"The announcer's role is to enhance your enjoyment of the game by bringing you things you don't have access to. The game is a melody and you're going to provide the lyrics.. I want the viewer to look at me and say 'We can trust this guy.'
About This Interview
In his nearly three-hour Archive interview, Al Michaels speaks about his early years as a sports enthusiast who, as a child, wanted to become an announcer. He talks about the practical experience he gained announcing college games before becoming a professional. He also discusses one of his first jobs, as a contestant interviewer for Chuck Barris Productions. He then chronicles his illustrious sportscasting career, which began as a three-year stint in Hawaii for minor league baseball. He speaks about his long tenure at ABC Sports featuring Wide World of Sports and Monday Night Football. He relates his approach to announcing and how he prepares for broadcasts. He discusses some of his announcing highlights including the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" Olympic hockey game and the 1989 World Series where a major earthquake disrupted the game. He also speaks in detail about working with his broadcast colleagues: Howard Cosell, Dan Dierdorf, Frank Gifford, Chick Hearn and Jim McKay. Jennifer Howard conducted the interview in Brentwood, CA on August 31, 2005.