A pioneering Buffalo sportscaster died Wednesday (October 23, 2013).  Bill Mazer, a sports anchor for WGR, Channel 2 in Buffalo when the station first signed on in 1954, died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut.  He was 92. 

Mazer’s sportscasting career started in Buffalo at WKBW Radio and WGR Radio.  For a time, he was the play-by-play announcer for the Buffalo Bisons baseball and hockey teams. 

After leaving Channel 2 in 1964, Mazer headed to New York City, where he enjoyed a stellar career. 

Mazer joined WNBC-AM where he pioneered a sports talk format that is the standard today.  He followed that with a long run as WNEW-TV’s sports anchor.  Mazer was also part of CBS broadcast coverage of NHL and NFL games and hosted post-game shows for New York Mets radio broadcasts, including 1973 when the Mets made it to the World Series.

Mazer wrapped up a remarkable 60-year broadcasting career when he retired in 2009.  He was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1999 and is also in the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. 

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