George Michael, WABC’s night burner, initially turned down the offer to join WABC Radio. PD Rick Sklar and others involved came to know that George was interested in moving on to sports broadcasting. There just so happen to be an opening for a weekend sports anchor on WABC-TV Channel 7 and that as they say clinched the deal, and George Michael left WFIL Philadelphia for WABC. You might say George’s move to 77 WABC proved a lot more lucrative than anyone could imagine. He gained sports broadcasting experience while jockeying 1974-1979. George replaced Cousin Brucie after about a 6 week period. Truth be known, George Michael was not happy at WABC for all sorts of reasons. Mainly it was around the very tight playlist and that he didn’t have say in music selections etc. After radio, George Michael had a long career in TV as sports anchor at NBC O&O WRC in Washington. The daily anchoring led to a weekend specialty show called the George Michael Sports Machine, that was later syndicated & seen across the country. This aircheck features George in his final year at WABC, before he, along with Harry Harrison & Chuck Leonard, were let go just before the 1979 holidays.
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