Brian Drebber

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Brian Drebber
Born (1950-07-27)July 27, 1950
Guam, Mariana Islands
Died August 23, 2018(2018-08-23) (aged 68)
Canton, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Sportscaster
Employer Speed

Brian Drebber (July 27, 1950 – August 23, 2018) was an American sports commentator who was employed by the television network Speed before his death in August 2018.

Career[edit]

Drebber was born in Guam, Mariana Islands. Since 1978, he was a play-by-play, analyst, reporter, writer, and producer, covering eight Olympic, Pan American and Goodwill Games as well as world championships in 25 different sports including, aerobics, Drag boat racing, curling,[1] cycling, and Nordic Events,[2] for TNT, ESPN,[3] ABC, CBS, and Public Broadcasting Service|PBS.[4]

He last broadcast AMA Superbike Championship, ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing, USAR Hooters Pro Cup, and Bike Week for Speed.[5]

Drebber got his start as a broadcaster and sports reporter by providing commentary over the public address system at the Trexlertown Velodrome in the mid-1970s. As a rider there, his nickname was "Dribbles". It was soon discovered that he was a far better announcer than rider and his announcing style quickly became very popular at Trexlertown, because he knew the sport and the riders very well and had a keen sense of humor.

Death[edit]

Drebber died on August 23, 2018, in Canton, Georgia, en route to the airport, when his motorcycle struck a deer. He was 68. He was engaged to fiancée Mara Yetter and had a daughter.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The 1992 Winter Olympics TV Coverage — CBS, TNT hoping for good weather
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Roanoke Times". Nl.newsbank.com. 1994-05-11. Retrieved 2018-08-24. 
  4. ^ The Announcers
  5. ^ "Speed TV bio". Web.archive.org. Retrieved 2018-08-24. 
  6. ^ Frothingham, Stephen (August 23, 2018). "Race announcer Brian Drebber dies in motorcycle crash". bicycleretailer.com. Retrieved August 24, 2018. 
  7. ^ Carruthers, Paul (August 23, 2018). "Brian Drebber, 1950-2018". motoamerica.com. Retrieved August 24, 2018.