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WFAN Sets Special Lineup to Mark Tomorrow’s 25th Anniversary

The term “sports radio” made its way into New Yorkers’ consciousness with the arrival of WFAN. Other stations already had sports talk segments and play-by-play of sporting events, but WFAN was the first to make it an around-the-clock proposition.

FishbowlNY has been offering a week-long series in preparation for the ‘FAN’s big day. That day is tomorrow! WFAN turns 25, and to commemorate the occasion, the station is welcoming back former hosts for a day to remember.

The special programming lineup is listed after the jump.

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Fifty-Year Sportscasting Veteran Spencer Ross Returns to Air at WINS

Spencer Ross (r) with longtime Racing from Roosevelt co-host Stan Bergstein (circa early 1980s)

If you’ve listened to sports on radio in the last half-century, there’s a good chance that the voice you heard was Spencer Ross.

Ross, 71, is undeniably, a New York original. While his contemporary Marv Albert is more famous, Ross has, perhaps, an equally recognizable voice. Both Albert and Ross were proteges of the great Marty Glickman. The late, trailblazing sportscaster often referred to his “students” as the two best basketball announcers he’s ever heard, with Ross proud to say he was given “top billing.”

That delivery is back after a three-year hiatus, doing weekend morning sportscasts on WINS.

“I’m a very active guy, I still run three to five miles, six days a week,” Ross tells FishbowlNY. “I’ve just gone nuts sitting around. I’m not ready for retirement. My voice is what it was and still is.”

This marks a homecoming of sorts for Ross, who got his start on New York radio at WINS in 1969. Along the way, Ross has done play-by-play work for every major team in the New York area except the Mets. Ross is probably most known for a 30-year career with Madison Square Garden, which led various roles for Knicks and Rangers on radio. He left the company three years ago, and is still uneasy talking about the bitter divorce.

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Sportscasting Veteran Don Gould Retires After Four Decades

With the state of broadcasting linked to state of the economy, cost-cutting of talent is commonplace. So it’s nice to see a good, old-fashioned retirement!

Don Gould did that Sunday, in walking away from his weekend morning sportscasting role on WINS for the next phase of his career in South Florida. 

It was earlier this year that Sid Rosenberg, while living in Miami, was dismissed from his weekday morning sports duties on WINS. That coupled with Gould’s move south would indicate WINS and Total Traffic (formerly Shadow/Metro) management’s preference to keep its entire staff in one location.

Nevertheless, Gould, who turned the official retirement age of 65 Sunday, says the hours were wearing thin.

His WINS stint started in 2006, after Gould met with then-executive editor Mark Mason. Even though the talent was paid by Shadow/Metro, Mason cast a big “shadow” over the hiring process.  While breaking bread at a diner, Gould, although flattered, told the longtime radio programmer that it may not be the right match.

“I don’t do sports the way everybody else does sports,” Gould recalls.

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Former Jets Player, Analyst, Sam DeLuca Dies at 75

Sam DeLuca spanned two generations of New York Jets fans–first as a player, then as a broadcaster. The New York Post reports DeLuca died yesterday of pancreatic cancer. He was 75.

DeLuca spent three years during the mid 1960s as an offensive guard. However, his career was cut short in 1967 when he suffered a knee injury in a preseason game.

The unfortunate incident did provide good timing for DeLuca’s next profession.

A strike by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) led to a two-week “audition” calling Jet games on WABC Radio.

He remained with play by play man Merle Harmon through the 1972 season.
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