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Winston McCarthy
Inducted in 1990
Winston McCarthy was regarded as the voice of rugby during the 1950s when he was the main radio commentator for the state-run New Zealand Broadcasting Service.
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  • Sports broadcasting
He had joined a Wellington radio station, 2YD, in 1937 and made his first radio broadcast in 1942 while serving in World War II.

His voice first became familiar to New Zealanders when he broadcast the 2NZEF Kiwis’ matches from Britain in 1945-46 and he accompanied most All Black teams for the next 14 years as a radio commentator.

McCarthy’s catch-cry was “Listen . . . it’s a goal!”, a phrase he later used as a title for one of four books he wrote.

He was also a commentator at the 1950 and 1954 Empire Games and at the 1956 Olympic Games.

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