Meet the man who made Goodyear blimp a sports icon


Goodyear Blimp

UA alumnus Mickey Wittman, heralded as the "father of sports aerial broadcasting" for his work in developing the blimp's role in sports television, will talk about "Sports Broadcasting from Every Angle" on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in Daum Theatre in Kolbe Hall.

Mickey Wittman

A reception will follow in the School of Communication's television studio in Kolbe Hall. The studio, used by Fox 8-Cleveland for live broadcasts and as an educational opportunity for UA communication students, will be open for tours. Also open for tours will be the WZIP-FM studio and the Social Media Learning Lab. Historic materials from UA's Goodyear Collection will be on display.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required but are strongly recommended by contacting ext. 7600 or It is is sponsored by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, School of Communication and Archival Services of the University Libraries.

Wittman, who was inducted in December with Al Michaels into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, joined Goodyear in 1968. Over the course of his 28-year career, Wittman managed blimp television coverage of more than 2,500 live events, including 30 World Series, 24 Super Bowls and five Olympics. Wittman also managed aerial coverage for such events as the San Francisco earthquake during the 1989 World Series and the aftermath of the bombing of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

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