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Mr. Michael ended his day-to-day relationship with WRC-TV in 2007. He was offered a long-term contract but turned it down amid budget cuts so that other employees wouldn’t be laid off.

Mr. Michael was responsible for hiring his successors at the station, Dan Hellie and Lindsay Czarniak. During the 6 p.m. news broadcast on Thursday, Miss Czarniak honored Mr. Michael.

“Today we lost a man who told us sports, but made it one hell of a show,” she said.