It was difficult for a young George Blaha to stuff his red portable radio under his pillows at night.
The internal power source — small yellow tubes — helped bring the world of broadcasting to his Marshalltown, Iowa, bedroom. The problem was, those tubes got hot, and Blaha would have to let them cool down. And under a pillow wasn't the safest place to do that.
Still, that radio meant the world to Blaha. He went from station to station, imagining the faraway places being talked about.
Flip. It is Bob Prince's crackling voice calling balls and strikes at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field.
Flip. It was St. Louis, where Harry Carey would tell the story of another Cardinals victory over the Cubs.
Flip. It's East Lansing and Auburn Hills.
And it's Blaha's voice powering the airwaves, providing imagery for Pistons and Michigan State football listeners.
Blaha, 68, is the bridge from old school to modern sports.
"I think it is a great responsibility," Blaha said. "You are responsible to the ownership of the NBA and to the faculty and administration at Michigan State.
"But also the fans deserve your best shot. You are their eyes and ears. They care about these teams. … If they don't enjoy your broadcasts or at least tolerate them, you won't be around for long."
More to give
Pistons and Spartans fans have been listening to Blaha for 37 years, although he's been on the air longer including stints in Adrian and East Lansing, where he served as morning and afternoon sports drive, news director and more.
But Pistons fans have come to know him as the "face" of the Pistons on Fox Sports Detroit, a position he's not ready to give up.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130211/SPORTS0102/302110331#ixzz2KbO1pILm
George Blaha not ready to announce his retirement just yet
Detroit News | Feb 11