Larry Clark

lclarkClark, who died in 1992 at the age of 69, was a genuine Wisconsin television pioneer. He was not only the first television play-by-play sportscaster in Wisconsin – hired as such in 1947 by WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee while still a junior in college – he was the first to announce Green Bay Packers football, Milwaukee Brewers baseball, Marquette University basketball, and University of Wisconsin football. Clark had a long and varied career in Wisconsin television which included spending five years as the vice president-operations of the Sportsvue Cable Network and also included a variety of affiliations with countless news, sports and special events programs. His work was honored repeatedly during his lifetime and he was presented with numerous national and international awards as a producer and writer of television programming. He served as the commercial spokesman for Schlitz Brewing and Wisconsin Telephone, among others. Beyond the worlds of broadcasting, he was active in community and civic endeavors with the Rotary Clubs of Milwaukee and New Berlin. He served as Chairman of the Easter Seal Campaign and as an Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was inducted into the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame in 1991.

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