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Thereâ€™s this notion that there was no sportstalk radio before Bill Mazer hit New York City in 1964 to stake his claim as the Christopher Columbus of yakk when he started taking calls on WNBC-AM. Thatâ€™s sort of a myth, but whoâ€™s counting? A cat named Benny the Fan had done a show. Marty Glickman, Michael Kors Hamilton Tote too.
Mazer did it differently. He perfected and personalized it. The man absolutely made Michael Kors Hamilton Handbag a one-on-one connection, especially with kids. It didnâ€™t matter where you were listening or calling from â€• Mazer was speaking to nobody else but you.
He hooked up the same way on television â€• for 20 years on Ch. 5 reading scores and captioning highlights. On Sunday nights it was â€śSports Extra,â€ť during which he engaged in conversations with sidekicks such as John Dockery and interviewed guys he â€śreally knewâ€ť like George Steinbrenner.
Then there were his days at WFAN, working mid-days from the window at Mickey Mantleâ€™s saloon on Central Park South. The last time we heard Mazer, he was doing general talk radio at a station in Westchester. When we heard he died Wednesday at the Michael Kors Hamilton age of 92, faded memories turned clearer.
So did our quandary. Truth be told, Mazer and I had a rocky relationship. Guess it began when we started referring to him as â€śThe UnAmazing,â€ť our sarcastic riff on his dogged pursuit of answering any and all sports trivia questions, which had led John Roland, Ch. 5â€™s news anchor, to dub Mazer â€śThe Amazing.â€ť
Our innovative twist on his moniker rubbed Mazer the wrong way. Or maybe it had something to do with some of the other lovely things we wrote about him. Yeah, he didnâ€™t like it. Yet the one thing he never did was break off the line of communications.
â€śLetâ€™s talk,â€ť he would say. Then he would ask why we did what we did, why we wrote what we wrote? The two of us went back and forth on many occasions. He was debating a kid who used to call his radio show, someone who actually won a baseball glove as a consolation prize after coming â€ścloseâ€ť to stumping him.
Mazer believed he had the power of persuasion, the verbal skills to turn a wretch like me around. After all,Michael Kors Hamilton Cheap Michael Kors Outlet Online (, during his 60 years in broadcasting, he made his living making a point. Thatâ€™s a lot of years in a cutthroat business populated by liars and egomaniacs.
â€śBill was motivated by being relevant,â€ť said Bruce Murray, who produced Mazerâ€™s WFAN show. â€śHe just loved being out there.â€ť
Mazer could make you feel like Buffalo, where he worked in radio and TV Michael Kors Hamilton Satchel for 16 years, was one of the countryâ€™s greatest sports towns. And when he talked on his radio show about how Buffalo was his springboard to a gig in the USAâ€™s biggest media market, his excitement, his feeling of satisfaction and achievement, cracked through the front of a tiny transistor radio.
His arrival here was a homecoming of sorts. Mazer grew up in Brooklyn and had plenty of his own childhood memories of the Dodgers.
The ’Amazing’ Bill Mazer answers any and all sports trivia questions from fans.
He loved the University of Michigan, his alma mater. Yes, he had plenty of stories about his days there, where he was a sports reporter on the student newspaper. When one of Michiganâ€™s basketball stars, Cazzie Russell, signed with the Knickerbockers, Mazer was elated. He made Russell a regular on the show. Mazer made listeners feel Russell was part of the family.
The same held true for Gerry Philbin. Mazer followed Philbinâ€™s career at the University of Buffalo before he came to the Jets to form an intimidating force at defensive end with the late Verlon Biggs.
His relationship with Joe Namath was special. At least thatâ€™s how it seemed. Mazerâ€™s interviews with Joe Willie bordered on classic, especially one during which Namath â€• out of football â€• was a cast replacement on Broadway in â€śThe Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.â€ť It seemed like Namath was a tad under the influence of â€śsomething,â€ť but Mazer kept a lid on things, â€śsavingâ€ť Namath from himself.
There were times when he brought obscure sports to life on the radio, like when he talked about Olympic weightlifting. There was one guy he mentioned over and over again. Shabatinsky . . . Sarablinsky . . . guess that was close enough.
Mazer would explain what it was like to do a Michael Kors Hamilton network TV telecast â€• he was an analyst on CBSâ€™ hockey package â€• where he would take some subtle shots at the state of the broadcasting profession.
In the window at Mantleâ€™s, Mazer was a target for trivia interrogation by patrons in various conditions. Murray served as a gatekeeper at a sideshow. â€śDoes he really know the answers to all those questions?â€ť Someone would ask.
â€śWhen I said yes, the Michael Kors Hamilton Bag challenge would be on,â€ť Murray said. â€śThey walked in confident. Bill sent them away shaking their heads.â€ť
Itâ€™s a scene his wife Dora, whom he called Dutch, likely saw many times. From the day he started in radio here, Mazer would talk about her and all the things they did together. He would talk about his children, too. He included all of us in his life.
And when Bill Mazer was finished talking, no matter what went down on the show, he would always leave his audience feeling special.
â€śGood night my friends,â€ť Mazer would say, â€śitâ€™s been a pleasure.â€ť
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