Former Michigan Broadcaster Dick Enberg Passes

Left: Dick Enberg at MAB President/CEO Karole L. White at the 1996 Broadcast Excellence Awards. Enberg served as emcee for that year’s inaugural BEA program. Right: Past MAB Board of Directors Chairman Stephen C. Trivers (WQSN/WQLR/WKZO, Kalamazoo) presents Dick Enberg with the MAB Michigan Citizen of the Year Award during the 1996 Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo.

Legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg, whose career spanned almost 60 years, died of an apparent heart attack on December 21 at the age of 82, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

“Dick was an institution in the industry for 60 years and we were lucky enough to have his iconic voice behind the microphone for Padres games for almost a decade,” the newspaper reported.

Born in Armada, Mich., on January 9, 1935, legendary sportscaster Enberg won 14 Emmy Awards for his outstanding work.

He was a student at  Central Michigan University when, Enberg was employed by Detroit Tigers radio affiliate WSAM 1410 AM  in Saginaw. He eventually went on to Indiana University where he earned master’s and doctorate degrees in health sciences.

During his long career, Enberg had broadcast 43 seasons of the National Football League, 25 college basketball seasons, 14 NCAA Mens Basketball Championships, 10 Super Bowls, nine Rose Bowls, six Orange Bowls, four Olympics, seven Australian Opens, 23 French Opens, 26 Wimbledon championships, 10 U.S. Opens (Tennis), seven Masters, five PGA Championships, five U.S. Opens (Golf), and many other sporting events. He was the radio play-by-play broadcaster for Los Angeles Rams games from 1966-1977 and the main television and radio play-by-play broadcaster for the California Angels from 1969-78.

He called the 1979 Final Four championship game between Michigan State and Indiana State. He has also been named National Sportscaster of the Year three times.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *