He passed away today. Almost 93.
I stumped him in the early ’80′s and won a bumper sticker.
He was more than “Amazing”, he was a true broadcast pioneer, a man of vision. When I was a kid he was on 66 WNBC, he hosted the first sports telephone sports show in New York. He said at the time some day there will be a 24 hour a day sports station. It was hard to imagine with the home of the “Good Guys” top 40 WMCA to the left of 66 on the dial, and top 40 home of the “All Americans” WABC to the right. Long before Sports Center there was Sports Extra on Sunday night (1972 I believe was the first year) from 10:30pm-11pm, the first show of its kind in New York, a real oasis for a sports fan. He also was a trivia expert unlike the fake trivia expert Art Rust Jr. (anyone remember him).
As far as I know Bill was still on the air in the early years of the 21st Century (I think he was on a small Westchester station). At that time he was doing a general interest/political talk show (Bill was left of center politically speaking).
Joseph Maloney wrote:
Long before Sports Center there was Sports Extra on Sunday night (1972 I believe was the first year) from 10:30pm-11pm, the first show of its kind in New York…
Channel 5 – Some of us remember it well; unrelated, Jerry Girard seemed like a good guy, with a great sense of humor, on Channel 11 Sports around the same time…
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