ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) — Longtime sportscaster Arnold Dean, creator of one of the first sports call-in shows, has died at age 82.
Brooklawn Funeral Home says Dean, who was born Arnold D'Angelo, died Saturday at his home in Rocky Hill. His family tells the Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/VqFqDy ) that his death comes a day after having his pacemaker replaced.
Dean’s career in sports broadcasting spans more than 60 years. He spent much of his career at WTIC-AM in Harford, starting in 1965. The radio station says he began hosting ‘‘SportsTalk’’ in 1976. It was one of the earliest all-sports call-in shows.
Dean would interview such sports legends as Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams.
WTIC Operations Manager Steve Salhany says Dean was ‘‘a consummate professional, consummate gentleman, and an all-around good person.’’