Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 4, 1930: The First Broadcast of Red Barber


March 4, 1930: Red Barber who was known as 'The Redhead' for the first time broadcast form WRUF at the University of Florida in Gainsville. In the future he becomes one of the best radio sport announcer in America.

Barber had got a nicknamed "The Ol' Redhead", when he hosted radio broadcasts of Major League Baseball. Like his senior Mel Allen, Barber was also hired for various sport events such as college and professional football in his primary market of New York City.

Barber was born 1908 in Columbus, Mississippi. He was a hard worker and his resume included every kind of job including part-time janitor at the University Club during his early years. In January 1930, Barber got his start in broadcasting on WURF.

His first broadcast was accidental circumstance when he substituted the Agriculture Professor that was absent at the last minute before the show, to read a scholarly paper over the air. After those few minutes in front of a microphone, Barber decided to become WRUF's director and chief announcer and covered Florida football games that autumn. For his dreamed career, Then he dropped out of school to focus on his radio work. After four more years at WRUF he landed a job broadcasting the Cincinnati Reds on WLW and WSAI when Powel Crosley, Jr., purchased the team in 1934.

In April 17 1934, Barber attended his first major league game and broadcast its play-by-play, as the Reds lost to the Chicago Cubs 6-0. He called games from the stands of Cincinnati's renamed Crosley Field for the next five seasons.

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