Pat Summerall visited WFUV on May 1, 2011 and spent some time visiting with the sports staff. The next day he accepted the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting at WFUV's Fourth Annual Gala. Joe Tordy had the opportunity to get to know Pat in the months before the award ceremony and his special feature gives us an insight into this special man whose economy of words lets us know why the game is more important than the broadcaster.
Warner Fusselle, the play by play voice of the Brooklyn Cyclones since the team's inception in 2001 has left us. Those of us at WFUV got to know him well, especially those who covered the Brooklyn Cyclones for our yearly “Life in the Minors” feature.
Warner was always gracious and willing to spend some time with the students giving advice and telling stories. The first time we had Warner on “One on One” he interrupted his introduction to tell us “I’ve been waiting 20 years to be on this show.”
May 10th, marked the fifth annual WFUV Gala. The event took place in New York City at Gotham Hall.
Al Michaels, this year's winner of the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting, was unable to attend and asked Bob Costas to accept the award on his behalf.
Bob was kind enough to sit down with me and discuss Al, WFUV, and what becoming a broadcaster today is all about.
Last Thursday night WFUV’s annual Gala honored one of the greats in the sports broadcasting industry as Al Michaels received the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award. Michaels joins Scully, Dick Enberg, Ernie Harwell, and Pat Summerall in the exclusive club.
“Al Michaels is the greatest play-by-play broadcaster who has ever lived.” That distinction was provided by Drew Esocoff, director of NBC Sunday Night Football, in one of nine interviews conducted in the making of Al Michaels: Seizing The Moment. Over the past 40 years, Michaels has been the lyricist of many of the greatest American sports moments.
For several years, Ryan Meara (MARE-uh) never seemed to make much of an effort to correct people when they mispronounced his name. He let his play on the soccer pitch do the talking for him. What the six foot five goalkeeper may lack in off field assertiveness, he more than makes up for with numerous jaw dropping saves and a natural ability to lead on the pitch. The 2011 Atlantic Ten Defensive Player of the Year makes his debut as the starting keeper for the New York Red Bulls when RBNY opens its season on the road against FC Dallas on Sunday afternoon.
From the WFUV Sports Archives
Cooperstown, NY, Sunday, July 27, 2003...This was the date Gary Carter ws inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Earlier that week WFUV Sports Manager Joe Buono had the opportunity to interview Gary for One on One's Saturday broadcast from the Hall.
By Steve Gray
It was déjà vu all over again at Lucas Oil Stadium after the New York football Giants defeated the New England Patriots for the second time in the past four championship games. Eli Manning played a nearly flawless game going 30-40 for 296 yards and a touchdown en route to his second super bowl MVP. Naturally, Manning orchestrated yet another fourth quarter comeback drive for the ages; this time with Mario Manningham as the hero after making a 38 yard David Tyree-esq catch to begin the drive. John DeMarzo was on location, and you can hear his comments in his Super Bowl XLVI piece.
Slowly but surely the Yankees dynasty years has become a thing of the past. Once upon a time the Yankees won 4 Championships in 5 years and appeared in 6 World Series in 8 years between 1996 and 2003. They were the most revered team in sports and had a knack for getting it done in October. But the Yankees have only one World Series banner in the last 11 years and those dynasty years seem like a distant memory.
There are some folks who are lucky if they attend one baseball game a year, perhaps even in a few years. For Darren O’Donnell, it was 30 stadiums or bust in one season with a catch – traveling 10,700 miles** across country to visit every Major League Ballpark on his bicycle. The Idaho native quit his job, moved out of his apartment, and embarked on the trip of a lifetime from Bellingham, Washington in April, and wrapped up the excursion in St. Louis in September.