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Bob Rathbun

Bob Rathbun was born in Wakefield, Rhode Island, and graduated from Catawba College in 1976. Rathbun began his career at WSTP radio in Salisbury, North Carolina, and then did baseball broadcast work for several teams, including two Virginia minor-league baseball…

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Frank Messer

From the very beginning of the romance between microphone and Frank Messer, there was, appropriately enough, a Marine-like precision in the way his sonorous tones came over the airways.  The tall North Carolinian, who served the Marine Corps from 1942-1945,…

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Bill Deekens

Bill Deekens, a native of Amelia County, was one of Virginia’s finest sportswriters of the twentieth-century.  He attended the University of Virginia where he honed his craft as the editor of the school newspaper.  He went on to earn a…

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Jim Ducibella

Jim Ducibella, born in Washington, D.C., graduated from Xavier University in 1974. He completed his masters in Print Journalism, graduating from Marquette University in 1976. Before attaining a job with the Virginia Pilot, Ducibella previously wrote for the Milwaukee Journal…

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Abe Goldblatt

Abe Goldblatt was a sports staffer for the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot for 63 years and covered countless assignments until his death in 1994. During his career, he became recognized as an authority on sports history. In 1967, he co-authored the book…

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Marty Brennaman

One of the best known figures in the sports broadcasting industry, Marty Brennaman has been the lead broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds since 1974. In addition, Brennaman has broadcast the NCAA basketball tournament for CBS Radio for more than 10…

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Bill Brill

Bill Brill was born in Philadelphia, but moved with his family to Middlesex County, Virginia. The Duke University graduate began his career in 1952 as a sports writer with the Covington Virginian. In 1956, Brill joined the Roanoke Times and…

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Herb Carneal

Over 45-seasons with the Minnesota Twins, Herb Carneal had one of the longest uninterrupted service times of any American League play-by-play broadcaster, 1962-2006. Herb was the voice of the American League Champion Twins in 1965 and the World Champion Twins…

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