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 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."
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.
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