I only bring this up because my grandparents (who live near Pittsburgh and are huge Steelers fans) were also huge Myron Cope fans.
Cope had one of the most recognizable voices in not only sports, but all of radio.
And while I’m not a Steelers fan, you couldn’t help but like this guy.
Here’s a bit from the Associated Press story:
Steelers’ former radio announcer Myron Cope dies at 79
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Myron Cope, the screechy-voiced announcer whose colorful catch phrases and twirling Terrible Towel became symbols of the Pittsburgh Steelers during an unrivaled 35 seasons in the broadcast booth, has died. He was 79.
Cope died Wednesday morning at a nursing home in Mount Lebanon, a Pittsburgh suburb, Joe Gordon, a former Steelers executive and a longtime friend of Cope’s, told The Associated Press. Cope had been treated for respiratory problems and heart failure in recent months, Gordon said.
Cope’s tenure from 1970-2004 as the color analyst on the Steelers’ radio network is the longest in NFL history for a broadcaster with a single team and led to his induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2005.
“His memorable voice and unique broadcasting style became synonymous with Steelers football,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said Wednesday. “They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery and no Pittsburgh broadcaster was impersonated more than Myron.”