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    [HIGH-LIGHT]Really loved watching "The Sports Machine" as a kid. Could really only watch during Summer or on weekends though. But, still a a small part of my youth.[/HIGH-LIGHT]






    Obituary: George Michael/D.C. sportscaster's highlights show was trendsetter
    March 24, 1939 - Dec. 24, 2009
    Friday, December 25, 2009
    By Nafeesa Syeed, The Associated Press


    George Michael, a mainstay on the Washington, D.C., sports television scene for decades who reached a national audience with "The George Michael Sports Machine" highlights show, has died. He was 70.

    Mr. Michael's daughter, Michelle Allen, said Mr. Michael was surrounded by family and friends when he died yesterday morning from complications of chronic lymphocytic leukemia at a Washington hospital.

    "Sports Machine" began shortly after Mr. Michael's arrival at WRC-TV in Washington in 1980 as "George Michael's Sports Final," a late-night local feature. Then in 1984 it grew into the first nationally syndicated sports highlights show, eventually airing in 194 markets across the United States and in 10 foreign countries.

    It was a trendsetting program, gaining its footing in the days before cable television and ESPN were widely available. The show was also the first to give regular national TV exposure to once-obscure sports like NASCAR and professional rodeo.

    It was credited with inspiring ESPN's "SportsCenter" and CNN's "Sports Late Night."

    In a statement, WRC called Mr. Michael a pioneer in sports broadcasting and a dynamic force in its newsroom.

    "He was a gifted interviewer, a master storyteller, and one of the hardest working journalists out there," the station said.

    Washington Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder said Mr. Michael was a "consummate reporter and a valuable friend." Mr. Michael regularly interviewed the team's coaches and served as the longtime Redskins Welcome Home luncheon master of ceremonies.

    Redskins head coach Jim Zorn, who worked with Mr. Michael on his show about the team last year, said Mr. Michael was a "real legend."

    Mr. Michael won more than 40 Emmy Awards and members of the "Sports Machine" staff received more than 100 Emmys for their work on the show. He also helped jump-start the TV careers of several national sports personalities, including David Aldridge, Bonnie Bernstien, Tony Kornheiser, Joe Theismann and Michael Wilbon.

    Jeff Martinez, 40, of Sterling, Va., who worked on "Sports Machine" first as an intern and later as an associate producer from 1991 to 1995, said Mr. Michael was a perfectionist.

    "You had to bring your A-game every day," Mr. Martinez said. Mr. Michael had no problem letting a staffer know "if you weren't performing what he thought your potential was."

    George Michael was born in St. Louis, where he played soccer in high school and graduated from Saint Louis University with a degree in philosophy, political theory and speech. He entered radio and worked for a series of stations throughout the Midwest. "I had deflatable furniture and a red Nash Rambler," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1992. "I didn't stay put very long."

    From 1966 to 1974, he was a rock 'n' roll DJ in Philadelphia before he was offered a job as a radio personality in New York City.

    He worked at WRC from 1980 to 2008, leaving abruptly after the station sought to cut the budget of the interview programs and segments he hosted.

    He had already stepped down a year earlier from the station's lead sportscaster position, in an effort to prevent further layoffs from the sports team at the NBC-owned-and-operated station.

    He was one of the most immediately recognizable figures on local television, joining news anchors Doreen Gentzler and Jim Vance and weatherman Bob Ryan to form the area's dominant local TV news team in 1989.

    The "Sports Machine" show ran until March 2007. Mr. Michael said in late 2006 that significant layoffs and staff cuts announced at NBC, which owns WRC, prompted his decision to end the show.

    Mr. Michael continued to appear on air for the next couple of years, hosting the station's weekly half-hour shows, "Redskins Report" and "Full Court Press."

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    First thing I thought of when I saw this thread...














    I completely and totally forgot about "The Sports Machine".

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    First thing I thought of when I saw this thread...














    I completely and totally forgot about "The Sports Machine".


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    I wouldn´t start a thread about that George Michael if someone tried to force me to at gun point.

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    I wouldn´t start a thread about that George Michael if someone tried to force me to at gun point.
    Oh, c'mon - if that state park restroom blowjob thing happened yesterday there'd be 6 pages on the thread by now.

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    Oh, c'mon - if that state park restroom blowjob thing happened yesterday there'd be 6 pages on the thread by now.


    I agree.

    But I wouldn´t have started it.


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    I agree.

    But I wouldn´t have started it.

    Yeah you're right, Les would've been all over that!

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    Yeah you're right, Les would've been all over that!


    Like limes on a Bud Light.


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    Like limes on a Bud Light.


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    Loved this show. George Michael did his sports show the way it should be done. He will be missed.

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