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Dick Enberg (born January 9, 1935 in Armada, Michigan) is an American sportscaster. Enberg is one of the most prominent play-by-play announcers in network television, with a career spanning more than forty years. He is recognizable by his trademark exclamation, "Oh, my!"
Enberg was educated at Central Michigan University and Indiana University, earning master's and doctorate degrees at the latter institution. From 1961 to 1965 he was an assistant professor and baseball coach at California State University, Northridge.
In 1965 Enberg began a full-time sportscasting career, calling games for the California Angels of Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League, and UCLA Bruins basketball. Four times Enberg was named California Sportscaster of the Year.
In 1975 Enberg joined the NBC television network. For the next 25 years, he broadcast a plethora of sports and events for NBC, including the NFL, MLB, the National Basketball Association, the U.S. Open (golf) championship, college football and basketball, the Wimbledon tennis tournament, heavyweight boxing, Breeders' Cup horse racing, and the Olympic Games.
Having switched to CBS in 2000, Enberg now calls that network's NFL and college basketball action, and the U.S. Open (tennis) tournament, as well as contributing to coverage of The Masters and PGA Championship golf.
Enberg has garnered many awards and honors over the years, including 13 Emmy Awards (as well as a Lifetime Achievement Emmy), nine National Sportscaster of the Year awards, the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Award, the NBA's Curt Gowdy Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Enberg is the only sportscaster thus far to win Emmys in three categories (broadcasting, writing, and producing), and in 1973 became the first U.S. sportscaster to visit the People's Republic of China.
Indiana University awarded Enberg an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2002.
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