Buffalo Bills Hall Of Fame Radio Voice Van Miller Dies At 87
July 20, 2015 at 4:05 AM (PT)
Condolences to family and friends of longtime BUFFALO BILLS radio play-by-play voice VAN MILLER, who died FRIDAY (7/17) in TONAWANDA, NY at 87.
MILLER, the 2004 winner of the PETE ROZELLE Award from the PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME, started in radio at WFCB-A/DUNKIRK, NY, then joined WBEN-A/BUFFALO in 1955, and was the BILLS first radio voice, serving as play-by-play announcer from the team's inception at the start of the AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE in 1960 through 1970 and again in 1978-2003. He was at the mic for all four BILLS SUPER BOWL appearances. MILLER was also the voice of the NBA's BUFFALO BRAVES (now LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS), BUFFALO BISONS minor league baseball, and college sports, and served as Sports Director of CBS affiliare WBEN-TV (later WIVB-TV)/BUFFALO until 1998.
BILLS President RUSS BRANDON issued a statement saying, "On behalf of (BILLS owners) TERRY and KIM PEGULA and everyone at One BILLS Drive, we are all deeply saddened with the news of the passing of VAN MILLER. As the ‘Voice of the BILLS,’ VAN's historic radio calls of BILLS games over the years will forever resonate with our fans. His Hall of Fame and Wall of Fame talent was overshadowed only by his engaging personality, his witty sense of humor and his love for the BILLS.
“We will all dearly miss ‘Uncle VAN,’ but his legacy will remain deeply embedded in our franchise's history and in the hearts of his countless fans in WESTERN NEW YORK and throughout the NFL community. Our deepest sympathies, along with our thoughts and prayers, go out to his wife GLORIA and all of VAN's family during this difficult time."