Ray Scott

With his distinctive voice and style of delivery, the late Ray Scott was one of the most highly regarded sports broadcasters in the nation.

Scott, a Johnstown native, provided play-by-play descriptions of sports on the college and professional levels, both on radio and television.

While being best known for his work with Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers, Scott was the announcer for four Super Bowls, various World Series games, a number of major college bowl games and prestigious national golf tournaments.

He earned 12 Sportscaster of the Year awards and is a member of the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame. He was recognized with the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

Scott narrated "Penn State Football: Joe Paterno," released on vinyl record in 1975. He also called syndicated broadcasts of Penn State football from 1975-81.

Penn State historian and author Lou Prato said that as a kid growing up, he wanted to be Ray Scott.

"It was a different environment back then and we listened to a lot of radio broadcasts," Prato said in a telephone interview. "I admired his work. He gave you the picture of what he was seeing and kept it simple. He didn't inject himself into the broadcast the way so many broadcasters do now.

"There are not many Ray Scott-types left. He was a nice guy who was honest and truthful and that's what really stood out about him."

Scott lived in Johnstown until moving to Connellsville, where he graduated from high school in 1936.

That same year, Scott returned to Johnstown where he got his broadcasting start, working as a staff announcer at WJAC radio.

In a 1989 interview with The Tribune-Democrat, Scott related that he decided to become a sportscaster after proclaiming himself a failure in scholastic sports.

"I was a frustrated high school athlete – no ability, no size," Scott said. "So I got involved with forensics, which whetted by my appetite for speaking.

"Radio was in its infancy then and I thought I could have a future as a radio announcer."

His first broadcast was a high school game between Johnstown and Jay Township (which later become part of the St. Marys School District).

"Those were the days when the powerful teams like Johnstown opened with a breather for their first game of the season," Scott said in a 1955 interview. "Boy, that was some night. The rains really came."

Scott broke into Pittsburgh radio in 1947. He began announcing televised NFL games in 1953 and was hired by CBS in 1956 as the voice of the Green Bay Packers, a position he held until 1967.

He also broadcast Pitt (1952-1960) football games at various points of his career as well as preseason Pittsburgh Steelers games.

Scott was honored as Minnesota’s Sportscaster of the Year for three straight years beginning in 1962.

In 1969, he was inducted into the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame.

Posthumously, Scott was honored with the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award and inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame as a contributor in July 2001.

Cory Isenberg is a sports reporter and columnist for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5080.​ Follow her on Twitter @CoryIsenbergTD.