Gayle Gardner (born ca. 1950) is an American sportscaster who has worked for ESPN and NBC Sports beginning in 1987 until 1993. Gardner is considered a pioneer in sports broadcasting, having been the first female sports anchor to appear weekly on a major network. [1 ] [2 ] Career [edit ]
After being hired by
ESPN in 1983, Gardner served as a anchor for three years. Gardner then worked for SportsCenter NBC from 1987-1993. Among the assignments that she undertook included anchoring NBC's New Year's Day college football bowl game coverage, , NFL Live! , Major League Baseball: An Inside Look NBC's 1988 and [3 ] 1992 Summer Olympics coverage, the [4 ] French Open, Wimbledon, and NBC's "Prudential Sports Updates".
In January, 1989, Gardner was a member of the NBC broadcast team for Super Bowl XXIII (San Francisco vs. Cincinnati).
On August 3, 1993, Gardner became the first woman to do televised
play-by-play of a baseball game when she called the action of a game between the Colorado Rockies and the Cincinnati Reds. [5 ]
Gardner later worked on the
Food Network before writing a screenplay. She spent three years on the Food Network. [6 ]
In 2004 (to celebrate the 25th anniversary of
SportsCenter), Gardner returned to anchor a special " old school" edition of SportsCenter alongside Stuart Scott. References [edit ] ^ Sports Illustrated, "London calling - What England lacks in TV programs, it makes up for in salacious tabloids", by Richard Deitsch, August 6, 2004, Retrieved March 3, 2012. ^ American Sportscasters Online, "Women in Sportscasting: A Brief History", by Lou Schwartz, Retrieved March 3, 2012. ^ The New York Times, "SPORTS PEOPLE; Gardner to Shift", October 06, 1987, Retrieved March 3, 2012. ^ The Washington Post, "The Olympiad Covering the Best At Barcelona", by Patricia Brennan, July 26, 1992, Retrieved March 3, 2012. ^ American Sportscasters Online, "Sportscasting Firsts - 1920-Present, by Lou Schwartz, Retrieved March 3, 2012. ^ USA Today, "Disney-owned networks pass on early talks with NFL", by Rudy Martzke, August 10, 2004, Retrieved March 3, 2012. External links [edit ]