Bill Campbell, known to all Philadelphia sports fans as “The Dean,” brought eight 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.
Bill Campbell passed away on October 6th, 2014, at the age of 91. He will be missed by his friends and colleagues at KYW Newsradio.
Bill Campbell discusses Cody Asche, the Phillies and Clayton Kershaw’s perfect game.
Cliff Lee is close to returning to the mound and the Phillies are playing better baseball lately. Lee took a measurable step toward getting back in stride early this week.
Bill Campbell discusses St. Joe’s baseball, the Phillies, and the Eagles.
A crowd of 41,959 was on its feet as native son, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels took the field, giving his a long standing ovation that Trout later said gave him “chills.”
There are new rules in baseball this year that threaten to take some of the excitement out of the game. The expanded replay rules allow a manager to exit the dugout and walk to the umpire and ask for a replay if a disputed call occurs. It’s all very civilized.
I wonder when the last opening day to a baseball season was cancelled. It happened to the Phillies this week.
Darren Sproles looks to be a valuable weapon in Chip Kelly’s arsenal come September.
Call Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels’ work just “delayed.” He is now about two weeks behind everyone else on the Phillies pitching staff, but he should be able to make his claim to be in the rotation by season’s start.
In Olympic hockey, it was all about defense as Team Canada won all 6 games with an amazing commitment to defense and discipline.
The newspapers have carried a lot of baseball news lately which has been surprising, at least for me.
I’ve always believed that the most important feature of the Super Bowl was the football game itself.
The Eagles, Flyers and Villanova have been on fire as of late.
By the time you read this, the Eagles-Dallas game will have been decided. Without Tony Romo, the Dallas Cowboys were expected to lean heavily on running back, De Marco Murray, who had been coming on strong of late. This season, he had surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in his three-year career.
Who would have predicted 54-11, Eagles, at the start of that game last Sunday?
It looks like the Phillies are having some second thoughts about spending money.