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Ernie Orozco started doing voice impressions at the early age of six. He began calling people on the phone disguising his voice as Humphrey Bogart, Richard Nixon and others. After years of tormenting family members and performing on small stages as a ventriloquist he decided to quit so-called show biz.
But one day, Orozco heard KNBR RADIO in San Francisco was holding a contest to win a pair of tickets to an Oakland Raider playoff game. Instantly he called the show and was greeted by the call screener asking, "so what are you going to do?" Orozco had no idea but realized it was a sports station so he uttered the now storied name, "Howard Cosell from Heaven." Unfortunately for Ernie the lone judge was a 19 year old Raiderette who had no idea who HOWARD COSELL was. She chose a guy who sang magic carpet ride as the winner of the contest. But, Bay Area television and Radio personality GARY RADNICH heard the COSELL voice and attitude and said, "Ernie, you were robbed so call me Monday and we will stir it up!"
Since calling Radnich's show in January of 2002, Orozco has appeared on Gary's show some 200 times! His Howard Cosell reincarnation has also been heard on over 350 radio stations world wide. He has appeared at the prestigious WYNN HOTEL CASINO in LAS VEGAS as well as the VENETIAN HOTEL. He has also performed a memorable one man tribute to COSELL at the PEPPERMILL CASINO in RENO, NEVADA.
Recently, Orozco was the opening act for the MUHAMMAD ALI CENTER GRAND GALA in Louisville, Kentucky and shared the stage with such greats as Jim Carey, Bob Costas and James Taylor. The ultimate compliment was paid to Orozco when he was invited to perform for Muhammad Ali in a private performance in Los Angeles. He spent a couple of hours telling his stories directly to "THE GREATEST" who laughed out loud for the first time in years.
Currently, Orozco is working on a "WEIRD WORLD OF SPORTS SHOW" AND A ONE MAN TRIBUTE TO COSELL. He is also available for corporate events and special appearances.