Bill Mazer Remembers...


“Bill Mazer (born Morris Mazer; November 2, 1920 – October 23, 2013) was an American television and radio personality. He won numerous awards and citations, including three National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Sportscaster of the Year awards for New York from 1964–66. Considered a New York institution in sports reporting, Mazer was inducted into the hall of fame for the Buffalo Broadcasters Association (1999), Buffalo Baseball (2000) and the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1997). He is also recognized as the host of the first sports talk radio show in history that launched in March of 1964 on WNBC (AM).

Mazer earned the nickname "The A-Maz-In" for his deep knowledge of sports trivia. This was made evident while hosting his WNBC radio show in the 1960s.Based on this, he wrote several sports trivia books, including Bill Mazer's Amazin' Baseball Book: 150 Years of Baseball Tales & Trivia published by Zebra Books in 1990.

Mazer's family left Kiev, emigrating before his first birthday. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of Yeshiva University High School for Boys, he received a BA at University of Michigan for premed before being drafted. During World War II, he served the majority of his time in the Armed Forces-Air Force Transport Command in the Pacific theatre.

After returning home, he married Dora Sudarsky ("Dutch"), his pre-war sweetheart. They had three children. Their marriage lasted 50 years until Sudarsky's death from cancer on April 28, 1996. The New York Knickerbockers observed a moment of silence during their May 1st, 1996 Playoff game. Mazer never remarried.

Mazer's broadcasting career began in 1942, broadcasting in Grand Rapids, Michigan before joining the United States Military that same year. His career as a sportscaster began in Buffalo, New York in 1947, where he signed on as a sportscaster on WKBW.[9] In 1947, he was also the commercial announcer on the CBS William L. Shirer Newscast, as well as the commercial announcer for the soap opera, When a Girl Marries. By 1948, 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. With years of play-by-play and sports commentary in Buffalo under his belt, Mazer arrived in New York City in 1964 when WNBC (AM) went to its first all-talk format. His show was one of the pioneer examples of the modern sports talk show in America.

After filling in for Hugh Downs on the NBC game show Concentration, he was given his own show, Reach for the Stars, in January 1967, but the show was quickly cancelled.

Mazer served as a color analyst and intermission host, working alongside Dan Kelly on CBS' National Hockey League coverage from the late sixties until the early seventies, broadcasting the Stanley Cup playoffs a few times. Golf was another Mazer specialty on NBC, including the U.S. Open and Bing Crosby tournaments in the mid-1960s. ABC used Mazer for its regional New York football lineup in the late 1960s. Mazer also did sideline reporting for CBS coverage of the NFL in the late 1960s.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Mazer did much voice-over commercial work, from L&M Cigarettes, Kodak, Ford automobiles to Trident chewing gum, among many others.

Mazer was a sportcaster at New York's WNEW-TV (Metromedia Channel 5) for twenty years, ending in the early 1990s. He also co-hosted the program Sports Extra, which originally teamed him up with Lee Leonard and then later with Brian Madden (1976–78), respectively. Sports Extra is also considered to have been the first "sports wrap-up" show of its kind. While doing sports for The 10 O'Clock News on WNEW in the late 1970s and '80s, he held a daily contest where a viewer would send in a question to "stump" Bill and would win a prize if he or she did. Usually the submitted question was asked by anchorman John Roland.

Mazer hosted a WFAN sports show from Mickey Mantle's restaurant from 1988 to 1991, and returned to the station on June 30, 2007 to host an hour long show from 10–11 AM during the station's 20th anniversary celebration and reunion weekend. He was also a morning talk show host on WEVD, where he expanded to a comprehensive liberal talk format from 1992 to 2001. The show ended when WEVD was optioned to ABC's ESPN division and became sports station WEPN.

Bill Mazer has appeared on the cable TV show The Leon Charney Report, as well as minor parts in movies such as Eyewitness, Raging Bull and appearing in episodes of ESPN SportsCentury as an expert on sport figures including Gordie Howe, Lawrence Taylor and Mickey Mantle.

Following his departure from WEVD in 2001, Mazer launched an afternoon interview program on WVOX in New Rochelle, New York from 3–6 PM EST (available via streaming from WVOX's website), with his son, Arnie Mazer, serving as producer. His last show on WVOX was aired August 3, 2009, ending his tenure at the station after nearly eight years.

Mazer's death was reported on October 23, 2013 at the age of 92. He died at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut.”


Some years before Bill died, his son Arnie, a producer in his own right, decided to preserve his father’s unique memory of his long career in sportscasting, through a series of audio recordings.  Bill’s voice wasn’t as strong as it had been in his glory years, but his memory was still sharp.  In 2013 Mr. FAT-W Audio persuaded Arnie to allow us to distribute Bill’s memories.  Unsccripted, unrehearsed, uncensored -- Bill reached into his prodigious memory of personal experiences and Arnie recorded them just the way they came from Bill.  They are available in two CD albums:

VOLUME 1 -- Track List

Raging Bull
Bronko Nagurski
Thurman Munson
Robert Merrill
Jessie Owens
Mazer Radio
Henry Snow Flakes
Whitey Ford
Changing The World Of Sports
Bobby Knight
Jim Pollard
Tom Harmon
Jack Kemp
Hubie Brown
Greatest Athlete
Dolly King
Thurman Munson Part 2
Bill Cosby
Joe Paterno
Red Smith
Jack Dempsey
Donald Canham
Al Blozis
Mel Allen & Red Barber
Al Oerter
Jessie Owens Part 2
Bill Watson
Euliss Peacock
Glenn Cunningham
Blacks In Basketball
Bill Mazer Television
John B. Niland
Oscar Robertson
Eddie Hickey
Bill Russell
Ron Artest
1950 College Basketball Scandal
Cyhugo Green
City College of New York
Basketball Part 2
Players Vs Owners
Tom Gola
Longest Basketball Game
Oscar Robertson
Dolph Schayes
Adolph Rupp
Julius Erving
Clair Bee
Hank Luisetti
Bill Russell Part 2
Basketball Part 3
Jimmy Brown
Buddy Ryan
Gerry Philbin
Joe Namath
Paul Richards
Bronko Nagurski Part 2
Joe Namath Part 2
Gerry Philbin Part 2
Sonny Werblin
Buddy Ryan Part 2
Buddy Young
George Steinbrenner
Gerry Philbin Part 3
Mazer Football
Gerry Philbin Part 4
John Madden

VOLUME 2 - Track List

Jackie Burke
Sonny Liston
Ray Robinson
Pawing Jab
Sugar Ray Leonard
Lee Oma
Joey Giambra
Ray Robinson Part 2
Joey DeJohn
George Foreman
Don Budge
Babe Ruth
Mickey Mantle
Bill Mazer's First Baseball Game
Rogers Hornsby
Greatest Pitcher
1934 All Star Game
Babe Ruth Part 2
Joe Dimaggio
Mickey Mantle Part 2
Jackie Robinson
Herb Score
1950 World Series
Don Larsen
Babe Ruth Part 3
Dazzy Vance
Joe Dimaggio Part 2
Bob Gibson
Mickey Mantle Part 3
Rogers Hornsby Part 2
Kirby Farrell
A-Rod and Babe Ruth
Greatest World Series
Felipe Alou
Ray Schalk
Derek Jeter Contract
Casey Stengel
Joe Girardi
Bette Davis
USA Vs Canada Hockey
Andy Akenhead
Stan Mikita
Paulie Meger
Gordie Howe

The links below are directly to the listings to buy or rent the CDs.  The video clip is to give you an idea of what Bill had to say.

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