Dave Diles has died, following a recent stroke, at age 78. Dave Diles is from an era that many here at MGoBlog will not have known. For many, many years, pre-Don Shane (and pre-Al Ackerman), he was all of the following:
Channel 7's (ABC-Detroit) main evening news sports anchor;
Detroit's first all-sports radio call-in program;
ABC's national college football scoreboard-show host, and;
a part-time host of ABC's Wonderful World of Sport.
This was an exceptionally classy guy. Together with another Detroit-area resident (and Michigan Man) Bill Fleming, they were two of the more important voices in college football, in the entire nation.
In today's terms, it would be vry near the equivalent of one person doing the jobs of Don Shane, Pat Caputo, John Sunders, and Dan Patrick. All at once.