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My First Big Break: Keith Olbermann

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As a kid, Keith Olbermann would daydream of being a TV broadcaster. The only question was: sports or news? After nearly 40 years in the business, Olbermann has done both, with gigs at CNN, Fox Sports, MSNBC, twice, and ESPN, twice. As it turns out, the guy who gave Olbermann his “First Big Break” in TV would give him another break later on.

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What’s Your Show? ESPN’s SportsCenter

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Since the launch of ESPN in 1979, SportsCenter has been the network’s flagship program. For the last 35 years, the program has transcended sports, providing highlights, news, commentary and feature stories while dominating American sports television. MediabistroTV recently traveled to Bristol, CT for a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking program. Veteran SportsCenter anchor John Buccigross served as our tour guide as we asked: “What’s Your Show?”

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CUBES: Inside New York Magazine

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Cubes, the MediabistroTV series that takes you inside top media companies, got a tour of the venerable New York magazine recently. The chronicler of all things New York now boasts some of the top news, food, fashion and culture sites around. Nestled next to the Holland Tunnel in lower Manhattan, the offices include a wellness room, fashion closet, and an area affectionately called Scriberia. Stella Bugbee, editorial director of The Cut, is your guide.

Deborah Norville’s Keys to Success: ‘Be Curious, Be Polite, Be Respectful, Be Nice’

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ABC News anchor Robin Roberts, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus, CBS chief research officer David Poltrack and Televisa CEO Emilio Azcárraga are among the newest members of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Their honors came Monday night at a black tie event at the Waldorf Astoria co-hosted by Megyn Kelly and Bob Costas. MediabistroTV caught up with several TV news luminaries to find out what success means to them. WATCH:

What Megyn Kelly Appreciates Most About Bill O’Reilly

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MediabistroTV caught up with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame awards last night. Kelly co-hosted the event along with NBC Sports’ Bob Costas. Vicki Salemi, our editor of MediaJobsDaily asked Kelly what she owes the success of her year-old “Kelly File,” which most nights is the second most-watched program on cable news. “I have a very healthy lead-in,” Kelly admits. We also asked her what gave her the courage to leave the legal world behind, for career in TV news. In a word: “misery.” WATCH:

Bob Costas Isn’t a Fan of Derek Jeter’s Website

RobinTeamBCMediabistroTV caught up with several TVNewsers at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame awards last night. Megyn Kelly and Bob Costas co-hosted the event, which included Robin Roberts (at left with her “Good Morning America” family) among the inductees.

On the red carpet, we got interviews with Costas and former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre who have differing opinions about Derek Jeter‘s new sports site called The Players’ Tribune.

“If that’s going to be the only way that the public ever hears from public figures, in this case ballplayers, then I think in the long run, it’s not a good thing,” Costas tells us. WATCH:

My First Big Break: David Muir

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David Muir has known since middle school that he was going to be a TV news anchor. What he didn’t know is that four weeks into being named the main anchor of a network evening newscast, his show would be No. 1.

That happened last week.

While Muir’s biggest break came this summer, when he was named anchor of ABC’s “World News Tonight,” his first big break came when he was just 12 years old, growing up in Syracuse, NY when he wrote a letter to the local TV news anchorman.

How Real is Daytime TV?

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Mix two parts conflict resolution and one part chair-throwing and you have “The Steve Wilkos Show.”

Steve Wilkos, a former security guard for “The Jerry Springer Show,” has seen his share of baby mama drama and thrown his share of chairs. MediabistroTV wanted to learn more about what goes in to producing a show like Wilkos. And while viewers may see it as trash TV, we found many of the show’s guest see Wilkos as their only hope.

Ken Burns On How To Make History ‘Not Homework’

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With the debut of Ken Burns‘s latest documentary, “The Roosevelts,” tonight on PBS, we take a look back at Burns’s First Big Break, when he brought The Brooklyn Bridge to life. Burns has not forgotten what the success of that first documentary has meant for all the award-winning work he’s produced since: “The real thing is what you put into the film, not what kind of glory comes afterwards.”

My First Big Break: James Brown

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To borrow a football term, CBS Sports NFL studio host James Brown‘s first big break was a bit of a hail mary. At a 1970s audition to announce for the then-NBA Washington Bullets, Brown took it upon himself to land a big interview. “They were impressed that I brought the team star over on his day off and conducted a pretty decent interview,” Brown told us.

Even with the occasional on-air fumble along the way, Brown has never become complacent. “I still work just as hard now, if not harder, as I did back then getting started.” Beginning tomorrow, James Brown adds hosting “NFL Thursday Night Kickoff” to his CBS schedule.

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