Name: Peter Silverman

Class Year: 1965

Post High School Education

  • Georgetown University, A.B. 1969
  • Emory University, M.A. 1970

Career Highlights

  • Sports Director, WCAU-CBS Radio, Philadelphia, 1970-78
  • Announcer and Executive Producer, Philadelphia Flyers, 1978-1982
  • Play-by-play Announcer Philadelphia Atoms and Fury, North American Soccer League, 1976 and 1978
  • Executive Producer National Hockey League All-Star Game, 1980 and 1981
  • VP and Executive Producer, Madison Square Garden Network, 1982-1994, 1997-2004
  • Executive in Charge, Bob Dylan 30th Year Anniversary Concert at Madison Square Garden, 1994
  • VP and Executive Producer, SportsChannel NY 1995-1997
  • Executive Producer, “The Cry: La Llarona”, Feature Film, Theatrically Released, 2004
  • Sr. Executive Producer, ESPN Radio New York, 2007-2012
  • Professional-In-Residence, WRHU, Hofstra University 2013 to Present
  • Executive Producer of New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Yankees, New York Mets, Los Yankees en Espanol, Los Mets en Espanol, New York Jets, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Nets, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, The Millrose Games…
  • 6-time New York State Emmy Award Winner
  • 2-time AIR (Achievement in Radio) Award Winner
  • 4-time ACE(American Cable Excellence) Award Nominee

What do you remember most about your time at Classical and how has your time there shaped you?
The GREAT teachers at Classical influenced me immeasurably. Some of them were Mr. Schein, Miss Martin, and Mr. Burrell. Mr. Schein piqued my interest in American History, the subject I received my Masters in at Emory. Miss Martin encouraged me to pursue French, my minor at Georgetown. Mr. Burrell ignited my interest in drama and introduced me to Ibsen, Miller, O’Neill, Albee and Beckett. Another favorite of mine was Mr. Gauthier who left me with sayings that I’ve used all my life, such as “Assassins everywhere.” Athletically, I was captain of the golf team.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishments or struggles to date?
Surviving meningitis, including being in a coma for a week. My wife was my nurse and is now an ER doctor.

Describe yourself in 3 words.
Passionate, communicative, and funny. 

What do you do for fun?

You’re running late for a meeting, what’s the most likely reason why?
I’m rarely late. The only reason would be traffic.

What was the last song you listened to?
Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears

What motivates you?
My students at Hofstra University. They challenge my brain.

Anything else you’d like to add?
My family has a long tradition at Classical, starting with Melvin Zurier and my aunt Mary Silverman.

Peter Silverman '65

Peter Silverman ’65