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.
If 203 victories, 2 Cy Young Awards and over 2,000 strike-outs aren’t enough for entrance into the Hall of Fame, I’m not sure what is.
I don’t ever like to see the Eagles lose. I hope they win every game they play from now until the end of time.
Each team has a new head coach and those fellows are seeing some improvements in their teams’ “blind spots”.
After a stumbling start, the first encouraging news of the hockey season came the Flyers’ way.
He joined 6 other NFL quarterbacks who have thrown 7 touchdown passes in a game, becoming the second Eagle to do it.
It was a memorable weekend in football, both on the college and professional scenes.
What a disappointing offensive show the Birds put on at The Linc on Sunday. As some headlines said, it looked like Foles folded. As a result, Dallas leads the NFC East today with the Eagles second.
With 6 down and a bunch to go, here’s the way the NFL is shaping up.
Instead of being limited to 15 scholarships for the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016, O’Brien can sign 20 players for next year and a full roster for 2015.
The Eagles lost a game they could have and should have won last Sunday. They couldn’t contain San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers, who threw for 410 yards, completing 36 of 47 passes without an interception. That was their most significant failure. But what the game amounted to was third downs.
Last Monday, Chip Kelly discussed the Eagles’ quarterback situation with his full coaching staff.
By Bill Campbell Charlie Manuel When Charlie Manuel began his career in Philadelphia which resulted in him tallying up 1,000 wins, he was not the most popular guy in town. However, as he moved closer to that figure this month he could have been elected to any job in the city that he wanted. […]
I was watching the Phillies in the middle of last week and, for one of the few times this season, I felt a bit of encouragement for the future.
If you thought that Saturday’s 10-0 Phillies loss to Detroit was bad, it turns out the Phils were just scratching the surface.
The question of whether the Phillies will be buyers or sellers in the trade market is no longer of major importance.
By Bill Campbell Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson played very well in the U.S. Open at Merion a few weeks back and looked to be a factor from the very first day. But he lost to Adam Scott and admitted that his play at Merion was one of the greatest disappointments in his career. Last week […]
The coverage of the All Star Baseball Game never fails to remind me of Johnny Callison.
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 Dempsey in boxing and Bobby Jones in golf. Things are quite different today. In 1926, Jones became the first person […]
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 last week and will run through this week is not voluntary, which means that the players who have been conspicuously […]
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 own. They probably don’t rate with the news about the condition of Roy Halladay’s right arm. But they merit some […]
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 our fallen idols– but not when it comes to Woods. I can’t help but wonder why. Consider the question. Jack […]
A new Doug Collins story has replaced the rumors about his possible departure.