• From Saturday Night to Sunday Night

  • My Forty Years of Laughter, Tears, and Touchdowns in TV
  • By: Dick Ebersol
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Dick Ebersol
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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From Saturday Night to Sunday Night

By: Dick Ebersol
Narrated by: Fred Sanders,Dick Ebersol
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Publisher's Summary

A memoir by the legendary television executive detailing his pioneering work on Saturday Night Live, Sunday Night Football, the Olympics, the NBA, music videos, late night, and more.

Think of an important moment in live TV over the last half-century. Dick Ebersol was likely involved.

Dropping out of college to join the crew of ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Ebersol worked the Mexico City Olympics during the famous protest by John Carlos and Tommie Smith as well as the Munich Olympics during the tragic hostage standoff. He went on to cocreate Saturday Night Live with Lorne Michaels and later produced the show for four seasons, helping launch Eddie Murphy to stardom. After creating Friday Night Videos and partnering with Vince McMahon to bring professional wrestling to network TV, he next took over NBC Sports, which helped turn basketball into a global phenomenon and made history as the first broadcaster to host the World Series, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, and the Summer Olympics in the same year; it was Ebersol who was responsible for Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic flame in Atlanta. Then, following a plane crash that took the life of his fourteen-year-old son Teddy and nearly killed him, he determinedly undertook perhaps his greatest career achievement: creating NBC’s Sunday Night Football, still the #1 primetime show in America. The Today Show’s headline-making hosting changes, the so-called “Late-Night Wars,” O.J. Simpson’s Bronco chase—Ebersol had a front-row seat to it all.

From Saturday Night to Sunday Night is filled with entertaining and illuminating stories featuring such boldface names as Billy Crystal, Michael Jordan, Bill Clinton, Jay Leno, Peyton Manning, Michael Phelps and Larry David. (Ebersol even inspired the famous Seinfeld episode in which George Costanza pretends he didn’t quit his job.) More than that, the book offers an insightful history and analysis of TV’s evolution from broadcast to cable and beyond—a must listen for casual binge-watchers and small-screen aficionados alike.

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Beautiful story

Teddy is very proud of his dad.
You are a good man.

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Excellent

A great history story. Highly recommend as the story encompasses an important time in TV.

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Exciting, heartwarming & heartbreaking!

This review is written by a none specific sports fan. This story is exhilarating as well as heartbreaking. Dick Ebersol is a true American hero. Good bless you TEDDY.

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Insightful, Wonderful, and Heart Warming

I’m not sure what I expected from this book but it easily exceeded my expectations. The accounts of his professional and personal life are amazing. I was given a behind the scenes account of the most memorable moments, shows and events in television history that I grew up on. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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Beautiful!

What a wonderful book… so much depth! Very interesting! Dick.. what a wonderful tribute to Teddy!