Longtime Pittsburgh Sports Broadcaster Sam Nover Dies

The Longtime WPXI sports anchor was 77.

Andrew Limberg
December 05, 2018 - 11:05 am

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Longtime Pittsburgh sportscaster Sam Nover died Tuesday. He was 77.

Nover's deep voice and knowledge won him respect with viewers and colleagues.

He started at WPXI-TV in 1970 and, except for a couple of years with the NBC network, Nover was a familiar face in TV sports in the city for close to 30 years.

Nover was also known as the last person in Pittsburgh to have a sit down interview with Pirates great Roberto Clemente three months before The Great One died in an airplane crash while delivering relief supplies to Nicaragua after a devastating earthquake had hit the country in 1972.

KDKA Radio’s Joe DeStio spent many hours covering sports alongside Nover and said he admired how fearless he was.

"He would ask tough questions and didn’t back off from coaches, managers, and players if he knew there was a story there. And he did it in a time when covering sports was often more entertainment than journalism.”

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