Bob Costas is one of the most renowned sportscasters alive. Costas, 52, started off as an announcer for a minor league hockey team. In 1980 he caught his big break when he began covering different sports with Isiah Thomas and Bob Uecker. Costas has covered the Olympics since 1992, and has covered the big 4 American leagues (NHL, MLB, NBA, and NFL) along with horseracing. Costas was on "Costas Now" from 2005 to 2009 where he did in-depth interviews with athletes on HBO. He now works for the MLB Network as a contributor.
Mr. Costas did an interview with me leading up to the start of the Buoniconti Fund/Miami Project Gala that he was the master of ceremonies for.
Here is our interview:
What was the most memorable moment of your career?
Bob Costas: Well it's hard to single out just one, but I would say the first time I hosted the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992. Maybe Michael Jordan's last shot as a Chicago Bull when they won the title in 1998, Muhammed Ali lighting the torch in Atlanta [Olympics] in 1996. Kirk Gibson's home run to win game one of the '88 World Series. The ball going through Bill Buckner's legs in the 1986 World Series. A lot to choose from.
BW: What is your favorite sport to cover?
BC: Baseball's always been my favorite sport.
BW: Do you find trouble in coming up with questions for your interviews?
BC: No, if you do research and respect your subject matter to learn about them and if your curious and a good listener. There's always something to ask.
BW: What was your favorite interview and why?
BC: Again, it's pretty difficult to single out a single favorite. I did an interview more than twenty years ago with Ted Williams, who at that time, had not done an interview on radio or television in almost twenty years. This was before ESPN really exploded and before there were so many other outlets for sports coverage. So the great sports legends were less available and there was a lot of mystery and romance surrounding them, and an interview with Ted Williams then was kind of a big deal. He spent two hours with me on the air, and it was kind of an amazing way of how he revealed himself.
BW: What advice would you give to a young sports writer or announcer?
BC: Get as good and well-rounded education as you could possibly can and be well prepared, and understand you won't be as good as you hope to be right of the box, but keep working to improve.
This article can be found at http://www.thekingofsportsblog.com/ where you will find some of my old interviews.