channel 5 show “Sports Extra,” Tom R. McDonald has also been a sports news anchor and reporter for both local and network outlets. McDonald first came to what was then WNEW-TV (Channel 5) as a reporter and anchor (with Bill Mazer) in 1973. He left in 1976 to host an ABC Radio Network program, “The World of Sports,” but returned to WYNY as a sports anchor for 16 years (1980-96). McDonald has been an ABC-TV network sports reporter for such shows as “Early News” and “Good Morning America” as well as many syndicated programs. In 2003 he began working for New York 1, the TimeWarner-owned local cable news channel.

Irving Marsh


Irving Marsh (Sportswriter. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 15, 1907; died, Canaan, CT, Aug. 3, 1982.) Among the fundamental figures in the growth of college basketball as a major sport, Irving T. Marsh was assistant sports editor of the Herald Tribune. Marsh started at the paper as a copy boy while still a student at City College. By 1930, he was regularly covering college basketball, then a sport confined to local rivalries in cramped campus gyms. An occasional “big game” found its way to an armory. Ned Irish introduced intersectional doubleheaders to the Garden in December 1934 and Marsh was quick to see the potential of the sport. He helped organize the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association that year and, in 1938, was a leader in founding the N.I.T., which was originally sponsored by the writers group. Marsh was also attracted by college football, partly because of the Herald Tribune‘s sponsorship of an All-Star game for the benefit of the Fresh Air Fund and partially because of his association with Columbia. He served three terms (1942-47, 1951-53, and 1966-68) as Columbia’s sports information director. Marsh (along with Everett B. Morris of the Herald Tribune) started the East-West College All-Star basketball game at the Garden in 1946. The annual event, which ran until 1964, was also a benefit for the Fresh Air Fund. Marsh was not only active in the promotion of the Garden event but also in the assembling of the teams and maintaining the relationship with the N.C.A.A. and the colleges whose players appeared in the game. The All-Star game gave heightened visibility to college players and the schools they represented. Marsh was instrumental in developing the Eastern College Athletic Conference into a major factor in the organization of college sports. The E.C.A.C. began (as the central office of Eastern Intercollegiate Athletics) in 1938 primarily as a clearinghouse for the assignment of game officials. It later grew into an organization of over 100 colleges that conducted championships in several sports. Marsh founded the E.C.A.C. Service Bureau, its publicity and statistical arm, in 1947. The Herald Tribune closed in 1966 and Marsh worked for its ill-fated successor, the World Journal Tribune, until it closed May 5, 1967. In July 1969, he became the full-time head of the E.C.A.C. Service Bureau in Manhattan. He retired in June 1973. Marsh and Edward Ehre founded and co-edited the hardcover book annual, Best Sports Stories (E.P. Dutton), from 1945 to 1980, a book that helped elevate sportswriting and also recognized its quality.

Sam Marchiano


Sam Marchiano (Sportscaster. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 23, 1967.) A correspondent-reporter for FOX Sports and the MSG Network, Susan Anne Marchiano started her career as a sportswriter for the Daily News. Marchiano joined the News directly from Columbia after her graduation in 1989 and covered the Islanders for two seasons. In 1991, she decided to pursue a career in television and became an associate producer for “Inside Edition” at WYNY (Channel 5). Marchiano became a New York bureau producer for ESPN in 1993 and became an on-the-air reporter for MSG two years later. By 1997, she was a correspondent for FOX Sports New York and FOX Sports Net.  She later became a reporter for mlb.com.

 

Sal Marchiano


Sal Marchiano (Sportscaster. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 3, 1941.) For over 40 years, Salvatore Joseph Marchiano was a sports news voice in New York. A Fordham graduate, Marchiano began the first of his two tours at WCBS-TV (Ch. 2) in 1967, moved to WABC-TV (Ch. 7) in 1970 and then returned to WCBS-TV (1979-80). He spent three years as a SportsCenter anchor at ESPN (1980-83) but then returned to New York, where he spent a decade at WNBC-TV (Ch. 4) before going to WPIX (Ch. 11) in 1993.  In December 2008, he retired as a sportscaster when his contract was not renewed by WPIX Channel 11 News at Ten, but less than two years later he filed an age discrimination suit.

Monica Pellegrini


Monica Pellegrini (Sportscaster.  Born, Altoona, PA, Dec. 31, 1964.)  A familiar face at major events as well as on the screen, Monica M. Pellegrini joined WWOR-TV (Ch. 9) in 1993 from Washington, D.C., where she had previously been a sports anchor at WJLA.  Pellegrini began her career at WHIZ-TV, Zanesville, O., a year after graduating from Maryland.  She moved to WCBD-TV in Charleston, S.C., in 1988 and moved to Washington in 1992.

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