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FSN to air Kell tribute

FSN to air Kell tribute
A hodgepodge of items that merit mention:

-- As a tribute to the recently deceased George Kell, FSN Detroit will air an encore presentation of "FSN Basement: All-Star Edition" at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. The 30-minute special features interviews with Kell and his former announcing partner, AL Kaline, as they recall playing for the Detroit Tigers and working together in the broadcast booth.

Unfortunately, I'm too young to recall Kell's days on TV, but the impact of the Hall of Famer's death was felt by current FSN announcer Mario Impemba.

"Growing up in Detroit, Mr. Kell had a big impact on my desire to become a broadcaster," Impemba said in a news release. "People knew they were watching Tigers Baseball when they heard George's voice every summer."

-- West Michigan was well represented at the recent Michigan Association of Broadcasters Excellence Awards. Among those honored in the sports categories were WXMI-TV Fox 17 for the "Friday Football Blitz Pre-Game Show" and WOOD-TV 8 for "Olympic Hopes/Gold Dreams" in the Market 2 category, and "Sports Talk With Ryan Terpstra" on WGHN-AM (1370) in Market 4.

-- An early candidate for the best sports show of the year -- and isn't HBO's "Eastbound & Down" -- is the Golf Channel's "The Haney Project." Charles Barkley's horrendously comical golf swing is the stuff made of legend, and for some reason renowned instructor Hank Haney assumed the task of trying to fix it. What results is wonderful television. Barkley by himself is entertaining enough, but Haney is a worthy sidekick. The two of them continually remind viewers just how fun (and funny) golf can be. It airs at

9 p.m. on Mondays.

-- Former major league pitcher and Zeeland native Jim Kaat has joined the MLB Network as an analyst. His first game with the fledgling network will be April 16, as he calls the New York Yankees' opener in their new stadium alongside Bob Costas and Harold Reynolds. Kaat, who won 16 Gold Gloves and 283 games in his 25-year career, has had a long broadcasting career that led him to CBS, ABC and TBS, in addition to stints with the Yankees and Minnesota Twins.

-- ESPN2 will replay the 1979 classic telecast that featured Magic Johnson and Michigan State beating Larry Bird and Indiana State in the NCAA championship game. It will air at 7 p.m. April 3 and

2 p.m. April 5, and will include interviews with Johnson, Bird and current Detroit Pistons color commentator Greg Kelser. The original game earned a 24.1 Nielsen rating, a figure that has yet to be surpassed in college basketball.

-- Kudos to the NFL for allowing the Detroit Lions to keep their annual date with Thanksgiving. The Lions will host the Green Bay Packers at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 26 on Fox. Due to a prolonged stretch of failure, there have been calls to boot Detroit from its holiday slot, but I'm glad tradition won out in the end. Sure, the Lions may end up looking like turkeys from time to repeated time, but that won't last forever. Will it?

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