Washington’s WTOP radio had no concept whom they’d employed when Frank Herzog got here aboard in 1968.
Initially a replica boy making a mere $2 an hour, then a manufacturing assistant enhancing audio for the WTOP radio newscasts, Frank desired to do some precise reporting.
That is the second installment in our Commanders Wire function on Washington broadcast legend Frank Herzog. Right here is a component one.
Working the weekends at WTOP, performing some radio reporting he out of the blue discovered himself making his first TV look reporting on the penitentiary in Jessup, Maryland in what Frank believes was 1971 or ’72.
WTOP TV9 was broadcasting a 15-minute Redskins highlights phase on Sunday nights and a producer approached Frank considered one of his weekends at WTOP radio, asking Frank if he wish to voice over the highlights. Herzog hesitated as a result of he was in radio, not tv. “Don’t fear about it; I’ll cue you for every play,” was the reply to Herzog. “He put collectively the spotlight package deal, wrote the script, sat out of view of the digicam, and would sign me every new play to learn the script, and that’s how I began in sports activities.”
“The scores went loopy, by the charts,” expressed Herzog. Warner Wolf the weekday WTOP 9 sports activities anchor listening to of this, then needed the phase himself.” Herzog shortly realized the large weapons would obtain the primary alternative in what work they carried out.
Herzog was being seen as doing an excellent job in information reporting when he was approached in December 1972 by a WTOP producer, Fred Farrar. A fellow reporter had referred to as in sick. WTOP wanted a reporter and quick!
Farrar was “asking” Herzog to go to RFK to report the playoff sport in opposition to the Packers. Herzog insisted, “Freddy, I do know some soccer, however not that effectively, to cowl an NFL playoff sport.”
“Frank, simply do your information reporting, who, what, when, the place and why. I’ll lead you thru it to the press field and you then do some interviews and you may be nice.”
It was Herzog’s first NFL work. It went so effectively for Herzog that he was assigned to the sport the subsequent Sunday as effectively. Take note, this was not the preseason or common season. The defending Tremendous Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys have been coming to RFK to face the Redskins within the 1972 NFC Championship sport, for a ticket to Tremendous Bowl VII.
Once more it went effectively and Herzog’s work as a reporter didn’t go unnoticed. Monday he sat in on a WTOP assembly. “I used to be sitting there pondering, ‘I’ve reported two NFL video games. Are you kidding me? Are they speaking about sending me to the Tremendous Bowl?’ ”
“Freddy and I have been despatched to LA for per week, masking all of the hoopla for Tremendous Bowl VII. However in fact Washington misplaced to Miami. However that’s after I started as a sports activities reporter. I had been in the precise place on the proper time.”
A yr later when the play-by-play announcer didn’t wish to do a Bullets broadcast (on what Herzog thinks was Christmas Eve), he approached Herzog inquiring if he would possibly love to do the Bullets sport himself. Herzog agreed to, and it was his first time at play-by-play saying an NBA sport.
In 1975 he was approached by the WTOP director, informing Herzog, “We expect you must go into play-by-play saying.”
“You get me a group, and I’ll do it, replied Herzog.”
“Okay, we already received the Bullets PBP job for you.”
“I felt terrible. Tony Roberts was the Bullets PBP announcer. So I responded, ‘However what about Tony?’ ”
It was defined to Herzog they have been transferring in a distinct course. They thought with Herzog’s information and sports activities reporting expertise he may deal with it. But when he didn’t need the job, they’d discover another person.
“So, I received the job.”
Frank Herzog had gone from copy boy to manufacturing assistant, to radio information reader, to information reporter, to sports activities reporter, a sports activities reporter masking Tremendous Bowl VII, to PBP announcer for the NBA’s Washington Bullets in solely seven years.
Subsequent time: Frank Herzog the voice of Washington Champions
Story initially appeared on Commanders Wire