Thu. May 23rd, 2019

Michigan State Broadcaster Earle Robinson Dies

“During his career, Robinson called MSU football and basketball, also pioneering the station’s first call-in radio show, Sportstalk.”

Iconic sports radio broadcaster in Lansing, MI, Earle Robinson passed away at the age of 71 over the weekend.  The local-legend was a fixture on Michigan State University’s public radio station, WKAR from 1974 until his retirement in 2013.

Robinson’s passing garnered the attention of many, including Magic Johnson, who called the sportscaster a “dear friend” in a trio of Tweets.  

In 2004, Robinson was inducted into the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame.  “You couldn’t go to any sporting event and not see Earle Robinson there,” Hall of Fame director, Bob Every told Eric Lacy of the Lansing State Journal. “This guy was all over town.”

During his career, Robinson called MSU football and basketball, also pioneering the station’s first call-in radio show, Sportstalk.  Robinson is remembered as an inspirational figure, always having a smile on his face and working to help young people of color break into broadcasting.

“When you see someone that looks like you doing what you want to do and having success at it, it inspires you,” said Al Martin, host of Current Sports on WKAR. “And that’s what Earle did for me.” 

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.