Dick was a staple of Tampa Bay broadcasting for more than four decades, first as WLCY-TV’s weatherman and kiddie show host 'Commander Astro' and then as the station’s sports director (1965-1981). He also became sports director for NBC affiliate WFLA-TV (1981-1999) and worked extensively in radio, best known as part of the
“Q Morning Zoo” on Q105 and “Mason in the Mornings” on Mix 96.
His sports broadcasting also included several years with NASCAR’s Motor Racing Network, 17 years doing the radio broadcasts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and serving as stadium announcer and television broadcaster for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Crippen’s work has taken him around the country, from broadcasting the Unlimited Hydroplane Circuit on ESPN for 10 years to the voice for Offshore Powerboat Racing. He’s also broadcast the 12 hours of Sebring, the Fort Lauderdale Air & Sea Show, motorcycle racing, and several syndicated shows.
He has been a part of the birth of NFL Football, NASL Soccer, NHL Hockey and Major League Baseball in the Tampa Bay Area, with his sports jobs taking him to ten Super Bowls, Sugar, Orange and Fiesta Bowls, numerous Florida/Florida State matchups, and several World Series.
In the 1990’s, Dick was named Florida Sportscaster of the Year four times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
1981 - 1996 Other Tampa Bay Area Stations (Sports)