January 17, 2015

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 4 comments

Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Wilson of the Boston Bruins has died at the age of 85. Wilson was the successor to Fred Cusick after Cusick went on to TV, and he was the radio voice for over 20 years. Wilson had a deep baritone voice that could occasionally sound like the sepulchral "voice of doom", but his calls were accurate and conveyed the excitement of the game. He was the broadcaster during the Big, Bad Bruins' Stanley Cup run of 1971-1972.

I was assigned to a job at North American Aircraft in Columbus, Ohio, putting self-protective systems onto RA-5C aircraft during the playoff run. One or two of the games were on TV, but not enough to satisy this Bruins fan. I found that there was a little hill near Columbus where the signal from the Bruins radio station, WBZ, a 50KW, Class 1 clear channel station, could be heard on the car radio. I spent several hours parked there listening to Wilson's baritone describe the action, and cursing when the occasional atmospheric effects caused the signal to fade.

posted by Howard_T at 06:16 PM on January 17, 2015

God bless clear channel stations. I used to sit up and listen to AM stations from various parts of the country at night that were not required to power down at sunset.

posted by beaverboard at 07:10 PM on January 17, 2015

God damn shame what that name means these days.

posted by Scottymac at 11:17 PM on January 18, 2015

Ha, true. As an insomniac teenager I used to listen to WBZ overnights to hear how far away some of the callers would come from-- you could probably draw the weather map of the Eastern Seaboard from it most weeks.

posted by yerfatma at 09:19 AM on January 20, 2015

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