Archive for the 'On-Air Talent' Category

Lesley Visser

With so many “firsts” attributed to Lesley Visser throughout her storied career in sports broadcasting, it’s fair to say that she didn’t just blaze the trail for female sportscasters: she created it. When Visser was growing up in the 1960s, she says, “women were only three things: they were teachers, nurses, or homemakers. So, when I said [...]

Bill Raftery

When you think of the greatest moments in college-basketball history, where does your mind go? Straight to March, right? How about a bitterly cold January night in Western Pennsylvania in 1988? In the first half of an early-season Big East conference game between Providence and Pitt, the Panthers raced down the court on a fast [...]

Brent Musburger

There’s the Doug Flutie Hail Mary. The “Holy Buckeye” Game. Edgar Martinez’s ALDS-winning double. Villanova’s Cinderella championship. Nebraska’s “Flea Kicker.” Garfield Heard at the buzzer. Ricky Williams breaking the NCAA rushing record. The legendary career of sports broadcaster Brent Musburger is bursting at the seams with unforgettable moments, and yet the most memorable thing about Musburger is [...]

Chris Berman

Time flies when you’re having fun. On Oct. 1, 1979, at age 24, Chris Berman began hosting the 2:30 a.m. edition of SportsCenter on some brand-new cable network based in Bristol, CT. In 2016, he completed his 31st year as host of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and his 38th year at the sports channel now owned by The [...]

Craig Sager

For more than two decades, Craig Sager’s loud suits and genial demeanor have become staples of the NBA on TNT. As Turner Sports’ NBA sideline reporter for 26 years, he has endeared himself to players, coaches, and fans alike with his easy rapport and insatiable energy — all while keeping viewers informed about the happenings [...]

Verne Lundquist

“Yes, sir!” “There’s the pass to Laettner. Puts it up. Yes!” “In your life, have you seen anything like that?” “By George, the dream is alive.” “An answered prayer!” Few, if any, broadcasters have found themselves calling as many iconic sports moments as Verne Lundquist. His minimalist, sincere phrasing has punctuated some of the most [...]

Tim McCarver

Tim McCarver has a knack for seeing what’s coming. Like a champion chess player, his knowledge of the game he loved is so comprehensive that he typically can see four, five moves ahead of anyone else in the ballpark. Nowhere was this more evident than in one of the most dramatic games in modern baseball [...]

Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts truly is one of a kind. Not only did she achieve the rare feat of finding as much — if not more — success in her second act as she did in her first, but she has navigated her Hall of Fame career with grace, courage, resilience, and the kind of effortless warmth, [...]

Dick Button

There is perhaps no athlete more entwined in the legacy of his sport — and more responsible for its popularity and success — than Dick Button. To track the history of figure skating over the past three-quarters of a century is to follow the career trajectory of Button, from two-time Olympic gold medalist in 1948 [...]

Marv Albert

In the late 1940s on the concrete courts of Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, a band of young boys — like many young boys of the era — fell in love with basketball. Three-on-three pick-up games rolled on through the afternoon and into dusk until it became too hard to see the ball. Amidst the sound of [...]