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ABC's Wide World of Sports is a long-running sports anthology show on American television. As the title suggests, it aired on the ABC television network. Anthology may also mean a Alien Ant Farm album ANThology, see Anthology (AAF Album) An anthology is a collection of literary works, originally of poems, but in recent years its usage has broadened to be applied to collections of short stories and comic strips. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ...


The show debuted April 29, 1961 and was the creation of Edgar J. Scherick through his company, Sports Programs, Inc. After selling his company to the ABC Television Network, Scherick hired a young Roone Arledge, to produce the show. Arledge would eventually go on to become the executive producer of ABC Sports. Scherick became Vice President of Network Programming at ABC. Several years later, he became a film and television producer, with over 70 titles to his credit. April 29 is the 119th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (120th in leap years). ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Edgar J. Scherick (October 24, 1924 – December 2, 2002) was one of the most prolific producers of television miniseries, made-for-television films, and theatrical motion pictures. ... Roone Arledge (July 8, 1931 – December 5, 2002) was a sports broadcasting pioneer and chairman of ABC News from 1977 until his death. ...


Wide World of Sports was intended to be a "fill-in" show for a single summer season, until the start of fall sports seasons, but became unexpectedly popular. The goal of the show, which ran weekend afternoons, was to showcase sports from around the globe, of the type not normally seen on American television, such as hurling, rodeo, and badminton. The broadcast was hosted for most of its history by Jim McKay. For the Cornish sport of hurling, see Hurling the Silver Ball. ... Steer roping Rodeo is a traditional folk North American sport with influences from the history of Mexican vaqueros (cowboys) and American cowboys. ... This article is about the racquet sport badminton. ... James Kenneth McManus, better known by his professional name of Jim McKay (born September 24, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is an American television sports journalist. ...


The show was introduced by a stirring, brassy fanfare over a montage of sports clips and dramatic accompanying narration by McKay: MONTAGE MONTAGE [1] American pop group (1991-current) consisting of singer/songwriter Chris Jones, drummer/songwriter Andrew Doss and various guitarists. ...

Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport! The thrill of victory...and the agony of defeat! The human drama of athletic competition! This is ABC's Wide World of Sports!

The melodramatic introduction became a national catch phrase that is still often heard today, and ski jumper Vinko Bogataj, whose dreadful misjump and crash was always featured under the words "...and the agony of defeat", became a hard-luck hero of sorts, and an affectionate icon for stunning failure. A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... Vinko Bogataj was a Slovenian ski jumper, who became noted on television in the United States for a moment of spectacular failure. ...


During the 1970s and 1980s, a Canadian version was aired by the CTV Television Network. Licensed by ABC, the CTV broadcast included a mix of content from the American show, and segments produced by CTV and its affiliates. CTV is Canadas largest privately owned English language television network. ...


Most recently, the "Wide World of Sports" name has been used as an umbrella title for ABC's weekend sports programming.


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Wide World of Sports - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (355 words)
ABC's Wide World of Sports is a long-running sports anthology show on American television.
Wide World of Sports was intended to be a "fill-in" show for a single summer season, until the start of fall sports seasons, but became unexpectedly popular.
The goal of the show, which ran weekend afternoons, was to showcase sports from around the globe, of the type not normally seen on American television, such as hurling, rodeo, and badminton.
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Wide World of Sports cameraman Dale Barringer puts on scuba gear and drops to the bottom of a swimming pool in Los Angeles to man the first underwater camera ever used to cover a swimming event, the Men's AAU Swimming and Diving Championships.
Wide World of Sports is the first network to televise the NCAA Basketball Championship: Cincinnati - Ohio State from Louisville.
Wide World of Sports introduces an athlete that became a mainstay on the show throughout the 1970s, Soviet pairs skater Irina Rodnina, who wins the the first of 10 consecutive world titles at the World Figure Skating Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. She won the first four titles with Aleksei Ulanov.
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