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Tim Ryan (sportscaster)

For the American sportscaster who primarily specializes in NFL broadcasts, see Tim Ryan (American football).

Tim Ryan (born May 16, 1939) is a retired Canadian born American sportscaster.


Early life and career

Ryan was born in Winnipeg and raised in Toronto and attended De La Salle College (Toronto).[1][2] His father Joe served as general manager of the Edmonton Eskimos. In 1956, while attending high school, Ryan got his start in radio at CFRB in Toronto.[3]

Ryan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1960 and took a job the newly formed CFTO-TV Toronto as an assistant sports director. Here he called games for the Toronto Marlboros junior hockey team [4] as well as hosting late night repeats of Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts home games.[5]

In 1966, Ryan was hired as the director of public relations for the expansion Oakland Seals of the NHL. He became the team's radio play by play announcer in 1968. In 1970, he moved east to call New York Rangers games on WOR and the MSG Network. While in New York, Ryan worked at WPIX as a news co-anchor and sportscaster.[6]

First stint at NBC and New York Islanders

In 1972, Ryan left the Rangers to become the lead announcer for the NHL on NBC. Ryan would call three Stanley Cup Finals alongside Ted Lindsay. Ryan also called NFL games, gymnastics, and tennis for NBC.[7][8]

Concurrent with his work at NBC and later CBS, Ryan also served as the play-by-play voice of the Ed Westfall.

CBS Sports and boxing announcer

In 1977, Ryan joined CBS. At CBS, Ryan called games for the NBA on CBS from 1977–1983, NFL on CBS from 1977–1993, College Football on CBS from 1996–97, and college basketball from 1982–1998. He also called alpine skiing at the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games. From 1978–97, Ryan was a CBS tennis commentator, calling nineteen U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

Ryan was also a lead boxing announcer during the 1970s and 1980s, for Mutual Radio, NBC, CBS, and fights shown on Closed-circuit television. Notable fights Ryan called include Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier, Floyd Patterson vs. Charlie Green, Floyd Patterson vs. Oscar Bonavena,[9] Monroe Brooks vs. Bruce Curry,[10] Bernard Hopkins vs. Glen Johnson,[11] Thomas Hearns vs. Sugar Ray Leonard,[12] Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard,[13] and Ray Mancini vs. Duk Koo Kim.[14] His color commentators for boxing were Angelo Dundee, Gil Clancy, and Sugar Ray Leonard. In 1986, Ryan won the Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Broadcasting Journalism.[15]

Fox Sports and second stint at NBC

Ryan's contract with CBS expired in 1998, allowing Ryan to move to Fox and NBC, where Ryan covered NFL games and tennis for Fox and tennis, skiing, equestrian events, and boxing for NBC. From 2004-2006, Ryan called college football [16] and tennis for ESPN. (Tim Ryan is not to be confused with another Tim Ryan, who also called NFL games for Fox for many years.)

Ryan returned to NBC in 1998 and worked the 2000 Summer Olympics, 2002 Winter Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics, 2006 Winter Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2010 Winter Olympics calling equestrian, rowing, and alpine skiing.[17] He also hosted a nightly recap show on SIRIUS radio during the 2006 Wimbledon Championships.[18]

Ryan served as the play by play announcer for NBC Sports coverage of Rowing and Flat Water Canoeing at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[19]

Personal life

In 1991, Ryan's wife, Lee Ryan, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Tim was a national board member of the Alzheimer's Association Public Policy Forum for eight years and still serves on an advisory board. He is a father of four children.[20] A widower, he remarried and he and his wife divide their time between Idaho and Switzerland.


  1. ^ Br. G. Morgan, F.S.C., Lasallian Education - 150 Years in Toronto, 2001, page 59, parag. 3
  2. ^ Day, Linda (February 15, 1992). "When it comes to Olympic games coverage, CBC gives Canadians a look at the world whereas CBS only gives Americans news on Americans". The Globe and Mail. 
  3. ^ "Ryan Named". Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. December 24, 1966. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  4. ^; accessed October 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "CFL: The TV Years",; accessed October 23, 2014.
  6. ^ WPIX-TV News Alumni; accessed October 23, 2014.
  7. ^ Welcome to ActivePaper (I),; accessed October 23, 2014.
  8. ^ Welcome to ActivePaper (II),; accessed October 23, 2014.
  9. ^
  10. ^ Michael Marley’s Boxing Confidential – News, Analysis, and Commentary
  11. ^ Boxing Results & Reports
  12. ^ Thomas Hearns – The Fan Favorite
  13. ^ Boxing Notebook; Leonard Still Has Hagler's Number - New York Times
  14. ^ Mancini and Kim forever linked - Boxing - Yahoo! Sports
  15. ^ Internantional Boxing Hall of Fame / BWAA Awards
  16. ^ Cougs, Lobos seek to be well-grounded
  17. ^ Sporting News - Your expert source for MLB Baseball, NFL Football, NBA Basketball, NHL Hockey, NCAA Football, NCAA Basketball and Fantasy Sports scores, blogs, and articles
  18. ^ SIRIUS Satellite Radio to Provide Live Coverage of 2006 Wimbledon Tennis Championships. | PR Newswire (June, 2006)
  19. ^ Medium Well: Your NBC Olympics lineup - A blog on sports media, news and networks -
  20. ^ "A broadcaster perseveres, and an old Gator makes his mark",; accessed October 22, 2014.

External links

  • CBS - 04-Mar-1998
  • Idaho Mountain Express - 11-Nov-2005 - Tim Ryan
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