Bill Stern

Bill Stern


Bill Stern
Radio: North side of the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born July 1, 1907 in Rochester, NY
Died Nov. 19, 1971 of heart attack in Rye, NY

For more than 20 years on radio and television, Bill Stern was one of the nation's best-known sports broadcasters. He reported football, baseball, boxing and other sports.

"Now that television is here, there never again will be big-name broadcasters," Stern said in 1955. "These days on television everybody prays for the announcer to shut his mouth. And that's hard for a guy who's been trained to keep talking."

Born in Rochester, N.Y., Stern attended Pennsylvania Military College in Chester, Pa., where he played football, basketball and polo and played saxophone in the college orchestra.

In 1959, he published an autobiographical book, "The Taste of Ashes," which described his recovery from drug addiction acquired after a 1935 auto accident.

He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.

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