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Skating on Air: The Broadcast History of an Olympic Marquee Sport Paperback – May 18, 2011
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About the Author
Kelli Lawrence, an award-winning freelance writer and producer, has published in Skating, PSA Magazine, and several other publications. She lives in Indianapolis.
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I really enjoyed the behind the scenes of how skating competitions were televised. The book highlights the sport in early days and how the skating world and sports television influenced each other as skating began to be featured on television. Kelli highlights how the compulsory figure portion of the competition, as well as the short program where shaped by the growing skating television audience. There are also great tidbits about "the whack" with Nancy Kerrigan and the resulting television coverage and Olympics. I also found it interesting to learn about how much Dick Button was involved in skating's broadcast history. He wasn't just a commentator, he was often behind negotiating with the skating's governing bodies for the rights to broadcast.
While the book explores international skaters, the focus is on American broadcasts, and touches on some Canadian broadcasts. It may have been interesting to have some of the international perspectives, that also influenced the sport. Overall great book for fans of skating and former skaters!
Strongly recommend for folks who like to watch skating, they will find it informative and fun.
Some of my favorite parts were learning about the innovations the ABC, CBS, and NBC broadcast teams invented to cover figure skating, why Nationals, Worlds, and Olympics coverage changed from one network to another, and how various broadcasters began their jobs. This book also really clarifies why skating coverage has waned on television. I enjoyed the many tidbits from Susie Wynne, Traci Wilson, Janet Lynn, Doug Wilson, and Terry Gannon (to name just a few of a large cast of characters), as well as all the Dick Button anecdotes.
The book isn't overly gossipy and certainly is about broadcasting as much as skating (this is reflected in a number of the black and white photos). It is exceptionally well written and I found it fascinating.