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Golf Channel to air special on legendary producer and director on Friday

May 5, 2011 |  3:36 pm

Photo: Frank Chirkinian. Credit: On Monday, Frank Chirkinian, called "the father of televised golf," will be inducted posthumously into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

On Friday, Golf Channel will televise a half-hour show honoring Chirkinian at 5 p.m. PT.

The special, "Frank Chirkinian, The Master Storyteller," will honor Chirkinian, who lost a long fight against cancer in March.

As executive producer for CBS Sports’ golf coverage for more than four decades and 38 consecutive Masters tournaments, he is responsible for innovations that are now TV standards. Longtime members of the CBS on-air team, including Ken Venturi, Pat Summerall, Jim Nantz, Peter Kostis and David Feherty, will share personal experiences and tributes to their longtime boss.

Chirkinian was elected to the Hall of Fame in an emergency vote in February.  In addition to Chirkinian, Ernie Els, Doug Ford, Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki, President George H.W. Bush and the late Jock Hutchison also will be inducted into the hall.  Golf Channel will televise the induction ceremony on Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. PT.

Chirkinian was well known for  several key innovations in the televised coverage of golf, including the earpieces announcers wear and the use of cameras on blimps to get better televised pictures. He also was the first to put microphones on tee boxes to enhance audio quality.

The special will also re-air Saturday at 3:30 p.m. PT, at 9 a.m.  Sunday and  2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Here is a clip of an interview done by Nantz that will appear on the program.


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Photo: Frank Chirkinian. Credit: