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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: A familiar voice

   November 27, 1984 -- One of the most memorable personalities in Buffalo's sports broadcasting history left us on this date. Stan Barron, who was part of Western New York for more than 30 years, died after a long battle with cancer.

   Ask any sports fan who was around Buffalo in that era, and he or she will tell you about Barron's impact. He came to Buffalo from New York City in 1952, and worked for WKBW and WKBW-TV.

   But Barron made his great impact starting in the 1960s, when he hosted a program on WBEN from 7 p.m. to midnight on weeknights. There he gave scores and news, did interviews, provided commentary, and asked trivia questions. It was a unique format that really has never been duplicated.

  "The idea was instant results instead of tuning in for sports at specific times," Barron once told an interviewer.

   Barron also broadcast games. He served as the hockey Bisons' play-by-play man as well as its publicity director at one point. He also announced Bisons' baseball, Niagara and Canisius college basketball, and University of Buffalo football. Barron's final years came when he was the commentator for Bills' games with play-by-play man Van Miller.

   He was honored in several ways for his work with inductions into Halls of Fame and awards. Sports around haven't been the same without him.

--- Budd Bailey

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