Longtime WCVB sports anchor Mike Lynch recovering from stroke

WCVB wishes to let the public know that a member of the Channel 5 family, retired sports anchor Mike Lynch, suffered a stroke this past week.All of us at NewsCenter 5 is sending Mike, his wife Mary Ellen and their family our thoughts and prayers.Doctors expect “Lynchie” to make a […]

WCVB wishes to let the public know that a member of the Channel 5 family, retired sports anchor Mike Lynch, suffered a stroke this past week.All of us at NewsCenter 5 is sending Mike, his wife Mary Ellen and their family our thoughts and prayers.Doctors expect “Lynchie” to make a full recovery. We’re rooting for you, Mike.More about LynchieMike Lynch was formerly WCVB’s principal weeknight sports anchor for 34 years from September 1985 through August 2019. He first joined the WCVB sports team in March 1982. In 1985, Mike initiated “High Five,” a weekly NewsCenter 5 report highlighting the achievements of high school student athletes. For over 30 years, these unique segments have been lauded by critics and received numerous honors for a continuing commitment to covering high school athletics.Mike was also instrumental in the annual production of “High 5 Salutes Thanksgiving Heroes,” WCVB’s half-hour wrap-up program of all the traditional high school football rivalries across the Bay State.From 1995 through 2008, Mike hosted the weekly sports program “Patriots All Access,” a behind-the-scenes look at New England’s NFL franchise, and served as a broadcast commentator during Patriots pre-season games. He has also done play-by-play coverage for the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, and college football. For eleven years, he hosted the Boston College weekly football coach’s show “Eagles Preview” on Channel 5.Mike was voted Massachusetts “Sportscaster of the Year” by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association in 1985-1991, 1999, 2003, and 2006-2012 for a total of 16 times, the most honors of anyone in the history of the award. In 1987, SportsCenter 5 won the United Press International Award for “Best Sports Reporting” in the country.Prior to coming to WCVB, he was sports director for Boston’s WMRE Radio, formerly WITS, from 1977 to 1983. During this time, Mike was responsible for the station’s Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins pre-game shows. In addition, he hosted a weeknight sports talk show and was the radio voice of Harvard University’s football broadcasts. Mike’s broadcasting career began in 1974 at WLYN Radio in Lynn, where he served as a color commentator for high school football and basketball broadcasts.Mike grew up in the Boston suburb of Swampscott. He graduated from Harvard in 1977. While in college, he quarterbacked and kicked for the Harvard team that won the 1975 Ivy League Football Championship. He also played first base for the Crimson baseball team.

WCVB wishes to let the public know that a member of the Channel 5 family, retired sports anchor Mike Lynch, suffered a stroke this past week.

All of us at NewsCenter 5 is sending Mike, his wife Mary Ellen and their family our thoughts and prayers.

Doctors expect “Lynchie” to make a full recovery. We’re rooting for you, Mike.

More about Lynchie

Mike Lynch was formerly WCVB’s principal weeknight sports anchor for 34 years from September 1985 through August 2019. He first joined the WCVB sports team in March 1982.

In 1985, Mike initiated “High Five,” a weekly NewsCenter 5 report highlighting the achievements of high school student athletes. For over 30 years, these unique segments have been lauded by critics and received numerous honors for a continuing commitment to covering high school athletics.

Mike was also instrumental in the annual production of “High 5 Salutes Thanksgiving Heroes,” WCVB’s half-hour wrap-up program of all the traditional high school football rivalries across the Bay State.

From 1995 through 2008, Mike hosted the weekly sports program “Patriots All Access,” a behind-the-scenes look at New England’s NFL franchise, and served as a broadcast commentator during Patriots pre-season games. He has also done play-by-play coverage for the Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, and college football. For eleven years, he hosted the Boston College weekly football coach’s show “Eagles Preview” on Channel 5.

Mike was voted Massachusetts “Sportscaster of the Year” by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association in 1985-1991, 1999, 2003, and 2006-2012 for a total of 16 times, the most honors of anyone in the history of the award. In 1987, SportsCenter 5 won the United Press International Award for “Best Sports Reporting” in the country.

Prior to coming to WCVB, he was sports director for Boston’s WMRE Radio, formerly WITS, from 1977 to 1983. During this time, Mike was responsible for the station’s Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins pre-game shows. In addition, he hosted a weeknight sports talk show and was the radio voice of Harvard University’s football broadcasts. Mike’s broadcasting career began in 1974 at WLYN Radio in Lynn, where he served as a color commentator for high school football and basketball broadcasts.

Mike grew up in the Boston suburb of Swampscott. He graduated from Harvard in 1977. While in college, he quarterbacked and kicked for the Harvard team that won the 1975 Ivy League Football Championship. He also played first base for the Crimson baseball team.

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