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The Thrill Of Induction (Eventually): Hall Of Fame Names Chris Schenkel
By David Bloom, Deadline.com - Aug. 20, 2014

The late Chris Schenkel — for decades ABC’s workhorse announcer through nine Olympics, the NBA, horse racing, college football, and of course 36 years of those winter Saturday bowling tournaments — has been named to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, nine years after his death at 82, the hall announced today.

Other honorees on this year’s list include a group of heavy-hitting executives, including NFL Network CEO and President David Bornstein, CBS Sports operations executive Ken Aagaard; audio pro Bob Dixon; 21st Century Fox Sr. EVP David Hill; F&F Productions founding CEO George Orgera; and the just-retired NBA Commissioner David Stern. The ceremony will be held Dec. 16 in New York.

All the inductees have been important for decades in one fashion or another to the business of sports broadcasting. But none, with the possible exception of Stern and his 30-year stewardship over the NBA as it became a TV powerhouse, was as visible to the public as Schenkel was during his glory days at ABC.

Schenkel was among the very first to announce sports events on TV, beginning with Harvard football games in 1947, in the earliest days of the commercial medium. He was later the voice of the New York Giants NFL team for 13 years before leaving CBS in 1965 to join ABC Sports. He had a lot of other first TV broadcast landmarks: with the PGA’s Masters Tournament, a coast-to-coast college football game; and as live anchor for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. That all earned him a raft of other honors, including induction into the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame, a Lifetime Achievement Emmy, and the Pete Rozelle/Pro Football Hall of Fame Radio-TV Award. He retired in 1997 and died in 2005 in his native Indiana.

Other inductees include Bornstein, who joined ESPN when it was four months old and rose to be president between 1990 and 1998 during a period of massive expansion for the sports giant. Bornstein became president of ABC in 1999. In 2005, Bornstein became president and CEO of the NFL Network. He is also the NFL’s EVP of Media.

Fox’s Hill has a long and prominent career in sports TV on three continents, beginning at 19, while in Australia. He rose to VP, Sports of the Nine Network there, then came to England with Sky TV, where he helped launch Eurosport, and later headed the BSkyB Sport Channel. Beginning in 1993, Hill was head of Fox Sports in the United States, and later rose to chairman and CEO of the Fox Sports Media Group, which includes all of Fox’s regional sports channels and other ventures. He was for two years also head of the Fox network, and later was a senior executive at DirecTV and National Geographic. Hill now is Sr. EVP at Fox, overseeing American Idol and also serving as chairman of National Geographic Channels U.S.

Aagaard is now CBS Sports’ EVP, Operations, Engineering & Production Services, and has been with the network since 1998. He previously was an executive at Creative Broadcasting Techniques, consulting with NBC, CBS, Fox and other prominent sports and music clients, and is credited with introducing several technological innovations in broadcasting football and golf events.

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Chris was also the voice of NBA basketball (Knicks fan can find the video of game 7 of the 1970 NBA finals on YouTube - what a difference in broadcast styles from today - what they do is so sedate) and (an unabashed like) The Pro Bowlers Tour with Nelson Burton Jr.
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Most likely the new package will be just used for the TNF games (even after the CBS simucast is concluded).

Since CBS will be doing two preseason games on Friday and Saturday, perhaps we will get a preview of the new package so that any kinks will be worked out. It could be possible that the CBS logo will be on one side of the current score bar and the NFL Network logo will be on the other side (both logos placed in the 16:9 area of the screen). That is my guess anyway.
CBS said TNF does have different graphics than CBS sunday so since these games arent NFLN simulcasts would think they would still use the sunday look.

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FXX’s ‘Wilfred’ Series Finale Hits Season High

After four seasons, it really was all about a man and a degenerate dog and a big reveal teased in the very first show. Hitting a season high for its last 10-episode run, the August 13 series finale of Wilfred was a long way from its 2011 debut. For one thing, the series starring Elijah Wood and Jason Gann started on FX and ended on FXX. For another, Wilfred’s debuted to 2.5 million viewers on June 25, 2011, and ended its first season that September 8 with a total audience of 900,000.

This year on its new home, the comedy based on Gann’s two-season Australian series launched its final season June 25 to 242,000 total viewers and 195,000 among the 18-49 demo, according to Live+3 ratings. After an original lead-in, Wilfred’s last show at 10:30 PM August 13 had 250,000 total viewers in Live+Same Day. That number went up 61% to 404,000 in Live+3. In terms of the key demo, Wilfred’s last show had a strong turnout of 323,000 in DVR’d results – also a season high for the series.

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Stupid to move this to FXX ... I missed the start of the season and since FXX does *not* have a VOD option on D*, I'll have to wait until it makes it's way to "other" outlets ... or just skip the final season altogether. I wonder how many viewers similarly got "lost in the shuffle."
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