Veteran Sportscaster George Michael Passed Away

Posted Dec 26, 2009 by Leo Reyes
The popular host of sports program 'The George Michael Sports Machine' died Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer. Michael was 70 years old at the time of his death.
Sports anchor George Michael, host of 'The George Michael Sports Machine' syndicated TV Show died early Thursday after a two-year battle with cancer.
He was a sports anchor on WRC-TV -- NBC's channel 4 in Washington, D.C. -- for more than 25 years.
"Michael was a prominent fixture, providing the most accurate and spirited sports news and highlights," Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty said. "He truly captured the hearts and minds of sports fans in the District and around the country."
Michael's daughter, Michelle Allen, said Michael died Thursday morning from complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.
Michael's show ran for 27 years starting out in 1980 and lasted until 2007 when the sportscaster retired fom hosting the program.
Michael's show was broadcast in 194 markets across the United States and 10 foreign countries.
The long-running sports show host was a pioneer in sports broadcasting. "He was a gifted interviewer, a master storyteller, and one of the hardest working journalists out there," the station said.