Don Gillis, dean of Boston TV sportscasting, dies at 85
BOSTON -- A broadcaster who helped pioneer the evening television sportscast in Boston and was the longtime TV host of Candlepins For Cash has died at age 85.
According to his family, Don Gillis died Wednesday at his home in Falmouth after suffering a series of strokes three weeks ago.
His son, Gary Gillis, says his father began a career in radio broadcasting at New Bedford's WBSM-AM after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He later joined WHDH-AM, then the flagship station of the Boston Red Sox.
Gillis began sportscasting on WHDH-TV in October 1962, on the night Johnny Carson debuted as host of "The Tonight Show."
He later became the station's sports director, before joining the new WCVB-TV in March 1972 in the same position. He retired in 1983, but continued hosting the popular candlepin bowling show until 1995.
WCVB-TV described Gillis as a Boston legend.
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