Keith Olbermann has been around the arena a few times. The political commentator, sportscaster, writer, and news anchor started as a baseball fan when he was a kid and has amassed a collection of cards and memorabilia fine enough to get him referenced in The Sports Collectors Bible. The German from Hastings on Hudson went to Hackley in Tarrytown. Then, it was on to Cornell at age 16, where he was a play-by-play announcer and directed for WVBR, student-run radio in Ithaca. His BS in Communication Arts does not stand for what might fit with the theme here, though it was given by the Ag college in 1979.
Among his rides are UPI, RKO, CNN and The Olympics. If that is not enough, he did voiceover work for Cartoon Express. From 1992-1997, he wrangled ESPN SportsCenter. He produced for Fox Sports Net from 1998-2001. He achieved fame with his hit cable program at MSNBC,Countdown with Keith Olbermann, from 2003-2011. There he roped in those Edward R. Murrow awards. Keith was sports anchor for WCVB in Boston and KTLA in Los Angeles, so he’s been off the ranch before. Count 11 Golden Mikes for him and Best Sportscaster from California Associated Press three times. He’s not shootin’ with blanks.
Sports fans will recall the run of The Big Show With Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick. Faux News fans will even know him for his feud with Bill O. He has teamed up with Chris Matthews many times to co-anchor national news events. He anchored The White House in Crisis, Major League Baseball on FOX, The Keith Olbermann Evening News, and Football Night in America. He has appeared on an endless list of TV programs, and will be on David Letterman May 11, 2011, where in 2007 he made the famous quote, “If you burn a bridge, you can possibly build a new bridge, but if there is no river anymore, that’s a lot of trouble.” The guy’s waterin’ hole is as big as the Mississippi now, as he gallops to Current TV.
The man’s past writings are impressive, including the net’s Bloggermann, The News Hole, and essays for NBC Nightly News. He has written pieces for almost all the big national publications. At 14 he became a published aurhor. He has been a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. His books include The Major Leagues, The Big Show, The Worst Persons in the World, Truth and Consequences, and Pitchforks and Torches. Some of his finest writing is free and found in his personal commentary, available almost anywhere one looks. The guy is playin’ with a full deck and he knows Pundit Poker.
Expect to see him comin’ out the chute toes out, even though a foot fracture has the crow hopper booted right now. He will be makin’ maximum contact for millions of fans and new-fangled twitter followers who have been feelin’ puny since he signed off in early January. Though they have a new way to communicate, there is nothing like a nightly dink around the rink. (Two cans and a string is hard to beat!) The champ is scheduled to return June 20 at 8 pm Eastern on Current TV. No more dreamin’ about grabbin’ the apple, as he prepares to go giddyup and come back to us in The Big Apple. Though he is not a quiet man, he is an arm-jerkin’ money horse. Though he calls them all (almost) Gomer and Goober, he is no Bufford himself. He may have gone out the back door, but he’ll be ridin’ high when he trots back into Dodge. And he’ll give them Republicans jest enough rope to…but I digress.