Justified or not? Announcers want to go on forever; Separating themselves from colleagues is tough!

JJ Redick, Doris Burke and Mike Breen are leading the way on ABC

Still alive, How are these doing? And left remaining, not by their own volition.

These octogenarians, aged 80 or so or older. They are still going at it to some extent in limited number of games, emotion and energy. They’re aging and should be somewhere.

If I missed a few, my apologies. Happy to add or correct.

Comments on each.


Bob Uecker, Brewers

Bob Uecker 89, Perhaps the funniest man in MLB, with the Brewers since 1971

Hubie Brown, 89, works for ESPN, Still as sharp as a fresh knife

Lee Corso, 88, wants to stay on, under the assistance of Kirk Herbstreit

Johnny Holliday86, with a long history. Always a smile, Maryland Football and hoops

Jim Kaat 85, Superb voice, excellent storyteller, battled with Koufax in ’65 WS

John Sterling 85, Backers and critics. Bottom line, a survivor of 34 seasons

Gary Gerould84, developed a sufficient connection with fans in Sacramento

Dave Johnson, 84, One of the most respected horse race callers ever

Brent Musburger 84, He’s always had an edge, setting him apart from the cast

Dick Vitale 84, A Progenitor at ESPN; Got millions to follow college hoops.

Jacques Doucet, 83, longtimer in Canada, first in Montreal and later in Toronto

Bill Hillgrove, 83, U/Pitt and Steelers voice says a lot, football and basketball

Vern Lundquist 83, Fully away from football, hoops and now on golf too on CBS

Denny Matthews 81, Original voice, KC in ‘69, most seasoned 56

Jimmy Johnson 80, Ex-coach and still in studio as analyst for Fox/NFL

Bill Raftery 80, Combines humor, analytical depth and when to say it’s enough

Merrill Reese 80, After Kalas died and Eagles won, Reese was Philly’s favorite

Tom Hammond 80, Humble, gentle and almost flawless but no longer on NBC

Mike Patrick 79, Fantastic voice, Could do anything; Accurate and predictable 

Al Michaels 79, The best ever NFL play-by-player; Starts last season with Amazon

George Blaha  79, Almost 50 years with Pistons and Spartans football games cautiously

Greg Gumbel 78, Off CBS NFL, scheduled for hoops studio, left mysteriously

Ted Leitner 77, Like him or not, an institution in San Diego, no longer with Padres


David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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