Ray Gandolf, American sportscaster, Died at 85

Ray Gandolf was born on April 2, 1930, in Norwalk, Ohio, and died on December 1, 2015.

He was an American sportscaster.

Ray attended Northwestern University in the early 1950s, where he received a bachelor’s degree in speech

He then traveled to New York City to work on the stage.

Gandolf left CBS to become the weekend sports anchor for ABC in the early 1980s.

He was co-host of “Our World” with Linda Ellerbee for a year starting in 1986.

The program “Our World” went off the air in 1987.

The show was unique, the program used archival footage and interviews with people who had witnessed historical events to recreate the feel of a particular time.

The show was talked about by John Corry, who wrote in The New York Times in 1986. “If you have no recollection, watch it anyway. It is a living, breathing history.”

Himself along with Ms. Ellerbee and Richard Gerdau won a writing Emmy Award in 1987 for an “Our World” episode.

Many in the broadcasting industry thought the program was doomed from the start.

Reportedly in that same year the ABC had received at least 7,300 letters asking to bring the program back, the letters are more than the network had ever received for a news program.

Ray retired in the early 1990s.

He had a wife, Blanche Cholet and five daughters, Alexandra, Jessica, Victoria, Amanda and Susanna, and five grandchildren.

Ray Gandolf passed away at 85 yrs old.