CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – Larry Birleffi, a television and radio broadcaster known for more than 50 years as the “Voice of the Wyoming Cowboys,” died Saturday. He was 90.

He died at Davis Hospice Center in Cheyenne, son-in-law Phil Noble said.

Birleffi was the announcer for Wyoming football, basketball and other sports for 37 years and wrote a sports column for the (Cheyenne) Wyoming Tribune Eagle. He was manager and part owner of KFBC Radio in Cheyenne and did assignments for ABC Wide World of Sports.

“They just don’t make them like that anymore,” said Kevin McKinney, the color radio analyst for Wyoming sports the last 12 years. “A guy who was our eyes to Wyoming athletics for all those years. There wasn’t any television, only Larry.”

There was a moment of silence in Birleffi’s honor before the Wyoming-Bowling Green football game Saturday.

Birleffi is survived by a sister, three daughters and two grandchildren. His wife, Lois, died in 2004.

Services are planned Tuesday at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Cheyenne.

AP-ES-09-27-08 1717EDT


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