Skating on Air
Skating on Air: The Broadcast History of an Olympic Marquee Sport
Several decades ago figure skating was the main sport during the TV broadcast of the Winter Olympics. Unfortunately, it is difficult to say the same thing about the present times. This is despite the fact that the amount of fans of figure skating did not become less, but rather the contrary.
Skating on Air by Kelli Lawrence explores in some depth the reasons of why many TV companies are not very willing to broadcast figure skating competitions.
The author knows first hand the root causes of the crisis of this beautiful sport on television. It is impossible to understand and describe all the causes without reference to history of skating broadcasting. Skating on Air gives you the opportunity to look at this sport from the perspective of the TV media. Kelli Lawrence interviewed people related with figure skating broadcasting from such giants of this field like ABC, NBC, CBS and others.
Skating on Air also presents you points of views of videographers, producers, directors, commentators and executives. Their views will be very interesting not only for fans of figure skating, but no doubt for fans of other sports too.
But this book is not only highlights problems. Skating on Air: The Broadcast History of an Olympic Marquee Sport is also about how figure skating found its way on television in the days when other sports dominated. Kelli Lawrence’s book also discovers the unique relationship shared between television and figure skating with the thoughts and recollections of skaters and/or broadcasters.
Featuring interviews with: Scott Hamilton, Janet Lynn, Kurt Browning, Terry Gannon, Sandra Bezic, Carol Heiss Jenkins, Verne Lundquist, Tracy Wilson, Peter Carruthers, Tom Hammond, Susie Wynne and many more.
Skating on Air is written in a very lively and interesting language. In it you will also find plenty of funny stories. The book will be of interest to the widest audience. We also believe that it will take a worthy place in the library of every true fan of figure skating.
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