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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Van Miller

(Born November 22, 1927) -- It seems like a good day to celebrate “Van-demonium.” He provided the soundtrack to Western New York sports for decades.

Miller grew up in Dunkirk, and started his career by broadcasting high school games there. Then Buffalo called, and Van was ready. The Bills began playing in the American Football League, and he was the voice of the team from Day One. Miller stayed on that job through 2003, except for a seven-year stretch in the 1970s when WBEN lost the broadcasting rights.

Miller wasn’t just a football announcer though. He broadcast the games of the Buffalo Braves and Stallions, and did some work for the University at Buffalo and Niagara.

Oh, and he was a fixture on Channel 4’s newscasts for decades as well. And Miller was the host of a bowling show, and the teen quiz program “It’s Academic.” He did some local radio work too.

Miller is in all sorts of Halls of Fame, including the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. To use the cliche, all such honors are “well deserved.”

--- Budd Bailey

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