Tim Ryan (sportscaster)
May 16, 1939 |
Early life and career
Ryan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1960 and took a job the newly formed CFTO-TV Toronto as an assistant sports director. Here he called games for the Toronto Marlboros junior hockey team  as well as hosting late night repeats of Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts home games.
In 1966, Ryan was hired as the director of public relations for the expansion Oakland Seals of the NHL. He became the team's radio play by play announcer in 1968. In 1970, he moved east to call New York Rangers games on WOR and the MSG Network. While in New York, Ryan worked at WPIX as a news co-anchor and sportscaster.
First stint at NBC and New York Islanders
In 1972, Ryan left the Rangers to become the lead announcer for the NHL on NBC. Ryan would call three Stanley Cup Finals alongside Ted Lindsay. Ryan also called NFL games, gymnastics, and tennis for NBC.
Concurrent with his work at NBC and later CBS, Ryan also served as the play-by-play voice of the New York Islanders for seven seasons in the 1970s and early 1980s. Ryan had several partners, including George Michael and Ed Westfall.
CBS Sports and boxing announcer
In 1977, Ryan joined CBS. At CBS, Ryan called games for the NBA on CBS from 1977–1983, NFL on CBS from 1977–1993, College Football on CBS from 1996–97, and college basketball from 1982–1998. He also called alpine skiing at the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games. From 1978–97, Ryan was a CBS tennis commentator, calling nineteen U.S. Open Tennis Championships.
Ryan was also a lead boxing announcer during the 1970s and 1980s, for Mutual Radio, NBC, CBS, and fights shown on Closed-circuit television. Notable fights Ryan called include Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, Floyd Patterson vs. Charlie Green, Floyd Patterson vs. Oscar Bonavena, Monroe Brooks vs. Bruce Curry, Bernard Hopkins vs. Glen Johnson, Thomas Hearns vs. Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard, and Ray Mancini vs. Duk Koo Kim. His color commentators for boxing were Angelo Dundee, Gil Clancy, and Sugar Ray Leonard. In 1986, Ryan won the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Broadcasting Journalism.
Fox Sports and second stint at NBC
Ryan's contract with CBS expired in 1998, allowing Ryan to move to Fox and NBC, where Ryan covered NFL games and tennis for Fox and tennis, skiing, equestrian events, and boxing for NBC. From 2004-2006, Ryan called college football  and tennis for ESPN.
Ryan returned to NBC in 1998 and worked the 2000 Summer Olympics, 2002 Winter Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics, 2006 Winter Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2010 Winter Olympics calling equestrian, rowing, and alpine skiing. He also hosted a nightly recap show on SIRIUS radio during the 2006 Wimbledon Championships.
In 1991, Ryan's wife Lee was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Tim was a national board member of the Alzheimer's Association Public Policy Forum for eight years and still serves on an advisory board. He is a father of four children.
He and his second wife reside in Idaho and Switzerland.
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