Curt Gowdy

It was very sad this week to have to report the passing of Curt Gowdy.  As a sportscaster and as a broadcaster, he was simply one of the best.

As reporter/photographer/sports anchor/all-around-good-guy James DeGelder said in the newsroom the other day, Gowdy was so good at describing sports action on television because he came from radio.  Listening to him, you didn’t need pictures. 

Growing up I used to watch "American Sportsman" in which Gowdy would take celebrities like John Wayne into the field.  I’m not much for hunting, then or now, but the show must have been good for the sport.  That’s when reality television was good–and real.