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Longtime Broadcasters Merle Harmon, Les Keiter Pass Away

Sports Broadcaster
Merle Harmon Dies
Longtime sports broadcaster MERLE HARMON, whose coverage for NBC and ABC included the Super Bowl, World Series and Winter Olympics, died yesterday at the age of 82, according to the AP. Harmon also covered college football for ABC and college basketball for NBC. His son, KEITH, works for the Brewers radio network (AP, 4/16). Harmon, who retired in '89, also called baseball games for the Twins, Brewers, Rangers, Milwaukee Braves and K.C. A's, as well as football games for the Chiefs and Jets. In Dallas, Barry Horn notes the Rangers yesterday "observed a moment of silence in Harmon's memory" before their game, and the team "plans to mount a plaque outside" the TV booth in his honor (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/16). Rangers broadcaster ERIC NADEL said Harmon "had a unique style that nobody's ever imitated or duplicated." Rangers broadcaster TOM GRIEVE: "He was a giant in the industry. He was a Hall of Fame caliber announcer, but he was also just a great guy" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 4/16).

MOMENT OF SILENCE: The AP reports former boxing announcer LES KEITER, who "was known for his radio re-creations" of MLB Giants broadcasts for N.Y. listeners after the team moved to S.F., died Tuesday at the age of 89 (AP, 4/16).'s Jesse Sanchez writes, "Aided by his Western Union ticker reports, taped crowd noise, a drumstick and wooden block alongside his microphone, Keiter recreated Giants games using telegraph reports that brought the play-by-play into the WINS studio. He filled in the rest with description based on his best guess as to what was happening" (, 4/16).

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