Friday is Gil Santos's last day at work at WBZ radio in Boston, where he has been since the 1960s. Thankfully he will continue as the radio voice of the New England Patriots.
He has called Patriots games continuously since 1966, except for a stretch between 1980 and 1990. His 30 years of services makes him the longest-serving current announcer in the NFL, tied with Merrill Reese of the Philadelphia Eagles.
In addition to the work at WBZ, Santos has called games for the Boston Celtics, Boston Breakers, Providence Friars basketball, Penn State Nittany Lions football, and Boston College Eagles football.
Gil was in fact Penn State’s radio play by play guy for many years. He and Paterno are bosom buds.