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Bill Stern's Sports Reel (1945-1954)



Bill Stern's Sports Reel 

(1945-1954)

Family / News / Sports

Cast: Bill Stern

Bill Stern started with a career in theater and vaudeville, and turned those traits towards sports, becoming one of the greatest sportscasters of all time.  In 1937 Bill Stern started a sports show for NBC called "The Colgate Sports Newsreel" as well as broadcasting blow by blow accounts of boxing matches on Friday nights, a first in the radio industry.  Stern would go on to broadcast the first ever televised sporting event in 1939, a baseball game between Princeton and Columbia.

Despite Stern's success as a pioneer of sports broadcasting, most of his listeners were unaware of the fact that Stern was handicapped.  In 1935 Stern was involved in a car accident that resulted in the amputation of his left leg at the knee.  Stern was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988, seventeen years after his death in 1971.




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