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Bob Wolff

Bob Wolff (Sportscaster.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 29, 1920.)  Acknowledged as the longest-running sportscaster in television history, Robert A. Wolff has been on the New York sports scene since 1954.  Wolff began in Washington, D.C., in 1946 with the old DuMont Network.  He became the Knicks television voice in 1954, beginning an association with […]

Harry Wismer

Harry Wismer (Sportscaster and club owner.  Born, Port Huron, MI, June 30, 1913; died, New York, NY, Dec. 4, 1967.)  From his start at WJR in Detroit in 1935, Harry Wismer was one of America’s leading sportscasters.  In 1941, Wismer became the sports director and lead announcer for NBC’s second radio network (“Blue”), which shortly […]

Beto Villa

Beto Villa (Sportscaster.  Born, Caracas, Venzuela, Feb. 7, 1947.)  Beginning in 1996, the voice of Beto Villa became a familiar one to Spanish-speaking fans of the Yankees.  That year, Villa began calling play-by-play of the soon-to-be World Series champions on WADO (1280 AM).  When the MSG Network added the SAP option to its telecasts, his […]

Sam Rosen

Sam Rosen (Sportscaster.  Born, Ulm, West Germany, Aug. 12, 1947.)  Moving to Brooklyn at age 2, Samuel Rosen became a good enough baseball player to captain City College as a senior in 1968, but most New York sports fans firmly identify him with hockey.  After radio jobs in Bridgeport, Conn., at WNAB (1970) and WICC […]

Bill Stern

Bill Stern (Sportscaster.  Born, Rochester, NY, July 1, 1907; died, Harrison, NY, Nov. 19, 1971.)  Starting as a partner of Graham McNamee on NBC in 1934, Bill Stern made an impression on radio with his dramatic style.  He was also the first sportscaster in television history.  On May 17, 1939, Stern called the first game of […]

Clemson Smith-Muniz

Clemson Smith Muniz (Sportscaster.  Born, Washington, DC, Aug. 11, 1958.)  A former sportswriter for the Daily News, Clemson Lewis Smith Muniz has become one of the leading Spanish-language broadcasters and producers in the New York area.  Smith Muniz began broadcasting Knicks games in 1994 (WADO-1280 AM) and began calling the Jets in 2000.  In 2005, he […]

Dave Sims

Dave Sims (Sportscaster.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Feb. 14, 1953.)  Following seven years (1975-82) as a sportswriter with the Daily News, David Simpson Sims turned to sportscasting.  Sims became a host for Knicks radio broadcasts and the network’s “Coors Sports Night” show in 1986.  In 1991, he became a play-by-play announcer for ESPN.  Sims’ other assignments have […]

Pete Silverman

Pete Silverman (Radio-television producer.  Born, Providence, RI, April 11, 1947.)  After a career as a sportscaster in Atlanta, Ga. (1969-70) and Philadelphia (1970-82), Silverman served as executive producer of MSG Network from 1982 to January 1994, when he moved to SportsChannel New York.  When SportsChannel was brought under the MSG umbrella in 1997, Silverman became vice […]

Michael Kay

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 […]

Deb Kaufman

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 […]

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