Monday, February 08, 2010
The February of Frank: Sinatra Calls The Plays
On August 1, 1947, Frank Sinatra filled in for vacationing sportscaster Bill Stern, telling sports anecdotes in a 15-minute NBC radio show. Stern was best-known as the host of The Colgate Sports Newsreel and Bill Stern Sports which ran on NBC from 1937 through 1956. On these fifteen-minute shows he told tales of sports legends and strange occurrences which kept listeners eagerly waiting for the climax. Although some of his reports stretched the limits of credibility, no one doubted that Stern was a master storyteller who used emphasis, repetition, and pauses to perfection. Bill Stern was one of first sportscasters to be elected to the Radio Hall of Fame. On this particular day in history, Stern asked Ol Blue Eyes to take his place! Here is that broadcast!
The Bill Sterns Show With Frank Sinatra