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Cowherd lured to home field

Published Nov. 22, 1996|Updated Sep. 17, 2005

Colin Cowherd is going home.

Cowherd, who has spent the past two years at WTVT-Ch. 13, will return to the Northwest as the sports director at KGW, the NBC affiliate in Portland. He will be less than two hours from his hometown of West Port, Wash.

"I love the people I worked for, and I love the people I work with," said Cowherd, whose last day at WTVT will be in late December. "The people here have been great. But you have to understand, this is a dream come true.

"If this was Cleveland, I would not be going. If this was Washington, D.C., I would not be going. I'm going because this is home."

In addition, Cowherd will appear on Northwest Newschannel, a regional network for news about Seattle and Portland. He also will host a Portland Trail Blazers pregame show, and shortly after starting the job, he expects to host his own local radio show.

Cowherd's pairing with Times columnist Hubert Mizell on WZTM-AM 820's morning show helped him gain more popularity in this market. Cowherd distinguished himself on the show with a blend of insight and knowledge. It will be interesting to see who WZTM gets to replace Cowherd.

"Tampa's loss is Portland's gain," WZTM's Rob Weingarten said. "They're getting a great sports TV guy and an even better sports radio guy."

WTVT also will have to fill a void. The station already is working without Andy Hardy, who remains without a contract. WTVT marketing director Nancy Dudenhoefer said, however, the station will not be undermanned.

NOW HEAR THIS: If you choose to watch tonight's championship boxing match between Roy Jones Jr. and Mike McCallum on television instead of at the Ice Palace, you will witness a TV first.

Actually, you will hear a TV first. Jones will have a microphone about the size of a small credit card inside of his trunks. Every body blow and grunt will be heard.

Entities such as NFL Films often put microphones on coaches and players, but they usually do not broadcast live. HBO's innovation is unique because the network won't have the opportunity to edit Jones' comments.

THE GOAT: In addition to tonight's boxing match, at 8 p.m. Saturday, HBO will air Rebound _ The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault.

Manigault was a playground basketball legend in Harlem whom Kareem Abdul-Jabbar described as the best player he ever faced. You haven't heard of "The Goat" because he never made it to the NBA, but he did rebound after going astray.

The movie was directed by ER actor Eriq LaSalle, who also stars in it with Forrest Whitaker, James Earl Jones and NBA players Pooh Richardson, Kevin Garnett, Joe Smith and Mitchell Butler.

FINE-TUNING: SportsChannel Florida signed a deal with the Florida Marlins. Both entities basically are owned by Wayne Huizenga, so it was expected, but that doesn't mean the Sunshine Network _ the former regional carrier of Marlins games _ is out of the loop. Because Sunshine met certain contract requirements, it will carry a separate package of 35 games. SportsChannel will carry another 35 games. WTVT viewers who watch the station's 10 p.m. newscast will get a chance to win tickets to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu through a promotional giveaway.


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