Radio Broadcaster Bill King could affectionately be known as the "King" of East Bay broadcasting. The Renaissance man for a time, was lead play by play man for the Raiders, A's and Warriors. When the Raiders relocated to LA he would even commute on weekends to make the call.
He was behind the mic for the Holy Roller game, and anointed George Blanda "King of the world" for throwing for a touchdown and kicking the winning field goal, as time ran out in a 1970 game.
His eccentricities weren't just contained to the grid iron as he actually managed to pick up a technical foul at a Warriors game. He was charged with swearing at the referee during a game. He is believed to be the only broadcaster ever to receive an infraction during a professional sports game.
Al Davis described him best at a memorial service. In 1966 at Raider training camp Davis said of King. "You've got to be kidding me!, What could this little fella possibly know about football?" Evidently, a whole lot.
After his passing, the San Francisco Chronicle released a statement regarding King, "King was believed to be 78. The lack of knowledge of his exact age was one of the many quirks that made King one of the great characters in Bay Area sports."