Bill Stern was a U.S. actor and sportscaster who announced the nation’s first remote sports broadcast and the first telecast of a Major League Baseball game. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Born in Rochester, New York, Stern began doing radio play-by-play commentary in 1925, when he was hired by a local station, WHAM, to cover football games. Shortly after that, he enrolled at Pennsylvania Military College, graduating in 1930.
Stern was hired by NBC in 1937 to host The Colgate Sports Newsreel as well as Friday night boxing on radio. Stern was also one of the first men to do commentary on televised boxing bouts.
Stern broadcast the first televised sporting event, the second game of a baseball double header between Princeton and Columbia at Columbia’s Baker Field on May 17, 1939.