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Sportscaster George Michael Dead at 70

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Dec 29th 2009 11:03AM
George MichaelLegendary sportscaster George Michael has died, Variety has confirmed.

Michael reportedly lost his battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia Thursday morning at Washington, D.C.'s Sibley Memorial Hospital. He was 70.

Michael arrived in D.C. in 1980 and started a late night local sports show on WRC TV. In 1984, 'The George Michael Sports Machine' became the first nationally syndicated sports highlight show, airing in over 194 markets and in over ten foreign countries. The show ran for 27 years.George MichaelLegendary sportscaster George Michael has died, Variety has confirmed.

Michael reportedly lost his two-year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia Thursday morning at Washington, D.C.'s Sibley Memorial Hospital. He was 70.

Michael arrived in D.C. in 1980 and started a late night local sports show on WRC TV. In 1984, 'The George Michael Sports Machine' became the first nationally syndicated sports highlight show, airing in over 194 markets and in over ten foreign countries. The show ran for 27 years.

During his career, Michael won more than 40 Emmys, while his loyal staff collected nearly 100. Michael also launched the careers of many TV sports personalities, including David Aldridge, Tony Kornheiser and Joe Theismann.

After late 2006 brought significant layoffs and NBC staff cuts, Michael decided it was time to end the 'Sports Machine' in March, 2007. "I told them, that if I have to lay anyone off, if I have to get rid of any of my staff, then I'm going to take the first bullet," Michael said at the time.

But the broadcaster continued work on other sports shows, including the weekly half-hour series 'Redskins Report' and 'Full Court Press.'

Michael is survived by his daughter Michelle, son Brad and his wife of 31 years, Patricia. Plans for the memorial service are currently in the works.

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