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Network Bosses Have High Praise for No. 1 Teams
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Stewart, Larry
Date: Jan 9, 1987
Start Page: 3
Section: Sports; 3; Sports Desk
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NBC's No. 1 announcing team, Dick Enberg and Merlin Olsen, will work the 9:30 a.m. AFC game between the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns, and CBS' No. 1 team, Pat Summerall and John Madden, will work the 1 p.m. NFC game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants.

The new-look "Wide World of Sports" will make its debut Saturday on Channel 7 at 4:30 p.m. [Frank Gifford] and Becky Dixon will serve as studio anchors, offering late-breaking stories and results. Dixon, former news anchor at the ABC affiliate in Tulsa, Okla., was hired full time by ABC Sports last October. Cheryl Miller, another new ABC employee, also will make her debut Saturday. Miller and Jim McKay, still a part of the "Wide World" team but in a lesser capacity since asking that his work load be cut, will report on the Harlem Globetrotters' exhibition at Kansas City. They'll be joined by Wilt Chamberlain. . . . "Wide World," entering its 26th year, will be showcasing the Globetrotters for the 15th straight year. . . . ABC's [Dennis Swanson] said "Wide World" will provide more live events than it has in recent years. That usually means live in the East and delayed in the West, which is the case with the Globetrotter show Saturday. . . . "Wide World" will even have new music, courtesy of record producer and songwriter Robert Kraft.

The Professional Bowlers Assn. tour will start its 25th season on ABC Saturday, when the Seagram's Cooler U.S. Open at Tacoma, Wash., is televised on a delayed basis at 3 p.m. Chris Schenkel and Nelson Burton Jr. return as the announcers. Schenkel has been on the series since its inception. "We've come a long way," he said. "The prize money for first when I started was $4,000. The winner Saturday will get $100,000." . . . Add Schenkel: Lee Trevino recently introduced Schenkel at a dinner by saying: "If he didn't have that Adam's apple, there would be no shape to his body at all." . . . Attention horse racing fans: "Sport of the Kings," a half-hour show, made its debut on Channel 56 Thursday night. The show, to be televised every Thursday at 8 p.m., includes handicapping tips, interviews with racing personalities and previews of weekend stakes races at Santa Anita. Professional handicappers Bob and Rick Baedeker-they're brothers-are the hosts.

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