Born May 16, 1939 in Winnipeg, Canada.
Ryan got his start in broadcasting while in high school in Toronto on radio station CFRB. After graduating from University of Notre Dame in 1960 he called hockey, football and baseball and was sports anchor for various television outlets. From 1972-77 he called NHL, NFL, tennis and boxing for NBC Sports. In 1977 Ryan moved to CBS and was lead blow-by-blow announcer for boxing. Paired with color commentator / analyst Gil Clancy, the duo formed one of the most respected and memorable teams in broadcast history and were synonymous with “the sweet science” to a generation of fans. Considered one of the foremost commentators of his era, he called more than 300 championship fights during his career in radio and television, including Ali vs. Frazier I for Armed Forces Network, Thomas Hearns vs. Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard, Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Arguello and Ray Mancini vs. Duk Koo Kim. Ryan also covered ten Olympic Games. Highly regarded for his ability to tell the fighter’s story and concisely break down the in-ring action for viewers, Ryan was awarded the BWAA’s Sam Taub Award for Excellence in Boxing Broadcast Journalism in 1986.
He retired in 2012 and currently resides in British Columbia.
Born: May 16, 1939