As “notjimmelvin” pointed out in the comment box on Saturday afternoon, Time-Warner Cable has added the Big 10 Network to our local cable service. The network is dedicated to covering all things Big 10 so I decided to check it out and watched a little bit yesterday morning. Their “SportsCenter” type program is called “Big Ten Tonight” and as I watched a highlights package, I noticed a familar voice. It was former WFMY sportscaster Rick Pizzo.
It is always interesting to see folks who have been here and have moved on to “bigger and better things”. It got me to thinking about others who have passed through town on their way up the broadcasting ladder.
Here’s a few –
Mark Concannon – Concannon was a sportscaster at WFMY during the mid-1980s. In 1987, Concannon moved to Milwaukee as a sports reporter and since 1990 has been a staple of that market’s morning news coverage. He currently works as a news anchor on the morning show on Milwaukee’s Fox 6.
Chip Caray – Caray, the son of Skip Caray and grandson of Harry Caray, worked for WFMY in the late 1980s. Caray left Greensboro to do play by play work for the NBA’s Orlando Magic, where he stayed until 1996. He has also done plenty of work in baseball, having done play by play for the Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves as well as the Fox Network. Caray still works for the Braves and is also the lead play by play man for the MLB on TBS.
Dan Rath – Rath was a sportscaster for WXII for a number of years. One of his staple bits was the “I dare Dan” segment where viewers would dare Rath to try a new athletic endeavor. You can now dare Dan to try and sell your house in our current unsure housing market. Rath works in Real Estate with Keller Williams Realty in Winston-Salem.
Mike Hogewood – The “Hog” was one of the staple broadcasters in the area for years, working at WGHP in the 1980s before moving to WFMY where he worked for 15 years. In 2001, Hogewood left WFMY to concentrate on other projects. Today, he works for Lincoln/Raycom on football and basketball games and hosts an number of ACC themed shows. Hogewood is also a pitchman for a Greensboro area car dealer.
Scott Pryzwansky – Pryzwansky worked at WFMY in the late 1990s and early 2000s. After leaving WFMY, he has served as a reporter and host for live telecasts of the Menâ€™s ACC Basketball Tournament, ACC Football, and SEC Football. To go along with his broadcasting work, Pryzwansky now operates Pryzwansky Media Coaching and Communications.
Sam Crenshaw – Crenshaw worked at WFMY from 1991 to 1998 before moving to Atlanta. Crenshaw also served as the anchor for “Black College Sports Today” on ESPN. Crenshaw is still in Atlanta, where he works as a sports anchor for the market’s NBC station, Channel 11.
Woody Durham The long time Tar Heel play by play voice worked at WFMY for 14 years in the 1960s and early 1970s. Woody may or may not be related to GreensboroSports.com’s Andy Durham. Certainly the NC State part of Andy’s family hopes this is not the case.
Johnny Phelps – Phelps worked in this market for years, doing sports for WFMY, WXLV and WMAG-FM on their morning show with Bill Flynn. Phelps left WXLV to work for CNN’s new sports network, CNNSI. CNNSI ceased operations in 2002. Phelps now works in Real Estate with Harry Norman Realtors who deals with property in North Carolina and Georgia and is based out of Atlanta.
Rick Pizzo – Pizzo left WFMY for the Big Ten Network in 2007.
Marlo Klain – The former WXII reporter has worked with ESPN since 1997. She is currently the Indianapolis-based bureau reporter and IRL reporter for the network.
Chan Harrison – Master Control Operator at WXLV now MCO at ESPN in Bristol, Conn. (OK, Chan is not really famous or a sportscaster but he is definately infamous in some circles and likes watching sports on TV.)
I’m sure that I have forgotten a few but these were a couple of the folks that came to mind. If you have others, join the discussion in our comment box.