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George Michael, a longtime Washington, D.C.-based sportscaster for WRC-TV and NBC, who attracted a nationwide following as host of popular weekly show "The George Michael Sports Machine," died Dec. 24 in D.C. of cancer. He was 70.
Michael began his broadcasting career as a record promoter in his native St. Louis during the 1960s and working for several Midwestern radio stations. He was later hired by WFIL-AM Philadelphia as a rock-and-roll DJ known as "King George." In 1974 he joined WABC-AM New York as successor to Bruce Morrow as a top-40 jock.
Michael was lured into TV sports in 1980 by WRC, an NBC O&O, where he parlayed an …