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Lee Leonard (born in New York City on April 3, 1929) is an American television personality who was involved in the launch of two of the most influential networks in TV history. New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about television in the United States, specifically its history, art, business and government regulation. ... NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw A news presenter is, broadly speaking, a person that presents a news show on television or radio. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ...


Early life

Leonard was a midday radio personality on New York's WNBC-AM (660), shortly after it launched its "Conversation Station," a talk format, in 1964. He was part of a weekday talk-variety lineup that included "Big" Wilson, Bill Mazer, Brad Crandall and Long John Nebel. WFAN (660 kHz), often referred to as Sports Radio 66 or The FAN, is a radio station in New York City. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Bill Mazer is a TV/radio personality. ...

At CBS and NBC

In the early 1970s, Leonard was part of an even earlier network TV innovation, partnering on CBS-TV with Jack Whitaker on The NFL on CBS, a studio-based show wrapping around the network's coverage of the National Football League with pregame features and halftime and postgame highlights from around the league. As producers changed, Leonard and Whitaker were eventually succeeded by The NFL Today with Brent Musburger, Phyllis George, Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder and Irv Cross on one of network TV sports' longest-running studio-based programs. The core of the team would stay until the mid-1980s, while the show itself has aired continuously ever since, except for several years in the 1990s when CBS did not have NFL television rights. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... Jack Whitaker (born May 18, 1924) in Philadelphia, PA, is an award-winning American sportscaster who worked for both CBS and ABC. After graduating from Northeast Catholic High School In 1943 and Saint Josephs University in 1947, Whitaker began his broadcasting career in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The NFL on CBS is a TV program that shows AFC football games on CBS, produced by CBS Sports. ... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest and most prestigious professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... Brent Woody Musburger (born May 26, 1939 in Portland, Oregon) is an American sportscaster for ABC. // Educated at Northwestern Universitys Medill School of Journalism, Musburger began his career as a sportswriter for the now-defunct Chicago American newspaper. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... for the Indianapolis 500 driver, see Jimmy Snyder (driver) Jimmy The Greek Snyder (September 9, 1919 – April 21, 1996) was an American sports commentator and Las Vegas bookie. ... Irvin Acie Cross (b. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...

As for Leonard, he would move to NBC and be teamed with Bryant Gumbel on its GrandStand show, where he would stay until just before ESPN launched. Also during the mid-1970s, Leonard hosted the Midday Live daily talk show on WNEW-TV (now WNYW) in New York City. While at WNEW, Leonard was one of the original co-hosts with Bill Mazer of Sports Extra - considered a pioneering show for the Sunday Evening Sports Wrap-Up show format. Bryant Charles Gumbel (born September 29, 1948), is an American television personality for news and sports programs. ... // GrandStand The first official NFL on NBC pregame show was called GrandStand, a program that doubled as an ABCs Wide World of Sports knockoff in the off-season. ... WNYW, channel 5, is the flagship television station of the News Corporation-owned Fox Broadcasting Company, located in New York City. ...


On September 7, 1979, he was the first person to appear on ESPN. He gave a brief introduction before the network showed a fast-pitch softball game. Leonard also made occasional appearances on SportsCenter. is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Softball is a team sport, in which a ball, eleven to twelve inches (or rarely, 16 inches) (28 to 30. ... This article is about the American ESPN show. ...

A year later (1980), Leonard moved to CNN where he hosted People Tonight, the network's first Los Angeles-based live entertainment news talk show. Many of today's major name celebrities made their first national talk show appearances on People Tonight. including Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks and Pee Wee Herman. The show was ground-breaking in its coverage of Hollywood red carpet premieres and many breaking stories including the death of John Lennon and Natalie Wood. Robin Leach cut his teeth as a New York based correspondent before signing on to do Entertainment Tonight and later launching the pop culture hit series, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Leonard stayed at CNN until 1982, when CNN hired veteran talk show host Mike Douglas. This is a list of television-related events in 1980. ... The Cable News Network, commonly known as CNN, is a major cable television network founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. ... A stilt-walker entertaining shoppers at a shopping centre in Swindon, England Entertainment is an event, performance, or activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience (although, for example, in the case of a computer game the audience may be only one person). ... Tom Cruise (born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV on July 3, 1962) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and film producer. ... Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is a two-time Academy Award-winning American film actor, Emmy-winning director, voice-over artist and movie producer. ... Paul Reubens as Pee-Wee in Pee-wees Big Adventure. ... The red carpet at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival; to the left is Rachael Harris A red carpet is a strip of carpet in the colour red, which is laid out to welcome VIPs such as dignitaries and celebrities at formal events. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Natalie Wood (July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was a three time Academy Award nominated American film actress. ... Robin Leach in 2007 Robin Douglas Leach (born August 29, 1941 in London, England) is an English celebrity writer famous for hosting his first show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous in the 1980s, which focused on profiling well-known celebrities and their lavish homes, cars, and other materialistic accoutrements. ... Entertainment Tonight is a daily television entertainment news show that is syndicated by CBS Paramount Domestic Television throughout the United States, Canada, on the Nine Network in Australia and on UBC Inside in Thailand. ... This article is about the television series. ... The year 1982 in television involved some significant events. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Recent activities

As of 2004, Leonard hosts a public affairs program on the New Jersey-based cable network CN8. shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Public affairs is a catch-all term that includes public policy as well as public administration, both of which are closely related to and draw upon the fields of political science as well as economics. ... The Comcast Network (also known as CN8) is a TV station broadcast in many parts of the Northeastern United States: Mid-Atlantic and New England. ...

See Also

  • List of NFL on CBS commentator pairings

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Leonard is married to actress Kelly Bishop, who plays Emily Gilmore on the CW show Gilmore Girls. He has been married twice before, including once to Salome Jens, the actress. He has one grown daughter and one grandson. Kelly Bishop (born February 28, 1944 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Emily Gilmore in the television series Gilmore Girls. ... Emily Gilmore (as played by Kelly Bishop) Emily Gilmore (born circa 1944) is a fictional character on the television series Gilmore Girls, played by Kelly Bishop. ... The CW Television Network, casually referred to as The CW, or most recently as The New CW (due to it being a new network) is a television network in the United States launched during the 2006 television season. ... Gilmore Girls is an hour-long American television drama/comedy that began on October 5, 2000 and aired its final episode on May 15, 2007. ... as the Female Changeling from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Salome Jens (born May 8, 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American actress. ... An expecting couple with their daughter A daughter is a female offspring; a girl, woman, or female animal in relation to her parents. ... This article is about the domestic group. ...

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