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Tom Collins, Part Of Brewers’ First Radio Team, Dies

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Tom Collins, Part Of Brewers' First Radio Team, Dies

(Wisconsin Rapids, WI)  —  Tom Collins, part of the Brewers’ first radio broadcast team in 1970, has died. The 95-year-old Collins died from congestive heart failure last Thursday in Wisconsin Rapids, and his family announced it Tuesday. He started in radio in the 1950s as a polka and country music announcer on W-N-A-M in Neenah. Collins joined W-E-M-P in Milwaukee in ’59 as a news anchor before becoming the play by play man for the old Milwaukee Braves in the early 60s, and then the Brewers in the early ’70s with Merle Harmon and Bob Uecker. Collins’ son Patrick says the family plans what he calls a “big old fashioned Irish wake” in Neenah this fall.

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