Mike Lynch, one of the vital revered sports activities broadcasters in Boston tv historical past, introduced Thursday that he’ll retire as principal sports activities anchor at Channel 5 in August.
Lynch, often known as “Lynchie’’ to legions of sports activities followers, has been at Channel 5 for 37 years. The 16-time Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year and champion of highschool sports activities will transition right into a part-time function on the station as a particular sports activities correspondent.
“After almost forty years at WCVB, I’ve determined it’s time to step away from the day by day anchoring of SportsCenter 5. But it’s not goodbye. I’m trying ahead to remaining within the sports activities combine on the station,’’ he mentioned, citing main occasions, particular assignments, and his “High 5’’ and “High 5: Salute to Thanksgiving Heroes,’’ his trademark segments saluting the achievements of highschool athletes, as contributions he’ll proceed to make.
His remaining present because the sports activities anchor will probably be Aug. 15.
“In my new function as a correspondent, I very a lot stay up for bringing the identical vitality and enthusiasm to all of those assignments,’’ he mentioned within the assertion. “Working within the best sports activities city the place I grew up, and overlaying so many memorable championships and iconic moments for SportsCenter 5, has been a real privilege and a profession I’ll at all times treasure.’’
Lynch joined Channel 5 as weekend sports activities anchor in March 1982, and he was promoted to principal sports activities anchor in September 1985.
“Mike is definitely the Dean of Boston sports activities broadcasting, and it’s tough to think about WCVB’s sports activities protection with out Lynchie on the helm,’’ mentioned Bill Fine, Channel 5 president and basic supervisor, in an announcement. “Not solely does he have absolutely the respect and belief of everybody in Boston’s skilled sports activities neighborhood, however he’s additionally beloved by the highschool sports activities neighborhood for his dedication to advancing highschool athletics.
“Lynchie has been that includes the achievements of scholar athletes in his section ‘High 5’ for greater than three many years, and his encyclopedic information of, and deep admiration for, the area’s faculties and gamers is obvious.’’
From 1995 by way of 2008, Lynch hosted the weekly sports activities program “Patriots All Access,’’ a behind-the-scenes take a look at the Patriots, and served as a broadcast commentator throughout Patriots preseason video games. He has additionally carried out play-by-play protection for the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, and faculty football. For 11 years, he hosted the Boston College weekly football coach’s present “Eagles Preview’’ on Channel 5.
Lynch was voted Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association in 1985-1991, 1999, 2003, and 2006-12.
Lynch grew up in Swampscott. He graduated from Harvard in 1977. While in faculty, he quarterbacked and kicked for the Harvard workforce that received the 1975 Ivy League football championship. He additionally performed first base for the Crimson baseball workforce.