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Len Berman (Born June 14, 1947 in New York Citymarker) is the former weekday evening sports anchor on WNBC-TVmarker. Berman was with WNBC/NBC from 1982-2009. He was previously with WCBS-TVmarker from 1979–1982, and before that at WBZ-TVmarker in Boston from 1973–1978.

On March 31, 2009, according to the New York Daily News, Berman will be leaving WNBC due to budgetary concerns.At the end of WNBC's 11 p.m. newscast on Wednesday April 22, 2009, following taped messages of goodbye and good luck from Matt Lauer, Al Roker, and Brian Williams, Berman announced that it was his last sportscast.

While Berman's immediate future for television is unknown, sources say he might make periodic appearances on the Today Show. Currently, he is working on his latest project, Len Berman Sports, an online blog which recounts Len's top 5 most interesting sports stories of the day.

Early life

Despite having a very neutral viewpoint when reporting the sports in New York, he grew up an avid New York Yankees fan. He is also partial to Big East basketball, having graduated from Syracuse University and serving as an advisor to that school and to St. John's University. When Berman hosted "Sports Update" Sunday nights on WCBS-TV he used the dance tune "The Break" by Katmandu as the theme song.

Spanning the World

One popular monthly feature Berman is responsible for is Spanning the World, which aired on WNBC's newscasts and The Today Show. Spanning is a reel of odd and interesting sports highlights from the past month, with a recorded introduction and closing by Don Pardo. When the Segment Begins, The World is torn in two and the sound of a Rooster Crowing is played. When the segment ends, the world goes back to its "Pre-Torn" State, with the same Rooster Sound, and Announcer Don Pardo says "Tune in Next Time for "Spanning the World", If there Is a Next Time. I'm Don Pardo." In his last WNBC broadcast, Berman mentioned the segment would continue on The Today Show.

The NFL on NBC

From 1982 to part of the 1984, Berman also hosted The NFL on NBC Pregame Show, then known as NFL (insert year) until he was supplanted by Bob Costas. During the early weeks of the 1988 NFL season, Berman served as the host of what was, by this time, called NFL Live! while regular host Costas was hosting NBC's coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Koreamarker.

Live at Five

In 2005, he was one of a handful of rotating co-anchors with Sue Simmons on Live at Five after Jim Rosenfield left for WCBS-TVmarker.


Since August 2008, Len has kept a blog and daily newsletter at, using the form to continue his type of humor and whimsical sports stories.


Len has written three books: Spanning the World and two kids books, And Nobody Got Hurt! (Volume I and II).


Len currently resides in Port Washington, New Yorkmarker and has a vacation home in Palm Beach, Floridamarker.


  1. Len Berman Sports Online
  2. Blogging Himself To Live

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