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.
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 [...]
To the surprise of more than a few, we’re going to have a hockey season after all.
Basketball is about to take over.
On the last Sunday of 2012, the Eagles squad should have stayed home to play with their kids and their new Christmas toys.
Maybe the biggest sports story of the fortnight was Temple’s major upset of Syracuse.
For failing to do so, Jeffrey Lurie must be held responsible.
By Bill Campbell The Eagles: There was a picture in one of our daily newspapers on Monday morning. It showed Eagles’ trainer, Rich Burkholder, hugging Coach Andy Reid on Sunday afternoon after that last- second [...]
After the Eagles’ loss to the Redskins on Sunday, the question echoing through the halls of the NovaCare Complex should be, “Does anyone have the slightest idea what they’re doing?”
It’s difficult to put this past weekend in the NFL out of mind because so many unusual things happened and they all combine to make a football fan pretty anxious.
In all my years as a sports broadcaster, I’ve seen a lot of coaches and managers come and go. I’ve had varying degrees of sympathy for all of them.
Delaware Valley residents just faced a period of indecision: they had to figure out whether to focus upon Sandy or Andy. The Eagles’ performance against the Atlanta Falcons probably led many to one conclusion: watch Sandy.
With the Eagles in a bye week, I would have suggested the Houston-Baltimore game to satisfy your Sunday football urge.
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