Bill Mazer

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Bill Morris Mazer
Born November 2, 1920
Izyaslav, Ukraine
Died October 23, 2013(2013-10-23) (aged 92)
Danbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Michigan
Occupation Broadcaster
Known for Sports Extra, Amazin' Mazer
Religion Jewish
Spouse Dora "Dutch" Mazer
Children 2 daughters, 1 son

Bill Mazer (November 2, 1920 – October 23, 2013) was a retired sportscaster. He was the host of the first sports talk radio show in history. It started in March of 1964 on WNBC (AM).[1]

Bill Mazer was a color commentator and a studio host for the NHL. He did play-by-play for the NFL on CBS as well as the American Basketball Association. Mazer was also one of the voices of the Milwaukee Braves of Major League Baseball. He called golf tournaments for CBS and NBC. Then he was a sports anchor for WNEW-TV for almost twenty years. He was a host for Sports Extra teaming up with Lee Leonard.

He filled in for Hugh Downs on the game show Concentration. Then he was given his own show, Reach for the Stars. However, the show was quickly canceled. During the 1960s and 1970s, Mazer did much voice-over commercial work, from L&M Cigarettes, Kodak, Ford automobiles to Trident chewing gum, among many others.

Mazer won three National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Sportscaster of the Year awards for New York from 1964–66.[2] Mazer was inducted into the hall of fame for both the Buffalo Broadcasters Association (1999) and the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1997).

Mazer died on October 23, 2013 from unknown causes at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut, aged 92.[3]

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