Greg Henn is back as KWEB sports director
Greg Henn is back in radio, as he was named sports director for the Clear Channel stations in Rochester.
His first duty will be calling the play-by-play for the Rochester Lourdes at Byron high school football game at 7 p.m. today on KWEB-AM (1270).
Among other duties, Henn will be responsible for scheduling local high school broadcasts on KWEB, both in the fall and winter.
Henn is a Zumbro Falls native and a 1979 graduate of Lake City High School. He was the first broadcast voice for the Rochester Flyers of the CBA. He also did play-by-play for the Topeka Sizzlers, the Omaha Racers and also with the Rochester Renegade in 1994.
Henn was named sports director at KWEB in 1993 but left to call CBA games in Topeka. He was named sports director again in February, 1999 but left the radio business soon after.
KWEB is now part of the Twin Cities-based KFAN-AM, which started syndicating its progamming earlier this month.
The other Clear Channel stations in Rochester are KNFX-AM (970) and Laser 101.7, all of which carry Minnesota Vikings games.
Around the tube
The Minnesota Wild announced its 2002-03 TV schedule with 45 games slated for Fox Sports Net and 25 on KMSP-TV. Mike Goldberg is the TV voice of the Wild and will be joined this year by new color analyst Mike Greenlay.
Associated Press writer Jim O'Connell and CBS announcer Jim Nantz are the 2002 recipients of the Basketball Hall of Fame's media awards. They each will receive the Curt Gowdy Award at the Sept. 27 induction of Magic Johnson, Larry Brown, Lute Olson, Kay Yow, the late Drazen Petrovic and the Harlem Globetrotters. Past winners of the award include Chick Hearn, Billy Packer, Marv Albert, Bob Ryan and Dave Kindred.
CBS will show a special interview with 13-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras during its weekend coverage of the U.S .Open. The Open will air from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday. Dick Enberg sat down with Sampras and talked about the sacrifices he made to be No. 1:
"I was willing to sacrifice. I wanted to be No. 1 in the world. It has to be your life to stay No. 1 for many years -- eat, live and breathe tennis. You don't have a lot of time to do other things. You wake up in the morning, train, practice and do whatever it takes to be the best player in the world.''
Sampras also talked about the distraction of being married. "I think there is some truth to that. Being married is one of the best things that has ever happened to me and to be a father is another great thing that we're looking forward to. I've done so much in this game and sacrificed so much that I didn't want my whole life to be about tennis.''
Speaking of tennis, Andre Agassi, a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, is joining The Tennis Channel where he will be a frequent spokesperson and make an equity investment. The Tennis Channel is the first 24-hour, all-tennis cable network and is scheduled to launch by the end of this year.
Moving to Saturday: Can't get enough of the NFL on Sunday mornings? The The NFL Show on Fox Sports Net moves to Fox Sport Net, and debuts on Sept. 7 with host Chris Myers, comedian Tommy Davidson and former Super Bowl champions Tony Siragusa, Michael Irvin and D'Marco Farr on the roundtable. The NFL Show is live on Saturday nights and re-airs Sunday mornings with live news inserts. Air time depends on when the Minnesota Twins are playing.
Here's what Mary Carillo, a U.S. Open analyst for CBS and USA, had to say about the Williams sisters, Venus and Serena. "If Tiger Woods had a kid brother who was No. 2 in the world at golf, that is basically what Venus and Serena have done," she said. "That is just one of those remarkable stories that it's so improbable it almost seems impossible.''
Paul Christian is a Post-Bulletin sports writer who writes a weekly Friday column dealing with radio and TV sports. He can be reached at email@example.com
A variety of sources was used to compile this column.