Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
Longtime New Orleans sports broadcaster Bruce Miller, whose career included many years covering the Saints and serving as the play-by-play voice of Tulane University football, died Wednesday. He was 81.
Colleague Ken Trahan, who worked with Miller at several radio stations, first reported Miller’s death. Miller’s family told Trahan that he died at home after suffering a heart attack.
“An unassuming man who never courted fortune or fame, Miller simply went about his business on a daily basis, using his God-given talent with his terrific pipes to serve two generations of area fans in many capacities,” remembered Trahan.
“Bronco Bruce,” as his longtime broadcast partner Wayne Mack called him, worked for many years at WDSU-TV and radio, as well as at WGSO Radio and WWL Radio, where he retired in 2000.
But it was his role as the voice of Tulane University athletics for which he may have been most revered. From 1959 to 1977, serving as play-by-play announcer on radio broadcasts for Tulane football games.
“His ‘Oh brother! Man alive! Holy cow! Hold the phone!’ repertoire was legendary,” wrote Angus Lind in a 2007 Times-Picayune story marking Miller’s selection to the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame.
A native of Illinois, Miller, came to New Orleans in 1957 and never left, other than serving three months in Lake Charles in 1974, according to Trahan.
"There were some great moments, especially with Wayne (Mack),” Miller remembered to Lind. “We had a lot of fun. The road trips were special, with guys like Buddy DeMonsabert, Bill Curl, 'Big Daddy' Dr. Hugh Rankin, and Milt Retif," Miller said.
Miller later covered the Saints for more than two decades, hosting pre-game, halftime and post-game shows as well as filling in as play-by-play and color commentator. He also did morning sportscasts on WWL-AM for many years.
Miller was honored with the Joe Gemelli Fleur de Lis award by the Saints Hall of Fame in 2011 for his contributions to the New Orleans Saints organization. Miller served on the media selection committee for the Saints Hall of Fame, which Trahan oversees, from its inception in 1988 through 2013.
Miller is survived by three children, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a memorial gathering at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. on Friday, April 5, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.