Bill Mazer, ‘The Amazin’ of New York TV and radio sports, dies: An appreciation

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NOTE: PIX11 reporter Marvin Scott worked with the legendary New York sportscaster Bill Mazer at Channel 5 from 1972 to 1980. In the video above, he shares his memories of The Amazin. Below is the PIX11 obituary. 

NEW YORK (PIX11) – Legendary New York sportscaster Bill Mazer has died at the age of 92.

He was on the air for more than 60 years as a TV and radio host in the city. His death at a hospital in Danbury was confirmed by his son, Arnie, the New York Times reported.


Bill Mazer and the Channel 5 Ten O’Clock News team in the 1970s.

He was best known for having a mind like an encyclopedia when it came to remembering sports facts and stories.


For that they called him ‘The Amazin,” a nickname  made famous by veteran Channel 5 anchor John Roland, who would read questions from viewers in a usually unsuccessful attempt to “stump  the Amazin’.”


Bill Mazer in the 1970s at Channel 5.

For decades, he was the lead sportscaster at WNEW-TV (later WNYW)  Channel 5, and was the host of the Fox station’s long-running show “Sports Extra,” which remains on the air.

He was raised in Brooklyn after his family came from the Ukraine. He also served in World War II.