RIP George Michael, who diedearlier today of cancer at age 70.

The long-time fixture in Washington, D.C., area sports television was the host of a pioneering syndicated highlights show, "The George Michael Sports Machine," until 2007.

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Michael also worked in New York, as a radio DJ in WABC's heyday and as an announcer on Islanders games.

Also: RIP Lester Rodney, one of the most vocal critics of Major League Baseball's color line in the years before Jackie Robinson broke it.