100 Years of Baseball on the Radio

This month, Major League Baseball marks a major media milestone a century in the making, the one-hundredth anniversary of the first radio broadcast of a baseball game. From Pittsburgh’s... See More

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This month, Major League Baseball marks a major media milestone a century in the making, the one-hundredth anniversary of the first radio broadcast of a baseball game. From Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field on KDKA, Harold Arlin became the National Pastime’s first play-by-play announcer that day, and he’s remembered by author Curt Smith in “Memories from the Microphone: A Century of Baseball Broadcasting.” Last week, Smith, who serves on the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford C. Frick Award committee, annually honoring a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball,” participated in the Hall’s Virtual Author Series, telling the story of Arlin and that first broadcast. Listen to how a modest man became the “Voice of America” and launch a love affair with baseball on the air.

This month, Major League Baseball marks a major media milestone a century in the making, the one-hundredth anniversary of the first radio broadcast of a baseball game. From Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field on KDKA, Harold Arlin became the National Pastime’s first play-by-play announcer that day, and he’s remembered by author Curt Smith in “Memories from the Microphone: A Century of Baseball Broadcasting.” Last week, Smith, who serves on the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford C. Frick Award committee, annually honoring a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball,” participated in the Hall’s Virtual Author Series, telling the story of Arlin and that first broadcast. Listen to how a modest man became the “Voice of America” and launch a love affair with baseball on the air.

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Stu Hothem

Stu Hothem has covered some of the biggest events in sports across TV, radio and the web. As a researcher with ABC, CBS and ESPN, he worked on the Super Bowl, Olympics, World Cup and X Games. At FOXSports.com, he integrated content and interactive features with FOX Sports broadcast and cable programming. He managed the editorial team at NASCAR.com and also worked in the sanctioning body’s integrated marketing communications department. His professional career began at WFAN, the nation’s first all-sports radio station, following his time at the Rutgers radio station as a play-by-play announcer, talk-show host and general manager.