The radio broadcaster presents some of his most significant conversations with top sports figures
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The esteemed ex-footballer cum television announcer offers a rather too sweepingly titled recycling of his radio interviews. When not putting in his usual yeoman's effort as a TV play-by-play man, Summerall can be found hosting a popular weekly radio interview show, ``Pat Summerall's Sports in America,'' during which he interviews ``live-on-tape'' the leading sports figures of the day. Purporting to offer in-depth conversations as tonic for listeners weary of ``those quick, machine-gun five minute segments,'' presumably prevalent elsewhere, Summerall's interviews are indeed lengthy and wide-ranging, yet as presented here, they are also frequently shallow. Collected (with the help of his producer Moskovitz and author Kubey) are transcripts of 43 chats with many of the leading sports figures of the last half-century. That's fine as far as it goes, but missing are such luminaries as Magic Johnson, John Unitas, and baseball free-agency pioneer Curt Flood. Only one woman, Monica Seles, is included. Some of the interviews do yield a good deal of insight, particularly those with figure skater Scott Hamilton and with Arthur Ashe. However, most of these encounters offer little that is new or surprising. The personalities of some of these figures (Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, and Mickey Mantle, in particular) make the interviews seem lively and informative--no mean feat when one considers Summerall's pedestrian interview style. When the subject isn't gifted with sparkling wit, doesn't have much to say, or just has an ax to grind (clearly the case with Pete Rose and Don King), the results can make for tiresome reading. Ordinarily, the mellow-voiced and competent Summerall is one of the most ingratiating figures in broadcasting. Unfortunately, these strengths simply do not translate to the printed page--at least not in this collection. (b&w photos) ($50,000 ad/promo; radio and television satellite tours) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
Since 1990, Summerall, renowned for his pro football career with the New York Giants and his sports telecasts, has conducted a syndicated radio show originally titled Instant Reply and now called Pat Summerall's Sports in America. Produced and directed by Moskovitz, the show is unusual in that it features two-hour interviews with sports figures. Kubey, a contributor to Sports Illustrated, has helped pare down the conversations presented here, and the collection provides more insight into the careers and personalities of the guests than sound bites could reveal. Twelve sports are represented and, because so many of the star athletes are African Americans, race is a recurrent theme, with such stars as Hank Aaron, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Arthur Ashe all acknowledging their debt to Jackie Robinson. But there are other revelations, as when Pete Rose blasts the sainted (but in his view not saintly) Bart Giamatti, or when O.J. Simpson talks about his unhappy years with the Buffalo Bills, a team that did not care about winning, in his opinion. Fans will have a field day. Photos not seen by PW. $50,000 ad/promo.
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11006270186X
Book Description Harpercollins, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX006270186X