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Bill Stern Sports Newsreel

Bill Stern Sports Newsreel

Born July 1st, 1907, in Rochester New York, Bill Stern was one of radio's most entertaining and influential sportscasters. At a very young age, he embraced a passion for sports and the theatre. Stern began doing radio play-by-play commentary in 1925, when he was hired by Rochester New York radio station, WHAM, to cover football games. In 1932, he was named stage director for Radio City Music Hall, but left in 1934 to pursue a career announcing football games alongside sportscaster Graham McNamee.

In 1937, Stern was hired by NBC to host the Colgate Sports Newsreel along with Friday night boxing fights. Stern's experience in theater was highlighted in his broadcasting as he brought his wonderfully engaging theatrical style to the microphone.

The broadcast was heard under several different titles over the years including The Bill Stern Sports Review, The Colgate Sports Newsreel, and Bill Stern Sports but the series is usually referred to as Bill Stern Sports Newsreel.

Bill Stern Sports Newsreel was one of radio broadcastings most entertaining and engaging programs. Bill was prone to the dramatic and often used organ music, full dramatizations and sound effects during his broadcasts and throughout the show a male quartet harmonized appropriate melodies. His enthusiastic voice and colorful broadcasting style attracted many fans. On his shows, he told stories of sports legends and though based on truth he never let facts get in the way of a good story and kept listeners fervently waiting for the high point. Stern was a master storyteller who in his narrative used emphasis, reiteration, and long dramatic pauses to great effect.

Bill Stern's Sports Newsreel was heard on NBC radio from 1937 - 1953, and CBS radio from 1953 - 1956. Until 1951, the fifteen-minute show was known as the Colgate Sports Newsreel. There were many guest stars and each show shared a story. Some stories dealt with coincidences and other stories dealt with the simple twists of fate and though they may not have all been completely truthful, they were very engaging.

Bill Stern was also one of the first commentators of televised boxing which he did until 1956. After retiring from television broadcasting, Stern continued with radio sports reports and commentaries for the Mutual Broadcasting System in the late 1950s and 1960s. During this period, he resided in Rye, New York, where he lived his last fifteen years.

Bill Stern died on November 19th, 1971 at the age of 64. He will always be remembered for the enthusiastic and entertaining style he brought to the Bill Stern Sports Newsreel.

Posthumously Stern was elected to the National Sportscasters and Sports Writers Hall of fame in 1974 and the American Sportscasters Hall of fame in 1984. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame.

Broadcast: 24th October 1942
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jul 29 2006
Broadcast: March 17, 1944
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Mar 17 2007
Broadcast: 1st September 1944
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jul 24 2006
Broadcast: 22nd September 1944
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jul 25 2006
Broadcast: 24th January 1945
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jul 30 2006
Broadcast: 6th April 1945
Starring: Lena Horne, Bill Stern
Added: Jan 26 2008
Broadcast: 20th April 1945
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Aug 09 2008
Broadcast: 27th April 1945
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jul 20 2007
Broadcast: 15th June 1945
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jun 22 2007
Broadcast: 22nd June 1945
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jun 29 2007
Broadcast: 6th July 1945
Starring: H.V. Kaltenborn
Added: Jul 06 2007
Broadcast: 13th July 1945
Starring: H.V. Kaltenborn
Added: Jul 13 2007
Broadcast: 27th July 1945
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jul 27 2007
Broadcast: 3rd August 1945
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jul 18 2006
Broadcast: 17th August 1945
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jul 18 2006
Broadcast: 31st August 1945
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jul 28 2006
Broadcast: 6th September 1945
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Aug 05 2006
Broadcast: 14th September 1945
Added: Aug 12 2006
Broadcast: 5th October 1945
Starring: Pat O'Brien, Bill Stern
Added: Nov 18 2006
Broadcast: 9th November 1945
Added: Nov 11 2006
Broadcast: 23rd November 1945
Starring: Frank Sinatra
Added: Nov 25 2006
Broadcast: 7th December 1945
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Dec 07 2007
Broadcast: 14th December 1945
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Dec 14 2007
Broadcast: 21st December 1945
Starring: Ezra Stone, Bill Stern
Added: Dec 21 2007
Broadcast: 28th December 1945
Starring: Jack Benny, Bill Stern
Added: Dec 28 2007
Broadcast: 4th January 1946
Added: Jan 06 2007
Broadcast: 1st February 1946
Starring: Kay Kyser, Bill Stern
Added: Jul 27 2006
Broadcast: 1st March 1946
Added: Jan 16 2010
Broadcast: 8th March 1946
Starring: Bill Stern, Jack Carson
Added: Aug 16 2009
Broadcast: 22nd March 1946
Starring: Bill Stern, Babe Ruth
Added: Sep 26 2009
Broadcast: 29th March 1946
Added: Feb 27 2010
Broadcast: 12th April 1946
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jun 26 2010
Broadcast: 10th May 1946
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: May 08 2009
Broadcast: 17th May 1946
Starring:
Added: Jan 01 2010
Broadcast: 24th May 1946
Added: May 15 2009
Broadcast: 7th June 1946
Added: Aug 21 2010
Broadcast: 14th June 1946
Starring: Bill Stern, Dave Elman
Added: Sep 18 2010
Broadcast: 21st June 1946
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Sep 25 2010
Broadcast: 28th June 1946
Added: Oct 25 2008
Broadcast: 2nd August 1946
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Aug 03 2007
Broadcast: 9th August 1946
Starring: Dinah Shore, Bill Stern
Added: Aug 10 2007
Broadcast: 16th August 1946
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Aug 17 2007
Broadcast: 23rd August 1946
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Aug 24 2007
Broadcast: 30th August 1946
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Aug 31 2007
Broadcast: 6th September 1946
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Sep 12 2009
Broadcast: 4th October 1946
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Nov 10 2007
Broadcast: 11th October 1946
Added: Aug 22 2009
Broadcast: 18th October 1946
Added: Oct 02 2010
Broadcast: 25th October 1946
Starring: Gene Autry, Bill Stern
Added: Oct 09 2010
Broadcast: 1st November 1946
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Nov 17 2007
Broadcast: 22nd November 1946
Added: Nov 24 2007
Broadcast: 27th December 1946
Added: Jan 02 2011
Broadcast: 24th January 1947
Starring: Bill Stern, Rudy Vallee
Added: Jan 03 2012
Broadcast: 31st January 1947
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jan 29 2011
Broadcast: 7th February 1947
Starring: Spike Jones, Bill Stern
Added: Aug 29 2009
Broadcast: February 14, 1947
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Feb 14 2011
Broadcast: 28th March 1947
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Mar 05 2011
Broadcast: 2nd May 1947
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: May 01 2010
Broadcast: 13th June 1947
Starring: Bill Stern, Roy Rogers
Added: Jul 31 2010
Broadcast: 20th June 1947
Starring: Bill Stern, Perry Como
Added: Aug 07 2010
Broadcast: July 4, 1947
Added: Apr 05 2008
Broadcast: 11th July 1947
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: May 28 2011
Broadcast: 25th July 1947
Starring: Eddie Cantor
Added: Jul 25 2010
Broadcast: 1st August 1947
Starring: Frank Sinatra
Added: Aug 01 2010
Broadcast: 8th August 1947
Starring: John Garfield
Added: Aug 08 2010
Broadcast: 22nd August 1947
Added: Sep 03 2010
Broadcast: 19th September 1947
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Sep 19 2009
Broadcast: 10th October 1947
Starring: Gene Autry, Bill Stern
Added: Oct 16 2010
Broadcast: 17th October 1947
Starring: Bill Stern, Hildegarde
Added: Sep 10 2011
Broadcast: 31st October 1947
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Oct 31 2009
Broadcast: 2nd January 1948
Starring: Ronald Reagan
Added: Jan 13 2007
Broadcast: 9th January 1948
Added: Jan 09 2010
Broadcast: 19th March 1948
Starring: William Powell
Added: Apr 09 2011
Broadcast: 2nd April 1948
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Apr 02 2011
Broadcast: 16th April 1948
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Apr 16 2011
Broadcast: 23rd April 1948
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Apr 23 2011
Broadcast: 30th April 1948
Starring: Bill Stern, Tony Martin
Added: Apr 30 2011
Broadcast: 7th May 1948
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: May 07 2011
Broadcast: 14th May 1948
Starring: Fred Waring, Bill Stern
Added: Jun 04 2011
Broadcast: 4th June 1948
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jun 11 2011
Broadcast: 23rd July 1948
Starring: James Stewart
Added: Jul 24 2010
Broadcast: 27th August 1948
Starring: Dick Powell, Bill Stern
Added: Aug 28 2010
Broadcast: 1st September 1948
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Aug 06 2011
Broadcast: 15th October 1948
Added: Nov 13 2010
Broadcast: 26th November 1948
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Dec 01 2007
Broadcast: 31st December 1948
Starring: George Raft, Bill Stern
Added: Dec 29 2012
Broadcast: 21st January 1949
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jan 23 2010
Broadcast: 28th January 1949
Added: Oct 01 2011
Broadcast: 4th February 1949
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Feb 05 2011
Broadcast: 18th February 1949
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Feb 19 2011
Broadcast: 4th March 1949
Added: Feb 26 2011
Broadcast: 18th March 1949
Added: Mar 18 2011
Broadcast: 8th April 1949
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jun 18 2011
Broadcast: June 3, 1949
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: May 31 2012
Broadcast: 17th June 1949
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jun 25 2011
Broadcast: 15th July 1949
Starring: Frank Sinatra
Added: Jul 02 2011
Broadcast: 22nd July 1949
Starring: Pat O'Brien
Added: Jul 16 2011
Broadcast: 29th July 1949
Starring: Ronald Reagan
Added: Aug 13 2011
Broadcast: 19th August 1949
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Aug 20 2011
Broadcast: 23rd September 1949
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Aug 27 2011
Broadcast: 4th November 1949
Added: Nov 06 2010
Broadcast: 25th November 1949
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Nov 27 2010
Broadcast: 2nd December 1949
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Dec 03 2010
Broadcast: 30th December 1949
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Jan 08 2011
Broadcast: 11th January 1950
Added: Oct 24 2009
Broadcast: 20th January 1950
Starring: Bill Stern, Sammy Kaye
Added: Jan 22 2011
Broadcast: 10th February 1950
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Sep 17 2011
Broadcast: 10th March 1950
Added: Sep 24 2011
Broadcast: 7th April 1950
Starring: Bill Stern, Jack Carson
Added: May 14 2011
Broadcast: May 12, 1950
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: May 13 2012
Broadcast: 25th September 1950
Starring: Bill Stern
Added: Feb 02 2008
Broadcast: 13th October 1950
Added: Oct 15 2011