Longtime Detroit Broadcaster Paul Carey Dies at 88

PaulCareyLongtime Detroit Tigers broadcaster Paul Carey passed away April 12 at the age of 88.

Carey spent 19 years broadcasting Tigers games with Ernie Harwell, joining him in the booth in 1973. He retired in 1991.  Carey also worked at WJR from 1956 until 1992 and served as a play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Pistons.

Carey was born in Mount Pleasant in 1928 and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1946. He attended Central Michigan University from 1946 through 1948 before transferring to Michigan State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Speech, Radio, and Dramatics in 1950.

His professional broadcasting career started in 1949 when he was part of the original announcing staff of Mount Pleasant’s WCEN -AM.  In the fall of 1949, Carey was also part of the first-ever broadcast of Central Michigan University football.

In October 1950, he was drafted into the Army and served with the Fourth Infantry Division during the Korean War.

He returned to WCEN in the fall of 1952 before moving to Saginaw’s WKNX from 1953-56.  Carey then moved to Detroit’s WJR in the summer of 1956.

Carey was a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.  He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy, and his nieces and nephews.

As of this writing, funeral arrangements were pending.

Mitch Albom wrote a great tribute to Carey here.  The staff of WJR-AM shares their memories of Carey on their website here.  And WXYZ-TV posted this video tribute to him:

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