SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) If you are a Vermonter of a certain age, most likely you've seen Tony Adams.
Tony came to WCAX in the early 50's and never left. "I got a call one day saying, 'We'd like to talk to you,' and it was WCAX radio then," Adams said.
Adams was working in Michigan, and he and his wife Mary were eager to get back to their native New England. "And I said to Mary, I want to stay for a few years anyways because I want to break into TV," he said.
Years became decades. He shared the 6 p.m. broadcast with Richard Gallagher on news and Stuart Hall forecasting the weather. "I had a 15 minute show, if you can imagine that for sports," Adams said.
He interviewed titans of the sports world. "Jackie Robinson was one of them," he said. And there was also the interview with Pete Rose.
He was also known for interviewing high school athletes -- thousands of kids made their TV debut with Adams.
But it came to an end on May 1989. "It isn't easy leaving you after coming into your homes for almost 35 years," Adams said in his last broadcast. "To be honest, I will miss you. I love you all. Tony Adams, goodnight, good sports."
"It dawned on me, all of the sudden I'm saying, well, I won't see you tomorrow, and then...," Adams said.
He had another reason to be emotional. Mary, his childhood sweetheart, was sick. "She lived three years with ALS," he said. Commonly know as Lou Gehrig's Disease. "Unfortunately, she's not with me anymore." They were married for 43 years.
So when Mary died, Adams came to the University of Vermont Medical Center to help out. He's been there since 1990, and they keep records of how many hours he's put in -- it's 17,162. Volunteering has been good medicine. He admits that after his sportscasting career, and Mary's death, it was a tough time. "And I was going nuts, cause I had nothing to do," he said.
In a sense, WCAX is Adam's home. And there's a secret he says he never lets on to. His favorite baseball team is not the Red Sox. "They would never guess -- St. Louis," he said.
Adams regularly shares sports stories with WCAX local sales manager Dan DiMille. "What I love is listening to Tony's stories," DiMille said.
The chat is brief and Tony has to run. "The mail run. Got to make sure we got some mail in here," Adams said. Every morning he picks up the station's mail down at the post office. And even after all these years, the 92-year-old still gets recognized. "When I was in little league, I had an interview with him -- he's a dynamite man," said one customer.
His broadcast career may be over, but Adams definitely hasn't faded to black.