Something new, not different, for LampleyJim Lampley...


July 23, 1993|By RAY FRAGER

Something new, not different, for Lampley

Jim Lampley continued his circuit around the sportscasting industry yesterday, when NBC announced that he will take over Bob Costas' host slot on "NFL Live" this fall.

Costas previously had said he wasn't returning to "NFL Live."

Lampley, beloved for his role as proprietor of NBC's Club Barcelona -- where everybody knows your name, but pronounces it with a Spanish accent -- during the 1992 Summer Olympics, has done just about everything in network sportscasting, beginning with his debut as one of ABC's college football sideline kids in 1974.

"I don't know that I can quantify or specify for you what I do that different from Bob," Lampley said in a news conference yesterday. "You're not going to look at me and say, 'That's so different.' "

What will be different is that Lampley's main job, as he acknowledges, is to set up Mike Ditka, who NBC hopes can become for "NFL Live" what Terry Bradshaw has been for CBS' "NFL Today." Bradshaw's country-boy good humor and charm light up the "NFL Today" set. Ditka projects a different image, to be sure -- hey, you got a problem with that? -- but perhaps his personality can give the show some spark.

See ya, Butch

Channel 11's Butch Alsandor is headed to Houston. Alsandor, Channel 11's weekend sports anchor and reporter, will join KHOU, also a CBS affiliate, next month as its No. 3 sports anchor.

Alsandor, whose last day at Channel 11 is Aug. 14, takes the place of Pam Oliver, who went to ESPN. Alsandor said his job includes covering the Houston Oilers.

Channel 11 news director David Roberts said a nationwide search for a replacement already is under way, and he plans to bring in at least six candidates for auditions next week.

Radio daze

As part of the North American Free Trade Agreement, WBAL Radio's sports talkaholic Jeff Rimer will bring "Orioles Talk" to Toronto on Tuesday and Wednesday, when the Orioles are at SkyDome to face the Blue Jays and The Manager Whose Name Cannot Be Spoken. . . . Speaking of talk radio, it's always enlightening to hear what's on Joe Caller's mind. Take Tuesday night. The Orioles just had moved into first place, but a caller to Stan "The Fan" Charles' show on WCBM was concerned that Jack Voigt was languishing on the bench. Yep, Voigt would put them over the top.

2 to go

ESPN's best "SportsCenter" anchor is Keith Olbermann. So, naturally, he's being moved off the network. ESPN announced last week that Olbermann will become an anchor on "SportsNight," the flagship program of its new channel, ESPN2.

"I will put my heart and soul into this, but I think it will work anyway," Olbermann said.

ESPN2 is being aimed at a younger audience and will feature fast-paced sports and less-structured programming. "SportsNight" will air 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.

"The closest approximation of 'SportsNight' might be 'SportsCenter' and ESPN Radio," said Olbermann, who still might contribute to ESPN after the move. "The breadth of the show should be greater than 'SportsCenter.' "

Like "SportsCenter," "Sports Night" will include plenty of highlights and news. Like ESPN Radio, "SportsNight" will include plenty of interviews and opinion from the sportscasters.

ESPN2 will be launched Oct. 1. Whether it is launched into your television depends on whether your cable system decides to add the channel.

Local hero

Southern High graduate Kwame Evans, who's now at George Washington, will be seen on TNT's Olympic Festival basketball coverage Sunday between 4 and 6 p.m. . . . Silver-medal figure skater Paul Wylie will be a speed skating analyst during CBS' coverage of the Winter Olympics next year.

Numbers game

If you were watching television on July 13, you likely were watching the All-Star Game. Nielsen ratings for Baltimore that night show the game drew a 55 share, meaning the majority of sets in the area had the CBS telecast on. The All-Star Game had a 37.5 rating here. Nationally, the numbers were 15.6/28. Ratings measure the percentage of television households watching a program. Shares measure the percentage among homes where television is in use. And an inchworm, inchworm is measuring the marigolds.

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