Posts Tagged ‘Al Michaels’

TV Academy Announces 22nd Hall of Fame Inductees

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Hall of Fame Committee has selected actor/director/producer Ron Howard, sportscaster Al Michaels, executive Leslie Moonves, journalist Bob Schieffer, and producer Dick Wolf as the newest inductees into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. Inventor Philo T. Farnsworth will also be inducted posthumously. The group will be honored at the 22nd Annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 11, 2013.

Additionally, this year’s Hall of Fame will benefit the Archive of American Television! As Jerry Petry, Chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation (parent organization of the Archive ) stated, “Each of this year’s honorees has had their achievements and personal stories chronicled in our Archive, and we can’t think of a better way to honor them than to perpetuate the good work of the Foundation.”

As Petry alluded, the Archive of American Television has conducted interviews with all but one of the new honorees – Philo T. Farnsworth passed away before the Archive’s inception, but we did interview his wife, Elma “Pem” Farnsworth. Below enjoy selections from Archive interviews with or touting this year’s Hall of Fame inductees:

Ron Howard on playing “Opie” on The Andy Griffith Show:

Al Michaels on the 1980 Olympics’ “Miracle on Ice:”

Leslie Moonves on the future of television:

Bob Schieffer on the role of the mainstream media:

Dick Wolf on the importance of casting:

Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo’s idea for all-electronic television at age fourteen:

More from our Featured Story on the 22nd Annual Hall of Fame Inductees.

Let the Games Begin!

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Tonight marks the beginning of the 2012 Summer Olympics! The opening ceremony commences with the traditional Parade of Nations, which Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle will oversee. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip will officially open The Games, “James Bond” (played by Daniel Craig) is set to make an appearance in a short film, and Sir Paul McCartney will also be on hand to celebrate “The Isles of Wonder,” as this year’s opening ceremony is called.

Enjoy some excerpts from Archive interviewees who have been integral to the Olympic Games over the years:

Sportscaster Jim McKay on covering the first televised foreign Olympics in 1960:

And McKay on the 1972 Munich Olympics:

Designer Ray Aghayan on making the U.S. athletes’ costumes for the 1984 opening ceremony:

Lighting designer Robert Dickinson on the 2004 Athens Olympics:

Broadcaster Bob Costas on what makes the Olympics so special:

And sportscaster Al Michaels on 1980’s legendary “Miracle on Ice”:

Visit our Olympics page for more info on The Olympic Games.

ABC’s Wide World of Sports debuted 50 years ago today

Friday, April 29th, 2011

“Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports..  the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat..ABC’s Wide World of Sports debuted on April 29, 1961 as a summer replacement show with host Jim McKay. The show featured a wide variety of sporting events, introducing surfing, gymnastics, rodeo, and more to the American audience. The introductory slogan was written by Stanley Ralph Ross. The theme music was composed by Charles Fox.

Sportscaster Al Michaels on what made Wide World of Sports a successful series:

“Roone Arledge was a brilliant man. He made you understand that sports are great and fun– but there’s a sameness to an event, and what makes that event unique is the human element.”

Sportscaster Jim McKay on how WWS got people interested in watching previously obscure sports, women’s sports and international events:

“The philosophy was very simple– sports, like everything else in life, is about the human beings involved. The idea was to focus on the individual.”

ABC Executive Thomas W. Moore on what got WWS on the air:

“Roone Arledge created the on-air show (but) that show would not have been on the air if not for Camel (cigarettes).”

Producer Chet Simmons on how WWS was the first to televise many sports that were never seen before:

“There was a big world out there of sports for television — the big events got televised. And along came Wide World of Sports, and I’ll give you Mexican cliff-divers or anything you want. There was something different all the time.”

ESPN is celebrating the 50th Anniversary by having fans rank the top 50 moments in Wide World of Sports history. Take the poll, or leave a comment here with your vote!

Sportscaster Al Michaels’ Interview is online

Monday, April 4th, 2011

About this Interview:

Al Michaels was interviewed for nearly three hours in Brentwood, CA. He spoke about his early years as a sports enthusiast who, as a child, wanted to become an announcer. He talked about the practical experience he gained announcing college games before becoming a professional. He also discussed one of his first jobs, as a contestant interviewer for Chuck Barris Productions. He then chronicled his illustrious sportscasting career, which began as a three-year stint in Hawaii for minor league baseball. He spoke about his long tenure at ABC sports featuring Wide World of Sports and Monday Night Football. He related his approach to announcing and how he prepares for broadcasts. He discussed some of his announcing highlights including the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey game and the 1989 World Series, where a major earthquake disrupted the game. He also spoke in detail about working with his broadcast colleagues: Howard Cosell, Dan Dierdorf, Frank Gifford, Chick Hearn and Jim McKay. The interview was conducted by Jennifer Howard on August 31, 2005.