D.C. Broadcasting Staple Passes Away After Final Show

Ed Walker passed away this weekend after listening to the final episode of his program, “The Big Broadcast,” on WAMU with his family. The Radio Hall of Fame member founded the station at American University in 1950 and was the host of “The Big Broadcast” for the last 25 years. Walker had planned to retire so he could focus on his cancer treatments.

Flip Saunders Loses His Battle With Cancer

Flip Saunders, longtime NBA coach and executive, passed away yesterday after a battle with cancer. Saunders coached in the NBA for 17 years and in college for 11 years. Many around the basketball world have shared their condolences with his family and have praised his work with the league. Flip will be remembered for the way he turned around the Minnesota Timberwolves and for his impact on the league as a whole.

Stuart Scott to be Honored into UNC Journalism Hall of Fame Tonight

Stuart Scott was one of the most recognizable broadcasters for ESPN and ABC sports for over 21 years. He covered games for the NBA, MLB and NFL including the championships for each. Stuart passed away in January of this year after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was known for his personality and his catchphrases, like the ever popular “Booyah!” Stuart was also a very proud UNC alum and he loved to show it. He will be honored later tonight into the UNC Journalism Hall of Fame.

Ross Fletcher Leaving the Seattle Sounders After this Season

Ross is leaving the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer after being a broadcaster with the team for the past four years. He had the pleasure of working with some of the players from the US Men’s National Team like Clint Dempsey. He even covered the English Premiere League and the EPL Championship, some of the best teams and players in the world. Ross has not yet indicated where he will be working next.

Graphics Error Leads to Sportscaster Showing Improvisation Skills

A good newscaster has to know how to deal with technical difficulties and Robby Donoho, a sportscaster at WCBI in Tupelo, Mississippi, did just that. The station was having problems with their graphics, so Donoho used what he had with him to fix the situation. He grabbed a marker and a sheet of paper and wrote the scores in place of the missing graphics.

ESPN Cutting a Large Number of Employees

ESPN is letting go to approximately 300 people in the upcoming weeks. The network has had large cuts like this in the past but maintains that the interest in sports around the world is unchanged. They say that the way ESPN works is changing, making it harder to know who is necessary. These cuts are in addition to several big name journalists that have left ESPN recently like Bill Simmons who moved onto HBO.

Ohio High School Student Getting Valuable Practice in the Booth

Lukas Moore has wanted to be a broadcaster since he was 10 years old and his mom gave him a tape recorder. Now Lukas is a senior in high school. Lukas gets plenty of broadcast practice calling his school’s football games. Lukas teamed up with a fellow classmate, Mikey Zeigler, to broadcast the games and Lukas’ calls online, and now he has over 150 weekly listeners. Lukas is well on his way to becoming a professional broadcaster.

Chris Webber Making the Move From Broadcaster to Professor

Chris Webber jumped onto the basketball scene in the early 1990s while part of Michigan’s “Fab Five.” He went on to have a successful NBA career and was selected to 5 All-Star teams. After retirement Chris decided to make the switch to broadcaster and has been doing that since the 2008-09 NBA season. Now he is going to make another switch, this time to teaching. He will be the professor of a sports, race and society class at Wake Forest and his experience in the league and in the booth will certainly help.

Craig Sager is Making the Return That We All Were Waiting For.

In just over a week, Craig Sager, the longtime sideline reporter of the NBA, will be back for the first night of the new season. Craig has missed time over the last few seasons to treat his cancer and has seen support flow in from around the world. Craig will be on the sideline for the New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors game on October 27. Craig is working hard to get back to work and is looking forward to being back on the sideline where he belongs.

 

Read more about the great Craig Sager and his return here: http://national.suntimes.com/national-sports/7/72/1957223/craig-sager-return-tnt-nba-opening-night

 

Dedicated High School Football Broadcaster Makes His Return

 

Carlisle Roddey, who has done the play-by-play for the Chester Cyclones for 44 years, is finally back after recovering from Sepsis. He had only missed 1 game in the 44 years prior but had to miss a full two months while getting back to full health. Carlisle, to his disliking, took it slow coming back, but is now ready to continue his favorite thing to do for the Cyclones.

 

Read more on Carlisle Roddey and his story here:

http://www.heraldonline.com/sports/high-school/prep-football/article39296124.html