Jim Gordon (sportscaster)

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Jim Gordon (February 19, 1927 – February 20, 2003) was an American television and radio newscaster and play-by-play sportscaster in the New York City area for nearly 40 years.

He delivered the first newscast for New York's WINS radio when it switched from a Top 40 rock music format to all-news in 1965 and also had long tenures as the television "voice" of the NHL New York Rangers and radio voice of the NFL New York Giants.

Later in life, he was also active in local politics in Putnam County, New York.[1]

Career[edit]

Gordon's career began in Syracuse, NY. In the mid 50's he moved to his native New York City and over the next four decades worked at several major radio stations in various sports and news capacities, including WMGM and its successor, WHN, WINS, WABC, WNEW-AM and WOR. In addition to his broadcasting roles, he served as news director of WABC and WNEW.[2][3]

Early in his New York radio career, he hosted pre and post-game programs on WMGM broadcasts of Brooklyn Dodgers baseball games. He also called college sports and boxing matches.

As a news reporter, he covered riots and blackouts in New York and anchored WINS' coverage of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission on July 20, 1969.

Gordon began calling New York sporting events when he was hired by Madison Square Garden in 1955 to be the radio voice of the Rangers and Knicks. He worked in those capacities on-and-off in both radio and television over the next three decades, occasionally alternating with other New York sportscasters like Marty Glickman, Les Keiter, Bob Wolff, Win Elliot, Tim Ryan, Don Criqui and Marv Albert.

In between Knicks and Rangers assignments, Gordon appeared on CBS Sports network TV coverage of the NHL in the late 1960s and also was the original television voice of the New York Islanders, calling games in the 1972 season. Returning to the Rangers in the mid 70's, he called their cable and broadcast TV games until 1984, when he was replaced by Sam Rosen.[4] During some of those hockey seasons, he also called games on the syndicated NHL Network.

In 1977, Gordon was hired to replace Marv Albert as the radio voice of the New York Giants football team. For 18 seasons (ending in 1994) Gordon called games on both WNEW and WOR alongside Dick Lynch and (later) Karl Nelson. He was fired by WOR after the 1994 season and replaced by Bob Papa, effectively ending his broadcasting career.

Notable calls[edit]

Gordon is best known for his call of Scott Norwood's 47-yard field goal attempt with eight seconds left in Super Bowl XXV, which would have won the game for the Buffalo Bills:

Snap, spot, in the air, it's got the distance, it is....NO GOOD!

A near-iconic expression that Gordon used almost nightly while calling Rangers games: "Loose puck in front! (pause, followed by) No Ranger there."

Politics[edit]

Gordon was a resident of Putnam County, New York and served as a volunteer firefighter and in several elective positions. That included a decade as a Democratic member of its county legislature from 1986 to 1996. He was its chairman from 1990 to 1993.[5]

Death[edit]

Gordon died from cancer, one day after turning 76.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hinckley, David (2003-02-19). "Remembering Jim Gordon, All-pro - New York Daily News". Articles.nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  2. ^ "Jim Gordon | WNEW 1130 AM". Wnew1130.com. 2003-02-18. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  3. ^ http://www.nyradionews.com/wnew/
  4. ^ Raissman, Bob (2003-02-19). "Gordon Smooth & Sophisticated - New York Daily News". Articles.nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  5. ^ "Jim Gordon remembered this week as a gentleman's gentleman". midhudsoncentral.com. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 
  6. ^ "Jim Gordon, 76, Sportscaster in New York". New York Times. 2003-02-20. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 

References[edit]

  • Halberstam, David J. Sports on New York Radio. McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (February 1, 1999). p. 432. ISBN 1-57028-197-1. 

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