Archive for the 'On-Air Talent' Category

Chris Schenkel

When it comes to broadcast versatility, few — if any — can match Chris Schenkel. A television stalwart for more than 40 years, he called football, basketball, golf, horseracing, boxing, bowling, and much more. And he did it while earning a reputation as one of the nicest guys in the business. “Chris was an unbelievable [...]

Al Michaels

Many artists spend most of their careers attempting to distance themselves from their most famous work. An actor will desperately fight being typecast by his or her defining role. A band that makes it big with a major hit single will try to reinvent its sound. It’s a strange phenomenon, this seemingly universal fear of [...]

Jack Whitaker

Sportscaster Jack Whitaker is a fine example of why they call them the “good old days,” when a few gifted fellows with bulky microphones and graying hair spoke of the majesty of sport and the grandeur of grand old games and when being “slick” could never be considered a compliment. Whitaker’s television style, as it [...]

Frank Gifford

This may come as a shock to New Yorkers, but Frank Gifford, beloved Hall of Famer and long time play-by-play star of ABC’s Monday Night Football, never particularly wanted to play for the Giants, and he really wasn’t all that excited about playing pro football. For a while, he wanted to be an actor, and the [...]

Jack Buck

There was a jovial electricity in the air of St. Louis on the night of Monday Oct. 14, 1985. Cardinals’ shortstop Ozzie Smith had just won Game 5 of the National League Championship Series with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. The city was alive: shouts of joy filled the [...]

Curt Gowdy

In the history of sports broadcasting, few figures have had the power to legitimize an event simply by attending it. For 40 years, Curt Gowdy was that figure. Over the course of a career that spanned five decades and all three broadcast networks, the “Cowboy at the Mike” called hundreds of football, basketball, baseball, Olympic, [...]

Jim McKay

With a remarkable number of firsts in the field of broadcasting, sports commentator Jim McKay has no equal. In 1947, he was the first television broadcaster on the airwaves in Baltimore; in 1968, he became the first sports commentator to win an Emmy Award; and the host of other firsts he achieved make him one [...]

Howard Cosell

Howard Cosell was one of the most controversial sports broadcast personalities in American media but his provocative style and refusal to conform redefined the role of the sports commentator and forever changed the relationship between professional sports leagues and broadcasters. An attorney, Howard William Cohen made a name for himself in the early 1950s as [...]

Vin Scully

After 60 years behind the mic, big games are familiar territory for Los Angeles Dodgers sportscaster Vin Scully. Don Larsen’s World Series perfect game in 1956, Hank Aaron’s home run to pass Babe Ruth in 1974, Kirk Gibson’s walk-off homer in the 1988 World Series, Bill Buckner’s error in the 1986 World Series, and Dwight [...]

Dick Enberg

Few sports broadcasters count both a master’s degree and a doctorate among their credentials, but superior education is just one qualification that makes Dick Enberg a special talent. One of the most versatile announcers ever to take the microphone, Enberg brings a professor’s logic to his preparation, having lent his voice to every major event, [...]