December 25, 2009
I was an intern in the sports department of WRC-TV during the summer of 1991. This meant a lot of logging baseball games in a very specific way, highlighting in red the plays that would possibly get airtime. This meant working in an intense atmosphere where perfection was the standard. This meant getting the opportunity to see the king of D.C. area sports, George Michael, put together the best sports broadcast in town. George, who died Thursday at age 70, made a huge impact on me that summer.
September 23, 2009 |
George Michael picked up the telephone Monday morning to call Sonny Jurgensen, his friend and former Channel 4 colleague, to rehash the Redskins' 9-7 victory over the woebegone St. Louis Rams on Sunday. They spoke for 40 minutes, and when they finished, Michael said he told Jurgensen, "If that [conversation] had been on the air, it would have been some great television. " Sadly, that chat will never see the light of day. Nor will Michael's face be seen or his blustery "now hear this" be heard anytime soon on local television, doing...
December 25, 2008 |
George Michael, the dean of local sportscasters, said yesterday he has ended his 28-year career with WRC (Channel 4) after the station sought to cut the budget of the interview programs and segments he hosts. Michael signed off as the station's lead sports anchor in March 2007 after rejecting demands by WRC's parent, NBC Universal, for deep cuts in his production staff. But he continued on the air with two weekly programs he created and produced, "Redskins Report" and "Full Court Press," as well as...
January 20, 2010 |
They are coming to town from all around the country -- television station general managers, news and sports directors, producers, cameramen, sportscasters, radio personalities. All once were employed by the late, great George Michael, a man who drove them to be better than they thought they were in a local broadcasting business that may never see his one-of-a-kind come around again. "I've been hearing from people almost every day for the last few weeks telling me they...
June 22, 2011 |
Lindsay Czarniak, the co-sports anchor at WRC (Channel 4), will leave the station next month for a job at ESPN, WRC said Wednesday. Czarniak's contract with the station, known as NBC4, expired this spring , leading to discussions with the sports cable network . At ESPN, Czarniak will be an anchor and host of programs originating from its Bristol, Conn., studios. Czarniak, 33, was a protege of WRC's longtime sports anchor, George Michael , who hired her as a sports reporter and weekend sports...
January 21, 2010
Joe Schreiber, longtime producer for George Michael, right, speaking about his former boss in Leonard Shapiro's online-only column on Thursday's memorial service for the longtime Channel 4 sports anchor. The complete column is at http://washingtonpost.com/sports .