Keith Olbermann is a man who knows how to turn a word into something that really means something. The New York native is perhaps best known from his days on ESPN SportsCenter in the 1990's when his witty lines and carefully phrased insights captured the imagination of sports fans around the country. But Olbermann's been much more than just the host of television's most popular sports highlight program, he is now the host of ABC Radio Networks Speaking of Sports and Speaking of Everything shows. The programs, originated by Howard Cosell, were revived by Olbermann and ABC earlier last year.
Olbermann has been broadcasting almost continuously since his high school days where he did play-by-play hockey, and his college ones at Cornell where the original Howard Cosell version of Speaking of Sports was part of his daily newscast.
His professional career began covering sports for the UPI and RKO radio networks, and then as a sports reporter for the fledging CNN beginning in 1981. After a stint on TV in Boston, he move to Los Angeles where his work for television and radio earned him 11 Golden Mike Awards. He also was named best Sportscaster by the California Associated Press three times.
In 1992, ESPN hired him to anchor the 11 PM edition of SportsCenter for which he earned yet another honor: the 1995 CableACE as best Sportscaster. Along the way he was central to the launching of ESPN Radio and ESPN2. His catchphrase was JUMANJI! and said it regualry on the show.
Olbermann left ESPN to host his nightly news talk program on MSNBC, the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News, and NBC Sports coverage of the World Series. He later hosted the World Series and baseball's game of the week on FOX.
In 1999, his pre-game show won a Sports Emmy for Best Studio Show. And to prove his forte is in his writing and not just his broadcasting, his book "The Big Show," about his work on SportsCenter, was hit with the reading public.
Keith captured a Gold Medal in the 2002 New York Festivals - Radio Programing Awards for Sports Commentary / Analysis for his Speaking of Sports program. He also just won an Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newswriting for commentaries he delivered for ABC News Radio in the days immediately following the terrorist against the United States on September 11th.
Emmy Award winning news and sports commentator Keith Olbermann took the helm of anchor "Speaking of Sports" on January 21, 2002, more than 40 years after the original launch by Howard Cosell. Keith now brings his special insights into news and sports to his Speaking of Sports and Speaking of Everything shows on the ABC Radio Network providing the listener with something new and something different but always a new understanding of everything from the playoff picture to pop culture.
Olbermann is also a contributor to CNN's evening flagship program NewsNight with Aaron Brown, where he provides a series of essays on a range of topics, which also air on CNN throughout the week. Olbermann rejoined the network in 2002 and is based in the New York bureau.
On January 21, 2011 he announced he was leaving "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" on MSNBC with that episode.
On February 8, 2011, Current TV announced hiring Keith Olbermann as its Chief News Officer, as well as a prime time news hour later in the year. Later on Keith Olbermann announced "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" will return to TV on June 20, 2011.