Geoff Sindelar passed away yesterday from an apparent heart attack at the age of 62. I can still remember driving around with my dad hearing “The Professor” Geoff Sindelar saying “Good item!” to one of the many calls he would get asking his opinion about sports memorabilia. In those days, I believe he was on WWWE (now WTAM) before he had his show on WKNR. Either way, it is one of the voices of my early days as a sports fan.
I loved the way he ran his radio show. He would show very little patience for the dumber callers, and let the callers with good ideas keep on running. It seems basic, but sports radio would be a much better product in general if it was run as cantankerously everywhere as it was when Sindelar was behind the microphone.
Sindelar was one of those guys who I pictured in my head from his voice and then when I saw a picture of him later on, he looked almost exactly as I expected him to look. That isn’t always the case with radio guys. But with Sindelar his giant voice and distinct Northeast Ohio accent matched perfectly with the big guy with the equally big, bushy mustache.
For more on Sindelar check out Chuck Murr’s article on Indians Ink.