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Original Voice Of Bengals Dies

Original voice of Bengals dies at 76

The broadcaster who called Cincinnati Bengals games for the first 22 years of the franchise has died. Phil Samp had suffered from liver cancer. He was 76. Samp died Wednesday in Tucson, Arizona. He joined WLWT in 1964 after working as a staff announcer in Columbus. Samp left the station in 1977 but continued broadcasting Bengals games while working as executive sports editor for WLW radio. He retired from the Bengals booth in 1990. Sports anchor Dennis Janson worked with Samp in the mid-'80s. He says Samp wasn't glitzy, he was just effective. Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan says Samp had a reputation for putting fans first by giving a clear and accurate picture of what was happening on the field.

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