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Voice of the Seattle Mariners Silenced

The power of broadcasting to knit together a community, along with a profound sense of loss for a beloved broadcaster, have been nothing short of palpable in Seattle the past few days. Dave Niehaus, radio and TV voice of the Mariners for all of their 34 seasons, died suddenly Wednesday of a heart attack.

Niehaus, 75, died at his home in nearby Bellevue, WA. He was inducted in July 2008 to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and is, so far, the only member of the Seattle Mariners so honored. The SEATTLE CHANNEL and Tony Ventrella produced a short profile of Niehaus that summer that can be watched here.

Local radio went wall-to-wall just after 5pm Wednesday night, with Seattle's two sports stations (KIRO 710 AM and KJR 950 AM) devoting hours to listener call-ins and phone interviews with Dave's colleagues and many admirers. Even non-sports news/talk radio spent most of Wednesday night and Thursday during the day mourning on-air for Niehaus. It was impossible to keep a tally of the number of broadcasters who choked back tears at least once on-air in the 24 hours following Niehaus' death.

On Saturday, November 13 at 12:00 noon Pacific Standard Time, KIRO 97.3 FM and KIRO 710 AM will pay tribute to Niehaus by broadcasting a complete recording (sans commercials) of what many consider the most memorable game played by the Mariners and the most memorable game called by Niehaus: Game 5 of the 1995 American League Division Series vs. the New York Yankees.

As Dave would probably have said, "My, Oh, My!"

(Posted by Feliks Banel)

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