Imagine this for a sportscasting career. You start as the radio voice of the minor league baseball team the Syracuse Chiefs. Then you move to Buffalo to host a morning radio show. After that, you get a call to come host an afternoon show in Philadelphia. That turns into a TV opportunity that leads you to become the TV play-by-play voice of the 76ers. Later in your career you head back to Buffalo on the weekends and become the play-by-play voice of the Bills.
That was all part of the career of “Big Al” Meltzer, who passed away this week at the age of 89. He is best known as a Philadelphia sports personality, but in addition to his time in Western New York, he also spent time in Chicago.
Meltzer retired from hosting television programs for Comcast Sports Philadelphia in 2003. He is a member of the Big 5 Basketball Hall of Fame, the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.