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Rod Phillips
Born 1941 (age 68–69)
Calmar, Alberta
Occupation radio broadcaster

Rod Phillips (born in Calmar, Alberta) is a radio broadcaster for 630 CHED in Edmonton, Alberta. Phillips is best known as the play-by-play man of the World Hockey Association and National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers since 1973, succeeding longtime Edmonton Eskimos broadcaster Bryan Hall despite having no experience in the field. He is most famous for his loud, long scream of "scoooooooooores!!!!!", considered a classic for Oilers fans. Many fans attending games are known to bring radio sets with them to listen to his broadcasts and many people watching games on television will listen to his play-by-play commentary instead of the television's. In 2003, Phillips received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Prior to being a hockey broadcaster, Phillips hosted Edmonton's first-ever late-night television show in 1967.

Rod Phillips is the uncle of Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips.[1]

On-air durability

Well known for his on-air durability, Phillips once even tried to call a game while suffering a bleeding nose so bad that it blurred his vision and was known to call games even while sick with severe colds. Phillips had only missed 9 periods of Oilers hockey - two full games missed due to illness and three first periods missed after participating in on-ice ceremonies - until November 2008, when he missed a 7 game road trip only after being banned from flying by his doctors due to an ear infection. At the time, Phillips said that felt that he was 'letting people down.' Bob Stauffer filled in for him on during the road trip, an admirable performance which led many to speculate Stauffer would be Phillips' eventual replacement.

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