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On This Date: Steelers Broadcaster Myron Cope Died 15 Years Ago



Myron Cope

This Monday marks 15 years since the Steelers and the Pittsburgh community mourned the loss of legendary broadcaster and sportswriter Myron Cope, who died of Feb. 27, 2008 at the age of 79.

Born Myron Sidney Kopelman, the Taylor Allderdice and Pitt graduate was a sportswriter with the Erie Daily Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sports Illustrated and Saturday Evening Post before taking to broadcasting.

Cope started as the Steelers’ radio color analyst in 1970, and over his 35-year career with the team, Cope became a huge fan favorite with his comedic personality, nasal voice with a Pittsburgh accent and colorful catchphrases, such as “yoi,” “okle dokle,” and “hmm-hah.”
Not only did he have a singsong delivery, his sports commentaries on WTAE were frequently delivered in actual song form.

In addition to his work as a television sportscaster and write, Cope was a popular talk radio host in Pittsburgh, addressing his listeners as “dear callers.” It was a caller to such a show that helped Cope popularize the term Immaculate Reception for Franco Harris’ miraculous game-winning catch against the Oakland Raiders in 1972.

Cope’s most enduring contribution to Steelers fandom came in 1975, when he invented the Terrible Towel, the proceeds from which he later donated to the Allegheny Valley School for children with intellectual and physical disabilities in Coraopolis.

After his retirement, Cope was given the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television award by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first team color analyst to have that honor bestowed upon him. Cope was also the first pro football broadcaster to be elected to the Radio Hall of Fame.

Point Park University held its second annual Myron Cope Day last week.

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