Mike Breen Death : In Memoriam by North Callahan

By admin | December 7, 2019

Death – Obituaries : (MARKET NEWS) In Loving memory of Mike Breen by North Callahan

It was around this time in the year 1986 when I sat down with my friend and NBC colleague, the esteemed Marty Glickman, for our weekly lunch on 6th Avenue in Manhattan. For those who are not aware, Marty is regarded as the most influential sports announcer of his time.

In short order, he informed me that he had decided to retire. I looked at him and laughed, remarking that with his energy, I couldn’t imagine him in “retirement.”

After serving as the first voice of the NBA and play-by-play announcer for the New York Knicks, Giants and Jets, Marty had been coaching and advising the sportscasters at NBC, including Bob Costas, Marv Albert, Merlin Olsen, Bill Walton and many others.

He went on to tell me that he actually wanted to continue to teach and coach, but at a college, and was considering teaching a course at the University of Connecticut. But I had another idea. The week before at Madison Square Garden I had met the new Program Director at WFUV-FM, my alma mater Fordham’s 50,000 watt radio station. That station had already produced Vin Scully and other great sportscasters, and the thought occurred to me that Marty would be a perfect fit there to coach the student sportscasters.

A week later, I introduced Marty to WFUV Program Director Ralph Jennings over lunch, the two of them hit it off right away, and the rest is history. Marty began a 20 year run at WFUV-FM, coaching and mentoring such future talents as New York Giants play-by-play man Bob Papa, ESPN’s Tony Reali, Fox Business Network anchor Connell McShane, and CBS Sports’ Andrew Bogusch, while influencing others such as New York Yankee announcer Michael Kay and NBA broadcaster Mike Breen.

RIP, Marty. Your legacy lives on.

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