Mike Walden, the first to become a football and basketball voice at USC and UCLA, then parlaying his broadcasting persona into a comedy straight man, died Sunday at age 89 of complications from a stroke, USC confirmed Friday.
Walden, a Springfield, Ill., native who lived in Tarzana, was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009 as well as the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
He was the SCSB president from 1975-77 and 1992-93.
He started in Southern California calling USC sports from 1966 to 1972 and then went to UCLA for a run of 18 more years (1973-90), both on radio and TV.
More info about a celebration of his life at this link.
Mike Walden, second from left, is joined by Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame members at an annual awards ceremony in 2012. (Photo by Jon SooHoo).