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.
By Bill Campbell I was browsing though a magazine recently and discovered that during the 1920’s there were 4 living legends in sports that everyone knew: Babe Ruth in baseball, Red Grange in football, Jack [...]
With most of the media flying the surrender flags and clamoring for action on the Phillies trade front, here is a list of personnel under consideration for possible moves and how each stands in relationship to their trade agreements.
We won’t be seeing the Phillies at home at Citizens Bank Park for another 10 days.
You’d be surprised how that quality stands out with even greater significance as the years keep rolling along.
By Bill Campbell The Eagles And The OTAs: The Eagles have had nearly full participation in their previous three sessions of organized team activities. However, those OTA’s were strictly voluntary. The final OTA which began [...]
Younger baseball fans who’ve come along in the last decade or so think that the Phillies have always been winners. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Call me from the “old school” but I am concerned about Chase Utley.
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 [...]