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Behind-the-scenes with the Sports guys

by Nancy Francis

Posted on November 9, 2007 at 4:59 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

One recent Sunday, when the NFL preempted our early evening newscasts, I thought I'd take some time to take you behind the scenes of KGW's legendary sports program, SPORTS SUNDAY and fill you in on tidbits you might not know about the guys who make it happen. I'm finally posting it. --Nancy Francis

Sunday is no day of rest for this group.

Producer Evan Chevrier and KGW Sports Anchor Adam Bjarnson with Oregonian Sports Columnist John Canzano

Photo: Joe Becker editing a sports story

photo:Joe with Associate Producer Craig Edwards

JOE BECKER, KGW Sports Anchor/Reporter

1st TV Job: KSDK in St. Louis. Sports reporter trainee (Joe's 1st broadcasting job was at a radio station in Alton, Illinois)

Favorite thing about current job: "That I get to cover sports and go on TV and talk about it."

Hardest thing about the job: "Making sure I have all the details covered on deadline."

Favorite Band(s): Beatles, Rolling Stones

How he spends his time off: Plays guitar and bass, writes music, listens to music, reading

Most memorable interviews: Muhammad Ali, Ted Williams, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Tiger Woods, Jim Brown, John McEnroe, Jack Nicklaus, Clint Eastwood, Ted Turner, Jerry Seinfeld, Sara Evans

Photo: Adam Bjarnson interviewing Blazers President Larry Miller

ADAM BJARNSON, Sports Sunday Anchor

1st TV Job: KCBY in Coos Bay, OR. Did everything:news, sports, weather, shot and edited video

Favorite thing about current job: "...the fact that I get to meet a variety of sports figures. No day's the same."

Hardest thing about the job: "Trying to find a balance between everyday life and my job... especially during football season."

Favorite Band: Foo Fighters

How he spends his time off work: Taking care of his two beagles, Murphy and Oden (named after Greg, of course)

Most memorable interview and favorite athlete rolled-into-one: Charles Barkley.
(PSU coach) Jerry Glanville is a close second in the interview category

Photo: Adam with beagle "Murph". He named his new pup "Oden."

Photo: Sports Sunday Producer Evan Chevrier getting ready for Adam's interview with Blazers President Larry Miller
EVAN CHEVRIER, Sports Sunday Producer

1st TV Job: Fox affiliate in Spokane, WA. Wrote, produced and voiced 1-minute sports "package." (in college at WSU at the time).

Favorite thing about current job: "The sports department is kind of like the toy store of the newsroom. What we're covering is just fun."

Hardest thing about the job: "Dealing with the egomaniac that is Joe Becker." (Editor's note: This is sarcasm, in case you didn't know)

Favorite Band: U2

How he spends his time off work: He and his wife have two sons, ages 5 and 1. "It's all I can handle," Evan says. "The last movie I saw was Ishtar."

Favorite all-time athlete: Steve Largent (a fave from childhood) because "he did so much with so little physically."

Photo:Craig Edwards and his inspiration: Nacho Libre

CRAIG EDWARDS, Associate Producer

1st TV job: Working on a Mariners game for ESPN. I ran a microphone in the 1st base camera well.

Favorite thing about current job: The opportunity to be creative and not telling people someone's dead.

Hardest thing about the job: Hitting deadlines. It's like putting down the train tracks while the train is coming.

How he spends his time off work: Watching movies, reading, playing football and basketball

Favorite Band: Metallica

Favorite Athlete: Kevin Garnett because "he is the antithesis of Alex Rodriguez."

photo: "Ace" Sports photographer Brian Warner as he edits a piece for Sports Sunday

BRIAN WARNER, "Ace" Sports Photographer

1st TV job: KSTU in Salt Lake City, UT. Worked in Master Control "getting paid to watch TV."

Favorite thing about current job: Shooting football video.

Hardest thing about the job: The pressure of getting the shot, making sure you get the highlight.

How he spends his time off work: Does Triathalons.Brian started running to get in shape for shooting football because he has to run along with the players to get video of them in action. That evolved into triathalons.

A Career Thrill: While covering his first professional sporting event, an NBA game between the Jazz and the Bulls, Michael Jordan stepped on Brian's leg. " Any time you see Michael Jordan, it's awesome," Brian says.

Also memorable: Anna Kournikova