Southern California sports fans may not recognize Bill Brundige’s face, but they certainly recall his voice.
For four decades, Brundige was a fixture on radio and television, hosting sports talk shows on several local channels. He called Southern California football and basketball games, and filled in for legendary announcer Chick Hearn to offer play-by-play coverage of L.A. Lakers games. Brundige also called games for the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators and the Detroit Lions.
The Tennessee native served as West Coast sports director for the Armed Forces Radio Network during World War II. He received the Helms Athletic Foundation award for his entertainment contributions to military personnel serving in the Pacific.
The owner and operator of a glass replacement shop in Brea, Calif., Brundige appeared in several episodes of “Dragnet,” “Perry Mason” and “The Donna Reed Show.” Twice honored with the Golden Mike award for radio broadcasters, he was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1994.
Brundige died on April 23 of heart failure. He was 89.