Monday, March 16, 2015

Sports Announcers I Grew Up With: Tom Hammond

There is a special place in my heart for the radio and TV sports announcers I grew up with. From ABC's Wide World of Sports to roller derby and wrestling, and everything in between, sports was a big part of my life growing up. At my house, we watched on TV whatever sport was 'in season,' especially on Saturday's. If there was a sports event on radio, we listened to it. I was very blessed to grow up with many now- legendary voices and characters. Today, I want to pay tribute to Tom Hammond.

Kentucky native Tom Hammond has had a nice career working as a sportscaster for NBC Sports television and is one of the network's staple on-air presenters. He has served as play-by-play announcer for NBC's coverage of Track and Field at every Summer Olympics since 1992. Hammond's tenure at NBC began in 1984, when he was named as a co-host of the Breeders' Cup alongside Dick Enberg. It was supposed to be a one-shot deal for Hammond, but network execs were so impressed, he ended up getting a long-term contract. He is the main host of the network's thoroughbred racing coverage. He has also done play-by-play commentary for NBA and NFL games, gymnastics, figure skating, WNBA, Orange Bowl and college basketball. Hammond began his career with WVLK Radio. He lives in Lexington.

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