Sound designer Bob Dixon was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame
New York, NY (December 18, 2014)—On Tuesday night, the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame inducted seven legends as part of its ninth annual induction, held at the New York Hilton and hosted by Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton of CBS Radio. All table sales, totaling more than $150,000 this year, were once again be donated to the Sports Broadcasting Fund, which supports industry members in times of need.
This year’s class of legends comprised CBS and NBC Sports Engineering and Operations guru Ken Aagaard, former ESPN and NFL Network President/CEO Steve Bornstein, longtime NBC Olympics sound designer Bob Dixon, Fox Sports pioneer David Hill, F&F Productions founder George Orgera, celebrated ABC sportscaster Chris Schenkel, and former NBA Commissioner David Stern.
A highpoint of the evening was the induction of Bob Dixon, who inspired a generation of TV-audio professionals during a career that was highlighted by his work on 12 Olympic broadcasts for ABC, CBS, and NBC and saw him help HBO Sports transition from mono to stereo sound. He also designed and implemented the first stereo broadcast of the Olympics (1998) and the first discrete-5.1-surround broadcast (2008). He retired in 2012 following the London Olympics.
“What is and has been most important to me are the deep friendships I have made in this business, friendships that have lasted throughout all those years and continue to this day, friends that I grew to love and respect,” he said. “Friends who became like family, and I am so happy to see several of them here tonight. I hope we will never take for granted how lucky we really are and how wonderful it is to be in this business.”
The event was sponsored by SVG Benefactors Dolby and Sony; Patrons NEP and F&F; Supporting Sponsors Ikegami, NBC Entertainment, Evertz/TSG, FUJINON, and Levels Beyond; and ONE World Sports, Goodyear, 21st Century Fox, Canon, CBS Sports, Linear Acoustic, Major League Baseball, and Sun Trust.