Paul Carey

Paul Carey is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. Paul Carey attended Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. CMU was known then, as it still is, for its programs in broadcast and communication arts. In 1949, Paul Carey became a staff announcer for WCEN, Mt. Pleasant’s only radio station. At the time, staff announcers at small stations also wrote news and commercial copy, took transmitter readings, made coffee and emptied wastebaskets, and got temperature updates from the thermometer outside the back door. Saginaw’s WKNX became his next radio home in April of 1953. On April 5 of that year, WKNX-TV signed on the air, on UHF channel 57 – so it’s very likely that Paul Carey also did some TV work in Saginaw. At the time, he was also bumming rides down to Briggs Stadium to watch the Detroit Tigers play. He arrived in Detroit to stay in 1956, when he became the sports director of WJR, Michigan’s most powerful radio station. Through the 1960s and 1970s, he called University of Michigan, and Detroit Pistons, basketball games. He also compiled the Friday night high school football scoreboard heard after the midnight newscast, when stringers from metro Detroit to the distant Upper Peninsula phoned in results; when a group of voices as familiar as those of your parents, Paul Carey’s included, made the big station at 760 on the dial what it said it was in its top of the hour ID: The Great Voice of the Great Lakes. In 1973, Paul Carey joined Ernie Harwell in the Tigers’ radio booth. The ’73 Tigers were defending American League East champs, and still respectable. They quickly bottomed, losing 102 games in 1975. But 1976 was the year of Mark Fidrych magic at Tiger Stadium, and then came Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker, Kirk Gibson, Lance Parrish, and Jack Morris; the homegrown stars who would win a world championship in 1984. By Tom Sanders.