Bob Wolff, Broadcast Hall of Famer, Continues Record Longevity Streak

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News 12 Long Island extends contract with sports legend and longest-running sports broadcaster in history.

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News 12 Long Island today announced that it had signed a new 2-year contract with legendary sports announcer Bob Wolff, furthering his distinction as the longest running sports broadcaster in history. This new contract will take him into his 64th year on television, and his 71st year in broadcasting. Just last week, the Basketball Hall of Fame announced that Wolff had been selected as the 2008 electronic media recipient of the prestigious 2008 Curt Gowdy Media Award, which he will receive in September during the Hall's annual enshrinement festivities.

"We are very fortunate to have a legendary talent like Bob on our staff," said Pat Dolan, News Director for News 12 Long Island. "He has been a key player through the years in crafting the direction of our sports department, has witnessed and participated in the coverage of some of the most significant moments in sports history and continues to be valuable asset throughout the News 12 organization."

"I couldn't be happier to continue my tenure at News 12," said Wolff. "This organization allows me to pursue my lifelong craft and my passion, which is covering sports on television. I enjoy what I do and can't imagine a day in which I wasn't involved in this exciting business."

Wolff began his professional career in 1939 on CBS radio, WDNC in Durham, North Carolina, while a student at Duke University. In 1946, he was a pioneer in television, working for DuMont TV in Washington D.C. Wolff, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate, will be in his 71st year in broadcasting after his new contract, and his incredible career will have spanned eight decades.

Wolff joined News 12 Long Island when it premiered in 1986, and continues as a sportscaster for the 24-hour local cable news channel. During his tenure at News 12 Long Island, Wolff has received six New York State Sportscaster of the Year awards, two New York Emmys, a Long Island Press Club award and a New York Associated Press honor. In 2007, he was inducted into the New York City Basketball of Fame, a distinction he has also received from the National Sportscasters-Sportswriters Hall of Fame, the Madison Square Garden Walk of Fame, the Sigma Nu Hall of Fame, and the broadcast wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Wolff is the only sportscaster to have broadcast championship play-by-play in all four major pro sports: the World Series, the NFL Championship, the NBA Championship, and the Stanley Cup Championship. His versatility also includes broadcasting championships in college basketball, soccer, track and field, bowling, ice hockey, boxing, gymnastics, tennis, College Bowl games, and even the National Horse Show and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. His historic broadcasting events have included calling Don Larsen's perfect World Series game and the Colts overtime NFL Championship win over the Giants which has been called "the greatest football game ever played."

Wolff joined Madison Square Garden in 1954. Since then, he's called more Garden games and events than any other sportscaster. At the half-century mark, he was honored with a TV special: "Bob Wolff's Golden Garden Anniversary," and has since been offered a new contract to continue with Garden Assignments.

News 12 Long Island is part of News 12 Networks, a cable exclusive service not available to satellite or phone company TV subscribers. The Network is made up of 7 individual local news channels serving the areas of Long Island, New Jersey, Southwestern Connecticut, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. News 12 Networks currently reaches nearly 3.8 million households in the New York market and is the country's first, largest, and most watched 24-hour local television news network.

News 12 Networks is owned and operated by Cablevision Systems Corporation. Cablevision is one of the nation's leading entertainment and telecommunications companies. Its cable television operations serve 3 million customers located in the New York metropolitan area. Cablevision owns a controlling interest and operates Madison Square Garden and its sports teams including the Knicks and Rangers. The company also operates New York's famed Radio City Music Hall and owns and operates Clearview Cinemas in the New York metropolitan area.


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