Roy Storey

Legendary Sportscaster

Roy Storey (Photo, Circa 1970s)

Roy Storey was elected to the Bay Area Radio
Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2008

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Yankees vs. White Sox on KYA (July 20, 1954; 25 minutes)

In the days before major league baseball migrated to the West Coast, newspapers and re-created broadcasts were all fans had to keep up with the national pastime. In this great example, Roy Storey announces the “Game Of The Night” on KYA, using a Western Union teletype account of the action (and realistic sound effects) to re-create the game between the White Sox and Yankees in the Bronx from a radio studio in San Francisco. This pristine partial recording, from Roy’s own collection, was taken directly from the control panel and features commercials for Burgermeister Beer. KYA was the local affiliate of Gordon McLendon’s Liberty Broadcasting System, the nation’s largest sports network at that time.

A Few Minutes Of Le Mans on KLX (Sunday, June 23, 1957; 9 minutes) RS

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The round-the-clock coverage of the annual 24 Hours Of Le Mans — the 25th Grand Prix of Endurance — on Oakland’s KLX (910 AM) comes to an end in this unusual live radio re-creation of a road race. The race concludes with the team of Ivor Bueb and Ron Flockhart victorious, and Roy wraps up the marathon broadcast to the strains of La Marseillaise. A few moments of KLX’s Sunday morning programming (leading into “Music On The Lazy Side”) can be heard before the studio-grade recording ends.

 San Francisco Seals Hockey on KFRC (May 6, 1963; 15 minutes) Presentation includes textAudio presentationLS

Roy Storey and Bill King are rinkside on Frisco Radio KFRC to call the dramatic sudden-death conclusion to the Western Hockey League championship series pitting the Seals against the Seattle Totems.

San Francisco Seals Hockey on KCBS (February 16, 1966; 15 minutes) LS

Roy Storey and Don Klein bring all the action as the Western Hockey League’s Seals host the Quebec Aces of the American Hockey League at the Cow Palace via KCBS AM and FM, “The Voice Of San Francisco.” You may also listen to Part 2Part 3 and Part 4 of the broadcast separately.

San Jose Bees Baseball on KGNU (August 13, 1967; 31 minutes) RS

From San Jose’s Municipal Stadium, it’s California League baseball matching the Fresno Giants against the San Jose Bees, Class A affiliate of the California Angels. Under manager Harry Dunlop, the Bees are en route to the Caloop championship, finishing with a 86-52 record. This studio-line recording was taken from the live broadcast over the facilities of Santa Clara’s 1000-watt KGNU (1430 AM).

KFRC 20/20 News with Roy Storey (February 8, 1968; 11 minutes) LS

Roy reports on the death of actor Nick Adams plus other local, national and international news headlines.

Seals vs. Bruins on KEEN (Sunday, Nov. 15, 1970; 33 minutes) LS

From historic Boston Garden, Roy describes the exciting third period action on San Jose’s KEEN (1370 AM) as the California Golden Seals take on Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, John Bucyk and the powerhouse Bruins. The Seals, in the midst of a grueling east coast swing, were battered by the Penguins in Pittsburgh the night before, and would finish the week with losses in Montreal, Philadelphia, Toronto and Chicago.

KYA News with Roy Storey (January 15, 1978; 6 minutes) LS

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, but the Washington, D.C., funeral of American statesman Hubert H. Humphrey tops the list of news headlines.

 — Edited or partial broadcast.
LS — Courtesy of Len Shapiro.
RS — Courtesy of Roy Storey.

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Special thanks to Len Shapiro for providing recordings,
research and the photograph used in this presentation.

 

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