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RIP CNN/SI's Fred Hickman

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by maumann, Nov 9, 2022.

  1. BitterYoungMatador2

    BitterYoungMatador2 Well-Known Member

    Lou Scally just kicked his dog.

    RIP to my appointment viewing during summer nights when I was off from school.
  2. Hermes

    Hermes Well-Known Member

    I know CBS’ Russ Mitchell is in Cleveland now.
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  3. Tighthead

    Tighthead Well-Known Member

    We didn’t get ESPN north of the 49th, so Fred and Nick were the best option for those of us who wanted a US based national show. It was appointment viewing for me at the time.
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  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Fred and Nick were tremendous and so far ahead of things at the time. Definitely made SportsCenter have to step up its game.

  5. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Spot on, it was light years ahead of what TSN was doing at the time.
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  6. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    I thought Hickman and Charles were the best team until Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann came along.

    But what killed their show was the move to specialized channels. They were sports guys on a news channel. Viewers started to watch specialized channels and a sports show stopped working on a newschannel. The same thing happened in AM radio when all sports stations were created.
  7. Woody Long

    Woody Long Well-Known Member

    About 10 years ago, I was covering an NFL game in New Orleans and literally bumped into Fred Hickman in the press box. He still had that big smile and we chatted for a few minutes, and I was grateful for the opportunity to tell him that I loved the CNN show.
  8. Jake from State Farm

    Jake from State Farm Well-Known Member

    It was when he was working in Detroit

  9. Jake from State Farm

    Jake from State Farm Well-Known Member

    Patrick, of course, worked with both at CNN
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  10. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Nobody quits cocaine. You try not to do it again but you never quit.
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  11. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    Fred was also a national sports anchor in an era where the money was plentiful and the cocaine was flowing, if one wanted. Not unusual for sports anchors to be clearing $300k at the local level in 1985 if they had high ratings.

    That path of CNN/ESPN -> New Orleans -> Baton Rouge -> Hagerstown, Maryland probably, as PCLL noted, suggested the back half of his career may have been a sports version of Dirk Diggler's 1980s. Reading about some of the "feel good" articles about his cocaine battles. Feels like this would have been real tough for him to conquer, even decades later.

    He was very smooth on the air but I often found his anchoring tone insincere. CNN did have one advantage on the ESPN product by the early-90s. Once ESPN got MLB in 1990 (or with college hoops before that), one didn't always know when SportsCenter would start. CNN started at the same time every night. That did matter.

    Last edited: Nov 10, 2022
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  12. Typist Clerk

    Typist Clerk Active Member

    The Gulf War killed CNN Sports Tonight. Once the shooting started, CNN went all-Gulf War and there was no time for a sports newscast, which in the early days of the network was the most sophisticated half-hour on it. CNN frequently didn't have video of a big news event, but the sports highlights were always there.
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