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Women In Sports Media-Michael Weisman, TV producer

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Michael Weisman attended the University of North Carolina on a baseball scholarship and graduated from Queens College with a bachelors of arts in radio television. In 1971 he started out at NBC as a page and tour guide for the Johnny Carson show. In1972 he joined NBC Sports  and became special assistant to the producer, then Associate Producer, Producer, Coordinating Producer, in February 1983 he became Executive Producer of NBC Sports in charge of all sports. (Only the third executive producer in NBC sports history) Weisman is recognized for his ground breaking coverage of sporting events ranging from the World Series, to the Super Bowl, to the Olympics. Sports Illustrated dubbed him, "Boy Wonder." The Los Angeles Times called him "the most creative force in sports television."  He left NBC Sports in 1989 and moved to Los Angeles to work for CBS entertainment, executive producing the "Late Night Show".  In 1995 he moved to Fox to be coordinating producer of baseball. In 2004 he executive produced the Jane Pauley Show and also worked for the Today Show. In 2007 he returned to NBC Sports and executive produced "Football Night in America." He has won 22 Emmy Awards.  He currently resides in New York City and owns an independent sports production company and still maintains close conections to the television networks. He is a champion to females in sports media, because he introduced the first-ever (and only) female play-by-play NFL announcer, Gayle Sierens, as well as the first female network sports host, Gayle Gardner.