I really do love the Chicago Blackhawks “hit the ice” introduction video
. The CGI effects are top notch.
However, the very first thing I noticed in the vid is Coach Quenneville’s faux “media
There are only three microphones placed under Coach Q: WGN TV, WGN Radio and Comcast SportsNet; the Blackhawks
three broadcast partners. Now why would a front-runner franchise even bother doing this? Why have any corporate media
logos? Or instead throw in more media
outlets and make the fake presser look genuine? Still, this is ultimately meaningless minutia; at least compared to the more important thoughts that it provokes.
If you’re a media
outlet who also broadcasts a team regularly, you are no longer a true news-gathering agency. At least not in regards to that specific team. You are beholden to that franchise and your on-air talent are de facto PR representatives; not reporters or journalists...
It was an extremely eventful year for Chicago sportscasters. Jim Deshaies replaced Bob Brenly
in the booth for Cubs broadcasts after Brenly left to take the Arizona Diamondbacks job.
Sarah Kustok left Comcast Sports Net Chicago for Yes Network
. She was replaced by Susanna Collins
. White Sox colorman Hawk Harrelson continued to be an intolerable abomination to broadcasting.
What follows is a list of 5 memorable moments that involved all these tv personalities...
(UPDATE 5-7-13 11:50 A.M.: Susannah releases public statement on her own home page)
UPDATE 5-3-13: Susannah is fired by Comcast SportsNet. This link explains why I believe the Blackhawks themselves had more to do with her dismissal than CSN!!!
Comcast Sports Net officially announced the full-time hire of anchor/reporter Susannah Collins
as its newest on-air talent member (effective September 20). Collins will handle on-site, post-game reporting duties throughout the year at home games for all four of CSN’s pro team partners and anchor their flagship program SportsNite. In other words, she’s the replacement for Sarah Kustok
In addition, Susannah Collins will frequently host viewer interactive studio segments on the network’s post-game shows, along with a variety of online segments to be showcased on CSNChicago.com
. You can follow Susannah Collins on Twitter @SusannahCollins
. The announcement was made by Charlie Schumacher, Senior News Director for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
“We are very pleased to bring someone of Susannah’s experience and local sports enthusiasm to our network on a full-time basis,” said Schumacher.
Susannah became an internet superstar for a few days thanks to Mr. T (watch here to see why)