People & Personalities: NBC's Milbury Adding Booth Work
In Boston, Chad Finn notes it has "been a hectic year" for NBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury as he "moved from the studio to take on some color analyst duties when Eddie Olczyk underwent treatment for colon cancer." Milbury was "in studio for NBCSN’s 'NHL Live' pregame program Wednesday night" along with Olczyk and host Liam McHugh. He moved to the broadcast booth "alongside Doc Emrick for Bruins-Leafs Game 1" on Thursday night. Milbury said, “They’re really two totally different animals, different jobs. In the studio, you have time to get ready, to think about what you might want to say, time to react." He noted while in the booth , he has to be "on it right away, and sometimes that’s dangerous because it’s your thought in the moment that comes out." Milbury: "It’s different, but it’s fun" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/13).
TOUGH LOVE: In N.Y., Mark Sanchez notes while NFL Network's Mike Mayock is best known as the net’s "draft guru," he claims his "passion lies in the booth." However, he said during an interview on Houston-based KILT-AM, "When you don’t have a big name ... if you don’t have a Hall of Fame jacket, it’s hard to get a high-level job calling games in our industry.” Mayock: "I don’t understand that thought process. Troy [Aikman is] great, but there’s a stable of other guys who can do it really well" (N.Y. POST, 4/13).
A TRADITION NOT FOR ME: NBC's David Feherty said he "never felt comfortable" while working The Masters when employed by CBS. During his time at Augusta National, Feherty sat "in the tower above the par-5 15th hole rather than his usual position of on-course commentator, something the Masters does not allow." Feherty "worked the Masters for 19 years, but even now he has mixed feelings about his time at the event." He said, “It was a different environment there. I didn’t feel like I could be myself there. I’m not sure they wanted myself. There is not much humor in the event there. I always had to alter my style” (Palm Springs DESERT SUN, 4/12).
BACK IN TOWN: Former ESPN anchor Jay Crawford and former NFLer Tim Couch will call the Browns' three "locally-televised preseason games" this year. Crawford is a "lifelong Browns fan and Sandusky native," while Couch was the team's first draft pick after its return to the NFL in '99 (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 4/12).