Expecting to grow into O's job, Reghi geared to be setup man

Media Watch

March 04, 1997|By Milton Kent

In a certain sense, Michael Reghi, the new television voice of the Orioles, will be like a rookie who has had occasional lTC big-league call-ups, but is given a starting job the next year that is his to make his own.

After all, Reghi, who was the pre- and post-game host for Cleveland Indians telecasts on Sports Channel Ohio for six years, only occasionally filled in on play-by-play.

But while Reghi, who makes his debut March 29 on Home Team Sports, admits to a relative lack of baseball broadcasting experience, he says he knows the game well enough to do a good job for Baltimore fans, an especially demanding audience.

"I'm not going to pretend to be the guy that tries to get into delivering the analysis of the game," Reghi said. "That's not my job. But I think I have a wealth of understanding about the game and I've pretty much been around the game enough so that I know the ins and outs of the game to the point where it's going to mesh well with [analysts] Mike [Flanagan] and Jim [Palmer]."

Reghi, 40, was an all-city linebacker and third baseman at his high school in Detroit, and was a baseball-playing extra in the 1978 television biography of former Tigers outfielder Ron LeFlore.

As the sports television industry has evolved, the play-by-play man is not nearly as important as the analyst, and Reghi said he is ready to be the setup man for Palmer and Flanagan.

"To me, the analyst has to be the guy that shines. The analyst has to be the one that the viewer gets a sense of comfortability with and a sense of understanding that this guy or woman knows what he or she is talking about," Reghi said.

"I just feel like I'm the conduit between that. I feel very positive that of all the color analysts I've worked with, the chemistry and rapport has been solid. I try to bring them out and their personalities as much as possible. That's what I'll try to do here."

General briefing

Bob Costas travels to Bloomington, Ind., tonight to "grill" Indiana men's basketball coach Bob Knight for MSNBC's "InterNight" program at 8 o'clock.

The interview will take place in a "town meeting" setting, with questions from a studio audience and from on-line participants who visit the channel's Web site. Considering the site of the interview, expect a love-in, but if anyone can put the pugnacious Knight's feet to the fire, Costas can.

Air pairings

The invitations to the men's NCAA basketball tournament don't go out until Sunday evening, but CBS already has extended bids to its on-air tournament personnel.

Once again, Jim Nantz and Billy Packer will serve as the lead announcing team, though Nantz will be host of the prime-time coverage from New York on the first Thursday and Friday of the tournament, joining Packer for the weekend. Bob Carpenter will announce in Nantz's stead.

Other duos, with the play-by-play man listed first: Sean McDonough-Bill Raftery; Gus Johnson-Quinn Buckner; Tim Ryan-Al McGuire; Ted Robinson-Derrek Dickey; Tim Brando-George Raveling; Gary Thorne-Dan Bonner and Mike Gorman-Jon Sundvold. Michele Tafoya, Andrea Joyce and Craig James will report from the field.

Also, the network announced that Tony Petitti has been named senior vice president of business affairs and programming. Petitti, 36, will be joining his third network in the last year, bouncing from ABC, where he created the "Super Alliance" college football national championship format to NBC, where he was in charge of negotiations, and now to CBS.

Spinning the disc

As if hearing them in arenas wasn't bad enough, another collection of stadium rock songs hits the record stores today, courtesy of ESPN and Tommy Boy Records.

Entitled "Slam Jams," this 16-tune compilation includes contributions from Elvis Costello, Joan Jett, Iggy Pop, the Ramones and the B-52's.

Consider yourself lame if this ends up on your CD changer.

Pub Date: 3/04/97

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