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Monday, December 10, 2012

Arnold Dean’s death takes another state sports legend from us

If you are north of 40 and grew up in Connecticut, you knew two voices before all the others. It was Bob Steele in the morning and Arnold Dean at night. The voices of childhood. The voices of the state. The voices you still hear now echoing all the years later.

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Arnold came from a more civil era. Sports talk was sports talk. Not guy talk. Not shouting. Not cutting off callers. Not self-entitlement. He was a gentleman. And it was through that ironic twist that I first met him.


The first sports radio guy I ever heard. Fortunately, he wasn’t born 35 years later.  His gentlemanly style wasn’t edgy enough for today.

Frank Malzone Rating (GGC) Posted: December 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. villageidiom Posted: December 11, 2012 at 07:24 AM (#4321601)
Thanks for posting this. I hadn't heard.
   2. Charles S. storms out of Wrigley before walk-off Posted: December 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM (#4321707)
I am north of 40 and grew up in Connecticut. Dean was just a constant voice through my childhood. WTIC had the Red Sox and the Whalers so it was on my radio year-round. I met him once on an airplane flying from Bradley Field down to Tampa for a spring training trip. I was probably 10 or 11. He helped me with the jumble in the Courant and we talked about the Red Sox prospects for the season for a couple of hours. He could not have be nicer. He even invited me to call his show sometimes even though he didn't usually let kids on. I took him up on the offer later that summer calling in to give my thoughts on the Bristol Red Sox of the Eastern League. After one game I considered myself an expert.

Just a first class guy. He will be missed.
   3. Vailsoxfan Posted: December 11, 2012 at 04:38 PM (#4322252)
He and Bob Steele were the guys on CT radio when I was growing up. Always would wake up on a snowy morning hoping Bob would tell you your school was closed. I also remeber Chuck Kaiton who did the Whalers games on WTIC. He was an umpire in the summers and did our legion games. An honor to be called out on strikes by the voice of the Whale. The media seemed better then in many ways.

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