Ann Arbor, MI
July 20, 2007
William Norman (Bill) Flemming
Detroit Pistons Broadcaster (1957 - 1962)
Network TV Sports Broadcaster
Bill Flemming was born in Chicago, Illinois, and moved with his family to Ann Arbor, Michigan at a young age. Flemming played football and basketball at Ann Arbor High School and went on to attend the University of Michigan where he majored in speech. After graduation, Flemming went to work for WWJ-TV in Detroit as well as broadcasting Pistons games from their beginning in 1957 through 1962, eventually joining ABC’s Wide World of Sports covering over 600 events during his career. Flemming’s assignments were very diverse; from college football to golf to cliff-diving to the Olympic Games, with one of his most cherished assignments being the Michigan-Ohio State football game. Flemming was the first voice of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships on television. He was a Past President of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association. Bill Flemming was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He passed away on July 20, 2007 at 80 years of age.