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Longtime Broadcaster Jim Gordon Remembered

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Jim Gordon AUDIO TRIBUTE - Courtesy of MSG Network.

Announcer Jim Gordon, longtime voice of the New York Rangers and radio voice of the New York Giants, passed away Monday at the age of 76 following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Gordon, who formed a popular tandem with Bill "The Big Whistle" Chadwick in the Rangers television booth and later Phil Esposito, called Blueshirts games in 1969-70 and from 1973-74 to 1983-84 after beginning his broadcasting legacy with Madison Square Garden in 1955. Gordon also served as a Knicks TV partner with Bob Wolff during the 1970-71 season.

The Putnam Valley resident and Queens native also entered politics later in his career, serving as chairman of the Putnam County Legislature in the 1990s.

An ex-Marine and Syracuse graduate, Gordon is survived by a wife and five children.

Jim touched the lives of many who were near and dear to the Rangers organization through the years. Here are a few thoughts and memories from those who fondly remember him.

Sam Rosen:
"He was the consummate professional. He taught me a lot about this business. He had the biggest influence on me and my broadcasting career and I will miss him."

John Davidson:
"He was the voice of the Rangers and he certainly helped me a lot. He was always thinking about the fans and will be sorely missed."

Marv Albert:
"He was a unique combination of excellent play-by-play, plus a top-flight newsman, which people forget. The first games I ever did with the Rangers, I sat in for him because he had conflicts. He was a terrific guy. He had this incredible fast-paced staccato-style play-by-play on radio for basketball and hockey."

Rod Gilbert:
"Jim was a tremendous professional and a good friend. His career was filled with class and was greatly respected by the athletes. He always treated everyone fairly. Jim was truly a great broadcaster and a fine artist in the booth."

John Halligan:
"He was always a very sweet man, but that didn't mean he wasn't a hard-bitten newsman. If the lines went down because of a storm or something - something that even the technicians couldn't fix - Jim would be wiring alligator clips to the phone lines. Whatever it took to stay on the air. Jim had the ability and desire to help younger people break into the broadcasting profession. He was a prince of a human being."

The Rangers organization extends their deepest sympathies to the Gordon family.
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