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Bob Costas has been regaling fans with encyclopedic sports acumen from his perch at NBC since the early 1980s, as a broadcaster on “Inside the NFL,” “Sunday Night Football,” and numerous basketball finals, skating competitions, and World Series. This August, the 64-year-old, Emmy-winning legend will host NBC’s primetime Olympic coverage for a record-breaking 11th time.
But in October 1974, Costas was a wet-behind-the-ears student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. It was then he landed a plum gig as the play-by-play announcer for the American Basketball Assn.’s Spirits of St. Louis at radio giant Kmox, a move that would set his celebrated career on course. The gig was his first mention in Variety, on Oct. 23, 1974.
How did you score such a prestigious gig at such a young age?
I was actually past what would have been my senior year. I got a job in Syracuse on Wsyr broadcasting minor-league hockey »
- Variety Staff
Prolific writer Jim Harrison died on Saturday. He was 78. Among his many works, the author penned “Legends of the Fall,” a novella that was adapted for the 1994 film that starred Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. The novella and resulting movie followed three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s America, and how their lives were affected by nature, history, war, love and betrayal. It was adapted by Susan Shilliday and William D. Wittliff, and directed by Edward Zwick. Also Read: Joe Garagiola, Legendary Broadcaster and Baseball Player, Dies at 90 The outdoors was a common theme in Harrison’s works, »
- Tony Maglio
Long time broadcaster and former major league baseball player, Joe Garagiola died, March 23, 2016, at the age of 90. Garagiola first co-hosted NBC's Today Show from 1967 to 1973. He returned in 1990, for two more years. The Today Show notes he was also the "voice of NBC's Game of the Week from 1974 to 1988, and covered the World Series." Between 1968 and 1988, he served as a guest host on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, a dozen times.
Garagiola was an Mlb catcher in the 1940s and 1950s, as part of the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and New York Giants organizations. The Today Show's article about his passing says, "Garagiola went on to become a sports broadcaster for the Mlb and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991 before retiring in February 2013 at »
Joe Garagiola, the catcher-turned-Hall of Fame announcer and sometime substitute host for Johnny Carson, has died in Arizona. He was 90. His death was announced by the Arizona Diamondbacks, the team his son, Joe Jr., formerly served as general manager. Garagiola played nine seasons for four teams including the New York Giants,. He took undeserved pride in being a mediocre catcher and excellent benchwarmer (when in fact he batted .316 in the World Series of 1946, his first… »
Longtime baseball broadcaster and “Today” show co-host Joe Garagiola died Wednesday following a long illness. He was 90.
The Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team announced the news on Twitter.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of baseball legend and former #Dbacks broadcaster Joe Garagiola. pic.twitter.com/ojaWGp05oC
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) March 23, 2016
God I'll miss Joe Garagiola.
Was part of the soul of our show, and told me stories that made me laugh till I cried.
Hall of fame person.
— Matt Lauer (@MLauer) March 23, 2016
Garagiola was a boyhood friend of Hall of Fame baseball player Yogi Berra in St. Louis, growing up in an Italian-American neighborhood known as The Hill. He began his major-league career as a catcher for the St. »
- Dave McNary
Joe Garagiola, the gregarious baseball player who became a daytime-tv star through his appearances on the “Today” show, died Wednesday at age 90. The Arizona Diamondbacks, for which Garagiola provided color commentary until he retired from broadcasting in 2013, announced his death. The AP reports that Garagiola, who turned 90 in February, had been in bad health recently. A native of St. Louis, Garagiola was childhood friends with fellow future major-league catcher Yogi Berra. After signing with the Cardinals at age 16, he made his debut in the big leagues in 1946. That season, he appeared in his only World Series, which »
- Joshua Rich
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