Tulsa Cable viewers aren't the only ones who have been cut

out of KTVT's telecasts of Texas Rangers baseball this year.

Tulsa resident Bob Carpenter, who had been the Rangers'

play-by-play announcer on KTVT the

past four seasons, has been informed by the Rangers

that he will not be invited back.

"It's ironic that in the same year that Tulsa Cable drops

KTVT that I would be dropped by the Rangers," said

Carpenter. "It always was nice for us that my family

could watch me on the Rangers' telecasts."

The Rangers' dismissal of Carpenter was a surprise. Carpenter

and analyst Steve Busby formed an enjoyable and informative

team during the past four seasons covering the Rangers on

KTVT. They generally had received good reviews by Dallas-Fort

Worth media critics and had rated high in newspaper polls

of Dallas-Fort Worth fans.

Carpenter and Busby had brought credibility to Rangers broadcasts

on KTVT after replacing the abysmal team of Phil Stone and

Fred Patek, who were criticized heavily by the media and

fans before being fired after one season.

This season, Busby will become the play-by-play announcer,

and former Rangers catcher Jim Sundberg is expected to be

the analyst.

"The Rangers told me they wanted someone who would bring

more excitement to the broadcasts," said Carpenter. "They

want someone who is going to hype the team. If I wasn't

going to be returning, I'm happy that Steve will be the

one to do the play-by-play because he's cut out of the same

mold as I am.

"We're both low-key, but we both have shown our excitement

when the Rangers have won. When they have lost, we will

discuss the reasons why they lost. Mike Stone (Rangers'

president) was quoted in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as

saying that I'm more suited to be a network announcer than

a local team announcer. I believe the Rangers want an announcer

who will be a complete homer."

Carpenter's situation with the Rangers had been in limbo

since last February.

"Before last season started, KTVT had approached me, Steve

and Dave Burchett (producer) about signing multiyear contracts,"

said Carpenter. "At that time, the rights to Rangers games

after 1989 were being negotiated and we couldn't sign the

multiyear contracts until after the rights had been decided.

"The rights negotiations dragged out until KTVT was awarded

the rights for the next three years on Dec. 11. At that

time, Steve was about to sign a four-year contract with

ESPN, but Texas called him back and signed him. They also

wanted Jim Sundberg, so that left me out of the picture."

After Sundberg announced his retirement as a player last

September, Carpenter helped him with some audition tapes.

"Jim is new to announcing and is full of questions," said

Carpenter. "I've tried to help him as much as I can."

Carpenter is a finalist for a play-by-play announcer position

on Chicago White Sox telecasts )nd also is negotiating to

add major-league baseball play-by-play to his numerous duties

with ESPN (cable-25).

"My friends tell me everything will work out for the best,

and I believe they will," said Carpenter. "No one needs

to feel sorry for me; I'm not going to be unemployed.

"I enjoyed my four years with the Rangers. But I feel hurt

and confused about what has just happened."

Bowl ratings

Jan. 1, 1990, will be remembered as the date that hardly

anybody watched the University of Miami (Fla.) win college

football's national championship.

Miami's victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl was the second-least

watched of 73 prime-time programs on the three major networks

last week, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co. ratings. Notre

Dame's victory over previously No. 1 Colorado in the Orange

Bowl ranked 13th.

The Citrus Bowl's matchup of Illinois and Virginia drew

an 11 percent increase over its matchup of the University

of Oklahoma and Clemson last year. The least-watched of

the seven New Year's Day bowl games was the Cotton Bowl

between Tennessee and the University of Arkansas.

Notable

Guests during the upcoming week on "Sportsline," broadcast from 6-8 p.m.

weekdays on KRMG am740, include University of Kansas basketball coach Roy

Williams and Tulsa Tribune sports writer Ted Bakamjian tonight, author

John Fotiades of "You're The Judge" and Sporting News baseball writer Dave

Nightingale on Tuesday, and Central High School basketball coach Terry

Scott on Wednesday. . .

NBC (KJRH-2) has announced that "Today Show" host Bryant

Gumbel will be the network's weekend golf host, and former

U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller will be the top analyst.

. .

Al Attles, who coached Golden State to the NBA title in

1975, will debut for NBC as a sideline reporter on Saturday's

college-basketball game between Oklahoma and Texas. Attles

will be auditioning for a spot on NBC's coverage of the

NBA next season. . .

Joe Garagiola has been named as a California Angels television

announcer.