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From the WFUV Archives: Vin Scully on Ice Skating with Jackie Robinson

by Kenny Ducey

Vin and Jackie in 1950, courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

You've probably seen this picture of Vin Scully and Jackie Robinson on ice skates in 1950, but you haven't heard how it happened. Listen to Vin tell the story to Mike Maffei (currently of MLB.com) in our 1997 three-hour special, Jackie Robinson: The Man Behind the Ballplayer.

Hear the story below, and the full interview here.

Bob Costas: The Last Word

by Alex Smith

Bob Costas is one of the most awarded sports broadcasters we have ever seen. A winner of an incredible 25 Emmy Awards, Costas has also covered multiple World Series, NBA Championships, Super Bowls, and Olympic Games. While all of those accolades are certainly noteworthy, Costas recently took home what he calls one of the great honors of his career, WFUV’s Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award.

WFUV Gala 2013 Honors Bob Costas

by Mack Rosenberg

WFUV

On May 9, 2013, Bob Costas was awarded the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting at the WFUV Annual Gala at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan. It was a festive gathering of many familiar faces at WFUV, as Costas gave a moving speech in acceptance of the award. He told a few memorable stories about his favorite sport, baseball. In addition, he paid homage to the award's namesake, in saying that receiving the award was truly one of the great moments of his life.

WFUV Remembers... Pat Summerall: Less is More

by Bob Ahrens

Photo courtesy of patsummerall.net

Pat Summerall visited WFUV on May 1, 2011 and spent some time visiting with the sports staff.  The next day he accepted the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting at WFUV's Fourth Annual Gala.   Joe Tordy had the opportunity to get to know Pat in the months before the award ceremony and his special feature gives us an insight into this special man whose economy of words lets us know why the game is more important than the broadcaster. 

WFUV Remembers Warner Fusselle

by Bob Ahrens
Warner on One on One in 2004 with Pat Reichart, Nick Kostos and Sixto Rivero

Warner Fusselle, the play by play voice of the Brooklyn Cyclones since the team's inception in 2001 has left us. Those of us at WFUV got to know him well, especially those who covered the Brooklyn Cyclones for our yearly “Life in the Minors” feature.

Warner was always gracious and willing to spend some time with the students giving advice and telling stories. The first time we had Warner on “One on One” he interrupted his introduction to tell us “I’ve been waiting 20 years to be on this show.”

Costas and Papa at the 2012 WFUV Gala

by Mack Rosenberg

May 10, 2012 marked the fifth annual WFUV Gala. The event took place in New York City at Gotham Hall.

Al Michaels, this year's winner of the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting, was unable to attend and asked Bob Costas to accept the award on his behalf.

Bob was kind enough to sit down with me and discuss Al, WFUV, and what becoming a broadcaster today is all about.

WFUV Gala Honors Al Michaels

by Chris Hilk
NBC

Last Thursday night WFUV’s annual Gala honored one of the greats in the sports broadcasting industry as Al Michaels received the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award. Michaels joins Scully, Dick Enberg, Ernie Harwell, and Pat Summerall in the exclusive club.

Al Michaels: Seizing the Moment

by Kyle Kesses

Photos Courtesy NBC

“Al Michaels is the greatest play-by-play broadcaster who has ever lived.” That distinction was provided by Drew Esocoff, director of NBC Sunday Night Football, in one of nine interviews conducted in the making of Al Michaels: Seizing The Moment. Over the past 40 years, Michaels has been the lyricist of many of the greatest American sports moments.

Ryan Meara: A Local Product

by Mike Watts
NY Red Bulls

For several years, Ryan Meara (MARE-uh) never seemed to make much of an effort to correct people when they mispronounced his name. He let his play on the soccer pitch do the talking for him. What the six foot five goalkeeper may lack in off field assertiveness, he more than makes up for with numerous jaw dropping saves and a natural ability to lead on the pitch. The 2011 Atlantic Ten Defensive Player of the Year makes his debut as the starting keeper for the New York Red Bulls when RBNY opens its season on the road against FC Dallas on Sunday afternoon.