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First sports talk show host I really listened to

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Bill Mazer was “the Amazin’” sportscaster that several generations of today’s broadcasters and writers grew up on. He’s just died at 92, having been retired only since 2009, says the New York Times. Bill came to NYC from Buffalo in 1964 to work at then-talk WNBC (660), hosting a 4:30 to 6pm sports talk show – an unusual thing in those days. He went to WOR radio (710), CBS TV, then WNEW television in 1971. He was heard on WFAN, the very first all-sports station (then on 1050). He stayed on that frequency after a sale, to anchor a liberal morning talk show at WEVD for ten years. His last gig was at Bill O’Shaughnessy’s WVOX in Westchester County. O’Shaughnessy says “Bill was knowledgeable about damn near everything.”

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