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By the way, Dick Enberg just announced his retirement from broadcasting for next year as the San Diego Padres play-by-play man.

Some fun trivia regarding the 1984 LA Olympics: Spandau Ballet's "Gold" was aptly used as the BBC's theme song for its coverage of the 1984 Summer Olympics. Here, it's used as the soundtrack to a montage of the global but some pro-British action that went down in LA. So you get to see the likes of Carl Lewis, Daley Thompson, Sebastian Coe, Tessa Sanderson, Mary Lou Retton, Sir Steven Redgrave, Steve Ovett, the US men's gymnastics team, Valrie Brisco-Hooks, Evelyn Ashford, Koji Gushiken, Edwin Moses, Li Ning, Said Aouita, Nawal El Moutawakel, Dean Lukin, Rowdy Gaines, Christopher Snode, Jurgen Hinsen, Nancy Hogshead, Carrie Steinseifer, and Neil Adams, and the British men's field hockey team. Worth noting there's a lot of ex-pat Brits living in the Los Angeles area, so it almost feels like home seeing the Games there if they around then. Had to be close to the start of the Closing Ceremony when the BBC first aired this:

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TVNZ One's Olympic ID appears to be footage from Sydney's bid video.

Not the bid video but actually the Sydney Olympic Broadcasting Organisation (SOBO) opening titles. It seems to be a pretty standard practice for some broadcasters to use an edited version of the host broadcaster graphics instead of something completely custom. I know Seven Australia took a similar approach in 1996 and I seem to remember someone else doing the same in 2004. Pretty sure it happens every Games.

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Lots of Olympic broadcasters worldwide who lack the immense broadcasting budget to cover it to the likes of NBC, BBC/ITV (until 1988), CBC/Canadian Olympic Broadcasting Media Consortium, NHK, France Televisions, SuperSport, SVT/Viasat, Seven/Nine/Ten, RTE, ARD/ZDF, RAI/SKY Italia, YLE, TVE, TVR, Eurosport, ATV/TVB, Globo/Record/Band, TVNZ/SKY Sport NZ, TRT, FOX, CCTV, NRK/TV2, and Channel One/VGTRK/NTV+ like Azerbaijian's ITV rely on adopting the host broadcasting intros as their opener with the their broadcast logo added on. Even using it for promos.

To my New Zealander posters here: do any of you miss TVNZ's Olympic coverage now that SKY Sport NZ and PRIME now holds it since Vancouver? TVNZ was at its most comprehensive with Beijing with multiple temp channels thanks to Freeview and had grown well over the last decade. If so, what do you miss the most about it? What you wish it would've done with its longstanding coverage? What are your memories from it? How did you felt when the rights changed hands down there? Not only it was outbid, TVNZ perhaps had the growing awareness they couldn't keep them due to its limited budget range from the NZ government and the IOC raising the price. Too bad it couldn't take advantage of the newer technologies like tablets for them.

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Lots of Olympic broadcasters worldwide who lack the immense broadcasting budget to cover it to the likes of NBC, BBC/ITV (until 1988), CBC/Canadian Olympic Broadcasting Media Consortium, NHK, France Televisions, SuperSport, SVT/Viasat, Seven/Nine/Ten, RTE, ARD/ZDF, RAI/SKY Italia, YLE, TVE, TVR, Eurosport, ATV/TVB, Globo/Record/Band, TVNZ/SKY Sport NZ, TRT, FOX, CCTV, NRK/TV2, and Channel One/VGTRK/NTV+ like Azerbaijian's ITV rely on adopting the host broadcasting intros as their opener with the their broadcast logo added on. Even using it for promos.

To my New Zealander posters here: do any of you miss TVNZ's Olympic coverage now that SKY Sport NZ and PRIME now holds it since Vancouver? TVNZ was at its most comprehensive with Beijing with multiple temp channels thanks to Freeview and had grown well over the last decade. If so, what do you miss the most about it? What you wish it would've done with its longstanding coverage? What are your memories from it? How did you felt when the rights changed hands down there? Not only it was outbid, TVNZ perhaps had the growing awareness they couldn't keep them due to its limited budget range from the NZ government and the IOC raising the price. Too bad it couldn't take advantage of the newer technologies like tablets for them.

Hello. Yes to be honest I really miss TVNZ coverage of the Olympic Games. As part of my phd I have interviewed many of those commentators who New Zealanders grew up with over many years. Including Keith Quinn, John McBeth and Brendan Telfer. They were and are professionals. The anchors Peter Williams and Geoff Bryan who fronted coverage for many Olympic Games have also been interviewed. The standard of coverage from Prime in 2012 was poor in my opinion. Sky has the ability to run 10 channels so a lot of sport is coverage which is a plus. TVNZ were extremely good at coverage a wide range of events and could be trusted to ensure that New Zealander's competing were on tv. Unfortunately Prime Television is not up to standard and in 2102 we had rowing coverage of C finals with no new Zealanders competing. I have TVNZ full coverage from Beijing (over 200 hours) and Prime's Coverage of 2012 (A similar amount of coverage) and Beijing's coverage is much better. They had the knowledge and facts. Prime's coverage had front men who didnt have the knowledge and made many mistakes.

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Enberg scares me, During the women's gymnastics events in Seoul, He would constantly refer to Dagmar Kersten and Dorte Thummler of the GDR as 'Attractive' and out of nowhere he talked about how the Bulgarian's had open back leotards...

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No discussion about Olympic Games coverage would be complete here in this thread without those infamous Up Close and Personal featurettes that ABC made famous and apparently got the public backlash soon after NBC got the US Olympic TV rights. It was the late, great ABC Sports chief Roone Arledge's idea as a way for American viewers, many of whom didn't seriously follow the many Olympic sports (and largely still don't), to get more invested in the and know the athletes they're watching back in the 1960 and 1970s. Some Olympians were more famous than others to the American public and naturally American ones got greater reception though charismatic non-American ones like Katarina Witt and Daley Thompson got them too. A good deal of that when the coverage was tape-delayed and even live. Later, these profiles became more of a cynical and annoying joke later recalled as puff pieces for they got in the way of the progressively comprehensive and extensive Olympic coverage ABC, CBS, and NBC were airing. By that time, surely other Olympic broadcasters worldwide started emulating them--and in some cases did them even better.

You know, I miss seeing the intros to them during the ABC era that show the age, nation, and hometown. Got one from ABC's massive 1984 broadcast of the LA games. He's an American star from them direct from the track. Houston-based Carl Lewis of course was chasing Olympic history and Jesse Owens back then as a global superstar and eventual legend in his own right. He had to rent a house in the Los Angeles area on his way to do that and stay focused after initially staying at the Olympic Village because athletes around the world in LA were hounding him for his autograph. Had aspirations to be a sportscaster with training at local TV station KTRK, though his younger sister Carol, also a Los Angeles Olympian and involved in the long jump, had far greater longevity and success in that. He was living in luxury (still is wealthy) and, from the Sports Illustrated 1984 Olympic preview issue's article about him, liked to collect crystals and other items:

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Don't forget that the games were broadcast on radio before TV came along. The first live broadcasts of the Olympics in the United States came on radio in 1932 at Lake Placid. Here is a summary of the Lake Placid 1932 radio broadcasts. (Radio listings from JJ's Radio Logs website.) It's just too bad that no recordings of these broadcasts exist - although a couple of publicity photos survive.
IIIrd OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
LAKE PLACID 1932
NBC Radio and CBS Radio Networks
WEAF (NBC Red Network)
WJZ (NBC Blue Network)
WABC (CBS Network)
Announcers:
George Hicks (NBC)
Ted Husing (CBS)
Feb. 4 10:00 AM Description Opening Ceremonies of Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid WJZ.
4:30 PM Résumé of the Day at Olympic Winter Games WABC (WEAF at 4:45).
Feb. 5 2:15 PM Résumé Day's Events, Olympic Winter Games WABC (WEAF at 4:45)
4:45 PM Résumé of Day's Events, Olympic Winter Games WEAF
Feb. 6 9:30 AM Description of 10,000-Meter Skating Race, Olympic Stadium, Lake Placid WABC.
2:00 PM Description of Start of Olympic Dogsled Races, Lake Placid (Description of Finish at 4:15) WABC.
4:45 PM Résumé of Day's Events, Olympic Winter Games WEAF.
Feb. 7 2:15 PM Description of Start of Thirty-Mile Dogsled Races, Lake Placid WJZ
Feb. 8 9:15 AM Description of Olympic Two-Man Bob-sled Races, Lake Placid WEAF (WJZ at 9:45; WABC at 10:30).
4:45 PM Résumé of Day's Events, Olympic Winter Games WEAF.
Feb. 9 9:30 AM Description of 2-Man Olympic Bob Sled Races, Lake Placid WEAF (WJZ at 9:45; WABC at 10:15).
3:00 PM Description of Women's Speed Skating Events, Olympic Stadium, Lake Placid WABC.
4:45 PM Resume of Day's Events, Olympic Winter Games WEAF.
Feb. 10 9:30 AM Description of Start of Olympic 18-Kilometer Ski Race, Lake Placid WEAF.
3:45 PM Summary of Day's Events, Olympic Winter Games WABC (WEAF at 4:45).
Feb. 11 9:30 AM Description of Four-Man Bob-Sled Races, Lake Placid WEAF. (WJZ at 9:45; WABC at 11:00).
2:15 PM Description of Olympic Ski Jumps, Lake Placid WJZ (WABC at 3:00).
4:45 PM Resume of Day's Event, Olympic Winter Games WEAF.
Feb. 12 9:30 AM Description of Four-Man Olympic Bobsled Races, Lake Placid WEAF (WJZ at 9:45; WABC at 11:15).
2:15 PM Description of Olympic Ski Jump, Lake Placid WEAF (WABC at 3:00).
4:45 PM Resume of Day's Events, Olmypic Winter Games WEAF.
Feb. 13 8:00 AM Description of Start of 50-Kilometer Olympic Ski Race, Lake Placid WJZ.
2:15 PM Description of Closing Ceremonies of Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid WABC, WJZ.
4:45 PM Résumé of Day's Events, Olympic Winter Games WEAF.
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Thanks so much Panamfan for this info on the debut US radio Olympic broadcast schedule! :) Radio, as you mentioned, should have just as much importance in this thread like the other ones. Is a shame that the air checks from Lake Placid didn't survive because an important part of history has been lost forever with not the technology we now have to preserve. Didn't get into hockey all that much at all. Worth noting here that NBC Red and NBC Blue since was forcibly broken up by the FCC due to monopoly concerns from now-defunct Mutual to NBC and ABC, respectively. NBC Blue was created on the radio as attesting ground for programming in markets than those served by NBC Red. Surely, the NBC Red and NBC Blue broadcast was transmitted nationwide wasn't it?

Hope that Westwood One Radio will take some inspiration from this and other more recent non-US radio broadcasts (like Bell Media's stations in Canada during Vancouver, ABC Radio Grandstand/Sydney's 2GB, and Sweden's Radio Sporten) and be more comprehensive and live with the upcoming Rio 2016 coverage instead of simply getting daily highlights. For that, I'll discuss this on the popular Rio 2016 Olympic Media Updates thread.

Rare find indeed: Back on July 4, 1984 on the eve of Los Angeles CBS aptly showed a then-upcoming special program taking a look at America at the Olympic Games with stories from American Summer Olympians and the controversies along the way. Nowdays, we would see footage from the previous Summer Olympics. Of course, the USA boycotted Moscow 1980, which is why we see some Montreal and Munich footage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LFSlVRAohk

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Here is the radio broadcast schedule for the 1936 winter Olympics as compiled from JJ's Radio Logs website:
IVth OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN 1936
NBC and CBS Radio Networks
WEAF (NBC Red Network)
WJZ (NBC Blue Network)
WABC (CBS Radio Network)
Announcers:
N/A (NBC)
N/A (CBS)
Feb. 6 9:00 AM - WABC From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
6:35 PM - WEAF From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
Feb. 7 6:35 PM - WEAF From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
Feb. 8 6:35 PM - WEAF From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
Feb. 9 8:00 AM - WJZ From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
9:00 AM - WABC From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
6:15 PM - WJZ From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
Feb. 10 6:35 PM - WEAF From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
Feb. 11 9:00 AM - WABC From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
6:35 PM - WEAF From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
Feb. 12 9:00 AM - WABC From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
6:35 PM - WEAF From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
Feb. 13 6:35 PM - WEAF From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
Feb. 14 10:15 AM - WABC From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
6:35 PM - WEAF From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
Feb. 15 10:15 AM - WABC From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
6:35 PM - WEAF From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
Feb. 16 9:15 AM - WEAF From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
12:30 PM - WABC From Germany: Resume, Olympic Winter Games
6:00 PM - WJZ From Germany: Resume, Olymplc Winter Games

And a search of the Library of Congress SONIC database finds the following recordings of the above broadcasts in the LOC's NBC Radio Collection:

Library of Congress
Sound Online Inventory and Catalog (SONIC)
Shelf no.
RWC 5700 B2
Title
Olympic winter games report
Date
Broadcast : 02/06/1936
Time
6:35 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
NBC Red network
Recording Note
Duplicated from a NBC Red network radio program broadcast of Feb. 6, 1936; 6:35 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Summary
A report on the hockey match between the team from the United States and the team from Germany.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Hockey
Olympics 1936
Physical Item
RWC 5700 B2. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1990. Duration: 001000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 5700 B5
Title
Olympic winter games report
Date
Broadcast : 02/07/1936
Time
6:35 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
NBC Red network
Recording Note
Duplicated from a NBC Red network radio program broadcast of Feb. 7, 1936; 6:35 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Summary
News about the day's events in Garmish.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Physical Item
RWC 5700 B5. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1990. Duration: 001000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 5700 B4
Title
Olympic winter games report
Date
Broadcast : 02/08/1936
Time
6:35 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
NBC Red network
Recording Note
Duplicated from a NBC Red network radio program broadcast of Feb. 8, 1936; 6:35 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Summary
News from the games being held in Garmish-Partenkirchen.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Physical Item
RWC 5700 B4. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1990. Duration: 001000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.

Shelf no.
RWC 5951 A1
Title
Olympic games report
Date
Broadcast : 02/09/1936
Time
6:14 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
NBC Blue network
Recording Note
Duplicated from an NBC Blue network radio program broadcast of Feb. 9, 1936; 6:14 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Summary
A report on the winter games broadcast from Garmish in the Bavarian Alps.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Physical Item
RWC 5951 A1. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001600. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 5951 A5
Title
Olympic games report
Date
Broadcast : 02/10/1936
Time
6:35 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
NBC Red network
Recording Note
Duplicated from a NBC Red network radio program broadcast of Feb. 10, 1936; 6:35 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Summary
A resume of the day's games being held at Garmish in the Bavarian Alps.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Physical Item
RWC 5951 A5. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 5951 B1
Title
Olympic games report
Date
Broadcast : 02/11/1936
Time
6:35 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
NBC Red network
Recording Note
Duplicated from a NBC Red network radio program broadcast of Feb. 11, 1936; 6:35 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Summary
A resume of the day's games being held at Garmish in the Bavarian Alps.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Physical Item
RWC 5951 B1. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 5951 B3
Title
Olympic games report
Date
Broadcast : 02/12/1936
Time
6:35 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
NBC Red network
Recording Note
Duplicated from a NBC Red network radio program broadcast of Feb. 12, 1936; 6:35 p.m.-6:50 p.m.
Summary
A resume of the day's events broadcast from Garmish.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Physical Item
RWC 5951 B3. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 5951 B2
Title
Olympic games report
Date
Broadcast : 02/13/1936
Time
6:35 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
NBC Red network
Recording Note
Duplicated from a NBC Red network radio program broadcast of Feb. 13, 1936; 6:35 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Summary
A resume of the day's events broadcast from Garmish in the Bavarian Alps.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Physical Item
RWC 5951 B2. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 5951 A4
Title
Olympic games report
Date
Broadcast : 02/14/1936
Time
6:35 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
NBC
Recording Note
Duplicated from an NBC radio program broadcast of Feb. 14, 1936; 6:35 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Summary
A report on the winter games broadcast from Garmish.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Physical Item
RWC 5951 A4. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 5951 A3
Title
Olympic games report
Date
Broadcast : 02/15/1936
Time
6:35 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
NBC Red network
Recording Note
Duplicated from a NBC Red network radio program broadcast of Feb. 15, 1936; 6:35 p.m.-6:45 p.m.
Summary
A report from Garmish in the Bavarian Alps on the winter games.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Physical Item
RWC 5951 A3. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6198 B2-4
Title
Olympic winter games
Date
Broadcast : 02/16/1936
Time
9:15 a.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
NBC Red network
Recording Note
Duplicated from a NBC Red network radio program broadcast of Feb. 16, 1936; 9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Summary
A portion of the ice hockey match between Canada and the United States is broadcast from Garmish.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Subject
Canada
United States
Local Subject
Ice Hockey
Olympics 1936
Physical Item
RWC 6198 B2-4. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 004500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.

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Here is the Radio broadcast schedule for the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games as compiled from JJ's Radio Logs Website:
GAMES OF THE XIth OLYMPIAD
BERLIN 1936
NBC Radio and CBS Radio Networks
WEAF (NBC Red Network)
WJZ (NBC Blue Network)
WABC (CBS Network)
Announcers:
Bill Slater and Roderick Dietze (NBC)
Bill Henry, Ted Husing, and Cesar Saerchinger (CBS)
NOTE: Olympic Games will be broadcast at intervals with the main schedule of events listed in the WEAF, WJZ and WABC programs below. (Times May vary.)
Aug. 1 11:45 AM -12:15 PM From Berlin: Opening Olympic Games; Speaker, Chancellor Adolf Hitler WEAF, WJZ
(WABC, 11:55 AM -1:00 PM).
6:00 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
6:35 PM - WJZ From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
Aug. 2 12:45 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Olympic Games, 10.000 Meter Run Finals
6:00 PM - WJZ From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games-Bill Slater
7:15 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
Aug. 3 11:55 AM - WABC From Berlin: Olympic Games
12:15 PM - WJZ From Berlin: Olympic Games
6:00 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games, Bill Slater
Aug. 4 10:30 AM - WJZ From Berlin: Olympic Games, Women's 100-Meter Finals
11:45 AM - WABC From Berlin: Olympic Games
12:30 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Olympic Games, 400 Meter Hurdles and 800 Meters Finals
2:30 PM - WABC From Berlin: Olympic Games
4:00 PM - WABC From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Henry
6:00 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
1:00 AM - WEAF From Japan: Preparations for the Twelfth Olympic Games - Prince Takagawa, President Olympic Committee; Mayor Torataro Ushizuka of Tokyo and Others
Aug. 5 11:30 AM - WEAF From Berlin: Olympic Games, 1,500 Meter Run Heats
12:15 PM - WJZ From Berlin: Olympic Games, 1,500 Meter Run Heats
1:00 PM - WJZ From Berlin: Olympic Games, 200-Meter Finals
4:30 PM - WABC From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Henry
5:00 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Diplomatic Reception and Dinner for Olympic Athletes
6:00 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
Aug. 6 11:15 AM - WEAF From Berlin: Olympic Games, 1,500-Meter Finals
11:15 AM - WABC Same as WEAF
12:30 PM - WJZ From Berlin: Olympic Games, High Hurdles Finals
4:00 PM - WABC From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Henry
6:00 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Resume, Olymplc Games Bill Slater
Aug. 7 10:05 AM - WJZ From Berlin: Olympic Games, 400-Meter Semi-Finals; 5,000 Meter Finals
12:30 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Olympic Games, 400 Meter Finals WABC-Same as WEAF
5:00 PM - WABC From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Henry
6:00 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
6:35 PM - WJZ From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
Aug. 8 10:00 AM - WABC From Berlin: Olympic Games
11:00 AM - WEAF From Berlin: Olympic Games, 3.000 Meter Obstacle Race Finals WABC-Same as WEAF
12:30 PM - WJZ From Berlin: Olympic Games, Decathlon and 1,500-meter Finals
5:00 PM - WABC From Berlin: Olympic Games Resume Bill Henry
6:00 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
6:35 PM - WJZ From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
Aug. 9 10:00 AM - WJZ From Berlin: Olympic Games, Start of Marathon; Men's 100-Meter Free Style Swimming Finals;
400 Meter Relay Finals
12:15 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Olympic Games, Finish of Marathon
12:45 PM - WABC From Berlin: Olympic Games, Finish of Marathon
5:00 PM - WABC From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Henry
6:00 PM - WJZ From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
7:15 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
Aug. 10 10:05 AM - WEAF From Berlin: Olympic Games, Women's 100-Meter Free Style Swimming Finals
5:00 PM - WABC From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Henry
6:00 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
Aug. 11 11:00 AM - WABC From Berlin: Olympic Games
5:00 PM - WABC From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Henry
6:00 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
Aug. 12 5:00 PM - WABC From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Henry
6:00 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
Aug. 13 5:00 PM - WABC From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Henry
6:00 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
6:35 PM - WJZ From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Slater
Aug. 14 1:15 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Olympic Games, Eight-Oar Crew Finals
5:00 PM - WABC From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Henry
6:00 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Roderick Dietze
Aug. 15 9:30 AM - WABC From Berlin: Olympic Games, Diving Finals
3:30 PM - WEAF From Berlin: Olympic Games, Boxing Finals
6:30 PM - WABC From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Bill Henry
6:35 PM - WJZ From Berlin: Resume, Olympic Games Roderick Dietze
Aug. 16 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM - From Berlin: Closing Ceremonies, Olympic Games - WEAF (WABC, 1:35 PM - 2:00 PM).
A search of the Library of Congress's SONIC Database finds the following recordings in the LOC's NBC Radio Collection:

Library of Congress
Sound Online Inventory and Catalog (SONIC)
Shelf no.
RWC 6243 B1-4
Title
Olympics opening ceremonies
Date
Broadcast : 08/01/1936
Time
11:56 a.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 1, 1936; 11:56 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Summary
The opening ceremonies of the Olympics are broadcast from Berlin. Adolf Hitler and others are heard.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Hitler, Adolf.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6243 B1-4. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 010400. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6243 A4
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/02/1936
Time
12:30 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 2, 1936; 12:30 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
Summary
Ted Husing gives a resume of events at Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Husing, Ted.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6243 A4. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6246 B4
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/02/1936
Time
5:00 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 2, 1936; 5:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Summary
Bill Henry and Cesar Saerchinger report from Berlin on the games in progress.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Henry, Bill.
Saerchinger, Cesar.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6246 B4. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6244 A3-4
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/03/1936
Time
12:00 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 3, 1936; 12:00 p.m.-12:20 p.m.
Summary
A resume of the games underway in Berlin.
Note
This program is broadcast from Berlin via the BBC.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6244 A3-4. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 002000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6244 A1-2
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/03/1936
Time
4:30 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 3, 1936; 4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Summary
Bill Henry brings a resume of the games being held in Berlin.
Note
This program comes from Berlin via the BBC.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Henry, Bill.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6244 A1-2. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 003000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Local
Lab card title="International Re-broadcast"
Shelf no.
RWC 6244 B3
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/04/1936
Time
11:45 a.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 4, 1936; 11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Summary
Ted Husing brings a resume of the events underway in Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Husing, Ted.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6244 B3. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6244 B1-2
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/04/1936
Time
12:30 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 4, 1936; 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Summary
A resume of the games underway in Berlin. The 400 meter and 500 meter huurdles were scheduled for this time period.
Note
This program broadcast from Berlin via the BBC.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Track And Field
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6244 B1-2. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 003000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6244 B4
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/04/1936
Time
4:00 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 4, 1936; 4:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Summary
Ted Husing brings a resume of the games underway in Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Husing, Ted.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6244 B4. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6245 A2
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/05/1936
Time
4:30 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 5, 1936; 4:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Summary
Ted Husing reports on the games being held in Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Husing, Ted.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6245 A2. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6245 A1
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/06/1936
Time
11:15 a.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
NBC Red network
Recording Note
Duplicated from a NBC Red network radio program broadcast of Aug. 6, 1936; 11:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Summary
Ted Husing reports on the games being held in Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Husing, Ted.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6245 A1. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6245 A3
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/06/1936
Time
4:00 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 6, 1936; 4:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Summary
Ted Husing reports on the most recent events from Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Husing, Ted.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6245 A3. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6245 A4
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/07/1936
Time
12:25 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 7, 1936; 12:25 p.m.-12:40 p.m.
Summary
Ted Husing reports on the most recent events held in Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Husing, Ted.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6245 A4. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6245 B1
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/07/1936
Time
5:00 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 7, 1936; 5:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Summary
Bill Henry reports on the games being held in Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Henry, Bill.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6245 B1. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6245 B4
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/08/1936
Time
5:00 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 8, 1936; 5:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Summary
Bill Henry brings a report on the latest events in Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Henry, Bill.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6245 B4. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Local
Lab card title="International re-broadcast".
Shelf no.
RWC 6220 B3-4
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/08/1936
Time
10:00 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 8, 1936; 10:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Summary
A roundup of events at the "Sportspalast" in Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6220 B3-4. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 003000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Local
Lab card title="International re-broadcast".
Shelf no.
RWC 6246 A1
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/09/1936
Time
12:45 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 9, 1936; 12:45 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Summary
Ted Husing and Cesar Saerchinger report on the latest contests from Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Husing, Ted.
Saerchinger, Cesar.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6246 A1. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6246 A2
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/09/1936
Time
5:00 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 9, 1936; 5:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Summary
Bill Henry brings a report on the most recent events from Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Henry, Bill.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6246 A2. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6245 B2
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/10/1936
Time
5:00 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 10, 1936; 5:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Summary
Bill Henry reports on the most recent events from Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Henry, Bill.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6245 B2. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6246 A3
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/11/1936
Time
11:00 a.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 11, 1936; beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Quality
Poor
Summary
A report on the games from Berlin; followed by a brief portion of "David Harum".
Note
Poor shortwave reception causes a termination in the broadcast from Berlin and the soap opera "David Harum" is substituted.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Title Added
David Harum
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6246 A3. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001300. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection. Part 2 of this program is missing. This disc belongs to box L48-62 but was found in box L48-81.
Shelf no.
RWC 6246 A4
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/11/1936
Time
5:00 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 11, 1936; 5:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Summary
Bill Henry reports from Berlin on the latest events.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Henry, Bill.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6246 A4. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6246 B2
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/12/1936
Time
5:00 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 12, 1936; 5:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Summary
Bill Henry and Cesar Saerchinger report from Berlin on the progress of the games.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Henry, Bill.
Saerchinger, Cesar.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6246 B2. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6246 B1
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/13/1936
Time
5:00 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 13, 1936; 5:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Summary
Bill Henry reports from Berlin on the progress of the games.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Henry, Bill.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6246 B1. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6247 A1-2
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/14/1936
Time
1:00 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 14, 1936; 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Summary
Bill Henry and Cesar Saerchinger report from Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Henry, Bill.
Saerchinger, Cesar.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6247 A1-2. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 003000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6246 B3
Title
Olympics roundup
Date
Broadcast : 08/14/1936
Time
5:00 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 14, 1936; 5:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.
Summary
Bill Henry and Cesar Saerchinger report from Berlin on the progress of the games.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Name(s)
Henry, Bill.
Saerchinger, Cesar.
Olympics 1936.
Title Supplied
Title supplied by cataloger.
Physical Item
RWC 6246 B3. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001500. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 5650 B1-2
Title
Olympic games
Date
Broadcast : 08/15/1936
Time
9:30 a.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
WABC
Recording Note
Duplicated from a WABC radio program broadcast of Aug. 15, 1936; 9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Summary
The finals of the diving championship are broadcast from Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Diving
Physical Item
RWC 5650 B1-2. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1990. Duration: 003000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 5650 B3-4
Title
Olympic games highlights
Date
Broadcast : 08/15/1936
Time
6:30 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
NBC
Recording Note
Duplicated from an NBC radio program broadcast of Aug. 15, 1936; 6:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Summary
Highlights from the Olympics held in Berlin.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Physical Item
RWC 5650 B3-4. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1990. Duration: 003000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 5901 A1-3
Title
Olympic games
Date
Broadcast : 08/16/1936
Time
2:20 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
COL
Recording Note
Duplicated from a COL radio program broadcast of Aug. 16, 1936; 2:20 p.m.-3:10 p.m.
Summary
The closing ceremonies of the games in Berlin, Germany.
Genre(s)
Sports events coverage--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Sports news and commentary--Radio
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Physical Item
RWC 5901 A1-3. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 005000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection.
Shelf no.
RWC 6384 A4
Title
Address by Avery Brundage
Date
Broadcast : 08/17/1936
Time
6:20 p.m.
Medium
Radio broadcast
Source
NBC Red network
Recording Note
Duplicated from a NBC Red network radio program broadcast of Aug. 17, 1936; 6:20 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Summary
Avery Brundage of the Olympic Committee speaks from Berlin.
Genre(s)
Addresses--Radio
Shortwave broadcasts
Name(s)
Brundage, Avery.
Local Subject
Olympics 1936
Physical Item
RWC 6384 A4. 1 sound reel : 7.5ips, double-track ; 10-inch, 1/4-inch (polyester). Recording Laboratory 1991. Duration: 001000. Collection/Donor name: NBC Radio Collection

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i know this might be out of line but the bias in the 1984 Olympics coverage i have seen from ABC is kind of weird since they were always "cheerleading" for the Americans it seems i give you two examples..

and

in the first example it is Curt Gowdy and Russ Hellickson in the second one is Jim Lampley and Donna De Varona

Can anyone of you guys think that the bias by ABC is the same kind of issue that NBC has now or not?

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i was thinking while there was bias in 84 the worst offenders were Cathy Rigby-McCoy and maybe Russ Hellickson--but i i don't think Donna De Varona was like that during swimming in fact there are a few clips i have one where the referee in wrestling called a fall against the Non-American when clearly it was not and Russ Hellickson jumped in over Curt Gowdy's call-the other one was where the Romanian gymnast stumbled i think and Rigby got excited because it was a big break for Mary Lou Retton but those were two examples

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Following belongs and refers to a different era in Olympic TV broadcasting. The way how some Olympic sports were covered on TV when the USA wasn't expected to be a serious contender in being converted into a narrative highlight instead of the full-on games has gone by the wayside almost entirely with the advent of expansion of multiple TV channels like NBC's Olympic network family and online/mobile with the WOF. Those now give great room for sports that don't get much attention where the USA for example aren't medal faves or simply not qualified at all. Back in that 200 Olympic TV hours and under era on free to air TV, this was how and where fans of team handball like me got their fix during the Summer Olympics. First one deals with the USA women's handball team back in LA 1984 with Al Trautwig narrating their all-important round robin match against the far more internationally experienced West Germany in which after their anxious nerves took hold making them ill-prepared before coming back to life and rallied until the bitter end 18-17, being so close and yet still come heartbreakingly so far, knocking out of medal contention in then a 6-team field in its debut to ultimately only finish ahead of winless Austria. The then-1-2 USA had Lenora "Sam" Jones (so called because her dad wanted a boy rather than a girl), sharpshooter Cindy Stringer, goalie Pamela Boyd, Sherrie Winn, and Sandra De La Riva. The American women since managed to compete in three more consecutive Summer Olympics in team handball up to its last in Atlanta 1996 as hosts. Never qualified since. Since then, the sport has seemingly moved on international without the Americans male and female alike at the big international stage with the likes of Brazil from the Americas rising rapidly. I think even the Angolans can defeat the Americans nowdays. One of the things the USA can do now in order to build itself as a stronger power in future years is build around and invest in its elite youth players and consistently qualify for top international tourneys since 1995, among other things, while educating Americans on the sport:

Four years later in Suwon, South Korea, NBC's Fred Lewis weaves the story of how the South Korean women captured the hearts of the South Koreans when they improved upon their 11th place in the 1986 World Championship finish in Amsterdam to winning gold upsetting the heavily favored Soviets in a sold out Suwon Gymnasium featuring a contrast in styles. Finishing with silver back in Los Angeles, the stars were alligned for that unforgettable golden finish for them and went to win--and remained a serious Olympic medal contender ever since. On YouTube of course, the full gold medal game can be seen. I can honestly recall the South Koreans crying afterwards as highlights were shown of that on the news/sports broadcasts but it's not as over the top as their northern counterparts. No doubt it's among South Korea's greatest sports moments (while that was going on there was that breaking news of Roy Jones Jr. controversially losing the gold to Park Si Jun in stunningly brazenly bad judging shown on the inset):

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Another story from the completed 1984 Olympic women's team handball competition from the Cal St. Fullerton's Titan Gymnasium sold out with the American women ending their campaign on a positive note with Sam Jones' 6 goals over Austria, whose program surely surpassed them in the years since. Yugoslavia won gold. Culminates in an accident during the medal ceremony as the seating railing gave way and fans fell over as the South Koreans ventured towards and threw boquets to their South Korean fans. Few had to hospitalized. Nowdays, seating capacities for Olympics team handball matches are in much larger seating venues than this, though small ones like the Fullerton pone still can get used for some preliminaries:

There's some recent LA 1984 and Moscow 1980 Olympic footage popping up much to our delight that I'll discuss soon...

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Following is a list of TV hours the CBC aired for its Summer Olympic coverage since 1960 on Canadian TV:

Rome 1960--17 hours

Tokyo 1964--???

Mexico City 1968--30 hours

Munich 1972--???

Montreal 1976--175 hours (mostly live from 9am-11pm Canada CST with a daily one-hour news recap)

Moscow 1980--cancelled, though likely guessing it would've been in the 150-170+ hour range

Los Angeles 1984--193.5 hours (including four hours of late-morning to early-afternoon coverage as well as live broadcasts at night during prime time)

Seoul 1988--180 hours

Atlanta 1996--242 hours

Sydney 2000--275 hours CBC, 207 hours TSN (focused on events from beginning to end), 115 hours CBC Newsworld (English); 403 hours(?) in French with majority on Radio-Canada

Athens 2004--282 hours CBC (84 in primetime and 294.5 hours was originally planned), 150 hours TSN, 115 hours CBC Newsworld (English); 223 hours SRC, 173 hours RDS (French)

Beijing 2008--281 hours CBC, 150 hours TSN, 145 hours CBC Newsworld, 250 hours bold, 1500+ hours CBCSports.ca (English); 263 hours Radio-Canada, 206 hours RDS (French)

Rio De Janeiro 2016--1275 TV hours, 2000 live streaming hours (breakdown in English and French coverage TBA)

Incomplete of course, as you can see. Still figuring out what the French language TV coverage was like from Atlanta and backwards, especially Montreal. Will get to CTV/TVA soon for Barcelona and backwards; the Canadian Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium's London 2012 coverage is pretty much evident on the now-archived London thread and will be made also here.

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With many tropical nations on its continent with a serious lack of snow and ice except for a precious few areas, it's highly unlikely that African nations will produce a Winter Olympic medalist anytime soon, despite some nations actually improving its economies by having a growing middle class. South Africa seems to be the most consistent and capable in participating. But not even South Africa was at the last Winter Olympics, as is seemingly typical with African nations in them because most don't quite build up enough of a pedigree for an extended period there to seriously contend; most come for one or two and stop participating in more recent ones afterward. South Africa was the first African nation to be in this with Squaw Valley back in 1960 sending just a handful of figure skaters, only to be away for 34 years due of course to its racist apartheid policies. South Africa didn't have TV back in 1960.

With that and consequently, the Winter Olympics were never of a big priority to Africans (and largely still isn't but gradually gaining awareness with several African nations sending athletes since 1960 but since took off in the 1990s). Until the 1990s, the Winter Olympics apparently weren't shown on African TV channels. South Africa, the most important and industrial African nation, was emerging out of apartheid, its international pariah status, and the ban of the Olympic broadcasting with SABC showing 29 hours likely on its now-defunct TV1 channel during the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics upon its Winter Olympic return after 34 years, its first televised one ever with South African television services existing since 1976. This surely was prior to the arrival of Supersport that will later transmit more comprehensive Olympics coverage. What the SABC Lillehammer 1994 coverage was like? Likely daily highlights coverage packages with both ceremonies and showing the two South African Olympians, short track speed skater Cindy Meyer and figure skater/flagbearer Dino Quatrocerce, in their historic performances along with the handful of their fellow African ones, all tape-delayed. Had some Olympic broadcasting experience under its belt by then with Barcelona with help from the BBC, TVNZ, and Nine, SABC still imported sportscasters from those entities but learned how to produce its own.

At Nagano, Japan four years later, South Africa and increasingly much of Sub-Saharan Africa got SuperSport to broadcast them live through much of Africa for the first time in the Winter Olympics through M-Net and URTNA with 276 hours and a bigger, record-breaking culminative TV audience of 7.2 million for SABC back then. SABC remained doing the highlights in Nagano with Supersport dealing with the more comprehensive coverage.

Nagano was also significant for Australian TV because it was the very first time the Winter Olympic Games were broadcast live down there (but under 100 hours on the free-to-air side with pay-TV from C7 Sport taking care of the majority for a total of 337 hours) thanks to its favorable Pacific time zone proximity with Japan.

In addition, now-defunct Sports Australia 2--later to be C7 Sport Blue/13 on March 1999--helped out with Seven's Atlanta 1996 Olympic coverage as an additional pay-TV channel under nascent Optus Vision's limited reach.

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Any of our Canadian posters here have any memories and facts on CTV/TVA's Barcelona 1992 coverage, back when it had its own sports department like ABC did too? There's not a lot of info online on that as I tried undergoing an extended Google search on that. Mind you, this is right when the Internet was emerging with but still very much in its embryonic state. It would have been nice if when CTV spearheaded the Canadian Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium during the 2010-2012 cycle that it provided more detailed info on its Olympic broadcasting history with TSN. Could've done a media guide like NBC does. Anyway, I read some negative things when it was the sole Canadian broadcaster for it back then when comparing its execution of the Olympic Games to stalworth CBC, which allowed CTV to conduct some share of the coverage in past Olympics.

Barcelona for CTV was perhaps where the Canadian English Olympic TV coverage hit the 200+ hour barrier for the first time, somewhere 220-237 perhaps. I do know that Quebecois network TVA aired 181 hours from Barcelona in French because of a research book on the Barcelona global television coverage called Television In The Olympics sampled its coverage as part of its worldwide research study based on the global television analysis. TVA went from 9am-6pm daily uninterrupted and then 7-10pm as a nightly summary of the day's events with news and interviews with CTV following a similiar programming schedule. Read some negative things on it. Rod Black anchored Barcelona. Rod Faulds was there. Jiggs McDonald did basketball play-by-play following most notably the Dream Team. Ron Reusch covered baseball. Surely Lloyd Robertson was involved with his immense Olympic experience for Canada. Even the French TVA aired more hours on the free-to-air side than what NBC offered

Following is the CTV Barcelona 1992 opener

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If you noticed with that CTV Barcelona 92 intro, you will see CTV (and later TSN) sportscaster Rod Black, who hosted the CTV primetime segment back then, at the anchor desk inside the Barcelona IBC. Black was considered at the time of the best Canadian TV sportscasters during the the 1990s. And unlike what NBC structured their Olympic TV schedule, Olympic Triplecast notwithstanding, it showed lots of Olympic stuff live from morning to mid-afternoon. With the Opening Ceremony aired live first in the afternoon and then later on primetime on an encore presentation. CTV of course would not taste Summer Olympic coverage until London 2012, when it got the deal as part of the Canadian Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium for the Vancouver-London cycle. It was more lucrative and appealing for Bell Media because it contained Vancouver for it can help drum up national interest.

Just a reminder: Rod Faulds commentated on swimming with Byron McDonald, like with Mark Tewksbury's gold medal swim back then. Chris Cuthbert did rowing, which as far as I see online got major play up there on its coverage with plenty of chances for medals for Canada back then.

In the interest of Canadian bilingual fairness and impartiality, this is the TVA intro to its 181-hour French coverage of the Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics. Everything looks good with the sights of Barcelona culture until the athlete's cheesy superimposing; the CTV Barcelona 1992 computerized graphics were IMO more sophisticated by comparison. Would like to know more about its coverage like with CTV's like its sportscasters. Safe bet it focused on the French-Canadian Olympians on the team and was likely a little more international in its coverage while still giving time to Canada's athletes overall:

ABC's Day 12 Intro to its legendary Los Angeles 1984 coverage with the whip around headlined by Greg Louganis' march to dominant Olympic golden glory in the 3m springboard prelims covered by Jack Whitaker, the USA women taking on China for gold in volleyball from Bob Beattie, Keith Jackson covering the USA women's basketball about to dominate the South Koreans for gold, Howard Cosell at ringside at the LA Sports Arena for LA native Paul Gonzalez, Evander Holyfield, and Pernell Whitaker, and equestrian at Santa Anita. You'll also hear Sergio Mendes' Olympia playing in the background that was made for these Games. Don't make this type of coverage these days with the sportscasters telling what's ahead for the Olympic day like ABC here did. Different era. Miss the commercials from it too

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RTE2's opening moments of its Olympic evening segment as the Irish Olympic TV Channel on the first full Olympic day--Sunday, July 26, 1992--that went on to 11:30pm co-hosted by the late Bill O'Herlihy & Cynthia Ní Mhurchú of the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics that left with news of all the gold medal developments and in other Olympic sports across Barcelona while it went away for some hours that ends with the very start of the women's road race.

A compilation from Australia's Seven Network's coverage of Moscow 1980 in track and field (or athletics, if you prefer) at Lenin Stadium with commentary from Bill Collins and the late Ron Clarke of the 100m semis, 200m semis & final, 400m semis, 10k final, 110m hurdle final, 400m hurdle final, women's 200m semis & final, women's 400m final, women's high jump footage of Christine Stanton, women's shot put of Ilona Slupianek, and the elimination of women's javelinist Tatyana Biryulina. All back when Australian Olympic television coverage was more whip-around and not as wall-to-wall like we now see. I think it was on for only a handful of hours daily on 7. Need to do more research on that coverage. Furthermore, Australia wasn't quite as strong in track and field and all-around in Olympic sports back then--we see Denise Boyd barely making it and hear about Rick Mitchell doing well. Among the first we're seeing Aussie coverage at the track in Moscow along with the BBC's notably:

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An assortment of various profiles, interviews, and Korean cultural highlights taken from the first few days of NBC's Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics 179.5 hours of coverage, its first Summer Olympics broadcast since Tokyo 1964 (not counting the aborted Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics one). This includes the Olympic Chronicles (M*A*S*H and people's image of Korea, a look at Shanghai and how the city looks so much different today and even since!, the Andong countryside), security at the Games, Bob Costas and "soldier" Ahmad Rashad visiting the US Army at the DMZ to the tune of John Mellencamp's "Check It Out" (one of my favorite songs from him), the friendly Hodori the Tiger Seoul 1988 mascot and his paraphenailia, The Olympics Past: Remembering the 1972 Munich Israeli kidnappings and murders by Palestinian terrorists somberly reported by Frank DeForde, boxing ref Stan Hamilton interview with Wally Matthews on the controversy on a protest based on a mistake of a scheduled match, Itaewon's shopping scene, Olympic Profiles (NBC's answer to ABC's now-famous Olympic Up Close & Personals) on He Zhuoquang (Chinese weightlifter) and Naim Suleymanoglu (Turkish weightlifter), news and interviews on Carl Lewis, post-diving injury Greg Louganis, and Anthony Hembrick, adopting Korean ophans to families abroad, artist Gerard Xuriguera on his sculptures at the Seoul Olympic Sculpture Park, a design contest for the Opening Ceremony pin design, and various commentary from the NBC Sports sportscasting crew at the Seoul IBC.

I don't recall much of these pieces when I was watching this back then since I was in school, but it's nice to see again. For example, I do remember seeing Olympic Chronicles like profiles on South Africa back when it was still an international pariah with its athletes not permitted to compete, North Korea, and the Soviet Union. Yeah, and those Olympic Profiles, Olympic Chronicles, and some cultural pieces, which NBC still does but no longer under those banners. The computer graphics seen here were quite innovative back then. Took a while for me and others to get permanently used to NBC being the Summer Olympics network:

Speaking of returning to Summer Olympic coverage, Seven in Australia did its own first Summer Olympics in 12 years with Barcelona after letting Ten having that honor during the 1980s after the Seven Network's Moscow presentation. We got studio anchors Sandy Roberts and Cameron Williams presenting their portions of the almost all-day coverage then (think it was something like 22 hours worth daily) including coverage sponsor segments, brief scenes of Seven's cameras out and about in Barcelona's various spots acting as bumpers and superimposed backgrounds (along with the Spanish/Catalan music to grant the modd of the host city), Michael Murphy's Personal Best Lots of talk regarding the anticipation of marathoner Lisa Ondeniki and anticipation of how Australians will fare like the Louise McPaul, the Kookaburras, and others in upcoming events. Oh yeah, there is the matter of Bruce McAveney with NZ running legend John Walker at Monjuic Stadium discussing what's at store that day covering track and field. Heartbreak for heptathlete Jane Fleming. But very little action overall as it's known to be dicey right now. From August 9 coverage:


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Still would like to know more about 7's coverage of the 1980 Moscow Olympics now that we're getting now on YouTube from Australia; we've already have some archival video footage of the 1980 Olympics that's shown on Russian TV, likely shown on NTV Plus on its retro programming with contemporary narrators in a Moscow studio. It's whip around to various sports as it the coverage wasn't as extensive and uninterrupted longform like now. Different era back then. jWe got the men's cycling individual road race that took place on Monday, July 28, the last Olympic day for cycling. But in Australia, it was on a early morning Tuesday called by Peter Landry with him later reporting three of the four Aussies wound up not finishing save for Michael Wilson. Scenery at Circular Road certainly wasn't the attractive part as it was just very low hills, bushes, and grass and not notable points of interests along the route as we would see in later Olympic ones. But it was a solid ready-made route the Soviet planners liked. With the whip around, Spinning Away's tape upload taped over all but a quickie glimpse of the women's 3m springboard from exactly a week before. Just pause it very quickly before the road race start to see Susanne Wetteskog, who eventually finished 11th, just before she attempts her reverse dive. Later you will see brief quickie bits of pole vault and some 400m sprint starts at Lenin Stadium. Anyway, you'll see a younger Gary Wilkinson at the studio anchor desk popping up at times in his burgundy blazer and presents other stuff--and a brief hear of Ghengis Khan "Moscow" theme music for 7's coverage:

Japanese TV Asahi's coverage of some 1980 Moscow women's gymnastics in the nearly 2-hour footage. Mostly featuring Soviet and Romanian gymnasts. Some team finals with balance beam and floor exercise event finals like seeing Romanians on compulsory beam, the floor and the vault. With all the stars like Comaneci, Davydova, Eberle, Shaposhnikova, Kim, Gnauck, Dunca, Filatova, and many others. Plus even the Bulgarian on the vault. Was quite a coup when it exclusively scored Moscow as opposed to longstanding carrier NHK (since regained) when it was still NET educational channel. Comparing many other broadcasters from nations that boycotted these Games, it maintained at least a respectable amount of TV hours overall. Though it was still greatly reduced from the originally-planned 206 hours to 40. So I take it was shown for a few hours daily with the emphasis on the Olympic sports popular to the Japanese:

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Based on what I saw on vintage Australian TV guides online, Seven's live coverage of the Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics (the Games of the XXII Olympiad) started along the evening and onto the early morning, only for few to several hours until signing off. Back in those days, none of the Australian TV networks, certainly not the commercial ones, were 24 hours a day yet. Because of this, it was more whip around coverage like many other Olympic broadcasters around the world did, jumping from one sport to another and back with a special emphasis and premium on the broadcaster's nation's Olympic athletes and the big sports like swimming. Because Australia didn't yet developed the all-around Olympic sports team depth that it soon did, it wasn't expected to do much in Moscow medal-wise even when surviving a Malcolm Fraser boycott attempt and with Aussies boycotting field hockey, for instance. Perhaps this was reflected in the amount of overall planned TV hours, when it was designated in the time slot and not as wall-to-wall as perhaps hoped. The Seven Network at the time made its decision to go after all less than 2 weeks before the start of Moscow 1980 having already paid a then-record A$1 million. Speaking of designated, there was the 1-hour of morning highlights to start the day, the midday/evening Olympic Minutes that lasted 5 minutes of Olympic news, and a half hour of Olympic highlights coming in between Seven's regular programming and news before the daily coverage. So it was modest.

Anyway, Seven here provides the brief Australian quartet of Kevin Bradshaw, Remo Sansonetti, David Scarfe, and Michael Wilson on the Moscow team 101km time trial cycling along the Minsk to Moscow Highway as presented from the studio by Melbourne's own legendary Ron Casey, who co-hosted the 7's presentation of the Opening Ceremony with Peter Waltham, coming before the Swiss. All the Seven on-camera talent at the studio and reporters were sporting burgundy jackets with Seven's Olympic logo and burgundy and white striped ties. Doesn't show the full course. Just highlights. Australia finished 11th here as Casey notes and weren't medal contenders:

Went onto the Sydney 2000 Official Global Television Report and found some interesting things about the television hours. With a lot of nations that aren't Western or less significant nations, the coverage was rather low. Many of these nations, after all, sent small teams to Sydney for competition. Even in sports where they are popular like track and field and all of its national athletes getting the bulk of the coverage perhaps. In plenty of cases, they were just daily highlights crammed with whip around coverage. Lowest among them around back then came from Peru's Canal 9 ATV with 23 hours. Then again, Peru's Olympic free-to-air TV carriers have never been known to go very comprehensive in its coverage, despite a modest increase since. Even up to London. Surely the women's national volleyball team, of which subsequently backslid in South America with Argentina and even Venezuela being ahead of them, got ample coverage. One of the more surprising ones was Belarus' National State Television and Radio Company's Belarus Television (now Belarus 1) with 28 hours overall, the lowest in all of Europe. Vietnam with VTV3 (its sports channel launched earlier in March 1996) and Lebanon's Tele-Liban both at just over 34 hours as Asia's lowest. Kuwait, possibly with KTV Sport, showed 71 hours. Much of Asia--except for the bigger and measured for research nations China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and even Nepal--each had 92 hours. Paraguay was the second-lowest in Latin America with 58 hours from SNT. Europe's other lowest amount of coverage above of Belarus were Albania's RTSH's, Armenia's TV1's (First Channel), Moldova's TRM's, and Luxembourg's RTL's (?) each at 69 hours.

Other interesting aspects of the TV hours aired lied in Africa, where despite many were up to 75 hours in coverage for Sydney 2000, there were some surprising nations that got more than many nations. Nigeria, with its 220 TV hours, was not one of them. In fact, South Africa (160 hours on SABC and 308 on Supersport), Ivory Coast (120 hours), and Egypt (140 hours) were well also over the century mark. But that French-speaking West African nations that still aren't strong economically or democratically in Burkina Faso and Niger also had more hours than many African nations with 140 and 120, respectively. Neither sent big teams but coverage was starting to be equitable and rising at the century mark. Except for Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago, many other Central and South American nations not named Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Panama, and Venezuela settled for 72 hours in total for the Sydney 2000 coverage.

You look back at the amount of TV hours from Europe during the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics and compared to how much growth since then with each of the nations now with Rio De Janeiro looming. It's astonishing to see that it wasn't as abundant, though still well above average, even with just as many sports in the Olympic program as compared to it now. Stunning that Hungary had broadcast the most TV hours at 487 on Magyar Televizio, believe it or not. I don't count Switzerland's because, once you break the amount of the 730 hours down into the 3 languages of German, French, and Italian, it's not as large. Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, Macedonia, Spain, and Bosnia-Herzegovina were all among the leaders in amount of TV coverage not just in Europe but worldwide with each close to 400 hours. Germany's ZDF and ARD, in fact, was the only one in terms of hours of the major European nations that held its own. The BBC, FranceTV, RAI 2, SVT, NRK, ORF, NOS, and RTP all had very nice TV hours that were at least 260; many European TV broadcasters had strong and decent coverage being at least. But here's one European nation surprise that stunned me: Russia. Its ORT (now Channel One/Perviy Kanal) showed only 107.5 hours of the Sydney 2000. Only 107.5 hours?! Russia is such a traditional Olympic power and equipped with a massive population it got that much back then. Didn't share it with other channels, if they existed then. Was it because of the economy back then and not a lot of investment into sports? Certainly capable of being over 300 hours. Definitely ranking among the lowest in terms of European Olympic TV hours in 2000 (and definitely the lowest in the 100+ hours club). Even several smaller European nations including some of the former Soviet republics had more TV hours than Russia.

Now we can see why since then when regarding the current Olympic TV stipulations in this cycle that for the Summer Olympics broadcasters must air at least 200 hours of programming.

http://www.olympic.org/Documents/Reports/EN/en_report_567.pdf

The CBC's promo for its coverage of then-upcoming Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, that went at least 190-200 hours. It shows a few of Canada's golden moments from Los Angeles like Alex Baumann and the late Victor Davis at the swimming pool and Sylvie Bernier in diving. With the not so great in the Decker-Budd collision. Many of us here knows that the Canadian TV coverage of the Olympics from the CBC is always going to be first-rate. Here with Seoul, despite the mostly late night hours of competition for North American residents, it was going to be live and will even show sports where there's not even Canadians involved or as medal contenders:

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Paid an online revisit to the Seven Network's press kit on its Beijing 2008 coverage yesterday, and it said its Moscow 1980 coverage totaled just under 100 hours back then after paying A$1 million for the exclusive rights. Makes sense. Does make you wonder what if Australia sent a fuller team to Moscow with field hockey, volleyball, and maybe soccer (plus if some other Australians qualified like in women's basketball), would the coverage been expanded? I could say it would be more like 150 hours if it were. Still would be whip around coverage focusing on the Australians. Coverage has of course grown down under since.

Some past Olympic studio designs. It used to be that sports studio set were these drab, soulless, sometimes cheesy, and lifeless back in the past. Nowdays gradually since the 1980s, they are as integral and a must-see attraction to the network's coverage and presentation with a lot of glass (and other materials) to see the host city's view with plenty of TV screens, faux LED scenary, and setting to reflect that too to some degree. Obviously, there's also an evolution in the artistry with the interior design like the requisite interview room. NBC's studio sets, though, tend to be more or less the same structure in the past couple decades under Jeremy Conway such as that ceiling-mounted circular projection :

CCTV5's and CCTV5+ London 2012 sets--seven in total in two nations including one with a very cozy English home atmosphere:

http://www.newscaststudio.com/setstudio/cctv5londonolympicsstudios/

The BBC's studio set right at London's Olympic Park:

http://www.newscaststudio.com/setstudio/bbclondonolympics/

CTV's London 2012 Olympic set--made to resemble an aging London building with some history to it with looks at Trafalgar Square:

http://www.newscaststudio.com/setstudio/ctvlondonolympics/

http://www.newscaststudio.com/2012/08/02/ctv/

NBC's London 2012 set that includes a English manor home's study room-like portion--and its Emmy Award-winning Union Jack-inspired computer optical graphics:

http://www.newscaststudio.com/setstudio/nbclondonolympics/

http://www.newscaststudio.com/graphics/nbc-sports-london-olympics/

http://www.newscaststudio.com/2012/08/02/nbc-olympics-set-incorporates-regal-scenic-elements/

http://www.newscaststudio.com/2012/08/02/london-olympics-graphics-draw-inspiration-from-union-jack/

CTV/V/TSN/Rogers Sportsnet/OLN/RDS' Vancouver 2010 set that was designed by Jack Morton and PDG:

http://www.newscaststudio.com/setstudio/ctvolympics/

http://www.newscaststudio.com/2010/02/17/jack-mortonpdg-creates-studio-for-ctv-olympics-coverage/

NBC's Vancouver 2010 set:

http://www.newscaststudio.com/setstudio/nbcvancouverolympics/

NBC's Beijing 2008 set:

http://www.newscaststudio.com/setstudio/nbcbeijingolympics/

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ARD's intro to its live coverage to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games on Monday February 15, 1988 at 17:05 Uhr Germany/MET time (5:05 pm) following Tagesschau with host Corinna Halke. But here ARD wasn't at Calgary's IBC; it was presenting the action from Calgary, Alberta from Das Erste's studios in Munich in then-West Germany. Hence the title Olympia Studio Munchen. Kinda started its Olympic programming for that day at that time:

One of those infamous Up Close and Personals from ABC back in 1984 Los Angeles coming after a commercial break. Chinese diver Chen Xiaoxia from southern China in the Guangdong Province but based and trained in Beijing that comes immediately after her really good platform dive. Then comes world champion the late Wendy Wyland and countrywomen Zhou Jihong:

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