Frank Glieber, sports announcer, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 5, 1934. After graduating in 1956 with a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, he moved to Dallas, Texas, and became one of the most famous voices in Texas sports. Except for two years in Cleveland, he spent his entire career in the Dallas area working in both television and radio. He began as an announcer for the Highland Park High School football team and the Dallas Eagles, a minor-league baseball team, and eventually became the sports director for KRLD radio, where he did the play-by-play announcing for Southwest Conference basketball games. He worked for local news shows and served as the telecast announcer for the Texas Rangers. In 1960 he was the original radio color commentator for the Dallas Cowboys and became the voice associated with the team. He also hosted four weekly television shows that dealt with either the Cowboys or the National Football League. He worked his way up by 1963 to a position with CBS, where he worked for twenty-two years. As a CBS commentator he covered the seventeenth hole of the Masters' Golf Tournament for eighteen years, as well as National Basketball Association games, professional tennis, and NFL football. While with the network, Glieber, with no prior experience announcing these sports, covered professional tennis, bowling, and golf. He would accept assignments for sports he had never covered because he thought there was always enough time to prepare adequately. Before announcing his first tennis match he had to consult colleagues on the system of scoring.
Glieber was well respected by his colleagues, who admired his versatility and detachment. He was named the Texas Sportscaster of the Year seven times. He was often used by CBS to break in new announcers, such as Dick Vermeil and John Madden. At the height of his career Glieber worked sixteen-hour days and established his own corporation, based in his home. He refused to sign a major network contract because he enjoyed being involved with sports on the local level; in his own words, he liked living "on the fringe" of the network rat race. He was also a committed family man who, despite his intense schedule, always found time to attend his sons' football games. Glieber was nicknamed "the Round Mound of Sound" because of his portliness. On May 1, 1985, he collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack. He was survived by his fourth wife, Kathleen, and his five children. He is buried at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas.
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Austin American-Statesman, May 2, 1985. Dallas Morning News, December 26, 1981, May 2, 1985. Dallas Times Herald, February 4, 1978. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Radio and Television
Sports and Recreation
Dallas/Fort Worth Region
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