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Bob Page

Bob Page (Sportscaster.  Born, Covington, KY, Nov. 23, 1951.)  Robert Lionel Page, Jr., was host of “Sports Desk” on the MSG Network for over 10 years (1988-98) and hosted the twice-daily ABC Radio show, “Speaking of Sports,” previously hosted by Howard Cosell.  Starting in 1991, the outspoken and direct Page also hosted an interview on MSG for several years known as “Sports Page.”

Jim Gordon

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.

Jerry Girard

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.

Len Gambino

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.

Mike Emrick

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.

Win Elliot

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.

Ian Eagle

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.

Bill Daughtry

Bill Daughtry (Sportscaster.  Born, New York, NY, Aug. 23, 1953.)  A warm and engaging on-air personality, Bill Daughtry has been a broadcaster since 1974, when he became a weekend news reporter at WPTR in Albany, N.Y.  Daughtry moved from there to the National Black Network in New York (1976-77), WFAS in Westchester (1977), and WGCH in Greenwich, Conn. (1979-86).  In between, he became sports director at WMCA (1981-85) and then sports anchor at WCBS (1987-92).  After four years at WFAN (1993-97), Daughtry became a “SportsDesk” anchor at MSG Network.  In Nov. 2006, he moved to ESPN, where he became a radio SportsCenter anchor and show host.

Mike Crispino

Mike Crispino (Sportscaster.  Born, Hartford, CT, July 10, 1952.)  An all-purpose reporter and anchor, Michael Crispino has been with the MSG Network since 1992 and has done play-by-play for Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty games.

Bob Costas

Bob Costas (Sportscaster.  Born, Astoria, NY, Mar. 22, 1952.)  Stylish and professional, Robert Costas became the primary sports voice for NBC-TV in the 1980s.  Although he excelled at N.F.L. and N.B.A. work, Costas made little secret that his first love is baseball.  When NBC gave up baseball, he began to explore other avenues, including a well-respected HBO talk show entitled “Later.”

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