Archive for the 'On-Air Talent' Category

Jack Buck

There was a jovial electricity in the air of St. Louis on the night of Monday Oct. 14, 1985. Cardinals’ shortstop Ozzie Smith had just won Game 5 of the National League Championship Series with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The city was alive: shouts of joy filled the [...]

Curt Gowdy

In the history of sports broadcasting, few figures have had the power to legitimize an event simply by attending it. For 40 years, Curt Gowdy was that figure. Over the course of a career that spanned five decades and all three broadcast networks, the “Cowboy at the Mike” called hundreds of football, basketball, baseball, Olympic, [...]

Jim McKay

With a remarkable number of firsts in the field of broadcasting, sports commentator Jim McKay has no equal. In 1947, he was the first television broadcaster on the airwaves in Baltimore; in 1968, he became the first sports commentator to win an Emmy Award; and the host of other firsts he achieved make him one [...]

Howard Cosell

Howard Cosell was one of the most controversial sports broadcast personalities in American media but his provocative style and refusal to conform redefined the role of the sports commentator and forever changed the relationship between professional sports leagues and broadcasters. An attorney, Howard William Cohen made a name for himself in the early 1950s as [...]

Vin Scully

After 60 years behind the mic, big games are familiar territory for Los Angeles Dodgers sportscaster Vin Scully. Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game in 1956, Hank Aaron’s home run to pass Babe Ruth in 1974, Kirk Gibson’s walk-off homer in the 1988 World Series, Bill Buckner’s error in the 1986 World Series, and Dwight [...]

Dick Enberg

Few sports broadcasters count both a master’s degree and a doctorate among their credentials, but superior education is just one qualification that makes Dick Enberg a special talent. One of the most versatile announcers ever to take the microphone, Enberg brings a professor’s logic to his preparation, having lent his voice to every major event, [...]

Pat Summerall

The quintessential play-by-play voice of the National Football League, Pat Summerall defined excellence during his 40 years in the booth, calling more Super Bowls than any announcer in history. He made up one half of pro football’s most legendary broadcast team, alongside fellow inductee John Madden, and spent more than 20 years as the signature [...]

John Madden

In the business of sports broadcasting, few names are as ubiquitous as John Madden’s. Known as much for his lively, colorful personality as for his in-depth commentary, he spent three decades calling NFL games for all four major networks. During 50-plus years in football, the Pro Football Hall-of-Famer cemented his standing as a cultural icon, [...]

Keith Jackson

If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, then Keith Jackson is perhaps the most flattered broadcaster ever to sit in a booth. A versatile play-by-play man who has covered everything from baseball to boxing, his distinctive Southern twang is most associated with college football. He took the ABC announce booth every football Saturday [...]