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Gregg Mace Biography

Gregg Mace was abc27’s first-ever weekend sportscaster when the station began its weekend newscasts in 1979.

He took over as weeknight anchor and Sports Director in August 1980.

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Mace anchors abc27’s Friday Night Football program and handles play-by-play for abc27’s coverage of the Big 33 football game, as well as play-by-play of high school basketball on abc27’s RTV channel.

Gregg Mace Age

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Gregg Mace Career

Among Gregg’s favorite career highlights are covering Carlisle High School’s consecutive state basketball championships, the Philadelphia Phillies winning the World Series in 1980 and 2008, Cal Ripken’s consecutive games-played record streak, three Super Bowls, Penn State’s two national football championships, and every Hershey Bears Calder Cup championship since 1980.

While at abc27, Gregg also broadcast play-by-play for ESPN indoor soccer as well as Rutgers University women’s basketball for New Jersey Public Television.

Gregg Mace George Steinbrenner 1981

George is the owner of the Yankees. Gregg decided to have an interview with him about his Yankee star, Reggie Jackson.

George stated that Jackson was one of the caring people in the Yankee team. He also said that he used to visit hospitals and no one knew anything about it. He visited kids in the hospital and no one read about it.

George says that the reason they get at Jackson is that he is the big man, he is number one.
George passed away at the age of 80. However, he took his Yankee team far enough.

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Gregg Mace 35 years in broadcasting

The year was 1979, and it was Mace’s first night as a sports anchor at WHTM-TV ABC 27.

A clip of Mace from 35 years ago ran during WHTM’s sports segment in late January.

I caught up with Mace last week and asked him about being a sports anchor in central Pennsylvania for 35 years.

“First of all, what color was the suit?” I asked him.

“It was pumpkin,” Mace says. “It was very stylish back then.”

I noticed something from that 1979 clip that is still true today. Mace was having a conversation with the audience. He talks to you in a relaxed way.

It isn’t something he has improved on over the years; it’s something he consciously did from his first day on the air.

“I wanted it to be like I was sitting in your living room or at a restaurant and we were just talking,” Mace says. “I find that far more effective than something cutesy. I’m trying to appeal to the nonhardcore sports fan.”

He grew up in Baltimore watching veteran sports broadcaster Vince Bagli at WBAL-TV Channel 11. Mace adopted Bagli’s style of very relaxed talk. Bagli, 85, and Mace, 59, became friends.

“I do a lot of explaining and setting up on why something has relevance,” Mace says. “I talk to them (viewers), but I’m also an educator of things.”

So he becomes a guest in your living room and then explains to you why what you are seeing is significant, all done without being too cute or talking down to his audience.

He does this very subtly, but effectively.

Mace says the biggest story he’s covered is the Jerry Sandusky-Joe Paterno story. But the most memorable ones, in terms of games, include Hershey Bears championships, Carlisle High School winning four state basketball titles and Penn State getting to three title games (winning two).

Mace has had interesting side work over the years, working for ESPN covering indoor soccer for seven years and as a weekend fill-in anchor at in Washington, D.C.

“It’s helped me develop what I do,” Mace said about working with ESPN and in a bigger market.

On WHTM 27.2, ABC 27’s digital channel, Mace is responsible for sports content. The channel has done 44 high school games, as well as Hershey Bears ice hockey and a horse show.

He has done either play-by-play or colors announcing for many of these games.

Mace loves covering local athletes from high school to college, watching them grow up and becoming friends with them once they are adults.

Jon Ritchie from Cumberland Valley comes to mind. Mace covered him in high school, college and in pro football with the likes of the Raiders and Eagles. Then he helped Ritchie get into broadcasting, first at WHTM, then ESPN and now a daily talk show with comedian Artie Lange on DirecTV and satellite radio.

“I enjoy mentoring people,” Mace says. “I have had a lot of successful interns come through here.”

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