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  • Track & Field Channel

    OK, lets just say our dream comes true and we get a track & field channel (TFN?). Who would be your choice(s) for the Prime Time Anchor?

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    ooops,I thought my post didn't take...

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      Tom Hammond...NOT! Marty Liquori, Larry Rawson would be good. Verne Lundquist is not bad at track. Dwight is always very good. Carol Lewis, too.

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        The guy that anchored the coverage of the L.A. Marathon this year and used to have a show on cable covering road races... I'm drawing a complete blank... What is his name??

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          All the T&F staff guys would do a good job, so why select one over the other.

          Bob Hersh would be nice, but we might want to save him for play by play....

          Since I'm in Philadelphia, I caught Vicki Huber do a two hour recap on the Friday night of the Penn Relays.

          She had a nice camera presence and has the feel for track and field.

          By the way, she just won the recent Race Against Breast Cancer race here in Philadelphia.

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            >Tom Hammond...NOT! Marty Liquori, Larry Rawson
            >would be good. Verne Lundquist is not bad at
            >track. Dwight is always very good. Carol Lewis,
            >too.

            Most track announcers on North American TV should not be allowed to have a microphone. There are exceptions, but we're stuck with a bad group. Couldn't we import someone from the BBC, or an Aussie or a Kiwi?

            What about content? I'm sure our fantasy channel would broadcast infomercials about 12 hours a day, but what else? A movie a week, like on ESPN classic (there are TONS at www.runningmovies.com), some old footage too. With a lot of reruns, you might actually fill up a whole day -- especially if you got a Eurosport feed for the non-Golden League meets.

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            • #7
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              >All the T&F staff guys would do a good job, so
              >why select one over the other.>>

              Thanks for the vote of confidence, but I've got to tell you, doing TV is no easy task. I can only say this by inference, becuase the closest I've come is doing voice-overs for IAAF videos, but after thousands of hours behind a mike in stadiums, it's not remotely the same thing. I have admiration for most of the people who do anything on TV, even the mediocre ones.

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              • #8
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                I always thought that Vic Holcheck (sp?) sounded great on the old 800-948-7225. Does he still do radio? He seems like he'd be a great TV anouncer.

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                  >>Tom Hammond...NOT! Marty Liquori, Larry
                  >Rawson
                  >would be good. Verne Lundquist is not
                  >bad at
                  >track. Dwight is always very good.
                  >Carol Lewis,
                  >too.

                  Most track announcers on
                  >North American TV should not be allowed to have
                  >a microphone. There are exceptions, but we're
                  >stuck with a bad group. Couldn't we import
                  >someone from the BBC, or an Aussie or a
                  >Kiwi?

                  exactly.

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                  • #10
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                    Phil Ligget!

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                    • #11
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                      kind of surprising OLN doesn't do more running related material...

                      Lawson does a nice job...

                      personally, I think it's the way t&f gets packaged by espn and nbc...

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                      • #12
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                        Didn't OLN have the Golden League meets a few years ago when ESPN elected not to carry them? I'm thinking it was back around 1998, 1999 or 2000. At the time, my cable provider din't carry OLN, so I was out of luck.

                        Even with ESPN carrying the Golden League this year, OLN could have a great series with the GPI and GPII meets using the European television feed. Who has the connections to pitch it to them?

                        Or am I just dreaming?

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                        • #13
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                          Come to think of it, it may have been Fox Sports World and not OLN . . .

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                          • #14
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                            I have always liked Tom Hammond. He is a very elegant play by play man, who doesn't say stupid things, unlike some other American broadcasters. I am surprised at the track community's dislike of Tom Hammond. This looks like "us track guys and no one else mentality" at it again.

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                            • #15
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                              There's more than just the insider/outsider mentality at work here, IMHO. People are also shooting the messenger becuase they don't like the message. In this case, TV doesn't do a very good job, in general, or presenting a track meet so that a track nut likes it. We want nothing but action-action-action. Clearly, the networks feel (know?) they can't sell that, so they have to do it antoher way. But I digress...

                              I wasn't impressed with Hammond's early work on track, but I know from having talked with him that he works hard on his craft and has studied the sport quite a bit through the years and now does a very good job. You just have to appreciate the context in which he works (which isn't his choice).

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