Tim Ryan (sportscaster)
- For the American sportscaster who primarily specializes in NFL broadcasts, see Tim Ryan (American football).
Tim Ryan (born May 16, 1939) is a retired Canadian born American sportscaster.
He was also sports anchor on WNBC-TV 4 in New York in the mid-70s.
Early life and career
Ryan was born in Winnipeg and raised in Toronto and attended De La Salle College (Toronto). His father, Joe, was general manager of three Canadian Football League teams in Winnipeg, Montreal and Edmonton and is an honoured member of both the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1956, while attending high school, Ryan got his start in radio at CFRB in Toronto.
Ryan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1960 and took a job with newly formed CFTO-TV Toronto as an assistant sports director, where he called some games for the Toronto Maple Leafs (International League) Triple-A baseball club and the Toronto Marlboros junior hockey team as well as hosting late night repeats of Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts home games.
First stint at NBC and New York Islanders
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. Oscar Bonavena, 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 Boxing Broadcast 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, alpine ski racing, equestrian events, and boxing for NBC. From 2004-2006, Ryan called college football and tennis for ESPN. (Tim Ryan is not to be confused with another Tim Ryan, who also called NFL games for Fox for many years.)
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 covered the equestrian events for the third time at the 2012 London Summer Olympics on NBC for a total of 10 Olympics in his 52-year career. He also hosted a nightly recap show on SIRIUS radio during the 2006 Wimbledon Championships.
On Someone Else's Nickel
Tim is now the author of the recently published memoir, "On Someone Else's Nickel", recounting his 52-year career covering more than thirty different sports in more than twenty different countries on CBS, NBC and ESPN. The book details not just the events he broadcast, but the people and the adventures surrounding them.
In 1991, Ryan's wife, Lee Ryan, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and died in 2002. 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. Ryan is remarried and lives with his wife, Patricia, in St. Helena, California.
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- Sporting News - Your expert source for MLB Baseball, NFL Football, NBA Basketball, NHL Hockey, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball and Fantasy Sports scores, blogs, and articles
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|Stanley Cup Finals American network television play-by-play announcer
1980 (with Dan Kelly; Ryan called the second period of Game 6)
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Marv Albert and Ted Darling
Bob Cole and Don Wittman
|Stanley Cup Finals Canadian network television play-by-play announcer
1967 (Game 1)
1986-1988 (with Bob Cole on CBC)
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