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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 12/24/2009

Washington sportscaster George Michael has died

By Washington Post editors

Channel 4 sportscaster George Michael. (John McDonnell/Post)
George Michael, dean of Washington sportscasters, has died after a long battle with cancer. Michael covered sports at WRC-TV (Channel 4) for 28 years until resigning in 2008 in response to budget cuts.

WRC released the following statement about Michael:

"George Michael was our friend and colleague for more than 25 years. He was a dynamic force around our newsroom and in the entire Washington area.

George was a pioneer in sports broadcasting. He was a gifted interviewer, a master storyteller, and one of the hardest working journalists out there.

Our hearts go out to his wife Pat and his daughter Michelle, both of whom also worked with us for many years, as well as the rest of his family. ‬"

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By Washington Post editors  | December 24, 2009; 10:12 AM ET
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Wow. Didn't know he had cancer.

To say he will be missed is an understatement. He was sports in DC, for better or worse.

Posted by: keithrjackson | December 24, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

God bless you George -- and may the Lord hold your family and friends in His hands. You are missed......

Posted by: wolfmanjack14 | December 24, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Rest In Peace, George. If horses go to heaven, you'll be just fine.

Posted by: howjensen | December 24, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm so sorry to hear this news. I have missed George since he left WRC. May his family be comforted knowing he is no longer suffering and probably will be broadcasting 'Sports in a Minute' from heaven on high.

Posted by: Niecy414 | December 24, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I didn't know that he was sick. What a shame. My heart goes out to his family and more so at this time of the year.

Posted by: hillguy | December 24, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I first started following George Michael while still living in California almost 15yrs ago. His sports perspective was always filled with his love for his chosen craft. God bless you George and may His peace be with your family.

Posted by: tedpas | December 24, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

For every season there is a reason. There was a reason for George being the wonderful sportscaster he was. We love you George, but God loves you more. May he rest in peace in God's loving arms. My sincere condolences to his family

Posted by: sandra_campbell | December 24, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Man, I'm sad to hear this. There have been only two local sportscasters over the 20+ years I have lived in this area who could hold my attention and give me some good laughs. The late Glenn Brenner and George Michael. My condolences.

Posted by: case50 | December 24, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

This is really sad news. He got me watching sports news because he was so entertaining. He was already missed from sports news but someday you would always hope he would come back.

Posted by: momintz | December 24, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

This is really sad news. I always looked forward to watching his "Sports Machine" broadcasts on NBC-4 on Sunday Evenings.

I have a few questions, not to be sarcastic or mean. What is a famed sportscaster (it was on my news alert)? I understand that some are more well known than others, e.g. Marv Albert, Brent Mussberger, Howard Cossell, George Michael, Bob Costas, etc.

Isn't the term famed, redundant or unnecessary?

Wouldn't legendary sportscaster be more appropriate? Just my $.02 -- Mark, Frederick, MD

Posted by: BlueThunder613 | December 24, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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