BUFFALO – The broadcaster known across the region as the voice of the Buffalo Bills has died. Dunkirk, NY native and Bills play-by-play legend Van Miller died on Friday, July 17. He was 87 years old.
Miller grew up in Dunkirk and began his 55-year broadcasting career at WFCB in his hometown. He started working in Buffalo in 1955 and five years later, became the Bills radio play-by-play announcer for their first season in 1960. He continued calling games for the bills until 1970, and then resumed calling games from 1978 to 2003.
Among his many honors, Miller earned the Pete Rozelle Radio and Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004 and his name was placed on the Bills Wall of Fame at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2014. He is also a member of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame (class of 2002).
He leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Gloria, two children and three grandchildren.