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RIP Dave Diles

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by slappy4428, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Long time Detroit sportscaster, used to do the scoreboard show back in the day when Bill Fleming was ABC's voice of college football.

    Will never forget him at a roast of former U-M great Ron Kramer... it went something like...

    People like Bob Talbert and J.P. McCarthy were true Michigan men. I don't mean University of Michigan, but Michigan State and Western Michigan and anything about the state. These men were true assets. And you pick this half-asset ....

    Sports broadcaster Dave Diles dead at 78


    Longtime local and national sports broadcaster, commentator and author Dave Diles died Sunday night at his Ohio home from complications of a recent stroke.

    He was 78.

    Diles was a mainstay of local sports for much of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s when he worked for WXYZ radio and WXYZ-TV. He hosted the first sports talk show in Detroit called “Dial Dave Diles” and narrated numerous documentaries on local sports history.

    Diles gained national fame when he worked for ABC Sports for part of the ’70s and ’80s, hosting Wide World of Sports and the Prudential College Football Scoreboard.

  2. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    Dave was very, very good at what he did. I met him once at a bowl banquet and he seemed like a nice guy.

  3. He died at his home Athens.
    Years ago he used to a host a golf tournament in Mason W.Va and he would bring in some of the higher-profile college coaches of the day in - by helicopter - to play.
    The golf course, which is just a local muni, has pictures of Diles' events plastered all over the clubhouse walls.

    He never forgot where he came from.
  4. Blitz

    Blitz Active Member

    I loved the Prudential College Scoreboard and remember Dave well.
    Every Saturday afternoon you'd find William & Mary, Yale and VPI right there amongst the Oklahomas and Nebraskas of the footballdom world.
    RIP Mr. Dials.
  5. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    I remember the Scoreboard well. One of my favorites every Saturday.
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