George Michael

By | Dec 24, 2009

The name George Michael became famous in the 1980s. There is the singer, George Michael. For those living in the Washington DC area in the 1980s, 90s and into the new century the name George Michael meant sports. It is with sadness that I have leaned of his death on Christmas Eve, after fighting a two year battle with cancer.

George Michael was born on March 24, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri. His full name was George Michael Gimpel. He arrived at WCR TV-4 in Washington in 1980. He was the Sports anchor from then until his left the station in 2007.

George Michael’s Sports Machine was nationally syndicated in 1984 by NBC until it left the air following the March 25, 2007 airing. The show began shortly after his arrival in Washington as a weekly sports wrap-up shown on Sunday night.

He may have been nationally known for the Sports Machine, but for those following the Redskins it was his Redskins show that is fondly remembered. For many years it featured former John Riggins and Sonny Jurgensen, who told it like it was. Michael served as the moderator who allowed the others to talk.

“George Michael was our friend and colleague for more than 25 years,” WRC-TV said in a statement. “He was a dynamic force around our newsroom and in the entire Washington area. George was a pioneer in sports broadcasting. He was a gifted interviewer, a master storyteller and one of the hardest working journalists out there.”

Survivors include his wife Pat and a daughter, Michelle.


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