"Now we're going to take the viewer to the game!"
Roone Arledge (1931–2002)
Columbia College 1952
Television innovator Roone Arledge created some of the most widely watched and emulated news and sports programs, and popularized now-common practices such as slow motion and stylized graphics. At ABC Sports, which he joined in 1961 and served as president from 1968 to 1986, Arledge created Wide World of Sportsthe longest-running sports show of all time - and Monday Night Football, in addition to producing ABC Olympic broadcasts. He assumed the presidency of ABC News in 1977 and in that capacity built up the news organization while creating the programs World News Tonight, 20/20, PrimeTime Live and Nightline. Arledge's shows have won 36 Emmy Awards and four Peabody Awards, among other honors. In 2002, he received the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.