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Local sports icon ‘Rip’ Rowan dies

Longtime TV sportscaster also worked for teams

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William “Rip” Rowan, a former Capital Region sportscaster who later worked for three of the area’s minor-league baseball teams, died Tuesday night. Rowan broke into television as a part-time cameraman at WRGB. After working as a disc jockey, Rowan became a sportscaster for WROW-TV (later WTEN) in 1965. “I always felt Rip was an iconic sports figure,” said WGDJ-AM owner, talk show host and longtime friend Paul Vandenburgh. “Before anyone heard of ESPN, we all ...

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November 20, 2013
5:34 p.m.

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Channel 10 was WTEN long before 1965. I believe he might have been on WROW-AM. If I recall correctly, he was a native of Amsterdam and may have gotten his start in radio on WCSS-AM.

November 20, 2013
8:55 p.m.

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Would it be too much to ask for a picture for a reminder of who he was?

November 20, 2013
11:45 p.m.

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According to a bio that was provided to us, it was listed as WROW-TV.