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Dan Scanlan Passes Away

Four-decade radio voice for Washington news

Once a familiar radio voice, notably on news from Washington, Dan Scanlan passed away over the weekend. Reportedly he died of a heart attack. He was 74.

Scanlan was in semi-retirement, working occasionally as an anchor and writer for WestwoodOne and NBC News Radio.

Over a four-decade career he had stops at WINS(AM), New York, AP radio, Mutual Broadcasting and NBC.

In a release, WestwoodOne EVP News and Talk Bart Tessler said, “Dan was the epitome of a professional newsman, the best story teller with the best sound on and off the air, and he will be sorely missed.”

Mark Knoller, CBS News, tweeted “Was my privilege to have worked with Scanlan in the early days at AP. He was a great writer, broadcaster, colleague and friend.”

Here is a speech by Scanlan at a Mutual Broadcasting/NBC Radio reunion wherein he liberally quotes Lou Gehrig’s “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this Earth” speech.