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Bill "Amazin'" Mazer
Original name: Morris Mazer
Birth: Nov. 2, 1920
Death: Oct. 23, 2013
Danbury
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA

American Television and Radio Personality and Author. He is remembered as the host of the first sports talk radio show and for his extreme knowledge of sports trivia, which earned him the nickname "The A-Maz-In." He was born Morris Mazer in Izyaslav, Ukraine to Jewish parents who emigrated to Brooklyn, New York City, New York before he was a year old. After graduating from Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Manhattan, New York City, he attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he studied premed and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In 1942 he began his broadcasting career in Grand Rapids, Michigan before being drafted into the military service during World War II, and he served most of his time in the US Army Air Force Transport Command in the Pacific Theater of Operations. In 1947 he began his sportscaster career in Buffalo, New York, on radio station WKBW. The same year, he was also the commercial announcer on the CBS William L. Shirer Newscast, as well as the commercial announcer for the radio soap opera, "When a Girl Marries." By the following year, he had also became the sports director for WGR radio and served as principal sports anchor for WGR-TV from the time that station signed on in 1954 through the early 1960s. In 1964 he moved to New York City and worked for radio station WNBC-AM in its first all-talk format and his show became one of the pioneer examples of the modern sports talk show in the US. After filling in for Hugh Downs on the NBC game show "Concentration," he was given his own show in January 1967 called "Reach for the Stars," but it was quickly cancelled. In the mid-1960s he worked the US Open and Bing Crosby golf tournaments for NBC as well as sideline reporting for CBS coverage of the National Football Leagues. From the late 1960s until the early 1970s he served as a color analyst and intermission host for Dan Kelly on CBS' National Hockey League coverage and did voice-over commercial work from L&M Cigarettes, Kodak, Ford, and Trident chewing gum, among many others. From the early 1970s until the early 1990s he served as a sportscaster at New York City's WNEW-TV and co-hosted the program "Sports Extra," considered the first "sports wrap-up" show of its kind, with Lee Leonard and later Brian Madden. From 1988 until 1991 he hosted a WFAN-AM radio sports show from Mickey Mantle's Restaurant and Sports Bar in New York City, and returned to WFAN-AM on June 30, 2007 to host an hour long show during the station's 20th anniversary celebration and reunion weekend. From 1992 until 2001 he was also a morning talk show host on radio station WEVD-AM, where he expanded to a comprehensive liberal talk format. During his career, he appeared on the cable television show "The Leon Charney Report," as well as minor parts in films such as Raging Bull" (1980) and "Eyewitness" (1981), as well as appearing in episodes of ESPN "SportsCentury" as an expert on sport figures including Gordie Howe, Lawrence Taylor and Mickey Mantle. After leaving WEVD, he started an afternoon interview program on radio station WVOX-AM in New Rochelle, New York until August 2009. He authored several books on sports trivia, including "The Answer Book of Sports" (1969), "The New Answer Book of Sports: Answers to Hundreds of Questions about the World of Sports" (1982), and "Bill Mazer's Amazin' Baseball Book: 150 Years of Baseball Tales & Trivia" (1990). He won numerous awards and citations, including three National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Sportscaster of the Year awards for New York from 1964 until 1966. In 1997 he was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and in 1999 he was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. He died at the age of 92. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
Burial:
Sharon Gardens Cemetery
Valhalla
Westchester County
New York, USA
 
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Record added: Oct 29, 2013
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