Bill Campbell, known to all Philadelphiasports fans as “The Dean,” brings nearly seven decades of experience and insight to his sports commentaries on KYW Newsradio 1060.
Campbell began his broadcasting career while still in high school in 1940 as a radio announcer in Atlantic City, NJ. The following year he moved to Lancaster, Pa. to handle general announcing duties and cover minor league baseball. After serving his country, he moved to Philadelphia and in 1946 was named sports director for WCAU Radio and later WCAU-TV, where he produced and broadcast daily sports programs.
His basketball broadcasting career includes work for the Philadelphia Warriors and the 76ers, during which he called Wilt Chamberlain’s famous 100-point game in Hershey, Pa.
In 1972 Campbell was named director of broadcasting for the Sixers –- a post he held until 1981. He also broadcast ‘Big Five’ college basketball in Philadelphia for many years.
From 1952 to 1966 Campbell was a play-by-play broadcaster for the Philadelphia Eagles, and in 1962 he became the play-by-play broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies, a position he held until 1971.
Bill has been named Broadcaster of the Year by the National Sports Broadcasters Association and received the Philadelphia Sportswriters Award for outstanding service in 1989.
In 2005, Campbell received the coveted Curt Gowdy broadcaster award at a Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony in Springfield, Mass.
He is also a member of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Sports Halls of Fame.
In 2008, Bill was named “Person Of The Year” by the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.
I think I’ve spent some time on this subject in the past: money. With each year, it becomes clearer that almost everyone who is involved in sports is in it for the money. Since the money is so plentiful, I thought it was worth at least one more commentary.
By Bill Campbell There were a couple of baseball incidents last weekend that managed to escape much attention. They happened about a thousand or more miles south of Philadelphia and to teams other than our [...]
On Saturday, a horse named Orb won the Kentucky Derby with jockey Joel Rosario in the saddle.
We’ll remember the 2013 draft, for a long time, as the draft that was dominated by linemen.
By Bill Campbell Different Opinions There seems to be a national animosity directed at Tiger Woods. It’s pervasive and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end. We’re usually pretty forgiving when it comes to [...]
A new Doug Collins story has replaced the rumors about his possible departure.
By Bill Campbell Chase Utley Much has been said and written about the Phillies, especially when they opened the season by losing 4 of their first 6 games. But one laudable performance has been somewhat [...]
By Bill Campbell The La Salle Story By now, you know how it all turned out. But on Thursday morning, when the LaSalle Explorers awakened after winning 3 games in 5 days, they became just [...]
It was almost a perfect day for the “City Six” and it certainly was a memorable one for Philadelphia college basketball fans.
To a professional baseball team, nothing means more than healthy spring training.
Baseball is back in the news with the start of spring training in Florida and Arizona. That means we can start talking again about Charlie Manuel.
Sixers coach Doug Collins made a speech to his team a week or so ago that should be converted to writing and posted on bulletin boards in every professional locker room in the country.
Prior to the Super Bowl, we were able to pay increased attention to the Flyers and the 76ers. Both of them showed signs of coming to life.
It didn’t take the game of basketball long to get the juices flowing, even before the Super Bowl game.
By Bill Campbell Chip Kelly: The Eagles’ signing of Oregon’s Chip Kelly as their new head coach was, indeed, a surprise – at least to me. I didn’t expect them to sign someone without previous [...]
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