Dick Crippen

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Dick Crippen is a popular former sports and weatherman anchor in the Tampa Bay, Florida television market. Crippen began his career at ABC affiliate (Now CBS) WLCY-TV Channel 10 in 1965 as one of the station's first on-air personalities. In 1981, he left for rival WFLA-TV. He anchored the evening sportscasts until the late 1990s. In the late 1970s through 1984 he was the public address announcer for Tampa Bay Rowdies home soccer games at Tampa Stadium.

Crippen now works in community development and as senior advisor for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. He also hosts an hour-long weekly sports show called Bay Sports with Dick Crippen on Spectrum Sports (Charter Spectrum channel 47). The show first airs on Wednesday evenings at 8pm and repeats on Friday and Sunday nights at 8pm. Dick is also a popular speaker speaking on sports, motivation and broadcasting. He is a popular host of many local events, including athletic ceremonies at the University of South Florida.

Crippen has done play by play work on the Water Channel's American Powerboat Television, ESPN's coverage of Unlimited Hydroplane Circuit, as well as NASCAR's Motor Racing Network.[1]


  1. ^ The Water Channel

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