Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Sutton officially joins Nationals broadcast booth - MASN looks to nab King George and will ink Dempsey this week

Jim Williams, The Examiner
Jan 16, 2007 3:00 AM (4 hrs ago)
Current rank: # 8 of 13,037 articles

WASHINGTON - As we first reported in this space over two weeks ago, the Washington Nationals and MASN will add Hall-of-Fame pitcher and veteran color analyst Don Sutton to their TV booth. Sutton will join the play-by-play voice Bob Carpenter to give the Nats one of baseball’s best broadcast duos.

“Don’s Hall-of-Fame credentials coupled with a special ability to communicate the inner workings of the game in an easy-going manner will greatly enhance the viewing experience for our MASN audience,” said Nationals President Stan Kasten. “His presence will also benefit our players, coaching staff and front office as we build and develop our future around young pitching.”

Sutton retired from baseball in 1988 before making a successful transition to the booth. He provided color commentary for Atlanta Braves games on TBS until last season.

“Coming to Washington was an easy choice for me,” said Sutton. “This is the beginning of what is going to be an exciting era in Washington baseball history and MASN puts on a first-class broadcast. The only catch was the list of conditions from my 10-year old daughter, who wants to meet Gilbert Arenas, play catch with Nick Johnson and wear her hat like Chad Cordero.

“In all seriousness, I am looking forward to being in Washington, to working with the Nationals and to being part of MASN.”

Also, MASN has made a run at NBC-4’s George Michael. The goal is land King George for a weekly show of his own.

They want Michael for a weekly interview show and also to do a possible Redskins show in the fall. He might do a "Best of the Sports Machine Show," that would have his best interviews.

The two sides are in talks as Michael gets ready to end his long time run at NBC.

Look for MASN to ink Rick Depmpsey this week as their in studio baseball expert. I reported that he was their number one chioice and the should be able to sign him later this wee. A studio host has yet to be chosen and talks with Amber Theoharis who would serve as a reporter and partt time anchor continue.

Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer.


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