Gary Miller (sportscaster)

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Gary Miller (born October 31, 1956) is an American sportscaster and radio host.

Biography[edit]

Education[edit]

Miller graduated in the same high school class, in Naperville, Illinois, as former CNN news anchor Paula Zahn.

He has a bachelor's degree in communications at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and was the sports director at the campus radio (WSIU (FM)) and television (WSIU-TV) stations.

Broadcasting career[edit]

WSAV-TV, CNN and Headline News[edit]

From 1978–82, he was the Sports Director at WSAV-TV in Savannah, Georgia. Before Miller came to ESPN, he spent eight years at CNN and Headline News as part of their sports coverage.

ESPN[edit]

From 1990 to 2004, Miller worked at ESPN. He was an anchor at SportsCenter, the host of ESPN's Baseball Tonight, and the last host of the sports interview show Up Close before it was canceled in 2001. Miller also occasionally did play-by-play of Major League Baseball games, and was the primary dugout reporter on Monday Night baseball broadcasts, as well as ESPN Daygame. Other play-by-play assignments during this period included games of the College World Series and the Little League World Series.

Miller appeared on Dan Patrick's radio show on Nov. 30, 2007, where Patrick revealed to his audience that a blooper tape exists of Miller butchering a soccer breakdown during the 1994 World Cup. On the tape, Miller not only mispronounces the name of soccer's governing body, FIFA, but also struggles with the pronunciations of many players, notably that of Cameroon national player Rigobert Bahanag Song [1] and Italian player Gianluca Pagliuca.

West Coast Bias[edit]

Until November 2006, he was host of West Coast Bias, a daily sports talk show on KSPN radio in Los Angeles, along with former National Football League athlete D'Marco Farr. The show, which airs at 1 p.m. Pacific time Monday through Friday, sometimes originates at ESPN Zone in Anaheim, California. On November 10, 2006, it was reported that Miller was leaving the show, effective immediately. The program was renamed The D'Marco Farr Show with guest hosts replacing Miller.[1]

KCBS and KCAL[edit]

Miller is currently an anchor for the CBS Corporation-owned duopoly of KCBS and KCAL in Los Angeles, working mainly nighttime newscasts.

Personal[edit]

Miller is married and is the father of two.

His sportscasting career was interrupted by an incident in the early hours of October 12, 1997 while covering the American League Championship Series in Cleveland. He was arrested for urinating out of a window at a Cleveland club in the now-defunct Flats section called The Basement.[2] According to Miller, he was drinking at an open-bar party, hosted by the American League, then went to the Flats. He needed to use the restroom but the lines were too long, so he used an empty beer bottle. Newspaper reports quoted the police as saying he had "an instrument used for drugs" -- Miller said it was a plastic dental pick—and the reported "residue" in his pockets were from aspirin and Rolaids. That was later confirmed. Miller was initially charged with indecency, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He immediately pleaded not guilty, but settled the matter with a no contest plea to disorderly conduct.

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