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Voices who turn 70 in 2022; We’re all getting grayer; For Hubie Brown, 88, he’s amazing and lucky

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Hitting age 70 is a milestone. As we get older, our intellectual gifts weaken, some quicker and some slower. John Madden knew when to call it a career. He did so at 73. Al Michaels keeps going at 77. He’s still virtually flawless. Vin Scully retired from the Dodgers at 88. He’s now 94.

We all have to accept the facts that our brains begin weaken as we get older. This is life.

Two men who absolutely amaze me in the sports broadcast world are Hubie Brown, 88, and Al McCoy, 90 next April. Neither has lost a spring to their steps. Brown explains the basics so simply in such elementary terms. These two folks are just so blessed.

For some inspiration, follow Warren Buffett’s annual Woodstock for Capitalists and follow the eight hours or so he runs his annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting. The 91 year old never has to grope for an accurate P&L number or share Berkshire’s history with the subsidiary.

These sportscasters have hit or are hitting 70 years young in 2022: 

Howard Kellman                 1        8        1952

Brooklyn born, an institution in Indianapolis – Voice of AAA baseball Indians – for over 4 decades

Chuck Kaiton                      1        9        1952

One of the all-time best NHL play-by-players, painted fantastic word picture on radio for Hartford turned Carolina

JP Dellacamera                   1        11      1952

Most well-known soccer voice in our most wonderful country

Mike Krukow                       1        21      1952

Former Major Leaguer suffering from a muscular disease, still working a Giants voice

Ken Korach                          1        30      1952

Fine voice of Oakland A’s, Has written book on iconic Bay Area voice Bill King

Lynn Swann - WikipediaLynn Swann                         3        17      1952

Hall of Famer, politician, broadcaster and USC Athletic Director (left)

Bob Costas                           3        22      1952

In studio, they haven’t come better. Not before and not since

Paul Sunderland                  3        29      1952

Known for his strength in volleyball, as an Olympian and broadcaster on ESPN

Steve Bornstein                   4        20      1952

President and founder NFL Network, pioneering work on ESPN

Mike Lupica                          5        11      1952

Columnist, author, critic, roots on ESPN’s The Reporters

Greg Schulte                        6        4        1952

Longtime Arizona – MLB TV play-by-player – never fully beloved – schedule cut to home games only

Tony Bruno                          6        13      1952

Philly and national network, acerbic, dry, funny, political, stops included ESPN Radio and Fox 

DeWayne Staats                 8        8        1952

Play-by-player with Tampa Rays, previously with Astros, Cubs and Yanks

Jack Corrigan                      9        12      1952

Cleveland Indians TV then and now on Colorado Rockies radio

Don Tollefson                      9        13      1952

In 1974 on ABC, he and Jim Lampley did first ever sideline reporting on college football

Bill Walton                          11      5        1952

Mesmerizing, garrulous, funny, annoying, inane and unique

Steve Martin                       11      28      1952

Retired Charlotte Hornets announcer, a New Englander by birth, also ACC Football

 

 

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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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Michael Green
4 months ago

I remember reading how Marty Glickman said as he got older, he realized his reflexes slowed and that included his tongue, so he tried to use fewer words. When I got to New York and got to hear Bob Murphy, who then was about 65, I noticed he would say something like, “The throw, the slide, safe,” and then go back and explain in more detail. The good ones adapt.