Bill Stern was born July 1, 1907 in Rochester, New York. His first
job as a sports announcer came in 1925 when he was hired to broadcast
football games over WHAM/Rochester.
Sterns experience in theater and vaudeville as stage director
and manager carried over into his broadcasting as he brought a dramatic
flair to the microphone, especially while describing the action
for NBC of the Friday night boxing matches.
Stern was best-known as the host of The Colgate Sports Newsreel
and Bill Stern Sports which ran on NBC or ABC from 1937 through
1956. On these fifteen-minute shows he told tales of sports legends
and strange occurrences which kept listeners eagerly waiting for
the climax. Although some of his reports stretched the limits of
credibility, no one doubted that Stern was a master storyteller
who used emphasis, repetition, and pauses to perfection.
Bill Stern died in Rye, New York on November 19, 1971.
Bill Stern was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.
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