Wide World of Sports 60th Anniversary

On April 29, 1961, ABC debuted Wide World of Sports as a summer replacement series. The show ran for nearly 40 years. This week, we celebrate the show’s 60th... See More

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On April 29, 1961, ABC debuted Wide World of Sports as a summer replacement series. The show ran for nearly 40 years. This week, we celebrate the show’s 60th anniversary with longtime ABC Sports director Jim Jennett, who talks about its rise and fall and some memorable moments. He also discusses how he spans the globe with ABC Sports alumni — including legendary broadcaster Al Michaels and Disney Executive Chairman Robert Iger — and connects them via Zoom chats about their experience working on decades of Wide World of Sports events.

On April 29, 1961, ABC debuted Wide World of Sports as a summer replacement series. The show ran for nearly 40 years. This week, we celebrate the show’s 60th anniversary with longtime ABC Sports director Jim Jennett, who talks about its rise and fall and some memorable moments. He also discusses how he spans the globe with ABC Sports alumni — including legendary broadcaster Al Michaels and Disney Executive Chairman Robert Iger — and connects them via Zoom chats about their experience working on decades of Wide World of Sports events.

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Stu Hothem

Stu Hothem has covered some of the biggest events in sports across TV, radio and the web. As a researcher with ABC, CBS and ESPN, he worked on the Super Bowl, Olympics, World Cup and X Games. At FOXSports.com, he integrated content and interactive features with FOX Sports broadcast and cable programming. He managed the editorial team at NASCAR.com and also worked in the sanctioning body’s integrated marketing communications department. His professional career began at WFAN, the nation’s first all-sports radio station, following his time at the Rutgers radio station as a play-by-play announcer, talk-show host and general manager.