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Mel Allen Talks About the Crazy Sportscasting Competition Between NBC and CBS

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Mel Allen began his broadcasting career as a staff announcer at CBS before transitioning to sportscasting. In July of 1975, he appeared on Dick Bertel and Ed Corcoran's Golden Age of Radio Program for WTIC out of Hartford, CT. In this clip he talks about some of the crazy things that went on when NBC and CBS were fighting for sports reporting exclusives.

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1:11
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