Niagara Gazette — In 1964 it was off to the Big Apple where Mazer won instant recognition with his WNBC-AM radio show. New York Daily News columnist Bob Raismann said Wednesday: “It didn’t matter where you were listening or calling from — Mazer was speaking to nobody else but you. He made the same connection with TV viewers for 20 years on his popular program “Sports Extra.” He could make you feel like Buffalo was one of the nation’s greatest sports towns, Raismann said: “And when he talked about how Buffalo was a springboard to a gig in the USA’s biggest media market, his excitement, his feeling of satisfaction, and achievement cracked through the front of a tiny transistor radio.”
After several years with WNBC, he signed on at WOR-AM and did color commentary on the CBS television network’s hockey game of the week. He also covered the Knicks, the Nets and the Islanders. He enjoyed a high profile as host of lunchtime interviews from Mickey Mantle’s restaurant on Central Park South. “He was known as the maven of sports facts,” said Tom Niland of Youngstown, noting that Mazer might have been the first person to hold that title in New York City. It was often said that he was a pioneer in hosting an all-sports-talk radio show in the U.S.
For the record, Mazer was christened the ‘Amazin’ by news anchor John Roland who was frequently hurling difficult sports questions at him during the nightly sportscasts. It was rare indeed when Roland stumped the expert.
TRIVIA: (Answer to Thursday quiz): The National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame is in Saratoga.Contact Reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.