Edward Britt (Ted) Husing (November 27, 1901 - August 10, 1962) was an American sportscaster and was among the first to lay the groundwork for the structure and pace of modern sports reporting on television and radio. Events 1095 - Pope Urban II declares the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont Year 1901 ( MCMI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting Events 612 BC - Killing of Sinsharishkun, King of Assyrian Empire Year 1962 ( MCMLXII) was a Common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic Radio is the transmission of signals by Modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of visible Light.
Husing was born in the Bronx, New York -- and given the name Edmund. New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous The youngest of three children of immigrant German parents, he was the only one to survive childhood. The German people (Deutsche are an Ethnic group, in the sense of sharing a common German culture, descent and speaking the German language as His father Henry was a fan of middle weight boxing champ Jimmy Edward Britt. By his tenth birthday, the boy's name was changed to Edward Britt Husing. As a teenager, he took on the tag of "Ted" and the nickname stuck.
At age 16, he joined the National Guard and in World War I was assigned to stand watch over New York's harbor. For the National Guard of a State and other countries' National Guard see National Guard. World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All New York Harbor, a geographic term refers collectively to the rivers bays and tidal estuaries near the mouth of the Hudson River in the vicinity of New York City Following the war he floated from jobs as carnival barker to payroll clerk. Once he won an audition over 500 applicants for announcer at New York radio station WHN, Husing found his life's calling. New York ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation's third most populous He was schooled under the tutelage of pioneer broadcaster Major J. Andrew White. There he covered breaking news stories, political conventions, and assisted White during football commentaries.
As an announcer, Husings rapid manner of speech earned him the nickname Mile a Minute Husing. His use of descriptive language combined with a commanding voice made his broadcasts a must listen. By 1927 he was voted seventh most popular announcer in a national poll. Year 1927 ( MCMXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Following a pay dispute, he moved to Boston where he broadcast Boston Braves (now Atlanta Braves) baseball games. Later in '27, he returned to New York and helped his mentor, J. Andrew White, start the new CBS chain. CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. After cigar mogul William S. Paley bought the cash strapped network in 1928, Ted Husing rose to unseen heights of glory and fame. William Samuel Paley ( September 28, 1901 &ndash October 26, 1990) was the chief executive who built Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS
At CBS, Husing took on a wide variety of events. He was the original voice of the popular March of Time program and an announcer for shows like George Burns and Gracie Allen. The March of Time was a Newsreel that was shown in movie theaters from 1935 - 1951. George Burns ( January 20 1896 &ndash March 9 1996; born Nathan Birnbaum) was an American comedian, Actor Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen ( July 26 1895 Allen used to claim that she was born in 1906 but when pressed for evidence she would say that her birth certificate Above everything, his work on sports gave Husing the biggest prominence. He covered events as diverse as boxing, horse racing, track and field, regattas, seven World Series, tennis, golf, four Olympic Games, Indianapolis 500 motor racing, and especially college football, where he laid down much of the structure of football play-by-play that is still used today. Boxing (sometimes also known as English boxing or pugilism) is a Combat sport in which two participants generally of similar weight, This article is about the sport For other uses see Horserace (drinking game or Horse race (politics. A regatta is a term used to describe either a Boat race or series of boat races For other events named "World Series" see World Series (disambiguation. Tennis is a sport played between two players ( singles) or between two teams of two players each ( doubles) The Olympic Games is an international Multi-sport event established for both summer and winter games The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, often shortened to Indianapolis 500 or Indy 500, and historically known simply as "The 500" is an American College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, Colleges and military academies He devised some of the earliest spotting boards to identify the players on the field. Husing also interviewed coaches and players before games and attended strategy sessions.
In addition to his sports pre-eminence, Husing also did news/special events coverage for the CBS Radio Network. The CBS Radio Network provides news sports and other programming to more than 1000 radio stations throughout the United States In the 1930s, he gave early tutelage to a budding CBS Radio announcer, Mel Allen, who, like Husing, would become a legendary sportscaster. Mel Allen ( February 14, 1913 – June 16, 1996) was an American Sportscaster, best known for his long tenure as the primary (And, like Husing, Allen would also understudy in news, with Robert Trout). Robert (Bob Trout ( October 15, 1909 - November 14, 2000) was an American broadcast news reporter best known for his radio work before and during
In both sports and special events areas, Husing developed a bitter rivalry with rising NBC announcer Bill Stern. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Bill Stern ( July 1, 1907 - November 19, 1971) was a US Actor and Sportscaster who announced the nation's first When the two became the sports stars of their rival network (and eventually their networks' sports directors), they would battle fiercely not only for events, but for broadcast position.
Husing's personality could be arrogant, coarse and opinionated. He was the first to bring a candid, editorial style to sports play-by-play. He was barred for two years by Harvard University from covering its home football games after he called All-American quarterback Barry Wood's performance "putrid. " After criticizing World Series umpires in 1934, Husing was banned from doing play-by-play of the Fall Classic by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Kenesaw Mountain Landis ( November 20 1866 &ndash November 25 1944) was an American Jurist who served as a federal
In 1946 Husing moved from CBS to WHN (later WMGM) to pursue a career as a disk jockey. Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. WEPN (1050 kHz branded as 1050 ESPN New York, is a 24-hour Sports radio station in New York City featuring national and local sports talk programs A disc jockey (also known as DJ or deejay) is a person who selects and plays recorded music for an audience (He was succeeded as CBS Radio's sports director by Red Barber). Walter Lanier "Red" Barber ( February 17, 1908, Columbus Mississippi – October 22, 1992) was an American Husing's popular music show the Ted Husing Bandstand ran from 1946-1954. He continued to busy himself with sports assignments including boxing on CBS and DuMont television. The DuMont Television Network was the world's first commercial Television network, beginning operation in the United States in 1946 Perhaps he was best known as the voice of Army football from 1947-53. By that time, Husing's yearly salary was close to half a million dollars, a lot of money at that time.
In 1956 an operation to treat a malignant brain tumor left him blind and forced him to retire. Year 1956 ( MCMLVI) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. He made an appearance on the television show This Is Your Life and talk of a comeback followed. This Is Your Life was a television documentary series hosted by its producer Ralph Edwards. Tragically, his condition worsened and the plans were stifled. After moving to Pasadena, California under the care of his mother Bertha and daughter Peggemae, he died in 1962. Pasadena ( is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Year 1962 ( MCMLXII) was a Common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
Husing has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a Sidewalk along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in Hollywood Los Angeles California, USA, that Hollywood Boulevard is a boulevard in Hollywood Los Angeles California, United States, beginning at Sunset Boulevard in the east and running northwest