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Warner Wolf is an American radio/TV sports announcer. In the film Rocky IV, Warner announced the boxing match over radio with his assistant, Stu Nahan, and also was there when Apollo Creed died at the hands of Ivan Drago. He had filled in for Baldwin. Warner is perhaps best known as a local news sports anchor in Washington, D.C. and New York City, and for his catchphrase "Let's go to the videotape!"

Early life and careerEdit

Wolf was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Rosemary and Jack Wolf. His father was born Jewish and his mother converted to Judaism.[1][2] His earliest experience in broadcasting was on the intercom system of Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. in the 1950s. His upbeat, entertaining patter that was to become his trademark made his sports report a welcome treat for the kids. During this period he worked part time at Baker's Shoe Store downtown, as a salesman. Many customers must have been puzzled at the ball park hawker's refrain of, "Get your hot dogs, get your hot dogies here" coming from the back store room. He was simply entertaining the staff and the customers, something he was to continue throughout his long career.


Wolf began as a radio broadcaster on April 1, 1961, doing news, weather, and sports for WLSI-AM in Pikeville, Kentucky under the name Ken Wolf. He then moved on to radio jobs in Martinsburg, West Virginia at WEPM-AM, and Washington, D.C. at WTOP-AM before landing a sports television role in 1965 at WTOP-TV (now WUSA) in Washington. There he became very well known and popular as the news sports anchor; he also did play-by-play announcing of local college and professional basketball, football, and baseball games.

ABC Sports Edit

In 1976, Wolf gained an ABC Sports network role, working on Monday Night Baseball telecasts and as a host for coverage of football and the Olympics. Wolf's reception in those jobs was mixed, and he decided that he was best at the local news sports anchor role.


  • Warner Wolf and William Taaffe, Gimme a Break! Warner Wolf on Sports. McGraw-Hill, 1983 (ISBN 0-07071-537-8).
  • Warner Wolf and Larry Weisman, Let's Go to the Videotape: All the Plays and Replays from My Life in Sports. Warner Books, 2000. (ISBN 0-44652-559-6).


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