Monday, November 27, 2006

BREAKING NEWS: Casey Coleman Dies

It's not like it was unexpected, but it's still no easier to take.

WTAM/1100 sportscaster and morning co-host Casey Coleman died this morning after a long bout with pancreatic cancer, at the age of 55.

While still dealing with the disease, Casey worked whenever his body allowed him to do so, up until nearly the very end.

Casey's morning co-host, Bill Wills, tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he was "an integral part" of the station's "Wills and Coleman in the Morning". He called Coleman "a pro's pro, and a very good friend", and said he gave the morning broadcast "credibility".

In addition to his duties as morning co-host and sports anchor, Casey was the long-time sideline reporter for the Cleveland Browns Radio Network.

WTAM hosts and anchors have been spending the morning looking back at the life of their co-worker and friend. In addition to Wills' tribute this morning, WTAM mid-morning host Bob Frantz is also devoting his show to the late WTAM sportscaster.

RIP, Casey...you were indeed "The Luckiest Guy in the World". And we hope your journey "rounding third and heading for home" was a peaceful one...

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace Casey. You are home at last. Heaven just gained one of the best sportcasters ever!

Anonymous said...

He touched so many in ways most will never even know. Godspeed Casey, your battle is over and your journey just begun. You'll be missed, and, thanks for the memories.

Anonymous said...

Indeed, Godspeed Casey. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your excellent work, and for being such a shining example of dignity in the face of such personal difficulty.

I can envision a great three-man team up there now, with Casey's dad Ken and Nev working the games.

Anonymous said...

It's a great loss to Cleveland and beyond.
Casey Coleman will be greatly missed by ALL.

Ed Richards said...

In the last e-mail I got from him he still had optimism and hope. He was so thankful for everyone's thoughts and prayers. He truly believed he was the luckiest guy in the world.

We were lucky to know him.

Scott said...

RIP Casey, you'll be missed.

Anonymous said...

Two great Cleveland sportscasters are in heaven now together. RIP Casey and I hope you and Nev have a great time talking about the Cleveland sports teams.

Anonymous said...

The fact that Mr. Coleman still wanted to practice his craft in the weeks leading to his passing amazes me..and speaks volumes about his professionalism..55 is far too young to leave the game..WTAM has lost one of its true pros..

eriedjguy said...

From Erie, PA...RIP Casey.

Anonymous said...

"Rounding third and heading home."

RIP Casey, your courage was an inspiration to everyone.