Len Berman

Leonard Berman (born June 14, 1947) is an American television sportscaster and journalist who is based in New York City. He is currently hosting the morning show on WOR-AM along with Michael Riedel.[2]

Berman is widely known for his television career with NBC, specifically his work for the network's flagship station WNBC-TV. Berman spent 27 years as the lead sports anchor for WNBC and also worked for NBC Sports covering Major League Baseball and the National Football League. He was employed by WNBC until 2009, and prior to that he worked for WCBS-TV in New York City from April 1979 through August 1982 and WBZ-TV in Boston.

Len Berman
Leonard Berman

June 14, 1947 (age 72)
EducationStuyvesant High School, New York, New York
Syracuse University
Occupationtelevision journalist
Notable credit(s)
WNBC-TV Sports-Anchor
News 4 NY
Salary$1 million [1]
Jill Berman (m. 1971)

Early life

Despite having a very neutral viewpoint when reporting the sports in New York, he grew up an avid New York Yankees fan. He is also partial to Big East basketball, having graduated from Syracuse University and serving as an adviser to that school and to St. John's University. Berman's Big East connections also include several years of calling the conference's basketball games for ESPN and in syndication for the Big East Network.


At the end of WNBC's 11 p.m. newscast on Wednesday April 22, 2009, following taped messages of good-bye and good luck from Matt Lauer, Al Roker, and Brian Williams, Berman announced that it was his last sportscast. He was given a cake with best wishes from his colleagues, including Chuck Scarborough and Sue Simmons.

On March 1, 2012, Berman hosted a segment on the 10 o'clock news evening sports report on WNYW—Fox 5—in New York City. He presented his top-5 most interesting sports stories of the week prior.

While Berman's immediate future for television is unknown, sources say he might make periodic appearances on the Today Show.[3] Currently, he is working on his latest project, Len Berman Sports, an online blog that recounts Len's top 5 most interesting sports stories of the day. Starting in March 2015, Berman has co-hosted a morning radio program from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00am on WOR-AM. Originally, it was "Len and Todd in the Morning"; on October 20, 2017, Berman announced that his broadcast partner on the show, Todd Schnitt, was no longer working at the station, due to not coming to terms on a contract. The show is now called "Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning."

Spanning the World

One popular monthly feature Berman is responsible for is Spanning the World, which aired on WNBC-TV's newscasts and The Today Show. Spanning is a reel of odd and interesting sports highlights from the past month, with a recorded introduction and closing by Don Pardo. When the segment begins, the world is torn in two and the sound of a rooster crowing is played. When the segment ends, the world goes back to its "pre-torn" state, with the same rooster sound, and announcer Don Pardo says "Tune in next time for Spanning the World, if there is a next time. I'm Don Pardo." In his last WNBC broadcast, Berman mentioned that the segment would continue on The Today Show. Berman would occasionally do a version of the segment for WNBC titled "Spanning the Week," which would review odd and interesting stories from the past week. A common catchphrase from the segment is "And nobody got hurt!," which would be said by Berman after a clip featuring some sort of accident that might have caused injury.

The NFL on NBC

From 1982 to part of 1984, Berman also hosted The NFL on NBC Pregame Show, then known as NFL (insert year), until he was supplanted by Bob Costas. During the early weeks of the 1988 NFL season, Berman served as the host of what was, by that time, called NFL Live! while regular host Costas was hosting NBC's coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

Live at Five

In 2005, he was one of a handful of rotating co-anchors with Sue Simmons on Live at Five after Jim Rosenfield left for WCBS-TV.

Berman's Blog

Since August 2008, Len has kept a blog and daily newsletter at LenBermanSports.com, using the form to continue his type of humor and whimsical sports stories.[4]

Books written by Berman

Berman has written four books: Spanning the World and three kids' books, And Nobody Got Hurt! (Volumes I and II), The Greatest Moments in Sports (New York Times Bestseller), and The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time.

Personal life

Berman resides in Port Washington, New York, and has a vacation home in Palm Beach, Florida.


  1. ^ Famed sports anchor Berman to leave WNBC
  2. ^ http://radioinsight.com/blog/headlines/91674/todd-schnitt-len-berman-take-mornings-at-wor/ Todd Schnitt Len Berman Take Mornings at WOR
  3. ^ Len Berman Sports Online
  4. ^ Blogging Himself To Live

External links


Berman is a surname that may be derived from the Yiddish phrase בער מאַן (lit. ‘bear-man’) or from the Dutch Beerman, meaning the same. Notable people with the surname include:

Abba Berman (1919–2005), Polish-Israeli Rosh Yeshiva

Adolf Berman (1906-1978), Polish-Israeli activist and politician

Ahmet Berman (1932-1980), Turkish football player

Alan Berman (born 1943), American psychologist, psychotherapist, and suicidologist

Alexander Johan Berman (1828-1886), Dutch minister and literary critic

Alexander Vladimirovich Berman (1964-2017), Russian manager, whose work activity is connected with the oil and gas industry

Amy Berman (born 1954), circuit judge

Anne Deane Berman (born 1963), American composer , multimedia artist and music educator

Antoine Berman (1942-1991), French translator and theorist of translation

Arthur L. Berman (born 1935), American lawyer and politician

Bart Berman (born 1938), Dutch-Israeli pianist

Benny Berman (1938-2002), Israeli singer and composer

Bob Berman, American astronomer

Boris Berman (born 1948), Russian-Israeli-American pianist

Boris Berman (born 1948), Soviet and Russian journalist and broadcaster

Boris Davydovich Berman (1901-1939),Worker of the USSR State Security officials , Commissioner of Public Security the third rank

Boris Zakharovich Berman (1897-1938), activist of the CPSU (b) , 2nd secretary of the Sverdlovsk regional committee of the CPSU (b)

Brian Berman, American Family Physician

Bruce Berman (born 1952), American film producer

Chris Berman (born 1955), American sportscaster

Daniel Iosifovich Berman (born 1937), Soviet and Russian biologist

David Berman (born 1967), American poet and vocalist

David Berman, Canadian graphic designer

David Berman (born 1957), American mobster

Dianne Goldman Berman Feinstein (born 1933), American politician

Emanuel Berman (born 1946), Israeli psychologist

Eric Berman (born 1979), Israeli singer, songwriter and composer

Eugène Berman (1899–1972), Russian painter

Felix Solomonovich Berman (1932-2001), Russian theater director, teacher, playwright.

Franklin Berman (born 1939), British barrister, judge and arbitrator

Gail Berman (born 1956), American manager in the movie industry

Harold J. Berman (1918–2007), American professor of law

Harry Berman (1902-1944), American mineralogist

Helen Berman (born 1936), Dutch-Israeli painter

Helen M. Berman (born 1943), American chemistry professor

Henry Berman (1914-1979), American film editor

Howard Berman (born 1941), American politician

Ilan Berman (born 1975), Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council

Iosif Berman (1892-1941), Romanian photographer and journalist

Jakov Berman (1868–1933), Russian philosopher

Jakub Berman (1901-1984), Communist politician in Poland

John Berman (born 1972), American news anchor

Joost Berman (1793-1855), Dutch judge and poet

Josh Berman ,American writer and producer for television

Josh Berman (Musician) (born 1972), American jazz musician

Joshua Berman, Professor of Bible at Bar-Ilan University

Jules Berman (1911-1998), American businessperson

Julie Berman (born 1983), American actress

Julius Berman, American lawyer and rabbi

Karel Berman (1919-1995), Czech vocalist and composer

Karl Berman (Junior) (1839-1913), German pianist and composer, music teacher

Karl Berman (senior) (1811-1885), German clarinetist and basset horn player

Khariton Abramovich Berman (1923-2007), Soviet and Ukrainian cardiologist and therapist

Konstantin Aleksandrovich Berman (1914-2000), clown, Honored Artist of the RSFSR

Laura Berman, American sex therapist and educator

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Matvei Berman (1898-1939), Russian, Head of the GULAG 1932–1937

Max Berman (1873-1935), German rabbi

Maxine Berman (1946–2018), American educator and politician

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Mona Berman , American artist

Monty Berman (1913-2006), British cinematographer and film and television producer

Morris Berman (born 1944), American historian

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Nechemia Berman, Chief Rabbi of Uruguay

Otto Berman (1891-1935), American accountant

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Sabina Berman (born 1955), Mexican writer and journalist

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Serena Berman (born 1990), American actress

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List of AFC Championship Game broadcasters

The following is a list of the television and radio networks and announcers who have broadcast the American Football Conference Championship Game throughout the years. The years listed concentrate on the season instead of the calendar year that the game took place. The forerunner to the AFC Championship Game (prior to the 1970 AFL–NFL merger) was the AFL Championship Game.

List of ESPN College Basketball personalities

The following is a list of ESPN College Basketball personalities, as appearing in games broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU. Keep in mind these are only weekly regular season pairings for college basketball.

List of NFL on NBC commentator pairings

The first name that's slated is the play-by-play man while the color commentator or commentators are slated second and sideline reporters, if used, are slated last.

Michael Riedel (journalist)

Michael Riedel is an American theatre critic, broadcaster, and columnist. He is the co-host of "Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning" on 710 WOR in New York City, weekdays 6-10am. Riedel has been a controversial and influential Broadway columnist of the New York Post, for over 20 years. Riedel's book Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway won the 2015 Marfield Prize for arts writing and is widely considered to be the successor to The Season, William Goldman's classic 1967 book about Broadway. He is currently researching his second book.

Riedel's skewering of Broadway shows and personalities in his column have made him a controversial and often feared figure on the New York theater scene. He has been called "the enfant terrible of the New York press".

Race for the Pennant

Race for the Pennant is a weekly sports show that focused on Major League Baseball and premiered on Home Box Office (HBO) in 1978. It was hosted by Len Berman, Tim McCarver, Barry Tompkins, Bob Gibson, Maury Wills and others. The series ended in 1992.

Sal Marchiano

Salvatore Joseph "Sal" Marchiano (born March 3, 1941) is a former American sportscaster who worked in New York radio and television for forty four years. In December 2008 he retired from his position as sports director and anchor for the WPIX Channel 11 News At Ten.

A graduate of Fordham University, Marchiano began his sportscasting career in 1964, with the audio operation of United Press International and in local radio, mentored by famed New York sportscaster Marty Glickman.Marchiano later worked at CBS News, WCBS-TV, WNBC-TV, ESPN, ABC Sports, ABC Radio Network, WABC-TV, WNEW-FM radio and the Mutual Radio Network. His TV debut as sports anchor and reporter for Frank Gifford was at WCBS in 1967, working alongside Jim Jensen, Robert Trout and Reed Collins. Starting in 1971, at WABC-TV, he anchored and reported alongside Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford as well as Roger Grimsby and Bill Beutel. In 1980, he was an original cast member at ESPN anchoring Sportscenter, hosting the weekly Sports Forum and doing the blow-by-blow of the weekly Top Rank Boxing telecasts. In 1984, he joined WNBC-TV and teamed with Chuck Scarborough, Sue Simmons, Gabe Pressman, Marv Albert and Len Berman. Sal moved to WPIX TV in 1994 as sports anchor next to Jack Cafferty and Kaity Tong, for the last fourteen years of his more than four decades broadcasting career.Marchiano covered major events such as the World Series, the Super Bowl, the NBA playoffs, Stanley Cup playoffs and championship fights. Marchiano hosted ABC's Wide World of Sports live from the Philippines before THE THRILLA IN MANILA. He interviewed the leading sports personalities of his era including Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Vince Lombardi, Joe Namath, Pete Rozelle, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Ted Williams and Billie Jean King. Among his non-sports interviewees were Gene Autrey, Federico Fellini, Paul Newman and Frank Sinatra. Sal was awarded two Emmys for broadcasting excellence. His memoir is IN MY REAR VIEW MIRROR. Marchiano's daughter Sam Marchiano, a graduate of Columbia University, has been a sportscaster since the mid 1990s with Fox Sports and Major League Baseball.com. She is a documentarian and social activist.

Sportsworld (American TV series)

Sportsworld (also known as NBC SportsWorld) is an American sports anthology television program which aired on NBC on Saturday afternoons from 1978 to 1992.

The Breakfast Club (radio show)

The Breakfast Club is an American syndicated radio show based in New York City hosted by DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne tha God. It currently airs in 90 plus radio markets around the country and is also televised by REVOLT every morning. Common topics of discussion on the show are celebrity gossip (especially in the hip hop industry), progressive politics, and sexual and dating issues.

The NFL on NBC pregame show

The NBC television network's in-studio pre-game coverage for their National Football League game telecasts has had a rather inconsistent history in comparison to other pre-game shows (such as The NFL Today on CBS and Fox NFL Sunday on Fox). The following is an overview of the various titles and formats relating towards NBC Sports' NFL pre-game coverage.

Todd Pettengill

Todd Clark Pettengill (born April 18, 1966 in Hagaman, New York) is a radio disc jockey who most recently worked for WPLJ 95.5 in the New York area. From 1993 to 1997, he also served as an on-screen backstage interviewer for the World Wrestling Federation.

Todd Schnitt

Todd Andrew Schnitt (born January 24, 1966) is an American conservative talk radio host. He currently hosts The Schnitt Show, the afternoon drive time show whose flagship is Tampa radio station 1250 WHNZ AM and is nationally syndicated by Compass Media Networks. He co-hosted a morning drive talk show on WOR New York with Len Berman from January 2015 until October 19, 2017.Schnitt was born in New York City and raised in Nanuet, New York and Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is a graduate of Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach. He has worked in radio since he was 16 and used the stage name MJ Kelli in hosting shows at the Hampton Roads, New York City, and Tampa markets from 1986 to 2012. From 1994 to 2012, Schnitt was morning drive time host of The MJ Morning Show (known before 2001 as The MJ and BJ Morning Show) at Tampa top 40 station WFLZ and select other Clear Channel Communications stations. In 2001, Schnitt launched an afternoon talk program The Schnitt Show on Miami radio station WIOD. The Schnitt Show later expanded to other markets, including Tampa station WFLA in 2002. The show now airs live on WHNZ-AM from 3-6 p.m. Eastern and is rebroadcast on 970 WFLA (AM) from 6-9 p.m. Eastern.

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